Intuitive and Egoless Leadership:

By Jayaram Rajaram

 

As I was writing a casual email to the CEO of a big multinational organization, I realized that this may be of interest to the world.

The whole world is discussing Steve Jobs and how he defied all the rules and intuitively navigated Apple to what it is today.

How did he do it? Most people would say that Steve Jobs is an aberration or an outlier. No doubt they are right in saying that, but what we need to ask ourselves is whether there is a ‘little bit of’ Steve Jobs in each one of us and ‘is there a Steve Jobs who is waiting to be found in every organization’?

Can teams communicate in an egoless manner, breathe right and soul-search to identify their Steve Jobs and back him/her to the hilt?

Is market research just telling us what the average customer/consumer wants? Is this making organizations and products mediocre?

Isn’t it up to leadership teams to chart a course that brings about disproportionate results through whacko innovative ideas/products /offerings?

Shouldn’t all this be done ethically rather than baseless innovation like what happened with CDOs (Collateralized Debt Obligations) by greedy leaders that led to the financial crisis that the world is still battling?

My take on it is that if teams function in an egoless manner, leaders start breathing right, communicate well and start searching for this person or people who want to change the world, and back them to the hilt, every organization has the potential to move from good to great. Over the years, the corporate world has laid so much emphasis on data and risk-mitigation that the fun of real entrepreneurship has vanished. Our objective as leaders should be to bring back the thrill and results of entrepreneurship by encouraging intrapreneurship in every team. This can only be done by identifying entrepreneurial leaders who function in an ethical and transparent manner.

Why did I say breathe right and what does it have to do with leadership? Did you ever wonder how intuition works? It’s only our breath that we have control over, and the breath controls our brain, heart and nervous system. Scientists and specifically neuroscientists are now validating this link between breath-heart and brain functions, but several wise men knew this long ago- though experientially. FMRI scans now show that breathing in a particular way activates certain portions of the brain. So role-specific and activity specific breathing is now becoming a reality for enhancing leadership performance, as validation using new-age technology is possible. Quantum physics is trying to locate the One Source that we call God and is slowly moving towards saying God is within us- ancient wisdom and spiritual leaders (across religions) knew this many centuries ago experientially and accessed the one-source through meditation and prayer. People are slowly realizing that what manifests in reality is consciousness or what we individually and collectively think. Dr. Mani Bhaumik’s ‘Code Name God’ addresses the union of science and spirituality beautifully and in a non-religious manner.

We live in very interesting times where possibilities are endless. So whether we intellectualise this or not, leaders must unclutter their thoughts and start taking time off to breathe right and meditate, to intuitively navigate their teams through unchartered territories to succeed in this ever-changing and complicated world.

About the Author:

Jayaram Rajaram is one of the Managing Partner’s of Bril, a company that works on a Mission to Make Living Fun for its customers and consumers, through its world-class school stationery, baby and children’s products. He is also the Managing Director & Chief Dreamer of a human development company called ELSA Learning Private Limited that offers experiential art programs for children and infuses creativity and innovation into organizations.  Jayaram writes about varied topics ranging from Leadership to Innovation to Parenting. All his posts are a result of his personal experiences of over a decade at the helm of Bril, a products company and ELSA, a services company.

 

Can you imagine your toddler riding a bicycle?

All this while Indian parents have been used to buying their 1-year old a tri-cycle. First they (the parent) will push the tricycle and then the toddler will try and start pedalling. The tricycle teaches the baby to learn to pedal and steer, but poses a pretty serious risk of tipping over when the toddler goes too fast, turns or tries to get off. This causes injury, pain and definitely doesn’t prepare the child for the bicycle.

Later, at around four years of age parents buy their child a bicycle with trainer wheels. What do the trainer wheels do? If you actually think of it, they actually impede the process of learning balance. The child becomes used to the fact that he / she has four wheels, and focusses on pedalling and steering. After a while, the parent says, ‘ok, let’s remove one wheel’ and that’s when falls and bruises start! Some children get so scared of falling that they fail to learn an easy and basic gross motor skill of balance.

Brilrider, India’s first balance bike has turned this concept of learning balance on its head. Come Brilrider, the good-old tricycle may be passé, as parents can start their children off on this cool bicycle as soon as their baby can walk stably!

Yes, that’s normally as early as 13-18 months or sometimes even earlier. Brilrider’s exceptional design, with low centre of gravity allows the seat to go as low as 11” from the floor and has no pedals. This, minimal and simplistic design helps toddlers place their feet firmly on the ground and start walking with their new balance bike.

As the child progresses, he becomes more confident and starts walking faster with the Brilrider. Children love the Brilrider as it is extremely light (Much lighter than tricycles and 48% lighter than other bicycles in the category) and easy to handle.

