How to impact and influence others at work

The ability to impact and influence others is a key competency frequently identified in top performers. While we assume salespeople are good at impacting and influencing, the ability to impact and influence others is often the number one competency in helping, service, managerial and leadership roles. Learning to increase your ability to impact and influence others can make a big difference to your career success.

Impact and influence as a competency is the ability to persuade or convince others to support an idea, agenda or direction. Impact and influence is often linked to organisational awareness. Understanding who the key decision makers are, who wields the power and who the influencers are, enables you to be more strategic in your dealings and approaches with stakeholders in order to get your desired results.

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Below are Q & A section answered by Amit Bansal, CEO Purpleleap

Don asked, I am very experienced in my domain in engineering. I joined an organization recently. What is the best way to get your new junior team mates to have trust and beleif in you? How can i convince the new management that i can add value to the organization?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Don, The Organisation has selected as a prospect to be a Productive resource ensure you keep up that expectation and excel, To have a better influence on your team understand your juniors expectations as to what areas they need your support and Areas where they lag to bridge. thsi will help build confidence among the team and the Management.


djoshi asked, Hi Amit…How can we make our senior understand our view point without offending them
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Joshi, Clearly communicate with facts and positive outcomes as alternative point of view without contradicting your Seniors views.


Ajay asked, I am very good in my work…but nobody appreciates the same.
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Ajay, Work accomplishment is what we all are expected to do at work where as How innovativly and how many of the team is affected does matters. look for opportunities where you can emphasise you innovation which will bring appreciations.


Vikram asked, Amit, I work in a big organization. How can I get the top management guys to take note of me and is there any short cut to reach there myself?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Vikram, As you know every destiny has its own route and expects Time and Experience. there is no shortcut for a destiny however there are alternatives choosing the best one is upto you.


akshay asked, Dear Sir, I own a manufacturing unit , wherein i hav to take work from labourers , and they r not doing work as per the requirement & we don’t an option to remove them , in such a case what should be done???
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Akshay, when there is a need to extract best of the outcomes from Labourers, you need to have a clear benefit plan for them that keeps them motivated. ensure their Basic necessaties are taken care and emphasise how their increased performance will be a booster for the organisation and them aswell. This will lead to a win win solution.


Sanjay asked, Good afternoon mr. Bansal! Being an independent consultant in QA/QC Construction field, what skills I should have to develop to impress my clients?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Sanjay, i am Sure you have the best of skills related to the Construction field technically, however its is most important for you to step into your clients shoes and understand what is that they look up to you as a service provider. introspect and proceed in this direction, it helps.


Rakesh asked, I am Area Manager & Normally people not listen to me also they arae escaping at the right time. What to do to control the people ?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Rakesh, we all work to achieve a Common Goal which is inturn aligned to our individual goals. to have a greater influence on your team ensure to emphasise and motivate them to achive common goals which benefit them inturn. show them credible out comes


Amrutha asked, Hi Amit, I’m a software engineer. I’ve just joined this organization a couple of weeks ago. This monday, I was given my first assignment. I’m very excited about it and want to do my best and show my boss that I am capable of handling more such tasks. Any tips on how I can impress them?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Amrutha, Use such Opportunities to bring in broader advantage for your team in all perspective.


shruti asked, Hi Amit, I work in a advertising agency. We work in teams of four. The other three in my team are people with experience and when we get an assignment they work as a team. At times, I feel like the odd one out. Although I do have ideas in my head, I seem tongue tied at times and am not able to put the ideas out on the table in a logical manner. How can I overcome this?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Shruti, i suggest look into opportunities to have a mind share with rest of the team and understand what your areas of contribution does matter for them and effectively execute it consisten effort will bring in a positive change. Never loose positive outlook.


anju asked, Hi Amit, I’ve been in my present company for almost three years now. Sometimes I feel that no matter what I do, my boss has his own strategy and he wants us just to follow it. How can i make him listen and understand to our ideas as well?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Anju, as a team individuals’ participation in formation of the strategy is important. Ensure you make use of such opportunities to Pitch in your Ideas with a broder view. try to request increased frequency of such discussions where there is ample scope of Thoughts flowing among the team. Persuasion is the key to win team members conscent.


