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Teammate to Leader

Posted: June 11, 2014 in Movies

An interesting read which I came across somewhere. Don’t know who wrote it but felt its worth sharing.

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What do you do if you’re suddenly put in charge of a team, a project, a division – or even a company?
Having been an exceptional team member in the past doesn’t mean you’ll automatically be a great captain – in fact, what made you a star performer could actually get in your way. If your individual success hinged on doing superior work, for instance, you may need to overcome a pitfall familiar to straight-A students who end up doing all the work themselves when participating in group projects.

Suddenly accountable for people you can’t control, for work you can’t do on your own and maybe even for the output of people you’ve never met, you might panic. Many new leaders do. But realizing that not even the world’s most spectacular track star can beat the time of a just-average relay team may help you realize that the power of a team can outstrip your own performance, even if it’s world class.

That’s a good starting point for getting out of your own way. Consider some of the following advice, as well.

1. Visualize “winning.” To do this, you’ll need to project all the way to the finish line. Create powerful images in your mind, and then express these objectives in ways everyone will remember – from the boardroom to the shop. It’s important to turn rudimentary wishes into specific goals; to go from earning a profit to earning $1 per share, to go from having happy customers to having a net promoter score of over 75, to go from being socially responsible to setting up 20 scholarships for employees’ kids.
Establishing quantifiable measures and time-frames turns wishes into goals. Goals then transform capable individuals into powerful teams. Unified teams lead to world-class performance. And articulating, measuring and celebrating meaningful goals means attracting highly qualified employees.

2. Build a great team. If you hire talented people and put their interests ahead of your own, good things will happen. Your own commitment to serving your team will spur them to become stewards for clients, vendors, shareholders, other employees – and anyone else who has a stake in achieving shared goals. Once the right team is on the field, your own tasks are simply to make sure they have the resources they need and to clear any obstacles out of their way.

3. Don’t play the popularity game. You may be tempted to be popular, and to that end, you might use the proverbial carrot or another type of enticement to garner support. But don’t give outsized bonuses or spackle over real issues with any sort of “free lunch.” If you build fake esprit de corps by giving stuff away, it means you’re failing as a leader, because in actuality, there are no free lunches. Everything comes at a cost. And as leader, you’re accountable for the yet-to-be-reckoned expense of keeping people in line with bribes. You’ll find that not only do their appetites return, but you’ll eventually need to pay for the “food.”

4. Do play the long game. On a related note, only yield to pressures to fix things in the short run if you’re sure your solutions won’t have negative ramifications in the long run. If you keep an eye on the full array of short-, medium- and long-term consequences, not only will your team come to trust you – even though they won’t always agree with you – but so will the market.

5. Be ready to pivot. New problems will flow from every decision you make, so pick solutions that generate a next set of problems suited to your management abilities. You’re not solving a puzzle where finding the perfect piece will complete the picture; you’re dealing in ever-changing probabilities. So adapt, adjust, iterate until you find a good-enough course of action. Then, carry out your plan as if your life depended on it – it’s more reasonable to strive for perfection in execution than in decision-making.

6. Don’t pass the buck. In private enterprise, power can shift from manufacturer to distributor to retailer to customer, and back again. It all depends on an ever-changing balance between supply and demand. In government, politicians calculate how taking from one generation to give to another may keep them in office – until the wheels of society fall off. As a business leader, you’re a steward, not a politician, so resist the temptation to simply shift burdens. Success rooted in inequity spawns instability and strife, whereas applying fairness, durability and equity will pay dividends over time.

7. Listen to your team. Listening is an important part of your job, so be sure to ask for input. But also remember that the most popular ideas are often the least feasible, so don’t base your decisions on popular opinion or politics alone. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best: “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” Build the personal capital that allows you to make tough, unpopular calls – then make them. Explain your reasoning to your team, and if you’ve listened well to them, they’ll listen to you when you make the tough calls.

