Sunday, December 28, 2014

Three Proven Qualities of Great Leaders #1 Trust

Three Proven Qualities of Great Leaders #1 Trust
It may sound like a paradox, but a great leader isn't someone who leads. It's someone other people want to follow. This isn't a matter of personal charisma, star power, luck, or ambition. If you expect to lead any group, whether a small team at work or a nation, you will do it best by acquiring real-life skills and applying them. For decades the Gallup Organization, gathering masses of data worldwide, have asked workers what makes a great boss. The top three answers cut through a great deal of the so-called mystery of leadership.
The first factor was trust. "He's looking out for us" is the most basic and important thing that a worker can say about a good boss. In war a soldier's life depends on trusting that the generals in charge can be trusted. All generals give orders that must be followed. Only a few engender the kind of loyalty that sends people into risk and danger.
To follow isn't a matter of blind trust, however. People judge their leaders pragmatically. Ronald Reagan's famous line, "Ask yourself if you are better off today than you were four years ago" was decisive in winning him the Presidency. It won't matter how good you feel you are at leading if your team's wellbeing is on the decline.
It's easy to get carried away by ego--or at the other extreme by insecurity--so step back and consider the ingredients that make other people willing to trust you.

Your actions are consistent
  • Your words match your deeds.
  • You make promises you can keep.
  • You take responsibility for your decisions.
  • You don't backstab or undercut those around you.
  • You don't focus on yourself.
  • You monitor the success and welfare of your cohorts.
  •  You tell the truth.
On any given day you can measure yourself by these criteria. They apply as a parent or as President of the United States. Whatever your self-image may be, these guidelines give you an objective measure of your performance.

There's an opposite to every positive trait, so here's the pattern that failing leaders follow as they cause trust to deteriorate around them.
  • They are fickle and inconsistent. You can't predict what they will say or do tomorrow.
  • They talk the talk but can't be trusted to walk the walk.
  • They are generous with promises but weak on follow through.
  • They make excuses for themselves and pass the blame on to others.
  • They are quick to find a fall guy.
  •  They gossip and backstab, in the belief that remaining on top means creating insecurity among potential rivals.
  • They only care deep down about number one.
  • They only care about the success of those who hang on to their coattails.
  • They adjust the truth according to the situation at hand.
Take some time once or twice a week to perform an honest self-evaluation of how much trust you are actually earning. Making this a habit will serve you well on your path to leadership.

Thanks to Deepak Chopra for the article

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Unless you experience you cannot Appreciate

Unless you experience you cannot Appreciate
A young man went to seek an important position at a large printing company. He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final in...terview. The director saw his resume, it was excellent. And asked, '
- Have you received a scholarship for school?' The boy replied, " No '.
-' It was your father who paid for your studies? '
-' Yes.'- He replied.
-' Where does your father work? '
-' My father is a Blacksmith'
The Director asked the young to show him his hands.
The young man showed a pair of hands soft and perfect.
-' Have you ever helped your parents at their job? '
-' Never, my parents always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, he can do the job better than me.
The director said:
-' I have got a request: When you go home today, go and wash the hands of your father and then come see me tomorrow morning.'
The young man felt his chance to get the job was high.
When he returned to his house he asked his father if he would allow him to wash their hands.
His father felt strange, happy, but with mixed feelings and showed their hands to his son. The young washed his hands, little by little. It was the first time that he noticed his father's hands were wrinkled and they had so many scars. Some bruises were so painful that his skin shuddered when he touched them.
This was the first time that the young man recognized what it meant for this pair of hands to work every day to be able to pay for his study. The bruises on the hands were the price that he payed for their education, his school activities and his future.
After cleaning his father's hands the young man stood in silence and began to tidy and clean up the workshop. That night, father and son talked for a long time.
The next morning, the young man went to the office of the director.
The Director noticed the tears in the eyes of the young when He asked him: -' Can you tell me what you did and what you learned yesterday at your house?'
The boy replied: -' I washed my father's hands and when I finished I stayed and cleaned his workshop '
-' Now I know what it is to appreciate and recognize that without my parents , I would not be who I am today . By helping my father I now realize how difficult and hard it is to do something on my own. I have come to appreciate the importance and the value in helping the family.
The director said, "This is what I look for in my people. I want to hire someone who can appreciate the help of others , a person who knows the hardship of others to do things, and a person who does not put money as his only goal in life". ' You are hired '.
A child that has been coddled, Protected and usually given him what he wants, develops a mentality of " I have the right ' and will always put himself first, ignoring the efforts of their parents. If we are this type of protective parent are we really showing love or are we destroying our children?
You can give your child a big house , good food , computer classes , watch on a big screen TV . But when you're washing the floor or painting a wall , please let him experience that too.
After eating have them wash the dishes with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you have no money to hire someone to do this it's because you want to love them the right way . No matter how rich you are, you want them to understand. One day your hair will have gray hair, like the father of this young man.
The most important thing is that your child learns to appreciate the effort and to experience the difficulties and learn the ability to work with others to get things done. "
(Copied from a friend facebook post)

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Datacenter Location:

Your chosen data centre may not be in your vicinity but it is necessary that it is located at a safe and secure place. "An ideal data centre should be far away from the chaos of the city. While selecting a data centre one should consider its immunity to threats like earthquakes, floods, etc. Besides that, one should also choose a data centre which is not affected by man-made hazards like arson and loot. In a nutshell, it should be functioning irrespective of the circumstances around.

