Thursday, August 26, 2010

Story With A Corporate Principle

The bath and the bucket story(lateral thinking, making assumptions, dangers of judging people)
We assume so many things about  people,have we ever aksed ourselves the question why? Gradually the scenario is changing but we need to change faster.Coporate communication covers all.
Given the title (on the subject of buckets..) and its quick simple message, this story is a good partner analogy to the rocks in a buckettime management story. Thestory illustrates lateral thinking, narrow-mindedness, the risks of making assumptions, and judging people and situations:Aparty of suppliers was being given a tour of a mental hospital.Oneof the visitors had made some very insulting remarks about the patients.After the tour the visitors were introduced to various members of staff in thecanteen.The rude visitor chatted to one of the security staff, Bill, a kindly and wise ex-policeman."Are they all raving loonies in here then?" said the rude man.
"Only the ones who fail the test," said Bill."What's the test?" said the man."Well,we show them a bath full of water, a bucket, a jug and an egg-cup, and we ask them what's the quickest way to empty the bath," said Bill."Oh I see, simple - the normal ones know it's the bucket, right?" No actually," said Bill, "The normal ones say pull out the plug. Should I check when there's a bed free for you?"
Don't judge people wrongly!
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Creativity Has No Boundaries........corporate communication

Communication is very important factor in corporate world.Present scenario demands more of soft skills than technical knowledge.Technical knowledge is 12.05% and soft skills carry 87.05%! How we present,project and communicate matters! Same thing if we communicate properly it always clicks!This story shows!

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which

said: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat.A man was walking by.He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat.He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign, turned it around,and wrote some words.Soon the hat began to fill up.A lot more people were giving money to the boy.That after noon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were.The boy recognized his foot steps and asked'Were you the one who chnaged my sign ? what did you write?' Tha man said, 'I only wrote the truth,I said what you said but in a different way.' What he had written was 'Today is beautiful,I can not see it.'

first sign and the second sign were saying the same thing? Of course both signs told people the boy was blind.The second sign told people they were able to enjoy the beauty of the day ,but the boy could not enjoy it because he was blind.

 There are at least two lessons we can learn from this simple story.

The first is be

 thankful for what you have. Someone else has less. Help where you can.

The second is: Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently.

There is always a better way!
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bill Gates-A legendary In Technology!

Readers, I am feeling very small writing on Bill Gates. Because I feel short of words to describe this magnificent personality of computers. He changed the direction of technology in the world making the world follow him. He is a combination of giant brain, thorough gentleman, philanthropic heart and a childlike innocence at times!business communication of Bill Gates is done through his technology.Not only technology now Bill has emphasized on corporate communication also.

Gates was born and grew up in Seattle, Washington USA. His father, William H. Gates II was a Seattle attorney and his mother, Mary Maxwell Gates was a school teacher and chairperson of the United Way charity. Gates and his two sisters had a comfortable upbringing, with Gates being able to attend the exclusive secondary "Lakeside School".

Bill Gates started studying at Harvard University in 1973 where he spent time with Paul Allen. Gates and Allen worked on a version of the programming language BASIC, that was the basis for the MITS Altair (the first microcomputer available). He did not go on to graduate from Harvard University as he left in his junior year to start what was to become the largest computer software company in the world; Microsoft Corporation.

Bill Gates and the Microsoft Corporation
"To enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential." Microsoft Mission Statement
After dropping out of Harvard Bill Gates and his partner Paul Allen set about revolutionizing the computer industry. Gates believed there should be a computer on every office desk and in every home.

In 1975 the company Micro-soft was formed, which was an abbreviation of microcomputer software. It soon became simply "Microsoft"® and went on to completely change the way people use computers.

Microsoft helped to make the computer easier to use with its developed and purchased software, and made it a commercial success. The success of Microsoft began with the MS-DOS computer operating system that Gates licensed to IBM. Gates also set about protecting the royalties that he could acquire from computer software by aggressively fighting against all forms of software piracy, effectively creating the retail software market that now exists today. This move was quite controversial at the time as it was the freedom of sharing that produced much innovation and advances in the newly forming software industry. But it was this stand against software piracy, that was to be central in the great commercial success that Microsoft went on to achieve.

Bill Gates retired as Microsoft CEO in 2008.

Bill Gates Criticism
With his great success in the computer software industry also came many criticisms. With his ambitious and aggressive business philosophy, Gates or his Microsoft lawyers have been in and out of courtrooms fighting legal battles almost since Microsoft began.

The Microsoft monopoly sets about completely dominating every market it enters through either acquisition, aggressive business tactics or a combination of them. Many of the largest technology companies have fought legally against the actions of Microsoft, including Apple Computer, Netscape, Opera, WordPerfect, and sun Microsystems.