sandip asked, Hi Amit..I am very good when it comes to technical experties but still I cant make impact..what you would suggest me to make imapact..?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Sandip, we are all part of an evolving environment and competitive era, it is the continuous interpersonal effectiveness that keep us ahead of others. our Expertise in this scenario would be the Baseline requirement, however focus on Innovative Initiatives and Interpersonal effectiveness will lead us to the Objective


vikas asked, please give some tips to influence the people at work
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Vikas, to have a positive influence with people at work, be it your Team members or Customers. it is very important to be i) Efective Communicator ii) Be a Good listner- understanding and introspecting rigth is the key to influence iii) Empethatical- to understand the situation from others point of view, iv) Being Credibal- you should be strong in competencies as to why other should seek your support, v)Visualise possible areas where you would be needed to go an extra mile and prove your self

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Source: http://www.rediff.com

Chat Date: May 30, 2012

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Blame it on the system

Earlier this week, many of the Tweet-sending, blog-reading, link-sharing and overall nation-building masses went into a tizzy over a post on The New York Times India Ink blog. Titled ‘An Open Letter to India’s Graduating Classes’, the piece by a partner with professional services firm KPMG pointed out a number of shortcomings in the legions of fresh graduates that India produces each year.

“There are five key attributes employers typically seek and, in fact, will value more and more in the future. Unfortunately, these are often lacking in you and your colleagues,” says Mohit Chandra.

The substance of Chandra’s blog post is hard to disagree with. A number of times in the past, this column has talked about the ‘unemployability’ of the vast majority of our fresh graduates. Many of them, including most of those from our top-flight elite institutions, graduate with little more than the ability to pass examinations. (Which ability, I cannot emphasise strongly enough, has no correlation whatsoever with actually possessing knowledge or understanding the subject of evaluation.)

Chandra broadly points out five key shortcomings: poor communication skills, poor problem solving, low engagement, a lack of interest in continuous learning, and a lack of professionalism.

All these are, no doubt, crippling problems for any individual in any walk of life, leave alone fresh graduates. And yes many, many Indian graduates suffer from them.

The post ends with a call to action: “Be aware of these five attributes, don’t expect the gravy train to run forever, and don’t assume your education will take care of you. Rather, invest in yourself—in language skills, in thirst for knowledge, in true professionalism and, finally, in thinking creatively and non-hierarchically.”

But if Chandra is talking to fresh graduates, he is perhaps talking to precisely the wrong constituency. Because, while I agree that our graduates are hardly manna from heaven, I also believe that they don’t choose to be that way. They don’t transform into shallow, hierarchical, unethical, non-professionals 15 minutes before they graduate.

They don’t sit up and think one day: “You know what? The Indian economy is booming. I am entitled to awesome things. I think I will become a complete tool now.”

I am sure there are some genuine, wilful jerks in our colleges. But the vast majority? Merely products of a system that crushes them repeatedly, year after year, for exhibiting precisely the skills Chandra wants to see more of.

Let us start with hierarchies. A culture that puts elders on a high pedestal, demands unquestioning obedience from children, and shoots non-conformity at first sight, even in companies themselves, has no right to expect its young people to magically blossom into non-hierarchical whiz kids come graduation time. And no business school or graduate college can undo in six years the conditioning that society has done for the first 18.

‘Thirst for knowledge’ must be seen likewise. This thirst cannot evolve independent of schools or homes that encourage inquiry, experimentation and scepticism. While a brief glance at CBSE textbooks indicates that this is changing, we have an educational system that still obsesses with method rather than meaning, and theory rather than practice. And because we are petrified of any subjective evaluation at any level, we equip our young people to deal with a barrage of objective evaluations. This means answering standard questions with standard answers. Where does the issue of non-standard answers, creativity and originality even arise?

