Why Emotional Intelligence can matter more than I.Q.
Business , Productivity , Self improvement / January 23, 2017

Title: Emotional Intelligence Author: Daniel Goleman What exactly is Emotional Intelligence? What are the things that compose of Emotional Intelligence? Emotional Intelligence is all about how we manage ourselves and relationships with others. 5 primary components of Emotional Intelligence are: Self-awareness: how clearly do you know yourself. Managing Emotions: Do you control your Emotions? Or your Emotions control you? Motivation: keep on going, in spite of challenges. Empathy: understand how others feel without being told. Social Skills: how to deal with others. Does Emotional Intelligence matter? If yes, how much? Everyone understands firing an Employee is a sensitive thing and it affects the morale of existing Employees. However, very few companies deal smartly with it. When a company clearly communicated about the reasons for letting employees go, helped them in finding other job and dealt with Empathy in the process, it showed up to 90% positive ratings against the standard 5-10% from leaving employees. In a restaurant, one of the crucial factors for customers in deciding whether they would return or not is the treatment of waiters. When the waiters were friendly, the customers not only tipped more but were also 75% more likely to return again. Children having fewer…

The monk who sold his Ferrari
Inspiration , Productivity , Self improvement / January 13, 2017

Title: The Monk who sold his Ferrari Author: Robin Sharma The Monk who sold his Ferrari Book Review Robin Sharma writes a beautiful book that truly appeals to the soul. It says about living Life to the fullest. As we grow up, we tend to get busy in our work & daily chores. Today’s fast paced world has led us to forget some of the most important things in our lives, such as being grateful for this wonderful life or spending some quality moments with our parents or kids. The Monk who sold his Ferrari reminds us to live a life rich in health, wealth & spiritual being. It speaks in an effective yet non-preachy manner to lift us from mediocrity and show us a path towards living a fulfilling life. The writing is really Inspiring and its a book for everyone who would like to live a simple, Happy and purposeful life. Click on the link if you would like to check out The monk who sold his Ferrari

‘Influence – the psychology of Persuasion’

Title: ‘Influence – the psychology of Persuasion' Author: Robert Cialdini Book Review of ‘Influence – the psychology of Persuasion’ by Robert Cialdini Author Robert Ciadini talks about some factors that affect people in their decision making in the book Influence: the psychology of Persuasion. Some things lead to automatic mindless compliance or saying yes from people. These factors Influence people to do things without even realising it. They are small triggers that affect people in their decision making. Some of them are: 1.Perception: Human beings perceive the value of a product by its price. A merchant at a tourist spot used to sell some Jewellery to tourists. Some of his products were not selling well. He instructed his employee to change the price to ½x for the weekend while he was going out of town. As he returned, all of that unsold inventory was sold. The fascinating thing, however, is, that the employee had mistakenly changed the price to 2x instead of ½x. The thing that worked for him was the higher price. The tourists that visited his shop perceived higher value with high price and bought it. This is definitely not possible everywhere but it gives a lesson that people perceive…

The 48 Laws of Power
Productivity , Self improvement / November 29, 2016

Title: The 48 Laws of Power Author: Robert Greene Book Review of ‘ The 48 Laws of Power ’ by Robert Greene’. In modern society, the word power tends to have a stigma attached to it. Like one should not try to attain power, as it would corrupt them or make them cunning towards other human beings. And yet we need power not only to get things done, we need power to save ourselves from bad things. The feeling of having no control over people and events makes us miserable. So, how does one attain it or become powerful to achieve their Goals and lead a life more fulfilling and happy life. ‘ The 48 Laws of Power ’ gives an insight into how one should use power to increase their Influence and Worth. Law no. 9: Win through your Actions, never through Arguments Instead of trying to convince people by arguing, its much better to demonstrate by taking up Actions. Eg. Instead of arguing with your Boss to let you work from home, call a sick day once and show higher output & productivity by working from home. After that, clearly depict results, citing less commute time or more focus as reasons…

