The ups and downs of life teach us how to act. We learn from them, generate new ideas and store knowledge to use later. Every text book theory has not come thin air, it has come from the practical experiences and learnings of everyday man. The important aspect that we need to remember is that we must not chain these theories to our pma's. Go out there and apply! Only then will we actually see and learn what the definitions and explanantions really mean!
June 18, 2012
I was never one of those who would ask too many questions in class. I didnt think it was imporatant or even smart to ask questions, I jus needed to have the answers. But coming to warwick has made me realize how important asking the right questions can be. It can unleash a new set of ideas and views about the same topic and we end up learning so much more than we could have. It suddenly changes the picture and makes you think of the same topic in a million more angles. It realeases knowledge and potential from a simple statement. Coming to warwick has taught me alot. To cook, to clean my clothes and more importantly it has taught me the potential of a question. And the potential of a right question at the right time is stronger and more powerful than you can ever imagine.
June 17, 2012
Knowledge sharing is important for every organization. yes i agree to that statement. But is sharing of knowledge different for different nationalities? Like food habits differ i think knowledge sharing also differ greatly. It is the most intricate of all topics i have studied so far and in my one year at warwick i have seen how various nationalities share knowledge differently. Hence there cannot be one way for a multinational company to expect knowledge sharing to be efficient. Cultural differences dominate the generation and sharing of knowledge.
Knowledge can generate from anywhere within an organization.From a clerk till the CEO. every voice is as important as the next. But when there is a business machine running with everyday problems and ups and downs, who has the time to listen to the little voice which could save the company from all of it? Most of the time that voice goes unheard, unacknowledged leading to a loss of millions of dollars. Now this arises a question, is it the managers fault for not hearing out the quiet one or is it the quiet ones fault for not trying once again to make his idea heard. I mean we are all adults responsible for our own lives. The manager could be at fault if he only listens to the loud ones everytime but not in every decision should the quiet ones expect to be treated differently. How does that make it fair for everyone else in the team? I think if the manager during one meeting stops everyone from talking to listen to the quiet one then it is his or her responsibility to make an attempt to speak up during the next meeting. If he or she does not do that then how is it fair to blame the manager?
June 16, 2012
When we look at the concept of knowledge management at first it seems so silly to have a million theories on how to generate, capture and store knowledge. Through school we have been doing exactly that then why make such a big deal out of something that is so simple?
Because when we step out of school and into an organization it is like god just clicked on "zoom" of your life. Suddenly instituitions have 1000's of people when schools have 100. The level of difficulty of tasks and their importance is suddenly zoomed and enlarged. Our existence in the organization is zoomed too unlike that in school. So it is only natural for the tiny things like knowledge to get lost in the pandemonium of it all. But right from nature to our very existence its the small things that count. And just like that the knowledge that we generate without even knowing takes such an unprecedented turn to achieve the highest level of importance. The way we transmit and recieve, the way we shape and restructre, the way we do any acitivity on knowledge is very crucial for an organizations existence.
May 06, 2012
You know that feeling when you buy a new phone?? Your soo excited that you check it every 5 minutes and check for updates for it and make sure it doesnt get a scratch on it and all of that. You are soo passionate that you wanna play with it all day and night.
I think thats where asset management must come down to. Passion. When you set up an industry you need to be passionate about everything that it comprises of, Be passionate about every little thing including your machines and how they are placed and how they are maintained and who is using them. Asset management seems to be a guideline for this passion. OK i luv my factory but what do i do to take care of it? Asset management. I really find the topic interesting because of the intricacies in it. The depth that once feared me now seems to interest me. Its all about how we must ensure the wellness of our assets for our own wellness. I think it is a wonderful topic and is the most practical ive studied.
May 04, 2012
Different people react differently under stressful situations. I for example start getting irritated and cranky, Nini who is usually the bubbly one gets quite and goes into a zone of her own.. so does Ramiz for that matter. Tega tends to take off her earrings and say "This is it!!" quite often and Shalini tends to giggle like theres no tomorrow.