Similar observations about professionalism and communication skills can be made. But here colleges and business schools have a greater role to play: skills can be taught and ethics can be imparted.

(I am not even going to get into the issue of what locus corporate India—or corporates anywhere—has to lecture about ethics. That would be too easy, lazy and beside the point. Recently Ernst and Young asked executives all over the world if they would pay a bribe to retain business. Globally, 15% of surveyed executives said they would. But in India, 28% said they were ready to bribe for business. India performed worst.)

But even if you account for social conditioning, poor schooling and inadequate training in college, there is still one step in the graduate employment process that should push back and help unsettle the entire chain: the hiring process.

Simply look at the process of campus placements, where companies can hire in a highly controlled environment. They have access to all the students they want, all the resumes they need and often don’t have to negotiate salaries at all: campus jobs usually come with standard pay packets.

Unless things have changed drastically in the last decade, I recall companies picked resumes and prepared short-lists primarily on the basis of academic performance. The toppers always get picked. Indeed the factors that Chandra mentions—communication, professionalism, ethics—figure, if at all, only at some later stage.

In other words, where are the incentives for graduates to turn away from books and try other things?

Graduates must take Chandra’s message to heart. But so must parents, teachers and the recruiters themselves.

Source: www.livemint.com

Robotic fish shoal sniffs out pollution in harbours

There is something unnatural lurking in the waters of the port of Gijon, Spain, and researchers are tracking its every move. It is not some bizarre new form of marine life, but an autonomous robotic fish designed to sense marine pollution, taking to the open waves for the first time.

“With these fish we can find exactly what is causing the pollution and put a stop to it right away,” explains Luke Speller, a scientist at the British technology firm BMT and the leader of SHOAL, a European project involving universities, businesses and the port of Gijon, which have joined forces to create the fish.

Currently the port relies on divers to monitor water quality, which is a lengthy process costing €100,000 per year. The divers take water samples from hundreds of points in the port, then send them off for analysis, with the results taking weeks to return. By contrast, the SHOAL robots would continuously monitor the water, letting the port respond immediately to the causes of pollution, such as a leaking boat or industrial spillage, and work to mitigate its effects.

The SHOAL fish are one and a half metres long, comparable to the size and shape of a tuna, but their neon-yellow plastic shell means they are unlikely to be mistaken for the real thing. A range of onboard chemical sensors detect lead, copper and other pollutants, along with measuring water salinity. They are driven by a dual-hinged tail capable of making tight turns that would be impossible with a propeller-driven robot.

They are also less noisy, reducing the impact on marine life. The robots are battery powered and capable of running for 8 hours between charges. At the moment the researchers have to recover them by boat, but their plan is that the fish will return to a charging station by themselves.

Working in a group, the fish can cover a 1 kilometre-square region of water, down to a depth of 30 metres. They communicate with each other and a nearby base-station using very low-frequency sound waves, which can penetrate the water more easily than radio waves. However, this means the fish have a low data transmission rate and can only send short, predefined messages. “It’s a good solution, but it requires thinking carefully about what data to transmit and how to use that data,” says Kristi Morgansen, a roboticist at the University of Washington, who was not involved in the research.

Navigation relies on a related system that communicates with four “pingers” at the corners of the port, which act much like GPS satellites for the fish. If one fish senses pollution in an area it can call the others to create a detailed map of high and low concentrations around it, helping port authorities to locate the exact source of the pollutant.

Versions of the fish have been working successfully in the lab for a few years now, but trialling them in a real-life port has proved more difficult. Rough weather has often prevented the researchers from venturing out on the waves, though Speller says the fish would be fine as they can simply dive below the water. But depth has also been a problem – the waterproofing on one component is unable to withstand the pressure at 30m underwater, so it requires a last-minute replacement.

Thankfully the fish are fitted with a variety of safety features if something goes wrong, such as airbags that inflate to make the fish surface, and a GPS and cellphone chip in the fin so that a distressed fish can send its location details to Speller’s phone via text message.

