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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Corporate politics: The unavoidable game


On a cold February afternoon, a woman with sly smile on her face told three of us that the woman sitting right in front of us is corrupt and not trustworthy. And then she talked about each and everyone working in the entire department, not to mention with some negative things. I ignored her aversive thoughts, because she was a kind of person that you don’t want to appreciate, at first meeting anyway. Nevertheless it was the first taste of corporate politics for me and my two rookie colleagues, whom just have entered into the third week of a new job. 

Since then lots of water has flowed under the bridge, and in those couple of years, I have learned awful lot about this evil practice plays within corporate walls, and acknowledges the fact that it does impact on one’s career. However I still prefer to stay away from office politics, though it isn't as much challenging as it was at the start of my career. 
Having seen the murky, ugly and unfair advantaging aspects of it, my opinion remained the same about office politics, that it is muddy water. And you couldn't escape the wound once you jump into the fray. But there is a strong opinion that office politics is more compulsion rather than option, and sooner than later you will be a victim of it. So you've to play and better use it to your advantage. 

This scenario may portray very bleak picture; however it doesn't have to be such a scary proposition.; a website that offers advice to people struggling to cope with the little games of a corporate environment, its founder and Editor Franke James said in an interview: “It’s much better to understand how and why people are manipulating facts and events to bring about their desired outcome. Office politics is not necessarily ‘evil’. It is fact of life and everyone is better off learning how to deal with it- and how to use to their advantage!” 
So if you will have to play, bear in mind the 1st rule that everyone is driven by self-interest, so learn what drives people. 
Accordance to Thomas Becker, associate professor of management at the US university of Delaware: “Identify different constituencies at work… they each have different needs, recognizing their need is a good policy”. 
But while it may be good idea to scratch each other backs, you need to make sure you don’t get trapped in another person’s agenda. 
“The most profound thing to lookout for is irrational people. They are doings that they believe will work out for them in short run”, Becker wrote in his articles on 
However learn to balance this with groupism, it may be a temptation to build a team of like-minded people around you, but this will limit your independence as a professional. 
If your boss has an appetite for office politics? Then beware of sycophants, and believe me they are everywhere. 
“Watch out for boss’s pets. Don’t incur their wrath either”, is an advice on, instead try to use them to better your career prospects. 
As far as the conflict is concern, the rule is pretty simple. Change your strategy if you aren't strong enough to stand and kick the opponent out. Recognition and acknowledgment is the way to get less rigid treatment from the people around you. But still there are always moments at work, when you are stuck in between the rock and the hard place because of dirty politics and even your most brilliant technical skills can’t able to save you in the long run. So either try to avoid the unavoidable with rigid approach like I do; or learn the rules and find your place in detestable business.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Too Late To Go Back


I feel like a guy who once stood at the crossroads

With no destination in mind,

Then he made a decision,

And walked away.

After years

Of journey, he realized.

He’s on the wrong path


It’s too late to go back

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Lost in time


Life is a paradox of dreams and realities. Sometimes things are as clear as crystal, but we choose not to face reality. That’s where the dreams come into play and I am living in the realm of fantasy. It may seem contradictory but I have never lost touch with reality, and yet I am living in the world of memories and dreams. I know that dwelling in my own thoughts will lead me nowhere, and that is a manifest escapism from reality. But ever since I tasted the life of fantasy, realities are no longer enough for me. Hence, my life is hung between dreams and memories. 

Eleanor Roosevelt said "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”, the world of dreams may show you things you've never seen and take you to places you've never been, maybe that's why we love it but sometimes I feel it is a world where you're more likely to be lost , a world between shadows dark and light, a world between being and non-being. each door opens into another, sometimes it seems too real for a dream.

In this state of a fearless curiosity, a voice in my head tells me that I have lived long enough to die. But I need some certain circumstances before I can leave. So I bite through the words that I can't say and falls through the feelings, I don't have the words to explain. The moments go too soon when eyes feel fine but it feels like a lifetime when life reveals its bitter face.

I sit and dream that I had died and all I've nothing but memories, memories and dreams. Then it gets complicated, though, it is a place where I find solace but I do wish I were floating and drifting away from it all.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Death is very likely the single best invention of life


Steve was remarkable. I don't know if any other word can be used to describe him. His death is a shock even though the world knew it's coming. His death was announced on Thursday morning just weeks after he stood down as CEO of Apple. Steve Jobs was diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine tumour in his pancreas in 2004, it is amazing to note that, unlike the most common form of pancreatic cancer, which is aggressive and has a poor survival rate, Steve Jobs' cancer is slow-growing and it is not unusual for people to live for many years after diagnosis. No wonder he was Steve Jobs, he was a one off; a man who had total belief in his own abilities.

There is no reason not to follow your heart.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.

I don't think there's any need to say something about his achievements, Apple's products speak for themselves. He had transformed the world's relationship with technology- forever.

I just watched his speech at Stanford, and I realized why they called him a visionary....

In a speech at Stanford University in 2005, Steve Jobs said:

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle." 

Steve Jobs' Stanford speech from 2005

Let go


Sometimes I wonder

Life is too brief,

To think about scars, wounds, regrets,

And pain

So I should let go,

What I can’t hold

I have to make the most of what I got,

Cherish what I have


Value the life while I still can,


I may never see tomorrow