Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Thought of sharing *Secret* - Choice to Serve and pleasing the Bosses at workplace? Not always, I guess! Here's a Book I read long before and its a tale of a struggling and failing leader who learns lessons of management - tricks or treats, I wonder!

The Secret by John C. Maxwell (Foreword)Ken Blanchard,etc
Review by : ilaxi

This is the story of Debbie, a struggling and a failing leader, who learns the lessons of management from her Boss. Miserable with her poor performance, the character of Ken's Book, joins the Mentor Program offered by her company and incidentally, Jeff, the president of the company happens to be the trainer. She thoroughly undergoes the training sessions where she realise her mistakes. She is taught to be a 'Serving Leader' rathar than a 'self-serving Leader'. She learns the secrets of success with the five steps :

* Seeing and shaping the future
* Engaging and developing others
* Continuously Reinvent
* Value results and relationships
* Embody the values

Debbie learns whatever is needed to be a good leader, analyze her progress with examples, excercises and tips. In process with Debbie's example, Ken Blanchard has made successful attempt to teach the Leadership Lessons to all successful as well as troubled and failed Leaders. The Book provides a guide to solve problems that seem complex and make it easier with the concepts clear - A choice to Serve. Not always I guess, because while Serving too without being self-served, the Leader becomes a struggler if the Company policies and the Boss Attitude and vision is not focused. Sometimes wavelengths do not meet. However, based on the author's experience and drawn from examples of best leaders, this book gives an insight to improve upon one's own abilities and in serving others, tackle the situations with ease without struggling lamely. Ken Blanchard's experience speaks in volumes. A good Pick.


Monday, March 28, 2005

You think that US is trying to draw India into its global strategic plans by asking New Delhi to join the missile defence system? Do India and Pakistan need any more hi-tech, exorbitantly priced weapons for each other? Aren’t the nuclear bombs and missiles sufficient?


Well, US offers the F-16 Fighter planes but it might adversely have an impact on Indo-Pak relations. It seems to be a game of the Bush administration as clear as it intended to draw India into a strategic military relationship just as Pakistan had been involved in one for decades. CPM Politburea says "The fuelling of arms race between India and Pakistan with the sale of sophisticated weaponry to both countries suits the US interests perfectly as well as providing a good market for its arms manufacturers". Whatever be it, a game plan or a power sale, its upto to the Government to accept or refuse the Offer of US!