Having demonstrated that the fish can sense pollution and communicate underwater, the SHOAL group now plans to commercialise the design and sell it to other ports in Europe and the rest of the world. The prototypes currently cost around £20,000 each, but mass production should bring that price down.

Speller plans to do more than just track pollution, however – the fish’s modular design makes it easy to swap the chemical sensors for other applications. “I like to see the fish as platform for other things that can be done in the sea, such as search and rescue, helping divers, and port security.”

Morgansen says that underwater gliders have proved successful in monitoring open waters, but they cannot move within the tight spaces of a port or harbour. This means nimbler fish-inspired robots like SHOAL’s may be the way forward. “I think the use of agile underwater robots for monitoring water systems will happen in most ports in the not-distant future.”

Source: www.newscientist.com

How to manage time in office

Managing your time efficiently in office can be one of the most elusive goals when you feel that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that you have to do. We often find people struggling with the balance between their work and their personal lives. Most small business owners (and many people who are not owners!) do not have enough time or energy in a day to accomplish everything they have on their “to do” list and their “dream” list and eventually end up getting stressed.

Ignoring stress and pushing harder in your work to achieve more productivity will lead to burn out. You need to look at ways to increase productivity and lower stress at office, find time to relax, take care of yourself and sharpen your skills. Before you start your day, take time to plan. You should be able to do this in about 15 minutes. Think through your day and decide the tasks you want to deal with. Then as you work through your day, finish each task, delegate it, or set it aside.

Below are the Q & A answered by Amit Bansal, CEO-PurpleLeap

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rohit asked, how to make a to do list lot of work but unable to delegate and manage? pls help… i do have people under me but not i am very sceptical whteher they do the job in the right way or not as i want everything to be perfect to the core
Amit Bansal answers, Perfection as per your standards may not be possible. However, I suggest if a particular task requires extra attention please give clear guidelines to the person doing that task and monitor it more often.


Santoshdaa asked, Sir, Usually my boss ask me to come office on Saturday and Sunday to work. I am in Central Govt. Organization, I respect him and I cant say no to him, neither tell lie, but family life hampering, Suggest me how to get rid with this situation
Amit Bansal answers, You must tell no if this has become a pattern and hampering your family life. It will take you an effort once to say no, but it will fix a lot of things for you.


subash asked, i am planning to start work out in the morning, atleast walking for half an hour, but my son let me sleep after 12 only. after that it is difficult to wake up before 6.30 and go for a walk. i need to leave office by 8 am
Amit Bansal answers, Why don’t you create sometime in the evening to workout? Leave office on time and head straight to a gym.


rman asked, Hi Amit, emails are major distractors of our daily todo lists, at the same they are important, how to manage ?
Amit Bansal answers, Emails are very important part of your work. If you are too distracted close your email client after checking emails and open it once every two hours. I am sure gradually you will be less addicted to it.


Gonsalves asked, Sir, I spend a lot of time on the internet (personal). I am kind of addicted due to which my work suffers. I do not invest my time in learning new task, new skill, etc. How to break the habit ? I haven’t got any promotions in the last 5 years. My colleagues got it after 3 years.
Amit Bansal answers, Please send an email to your IT department to block facebook, gmail, gtalk and other distractions for you immediately.


yogik32 asked, Hi Sir, How to manage time for any new assigned task?…
Amit Bansal answers, Before you assign time related milestones to complete a particular project or task consider the actual hours needed to complete that task and make some time for contingencies. Now ensure whatever timeline you arrive at should be at least 3 to 4 days before the actual deadline assigned to you by your client or department. Only then you will be able to complete all tasks will within timeline and not stressing yourself for it.


SA asked, How we can identify what is critical and what is not so we can put the task on Priorty level and can plan time on the basis of Priorty
Amit Bansal answers, There’s an effective priority matrix suggested by Steven Covey in his book 7 habits. You can use this urgent important matrix to prioritize work. Look up for it. It may help you.


