Peace Poem

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Shreya and Shruti

Art of Living is launching a nation-wide campaign for non-violence.

Join us! see nonvio.org

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here is a peace poem by Shreya Nilangekar, 5th Grade, Arbor Intermediate School, Piscataway New Jersey

PEACE is what we are trying to increase,
And violence is what we are trying to decrease,
Maybe, everyone could join hands and get together,
Maybe, even forever!

There are good people and bad people,
Let them be,
Peace is what we need everyone to see.

 

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Meditation

cool flyer by Shrungi Panchal!

Learn to meditate everyday by doing the Art of Meditation course that teaches the Sahaj Samadhi meditation technique.

check out the Sahaj Samadhi facebook page!

Sahaj is a Sanskrit word that means natural or effortless. Samadhi is a deep, blissful, meditative state. Sahaj Samadhi meditation is a natural, effortless system of meditation.

Regular practice of the technique can totally transform the quality of one’s life, by culturing the system to maintain the peace, energy and expanded awareness throughout the day. These meditation techniques combined with yogic practices can ensure good health and a calm mind.

 

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by Roopak DesaiRoopak

Art of Living is all about building self and building human capital. Each and every one of us is an immense source of energy and it is all about unleashing it and creating opportunities for us and for others.

Traditional School of Thought – Exploiting Human Capital

Most of the companies follow this mantra: ‘everyone should do everything.’ “As ‘professionals,’ we should all be able to step in and ramp up to top speed in any area, at any time, no matter what the current workload.”

This approach is short sighted approach of getting things done without thinking of long term implication and capital appreciation. This is very much equivalent to Bond investment where you get conservative rate of return without any appreciation in value.

The highly technical people are thus spread thin seeking expertise in all languages that make up an application (for us, VB, Javascript, ASP, ASP.net, C++, C#, etc.), and those same developers develop in-depth SQL skills (equal to the DBAs) and networking skills (equal to the engineers).

This approach of project management where you have resources with interchangeable parts, is best suited to managers assigning resources since there is no thinking required! Anyone, anywhere, anytime. But it has a detrimental impact on human capital which doesn’t get the opportunity to grow and thus becomes powerless to produce new ideas or extraordinary results.

Advanced School of Thought – Building Human Capital

The companies who are are on the path of advancement, innovation and growth develop a culture to build human capital. They value the strength of each individual and understand the value of optimal utilization of their potential.

This strategy has a long term vision of continual development and growth of individual and in turn resulting in the accomplishment of a project with extraordinary results. This approach is very much equivalent to investment in growth stock which not only gives consistent return of investment but also provides capital appreciation.

It is all about building Subject Matter Expert (SMEs) in a given area and a Center of Excellence (CoE) in a given technology. The manager has to work out a strategy to align the correct resources to a project and then manage it appropriately in such a way that the person responsible for that project is not tied to it forever….life..till death …do us part.

With this approach of project management, it provides the opportunity for an individual to grow, contribute effectively and become more productive to produce new ideas and extraordinary results.

I certainly believe in later category of thought of building human capital…and that is way to go!! And welcome your thoughts of what works or doesn’t in your company bases on culture/projects/vision/strategy.

about Roopak Desai: Roopak is a resident of Monroe, New Jersey and works in the Information Technology industry. He has an MBA in Technology Management from NJIT; MS from IIT, Chicago; M.Tech from IIT, Mumbai. His goal is to inspire and motivate to help people succeed and to make a difference wherever he can.

 

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