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Vol 14, Issue No. 03 – March 2014


One Global Community

It is common in the global community of the world, the first two questions asked when we meet a new person – where are you from? What do you do? Apparently that summarizes my so called persona. Is the true ‘me’ defined by my work / designation and my culture. Every questionnaire that I fill wants to know my nationality, where I come from and I often wonder if it is indication enough to my inner personality.I hesitate sometimes, as I know that the preconceived ideas about my race/nationality are going to effect the judgement of the person reading my profile. Is it important for whatever project I will be indulging in, to know the habits of my ancestors so that I can reconfirm the perception of the other person.

To be in line with the universal trends, we all are pretending to overlook the racial aspects but in our minds whenever we see a person with physical features familiar to a particular race, (click) our mind has given its verdict; And all the experiences we have had with that particular race are brought in our active memory to fulfill the self-defeating prophecy. All this happens so fast in our mind that even we are not aware of this exploit.

Its so strange, but after conducting trainings, under the umbrella of United Nations, for the so called three races Caucasoid, Negroid, and Mongoloid, I found that we all shared similar problems whether they were work related or personal. Beneath the different skin colours and features we are all one. The same goes for people of different religious beliefs . As my mother used to say – ‘We all bleed red’ !

The entire world is now becoming a mix of multicultural societies. For the first time in history, thanks to the power of social media, we are becoming aware that each individual and each culture has a unique perspective on the whole of human experience in our world and the cosmos, is giving us a basis to move beyond tolerance into mutual respect. We are shifting from the belief that there is One True Story to the understanding that a multiplicity of stories can co-exist if we agree on basic values of Respect for Self and Others.

. A World Citizen or Global Player today has learnt to overcome the prejudices in his/her mind with the certainty that it will be reflected back to him, positively. How I treat others is how they will treat me and more importantly how I see myself is how they will see me. So If I feel that the whole world is out to get me because of my genome, I will make my fears come true.

The next generation is my hope for a global family. They are little sponges in our house that absorb our attitudes/reactions about people/nationalities we meet. We must teach them not to totally disregard their roots, but to critique it for bringing us to where we can see our unity with all life and evolve into cooperative global community.

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Featured Articles
The 9 Personality Types of Entrepreneurs 


Starting and growing your own business requires many skills to be successful. Take a look at the business personality types and find out what you need to succeed. Are you Bill Gates, a Visionary, or an Improver like Body Shop founder, Anita Roddick?

Your business personality type are the traits and characteristics of your personality that blend with the needs of the business. If you better understand your business personality, then you can give your company the best part of you. Find others to help your business in areas you aren’t prepared to fulfil.

There are 9 key types of personality and understanding each will help you enjoy your business more and provide your company with what it needs to grow. This entrepreneur personality profile is based on the 9-point circle of the Enneagram.

Begin identifying your dominant personality theme and understand how you operate in your business.

The 9 Personality Types of Entrepreneurs

1. The Improver: If you operate your business predominately in the improver mode, you are focused on using your company as a means to improve the world. Your overarching motto is: morally correct companies will be rewarded working on a noble cause. Improvers have an unwavering ability to run their business with high integrity and ethics.

Personality Alert: Be aware of your tendency to be a perfectionist and over-critical of employees and customers.

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25 Ways to Stay Employed


It’s no secret: life is uncertain. Restructuring, downsizing, and mergers can force companies to layoff even excellent performers. Many employees live in a constant state of fear about losing their jobs. Our research in more than 80 organizations has shown that, on average, 1 out of 2 employees believe that they do not have a good future with their organization.

Staying employed involves more than just doing a good job. Here are 25 things you can do right now to tip the odds in your favor:

1. Focus on accomplishments
You deliver value to your organization by amassing accomplishments, and there are only three ways to do that: make the organization money, save the organization money, or develop something new for the organization. Your value will increase in your organization and in the marketplace if you can point to tangible results that you have achieved, either directly or indirectly.

2. Volunteer for assignments
Be the first person to say yes to a new assignment, project, or committee, if you believe that your participation will lead to tangible accomplishments that you can tout at your next performance review, list on your application for an internal promotion, or add to your resume.

3. Provide value to your boss
You should have a clear understanding of what is important to your boss and how you can help him or her attain tangible accomplishments. Become the person who your boss turns to when something important needs to be done.

4. Focus
Make certain that you are not spread too thin. Focusing on one or two projects, activities, or initiatives will increase the probability that you will achieve tangible accomplishments.

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Editor’s Choice

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

The Pilgrimage


by: Paulo Coelho

Description:

In 1986, Paulo Coelho sets out for The Pilgrimage towards Santiago de Compostela. “In those days’ Paulo’s spiritual quest was linked to the idea that there were secrets, mysterious ways, and people who are capable of understanding and controlling things, which would be unavailable to mortals. His journey gave him great insights and experience, to which Paulo was transformed as he learns to understand the nature of truth through the simplicity of life.

An extraordinary mixture of adventure story and guide to self-knowledge, this book recounts the spectacular trials of Paulo and his mentor, Petrus, as they journey across Spain in search of a miraculous sword. A compelling tale that delivers a powerful brew of magic and insight, The Pilgrimage recounts the amazing trials of Paulo Coelho and his mysterious mentor, Petrus, as they journey across Spain in search of a miraculous sword — on a legendary road travelled by pilgrims of San Tiago since the Middle Ages. Paulo’s visionary blend of mysticism, magical realism and folklore makes this an adventure story with a difference.