Mohan asked, Hi, In a group meeting how to get excused when you feel that your presence is not essential
Amit Bansal answers, You can give a reason and leave. However if it’s a meeting within internal group which you a part of, then it’s important you attend. There maybe some group announcements which may be relevant for you.


subash asked, hi, i feel to work more after 5.30 pm when the office is calm. is it in my mindset or how can i change it?
Amit Bansal answers, Change your workstation and move to a more calmer place. Find a quiet room if possible.


Teja asked, We are supposed to start our work at 9 AM every day but the clients are located in US due to which we are stretching beyond office hours. Is there a way I can manage the overtime?
Amit Bansal answers, Give a realistic picture to your HR. In most organizations the working hours are 9. So as per your meetings and interactions with US based clients you can inform the HR about flexible work hours. But that should be done in consensus with your department.


mk1166@rediffmail.com asked, How to manage when you have meetings for may be more than 4-5 hours a day.
Amit Bansal answers, It’s a good idea to assess productivity during meetings using past data. If you feel attending all meetings is non productive then you can choose to attend only the ones that are critical.


atrediff asked, How to manage time when new high priorities are coming in, even if u have a To DO list?
Amit Bansal answers, It’s always important that when you have created a to do list do not make it for the entire time spend at work. Leave 2 to 3 hours aside for last minute things. If some day no such last minute things happen then you can take it easy on that particular day.


officeman asked, Which are the key points in office time management
Amit Bansal answers, You must look at your overall time spent in office and the tasks at hand. Along with it you must also look at initiatives and extra tasks you can do along the way. All this can be assessed based on your current productivity.


rohan asked, How to split eight hours a day in office effectively and efficiently?
Amit Bansal answers, I suggest to keep a to do list. It’s an effective way to manage time and productivity.


officeman asked, Out of total 9 hours of duty, ideally how many breaks are a must?
Amit Bansal answers, The breaks should be for one hour. So 8+1 total work hours.

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Source: http://www.rediff.com

Chat Date: May 23, 2012

Etiquette for College Internships

Mom would be so proud of you right now as you head out for your first day of work. You never know what doors will open up for you through college internships, but right now you’re probably only doing this for one of the following reasons:

You’re getting credits for something without going to class.

  • Mom said you need to start getting solid work experience.
  • You are determined to build your résumé up before graduation.
  • Your professor thinks you are a genius and recommended you to this company.

Whatever your reason is for doing the internship, you should embrace this experience as a stepping stone for future job experience. College internships give you excellent experience in an office environment, provide references for your next job, and allow you to put what you’re learning in the classroom into use in the real world.

Tasks performed during college internships will vary from filing and data entry to accompanying the executives to their meetings. No matter what you are doing, you should always be enthusiastic and agreeable. You are learning by just being in the environment and absorbing what is going on around you. The harder and more diligently you work at your internship position, the more responsibility your supervisor will give you.

For whatever length of time you are at your internship—whether it’s a month or a year—you should always conduct yourself in a professional manner. Make sure that you show up on time, dress appropriately, turn off your cell phone, speak clearly, listen intently, and enjoy yourself! If you ever have to leave for a doctor’s appointment or a class assignment, be sure to give your employer a week’s notice.

Finally, if you are at a computer for work, you should not be surfing the latest ESPN scores or shopping on the GAP Web site for a new summer outfit. There is always something to be done, so if you run out of work, take the initiative to ask your supervisor for a new assignment. Similarly, the phone at your desk is for work-related calls, not the gossip from last night’s study session with the cute guy from world civ class. Remember that many college student internships lead to job offers upon graduation, so if you mind your manners and apply your fabulous skills, you never know what they may offer!

Source: www.collegeview.com

THE WORLD IN MY GLASSES

Today the technology has undergone many eventful and unrealistic changes over the past few decades. If we talk briefly about computers then the very indicated or visible feature of development have been the increase in portability factor .the journey from magnetic drums to microchips has allowed the mankind to produce gadgets which can share large amount of data in small space.

