Wednesday 28 May 2008
I no longer am as regular with reading books as I once used to be. But still want to get my hands on to something interesting once in a while. The latest I am reading is "The Education of an Accidental CEO" by David Novak, CEO of Yum Brands - owners of Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell.
I found the title interesting..."an accidental ceo" - wow! How cool is that / How lucky / How did he fall upon the CEO's chair??? Since the moment I came across this title, my mind was racing with such questions and I had to pick up the book for me to read. Also, this title had the word education in it, which made me wonder can this book really share something.
To be honest, this book was bought at-least three weeks back and I have not gone past the third chapter. This is purely because of my procrastication and need to spend sometime watching TV, instead of reading interesting books. Anyhow, even though I am still at the first 5% of books contents, but I have already come across the essence of it (thanks to the author). This post is about the essence:
"You Never Know What You Are Capable Of..."
What I take from this statement is - I know my current strengths and weaknesses but probably don't know what else can I do or what is it that I can do better. Let me give an example for this - I am a sales professional and have been in channel sales throughout...but am not sure how would I be in personal sales, how would I be in corporate sales or how bad would I be in finance. The last point being, I know I would be bad in finance but how bad - whether impossible or still manageable.
To develope this thought further, Mr. Novak explains his learnings over the years that led him to the CEO's chair. But in my view what is more important is the attitude, with which he welcomed each change and took on each challenge, that allowed him to have all these learnings in the first place. Starting with life in a trailer, entering a journalism course, becoming an advertising professional and then becoming a CEO - during all this, Mr. Novak was not only open to new ideas but also bigger challenges. Some of these had the potential to wipe him out and he didn't know whether he had all the solutions with him - all that he had was self-belief!
After M. Novak managed to tackle each of such 'difficult' issues, he looked back and thought - would I have believed ten years back that I am capable of doing this. And that my friends, I think is the essence of this book.
Do tell me what is your opinion on it...take care and be open to challenges!
Posted by Mudit Aggarwal at 12:34
Monday 26 May 2008
Saturday 24 May 2008
I wanted to pen down something today - but can't get my mind to frame anything...
Through this post I want to share that though I wanted to write but I can't...till next time friends!
Bye - take care and keep smiling.
Posted by Mudit Aggarwal at 15:17
Friday 23 May 2008
I write this post about a topic that I would usually ignore. There is something in this story that somehow got me to know more than I would like to and thus I feel for it more as well.
All are by now more than aware of what's happened to Arushi, a 14-year old girl who was found murdered while her parents claimed to have been sleeping in the next room. Latest is that her own dad is the killer (who is as of now maintaining that he's been framed)...it is sort of unbelievable - but then, it could be true as well.
I just hope this case is solved and the real killer is caught and dealt with.
RIP - Arushi!
Posted by Mudit Aggarwal at 17:52
Sunday 18 May 2008
I write this post to emphasise upon certain benefits of working on a Sunday. Before I start, let me clarify that I am not a workaholic nor am I single (who has nothing better to do on a Sunday).
From my experience, following are the benefits:
1. In all likelihood, you are alone (or at least lonely) in office - thus your per capita output increases
2. In all likelihood, you have a reason to work on a Sunday like unfinished presentation, important first-thing-in-the-morning Monday meeting preparation, pending e-mails or work...what ever be your reason, Sunday allows you to focus on that issue - since it is less likely to get phone calls, have fires to fight, have anyone distract you
3. You can put on your kind of music, without worrying about what others might say / feel about it...it is your time, the way you want to utilise it - and the best part, you are finishing up work
4. One other benefit is - earn brownie points in your boss' eyes...
5. Last on my list is - get to write posts for your blog while you are still pretending to be working!!!
Anyhow - this is it from me...Ciao!
Posted by Mudit Aggarwal at 14:32
Saturday 3 May 2008
I knew my wife for a decade before we decided to tie the knot...but still there are just too many things that I don't understand about her!
I wouldn't go into the depths of our fights and of my inability to understand her (at times), but would just like to share what she sent me (as a forward) a few days back:
"To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little.
To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all!!!"
I hope I have managed to convey the feelings here my fellow confused brothers...hope you shall too manage to read the above mentioned words and try never understanding your partners.
Posted by Mudit Aggarwal at 10:32