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BUSINESS NOT AS USUAL

Recently I got to know about the acquisition of Yahoo by Verizon at a meagre price that was never expected. The news went viral on social media too. Then I had a burning desire to write more on my understanding on this topic. You may treat this as a business blog, a social blog or a combination from the best of both world.

Any business decision has two sides – people and profit. This profit is again to grow business further in the interest of people and organisation. Direct benefit goes to people as we get more number of employments with growth in business scaling well across the  geography.

The decision of a merger and acquisition is not so simple. It directly affects all the stakeholders and shareholders in the business. Earlier I had witnessed the acquisition of Covansys by CSC about eight years back when I was a part of it. I couldn’t accept the fact well that time. Hardly have I had any business sense in that period but just left with my emotional state of mind. It’s always a feel good factor when our company acquires another but not the vice versa. Many questions come to mind like “Am I not doing good?” Have I failed to add more value to my company?

Every business owner wants to see the growth of people and business in parallel. A decision may come either when it’s not profitable enough to run as usual or still when we find much better hands to handle it even though making profit.

Sometimes, it’s sensed like the current profit may not be sustainable for a longer period with present state of all the resources. Any such decision may also come when there are other business plans in mind needing huge investment bit lacking investors.
Profit or loss factor is largely dependent on the market trend which is again controlled by people as per their purchasing power and how they view your product. They look out for more advantages (like durability, better/prompt & cheaper service) than your competitors.

Let’s now come to the social side of business. How do you see your company and colleagues? You may think of it as a workplace where you are supposed to perform your routine jobs and make money as salary periodically. Your colleagues could be like strangers but companions either for a short term or a longer period as per your tenure.

We remember few and we forget many with time. This is because these few people left a deep impression on us unlike the rest. This is again much dependent on our emotional quotient that decides whom to remember or forget.

Have you ever thought of your company as your home and all companions as your family members? If you think so you can do a lot of good to your company and people. The simple reason being nobody causes harm to her/his own home and family members. In this case you can’t leave your home under normal circumstances but a separation is still possible when a decision is made at a larger interest of people and the organisation. This decision could come from either side for a good reason.

I used to write for social and environmental causes. For the first time i am writing something different that includes thought on business as i understand it’s for people and powered by people. That news of acquisition kept me vigilant for some time like a watchman and directed me to look at the current market trend. I asked myself can I do an analysis further. I felt like do i have the business sense to dig deeper?

The news came to me as follows:

*What is your perception on this?*
1998: Yahoo refuses to buy Google for $1 million.
2002: Realizing the mistake Yahoo offers $3 billion; Google wants $5 billion; Yahoo says no!
2008: Yahoo turns down Microsoft’s $40 billion offer.
2016: Yahoo sold to Verizon for $4.9 billion..!!!

Many in my friend circle feel it’s a great loss for Yahoo and they don’t see it as a winning strategy when we compare with previous offers. It made me think about time value of money. So, what went really wrong? Was there some major flaws in strategic business decision making?

I think we should not blame yahoo for their decision in the year 1998. Information technology industry was not growing at the current rate those days. It was not easy to do well valuation of a company like google that time. Business risk taking with a startup might have been turned down by analysts that time.

What about the decision in the year 2002 and again in 2008? The news says realising the mistake… but how much they really did?

Few of my learning from this topic i wish to share as quotations goes as follows:

“Never underestimate someone small when you are big.”

“Don’t wait to stop and start again when you are completely exhausted but pause yourself in between for refreshments.”

“Opportunity might be there knocking your door but you may never come to know about it if you fail to sense it just before arrival.”

“Time value of money is more important than money itself.”

“Don’t loose your good time at present waiting for your bad time to leave you. Stay blissful always!”

“Evaluate yourself and your business better periodically like how do you see it grow in coming years and then you do an analysis about your competitors.”

“Vision, strategy and action should go together.”

