Sunday, April 30, 2017

23 Tactics, 100 days! Meet some1 > Stupid than MODI!, Mario Monti 2017 ????????

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Housekeeping:- I am away to Baroda, Monday -Friday (1-5th May) for a Process Safety Management Audit. If you are in and around Baroda, looking forward to meeting folks. Pl Ping me in any form. Thanks.

I have read few of Robin Sharma's books, while I am not an avid follower of him as most of his ideas resonate with other Authors, I have read before, what I like about his work is the ability to kind of give a one stop shop to link and correlate /Calibrate. I received an email this morning on 23 tactics which I reproduce below. All tactics are very useful and I have been following them for some time and find very useful.

#1. Don't check emails or your social feeds first thing in the morning. Exploit your most pristine hours for your most valuable projects. That's what the Titans do. 

#2. Create your "victory move". This is a physical pose you do at certain times of the day to kickstart your mental concentration and unleash your physical energy. Doing so often is a strong ritual supported by some very good science. 

#3. Forgive anyone you haven't forgiven. It's a gift you'll give yourself. [Hard to climb a mountain carrying someone on your back]. 

#4. Remember that the bigger your dream, the more important your team. You can't get to world-class with a low-performing support circle. 

#5. Read "Peak" by Anders Ericsson. 

#6. Get out into nature at least once a day. Tremendous benefits for your mindset, heartset, healthset + soulset. 

#7. Stop being so hard on yourself. You're human. We each have our gifts and our flaws. Our hopes and our fears. You and I are works in progress. Celebrate who you've become. And honor the progress you've made [instead of demanding perfection]. 

#8. Plan your week in intimate detail every Sunday morning. This removes the need to make multiple decisions each day [because you now have a beautiful blueprint in place]. And that frees up your focus + energy to dial into the few priorities that are most vital to your A-game. 

#9. Let go of the relationships in your inner-circle that steal your joy. Your highest life depends on this one winning move. 

#10. Travel more. You'll receive your most genius ideas and experience your happiest moments running through the streets of Paris, swimming with the dolphins in Mauritius and watching the sun set over the Taj Mahal in Agra. 

#11. Have good judgment. Yes, I know I'm old-school on this. But I think we're living in a culture of oversharing. People show up in their pajamas on Instagram, reveal their intimate details on YouTube and have no boundaries on the internet. Go contrarian. 

#12. Breathe more deeply. Regularly. All elite producers do. 

#13. Drink more water. And ginger tea with fresh lemon in it. 

#14. Run my "Daily 5 Ritual". It helped millions of people do amazing things in business + their personal lives. Five small goals done with perfect execution every day makes 150 accomplished goals a month and 1850 in a year. Life changer. Truly. 

#15. Read "What Doesn't Kill Us" by Scott Carney. Fascinating. 

#16. Read "Into The Magic Shop" by James Doty. Moving. 

#17. Get enough sleep. Yes I made The 5 AM Club famous but I've never evangelized sleep deprivation. You absolutely need excellent sleep to perform at otherworldly levels. And to be happy, healthy and strong. [And yes--I'm in year 3 of writing my new book The 5 AM Club. Yikes!] 

#18. Remember that your pain has served your growth. Your setbacks have strengthened your character. And your heartbreaks have helped your heroism. [Let resentments go. And trust life has your back]. 

#19. Find your Dream Room. This is a place you go where you have zero devices to distract you. Schedule chunks of time in here at least 3x a week. To produce Michelangelo-level work. That wows the world. 

#20. Run my "2 Massage Protocol". Getting two 90-minute massages a week isn't an expense. It's an investment in your peak mindset, massive levels of daily energy [you can't inspire the world if you're exhausted], battleproofing against stress + extending your life [a great key to legendary is longevity]. 

#21. Respect time. Learning how to leverage your time like a pro is mission-critical to leading an epic life. So many people want gorgeous results but aren't doing the things required to have those rewards. You can't own your game without installing the core mentalities, routines, operating systems and life structures that the best use every day. 

#22. Protect your willpower. One of the most valuable of your performance assets is self-discipline. You can have a brilliant ambition, a sensational mission, exceptional talents and great products. But without the ability to execute on these--and translate your grand intentions into daily results, nothing happens. So understand that elite performance without regular recovery leads to depletion. 