But with the  increase in the portability factor the speed of data transfer and user interface have increased the parameters for competition along with the innovation of technology, the top class companies in the world are understanding this fact that the connection between the virtual and realistic life and has brought many revolutionary changes one can ever think about. This has given birth to sensor technology which has been applicable to quite an extent. This technology is based on the expressions of our physical world as a virtual content by the use of sensors.

In this project we have tried to lay stress on the possibilities of technology which could be generated or programmed to make our day to day life more smooth, fast and reliable. “Eyes” are the windows to the world; therefore we need to develop devices which can connect the sensors to our most appealing sense organ

PRINCIPLE OF THE GADGET

We are actually talking about the glasses which are directly connected to our brain with the help of nano technology and sensors. The basic framework of the functionality of the system is directly based on our mental thinking and instructions.

It gives the result of our mental computations and space for “virtual display” through 3-d projection. In a more lucid manner it makes a virtual world before us in order to work on our thought flow process in terms of reality. It allows direct access to internet through the facility of user module without the restriction of problem of signal receiving through a satellite antenna.

USES AND APPLICATIONS

The simple applications of these glasses involve the processing and banking features through physical elements. For example, imagine booking a movie ticket just by looking at a movie poster. Other major applications which have been inculcated in the glasses are as follows:

  • 3-D VIDEO CALLING AND LIVE STREAMING OF ANY VIDEO DATA:

We can directly converse with our family, friends and professional people with a live experience. Live streaming of videos would take 3-d experience to a different level. Imagine watching a video which would appear to happen in real in front of you without compensating the actual physical environment around you.

3-D VIDEO GAMNIG:

This feature would end the gap between virtual and real world. Imagine about entering a game which would allow you to play through physical evolvement in the virtual world.

  • NAVIGATION:

GPS installed would allow us to locate ourselves at any place in the world, also giving us the possible routes and distances in any point of the world.

PROMOTES INVENTION:

This kind of concept would allow us to see the conclusive or final picture of the scientific experiments beforehand, thereby allowing us to exercise control over the no of failures in the experiment.

CONCLUSION

“Welcome to the future”. The 3-d experience which would take the human civilization to a different level. Though this idea has a certain level of limitations but if actualized this concept could solve most of the mysteries of the world in terms of history, science and human psychology. A new virtual world which would create an endless s[pace for every individual, which would and any barriers of communication one could thing about and it could be safely concluded that we would be able to see our future in shades of this magical 3-D classes.

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The report was developed by PurpleLeap Students; Mukul Singh, Kaushal Pratap Singh and Ramendra Vikram studying at Magalayathan University (1st year B.Tech) with the support of PurpleLeap Trainer Hemika Kumar.

How to beat exam stress

Examinations are a time of anxiety and nervousness –not only for the students but also the parents.

To increase productivity and take the exams well, it is also necessary — besides studying hard — to focus on eating habits, sleep patterns, mental and physical fitness.

Here are some tips — for parents as well as students — to beat the examination blues.

A balanced diet is important, especially during examinations. Fresh fruits and vegetables provide children reserves of energy and increase their ability to concentrate.

“With a healthy diet of vegetables, fibre and fruits, your mind stays alert. If you have heavy junk food like pizzas and burgers, it slows down,” says Gargi Sathe, a Pune-based dietician.

“Spicy and salty food just prior to the exams can lead to a lot of sluggishness during the exams. Green, leafy vegetables, fruits, salads and pulses should be encouraged during examinations,” she adds.

She underlines the importance of home-cooked meals — Dal, rice, Roti, a vegetable (alternate between a green, leafy vegetable and sprouts), salads, and a seasonal fruit.

“Many a time, children munch on chips, wafers, etc during studies to beat boredom; instead, eat walnuts, nuts, or fruits,” she says.

Avoid excess tea, coffee and chocolates. “Though they stimulate you temporarily, they will get you tired,” says Sathe.

“Have a small meal prior to the exam; it will help you to be more wakeful during the exam. A heavy meal will make you sluggish,” she adds.