Kbam might not have taught me fancy jargons which I might use tomorrow, it taught me how people work, how they act when they are stressed and more importantly how I act when im stressed. How not to let my emotions affect another group member because or how to contribute effectively in a team.
I personally loved the module because me being as inexperienced in the work environment as i am this module taught me how it might be tomorrow. How i might get stressed and stress everyone else around me. It taught me how to be grateful of people and their work. I loved my team and for as or kbam, never judge a book by its cover!
May 02, 2012
We all have mental models built into our heads. Cultural models, ethical models and even professional models and we keep searching for incidents from real life which might reinforce these models and prove them right. We look for signs which we identify with. Hindus are tuned not to eat beef since it is considered sacred and Muslims stay away from pork. Since we are tuned to this resistance from eating these animals, if anyone puts a plate of beef infront of me, involuntarily i will get repulsed and get off that table.
That is how it is in organizations as well. Employees are tuned to a set of rules or a way of working and when they are faced with an unknown event or a change they tend to be less accepting of the environment. And hence this is the root of an organizational change. Mental models. A person with a more flexible mental model will be more adaptive to new changes in an organization than a person with a rigid mental model. What are trigger points of these mental models? What is it that causes them to change? some fast and some slow? Is it time? since we take time to adapt to a change in the drivers side on the road. Or is it experience? Since an accident might provoke you to change. Is it the importance of the change? or the Cost of it all? Change is ruled by our mental perceptions and an insight into this will help us understand how to make it easier for organizations to accept change.
May 01, 2012
You might think this is boring but have you ever wondered how many paper towels you use when you wash your hands? You pull three of them, use one and throw all three. How much paper are we wasting in the process? ALOT. Heres an interesting video i saw on Ted relating to this : http://www.ted.com/talks/joe_smith_how_to_use_a_paper_towel.html
So anyway why I was thinking on these lines is to emphasize the importance of spreading the smallest of ideas through the power of videos. In an organization improvement can be made anywhere, it doesnt have to be big or expensive, it just needs to be improvement. Teaching your employees how to use a paper towel so that less are consumed is an improvement, or even how to reuse their plastic cups and dispose less of them. Imagine an organization wherein every employee was given a platform to make videos where they show how the little things according to them can help the organization or even themselves for a better tomorrow. I think such an organiation would be thriving with creative ideas and a spread of knowledge. Videos like Ted are interesting to watch since they give us an audio and visual image of the idea, giving our employees a platform to create such quick and easy videos would be a great chance to enhance creativity in the company.
I personally think if Justin Beiber can be born through the power of a video then "the video" is a powerful powerful tool that a company can ride on!
I remember reading somewhere that when a person is reborn, the only emotion he remembers from his previous birth is "Love", not anger or hate or vengence only pure "love" . Like that of a mother toward her child when she is first given her baby after its birth or that of a grandfather to his grandchild when he yells "granddad!!". When I look back upon my past, my childhood and teenage years I dont remember how I cried to go to class or I fell and broke my tooth, I only remember my mum hugging me and saying, "everything will be alright honey" and kissing my cheek, I only remember my friends trying to crack jokes and make me laugh with me looking like a 5 year old with no tooth. Its surprising how strong an emotion "Love" is and how it is also the least celebrated. We celebrate "hate" and wage wars and spend millions on weapons of mass destruction, we celebrate "sorrow" and have elaborate funerals. We cry and show genuine emotions during these sad events but when it comes to "love" we label it on a card or on a heart with a teddy bear.
Love has become such a commercial emotion yet it is the ONLY emotion that lasts. Its funny how we prioritize these momentary emotions of hate and vengence over love, how we break relationships over temporary lapse of memory loss of beautiful years of togetherness.
Sometimes things that expire sooner are given more importance than the long lasting things. Is that why love is given a backseat? Because hate is a momentary feeling?
Well all i can say is that these emotions arent dairy products that you can buy in tesco. They are powerful gifts of god. Love wisely.