Thursday, February 23, 2006
Our Trip to Ratnalayam

This temple - 'Ratnalayam' is located 30 kilometer away from Secunderabad on the way towards Karimnagar. Lord Balaji and many other deities are worshipped here. The superb scienic beauty and splendour of this place is the centre of attraction for many devotees and lovers of nature as the temple is fully landscaped with beautiful gardens and the Shanku,Namam and Chakram which are very significant to the Lord is structured in the form of a fountain giving a celestial look .

A fountain depicting the divine scene of Lord Vishnu resting on Adishesha with his wives adds beauty and glory to the temple. The temple facilitates Yagashala, Kalyana Katta,Pravachanam Hall,lawns for resting,cafeteria,huge parking facility and play pen for children. Above all the temple is located in a peaceful atmosphere which inculcates true devotion among the people. The beautiful landscape, park and the pleasant breeze even during mid afternoons on a hot summer day make the trip more and more memorable......
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Eight traits of gladiator leadership:

(An Excerpt from the speech of Mgmt.Consultant Greg Smith....)
Gladiators have a mission for which they feel real passion. Call it a purpose, an obsession, a calling: whatever the terminology, good leaders have a defining mission in their life. This mission, above all other traits, separates managers from leaders. In Gladiator, Maximus lived for the mission of killing the evil usurper Commodus and restoring Rome to the values that made her great. Another movie that clearly illustrates this point was Saving Private Ryan. The Captain (Tom Hanks) was able to unite his men in the mission of finding and rescuing Pvt. Ryan. What is your mission?

Gladiators create a vision. Having and communicating a clear picture of a future goal will lead to its achievement. Dare to think great! Maximus helped his fellow gladiators see that they could overthrow their enemies and survive the horror of the battles they were forced to participate in. In business, a leader may create an "enemy"—the economy, the competition, inefficiency—to challenge the energies of his or her people and give them something to fight for.

Gladiators lead from the front—they don’t dictate from the back. In the movie, both when Maximus was a general and a gladiator, he fought up front where the firestorm was heaviest. So does a good business leader. Working "in the trenches" shows that you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty, it helps you fully understand the issues your "soldiers" are facing, and inspires loyalty in your troops.

Gladiators know there is strength in teams. Where would Maximus have been if he hadn’t trusted his men to fight with him and cover his back? Likewise, where would you be without your employees? While the gladiator leader has the skills to draw people together, he doesn’t hog the spotlight. He has care and compassion for his team and wants every member to be recognized for his or her efforts. This is especially important in a time when the old style "command and control" structure is waning. Younger workers (Generations X and Y) tend to be loyal to their coworkers rather than the traditional "organization." This is a positive trend—a "lone wolf" gladiator is an easy target in the open arena, but in a cohesive team, everyone protects his or her fellow fighters.

Gladiators encourage risk-taking. In the Roman Empire, gladiators were expected to die with honor. Refusing to lie down and let one’s opponents win was bucking the status quo. (And certainly, killing the reigning emperor—however corrupt—simply was not done!) If a company does not examine its way of doing things, if it does not push out its boundaries, if it never makes mistakes, it may become road kill.

Gladiators keep their heads in a crisis. Maximus had to think on his feet and refuse to give into terror and panic. He faced the most formidable foes calmly and with focus. Business leaders must do the same. They must take a position and defend it when things go awry. Being graceful and brave under fire is the surest way to build credibility—a necessity for sound leadership.

Gladiators don’t retreat due to the slowing economy, but look for the opportunity under their feet. Gladiators prepare for battle 24 hours a day. Essentially, a Roman gladiator was a fighting machine. To stay alive, his mind had to be constantly on the upcoming battle. Business leaders, likewise, must be obsessed with training and developing their people in good times and bad. People need and want to hone their individual skills and "sharpen their swords." Furthermore, good leaders must constantly learn what’s necessary to survive and unlearn the "old rules." Just because a management style worked a decade ago does not mean it will work in today’s economy—good leaders evolve with the times.

Gladiators are teachers and mentors. Maximus taught his men the lessons they would need to survive in their new role as gladiators. In today’s rapidly changing environment, leaders must also teach and train those who may soon replace them. We are not necessarily talking about formal classroom training. We need leaders talking to people in the hallway, in the restaurant . . . everywhere. Everyone should be mentoring someone. Desperate times lend themselves to the rise of gladiators. That’s why Smith says that rather than seeing today’s economy as a negative, executives should view it as an opportunity in disguise—a chance to position their organizations for the inevitable economic upswing.
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Monday, February 20, 2006
My First Blog
Just now born... Opened my eyes slowly and put my feet on the the bloggers world.
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