Take care of the eyes

Exam time means a lot of reading, writing, stress and strain. Make sure not to overexert or strain the eyes.

“Make sure there is ample light in the room where the child is studying. Reading with a night lamp is a strict no-no,” says Dr Aniruddha Joshi, an eye surgeon.

Use a table and a chair to study and write, Dr Joshi says. “Leaning on the table or reading in the sleeping position for a long time will strain your eyes.”

Rest your eyes after half an hour of continuous reading; blinking helps. Avoid rubbing the eyes. Splash cold water instead.

Sleep is important

“Do not compromise on sleep,” asserts homeopath Dr Reena Dhaware. She advises strongly against staying awake all night to study. She also advises not to hit the bed immediately after studies; a few minutes are needed to get out of the ‘books mode.’

A short walk, a glass of water or just glancing through magazines before going off to sleep will help de-stress.

Get outdoors

“Students must have at least 15 minutes of outdoor activity even during exams,” says Dr Dhaware. “It helps them exercise and relax their muscles.”

No bans, please

This one is for parents: Don’t ban extracurricular activities for your child. A short stroll in the garden, brief play time (can be a board game too) or some television will help de-stress.

Don’t get obsessed

Talk about things other than examination. This will have a relaxing effect. Share some jokes, some interesting anecdotes of the day to lighten up the atmosphere at home.

Calming techniques

Practise deep breathing, meditation, and other relaxation exercises as part of your daily routine and encourage the child to use them during the examinations.

Be neat and tidy

Give a thought to your clothes, not just while going for the exam, but also during studying. Remember, neat and tidy clothes help lift spirits.

Humour

Laughter, as they say, is the best medicine. You could try watching Tom And Jerry for a while. It will help you relax.

Source: http://www.rediff.com

How to ace your Job Interview

Now that you have completed your education and are ready to set foot on the big wide world and as much as you’d like to be earning some money, the idea of job-hunting can be pretty intimidating for some. If you’re feeling shy and lacking confidence about getting out there and talking to employers, you are far from alone, according to many career counselors.

Job interviews have a lot in common with having a first date. You really want one, and you are thrilled when you get one, but then you start worrying about everything like, what to wear, what to say, what not to say and how not to act like an idiot! Though Job interviews can be nerve wracking experiences, they can also be wonderful opportunities too. If you are well prepared, confident and do everything right, you will make a winning impression and obtain your goal.

Below are the Q&A section answered by Amit Bansal, CEO PurpleLeap

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Kannan asked, This is Kannan. For “Tell me about yourself” can I start with explaining my current role & company and then explain my academics and tell them my past roles and companies. Similarly the first company I worked around 5 yrs ago got shutdown. I am currently working in my third company. During my next interview should I mention to the HR that my first company got shutdown. Would it be a problem for me?
Amit Bansal answers, You must tell about what you are currently doing, what you did in the past and your future plan. Keep it to positives and talk about professional and academic details only.


joseph asked, After working for 9 years and taking 3 years sabbatical leave and when asked by the intervier why they should hire?
Amit Bansal answers, Substantiate what you did during the sabbatical and how what you have learned all these years is applicable to the current job profile that you have applied for. The interviewer asks you the question ‘why should we hire you’…because they want to know how your skills, knowledge and attitude to the requirements of the organization.


Sarju asked, These days I find a lot of my colleagues / ex-colleagues having been asked to leave by their employers. How would one face the next interview? And how would one be able to manage that difficult question – “Why me out of 1000s of people?”
Amit Bansal answers, In India layoffs are still looked at as a result of something the employee may not have done. However that’s not true. It’s the organization which is not able to sustain you and give you appropriate work due to lack of business. If you convince yourself that it’s not your mistake you will be able to talk about it with confidence and not feel it’s your mistake.


sinha asked, I m 50 have been changing field teaching to sales to content development. for the fast 4 yrs i m into content development and wants to remain into it. i m looking for good package now. i have done Project Management too and currently taking course in instructional designing also. how should i present myself at an
Amit Bansal answers, Well, you must highlight your instructional design projects during your interview as well as in your resume. In any interview whatever you talk should be relevant to the job profile you are applying for. So extract all relevant work you have done and match it what the organization wants.


