Ways to convince a Skeptic…

 

Part of my job is to experiment with new ideas and to structure it into a process so that the idea ensures better efficiency at work. En-route this process I deal with people, end users and decision makers, who evaluate the proposal and critique it.


More often than not, most proposals are turned down on grounds that are not technical. No matter how convinced and clear cut the proposal is, I have realized that few people inadvertently are sceptical because of limitations, either of knowledge or finance or anything in-between, on their end.

 

Bottom line is that swaying a person to accept an idea is tough, especially if he or she is a skeptic. To overcome their cynicism, I have learned that I need to adjust my style.


Here are four ways to influence a non-believer:  Continue reading “Ways to convince a Skeptic…”

33 Lessons taught by life and by best friends

Are you living today better than you did yesterday?

This is one of my favorite questions and one we should ask ourselves from time to time.  It allows us to really pinpoint what is working and what is not, what life lessons we have learned, what progress we have made, and what more we need to learn and unlearn.


We are all aware that life is a journey and our goal should be to take as many steps as we can in the right direction. To know that despite the fact that we may make mistakes along the way, when we look back on where we have been, we will be able to see just how far we have come.  Our views and beliefs are more developed, our understanding of our purpose is becoming clearer, and overall we are just living today in a better way than we did yesterday.  We are learning from the life lessons that have come our way.


Here is the list of 33 lessons that life and my best friends have taught me. The list is not exhaustive and the lessons have no particular priority. Continue reading “33 Lessons taught by life and by best friends”

Wasting time in the pursuit of happiness!?

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” ~Socrates

At times I get so involved in exploring a new idea that time passes quicker than it generally does. More often than not, I do not reach the intended crux of the new idea. Any wild exploration is  a meandering journey taking unexpected dips and turns… eventually leading to finding the new idea (good scenario) or finding something unexpected (will-do scenario) or finding nothing at all (dammit!)! At the end of such explorations I wonder whether the idea was really worth the time spent on it? Would it have been better to delegate the exploration to someone who has a better grasp of the idea? Shouldn't I be doing more meaningful structured tasks? Am I really up to writing a blog? Wouldn't it be better to write content for someone and get paid instead?

As I ponder over these time-spans not so well spent, my first impulse was to think of it as something negative — Wasted Time! But was time really wasted? Continue reading “Wasting time in the pursuit of happiness!?”

Building Bridges @ Work

 

The beautiful part of good jobs, apart from the obvious month end pay-checks, is the ability to connect with the end-customer/user and deliver solutions that make a difference in their lives. There is a huge learning curve to ride in such jobs and that by itself is a kicking point for many, including yours truly. However not everyone, especially the end-customer/user, may be ready to join the pleasurable learning curve ride even if it benefits them directly… unless you Build Bridges. Continue reading “Building Bridges @ Work”

How to Accept an Impossible Project

 

When I was young, not many years ago, my blood used to be hotter & redder and I used to take lot of pride in my projects and deliverables. Now the blood is not so hot…maybe not as red also, but I still take a lot of pride in my projects and deliverables. Additionally now I do things that inspire me because when I'm inspired, I am on a non-intoxicated high every moment every second. Continue reading “How to Accept an Impossible Project”