Entrepreneurial Lessons from India’s Most Iconic Captain | Santosh Bakliwal | Pulse | LinkedIn

M S Dhoni is one of the most iconic captain that Indian Cricket has ever seen. For a man hailing from a humble background, conquering the world seems like a fairy tale. But there is a lot more behind the scenes of a man who inspired a common man to dream. A journey which started from being a ticket collector to India’s most successful captain is something every entrepreneur should try to imitate.

Dhoni’s unparalleled success in a short span of time has been accomplished by being fearless in tough times. He has always delivered for the nation when it has mattered the most. His leadership qualities have won India three ICC trophies which in itself is a dream for any player leading the side. There is much to learn for leading entrepreneurs and managers. Here are some important lessons from M S Dhoni’s success as a leader.

1. Try Till You Die

Building a business is like playing in unknown territories. One has to be involved in every aspect of the business. Mahendra Singh Dhoni didn’t dwell down on successive test failures in England and Australia. He led India to a tri-series triumph in Australia. He treats each game a new one and with it comes a new challenge. Keeping a similar attitude could greatly help startup founders and leaders to achieve the desired results.

2. Keep Calm Under Adverse Situations

MSD is bestowed upon with “Captain Cool” by the cricket fraternity as he remains calm and composed even when things are not going his way. Very few have the ability to control the outburst of the emotions during tough periods. We rarely see him antagonized by bad deliveries, poor throws from the deep. Every entrepreneur must inculcate his calm and patient approach to deal with worst situations in a business.

3. Lead From The Front

A great leader leads by example. Be it a failure or a success, a leader takes the full responsibility. A captain has to play a huge role in a sport like Cricket and MSD has always been at the forefront. The skipper is the man behind all the strategies, team combinations and decisions. Batting up the order in 2011 World Cup Final was one such move which showcased his leadership style and ability to take responsibility when his team needed the most. The same holds true for an entrepreneur as his leadership style decides the fate of the budding organization.

4. Bring the Best Out of Your Team

MSD has been one of the few leaders who understand the strengths and weaknesses of every individual of the team. Choosing Joginder Sharma to bowl the last over of a T20I final showcased his belief in a young individual and this belief took the best out of the bowler in the crunch moment. This won India their first T20I World Cup. Right person for the right job has been Dhoni’s philosophy that every manager or company owner must follow to get best talent within the team.

5. Humbleness, Modesty and Humaneness

Above all those accomplishments as a leader and a player, there have been these innate traits that have earned Mahendra Singh Dhoni a name for himself. Seeing every success that a cricketer aspires to, he never got carried away with success. He hands over the winning trophy to his team mates which is his gratitude towards the contribution of every team member. Tell your team that the success that the company has achieved wouldn’t have been possible without them.

6. Be Yourself!

MSD has been the most unorthodox cricketer that India has ever seen. As a batsman he is not technically sound as Sachin Tendulkar or Rahul Dravid and neither his wicket keeping style resembles cricketing manuals. He faced severe critics for his batting and keeping styles, but he always believed in his abilities and proved others wrong. As an entrepreneur, believe in your instincts and move ahead fearlessly.

Dhoni’s story has everything to inspire a generation. The numbers speak for the man. Two ICC World Cups, Test No. 1 and Champions Trophy is a rare feat in a captain’s kitty. Take a bow captain! A true servant of Indian Cricket and a true human being.

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Great Leaders Embrace Office Politics

CEO biographies and leadership literature perpetuate this “just world” myth. Wanting to leave a positive legacy, CEOs rewrite their histories through rose-tinted lenses rather than telling how they politically outmaneuvered their peers to rise to the top. Using emotion, spin, or relationships to influence others feels unfair, even if there is convincing research that shows they can be effectively applied strategically and ethically.

Even when it makes them uncomfortable.

Source: Great Leaders Embrace Office Politics

The cultural differences between East and West, according to one artist – Quartz

Graphic artist Yang Liu has a sharp eye for cultural comparison, honed by personal experience. In 1990, at the age of 13, she moved from Beijing, to Berlin. After exactly 13 years there, she started an illustrated project to document her dual experiences in China and Germany.

Source: The cultural differences between East and West, according to one artist – Quartz

Welcome Aboard!!! – My first short film (Horror)

Welcome Aboard PosterA horror movie “Welcome aboard” is a short movie of 5 mins 27 sec created as a part of movie making competition. Though its a short movie it was fun to produce, edit & direct my first debut.

Disclaimer: None of the actors or anyone who is part of this movie support concepts of ghosts & life after death. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Concept: This Movie “Welcome Aboard” the concept originated by the challenge of making a movie of 5-6 mins in length with the theme concept of “HORROR”. Challenge accepted!!!

The Movie is:
Produced by 3A’s (Ashish Sheth, Amjad Khan & Abhishek Kale)
Directed by Abhishek Kale (- That’s Me)
Edited by Ashish Sheth & Abhishek Kale
Scripted by Amjad Khan

Watch this movie right here or on youtube

Review and share you feedback!