Since there is no handle-bar limiter, the probability of injury due to the handle bar getting wedged against the chest or stomach is virtually zero. As the toddler gets more and more confident, they start running and then slowly lifting their feet off the ground and balancing.

This means children as young as 3 years can actually start balancing without the need for tricycles or trainer wheels. The best part about Brilrider is that falls are greatly minimized as children can put their feet firmly on the ground at the slightest feeling of doubt or lack of confidence.

If you start an older kid (probably 3-4 years of age) on Brilrider, you will see that some of them may start balancing in a matter of weeks or even days.

The Brilrider also has moulded footrests as part of the body so children can rest their feet up and zip away once they get confident! Learning to ride a bicycle will never be the same again thanks to the Brilrider, and it’s great for kids from 1-5 years of age.

The following is our first video sent by happy parents of Rohan- a 4.5 year-old child. Rohan had never balanced a 2-wheeler before, but learnt to balance in just over 3 days with his new Brilrider. Watch him having a blast with his Brilrider in this video.

To buy the Brilrider please visit www.brilindia.com

5 Amazing Facts About The Bottle Nose Dolphin – That You Can Teach Your Child Today

Here’s something you can teach your child today. Introducing…

“The Bottlenose Dolphin”

Bottlenose Dolphin

Did you know…

1) Their moans, groans, squeaks, whistles, and grunts can sound as if they’re a heavy metal band. But bottlenose dolphins make their own kind of music. server address . Many of the sounds they make could be imitated by holding a balloon tightly by the neck, then letting the air out faster and slower.

2) Bottlenose dolphins send messages to one another in different ways. They squeak and whistle and use body language—leaping as high as 20 feet (6 meters) in the air, snapping their jaws, slapping their tails on the surface of the water, and even butting heads.

3) So what are they trying to tell each other? They can alert each other to possible dangers, let others know there is food nearby, and keep track of others in the group. Nasal sacs inside the dolphin’s head are what make it possible for the dolphins to vocalize.

4) Blowholes located in their heads open and close, allowing the dolphins to breathe. (Being mammals, dolphins have to come to the water’s surface to breathe, just like you.)

5) Dolphins also produce high frequency clicks, which act as a sonar system called echolocation (ek-oh-low-KAY-shun). When the clicking sounds hit an object in the water, like a fish or rock, they bounce off and come back to the dolphin as echoes. Echolocation tells the dolphins the shape, size, speed, distance, and location of the object. Each individual dolphin seems to have its own signature whistle, but the sounds we can’t hear may be the most important.

Source: National Geographic Kids – CLICK HERE for all 18 facts about the Bottlenose Dolphin, photos, videos, maps, create an e-card, or print a picture of this magnificent creature.

 

BrilSlate Review: Stress-Test, Battery, Video Clarity, Speed, Built-in USB, Games, Multitasking, and Lots More…

Gadget Guru Sakthi Takes the New BrilSlate Adroid 4.0 ICS on a Stress-Test-Ride!

After a gruelling stress-test of the new BrilSlate Android 4.0, Bril’s in-house expert Sakthi lists 10 super-qualities of BrilSlate that he loves!

1. Video clarity: Video clarity really excellent when compared to most tablets available in the market.

2. Battery Back Up: When working in offline mode batter-life is around 9 hours 40 minutes. When surfing the net the battery lasts for 6hours 20minutes

In my opinion this is the best power performance in android platform.
~ Sakthi

3. Device Heat: One of the very few tablets that doesn’t heat up even when watching a full movie without a break. (Tested under standard family-viewing, non-ac conditions.

4. Built-in USB on the go. What’s really amazing with the Brilslate is that it supports upto 500gb external hard disks.

5. Internet: Most Indian languages are supported by the browser. Youtube videos stream effortlessly and all Social Networking sites can be accessed easily using the Opera Mini browser.

The highlight is that Skype video calls (with the front built-in camera) works wonderfully without hanging.
~ Sakthi

6. Touch Screen: The touchscreen is amazingly responsive and feels great!

7. Multitasking: 12 parallel applications were run and used while testing without any indication of slow-down or hanging.

8. Games: It supports motion sensor, gravity sensor and graphical 3d games. (Caution:- You will definitely get addicted to playing games with your BrilSlate)

9. Business: Stock market in your finger tips, internet banking, currency, weather, location on google maps,  Adobe reader for pdf, Email on the go -no limits on number of accounts you can manage. MS office  -Create, edit, copy and paste in excel, word and power point using kingsoft office which can be downloaded free from play store available in Brilslate. What’s more, ownload over 5 million apps available in the play store. (Note: most of the branded Android tablets do not having play store.)

10. Last but not least Direct Google Voice search because  “GOOGLE comes after GOD in knowing everything” :)

The BrilSlate can be purchased online at www.brilindia.com.

