Thursday, July 24, 2008

One Small Step Can Change Your Life

KAIZEN—a way of LIFE

We have recently introduced KAIZEN in our company; I’m also a great supporter of KAIZEN as I believe in the old adage “Change is the only constant in life”. KAIZEN is the tool that advocates change and helps all keep in step with it.

At Cellebrum Technologies Limited we constantly strive towards perfection. Special care is taken to always try to make things better in every aspect (both personal and professional) on a daily basis, as we believe that to move towards perfection one needs to continuously evolve by simple endeavours daily.

So the book review and why I chose to select this particular book should come as no surprise.

Book Review...

One Small Step Can Change Your Life by Robert Maurer introduces us to the practical aspects of KAIZEN principles applicable in one’s daily life. The book also shows us how to make big change by taking little steps using Kaizen approach.

Ingrained in the two thousand-year-old wisdom of Tao Te Ching "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" Kaizen is the art of making great and lasting change through small, steady increments.
The book shows how one can easily yet at the same time with an persuasive attitude can effect positive change. The book begins with outlining the much-repeated role that “FEAR” plays in all types of change and how Kaizen can outwit it.

Dr. Maurer then goes on to explain the 7 Small/Significant Steps (that can make a real difference in our life):

  1. How to Think Small Thoughts
  2. Take Small Actions
  3. Solve Small Problems
  4. Mind sculpture--visualizing virtual change so that real change comes more naturally
  5. How to perform
  6. Why small rewards motivate better than big rewards
  7. How great discoveries are made by paying attention to the little details most of us overlook

Dr. Maurer believes that the human brain enjoys questions and also problem solving so instead of "taking the leap" and "facing your fears" the book advocates asking small questions about oneself. This book is essentially about getting from ground zero to step 1, or from complete inertia—zero momentum to getting the ball rolling especially when making a change in ones life.

This is an excellent book for all who are willing to try a new approach for improving there life. An easy read for a weekend or while travelling…real life examples make this book quite practical.

Many other examples of Kaizen at work are listed in the book. But to read those you would need to make a small change in your schedule—that is to go and pick up this wonderful book and read it thoroughly and to adopt its ideas in your life.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Cellebrum CEO Proud to be BITSian Saket Agarwal shares his Passion

Prof BR Natarajan
Cellebrum is the brain-child of Agarwal, who had foreseen the need for a stand-alone unit for developing and deploying VAS services. Under his leadership, Cellebrum has turned into an industry leader in a short span of 4 years.

Saket Agarwal has been the driving force behind the present industry-leading position that Cellebrum Technologies Limited holds in the VAS arena globally. He is someone who likes to consistently evolve and create value for the company and its employees. Saket believes in details and follows processes without affecting the productivity; an impossible blend that he makes possible with élan that's unique to him. He ensures his complete involvement in all projects, giving unsullied perspective to each product design; thus helping create an environment for lateral thinking and innovation, ensuring delivery of applications/products ahead of timelines. In fact he is his own products biggest critic ensuring that he and his team is always striving to create superior and bath-breaking products.

Saket holds a coveted dual degree B.E. (Hons) Electrical Electronics Engineering and MSc (Hons) Physics from BITS Pilani which is one among the top ranking universities towering above the rest in various best college surveys in India today. Soon after taking charge as Cellebrum CEO in Mid May 2008, in an exclusive message to BITS Alumni Association (BITSAA), Saket conveyed 'Well, I do flaunt BITS Tag, for everything I do, where-ever and why not? How BITS, my Alma Mater, changed course of my career is truly embedded in my memories. I vividly remember going through the BITS journey, far more than education. It was a truly OASIS in letter & spirit. What it allowed was - I could LIVE at my own pace & terms. At BITS when one wanted to be fiercely competitive at academics, one could be driven to extremes of intellectual demands and then suddenly, if one wanted to switch to enjoying child like gay abandon in various sports - the badminton to the night cricket - one could live to the hilt. Then again learning the administration of Mess / APOGEE / OASIS or various others, keeping pace with the tough Compulsory Discipline Courses CDCs, it all added to the persona. The Saraswati Temple, the Sky Lawns & evening out at campus market Connaught with friends helped to have the calming effect. Instead of regulating attendance, BITS System gives you so much empowerment / responsibility to make your own timetable, best food across universities, students from different parts of the country, best as yet cultural festival - OASIS, no social divide, to providing phenomenal learning through Practice School PS - I & II, it was always - LIVING at your terms, without loosing one's Identity.
Thus, if I can help do anything to add anything to Brand BITS, I am always going to be Game. "This proud to be a BITSian Saket Agarwal who has integrated himself into the excellence circuit is bound to climb many more peaks in the years to come.About Birla Institute of Technology and Science: BITS Pilani which has the reputation of pioneering the online examinations for admissions through the pathbreaking BITSAT and setting a benchmark in industry university collaborations is one among the top ranking universities towering above the rest in various best college surveys in India today. BITS offers degrees in various disciplines presently at Pilani, Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad campuses apart from an array of work integrated learning programmes for HRD of a vast spectrum of Indian corporates. The alumni of the Institute are spread across the globe from Australia to America.