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Becoming a better manager is easy and Kenneth Blanchard has told us about doing it in one minute!

One Minute Manager was an international best seller which was translated in over 25 languages.

It is about a person who tried to become the best manager. He met a mentor – a person who was great manager. He told him about the one minute principle. Before we proceed to one minute principle, here are a few ideas from the author:

1. If God wishes us to talk more and listen less, he would have created two tongues and one ear!

2. It is not important what people do in front of you. The important thing is: What people do behind you.

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People dream – people desire – people make resolutions on December 31 and yes, on our birthdays – we do think about our goals. The key question: What happens next? We want to reduce weight or we want to study for further educational qualification – we want to start exercise but………..

but…….. very few people take action! Why? How can we set and monitor our goals effectively and that too, by investing only ‘one minute’? Read the rest of this entry »

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where—” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.             —Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland BY LEWIS CARROLL

A few ideas by Keith Ferrazzi from his book: Never Eat Alone! (http://www.keithferrazzi.com/)

In the study, researchers asked Yale’s class of 1953 a number of questions. Three had to do with goals:            

Have you set goals?             Have you written them down?             Do you have a plan to accomplish them?

It turned out that only 3 percent of the Yale class had written down their goals, with a plan of action to achieve them.

Thirteen percent had goals but had not written them down.

Fully 84 percent had no specific goals at all, other than to “enjoy themselves.”

In 1973, when the same class was resurveyed, the differences between the goal setters and everyone else were stunning. The 13 percent who had goals that were not in writing were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84 percent of students who had no goals at all. But most surprising of all, the 3 percent who had written their goals down were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent of graduates combined!

Countless books have been written about goal setting over the last few decades. Yes, it really is that important. Over the years, I’ve refined my own goal-setting process into three steps. But the key is to make setting goals a habit. If you do that, goal setting becomes a part of your life. If you don’t, it withers and dies.

Step One: Find Your Passion

Step two: Put goals to paper

Step three: Create a personal board of advisors

Have you ever sat down and thought seriously about what you truly love? What you’re good at? What you want to accomplish in life? What are the obstacles that are stopping you? Most people don’t. They accept what they “should” be doing, rather than take the time to figure out what they want to be doing. We all have our own loves, insecurities, strengths, weaknesses, and unique capabilities. And we have to take those into account in figuring out where our talents and desires intersect. That intersection is what I call your “blue flame”—where passion and ability come together. When that blue flame is ignited within a person, it is a powerful force in getting you where you want to go.

At forty-four, Feigles decided she no longer wanted to be a hairdresser; she wanted to be an engineer. From the get-go, there were naysayers, people who insisted it couldn’t be done. Their negativity simply provided more fuel for her fire. “I lost a lot of friends during this whole thing,” Feigles says. “People become jealous when you decide to do what no one thought you would, or could. You just have to push through.”

Her story conveys a harsh dose of reality: Change is hard.

You might lose friends, encounter seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and face the  most troubling hurdle of all— your own self-doubt.

Feigles had always planned to go to college. Raised by a single mother in small-town Milton, Pennsylvania, the opportunities were slim. She was married by seventeen and pregnant a year later. She worked full time as a hairstylist in her husband’s salon and raised her only son. Twenty years went by. With her second divorce, Feigles rethought her life. Growth, she reflected, came only from change. And change came only from new goals.

She was working part-time as a secretary at the chamber of commerce when she realized life had more to offer. “I just thought, ‘This is stupid. Why am I on the wrong end of this? Not everyone who has a Ph.D. in physics is Albert Einstein.'” While it’s true not every engineer is a genius, they all know algebra—something Feigles couldn’t claim. So she buckled down and learned the subject within a few months.

After a summer stint at community college, she decided to apply to a top-tier civil engineering school at Bucknell University. The associate dean, Trudy Cunningham, didn’t sugarcoat the situation. “When she arrived, I told her that life was about to get hard. She’s an adult with a life, an apartment, a car, and she was competing with kids who were living in dorms and having their meals cooked.” Luckily, Feigles had always been an avid connector all her life.

She was a member of a number of community organizations, serving on the boards of the YMCA, Milton Chamber of Commerce, and Parks and Recreation Committee. She also had stints serving as president of the Garden Club and the Milton Business Association. She had supportive friends and advisors all around. For the other students, the end of class meant keg parties and football games. For her, it meant a night working at the salon followed by grinding study sessions. Feigles doesn’t remember a day she didn’t think of quitting. She remembers getting back her first physics test. She failed.