8. Pass the baton. If you insist on making every single decision, you’ll have a less-innovative, less-energized and less-committed team. So decentralize decision-making where possible; empower those closest to the facts and then make them accountable.

9. Know that sometimes, there actually is an “I” in team. People are naturally self-interested. Don’t be surprised by this, and don’t punish them for it. Instead, reward those who have enlightened self-interest – who take into account the long view, who consider the concerns of the community in which they’ve chosen to live and who work for the many non-financial interests other people have. Expecting others simply to deny self-interest altogether for an objective you’ve set will merely unleash instability – and can even destroy your organization.

10.Acknowledge your bloopers. Embracing feedback, particularly the negative kind, is one key to recognizing mistakes. Be humble, vulnerable and willing to learn. If you are, your whole team will learn from its mistakes, too.
Leadership is not about being the best producer, or about being liked, or about making speeches – it is, at its very core, about getting the best all-things-considered results. Incorporating the above tweaks into your already well-established pattern of great individual performance will put you on your way to transforming yourself from manager to leader.

As management-consulting pioneer Peter Drucker noted, “Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.” In my experience, doing the right things the right way is the mark of a great leader.

 

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Travel for Living

Posted: December 16, 2013 in Movies
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When I look out of a window from my hotel room where I stay when I travel for office work, I see completely different environment filled with strangers. People so different yet so familiar. I have a tendency to make good relations with hotel waiters, car drivers, guards and other people.

People say I am very good in my people handling skills. I always try to make them happy by asking them about their personal lives and show respect. They love to talk about themselves and you understand how tough life is for some people in this world. Most important they will go to that extra mile just for you and believe me it feels simply awesome.  

In turn I get respect and personal touch which keeps me motivated and makes me feel I m not far from home.

I love to travel on business as this means u meet lots of people, experience various cultures, understand uniqueness among similarities and gain knowledge. Most importantly there is no worry on food and stay expenses.

Travel means for me is to get out of routine life

  • You have lots of “me” time which means you can eat what you want, and do anything like watching movies, play games, talk to friends, surf sports channel. Actually the list is quite long which u are unable to do it at home due to several obvious reasons.
  • You introspect on your life and job. You try to think what’s ur expectations from these and how life is treating you?
  • How r u rating urself against your set goals etc etc.
  • You get to see new places and enjoy nature. I always make sure to take a new route and experience new things.

Trust me; I have been through some of the craziest things ever in my life. I guess most of the life’s best experiences are felt while traveling.

  • Once I was traveling in a car in a hilly place and lighting struck near to us in a tree. We went nuts for sometime and started laughing. It was fear for a moment than joy of being alive. 
  • A guy who told me he has lost his wallet and has no money. I gave him INR 500 to reach home as I felt pity for him. He promised to return money when he gets home. I saw a glow in his face when he got money but it seems it was all vain as he never showed up. I feel pity on myself now and lost trust. I feel the deserving people will not get the money now from me.
  • Had minor accident thrice in a single day. Three large dents in a third party car. Thankfuly.
  • Waited five exhuciating hours to meet a customer. Just imagine what I had been through. F&%$^&%^ that customer.
  • Received 5 orders on a single day. It seems like a dream and I was above the sky after this.
  • Woke up at 6 am traveled to a destination, worked all day, reached hotel. Was awake till 3 am to catch a train. After this ordeal slept like there is no morning. Almost missed my destination station back.
  • Saw a 3 foot lizard in the middle of nowhere and got scared as I was alone and had nowhere else to go but to look and wait.

I guess there are numerous other events like those which I experienced when I traveled for work.

These experiences seem never ending and I look forward to more of it. Most important I love being in sales.

I think I love my job for the time being as change is constant.

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Dear Charu,

I love you and I really mean it from the bottom of my heart. It’s awesome to be with the perfect someone, who is your companion at the same time your “Best Friend”. I have spent half of my life being with you and want to complete it together. You are my beginning as well as end.

