Vol 14, Issue No. 01 – January 2014

New Year Resolutions – A new beginning…!

Wishing you a very happy and progressive year. Every new years eve I try to think of a glorious resolution, so that I can brag to my friends as to the magnanimity of my goals in comparison to their insignificant targets of doubling their salary or buying a house or giving up smoking etc. etc. When I take stock at the end of the year I am lagging far behind in my well-articulated but meaningless principles.

Why do resolutions have to be set once a year, why not every month, every week or some mini resolutions every day. “My resolution for today is staying positive the whole day and building the self-esteem of my team members through active encouragement and appreciation” You think this is easy? Try it!! and catch yourself failing several times…

We have to remember one basic fact about human mind, is its sole purpose to keep us humans away from pain, which means that every time even a little bit of discomfort comes our way it tells us to take the easier route. That’s why excuses come to our mind so easily along with the justification of these excuses. Why am I sitting here watching television while I could be exercising to release my stress or reading a good spiritual book to enrich my life and my soul or spending quality time with my family free from judgments and accusations.

Existentialism, this moment, NOW, determines the very essence of the next moment in a chain reaction marking the quality of life as a whole.

May this moment of you going through these words establish and link your inner core beliefs towards the destined YOU – Time to capitalize on your strengths with what you consider “Right”!.

As quoted by Albert Schweitzer “Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.” To learn to enjoy life we need to see it through the exuberance of a child. For them every dawn brings forth a brand new day just be lived to its existence.

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Featured Articles
Team Building Goals 

What are the Objectives of Team Building?

Success in building high performing teams in any organisation has huge benefits for the business, its Customers, the teams and for each team member. To achieve success in team building, it is important to have a tight focus on the objectives and goals of team building, as well as on the benefits of team building for that specific business or workplace.

The Overall Objectives of Team Building

Some think team building is about playing silly games, or indulging in expensive and irrelevant out of work activities. The managers or business people who believe this will quickly dismiss the concept of team building as a total waste of money and energy.

Others who have problems in their workplace with conflict in groups, poor performance or demotivated staff may see team building as positive, but as an unattainable goal. They do not have a clear understanding of team building, or, indeed of the role of leadership in achieving a high performing team.

Team building is a PROCESS that takes place over time. The start of the team building process is where there is a group of people, two or more, and a leader. The end of the process is where there is a high performing team, who are highly motivated to perform better and better, who have well-developed processes and systems to organise their workload, and who gain immense satisfaction from their shared achievements.

The overall objectives of team building are to achieve this high performing team, to develop the group through the various stages of development, until it achieves high performance. However, like any other process, the team building process has different steps or stages, and there are quite different objectives and goals at each stage. Focusing on the RIGHT objectives at each stage, and changing your objectives as you go through the process, will help you and your team achieve high performance.

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10 Powerful Body Language Tips

The effective use of body language plays a key role in effective communication. Here are ten tips I’ve learned during the past two decades of coaching teams around the world:

1. To boost your confidence, assume a power pose

Research at Harvard and Columbia Business Schools shows that simply holding your body in expansive, “high-power” poses (leaning back with hands behind the head and feet up on a desk, or standing with legs and arms stretched wide open) for as little as two minutes stimulates higher levels of testosterone—the hormone linked to power and dominance—and lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.

Try this when you’re feeling tentative but want to appear confident. In addition to causing hormonal shifts in both males and females, these poses lead to increased feelings of power and a higher tolerance for risk. The study also found that people are more often influenced by how they feel about you than by what you’re saying.

2. To increase participation, look like you’re listening

If you want people to speak up, don’t multitask while they do. Avoid the temptation to check your text messages, check your watch, or check out how the other participants are reacting. Instead, focus on those who are speaking by turning your head and torso to face them directly and by making eye contact. Leaning forward, nodding, and tilting your head are other nonverbal ways to show you’re engaged and paying attention. It’s important to hear people. It’s just as important to make sure they know you are listening.

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Editor’s Choice

Book of the Month / Previous Workshop / Psyche’s Realm

Spiritual Intelligence: The Ultimate Intelligence

by: Danah Zohar


At the beginning of the twentieth century, as psychologists discovered ways and means to measure intelligence, Aristotle’s definition of a man as ‘a rational animal’ developed into an obsession with IQ. In the mid-1990s, Daniel Goleman popularized research into emotional intelligence, EQ, pointing out that EQ is a basic requirement for the appropriate use of IQ.
As we near the end of the twentieth century, there is enough collective evidence from psychology, neurology, anthropology and cognitive science to show us that there is a third ‘Q’, ‘SQ’, or Spiritual Intelligence.

Unlike IQ, which computers have, and EQ, which exists in higher mammals, SQ is uniquely human and, the authors argue, the most fundamental of the three. It is linked to humanity’s need for meaning, an issue very much at the forefront of people’s minds as the century draws to a close.