 “Another student thought it was the end of the world. I told her not to worry, I wasn’t about to commit suicide,” she recalls with the wry insight reserved for someone who’s been through it. She ended up with a C in the class.

Many sleepless nights and several Cs later, Feigles found herself among 137 other engineers in the graduating class of 1999. No one was more astonished than the graduate herself: “I just kept on thinking, ‘What have I done?’ And then repeating to myself, ‘I’ve done it, I’ve actually done it!'”

With her goals completed, her network has grown—and not only in terms of friends and new business contacts. Today, she’s newly married—to her former boss at the chamber of commerce— and busy with a budding career at the state’s Department of Transportation. Recently she became chairperson of the Planning Commission, where she used to take notes as a secretary.

Reaching your goals can be difficult. But if you have goals to begin with, a  realizable plan to achieve them, and a cast of trusted friends to help you, you can do just about anything—even becoming an engineer after the age of forty.

Your thoughts?


“If some one tells you that a housewife create some skin and hair care products in her kitchen using fruits and vegetables and then turned her hobby into a billion-dollar business which became an international cosmetic brand, would you belive it? Yes, there is a woman who did that. She developed the right strategy, which included the right unique products. Her name is Anita Roddick who founded the multi-million dollar chain of Body Shops“. (www.anitaroddick.com)

“I remember watching the comedy ‘Bruce Almighty’ starring Jim Carrey where God played by Morgan Freeman tells Bruce (someone who feels victimized by God and prays for help),

If you want to see a miracle in your life, then be that miracle.’”

“Neither books nor seminars can make us achieve our goals,

not unless WE make it work.

I believe that we get as much out of anything as we put into it”.

“Most people wait for something external to change them, but what they must realize is that they change themselves with what they learn”.
The above is from the book: Master your mind, design your destiny.
Is there any magical formula for success? Can we say that if a person does this or does that, he or she will be successful?
Adam Khoo believes that there are certain characteristics which are shared by all successful people.

What is the one common factor shared by Adam Khoo, Tiger Woods, Steven Spiel Berg and Bill Clinton?

Tiger Woods, a golfer, had Sixty-four worldwide wins; 56 PGA Tour victories; 14 major championships from 2000 to 2009. (www.tigerwoods.com)

Tiger Woods, at the age of 8, decides his goal: To become number one golfer in the world. At the age of 21, he did that. How? He was focussed on his goal.

Steven Spielberg, director of Jurassic Park, Jaws, E.T. and many other mega hit movies – from the age of 12 wanted to tell ‘stories’ to the world through movies. So he decided to make home videos. He started going to Universal Studios from the age of 18.

In the book: “Living History”, Hillary Clinton says about his husband, Bill Clinton that he used to tell people around him that one day, he (Bill Clinton) would be the President of the United States, when they both were studying at Yale University!

Adam Khoo started with setting a goal: To be the best student and to build a million dollar business by the age of 26. This was the first step: Goal setting.

Therefore, one of the common factor towards success, to begin with, is to have a goal.

Having a goal is the start – We may call it vision, we may call it looking into the future or we may name it otherwise, successful people have a goal to begin with.

Once a goal is set, a person makes his or her strategy to achieve those goals accordingly. A person who wish to earn USD 20,000/-  will have  a totally different strategy than the person who wish to earn USD 200,000/- a year.

For example, imagine yourself as the small business owner of a fruit shop that makes $10,000 in profits a month. Let’s say that you decided to set a goal of increasing profits to $15,000 a month. Would that be possible? Probably. You could work a lot harder, raise prices, increase trading hours, sell on-line or create a loyalty program.

What if you set a goal of making $3 million a month from your fruit business? Would it be achievable? Most people would
say, ‘Of course not, there is no way you can make that kind of money from a fruit business like that!’ True enough. Making $3
million a month from that fruit business is impossible, if the owner continues to use the same business strategy. Yet, if he were
to completely change the way he now does his small localized fruit business, would it be possible?

Happy reading.

Appreciate your comments and thoughts.


If some one tells you that a British housewife create some skin and hair care products in her kitchen using fruits and vegetables and then turned her hobby into a billion-dollar business which became an international cosmetic brand, would you belive it? Yes, there is a woman who did that. She developed the right strategy, which included the right unique products. Her name is Anita Roddick who founded the multi-million dollar chain of Body Shops.

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