It all started when we were teens, we had a spark between us. It slowly and steadily went on to become a bond which is immeasurable and immortal now. I thank god with each passing day for this life and pray him for the same companion in my next life and lives after that. I cannot imagine my life without you. It only grows stronger and mature with each passing day.

Life feels complete being with you. It’s just that I miss you more and realize your true worth in my life, when I am away from you. You are my bright light on a dark and scary path as somebody quoted somewhere “You are my eternal sunshine”.  It fits perfectly here and feels its written for me only. I guess all the lovers think like me.

I regret the days when I have hurt you and made you cry. It seems foolish now as I have put my ego in between our relationship. I promise I will take care of you and will never make you cry. Even if I make you cry ever, I will quickly make it up to you. I will start finding new ways to love you and make you happy.

You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen in my life. Your eyes tell me everything about your mood in a blink of a second but damn they are so sexy. Your lips are juicy and expressive. They express your inner feelings in a way which can only be understood by none other than me. Your angelic face backed by your brown hair adds up to your beauty and it gives me immense happiness and a sense of proud that I am your companion and I got the opportunity to spend the rest of my life with you.

Yours Love,

Prash

Some Interesting Facts about James Bond Movies

  • Bond is a smoker, but he quits in the 80s films, however, in the first Roger Moore movies Bond smokes cigars.
  • Bond was born in Germany; he was raised in Scotland and England, and considers himself to be Scottish.
  • James Bond’s astrological sign is Scorpio.
  • Bond’s father was Scottish and his mother was French Swiss. Originally Ian Fleming chose the name James Bond because it sounded like a good Anglo-Saxon name. When James Bond was 11, his parents died in a mountain climbing accident in the Aiguilles Rouges. After the death of his parents, Bond went to live with his aunt.
  • The 11th Bond film was originally supposed to be For Your Eyes Only but Moonraker was moved up to tie in with the new space shuttle program, as well as the Star Wars craze.
  • Writer Ian Fleming named James Bond, after an American ornithologist, a Caribbean bird expert who wrote the definitive field guide book Birds of the West Indies.
  • As a struggling actor with the National Youth Theatre, Daniel Craig worked in the restaurant kitchens and as a waiter.
  • Goldeneye is the nickname of Fleming’s beachfront house in Jamaica where he wrote the Bond novels and short stories between 1952 and 1964.
  • Former Bond Timothy Dalton is a keen fisherman who also supports Derby County Football Club.
  • All scenes showing Roger Moore running in his seven Bond movies were performed by doubles, since the actor felt he looked awkward.
  • Daniel Craig is the first actor to play James Bond who is younger than the series itself.
  • In Goldfinger, Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus was supposedly comprised solely of women but was actually made up of men wearing blonde wigs.
  • The character of Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) in Casino Royale was based by Ian Fleming on the World War II resistance fighter Christine Granville.
  • From Russia with Love was chosen as the second Bond film after President John F Kennedy listed the book among his top ten favorite novels of all time.
  • The following actors have auditioned for the Bond.
  1. Hugh Jackman
  2. Clint Eastwood
  3. Eric Bana.
  • Author Ian Fleming was a spy himself, perhaps adding the reality that allowed the spy series to permeate through history. Fleming was a Naval Intelligence Officer during World War II.
  • Agent 007 may have never materialized had Fleming not bargained with one of his bosses. Specifically, when Fleming applied for a job with Kemsley Newspapers, owned by the famed London Sunday Times, he asked that he be granted two months of vacation each year. His request was approved, and each year from 1953 until his death in 1964, Fleming used those months to write a different Bond novel while vacationing at his Jamaican estate. The estate’s name? Goldeneye.
  • Sean Connery wore a  hairpiece in all of his Bond movies.

Bond Movies

Dr. No (1962): Sean Connery as James Bond, Ursula Andress as the Honey Ryder and Joseph Wiseman as the villain, Doctor No. Directed by Terence Young. With Jack Lord as CIA agent Felix Leiter.

Storyline : Dr. No intends to destroy a U.S. moon rocket from his nuclear-powered base on   an island near Jamaica.