SQ is what we use to develop our longing and capacity for meaning, vision and value. It allows us to dream and to strive. It underlies the things we believe in and the role our beliefs and values play in the actions that we take and the shape we give to our lives. This book goes on to explore the scientific evidence for SQ, shows how to test for SQ and how to improve and develop it.intelligence and SQ or spiritual intelligence).

ISBN-10: 0747536449
ISBN-13: 978-0747536444

A Glimpse of Intek’s Previous Workshops

Psyche’s Realm: Tips to Live a Happy and Meaningful Life

10 Things You Should Do Everyday For a Happy, Meaningful Life

Our good buddy Lazy Yogi Ponchie had just read a great blog on Meditation ;-), where the author had revealed the secrets of how to live a happy, meaningful life and the highly inspired Yogi Ponchie immediately went about implementing the recommendations — in his own special way of course. The article, he read, explained that the secret to a happy and fulfilling life was to live life one day at a time.

Not only that, the author had provided his thoughts on what 10 activities one should include in one’s life on a daily basis in order to accomplish this. Here was how Ponchie spent some of his day, which he felt met the requirements laid out in the post.

5:00 am: Ponchie checked the time and smiled 5:00am Woo Hoo! The recommendation was to wake up early, but since waking up early was impossible for our lazy yoga friend, he had decided instead to stay up all night.

Thus, he would be awake during the early morning hours and be able to take advantage of this most spiritual time of day.

6:00 am: Ponchie headed to the Gym to get his daily recommended sweat. He spent the next hour in the sauna.

7:00 am: Ponchie listened to a meditation tape in his car on the way back home from the gym, thus meeting the most important criteria for doing his daily meditation practice.

8:00 am: Ponchie watched Sunrise Earth on Discovery by sitting very close to the television… spending time with nature… done.

9:00 am: Ponchie called his dad and asked him to pay his credit card bills and help fix the leaky faucet in the kitchen. He told his dad that this had to be done today itself, since he was eager to meet the requirement of “completing your daily affairs” as had been suggested… that was easy.

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Cross Cultural Awareness

Global Non-Verbal Signals – Russia & Canada

  • A handshake is always appropriate (but not obligatory) when greeting or leaving, regardless of the relationship. Remove your gloves before shaking hands.
  • Initial greetings may come across as cool. Do not expect friendly smiles.
  • Russians stand close when talking.
  • Putting your thumb through your index and middle fingers or making the “OK” sign are considered very rude gestures in Russia.
  • Russians appreciate punctuality. Business meetings generally begin on time.
  • Personal relationships play a crucial role in Russian business.
  • Business negotiations in Russia are lengthy and may test your patience. Plan to be in for the long haul.
  • No agreement is final until a contract has been signed.
  • Russians find it difficult to admit mistakes, especially publicly. They also find it difficult to risk offending someone by making requests or assertions.
  • Representatives of the Russian company or government body are usually seated on one side of a table at meetings with guests on the other side.
  • If you’re invited for dinner, don’t make other plans for later in the evening. You are expected to spend time socializing after the meal.
  • An invitation to a Russian dacha (country home) is a great honor.
  • Do not turn down offers of food or drink. Given Russian hospitality, this can be difficult, but to decline such offers is considered rude.
  • A small business gift is always appropriate, but its value should correspond to the rank of the Russian businessperson with whom you are meeting.
  • As a general rule, do not give items that are now easily obtainable in Russia.


  • Since the French culture is so strong in this province, certain actions associated with Europe may be noted here. A firm handshake is still the common and preferred method of greeting, but it may be done more often (e.g., at both arrivals and departures, and in all social situations). Also, close male friends may embrace lightly when meeting, and women may do the same, while adding a light kissing motion to the cheek.
  • French-speaking Canadians may seem more reserved than their American neighbors to the south, with more emphasis on all aspects of etiquette.
  • Good eye contact is important, whether it is during business or social conversation.
  • In social situations, men will usually rise when women enter a room.
  • Canadians in these provinces are described as ‘friendly,’ ‘somewhat reserved,’ and “on the conservative side.’ Therefore, excessive gesturing is not common.
  • It should be firm and accompanied by direct eye contact and a sincere smile.
  • Wait until invited before using someone’s first name although Canadians tend to move to a first-name basis rapidly.
  • French Canadian friends may greet each other by lightly kissing on the cheeks (once on the left cheek and once on the right).
  • If using French in Quebec always use the formal pronoun “vous” (you) when speaking to someone and do not switch to the informal “tu” unless invited to do so.
  • It is considered bad manners to eat while on the street.
  • To beckon a waiter, nod the head backward slightly, or raise your hand discreetly.
  • When dining, the continental style of eating will probably prevail, although some Canadians will shift the fork back and forth American-style.



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