The Pilgrimage details Paulo Coelho’s journey along the legendary road of San Tiago across Spain. In The Pilgrimage, Coelho recounts the spectacular trials that lead him to discover personal power, wisdom, and a miraculous sword that seals his initiation into the secret society of the Tradition. With his enigmatic mentor, Petrus, he follows a legendary road travelled by pilgrims of San Tiago since the Middle Ages, encountering a Chaucerian variety of mysterious guides and devilish opponents. Coelho’s experiences and his mentor’s teachings impart the spiritual wisdom that reveals itself as the true purpose of their exciting journey.

The story shows that love can make us stronger and it is this strength that allows us to make the right decision at the right time. The search of truth is assimilated to a personal search for meaning, for the things that we need in life such as truth, agape, enthusiasm, and spirituality.

ISBN-10: 0061687456
ISBN-13: 978-0061687457

A Glimpse of Intek’s Previous Workshops

Psyche’s Realm: How to Relax Your Mind

Introduction of Optimist

Are you stressed or unhappy? Do you need to calm down? Training your mind to relax can help you feel rested and prepared at any time, and is easy to do. When you find methods that works for you, cultivate and practice them often. In time, you’ll be able to relax more quickly and easily using some of the following ideas.

Method 1 of 4: Relaxing with Meditation

1. Do deep breathing exercises. Although the idea may seem cliche, deep breathing exercises work wonders on relaxing your mind. Practice these daily and in times of stress to help soothe your anxiety.

Close your mouth and take a deep breath in through your nose. Try to time this inhalation so that it lasts for four seconds. Hold your breath for seven seconds, and then exhale your breath for a count of eight seconds. Repeat this four times total.

  • If you have trouble slowing your breathing this far, start at a faster pace and slowly work your way up to a longer time.
  • Feel free to adjust the time each inhale and exhale lasts, but be sure that your exhale lasts for twice as long as your inhale. Pause between each breath.


2. Practice meditation, or try rejoicing, meditative prayer.
This is the process of clearing your mind by focusing on a specific thought, place, word(s), color or object. To meditate, sit (kneel or lie) in a comfortable position and think (or pray) about one specific thing. It may take upwards of ten minutes in order to completely clear your mind, but that is normal.

  • You can sit or lie down during meditation, but always keep your eyes closed to help you focus mentally/spiritually.

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Cross Cultural Awareness

Global Non-Verbal Signals – Vietnam & Singapore


Vietnam
  • Men and women do not show affection in public. However, members of the same sex may hold hands while walking.
  • Always use both hands when passing an object to another person.
  • Touching children on the head is only done by parents, grandparents, etc.
  • Few Vietnamese speak English well. An interpreter is usually necessary.
  • For business, men should wear conservative but casual suits and ties.
  • Women should wear a conservative dress or a businesslike blouse and pants.
  • The Vietnamese style of dining is chopsticks and rice bowls. Hold your rice bowl in your hand; it is considered lazy to eat from a rice bowl that is on the table.
  • When visiting a Vietnamese home, bring a gift for the hostess. A gift for children or an elderly parent is also appreciated.
  • Don’t give handkerchiefs (symbols of a sad farewell). Most Asians consider the Western habit of using a cloth handkerchief and then returning it to your pocket to be barbaric.
  • Give items useful for daily activity, like designer soaps, cosmetics, lamps or framed pictures for the home.
  • Business cards are usually exchanged when meeting for the first time. Give and receive a business card with both hands.
  • Most decisions are made by committee in Vietnam. Individual connections are not as important as in many other Asian countries, because no one holds absolute power to make a decision. You can not rely on one person in a particular organization to safeguard your interests.
  • The Vietnamese willingness to avoid unpleasantness can sometimes lead to great misunderstandings. “Yes” may not mean “yes.”

 

Singapore
  • Shake hands with everyone present at a business meeting or social occasion. Shake hands again when leaving. Your handshake should be firm.
  • The elderly receive great respect in Singapore, thus be sure to hold doors open for them, rise before they enter a room and give up your seat to them on public transportation.
  • When seated, cross your legs at the knees so that the sole of your shoe is not displayed to other people.
  • Littering is strictly forbidden in Singapore, and anyone caught violating this law is subject heavy fines. This includes the throwing away of cigarettes also.
  • Singapore, like Malaysia, hosts a mixture of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, so the respective customs and mores apply.
  • Personal contacts are important in business. It takes several years to develop business relationships. Take time to know people before discussing business.
  • Singaporeans tend to get right down to business in meetings. Singaporeans are fast-paced and can make decisions quickly.
  • You are expected to deliver reports, correspondence, packages, etc. when promised.
  • For business, men should wear white shirts, tie and slacks. Jackets are usually not required.
  • Always talk straight and get right to the point with Singaporeans. You can be direct when dealing with issues of money.
  • Women should wear blouses with sleeves and skirts or pantsuits.
  • Dinner is the most common form of business entertainment, but it is a time to socialize and build relationships rather than discuss business. Don’t be surprised if business dinners are scheduled for every night of the week. Most entertainment is done in restaurants.
  • Food is usually put on the table with all dishes served at once and to be shared by all. Drinks and appetizers are uncommon, though they are available in Western restaurants.

 

 

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