#23. Be alone a lot. Solitude is where you get to remember your greatness. World-class performers spend a lot of time alone. Envisioning. Planning. Scripting. Practising. Studying. Iterating. You should too. 

Today (Still in USA) marks 100 days of Trump Presidency. I am republican supporter all life but never a Trump supporter. I would admit he has done a good job in 100 days then any one expected/given credit. I would give so far a rating of 7/10. I would give 10/10 for the team of Cabinet which I rate the best since JFK, (Forget White House team which is a disaster)
 as well as 10/10 on Neil Gorsuch selection which has tilted #SCOTUS to a conservative Majority which I am one(Very very ultra conservative). I am confident he would learn on his job and would do course corrections as required. (Amazing all 9 judges are Catholic or a Jew unthinkable 80 yrs back even for one!!! I recollect reading JFK disadvantage was he a Catholic!!!) First Jewish President cum Female one in Sheryl Sandberg in 2028??? 
I read that he is spending he is burning midnight oil on reading Presidential Biography". Also remember, he is a businessmen so sees everything with what is in it for him with no fixed opinion.


hahahhahahhahah!! In my discussions with Anthony on everything under the sun of 5 days travel, I was not surprised why he has reconciled to #BREXIT, despite voting to be in Remain. I have always heard few of Brits expressing rage and frustration over EU Norms (Not surprising I always find EU Norms and way of their ownership of business, very loose with no sense of liability and accountability---> see next paragraph)  and how it hinders things as seen from their perspective. I was always thinking that Narendra Modi is the most inept, incompetent, incapable, inefficient, irrational, irritating, irresponsible, idiotic Prime Minister we ever had or will ever have, but his views and scathing attack on Jean Claude Juncker, the LAX Politician who heads European Commission makes my description of Modi a flattery!!! 

I am not surprised that Bayer-Monsanto merger is facing lot of headwinds in Europe and more so amongst its shareholders!! I wonder,where is the Mario Monti of 2017, to spike the deal is going to spring from?? Personally I would be very surprised if there would be a synergy if any also work culture are Chalk and Cheese to say the least!! Let's see how Right I am!!! I have always felt the USA way of 1) work culture- one company- one law- one geography, 2)accountability, 3) ruthlessness, 4)You are Guilty until proved innocent 5) You have work or life not Work and life; is the way to go!! The US work culture gives you the 3 ingredients that keeps you motivated as indicated by Dan Pink in his book Drive 1) Autonomy 2) Mastery 3) Purpose!! I am aghast at European entities and folks ( Leave the English, they are never considered Europeans by me!!)  lacking a lot in these aspects and leave it local management who are mostly crooks who circumvent compliance more so in so called III world otherwise known euphemistically as  an EMERGING REGIONS !! hahhaahhahahhahahahh!!!!! 

OK, Take it easy, take care, stay safe God Bless.
Karthik.
30/4/17. 0900 Hrs. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Business Travel, Breaking Wind & Email about it, மோ(ச)டி, Option-B& FIX

Housekeeping:-
1) I am using an OLD I pad version to read my EPUB during night time.(So No lights on and Lalitha not disturbed) so kind of intrigued when GOOGLE Stopped access to my OLD IPAD as software version was old and outdated. I could manually override it. Good in a sense such protection exist.

2) As I make call on my Android phone, as soon as I hit number, screen goes blank? Any Remedies?? Thanks in advance.

I had a great business trip to Chennai and Himachal. It was also good to catch up with Anthony Wareham, my Honeywell Boss who has since moved out of Honeywell. I met Anthony after Two and Half years. Time goes very fast. This was my III visit to Himachal Pradesh and every time I visit I am amazed at the warmth, hospitality of people there. It was also a great opportunity to plant a sapling at locations which is my small contribution to environment for having looted so much....... 

Of course the Mayhem at Madras airport at Morning time is horror!! 100 in queue to get in!! (Very less bay) security check through one zone where 500 stand in queue and security posts closed!! Madras Airport one of the worst I have seen in my Global Travel. I agree in USA it can take ages, but then it is a different animal, threats, rules of engagement there!! 

