Subba’s Serendipitous moments

January 23, 2007

Salary and happiness

Filed under: Uncategorized — Subbaraman Iyer @ 11:24 pm

Rosemary Haefner writes a very interesting piece on Money and happiness. 

While there are some valid points, I think most people want to be treated fairly in terms of compensation, rather than demand more money.

I guess the importance people accord to money varies a lot depending on what stage they are in life and their priorities.

Money and motivation

Filed under: Perspective,Winning strategies — Subbaraman Iyer @ 11:16 pm

The Scientific American has a very interesting article on Money and Mind.

I believe money is definitely a motivator to some extent, but beyond a point, it loses its value as a motivating factor. Successful people have rarely used money as the prime motivating factor. I think they believed in the cause, or genuinely enjoyed the effort. Money was merely the by product.

I also believe that there has to be a right balance between rewarding effort and rewarding outcomes.

Hence I feel deeply distressed when the Singapore Government defends its high ministerial salaries and money becomes the sole determinant to judge people.

Acting on commitments

Filed under: Winning strategies — Subbaraman Iyer @ 10:50 pm

Whenever Thomas Edison had a new idea for an invention, he would announce it to the press, and then he would go to his lab to work on making his ideas into inventions. Committing to his plans publicly gave him a reason to stick to them.

In life, we experience moments that inspire us to reach higher and change for the better, but often actually making that change in our lives is difficult, because we hide behind our doubts and fears, using them as an excuse not to begin. If we make a commitment, with family, friends and colleagues, we will be forced to work on it and will constantly be reminded about the promise we made. A commitment gives us a new power – no matter what comes in our way, it keeps us focused on our goals. Making a commitment is the first step to bringing about a change in your life – it opens the door to achievement.

The next step is acting on our commitments – Are we doing what we said we would do?

The easiest thing is to say what we will do.

The most difficult thing is to do what we said we would do.

Remember: Commitment + Action = Achievement

Need directions today

Filed under: Motivation,Stories,Winning strategies — Subbaraman Iyer @ 10:44 pm

One day a  traveler in a remote country town, convinced that he was on the wrong road, came  to a halt in a village. He called one of the villagers and said to him, “Friend,  I need help. I am lost!”.

The villager looked at him for a moment and  asked, “Do you know where you are?”

“Yes” said the traveler. “I saw the  name of your village as I entered.”

The next question posed by the  villager was: “Do you know where you want to go?” “Yes” the traveler  replied.

“Then, my friend, you are not lost. You just need  directions.”

Many of us are in the same position as the traveler. We  know where we are – sometimes dissatisfied, disappointed and experiencing little  peace of mind. And we know where we want to be – at peace, fulfilled and living  life abundantly. Like the traveler, we are not lost – we just need directions.

It may not take much to find the right road to success, but to reach it  we need an agenda for the present. We need directions for today. (more…)

Learning from kids

Filed under: Business,Education,India,Inspiration,Learning,Winning — Subbaraman Iyer @ 10:41 pm

In our own hectic Daily lives, what can we “so Called intelligent people” learn from this??

It was a sports stadium. Eight Children were standing on the track to participate in the running event.

*      Ready!

*      Steady!

*      Bang!!!

With the sound of toy pistol, all eight girls started running. Hardly have they covered ten to fifteen meters, one of the smaller girls slipped and fell down, due to bruises and pain. She started crying.

When the other seven girls heard this sound, they stopped running, stood for a  while and turned back, they all ran back to the place where the girl fell down.

One among them bent, picked and kissed the girl gently and enquired ‘Now pain must have reduced’.

All seven girls lifted the fallen girl, pacified her, two of them held the girl firmly and they all seven joined hands together and walked  together and reached the winning post.

Officials were shocked.

Clapping of thousands of spectators filled the stadium.

Many eyes were filled with tears.

YES. This happened in Hyderabad, India, recently !

The sport was conducted by! National Institute of Mental Health. All these special girls had come to participate in this event and they are spastic children.

Yes, they were mentally retarded.

What did they teach this world?



Equality among all?

IBM and knowledge management with Web 2.0 model

Filed under: Innovation,Learning — Subbaraman Iyer @ 10:12 pm

Knowledge management or learning management

The abov post talked about the web 2.0 paradigm seems to be more appropriate for the knowledge management environment for corporates. I  was pretty happy to see that IBM has now announced a product (with the so called Web 2.0 principles) to embrace the knowledge management.

For the announcement and details please see this:

I am sure that the “Knowledge management  industry” would stage a comeback!


Filed under: Business,Learning,Perspective — Subbaraman Iyer @ 9:58 pm

Mr. Sadagopan’s blog has this wonderful piece on attention. Listening is often the most under-rated faculty; and surprisingly amongst the knowledge workers.

Does the urge to dominate the discussion and prevail with one’s view point suppress the listening tendency? Honestly, I used to be a poor listener in my younger days, but a stint at a counseling centre where I was listening to people’s problems, issues, concerns deeply sensitized me to how people articulate, and what needs to be listened to.

I understood and realised that the ability to listen is often a very signficant element in the power to heal, deal and even seal an agreement. And I found the difference between hearing, just listening, listening deeply and empathetic listening. Yes, there are different degrees and styles of learning. I thank Wg. Cdr. Murthy (who I have always referred called as Murthy mama) who mentored me during me that time.
Subsequently in all my business engagements (especially during some difficult times), I have found that some of my failures, if not all has been because I didn’t listen well. Even today, despite the proliferation of distraction devices (IM,mobile phone, email, SMS), when I am really keen to solve a problem, and more specifically a ” people problem” I  try to listen: with my body, mind and heart.

Listening to people is often the key to reading a situation well.