I will update more thoughts here as i develop. I am still thinking to develop better business sense to write more. Do share with me your valuable insights as sharing is caring!

Have a great time doing what you love to do!!


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MY PRESENT OFFERING

Following are few thoughts to enrich our lives by a person who does not like to name herself/himself.

Here it goes…

“Either you love or you hate but you can’t do both to perfection at the same time. If you claim to do so it’s only self betrayal”

“Hatred has no real power and it’s temporary while love is the most powerful force and everlasting.”

“Ego can’t play foul when it’s superseded by love.”

“Don’t loose trust in love and nobody should as it’s the food for soul.”

“Don’t hate anyone in life. Love is the solution to all problems in life and hatred can’t do any good.”

“Love unites while hatred separates. Now, it should never be a difficult choice for anyone what they want in life.”

“Sometimes people love others so much that they avoid them for unknown fears so as not to loose them in life.”

“The fear of acceptance and rejection is the root cause of most problems in life.”

“Go beyond all your inhibitions as no truth can change people in love if they understand it well.”

“Nobody is a loser and all are winners in love. They are winners in every case be it an acceptance or a rejection.”

“Don’t stop doing your best just because you are unable to predict the outcome of your actions now.”

“You can develop better vision of a brighter future only with love; so, never hesitate to express yourself with kind words of love.”

“Don’t expect perfection in everything you do as the outcome is not bound by your choice but never neglect to give your cent percent”.

“There is no place for doubt in love and it’s only temporary if at all developed as a chance creation.”

“You are free to choose what you want and how you want to lead your life as long as it’s in harmony with all in your society.”

“Freedom is not an external entity.”

“True freedom comes with positive thoughts for the wellbeing of all; Else, we will become prisoners to our own thoughts and starve for freedom.”

“There should be no condition in love and we must accept people as they are. We may get acceptance to some/all of our thoughts in the process.”

“People understand you better when they listen you more and they show more interest in listening when they like you better.”

“Listening is hearing with keen interest to understand something.”

“I am not against love and no one should. I am not against people in love too but everything not in good support of our social values.”

“Love is the most needed and among the core values in any civilisation as no society can prosper without love.”

“There is no place for bondage in love.  Love makes people independent to choose a lifestyle they want.”

“Calculations in love don’t exist. To my understanding people don’t love others to meet their self interests but rather make others happy. It’s not love if they don’t do so.”

“Love is spontaneous and without a reason while marriage is a choice between two consenting adults.”

“Calculations do exist in a marriage and most of the time that go beyond the couple in question to their families.”

“Marriage is a social need while love is the basic need and it does not matter if that develops before or after marriage as long as it exists.”

“Life is beautiful and people celebrate when their love ends up in a marriage but there is nothing to loose if it can’t take the regular route under exceptional cases. Love never dies.”

                                  – Anonymous


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HAPPINESS SPEAKS

“Happiness is something to be discovered within and not outside ”

                                  – Anonymous

The following image explains a lot on happiness.

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Happiness is always there within and a natural tendency of all human beings. I have read and heard people talking about happiness during conversations. Most people I know wants to remain always happy and they don’t want to face insecurity or difficult times. They reject all negative factors coming on the way to our happiness.

Many among us believe difficult times are invited by our own thoughts and deeds. It’s not a byproduct of any action of others in our environment. I like these thoughts as an optimistic approach towards life.

Few other among us think like we are subject to get influenced by others in our environment as human beings are emotional by nature. They talk like we can’t make all happy and it’s better to work for our personal happiness. It sounds like a pessimistic thought but quite logical. So, I am not going to discard it completely.

The above two opinions are contradictory and set forth by two different groups of people. There is nothing to accept, reject or blame anybody as our thoughts are shaped by our personal experience in life.

It’s important to do an analysis and find how much happiness we can draw from within and much of it is completely dependent on external factors. We need a balance for better results as we must live in the society. We are responsible for our social environment and society can’t be rejected for personal happiness.