Budget: $900,000. Released: UK October 5, 1962; US May 8, 1963. Worldwide Business: $59,567,035.

From Russia With Love (1963):  Starring Sean Connery as James Bond, Daniela Bianchi as Tatiana Romanov, and Robert Shaw and  Lotte Lenya as the villains Red Grant and Rosa Klebb. Directed by Terence Young.

Storyline : James Bond is sent to assist in the defection of Soviet consulate clerk Tatiana Romanova in Turkey, where SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) plans to avenge Bond’s killing of Dr. No.

Budget: $2 million

Released : UK, October 10, 1963, US, April 8, 1964

Worldwide Business : $78,900,000

Goldfinger (1964)

Sean Connery as James Bond again, Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore, Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson, Gert Frobe as the villain, Auric Goldfinger, and Harold Sakata as the henchman Oddjob. Directed by Guy Hamilton.

Storyline : Goldfinger plans to explode a nuclear device in Fort Knox to create global economic chaos.

Budget: $3 million

Released: UK, September 17, 1964; US, December 22, 1964

Worldwide Business : $124,900,000

Thunderball (1965)

Sean Connery as James Bond, Claudine Auger as Domino, Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe, and Adolfo Celi as the villain, Largo. With Rik Van Nutter as Felix Leiter. Directed by Terence Young.

Storyline: The film follows Bond’s mission to find two NATO atomic bombs stolen by SPECTRE, which holds the world ransom for £100 million in diamonds, in exchange for not destroying an unspecified major city in either England or the United States.

Budget: $5.5 million

Released : UK, December 29, 1965; US, December 21, 1965

Worldwide Business :  $141,200,000

You Only Live Twice (1967)

Sean Connery as James Bond, Akiko Wakabayashi as Ski, Mie Hama as Kissy Suzuki, Donald Pleasence as the villain, Blofeld. With Burt Kwouk. Directed by Lewis Gilbert. Filmed in Japan.

Storyline:American and Soviet spacecraft disappear mysteriously in orbit. With both nation blaming the other at the time of cold war. Bond travels secretly to a Japanese island in order to find the villains and resolve the conflict.

Budget: $8.5 million.

Released : UK June 12, 1967; US June 13, 1967.

Worldwide Business : $111,600,000

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

George Lazenby as James Bond, Diana Rigg as Tracy Di Vincenzo and Telly Savalas (Kojak) as the villain, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Also starring Joanna Lumley. Directed by Peter Hunt.

Storyline: Bond faces Blofeld who is planning to sterilise the world’s food supply through a group of brainwashed agents unless his demands for an international amnesty met. Bond meets, falls in love with, and eventually marries Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo (1st Mrs Bond)

Budget: $7 million.

Released: UK and US, December 18, 1969.

Worldwide Business : $82,000,000

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Sean Connery as James Bond, Jill St. John as Tiffany Case, Lana Wood as Plenty O’Toole, Jimmy Dean as Willard Whyte and Charles Gray as the villain, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Directed by Guy Hamilton. Filmed in Las Vegas.

Storyline: Bond indulges with a diamond smuggler to infiltrate a smuggling gang later uncovering a plot by his old nemesis Blofeld to use the diamonds and build a giant laser.

Budget: $7 – 10 million.

Released: UK December 30, 1971; US December 17, 1971.

Worldwide Business : $116,000,000

Live and Let Die (1973)

Roger Moore as James Bond, Jane Seymour as Solitaire, Clifton James as Sheriff J.W. Pepper, Geoffery Holder as Baron Samedi and Yaphet Kotto as the villain, Kananga/Mr. Big. With David Hedison as Felix Leiter. Directed by Guy Hamilton.

Theme song by Paul McCartney and Wings. Filmed in New Orleans.