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Initiative by Mumbai Dabbawala’s

Great Initiation… They don’t have sophisticated technology.. still serving so many children

Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ ’12 Rules of Success’

Steve Jobs went from being an unemployed college dropout to becoming one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time. And he did it thanks to these “12 Rules to Success”:

  1. Do what you love to do. Find your true passion. Make a difference. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
  2. Be different. Think different. Better to be a pirate than to join the navy.
  3. Do your best at every job. Don’t sleep! Success generates more success so be hungry for it. Hire good people with a passion for excellence.
  4. Perform SWOT analysis. As soon as you join/start a company, make a list of strengths and weaknesses of yourself and your company on a piece of paper. Don’t hesitate to throw bad apples out of the company.
  5. Be entrepreneurial. Look for the next big thing. Find a set of ideas that need to be acted upon quickly and decisively and jump through that window. Sometimes the first step is the hardest one. Just take it. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
  6. Start small, think big. Don’t worry about too many things at once. Take a handful of simple things to begin with, and then progress to more complex ones. Think about not just tomorrow, but the future. Put a ding in the universe.
  7. Strive to become a market leader. Own and control the primary technology in everything you do. If there’s a better technology available, use it regardless of whether or not anyone else is using it. Be the first, and make it an industry standard.
  8. People judge you by your performance, so focus on the outcome. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. Advertise. If they don’t know about it, they won’t buy your product. Pay attention to design. We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
  9. Ask for feedback from people with diverse backgrounds. Each one will tell you one useful thing. If you’re at the top of the chain, sometimes people won’t give you honest feedback because they’re afraid. In this case, disguise yourself, or get feedback from other sources. Focus on those who will use your product – listen to your customers first.
  10. Innovate. Innovation distinguishes a leader from a follower. Delegate. Let other top executives do 50% of your routine work to be able to spend 50% your time on the new stuff. Say no to 1,000 things to make sure you don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. Concentrate on really important creations and radical innovation. Hire people who want to make the best things in the world. You need a very product-oriented culture, even in a technology company. Lots of companies have tons of great engineers and smart people. But ultimately, there needs to be some gravitational force that pulls it all together.
  11. Learn from failures. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.Learn continually. There’s always “one more thing” to learn.
  12. Cross-pollinate ideas with others both within and outside your company. Learn from customers, competitors and partners. If you partner with someone whom you don’t like, learn to like them – praise them and benefit from them. Learn to criticize your enemies openly, but honestly.

So, how many of Jobs’ rules to success do you agree with? Any others you might like to add? We’d love to know what you think in the comments section below.

Source: Steve Jobs: The Journey is the Reward by Jeffrey S. Young

via Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ ’12 Rules of Success’.

Be Alert!!!

womanI want to dedicate this post for Women. With recent rise in crimes against women specially in India, the first thought that comes in the mind is how to live a secure life. I came across this article I read on internet giving some guidelines or I would rather say tips. I thought I should share. (By writing this post I do not intend to offend any gender or I do not intend any discrimination.)

1) What should a woman do if she finds herself alone in the company of a strange male as she prepares to enter a lift in a high-rise apartment late at night?

Experts Say: Enter the lift. If you need to reach the 13th floor, press all the buttons up to your destination. No one will dare attack you in a lift that stops on every floor.

2) What to do if a stranger tries to attack you when you are alone in your house, run into the kitchen.

Experts Say: You alone know where the chili powder and turmeric are kept.And where the knives and plates are. All these can be turned into deadly weapons. If nothing else, start throwing plates and utensils all over. Let them break. Scream. Remember that noise is the greatest enemy of a molester. He does not want to be caught.

3} Taking an Auto or Taxi at Night.

Experts Say: Before getting into an auto at night, note down its registration number. Then use the mobile to call your family or friend and pass on the details to them in the language the driver understands .Even if no one answers your call, pretend you are in a conversation. The driver now knows someone has his details and he will be in serious trouble if anything goes wrong. He is now bound to take you home safe and sound. A potential attacker is now your de facto protector!

4}What if the driver turns into a street he is not supposed to – and you feel you are entering a danger zone?

Experts Say: Use the handle of your purse or your stole to wrap around his neck and pull him back. Within seconds, he will feel choked and helpless. In case you don’t have a purse or stole just pull him back by his collar. The top button of his shirt would then do the same trick.

5} If you are stalked at night.

Expert Say: enter a shop or a house and explain your predicament. If it is night and shops are not open, go inside an ATM box. ATM centers always have security guards. They are also monitored by close circuit television. Fearing identification, no one will dare attack you.

After all, being mentally alert is the greatest weapon you can ever have.

To live a secure & peaceful life is a right of everyone. Do share your thoughts, probably you may put down a solution,