Archive | January, 2015

Swachch Bharat Plus

1 Jan

Amitabh Bachchan tweeted his photos and video of cleaning the streets holding a broom. Priyanka Chopra too posted her video where she did a fantastic job of depicting how dirty the Versova area was and how she cleaned it with her team. Sachin Tendulkar squeezed his hand-gloves to drain the sweat that had gotten accumulated after spending several hours cleaning streets near to his locality along with few other volunteers.

Mr. Modi has indeed done a fantastic job of nominating certain set of celebrities for his Swachch Bharat campaign. This certainly helps to gather a good momentum and get more people (who are mostly followers of such celebrities) to join the campaign of cleaning drive. The celebrities get an opportunity to leverage their popularity for a better use, get to interact with their followers and of course, some of them use it for their publicity too. Nevertheless, I see this as a win-win activity where everybody, and thus the nation, gets benefited. Let me put a disclaimer that this blog has not been written to publicize BJP or Modi. The intent was to derive a helpful context from a good idea and explore if we can apply it to other areas to improvise.

I was wondering if we can extend this campaign rather than restricting it to cleaning streets or dirty localities only.

  • Can we also consider cleaning corruption from our respective regions?
  • Can we consider cleaning our outlook towards women and children and not letting to repeat the incidents like Nirbhaya?
  • Can we get rid of ineffective politicians or officers from our Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, our corporations, Panchayats, systems etc?
  • Can we work together to clean up terrorism and make this world a better place to live without fear?

What are we waiting for? A plan? Modi did not ask anybody to prepare a plan how to drive the clean. The objective was kept simple and it conveyed a message of cleaning. Can we really NOT worry about coming up some ridiculous plan only to realize that it is difficult to execute but simply start cleaning our societies, systems and our minds? We can also start nominating leaders/celebrities in respective domains that can influence followers in right direction to clean up corruption, terrorism or mind. Its not just a broom that helps in cleaning. You can use your intelligence, humor, honesty, compassion etc as well :-). I am sure that if the objective is kept simple and crystal clear – “to clean”, we will find out simple and yet effective ways to clean and emerge as Swachch Bharat.

When are we getting started?

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Obsession achcha hai

1 Jan

Salman Khan is associated with ‘Being Human’. We are simply obsessed being “BITW”.

Every morning, when I plan for the milestones to be completed for that day, I tend to keep them at a level tad higher than the earlier ones.

2014 has passed by and I did a quick check on what milestones planned for the last year were ticked off. Guess what, not many of them! But that doesn’t mean that it was a failure. We have had set our goals pretty high. We have grown only stronger and wiser. We are nevertheless happy that we did learn important lessons on our way. In fact, because few goals/milestones were left incomplete in 2014, our stage for 2015 is set to be even better. Our commitment for being BITW (Best In The World) continues.

  • Every team member is turning into a brand ambassador for the organization, demonstrating more focus on contribution rather than just performance.
  • Every team member is now demonstrating a quick learning curve – we added 5 key ITSM products/technologies/solutions (ServiceNow, ManageEngine, iTop, ITRP and Wolken) to our consulting offerings in last year alone.
  • Our technical discussions have laser focus on architectural and design aspects than mere programming/development.
  • We brainstorm on doing value additions and non-compromising quality rather than just features.
  • We have gone very lean in terms of team size last year; however, that has also taught us the value of time and taking up meaningful activities only.
  • We have been able to find right set of partners for delivering few assignments that were out of our scope but yet, mattered to us from long term perspective.
  • We worked with mostly large customers barring a few assignments with smaller customers in 2014. We have strategized to work with select customers, who consider the long term benefits and treat us as partners rather than average vendors, regardless of size.
  • Geographically, we were able to expand our customer base to an extent. We shall be striving to get a decent market share in 2015 outside India, as we are not just obsessed being BII (Best In India) but BITW.

Oh, by the way, what are you obsessed being? Get obsessed, it keeps you on the track 🙂