Traditional Welcome at HP site Near Chandigarh 

Punjabi Lunch near Mohali.
I know workplace discipline has hit rock bottom with this generation as well as taking things easy!! But nothing prepared me for the email below. Where is common sense, etiquette!! What kind of norms, values companies teach in employee for personal discipline as well as email ethics!! I just shudder!!( I am told this email is genuine and Linkedin has the employee profile) 



I have no respect what so ever for MODI and his Govt. While he did a good job as Chief Minister of Gujarat and still earns my respect. As a Prime Minister of this country, he is a big let down, a conman in MGR mold, A trickster and above all -NATO------> NO ACTION TALK ONLY hijacked by Hindu goons with saffron scoundrels tinge !! So I was horrified when I watched this video. Aadhar linked to school midday meal? Man u must be a greatest dumb guy, god has ever created!! I know BJP Buggers have no brain between ears or legs, but this is way beyond Galactical Stupidity!!! 

Modi's Aadhar card link to midday meal school! HORROR 

I stumbled up on TOM WOOD, fiction writer in the mold of Colin Forbes, Frederick Forsyth and Jeffry Archer combined and a tinge of Joseph Finder! VICTOR the assassin is a mix of Jack Reacher and Nick Heller. I have gone thro 3 of the series of books and all are very good. I am now reading "THE FIX" by David Baldacci. I also plan to read "OPTION B" by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. It must have been a traumatic experience for her, I am sure her experience with Adam Grant's psychological touch should give folks the experience to be ready when the jolt hits in. Hopefully never, but prepare for worst as they say!!
Ok World, Take it easy, take care, stay safe. God Bless
Karthik
29/4/17,0920am.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

When Idiots Govern us?, Science Tech is Scarry?? Anxiety?? Emmanuel Macron!

Housekeeping:-
1) I would be on Business Travel, Sunday-Thursday, in Madras and Chandigarh. I hope to catch up with Social Media folks, time permitting.

I am aware that we are governed by Idiots of Ministers and ably supported by inept bureaucrats, IAS IPS officers! How else can you explain Rs. 10lacs (25,000$) being spent to cover river with thermocol sheets to prevent evaporation in summer!!! Don't believe me? Read this! (TAMIL
Minister inaugurating Thermocol sheets to cover River @ Madurai! 



I am amazed to read that Israel which has a hostile environment, has been working on Genetically modified bacteria system to detect mines and explosives. Looks too much unbelievable stuff! On the science front, next to fake news, be ready for fake voice appears real to leave hoax messages which can cause disaster in your voice mail etc!! Wonder where tech deception will end? 

It was intriguing to see this data on Score vs Anxiety matrix!! India is missing? I was joking that our kids would give anxiety to others as well as marks would be NEGATIVE for malpractices!! 
Competition score vs Anxiety 
With the French election1st round less than 24 hours away, the most unpredictable one in recent times,it is make or break for France/Europe. With 11 contenders in the fray, choosing the top 2 to go to Round 2 on May 8th is a hazardous guess. However, I am hopeful, that centrist Emmanuel Macron the 39 year old former civil servant and banker would be one of the two to make the cut. It was interesting to read Macron has married Bridgette,a woman 24 years elder to him. She was his teacher !!! Can't think of any popular figure doing that globally!!! 

Macron with his wife, 24 yrs older than him!!

Take it easy take care, Stay Safe.
Karthik
22/4/17,1330 Hrs.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

118, Elevator, Turkey, 8 yr boy!!!!

#252
Housekeeping:-
1) When you are really hungry and look out for lot of good food, no better place than "RAJDHANI" Awesome dinner last night!! Boy wasn't I hungry, it was a loooooong day!! 

I wrote about the 117 year old woman yesterday in my blog! Today, the world's oldest person born in the 19th century died in the 21st century! Emmar Morano of Italy born 1899, died this week. What a life!! What a blessing?? 

I was listening during the morning walk on 50 Things that changed the world and made the modern economy as what it is! Today the topic was on elevators!! What a change it has brought about! Intriguing to hear China requires 360,000 Elevators every year!!! Here is the man who made all sky scrappers possible 1845 through safety catch device for elevators thus making it safe!