The 4 Hour Work Week

Title: The 4 Hour Work Week Author: Tim Ferris The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris Book Review The title says enough what the book is going to be about! But before you let your gut scream Scam, misleading and distracting people on wrong lines, try to understand what it conveys. The 4 Hour Work Week is beyond a book or a show, it’s a lifestyle shift. And now, more than ever, with ever connected and digitalised world, it’s easier than ever to live your Dream life – travel around the world and live like millionaire without having millions. This book is about “How”. People generally want the experience they think only millions can buy, rather than actual millions. The goal is not to free time and watch Television all day, but to travel around the world, learn about cultures – regional language, eat local food and experience rich and diverse life. Or so it is, for vast majority of people. It can be living peacefully in a village, or lavishly in mansions for you. The best part is – you can still adapt the principles of The 4 Hour Work Week independent of your Goals, and live more…

Productivity , Self improvement / November 11, 2016

Title: Mastery Author: Robert Greene Mastery by Robert Greene Book Review What is it that separates Legendary people like Mozart, Leonardo Da Vinci, Einstein from ordinary human beings? How are some Artists, Trainers, Professionals so good their work is recognised throughout Industry, long after they are gone! Have these extra ordinary individuals reached the highest level in their chosen fields just because they were born with Talents? Or are these skills acquired by practice in their quest to achieve Mastery? Robert Greene lists out 6 definite steps that are followed in every individual’s transformation to achieve Mastery in their chosen fields. It’s by rigorous practice and hard work more so, than any Luck or Inborn Talents. Discover your Calling: Everyone possess an Inner force that seeks to accomplish their Life’s task. The 1st step towards Mastery is knowing that with clarity & choosing your Vocation i.e. your inner voice that calls to your authentic self. Apprenticeship: This is the time to Learn the necessary Skills, Discipline the mind & transform into an Independent thinker. While beginning the process of acquiring a skill, we have an outside view and unclear picture. This is the time to learn basics and expand knowledge through…

How to Win Friends and Influence People
Business , Productivity , Self improvement / November 11, 2016

Title: How to Win Friends and Influence People Author: Dale Carnegie How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie Book Review Do you face difficulties in managing Relationship – Professional as well as personal? Lack or are unable to influence people? Or even simply wish to be a better conversationalist & Speaker? Dale Carnegie has listed out simple principles that can be immediately practiced by anyone wanting to improve their abilities to Influence people in his book ‘ How to Win Friends and Influence People ’ Some Fundamental techniques in handling people: Don’t criticise, condemn or complaint. Criticism is futile, because it puts a person on defensive & makes him strive to justify. Instead of criticism, one should try to understand why people do what they do and handle in more tactful and sympathetic way, as people are much more receptive in that manner. Give Honest & Sincere Appreciation. The desire to feel important is amongst the deepest human urges. Honest appreciation gets results where criticism & ridicule fails. Arouse in other person an eager want. The only way to influence other people is to talk about what they want & show them how to get it. Eg….

The 7 Habits of highly Effective People
Business , Productivity , Self improvement / October 19, 2016

Title: The 7 habits of Highly Effective People Author: Stephen Covey The 7 habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey Book Review  What differentiates the people who are able to achieve so much from those who don’t? Since everyone gets 24 hrs in a day, irrespective of being Poor/ Rich, Young/ Old, having huge work to do or nothing at all, we must learn to be Effective in our Lives. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey is the about How to be most effective! Habit 1: Proactivity. Its about taking Responsibility for our Life. As humans, we have the initiative and responsibility to make things happen. There are things which are beyond our Real Control say natural calamities. Reactive people generally focus on things like these external circumstances and acting as victims. This leads to decrease in their Circle of Influence. However, Proactive people choose to focus on Actions & response to circumstances, in turn powerfully affecting their circumstances. Habit 2: Begin with the end in Mind. It means clearly identifying the goals that one plans to achieve specifically, with any activity and overall, in all areas of Life. How would you like to be remembered on…