Why do these wars exist? Why do these barbarian ways of life still practised? Why lose lives for no reason?

Wars weren’t fought to prove anything, but one person’s thought which was right or wrong. That person who was a good orator, could hypnotise people with his thought process. The other side had no option but to defend.
Wars had great leadership applying great strategies. Many a times we fail to understand the very cause of war. We all are matured, can communicate ,convey, discuss, argue, disagree. When we are blessed with verbal skills and thinking capacities, why is it important to prove the might with wars. Animals mark their territories, why are we humans behaving similar.

In modern world , why not show case wisdom with trade war and verbal discussions than having a trade of lives. Where words end, weapons are initiated. But why do words end when we have a dictionary full of them. Fighting was a very ancient way of showing disagreement. Why didn’t fighting replace verbal arguments, strategical and intellectual trade war.
Why do these wars exist? Why do these barbarian ways of life still practised?
As a country you differ in opinion, thought process and practices….Makes sense. All people, societies, states, countries cant think the same. In such a scenario, why not protest against each other banning their products, their investments, adopting their technology .Why not empower people and the country to reduce dependencies or cause harm in an intellectual way? Why lose lives for no reason?

Today’s Leaders or Country representatives on both sides may disagree, cause war , people fight and lose lives for the belief in disagreement. Tomorrow’s leaders might agree. What about those lives lost? Is might shown only by fighting and losing lives?
Technology has come far ahead to change the world to the extent of being amazed. Why didn’t we come to terms with this primitive practice?
Its definitely important to prove that you can strong and defend any wrong by not being submissive. But why cant both sides find better and dignified ways to prove their worth?

-Sucheta Gour

You are a Leader. You are born to lead.Challenges are the fuel and Solutions build your confidence.

You are a Leader. You are born to lead.
Challenges are the fuel and Solutions build your confidence.

Leaders carry a basic instinct of being farsighted.
Risks make your role necessary and significant in any organization.
Most of the decisions are to be made with conviction without having any visibility.
The number of intuitions you get right and the accuracy of the solution towards the problems make you an excellent Leader.

The journey to being a Leader is very intimidating. You walk alone. Your focus is unquestionable. Your visibility cannot be reached by most of them. What you see is not even thought of by others. So the acceptance levels are poor. But you not only carry a vision but also compliment it with your efforts and pave a way through the mist.

You carry the crowd along to reach the destination. You build the direction for many who would be lost otherwise. Your mere presence motivates people.

You can never give relaxation to yourself because everyone around you is observing you. You do not have a choice than to lead by example or to be looked down upon by others.

Your journey is unique. You have the courage to be positive throughout the journey. Your journey doesn’t have a final destination. The destination keeps altering every time you reach a milestone.

A problem needs a solution; a solution doesn’t need a solution. You see solutions to every problem even before it arises. You aren’t a victim of any situation. You are a warrior in any situation.
Hats off – to every leader of any department, Company, State, and the Country. You make the world worth living twice.

-Sucheta Gour

‘Why are you keen on this job?’

‘Why are you keen on this job?’
“It’s pretty challenging, and I like challenges.”

90% of people fail because they want to face challenges designed by themselves.

Defining a self-designed challenge – The intensity should be just how much they can forego, the magnitude should be as much as they can bear, and the duration should be no more than microseconds. This is the recipe for a challenge.

In that case, have we mistaken challenge to be a sneeze. Because they say your heart skips a beat when you sneeze, it lasts a microsecond, it isn’t caused by you, and no one ever died because of a sneeze. But when you hear that your heart skips a beat, you panic. You feel you’ve reborn after every sneeze.

Well….. the commonly expected answer in an interview for ‘Why are you keen on this job?’ is “It is pretty challenging, and I like challenges.”
And when they join an organization, they reason out saying these challenges weren’t expected.
Or on the other hand, you want to do all the homework and figure out how fewer challenges are there in the job? How to pass them on to others? How to find reasons and justifications to convert the challenge into an impossible task before the Bosses?

We are surrounded by people with enormous skills and intelligence but trying to convert all of it into a National waste. We are all born smart and physically, mentally equipped to handle situations and challenges. We have done it time and again also in our personal lives. Then why are we finding escapes when our professional life offers challenges.

Today is the time to invite unknown, unexpected, unfabricated Challenges and accept them irrespective of your age, level, and authority. COVID is a colossal example- personally and professionally. Do not glorify challenges. Do not expect challenges to be customized by yourself. Avoiding challenges is avoiding success, opportunities, and avoiding LIFE. EMBRACE CHALLENGES, EMBRACE LIFE

-Sucheta Gour

Be an encyclopedia, not a dictionary

Be an encyclopedia, not a dictionary, Produce and develop thoughts not repeat words. An orator is an excellent orator if he can word his thoughts to constructive actions and results.

