Renew protection.

Having a good insurance policy might be a subtle encouragement to eat junk food and not exercise. ( “I am protected by hospital cover, might as well I should use my insurance”) Having a good job now might be an excuse to not to learn new skills. ( “I made it, I can now settle”) Having a few years of success can make one trust his/her instincts more, and not to listen to others. Protection makes us stable in the short term, vulnerable on the long run. We should renew our protection.

Is giving tabs/smartphones an answer ?

Someone asked me “Do you think giving smartphones and tabs to school teachers , students and government officials, a good answer ?” My answer was ” It depends on the answer you are seeking ” Yes, you may solve the accessibility problem. May be that will help the receiver be more connected. But with out training on content and tools ( let’s say apps) most of them will drift off to the vast ocean of interesting stuff like social media. Desired things like productivity and creativity doesn’t come easy. Internet is full of easy stuff. Judgment and knowledge on hygiene while on internet are crucial. May be we all need it.

Upgrade interviews.

An interview is a matchmaking process. Usually, employer is hunting for skills, candidate is selling skills. Skills can be acquired. Internet can be used to what schools and universities deliver. Of course, a basic education is essential: a school education, a diploma, a degree. Also skills are now renewing, refreshing, and revamping every 6 months or so. Things like hunger, commitment, good judgment, motivate people, delegate, follow up, excitement through getting things done and passion are extremely hard to acquire. It’s a mindset. The earlier you have it, the better. With that mindset, skills can be acquired quickly, effectively. So, hunting for mindsets, and selling mindsets is an upgrade to interview process.

Underdogs can win.

Yesterday Sri Lankan fans threw water bottles on the play ground during final moments of a ODI played between India and Sri Lanka. This is not the first in the history of cricket in Sri Lanka. It happened in 2015 too. “It’s only a few people, not all Indians” ~ Indians, 1996 “It’s only a few people, not all Sri Lankans” ~ Sri Lankans, 2017 Frustration in universal. I’m not condoning the act, yet hey, welcome to reality. No body wants to cheer a side that is losing continuously. No body wants to work in a company that is making losses year after year. Shareholders leave.  Staff jump ship. People invest to win, they take bets on winning. At least fans need to see the hunger in their team to win. Damage is done. Reputation is lost. Frustration is out. It’s ok. What is not ok is to keep things shabby and rudderless. Fans cannot be asked to keep calm.

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There’s always a peculiar reason.

In a forum discussing on violence against children, I got to know that more than 80% of child abuses are done by the family members or the immediate relatives. ‘Why?’ my heart cried. Then the answer came. Children are warned about the outsiders: Do not get in to vehicles, do not talk with people you don’t know. But, family and relatives are assumed to be trustworthy. Because they are assumed trustworthy, children have no doubts about what they do to children. Children even think that is how they are treated. So they do not raise the question. They offer the least or no resistance. And the abuse may go on for a long time, before it is uncovered. One solution came up is teaching children about ‘good touch and bad touch’. Schools in Europe educate the children about it. It’s a good thing. Children can make up their own mind. They are educated. They can decide. There’s always a peculiar

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