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Presence of Mind

Posted: August 27, 2010 in Management
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Once a manager want to test the sense of understanding of their workers. He called all of his employees of unit at one place and asked to prove their intelligence. He kept a covered pot in front of the employees and said “There is a pot in front of you. Your task is to tell what is kept in side the pot.” All of the employees tried to sort out the asked trick. But they could not reach at possible solution.

Suddenly, an employee come forward, uncovered the pot and said “It is empty”. All of the employees began to laugh thinking that he is a stupid. But the manager said that he is a wise person. I asked you to tell the thing inside the pot but didn’t say that you could not open it.

Moral: Dont assume obstacles that dont exist. Take the things in same form as them come to you.

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Once Akbar, the king heard from Birbal, his minister, that money is supreme for all over and a needy person can do anything for money. The kind didn’t aggreed and asked him to search for such a person. Birbal bring a man who was very poor and was aggreed to do any given task for money. The king asked the poor man to spend a cold night in the cold water pond. The man accept the order and completed the task successfully.

Next day he went to Akbar’s court to receive his money. The king asked him that how he managed to spend such cold night in water. The man told to the king that he saw a lamp post at some distance of the pond and he kept his attention on the heat of the lamp. In this way he spent the night. The king denied to give him reward saying that he sought the help of lamp for passing night.

Next day Birbal didn’t came to the court of the king. Somebody told Akbar that Birbal would come after eating Khichri (a salty dish of rice). After 3-4 hour when Birbal didn’t come the king decided to go his home. He found Birbal sitting near burning twigs with utensil filled with khichri very high from the fire.

Akabar told that how he could get the dish cooked when it is hanging at such a height. Then Birbal said “If a man can get heat from the distance of a small lamp then it is very easy getting the dish cooked. It doesn’t matter what is the distance between fire and utensil.” The king realized his mistake and gave reward to the man.

Moral: If you want to say something, that is difficult to express in words, the presentation is the best way to tell the same.

Dreams do come true as long as we can stay motivated in the face of setbacks. That´s where most of us get discouraged.
So often, reality doesn’t measure up to expectations. We can have all these grand plans, whether it is buying a house, making improvements to your kitchen, or write that novel we’ve always dreamed of.

When trying to get yourself psyched for a task, follow a few simple steps, and you’ll see yourself putting forth some real effort.

1. Know your limitations

Don’t set yourself up to fail by setting yourself a task that you can’t possible do.

If you know nothing about concrete, don’t try to build a patio for your house by yourself. If you know nothing about Scottish history, don’t think that you can write a book about William Wallace.

2. Planning and preparation

Once you’ve settled on what it is you’re going to do, whether it’s painting your daughter’s room or writing a
book, plan things out, and prepare.

What are the things you need to do to complete the task, what materials do you need? In the case of the patio example, do you need a building permit? Contact the local building department and find out.

This all feeds into the next point.

3. Research

If you’re planning to tackle a substantial task, find out what you need to do it. If you’re planning to shoot a movie underwater, check out the cameras needed, the safety equipment and whether or not you’ll need to be proficient at scuba diving. If so, and you’re not, sign up for a class.

4. Timeframe

Any job worth doing is going to take time. You can’t expect to write a novel or build an addition to your house in one day.

This goes hand-in-hand with point 1.

You have to allocate enough time to reasonably complete the task. Yet, you must also set yourself a time limit. Giving yourself too much time can lead to stagnation as you keep putting off to tomorrow what you should be doing today.

5. Enjoyment

It’s said that when we’re happy, time flies. So, selecting a task that gives you joy is a perfect method for insuring that you give it your all. That can be difficult when faced with something mundane like mowing the lawn. Well, that’s where point 6 comes into play.

7. Distraction

If the job you have to perform is something boring and uninteresting, you can easily find yourself giving nearly no motivation to it.

That’s where this feature can come into play: give yourself something else to entertain you. If you’re mowing the lawn, slip on an iPod full of your favorite music. Sometimes, the task will require you to be focused, so a distraction is uncalled for. In that case, work it into point 7.

8. Reward

This is a great means of getting a lot of efforts out of you and those working with you. The classic example is the high school sports team doing a carwash to raise money. If the players know that a pizza lunch, with all the trimmings, will be forthcoming when they’re done, they tend to work harder and better.

9. Personal gain

This sort of goes along with reward, but it can much more substantial. If you’re working as a drafter, and passing some college classes or a state test will allow you to get work as an engineer, and thus make more money, you’ll be highly motivated to do so.

When trying to get the most out of your efforts, there are a number of tools you can use to motivate yourself. Yet, the thing most important to remember is that you are only ever in competition with yourself. If reality doesn’t meet with expectation, don’t just assume you’ve failed or not given it your all.

Once two man, a farmer and his neighbour were fighting on an issue relating to the well and its water. The case was sent to the court of Akbar, the king. The farmer said “Sir, yesterday he sold his well to me. Today morning when my wife went to take water from the well, he asked to pay for the water. He says that he has sold the well only not the water of it.” After hearing the problem, Akbar asked his minister Birbal to solve the issue.

Birbal asked the former owner of the well “You have sold your well to him but for keeping water in the well you have to pay him rent or you must take out all of the water at once.” The neighbour was caught in his own trick. He applogised for that. The king also fined him for consuming the time of the court.

Moral: If you do not give the right share to the people, one day you have to pay more than their fare share.