upendra asked, Hi Amit, I’m okay with meeting people one on one, but get nervous when sitting across a panel or group of people. HOw can I overcome this fear for the interview?
Amit Bansal answers, It’s an easier task to be in front of the panel because you will find at least one person favoring you. Alright that was in a lighter note. However while you are addressing a panel try and maintain eye contact with everyone to feel at ease and be calm. If you are two edgy then may be ask a few friend of yours to help you deal with it and help you with mock interview sessions as panelists. Practice will help.


ff asked, what to say when asks “Tell me somethig about yourself” means past experience & faily detail?
Amit Bansal answers, Tell me about yourself is asked to check communication skills and your ability to express your thoughts. Ideally you must include professional and academic details on what you are doing currently, what you have done in the past and what you intend to do in future. Include major achievements and projects that you may have done which can also be very critical to the job profile you are applying for.


ldn asked, how to check the attitude of the person who is being interviewed? What are the relevant questions for that?
Amit Bansal answers, Well you need to first identify what areas in attitude will affect the work an individual will be doing. So if the candidate needs to be good in teamwork, interpersonal skills, etc list down those attitudes and ask situation based questions around these attitudes.


kvrao asked, Some interviewers ask: What are your strengths and weak points? How to answer.
Amit Bansal answers, Interviewers ask this question to find out how aware you are about yourself. So when you answer highlight the areas you are very good at and when you talk about a weakness tell about it along with an action plan to improve or work on that weakness.

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Source: www.rediff.com

Chat Date: May 16, 2012

IT firms head to Germany for Campus Hiring

To boost their image and get more business from Europe, Indian tech companies have started eyeing talent from Germany.

For the first time, Indian tech companies have started going to campuses in Germany to recruit local talent. Companies such as Wipro, Cognizant, L&T Infotech, Prion and multinationals such as Capgemini and SAP have hired 25 interns from Germany to work on offshore projects. TCS and MindTree are also planning to recruit junior level talent from Germany.

This is part of the ‘Vibe’ programme initiated by Prof Karl Kurbel from the Virtual Global University at the University of Frankfurt Oder and Mr Peter Schumacher, CEO of Value Leadership Group, an offshore advisory firm.

Companies that have signed for Vibe will have interns spend three months in India, followed by three months in Germany at the client site. This is the only initiative that is Europe-focussed and specifically on winning junior talent for the offshore IT services industry.

Although IT majors such as Infosys have hired interns from tech colleges in the US and the UK, this is the first time that the Indian IT sector is looking at Germany, thus making its talent pool more diverse.

‘Vibe’ aims to provide undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to experience the global delivery model in action and build understanding of the inter-cultural issues of working in India and with Indian companies.

GROWING DEMAND

“Currently, freshers with global delivery experience cannot be found in the German market and this programme aims to close this gap,” Mr Schumacher told Business Line. There are plans to provide 50 German students paid internship opportunities at leading IT services companies in India on a yearly basis. Industry watchers say that the number of computer science graduates in Germany is increasing and the demand is growing at a fast clip.

Germany, at present, employs about six lakh software engineers and 58 per cent of German firms are concerned about talent shortages in IT, which is resulting in more off shoring to destinations such as India, according to Value Consulting. Also, according to German IT Association, unemployment in Germany in the IT industry is 3.1 per cent and tech companies are positioning themselves as job creators.

With a slowdown in IT spending in most of the large banks in US, Indian firms have already started looking at Europe, which at present contributes to 30 per cent of their revenues. Indian firms are losing out on outsourcing business due to lack of sufficient knowledge of local industries and are trying to address that problem, said Mr Schumacher.

According to a Nasscom report, Indian companies are earning less than $2.6 billion from this region as against the addressable market size of more than $53 billion.

Source: www.thehindubusinessline.com