-Sucheta Gour

Save the tree to save your nests. Work towards the health of the branches to hold you strong.

Save the tree to save your nests. Work towards the health of the branches to hold you strong.

People whose jobs are safe to say “If the company survives we survive, the boat will sink if overcrowded, offloading few people is fine to save the rest, Retrenchment of people is not an option, but a necessity to survive “, people who have lost jobs say,” We could have adjusted to pay cuts and more efforts. Plz, allow us to stay.”

Else the trend has been “Oh, it’s difficult to work in this Company. I have a tough time here. I get exhausted working here. The more we work, the more is the expectation. Ignorance is bliss. Carry ignorance and get away with doing more assignments. Everything in the world is more important than taking up more responsibilities at work.”

Very few have had consistency and commitment in what they did pre COVID or post COVID. But even these might have suffered the wrath of the pandemic since the natural disasters don’t differentiate between good or bad, the less committed and more, because the sinners are sinners and the silent audience also are a part of the sin.

But now the safer ones comment on the non safe ones. Such an irony.

Coexisting should be a norm, be it existing with your organization, or existing with your colleagues. Support them by accepting pay cuts, or more efforts at work or empowering your team members. Support people who have lost jobs, emotionally by helping them take up voluntary assignments. Build their confidence. Assure them that this will also pass by. We will build a bigger boat to onboard them again. Hold on.
But holistically, everyone needs a transformation to undergo now be it the best, the moderate or good. Reinventing self is the only way to survive.

-Sucheta Gour

Humbleness is a curse or a blessing? What should motivate you to be humble?

Humbleness is a curse or a blessing?
It’s a curse when people look down upon you. It’s a blessing when they value your worth. 99% of the people feel you are unworthy, weak, moronic when you are humble. That’s the reason you find very few of them.

What should motivate you to be humble?
Mere reason that you should respect every single person either for his/her knowledge, or position, or age motivates you to be humble. And respect will be earned only when you respect others.

-Sucheta Gour

Whose jobs may be at risk with this evolution of the industry? How is the industry trying to plan its efficiency with respect to resources?

Whose jobs may be at risk with this evolution of the industry?
How is the industry trying to plan its efficiency with respect to resources?
Every company is facing unknown risks. And every company is uncertain about economic progress.

The calculation of damage from COVID-19 will continue for at least 18 months. Working capital will be impacted, Inflowing business analysis will fluctuate hugely to sustain the market.
In such a scenario, the order of cost-cutting will be – resource retrenchment, pay cuts, and infrastructure cost reduction.

Recent Hires – Last come to go first. The company has not experienced the performance of a new joinee. And the resource has still not proven his credibilities to count on his performance. So their jobs might be at stake.

Support departmentsHR/ Accounts/ Procurement/ Quality etc., or any such areas not driven directly by P & L – such jobs which may be digitalized or outsourced – need basis or consulting basis. the other option is the volume of work can be increased and the number of resources can be reduced.

Coordinating jobs – Any coordinating jobs like project coordination, procurement coordination with cross-functional teams that can again be digitalized with single window interaction.

Supervisory levels – Multi-levels of supervision like Asst Mgr, Manager, Sr Manager which can be replaced with more number of reportees to one person keeping the hierarchy less complex.

Repetitive jobs – Quality check by different people, purchase activities, or back up resources where accountability can be increased with one person.

Costlier resources – Resources at Sr level or expensive resources at any level. Since now the market will be flooded with resources willing to join on same salaries as earlier or lesser too to survive and sustain, hence costlier resources will be on target

Less adaptive, less proactive:
Resources with will issue, or poor interpersonal skills. Not flexible enough to own additional responsibilities at this time of crisis. Sticking to the expectations given at the time of joining and not understanding the changed scenario and multi-task after COVID-19. Not willing to take up end to end accountability.

Continuous mentoring and monitoring
Employers, Sr Management and Managers have two choices in this scenario – invest your time in strategic planning, business acquisition, financial planning

OR

Exhaust your bandwidth in building better understanding, repetitive training, hand-holding your team members in delivering, In such a scenario such employees are preferred who are fast learners, self-motivated, better skilled, have a better understanding, better committed, more positive and take the ownership.