24x7 Power Back:

"The data centre should have ample power backup as at time there may not be electricity and to keep the data up and running, adequate power supply backup is a must. While selecting a data centre, ensure that it has adequate power backup facility because if you keep data live all the time, then you cannot afford even a second shut down of your data access. Never fail to get multiple opinions and analysis done on the business continuity solutions provided by the service provider before taking the final solution.
Internet Connectivity:

It is obvious that a data centre will have a high speed Internet connection , it needs to have a couple of other backup Internet connections as well, just to ensure that even if a couple of Internet lines go down, it has a few more backup lines to fall back upon and keep your data intact and safe.One of the most important criteria is the speed and the access for technical team at the shortest time.


Besides digital security measures, armed guards at the entrances to the facility, biometric systems and CCTVs - both inside and outside - of the premises go a long way in making a data centre a well-guarded facility, where one can opt to have one's data. Other security aspects like servers protected by locked cages, automatic fire extinguishers and more cameras that monitor the facility 24x7, must be in place as well.

Latest Technology:

An ideal data centre must adopt the latest technology and be in sync with ever changing technology. The service provider should be willing to upgrade and also willing to change along with the trend else you will be saddled with the obsolete technologies. A state of-the-art infrastructure is a must for a data centre and it must be well-equipped with the latest technology and system.

Cooling System:

The type of cooling system the data centre uses is very critical. Cooling system of a data centre must be eco-friendly, as non-eco friendly data centre run the risk of getting close down anytime.

Round the Clock Customer Centre:

If you are hosting your website and data on cloud, then you need to have 24x7 customer care assistance.
(Thanks to ET for the article)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Questions Every Small Business Should Ask

ISIS (Finishing School) Morning Walk Sessions -Need for Life cover

Why do you need a life Insurance
During my younger days I was of the firm belief that life insurance is something that I will not take. Money cannot bring back the comforts that I would have provided. However as I started to understand the risks that I had created to my family I started creating wealth for them, still living with the theory of not having a life cover. Foolish it is however I was lucky to be blessed with wealth over a short time and created safe investments that will take care of my loved ones, thinking that I have done my bit to save them from losing out in case my systems failed.
One day I read another story of someone who had similar thoughts. He had accumulated wealth, bought houses and land. All safe investments.
One day he met an accident and went into coma. He was admitted in the best possible hospitals and remained in that state for two years. By the time the family had sold all the investments and started borrowing from people for the treatment. One fine day he left for good and by the time family had spent everything that he earned for them.
Had he invested on a large term cover, that money would have come to the family after his death to ensure future for the family.
I am not selling insurance here.
What is a Term Policy?
Term life insurance policy is the cheapest form of life cover.

If your main objective is the financial security of your dependents, in the event of death then you should choose term insurance policy. It comes cheap and also supplemented by tax benefits and investment-related advantages. A term life insurance policy is a pure life cover.
There will be no investment benefits attached to it. This is the cheapest form of life insurance cover. However, generally insurance agents do not recommend this as the commissions from such policies are low. It comes with the advantage of low premium and flexible premium payments.

A term life insurance policy covers a person against death for a limited period or term. A term might be five, 10 or as decided by you and the insurance company selling the product. The premiums can be paid throughout the term, annually, half yearly or quarterly. In case of death of the insured person during the term, the nominee gets the sum assured. This policy is highly attractive because of the low premium and high cover it brings. The disadvantage(If you feel) is, in case the policyholder survives the tenure of the policy, there is no payout from the insurance company. The policy simply lapses after the term.

Term policies should be used as a finance planning and risk management tool. For example, if you take a housing loan for a long tenure, say 10-20 years, you can simultaneously take a term policy of corresponding value. The premium payable will be linked to the outstanding principal over a period of time and as such will decrease over the period as both the tenure as well as the insured amount decreases. In case of death of the primary earning member who is repaying the loan, the family does not lose the home as the insurance company will repay the outstanding loan amount.
Term insurance policies provide maximum cover at the lowest premium. Since the investment portion is divested, the insured is not required to pay a heavy premium. There is little to lose except the insurance cover in case you decide to discontinue the policy.
Separate the insurance and investment objectives. Term policies are also an inexpensive way of taking a short-term cover till your wealth and asset accumulation are to your satisfaction. When you are done, provide enough liquidity to you loved ones to ensure that they do not resort to desperate selling in case of an accident or suffer.
Term policies provide death benefit only for a specific period of time. If the policy expires, the cover also expires. As age increases, the premiums also increase. You must match the term with your needs. It should be ensured the dependents are covered until they can provide for themselves or the loan on a mortgage is repaid. It is advisable to start at a young age, because the premium is low in such cases.

You may wonder what I have done for me. I had ensured that I subscribe for the ex-service men’s contributory health insurance policy which I earned due to the long service rendered in Air Force for self and family to ensure sickness does not suck what I have created for them.
Created enough liquidity to least at least year for my daughter and son, till they start making things work for them.
I have taken large insurance policies, before someone educated me on term policies. Now it does not make much meaning as my wealth accumulation plan is complete.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


ORA-12547: TNS:lost contact


Oracle 11.2.x was installed by oracle user ora11 in a AIX 6.1.

Sqlplus “/as sysdba” was going through when executed by ora11 user. However the same was not going through when executed through any other user who belongs to a dba group.


1. Checked the user rights of both the users using id command.

uid=205(finadm) gid=15(dba) groups=1(staff),

uid=202(ora11) gid=15(dba) groups=1(staff)

OS level user rights are same for both the users

2. Copied and compared the .profile of both users and still the issue was faced by finadm user.

3. Tried to bring up the listener by either users. No issues for listener

4. Resolved that the issue had to be with Oracle Installation and checked the oracle binary.


Oralce binay file under $ORACLE_HOME/bin/oracle should have sticky bit set so that if any user who runs that executable file assumes the ID of the owner (or group) of the executable file.

chmod +s $ORACLE_HOME/bin/oracle