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Success & Happiness

Ashok Soota was invited by the Ananta Aspen Centre in August 2015 to speak at their CEO Series. He spoke on Success and Happiness in a session that was facilitated by Anuj Poddar, Viacom 18 Media. Watch him in “The CEO Series : Leading in the 21st Century with Ashok Soota” In his words, some suggestions to be happy: Pursue your Passion Create a Mindset of creating a problem into an opportunity A sense of

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Listen and Silent are spelled with the same letters

There was a farmer who lost his watch in the barn. This watch was given to him by his father and there was a sentimental attachment to the watch. He searched high and low, but could not find it. He enlisted the help of  a group of children, promising them a reward. They couldn’t find the watch either. But one little boy went up to him and asked to be given another chance. “Why not”

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H.A.I.L. Happily :-)

The human voice is powerful enough to appease someone or start a war. It is an instrument we all play. How can we speak powerfully so that others love to listen to us? Julian Treasure in his Ted Talk: How to Speak So That People Want to Listen suggests there are seven habits that we need to move away from: 1. Gossip – speaking ill of somebody who’s not present. 2. Judging – to express

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I am Grateful That Thorns Have Roses

Being grateful has been proven to foster happiness, kindness, connection and increase resilience in the face of stressful life events. Happiness, therefore, follows one main prescription: Gratitude. Our disappointments, our resentments, our fears & our low points in life occupy a lot of our attention. Gratitude does not come naturally to us. It has to be worked upon. By making gratitude a habit, we can “begin to change the emotional tone of our lives, creating

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Giving-Hope
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Do we give our people H.O.P.E.?

The Annual Great Place to Work ® Conference was held in Dallas, US in April 2015. Putting together for you, ten take-aways from the conference. Where do we stand? What distance do we need to cover?  – It’s Personal, Not “Perk”-onal “The real core of a Great Place to Work® are the relationships that people have with each other. Google is a great example of this. Virtually every perk they offer is matched by someone else in Silicon

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Gratitude
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I want to live a life of GRATITUDE.

I have seen and learnt that gratitude creates more gratitude. It grows…and grows…and grows… Lori Portka worked for nearly two years to make 100 paintings for 100 people who had a “positive impact” on her life. Her intent was to consciously give the gift of time, love and creativity to those who touched and influenced her life. The hundred people included her family, friends, authors, musicians, teachers and even her car mechanic. Some were people

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Happiness Top

I choose to be Happy

Sometimes life seems to go just right for us. Harmony. Opportunities. Abundance. When everything is in alignment, it is easy to have a spring in our step and a smile on our face. It is easy to be happy. But, how can we be happy when everything is not going very well? Disharmony. Crisis. Lack. A 2015 study of Harvard’s Class of 1980 revealed that happiness comes from choosingto be happy with whatever one does;

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Creating a Culture of Caring

We face myriad challenges in our daily interactions with people. A caring approach can form the basis for transformation – developing; nurturing and mentoring others will create happier and healthier environments that generate greater innovation and better outcomes. Role modeling the principles of caring could truly change the culture of the Company. What does a caring environment look like? How would it envision a set of values that addressed our responsibilities and also align with

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Instilling-Pride
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Instilling Pride

How do we create and build pride among our teams? P – Provide a positive work environment “The climate created by the leader their direct reports predicted the business performance of the entire organization. In 75% of the cases, climate alone sorted companies into high versus low profits and growth.” (Daniel Goleman, in his book, “Primal Leadership”). Let us build an environment where we are mindful of our people. An environment where we are attentive to the

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Ducks Quack, Eagles Soar

Thank you for your patience in reading this. I was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing I noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for me. He handed me a laminated card

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