Of course, certain sectors like tourism, auto, airlines, retail, are affected by the rule and even the best of the employees will have to be losing jobs here.
Or a few more have lost jobs due to traveling back to their native places or not having internet connectivity to work from home.
Its an extraordinarily challenging, demanding situation for the whole world.
Learn to prioritize the organization, if the organization lives, you live.
STAY PUT, BE FLEXIBLE. WORK MORE to align with this crisis.

Follow to read about the employment trends in India in the days to come.

-Sucheta Gour

“World economy is collapsing because we are buying only what we need”

Enjoying luxuries. Such an important component for a stable world economy.
“World economy is collapsing because we are buying only what we need”
So finally realized, that, the world economy is flourishing because of our luxuries and not because of our needs.


What an irony of our lifestyle?
We are contributing to the world economy because we are enjoying a luxurious life and still complaining that we are not enjoying enough. The economy had achieved its boom before lockdown only because of all our efforts in keeping our luxuries as our utmost priority. Leading a grounded and simple life with basic essential necessities is like a sin in today’s world.
Enjoy more, lead a more luxurious life, avail more loans for buying unwanted things or needs for the use of 10 yrs later. And eventually, dump it because it’s no more on the trend. Or buy things for one-time use and then dump it. Fill up your home, space with things that we will need to show off. And compromise on your needs. When trends change dump them and again chase the trend. This is what we’ve been doing all these years in this generation. Keep it up.

-Sucheta Gour

How to survive without much difficulty after a layoff or pay cut?

Companies are contributing funds for the pandemic PM cares or any other source on one hand and, retrenching (laying off) people on the other hand/ holding vendor’s payments/ announcing for pay cuts.

When there is no money to fund their own employees’ salary, why is this ‘charity – show off’ going on is what every employee/vendor might be thinking of. It is all about maintaining balance in the ecosystem.

There are two ecosystems in which every Company operates. One, the ecosystem of the organization – the Company, its employees and their families. And second ecosystem, the actual society in which we all live the Company with its employees, workers, vendors, clients and the whole of the people in the city, state, country, and world. The company’s ecosystem is a small part of the second ecosystem, the larger one. When you support the larger ecosystem to survive is when you survive.

Similar to the instance that, you can’t exhaust all the oxygen in the air by consuming off and live on oxygen cylinders at home.

In a population of 130 cr, Around 50 crore population is in the labor category according to 2015 stats. They are at the base of every Industry. And so they serve the base of society’s ecosystem too. If this population is affected, then every project, every company, every society goes for a toss. So it becomes the utmost ethical responsibility of every individual, every government and every Company to care for this class of the society.

If there is a pay cut or layoff for someone in an executive role like us, definitely we won’t starve without food, but will sustain at least three months, though our luxuries like EMI for a home loan, car loan might get affected in a major way, our psychologies will be affected. Our luxuries, savings, and net worth will come down. But with appropriate support from family, friends, and psychologists we will overcome it. We will emerge much stronger because adaptability is our inbuilt skill when we humans were created. We are educated, smart and tactful. But the workers or labor class who are struggling to earn their daily bread to survive for the next day won’t be able to sustain even a week with no food, no money, no job scenario. We are in a much better position.

So support the Companies who are supporting the society. Let us not create a hew and cry on the compromises on our luxury. Let us bounce back better and stronger.

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How to survive without much difficulty after a layoff or pay cut?
Industry employment trends after the pandemic which you can take advantage of
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-Sucheta Gour

How to Survive, Sustain and Serve this Pandemic as a Company?

How to sustain this Pandemic as a Company?
After-effects of the pandemic will be in ‘n’ numbers.
All the addressable now are for the moment.
To address the impacts and analyse the project, client and vendor behaviors, which is going to be of dynamic nature is the real challenge.
Demands, Expectations, Approach – everything is going to vary.
So plan, replan wisely.

  1. Lower your margins.
  2. Analyse costs in a diligent way and plan sustainability for the next 24 months
  3. Cut down additional costs
  4. Have only effective, flexible, integral and result oriented people in the organization.
  5. Introduce multi-tasking as a way of work.
  6. Set goals in accordance with the market scenario, measure the performance and take faster actions. Learn to be impatient to survive.
  7. Automate repetitive or less human interactive jobs
  8. Implement kaizen every quarter. Observe market changes at regular intervals. Analyse the need of the hour. Apply what works.
  9. Adopt, Implement and Adapt strategies in the least TAT
  10. Diversify in the business
  11. Take up services you considered lower level in the past for your organization.
  12. Give value adds.

Survive, Sustain and Serve

-Sucheta Gour