Saturday, July 18, 2020

Great Place to Work

I sometimes wonder when I look at websites of various companies the way they showcase about their workplace by putting videos of some select few associate's testimonials, colorful photographs of smiling happy employees and unauditable facts, wondering if they all are real.
It so seems like people associated with those companies are living in utopia and not working there is actually supposed to make you feel deprived of happiness which you never had experienced.

With that, would like to ask few questions to all those who are reading this.
What makes a place great place to work?

Is it the culture of the company?
Is it the policies of the company?
The vision, mission of the company?
The quality of the people in the company?
The compensation structure of the company?
The brand value of the company, how it is perceived by others?

A lot of times I see companies go for external validation (GOD and the jury of the agency only know the reality) as they know if they look inwards they will never get the answer which they want. The more a company boasts about its external accreditation the more I doubt its veracity.

For me if a place is a great place to work, when there is some sense of belonging. Like the way we feel when we are at our homes. If someone says I don't have peace at home, then am sorry it is not the home I am meaning. Now thanks to wfh if someone is working in a bad company, even homes start losing its belonging. As you are constantly carrying the stress, which in pre-covid times was left at bay in office.

Now how does this belonging to company can come?
It comes with the people you are surrounded with, the people with who you spend your work time.
It comes if you feel your objectives are aligned with the company's objectives
It comes if the trust levels are high
It comes when company does what it says and says only what it really means.

Recently a friend and colleague of mine shared an anecdote on Linkedin. Its a story of Shivaji Maharaj how his soldiers went beyond lengths to achieve goals set by their leader and how Shivaji commands total dedication and trust.

A lot of people had reflected several thoughts on how it was achieved.
Basically it is about alignment of goals and empathy by the leader which builds a great team who are genuinely motivated and thus wherever they work even it is deepest of the mines or an oil rig far off in Antarctica makes it a great place to work.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Universal Truth

Bigg Boss Telugu 2

This is a franchise of Big Brother, aired on Star Maa India. I never watched the English or Hindi version of this and was never keen to. It was after Jr. NTR anchoring the show, I started watching the show. I really like his oration and presence of mind. I used to watch only the weekend shows.
With similar expectation have started watching the BiggBoss season 2, thanks to Hotstar I watch at my leisure. This one is hosted by natural star, Nani. He has been improving week over week and I feel on the whole he is good.

Everyone feels that first season is a lot better than second, even I feel so. It is not just about the host, but it is more about the contestants. May be in the pursuit to add more masala, they are spoiling the whole dish.

The following is my take on the contestants of the 2nd season, having watched over 40 episodes
Covering only those left till date (as of episode 41)

Babu Gogineni:
"Man of words but no action"

Gives an impression that he is superior over others and man of his self, but somehow feels he craves for association and follower ship. He has created his own followers in the group by occasionally approving of the actions of his followers. In fact Nutan Naidu is also of similar mentality because of which Babu was totally against him.
He is the only one who laughs more on his jokes. Many times when we laughs, keep wondering whether that was a joke.

Not much, but I think he understands the tactics of tasks quickly.

Deepthi Nallmothu:
"Confused between right and wrong"

Her desperation level is so evident, for ex: in the task where she and Ganesh were hand cuffed
She tries to portray an image that she is a people person, and is very good to everyone but it is only she goes to the nomination point her true colors come out. She is missing the important point that her survival in the show is the courtesy of audience and not the housemates. While housemates may push max her to nomination. Basically she is not a person she think she is.

She has high energy levels are high and involves actively in all tasks

Nandini Rai:

"All that glitters is not gold"

She had many sorry moments in the show, once it was with Bhanu and soon she will have with Kaushal. She isn't as innocent as she sounds, her cunning nature is coming out when she feels that she has a group supporting her in the house. Her presence doesn't really makes an impact, so I feel she is the least deserving contestant in the house

Good looks. People may like different accent

" Perfect blend of innocence & ignorance"

He is fake, when he is showing his performance at the gym area. He should try to behave the way he would be when he is with friends. His communication skill is also poor, may not be a negative for being a contestant, but having selected amongst the lakhs of applications I dont think he is a true representation of general public. He is so ignorant that the other contestants literally are taking him for ride, specially Babu makes fun of him, which I dont like. May be the biggboss management team feels that common man means should be someone who is stupid in front of celebrities.