Bill Gates Net Worth
With an estimated wealth of $53 billion in 2006, Bill Gates is the richest man in the world and he should be starting to get used to the number spot as he has been there from the mid-ninties up until now. The famous investor Warren Buffett is gaining on Gates though with an estimated $46 billion in 2006.

Microsoft hasn't just made Bill Gates very wealthy though. According to the Forbes business magazine in 2004 Paul Allen, Microsoft cofounder was the 5th richest man in the world with an estimated $21 billion. While Bill Gates' long time friend and Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer was the 19th richest man in the world at $12.4 billion.

Bill Gates Philanthropy
Being the richest man in the world has also enabled Gates to create one of the world's largest charitable foundations. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has an endowment of more than $28 billion, with donations totaling more than $1 billion every year. The foundation was formed in 2000 after merging the "Gates Learning Foundation" and "William H. Gates Foundation". Their aim is to "bring innovations in health and learning to the global community".

Bill Gates continues to play a very active role in the workings of the Microsoft Company, but has handed the position of CEO over to Steve Ballmer. Gates now holds the positions of "Chairman" and "Chief Software Architect". He has started that he plans to take on fewer responsibilities at Microsoft and will eventually devote all his time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In 2006, the second richest man in the world, Warren Buffett pledged to give much of his vast fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Bill Gates Receives a KBE
In March 2005 William H. Gates received an "honorary" knighthood from the queen of England. Gates was bestowed with the KBE Order (Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his services in reducing poverty and improving health in the developing countries of the world.
After the privately held ceremony in Buckingham Palace with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Gates commented on the recognition..
"I am humbled and delighted. I am particularly pleased that this honor helps recognize the real heroes our foundation (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) supports to improve health in poor countries. Their incredible work is helping ensure that one day all people, no matter where they are born, will have the same opportunity for a healthy life, and I'm grateful to share this honor with them."

The KBE Order of the British Empire is the second highest Order given out, but it is only an honorary knighthood as only citizens that are British or a part of the Commonwealth receive the full Order. This means that Gates does not become Sir Bill Gates.

Bill Gates lives near Lake Washington with his wife Melinda French Gates and their three children. Interests of Gates include reading, golf and playing bridge.
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Slim Carlos-Made Bill Gates Sleepless In Riches!

Carlos Slim Helu is a Mexican entrepreneur and businessman involved in a varied group of companies that include telecommunications, retail, banking and insurance, technology, and auto parts manufacturing businesses. He is the wealthiest Mexican man, the richest Latin American, and one of the top ten richest men in the world.

The name of Carlos Slim has not reached the corners of the world. By virtue of more than $60 billion, Carlos, is a person who made a history in Mexico. His transition upwards from this position is imminent, as the world's number-one richest man, Warren Buffet, recently announced plans to give the majority of his fortune away. This will leave Carlos as the king of all things money. Carlos is a paradox on some levels. He is a jack of all trades, and seemingly a master at them all as well. His talent for making money defies logic, and his holdings continue to grow at an astounding rate.

Carlos Slim Helu was born January 28, 1940 in Mexico City, Mexico. Carlos isn't of Mexican descent; his parents were Lebanese immigrants: Yusef Salim Haddad and Linda Helu.

He was the 5th of 6 children in the large family, and was the smartest among the siblings. Highly academic inclined right from the beginning. Very much interested in the study, completed his engineering from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. However he always worked with investments. He soon realized his potential and made strategic plans to get wealthy. Huge success followed him, saluting his plans! He found out underperforming companies and made them make a huge profit. This worked wonderfully for Helu and the companies involved. Carlos made his money the way Warren Buffet did, but Helu thinks as an operator instead of a sheer investor. From 2006 to 2007, Carlos' wealth jumped from an already inflated $30-billion to an amazing $49-billion.

His philosophy about having exclusive infrastructure is somewhat different from others. He thinks

"It's not a question of arriving and putting in a whole new administration, but instead, arriving and "compacting" things as much as possible, reducing management layers. We want as few management layers as possible, so that executives are very close to the operations. We also don't believe in having big corporate infrastructures." Even though he has admitted to having very poor computer skills, he sees the Internet and technology as a major growth area in his group of businesses. He owns the largest Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Mexico and had one of the largest in the United States of America with his acquisition of Prodigy. Carlos Internal corporate communication is so well,he clicks deal!More than his business communication degree his attitude helped him.

Technology enthusiast by instinct, he feels"Technology is going to transform people's lives and society everywhere in the world. My main task is to understand what's going on and try to see where we can fit in." In June of 2007 it was reported that the wealth of Carlos Slim Helu increased to an estimated $67.8 billion, making him the richest man in the world.

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