Category: Self Development

Importance of Equanimity to Business Owner

To keep it simple ‘Equanimity’ means remaining calm, composed, balanced and evenness of temper at all times – good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant. It is referred as a state of emotional and mental stability of a person.

Cultivating equanimity helps business owners to remain undisturbed and stay balanced in the face of life’s ups and downs. Having equanimity in stressful and difficult circumstances is an essential leadership skill, especially for business owners and managers.

Importance of equanimity for business owners and managers

  • Gives emotional stability: Equanimity gives emotional stability under stressful conditions and painful experiences. It enables a person to remain calm and balanced even when repulsed by negative feelings or attracted by desires and cravings.
  • For inner peace: The modern corporate world is full of competition. There are many challenges that a business owner/manager faces in his/her day to day life. Equanimity helps you face challenges that may have seemed too difficult to overcome. It gives inner peace and helps to maintain concentration in business/job.
  • To become mentally strong: Equanimity exhibits fearlessness and selfcentredness in all circumstances. With equanimity, a person can find purpose and meaning in even the bad things that happen. It helps you build self confidence and strength to deal with whatever comes your way.
  • To provide optimistic view: Equanimity allows you to be conscious and aware of any emotion as it arises in your experiences. It will provide optimistic view that helps you to get through the tough times.
  • To make right decisions: A person with equanimity will have emotional stability and will be mentally strong to face any given situation which will help him in making the right or at least healthy decision.
  • To cultivate patience: Business owners and managers have the authority to act. But, sometimes we become impatient, it may be because we are exhausted or overwhelmed. Equanimity helps in cultivating patience and act accordingly.
  • For effective communication: Equanimity helps in bringing self-awareness and the ability to adjust our emotions with which we will be able to engage with authenticity and communicate effectively and affectionately, even during stressful times.

How to cultivate equanimity:

  • Respond, don’t react: First know the situation. Do not react to your thoughts or feelings. The actions you are taking should be governed by your wise mind. When you feel overwhelmed and stressed, stop for a moment. Reflect on your achievements, and let yourself feel proud.
  • Practice Pranayama: Pranayama is a systematic breathing exercise. Take deep breaths, it will bring calmness and the feeling of restoration.
  • Meditation: Meditation will help you in managing your mind and your emotions to give you a calmness and refreshed mental energy that will make you ready to handle any situation – good or bad.

In conclusion, equanimity is the ability to respond to situations with a balanced and an even mind. It is through equanimity that business owners and managers will find peace and happiness.
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Innovative Management Methods from Real Life – Holacracy

The Las Vegas-based online retailer Zappos – replaced the traditional top-down hierarchy approach with a new Holacracy approach where there are no formal bosses, no job titles and where the employees set their own priorities. This innovative approach was developed by a business guru Brain Robertson with the idea to give employees more of voice and to keep the organization from becoming too rigid or bureaucratic.

This model is not only adopted by Tony Hsieh, Zappos’s founder but also Twitter co-founder Evan Williams (in his new company, Medium) and Time management guru David Allen in his organization.

Holacracy is a self-governing system that aims to organize a company around the work that needs to be done instead of around the people who do it. Job titles do not exist. Multiple circles are formed where employees have to collaborate cross-functionally to perform different functions. This helps the employees to get more exposure in learning and gaining skills that may not be possible within a single circle or team.

In the place of traditional managers, there are people who are designated as “lead links” who have the ability to assign employees roles or remove them from roles within the circle – but they don’t have the ability to tell the employees what to do. Hope this holacracy approach may empowers the employees to emerge as a leaders.
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Stress Faced By Professionals – How To Handle It?

Stress differs from person to person based on the situation. In general professionals whose job include critical thinking, people management, administrative responsibilities, etc., may face stress regularly. Some experts categorized stress faced by professionals in the following way:

Time stress – This type of stress arouses when you fail to manage work and time. If work load and pressure is more, we generally fail to organize work and this disables us to work efficiently. So, proper scheduling of work, making clear decisions about work will help overcome this type of stress. If it is neglected, it can lead to Alzheimer (forgetfulness) or chronic stress.

How to manage it?
Learn to manage time stress in order to be productive at work. For this type of stress, learn good time management skills that include:

  • Create more time in your day for working – This means coming early or working late, so that you get enough time to focus on work.
  • Devote enough time for important priorities – You get easily caught up in urgent task which actually has little impact on your overall output. Thus leaving you exhausted or a feeling that you had worked full day with an outcome which is not meaningful. So, priorities should be on the top of your list.
  • Balance urgent and important tasks – Important tasks are the ones that help you in reaching your goals, so balance urgent and important tasks by spending more time for important tasks.

Anticipatory stress – This type of stress comes when we focus more on future aspects rather than present aspects. For example, thinking about what projects will be assigned to you in near future and delaying your present projects. Being practical enough will help you overcome this type of stress. Concentrate more on present work rather than things coming to you in near future.

How to manage it?

  • Meditation helps in developing focus and concentration on what is happening at present rather than what will happen in future.
  • Learn to overcome the fear of failure – Planning in advance and analyzing all the possible outcome, will help in getting a clear idea on what could happen in future, thus helps in getting over your fear of failure and gives a greater sense for controlling events.

Situational stressThis type of stress is faced by people who cannot handle the situation. If they face a situation, that they don’t expect, they fail to handle it. By preparing yourself in advance for unexpected things, is a best way to overcome this type of stress. Try to be practical rather than conceptual, it will help you in handling your work better.

How to manage it?