He tries his best for activities. He is genuine

"Over enthusiastic, over emotional, overactive"

While he may not agree to but he is part of the sub-group dancing to the tunes of some.
While it is not wrong to have aspiration, but he showed his fickle mindedness when was given the task to give up captaincy task and bandana. In isolation he seems to be a good person, but he gets very easily influenced.

He was a good captain and very energetic. Entertains during the tasks as well.
Roll Rida:
"Mass max rap star"

Not much in specific, nothing which lingers for a long period. Except to the one instance he ruins the patch up between Nandini and Bhanu, but then once in a while mistakes happen.

He doesnt give the impression that he is a celebrity, very down to earth. He tries maximum possible to avoid conflicts. Very sportive and hence most of the contestants are comfortable with him. He will be one of the finalists in this season for sure

Deepthi Sunaina: 
"Immaturity forever"

Just because she is younger by age in the team, doesnt mean she expect people to pamper here. Despite Nani warning her on this, her attitude remains same. She is definitely an odd one in the group. Her facial expressions and antics are big turn off. Her baby talk is so irritating, I fast forward the video when her drama starts.

She is cute. Dances well. May be having good follower-ship from her dubsmash.

Tanish Alladi:
"Biggboss has become his life setter, matchmaker"

Too much focus on Deepthi Sunaina, making it difficult for viewers to see his romance. May be he is doing his to add masala to the program. Definitely am sure regular audience is not prepared to see that.

Very active in all tasks. He is a leader by thoughts and doesnt need someone to assign him the title

"Terror in the house"

She is loud mouthed, speaks without thinking much because of which falters many times.
Her arrogance in body language sometimes irritates even the viewers. She seems to have done her home work well on how to handle this competition. Very influential and manipulative in the house. She knows that Geetha and Kaushal are strong contenders hence doesnt like both of them. Managing the rest of the house by her tactics. Her dressing sense may be her personal choice but again considering the average audience, may not really go well. This is the last thing someone looking for masala will want from her.
Active participant and definitely talented. Takes most of the air time. Good dancer.
A strong contender for finals, if she controls her tongue else people will knock her down

Samrat Reddy:
"Hutch dog on weekdays and selfie stick on weekends"

He has no identity of self, despite several warnings from Nani he goes on to play his own way like a dog's tail never straightens. He is very easily manipulated by Teju and Babu.
It is very irritating to see his baby talk and also over romance with Teju.

Active participant in tasks.

Geetha Madhuri:
"Straight forward and no-nonsense"

Basically I am a person who cant stand baby talk by older people. I dont like this overaction in her.

She is very sensible in her opinion and thoughts and doesnt get involved as much as possible in controversies. One of a strong contenders for the finalists.

"One man army"


He is strong by mind, however there would be times when someone gets insecure and because of this reason he tries to find a friend in the house. It is definitely a difficult thing to go through where you dont have anyone who treats as friend, and people make fun behind you. Tejaswini group will never invite him in their discussions. It is very disheartening to see the whole house leaving Kaushal behind and involving in their fun activities. When Pradeep told him about what message Kaushal's wife gave him. Kaushal got emotional, that shows he is feeling lonely in that place. Despite all hardships he never used to lose his cool. I think there is a lot to learn from him. He is very active in all tasks and very much prepared mentally to go long way

Friday, July 20, 2018

Come back

After a long hiatus, posting in this blog. The last post I made was 2.5 yrs back.
By now a lot of my friends, readers would have deleted this link from there bookmarks.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

2015 - Retrospect chap1

As we inch towards the year 2016, I feel it's good to look back the year 2015 and ponder over the things I had done, so comes this post as the first chap. (This is also a good reason to pour some content on to the blog, which has been on hibernation mode for quite long :P) On other note, it also gives me an opportunity to share stories of what kept me engaged outside the blog.

This apart I had participated in a 5k race on 5th of July 2015, for which I have not clicked any pic.

The timings for each of the races are,
  • 10k - Feb'15 - 1Hr 27 min
  • 5k - Jul'15 - 21 min
  • 21k - Aug'15 - 2Hr 45min
  • 5k - Oct'15 - Not timed
  • 10k - Nov'15 - 55min
I am looking forward for more such races in 2016 :) and would like to do 10k in 45mins and half marathon in 2hrs.