A good analysis followed by right actions may help us find more happiness and meaning to our life increasing the level of our happiness quotient.

If we can analyse the above graphical explanation well it’s possible to shape our thoughts in a positive direction and write an article.

I have already wrote something by this time with my random thoughts but still think it’s incomplete and should not be treated as an article. I think it’s incomplete without your opinions and I should update it at intervals when I learn better from your comments and suggestions.

Happy thinking, writing & sharing!!


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DOING THE RIGHT THINGS

“Culture is largely an invisible wonder which remains invisible until realised and unless practised.”

                                   – Anonymous

I am not at an hospital or a mental asylum but all that I visualise now is the picture of doctors around the globe and their service to humanity. From my experience so far I had with people earlier I came to know many having pleasant experience and few having bitter conversation with doctors.

Let me check how these experiences going to shape my thoughts as I write here further.

You might have heard and read about this topic several times elsewhere before. It just sparked to my mind again and I felt to share my views once more. I can do this repeatedly as long as it serves the purpose most desirable.

Every human being has the responsibility to serve their nation and society. We can find opportunities to do this and play our role well. While all can find opportunities, doctors need not have to look for it. They are direct servants to people by profession.

Today when we celebrate world doctors day it reminded me of their greatness and service to our society. We are not complete without them. Let’s just analyse what they do when they diagnose a patient without going in details about their work and studies. Simply talking in a layman’s term we can say they find the root cause of the disease and then take action to cure us from it.

Anything that goes against social and human values is also like a disease. It’s like an epidemic when people get affected by it from others without their true knowledge. It makes people mentally sick over time when widespread at a larger part of the society. The worst affected are children. We all can play the role of doctors to some extent and cure illness in society when we understand the root cause.

The problem is acute when the disease is already widespread but only very few realise it. If you have already discovered the root cause still you may not get good support from all if you express your views without their understanding. It’s because of their wrong practice over years and people are already under it’s grasp. It’s acting like a slow poison and killing people from inside gradually over a long period that they don’t realise now well. This sickness gives them pleasure and they don’t want to give up. So, it’s required to generate awareness before taking any action as no action can bring benefits without support of all.

What is the difference between doing the right things and doing things right? Is it directly linked to our culture? Probably I can have a better perspective with good understanding of our culture. So, before analysing about doing the right things let’s understand more of our culture. A culturally fit society can successfully root out all evil plants spreading illness in it.

Culture is an invisible wonder only to be realised and practised. It has no physical appearance but visible at large upon realisation. It can be preserved with practice. This is purely my personal opinion that may be analysed and reviewed further. I remember few words I listened from eminent speakers at a leadership summit. In simple words they defined culture as follows:

” culture is something about what we do when nobody is watching. ”

If I understand the above well I feel it’s about doing the right things all the time irrespective of what others say about us and if anybody watch us or not. Then only we are culturally fit as it’s now ingrained in our blood along with other core values.

We do the right things to please others because we feel insecure to do anything unpleasant in the presence of others. We start following our wrong pursuits at the slightest opportunity as we are passionate about it and practising these habits for a long time now.

We don’t like to do any analysis on our habits whether right or wrong as long as it’s pleasurable to us. We find it difficult to give up even when we understand it’s a wrong practice. Certain practice’s are predominant in the name of religion as well and people who realise find no courage to go against these because of the fear of social wrath. It needs strong determination, courage and simple practice.

We can bring any change if we start following our heart. Mind often misguides but a pure heart will never guide anybody think and act wrong. It will never ask you to hurt your fellow human beings and cause pain to any living organism.

With the above strong pursuits in mind I can visualise cultural fitness at large and practical realisation not far away. It’s quite attainable and as simple as our understanding.

When we do the right things we help ourselves and all around grow further culturally. It’s very much essential for our own security and upliftment of the human race.

Let’s all unite together to build a great society with strong culture that can last forever.

I wish all a very Happy Doctors Day for their continued and countless service to humanity!!

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