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What No B-School Can Teach You.

"Experience is a hard teacher because it gives the test first & the lesson afterwards." by a philosopher.
These lines summarize the basic difference between a B-school & what life teaches you at work.
B-schools teach you models, case studies, strategies, best practices & so on. But success has rules which are far beyond the books.
To win, one has to master some 'tactics' that define the line between the ordinary & the extraordinary.

I have been fortunate to be associated with some exceptionally talented people who have constantly challenged my views & sparked new thought processes. Let me share some of these simple ideas that are not taught in B-school, but have made an impact in my life & work style.

Pride: Let's face it, we're alive for only a limited period of time & we'll spend most of our lives working. That being the case, I believe the number one priority is to do whatever we do as well as we can, & take pride in that.

The secrets to happy single-hood.

We’re not breaking ground here—you’ve probably heard this adage from smug marrieds enough times to make your blood boil. But guess what…it’s true. “Being single gives you time to explore what makes you happy, which ultimately makes you a stronger, more well-rounded person…and a person new people want to be around. Here’s how to make it happen.

Step 1: Quiet the little voices: Let’s face it, society constantly reminds people that you need to be paired up to be happy—to be a real grown-up. Just walk by any newsstand: No less than three out of five cover lines of women’s & men’s magazines promote sex or relationships. “They can often make it seem that everyone’s involved in a really hot love affair except you,”
So how can you tune out the static? Check your friends—are you hanging out with enough like-minded singletons? Being with couples can often make it worse. You may find yourself constantly comparing yourself to them. And when Mom (or anyone else) asks for the millionth time why h…

Major League Rules for Work.

While baseball & work may seem totally unrelated, there are actually many aspects of the sport that you can apply on the job. Think about it... whether being a player at work or on the field, both require a great deal of hard work & ample dedication; both rely on teams that work well together; & both have solid & talented "All-Stars."

1. Put yourself through spring training: Everyone needs to sharpen their skills once in a while, especially if you want to be more marketable. Learn a new skill, take a class or become educated about a part of the company you are not already familiar with. The more you can equip yourself with knowledge & skills that are valuable to your company, the more valuable an employee you will be.

2. Step up to the plate: If you really want to wow them in your office, you have to be proactive. The best employees are eager to take on tough assignments, welcome new challenges & are not afraid of hard work. Show your All-Star qualities…

How IT Firms Got Their Names

Adobe - came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock.

Apache - It got its name because its founders got started by applying patches to code written for NCSA's http daemon. The result was 'A PAtCHy' server -- thus, the name Apache.

Apple Computers - Favourite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, & because he didn't get any better name for his new company.So one day he told to the staff: "If I'll not get better name by 5 o'clock today, our company's name will be anything he likes..."so at 5 o'clcok nobody come up with better name, and he was eating APPLE that he keep the name of the company 'Apple Computers'

CISCO – It’s not an acronym but the short for San Francisco.

Google - the name started as a jockey boast about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named 'Googol', a word…