  • Learn to be more self aware – This means to recognize the physical and emotional signals that your body sends when you are under pressure.
  • The major source of situational stress is conflict. So learn about the conflict resolution skills in order to handle stress.
  • Understand the physical as well as the emotional symptoms of stress that will help you in managing them appropriately.

Encounter stress – Encounter stress is experienced by people when they worry about interacting with some group of people or certain person. This stress also arouses when your role involves lot of interaction with customer or clients.

How to manage it?

  • You will able to manage this stress by working on your people skill. Discover the areas in which you need to develop thus helping you to improve your people skills.
  • Positive thinking will help overcome encounter stress.
  • Developing emotional intelligence. An ability to recognize the emotions, needs and wants of yourself and as well as others is called as emotional intelligence, thus helps you to interact with others and build good relationship.

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Get To Know Aspects That Would Make Language Learning Much Easier

Learning new language is easy for children who have recently moved to different country. But for adults, learning foreign language is difficulty and they require some effort.

To learn successfully any foreign language, there are many aspects to take into consideration. The main key is to consider is to set goals and to write them down. Learning a language is not different from dieting or running a marathon. Just it requires goal-setting, time and much effort. Whatever the person purpose is, each learner must be ready to give these elements of learning so that he can successfully overcome obstacles that would surely come his way.

You can learn language by listening:
The main important part of learning a language is to listen. A person who listens well would most likely achieve more than people who just hear the things. However any person who wanted to speak in a correct language depends on how he listens to the pronounced words. There are number of ways to listen to a language.

  • By listening to the native persons who talks that language which you wanted to learn.
  • By purchasing cassette’s, tapes or audio CD’s that contains teaching material of that language.
  • Listening to foreign songs: for example, a person who wants to learn Indian language then he should concentrate on Indian songs.
  • Listening to radio stations that play foreign languages.

Attending foreign language sessions and classes
There are many numerous foreign language centers throughout the world. These centers teach basics of language. They also provide advance classes for those people who wanted to learn deeper of that language. Most people who enrolls to these classes are frequent travelers like businessmen and tourists. And also the persons who marries with the foreigners.

Online language learning:
There are number of websites are available that currently offer courses on different languages. You can download some e-books, which teaches foreign language. And also you can get audio tools for better learning. Some of these are free of charge while some can be purchased at a reasonable price.

The best method of learning any language is practicing: A person who practice continuously in speaking foreign language can learn easily.

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How Powerful is your Brain?

While there are hundreds of mysteries out there on our earth, one of the mysteries is always with us. It is nothing but our brain. People try exploring secrets on the world but they could never succeed to explore the power of their brain.

When I visited a psychologist recently to help me out of exam fear, he said some kind words to soothe me out of depression. The main thing he said was that all the humans have same brain power it just defers on how they use it. Well this might be correct but I don’t agree with it. In fact I strongly oppose this thing. If every one had a brain like Einstein then why they were not able to invent many things still; something like you get to learn riding an helicopter just with a mouse click like in a movie. Sorry but the fact that I mentioned Einstein here is that I am a big fan of Einstein and strongly believe that if he were still living today he would have invented something like time machine.

The most common evidence of brain’s wonders is this very blog. How I was able to create such a big set of trash by just arranging 27 letters in different ways.

Knowledge Representation Overview

Knowledge state is a subject in cognitive science as well as in artificial info and knowledge modeling. In cognitive science it is concerned with how grouping store and process information. In Artificial intelligence (AI) and knowledge modeling (KM) it is a way to store knowledge so that programs can process it and use it for example to support computer-aided design or to emulate human intelligence. AI researchers have borrowed state theories from cognitive science. There are state techniques much as frames, rules and semantic networks which have originated from theories of human aggregation processing. Since knowledge is used to achieve intelligent behavior, the fundamental goal of knowledge state is to represent knowledge in a manner as to facilitate inference from knowledge. Here are some of the issues that arise in knowledge state from an AI are:

  • How do people represent knowledge?
  • What is the nature of knowledge and how do we represent it?
  • Should a representation scheme deal with a particular domain or should it be general purpose?
  • How expressive is a representation scheme or formal language?
  • Should the scheme be declarative or procedural?

There has been very little top-down discussion of the knowledge representation (KR) issues and research in this area is a well aged quilt work. There are well recognized problems such as “spreading activation”, “subsumption” and “classification.” For example a tomato could be classified both as a fruit and a vegetable. In the field of artificial intelligence, problem solving can be cut down by an appropriate choice of knowledge representation. Representing knowledge in some ways makes certain problems easier to solve. For example, it is easier to divide numbers represented in Hindu-Arabic numerals than numbers represented as Roman numerals.

What is Entrepreneurial Success

People search for blogs for new or easy business ideas. That always surprises me because the key to success as an entrepreneur is not about generating ideas or finding ideas. The key is in having the discipline to wait. I know that probably surprises you; so let me go back for a second. Too often, people go about this the wrong way. They decide they hate their jobs, they decide that, for whatever reason, they want to start their own company, and so they go look for an idea. Instead I can say Ideas and opportunities for good businesses find you. You don’t find them. You should always be on the lookout for good business opportunities, even when you are happy in your current job.

When you decide you are going to do something, and are just looking for an idea, you make bad decisions. You try to make stuff happen and you end up with an idea that is good but not great. You get in this mindset that you have to do something, and you are rushed into a bad decision. When you wait, when you let the ideas come to you as you seen them, you get the chance to be selective. If your current situation is good, you aren’t in a rush to do something just for the sake of doing it. Instead, you get to wait for a good opportunity. That is the key. To be successful, you need the discipline to wait for the right idea. This may take 5 years, or it may take 5 minutes. The point is that if you rush it, you will surely make a bad business decision.