Elisha Otis

Today is referendum on constitutional change in Turkey. A crucial vote is taking place now with results expected by late night. Like, Modi, Orban, Putin, Recep Tyyap Erdogan, who started governance of AKP few years back, on a lot of promise is now marching Turkey towards Dictatorial and Islamic regime which can give sweeping power to the president and destroy the 97 year old secular Republic AttaTurk built! I hope Turks many of whom I have interacted in my business days, vote sensibly and defeat his ideas. Would they? 

I leave you with an awesome news of 8 yr boy driving car for 4 yr old sister to MacD!! No Traffic rules broken! Guy learnt driving from youtube!!  ahahha!!

Take care, stay safe, God bless
Karthik

16/4/17 1145am.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

117, Dare to Die, Bernie Madoff,Freebees curse!

#251
Housekeeping:-
1) I am back in Twitter after 100 days absence, I was amazed to see in the 100 days I was away Twitter has added many features which filters info and keeps you away from trolls. While this is 7 years late, it is better late than never.

2) Radhu did a super job of setting things for the Tamil new year, Friday. She puts her mind, it is marvel! 


It was amazing to hear the experience of 117 year old lady! (She is same age as my late grandfather) World was very different. She says she used to see 1 car in entire district back then and she is puzzled by the traffic jams at Nairobi! 


Move Over Russian Roulette the art of taking one life!! Extreme selfie norms to take risk and be lose it is the norm in Russia!! 




Angela Nikolau, the Russian Daredevil Girl Who Climbs Most Dangerous Places to Take a Selfie

I am a huge Robert De Niro watcher, but my movie watching has taken a back seat with fewer than movie a year at most over the last dozen years( I think, 6 in 17 perhaps!). However, I am booking my time to watch the "WIZARD OF LIES" RDN, playing the role of Bernie Madoff! Got to watch how a man can manipulate 50BN$....?? 

I am leaving with Image that came in whatsapp, Freebees are making lazy as well as becoming expectations..... Sad part is this getting across the country!
Take it easy, take care, Stay Safe God bless!!!
Karthik.
15/4/17 0920am

Monday, April 03, 2017

#250, My Top ten Pick out of 249!!! First amongst Equals!

Housekeeping:- 1) CamScan a cool scanner app, Son showed me how to work that!!
                         2) Smart device cooler good phone app to reset overused background apps and cool phone.
As Indicated, this is my 250th BLOG POST. I started blogging NOV 2005 and was practically done with for good 4 years. I thought with Face book, Twitter peaking, that blog posts would vanish! How wrong I was? With lot of abuse, Hijacking by Political goons and their monkey followers, many sane people feel Blog posts are the way to go and is a right way to express without abusive trolls. 

So in this post, I look back at my 249 posts and choose the top 10. I am sure that I put the time, effort,dig deep to post each one of them so all posts are equally favorite. But these 10, I can say are first amongst Equals.
  1. Family First, F**K the rest, always my core philosophy, works superb 45+ years! Rare business visit, Lalitha and Kids accompanied me. November 2005. Amritkala JUL 2009! 
  2. Exit Monsanto, Enter Honeywell, Aug 2006. Great 12 year International HSE corporate career & Global exposure. Pleasure to work with such team,colleagues.I can not think of a single instance, where my colleagues, team or my boss let down each other or failed on deliverable..... 
  3. All my overseas trips  were special in the 20 years,this one extra special hitting 190Km speed on drive between Frankfurt to Hamburg 2006. 
  4. My first flight,was at age of 30,(Long after marriage) and overseas visit at 32!hahha!Radhu managed her visits, a lot lot early at 14. Her US scholarship visit a key highlight and changed her outlook of life...... 
  5. Aug 2007, Baby India at 60, my 44 thoughts, ( I was 44 then), for me 1971 war greatest memory to cherish and carry.Would I even care to post adding 10 more, come Aug 2017, No chance!! Country has gone to dogs, especially in the last 3 years,beyond redemption!!
  6.  I rightly predicted OBAMA would land as POTUS , Jan 2008! His presidency mediocre, but Trump circus makes you feel he did a super job! 
  7. Spousal Jealousy; jealous of working spouse!! interesting!! 2009! I am aghast at people carrying relationship beyond workplace!! How the hell they do that, Man u got to be kidding ??? 
  8. 2010, Global Economic Crisis, my FURLOUGH days!! Man I tell you! That gave me the confidence to go my own! Its been tough sail, but OK! 
  9.  2011 Steve Jobs Death!! What an Impact!! My addiction to internet 1999, 10 years post in 2009!! 
  10. My 100th Post, Knowing my nature of not sticking to things other than Indian Wife, 50,100,150, 200, now 250!! some achivement!!! I plan and promise to post #500 before 2020!! 
I leave you with the picture that captivated me!! hahah!!! So true!! ( I have posted this in BLOG can't seem to find the link in 249!!) 