Storyline: A drug lord known as Mr. Big plans to distribute two tons of heroin free to put rival drug barons out of business. Mr. Big later revealed as Dr. Kananga, a corrupt Caribbean dictator, who rules San Monique (where the heroin poppies are secretly farmed). Bond is investigating the death of three British agents, leading him to Kananga, where he stops the drug baron’s scheme.

Budget: $7 – 12 million.

Released : UK July 6, 1973; US June 27, 1973.

Worldwide Business: $161,800,000

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

Roger Moore as James Bond, Britt Ekland as Mary Goodnight, Maud Adams as Andrea Anders, and Christopher lee as the villain, Scaramanga. With Herve Villechaize. Directed by Guy Hamilton. Filmed in Thailand (including Phuket) and Hong Kong

Storyline : Bond is hunted by the golden gun assassin and 007 must hunt him down. The film was set in the face of the 1973 energy crisis. Asian location, shot in Thailand, Hong Kong, and Macao.

Budget: $13 million

Released: UK and US, December 19, 1974.

Worldwide Business : $97,600,000

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Roger Moore as James Bond,Barbara Bach as Anya Amasova, Caroline Munro as Naomi, Curt Jurgens as the villain, Stromberg and Richard Kiel as Jaws. Directed by Lewis Gilbert.

Storyline : The Bond with the help of Russian agent stops the villain Stromberg who plans to destroy the world and create a new civilisation under the sea.

Budget: $14 million.

Released: U,K July 7, 1977; US, August 3, 1977.

Worldwide Business : $185,400,000

Moonraker (1979)

Roger Moore as James Bond, Lois Chiles as Holly Goodhead, Michel Lonsdale as the villain, Drax and Richard Kiel as Jaws. Directed by Lewis Gilbert.

Storyline : Bond must thwart Michel Lonsdale, who plans to eradicate humankind and replace it with a super humans that he has made in a space station.

Budget: $25 – 30 million.

Released: UK, June 26, 1979; US, July 2, 1979.

Worldwide Business:  $210,300,000

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Roger Moore as James Bond,Carole Bouquet as Melina Havelock,Lynn Holly Johnson as Bibi Dahl and Cassandra Harris as Countess Lisl, with Julian Glover as the villain, Kristatos. Directed by John Glen.

Storyline : Bond try to locate a missile command system and prevent it from falling into enemy hands.

Budget: $26 – 28 million.

Released: UK June 24, 1981; US June 26, 1981.

Worldwide Business : $195,300,000

Octopussy (1983)

Roger Moore as James Bond, Maud Adams as the title character, Krishtina Wayborn as Magda, and Louis Jourdan as the villain, Kamal. With tennis pro Vijay Amritraj. Directed by John Glen. Screenplay by George MacDonald Fraser.

Storyline : Bond is assigned the task of following a general who is stealing jewels and relics from the Russian government and uncovers a plot to force disarmament in Europe with the use of a nuclear weapon.

Budget: $25 million.

Released : UK June 6, 1983; US June 10, 1983.

Worldwide Business : $187,500,000

A View to A Kill (1985)

Roger Moore as James Bond, Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton and Chritopher Walken as the villain, Max Zorin. Directed by John Glen.

Theme song by Duran Duran. Moore’s last appearance as Bond.

Storyline : Bond is up against Max Zorin, who plans to destroy California’s Silicon Valley.

Budget: $25 million.

Released: UK June 12, 1985; US May 22, 1985.

Worldwide Business : $160,000,000

The Living Daylights (1987)

Timothy Dalton as James Bond, Maryam D’Abo as Kara Milovy and Joe Don Baker as the villain, Whitaker. Directed by John Glen.

Storyline :Bond is out there to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop him.

Budget: $30 million.

Released : UK June 29, 1987; July 31, 1987.

Worldwide Business :  $191,200,000

Licence to Kill (1989)

Starring Timothy Dalton as James Bond, Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier, Talisa Soto as Lupe Lamora and Robert Davi as the villain, Sanchez. With David Hedison as Felix Leiter. Directed by John Glen.

Storyline : Bond is out for revenge on a Central American drug mafia who has killed his best friend.

Budget: $36 million.

Released: UK, June 13, 1989; US, July 14, 1989.

Worldwide Business : $156,167,015

GoldenEye (1995)

Pierce Brosnan (My Favorite) as James Bond, Izabella Scorupco as Natalya Simonova, Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp, Sean Bean as Alec Trevelyan (Agent 006).  Directed by Martin Campbell.

Storyline: Bond fights to prevent an arms syndicate from using the GoldenEye satellite weapon against London in order to cause a global financial meltdown.

Theme song performed by Tina Turner,  written by Bono and The Edge from U2.

Budget : $58 million,

Released : November 13, 1995,

Worldwide Business : $356,429,941

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, Michelle Yeoh as Wai Lin, Teri Hatcher as Paris Carver, and Jonathan Pryce as villain, Elliott Carver. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. Theme song by Sheryl Crow.

Storyline :

Bond tries to stop a media mogul from creating world major events in turn starting World War III.

Budget: $110 million.

Released: UK December 12, 1997; US December 19, 1997.

Worldwide Business :  $339,504,276

The World is Not Enough (1999)

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, Sophie Marceau as Elektra King, Denise Richards as Dr. Christmas Jones, Robert Carlyle as the villain Renard.Directed by Michael Apted. Theme song by Garbage.

Storyline : Bond uncovers a nuclear plot when he protects an oil heiress from her former kidnapper, an international terrorist who can’t feel pain.

Budget: $135 million.

Released: UK November 26, 1999; US November 19, 1999.

Worldwide Business: $361,730,660

Die Another Day (2002)

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, Halle Berry as Jinx, Rosamund Pike as Miranda Frost, Judi Dench (as M), John Cleese (as Q), Samantha Bond.
Directed by Lee Tamahori. Theme Song by Madonna.

Storyline : After being a prisoner in North Korea for almost an year bond is released and thinks that someone within the British government betrayed him, he tries to find his betrayer and investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul who is funding the development of an international space weapon.

Budget : $142 million

Released : November 18, 2002

Worldwide Business : $431,942,139

Casino Royale (2006)

Daniel Craig as James Bond, Eva Green as Vesper Lynd, Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre and Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter. Directed by Martin Campbell. Theme Song by Chris Cornell.

Storyline: After preventing a terrorist attack at Miami International Airport, Bond falls for Eva green, the treasury employee assigned to provide the money he needs to bankrupt terrorist financier Le Chiffre by beating him in a high-stakes poker game.

Budget: $150 million

Released : UK November 16, 2006; US November 17, 2006

Worldwide Business : $596,365,000

Quantum Of Solace (2008)

Daniel Craig as James Bond, Mathieu Amalric, Olga Kurylenko, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Jesper Christensen. Directed by Marc Forster

Storyline : Dominic Greene an Environmentalist aka a member of the Quantum organization, who intends to stage a plan in Bolivia to seize control of the nation’s water supply. Bond seeks revenge for the death of his lover, Eva Green, and is assisted by Olga Kurylenko, who is seeking revenge for the murder of her family.

Budget: $200 million

Released:UK October 31, 2008; US November 14, 2008

Worldwide Business : $591,692,078.

Skyfall (November 2012)

Star Cast Includes : Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench and Bérénice Marlohe. Directed by Sam Mendes.

Storyline : Bond investigates an attack on MI6 ; it came out that it is part of an attack on “M” by former MI6 agent, Raoul Silva.

This was one of the best Bond movies as per me as it had high emotional quotient along with rustic charm of Ireland with lots of action. MI6 is under attack from an old 007. New 007 must save MI6 before it’s too late.

The movie had few amazing scenes but seemed a bit slow in some parts which was a rare thing in 007 movies. Daniel Craig looks fit than ever and is more emotional as well.

Bérénice Marlohe looks really beautiful and is the perfect bond girl but did not get good screen space.

Budget : 150 million

Released : October 23, 2012

Opening Week in UK : £37.2 million