And the Video, that I almost died laughing even after 12 years!!! Those days  2005 when this floated, no BLOG to link videos!! Now I can!!!  hahahahhahahahhahahahhah!!!!HAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH! BOY!!!  #Deepavali_Petronas_Tamil !!!! 

Take care, stay Safe, GOD BLESS!
Karthik
3/4/17. 1230pm! 

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Ram Mandir gayah बाढ़ mein!! Rich to drain Swamp, Ben Frencz! Dog Sniffs breast cancer, Hindu Goons???

Housekeeping:-
1) Lalitha has updated her professional LINKEDIN profile to hit steam on her Math coaching. Please feel free to invite her to connect your professional network if you are a fellow teacher, Coach,parent looking for coaching etc.
2) My Next post would be 250th BLOG POST commissioned in NOV 2005,it has been dozen years. I plan to mark the magical number with the top pick of post I shared. I might work this out soon. World has even changed a lot in these dozen years, the 45 I remember just mind boggling.
3) My Professional HSE BLOG is taking great shape.It gives me good to chance to think and apply practical aspects of safety. Nearing 2000 Hits! So a shout out here for propagation. 

Looks like the only issue which the solution seem to have been arrived in spite of inept, inefficient, incompetent Modi government has found road block. I am not surprised that RAM MANDIR case is gone on go slow mode as it appears now. This was one of a very few hope/ reason I voted MODI government but knowing BJP buggers,I should have known better!! Their lobbying to influence thinking is next to nothing!! As Lalitha has a favourite saying" மேல் மாடி காலி" No Indian news media covered this!! Now the state government in UP more focused on baning mutton, chicken and who elopes with whom, u can forget development there too!! 
Hahhahah! COOL MEME !!! The lovers on bike in YOGI UP was super!!! 



It was interesting to see Richness of Trump Cabinet? Amazing to see a Man who ran campaign on draining the Washington swamp, has selected people whose net worth would beat top 50 poor countries!? I wonder how poor/Average /middle class Americans who voted Trump would feel? 



Stunning to hear a 98 year old gentleman speaking to BBC about his experience of being the public prosecutor at Nuremberg trials that hunted NAZI Killers!! I cant even comprehend how 22 Einsatzgruppen killing 1 Million people. What was also interesting was he played major part in rescue efforts in WW II and later took to law to hunt the criminals.
Ben Ferencz, Left! 

It was intriguing to say the least to read this article that Dogs can sniff Breast Cancer! Correlations going ballistic?? 

With just six months of training, a pair of German Shepherds became 100-percent accurate in their new role as breast cancer spotters, the Kdog team said. The technique is simple, non-invasive and cheap, and may revolutionise cancer detection
I leave you with the top most dangerous cities! Thankfully ASIA at low scale! Like Sanjayaa we are safe. Also count our lucky star,that, 7 years of Middle east Arab Spring uprising, with all hell holes created, we are in far far safer better place! Thank Almighty! But challenge is would this sustain,may be ok in our life time!! With Hindu fundamentalism on the rise, I am not sure my grandson who would be born, say 2022, wd feel so?? (I am strong believer that if a party like BJP goons got us freedom in 1947,the buggers would have terrozied us (like IS, AQ do now) to shove food through our anus and defecate thro mouth; -bastards)  Remember the secular open outlook Afghan,Iraq 45 years back that even I remember???



Ok, Take it easy, take care, stay safe, God bless!
Karthik
2/4/17. 0900 Hrs. 

Grieving & Counselling! Once More Indian system shit hits the fan!

#290 There are only two things in this world that are certain. One is Death and the other is Taxes!!! While there are good mechanism, pe...