How To Help your Child Kick the Thumb Sucking Habit

How To Help your Child Kick the Thumb Sucking HabitThumb sucking is a concern many parents have. Toddlers suck their thumbs because it’s comforting and calming. It’s probably something they did before they were born and revert back to it when they are nervous, agitated, scared or ill. . They may also use it to lull themselves back to sleep in the middle of the night.

Parents shouldn’t concern themselves unless it continues after the age their permanent teeth begin to appear, around six years old. Experts say that it’s the intensity of the thumb sucking and the tongue’s thrust that deforms teeth and makes braces necessary later. Children who rest their thumb passively in their mouth are less likely to have difficulty than children who suck aggressively. If you’re concerned, closely monitor your child and analyze his technique. If they appears to be sucking vigorously, you may want to begin curbing their habit earlier.

Punishing or nagging your child to stop won’t help because it’s usually an automatic response. Attempting to curb it by putting an elastic bandage on his thumb or another method will seem like unjust punishment, especially since they indulge in the habit for comfort and security.

Try to wait it out. Children usually give up thumb-sucking when they’ve found other ways to calm and comfort themselves. my ip . Consider offering them other alternatives to comfort themselves such as a soft blanket or toy.

The key is to notice when and where they are likely to suck their thumbs and offer an alternative. If it happens while they are tired, try giving more naps. If they suck their thumb frequently while watching television, try to distract them with a toy that will keep their hands occupied.

Older children may need gentle reminders to curtail thumb sucking while in public, and praise should be given freely when the child finds and uses an acceptable alternative. Your child’s pediatric dentist can offer other suggestions for helping your child kick the thumb sucking habit.

26 Reasons Why You’ll Love Carrying The BrilSlate Everywhere You Go

So, let’s say you’re in the electronics section of a super market and playing around with the android tablets on display. The usual suspects: Samsung Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Note, Blackberry Playbook and Motorola Xoom.

Suddenly your friend jumps in front of you and whispers into your ear, “You gotta see this Tablet!” He seems extra quirky and that somewhat picks your interest.

But you’re thinking, “Oh boy… What can he show me that I haven’t seen already?”

Well…

Brace yourself, and read this article cause it’s a total game changer.

There’s a new Tablet in town called the BrilSlate – click on Reuters, DNA or Fox 5 News to read the articles and reviews.

I really liked the (free) elegant leather cover too… Samsung didn’t give any cover at all; we had to buy it for an additional Rs 2000.
~ Ramesh Sankaran

The BrilSlate is brought to you by the same company that has been making living fun since 1964. They started as an Ink Bottle, expanded into various product lines and now launched this totally amazing Tablet.

And guess what? It’s so affordable that you can actually:

Buy 2 BrilSlates for the Price of 1 Samsung Galaxy Tab.

You heard that right. It costs just Rs.10,999. But don’t let that sneaky price ever let you think that this little tablet isn’t a powerhouse! Did I say little? Keep reading. You’ll see.

The BrilSlate is a snazzy, high performance, Android 4.0 (ice cream sandwich) tablet with multi-point capacitive touch screen and an amazingly sleek metal casing! Great for school, home and office use. Surf the web, check and send emails, create and edit documents, download great apps from the Android Market, play games, listen to music, watch movies and more!

The BrilSlate is powered by the latest version of Android. This means you have complete access to over 500,000 games and apps that can be instantly downloaded.

Categories: Books & Reference, Business, Comics, Education, Entertainment, Finance, Health & Fitness, Libraries, Lifestyle, Medical, Music & Audio, News & Magazines, Photography, Productivity, Shopping, Transportation, Travel, Weather, and LOTS more.

Social Networking: (view all apps here)

FacebookTwitterGoogle PlusYouTubeLinkedIn

Games: (view all apps here)

Angry Birds Cut The RopeRacing Moto SuperbikeIPL Cricket T20 FeverPool Master Pro

Finance: (view all apps here)

State Bank of IndiaICICI Mobile Banking - iMobileCitibank IndiaAxis MobileMoneycontrol Markets on Mobile

Health & Fitness: (view all apps here)

WebMD for AndroidFat Melting AbsInstant Heart RateNike+ RunningVirtuaGym Fitness Home & Gym

Shopping: (view all apps here)

Official eBay Android AppFlipkartSnapdealAmazon MobileBarcode Scanner

Phew! 500,000 apps and growing every day.

This Tablet surprisingly is really quick to load. The BlackBerry Playbook takes HOURS to load! The USB, SD Card and HDMI options are a boon as even many of the bigger brands don’t have it.
~ Ramesh Sankaran, owner of a Samsung Galaxy Tab, BlackBerry Playbook and BrilSlate

The BrilSlate was created just for you to organize your life, recapture joyful moments with your family and friends, have a blast, and make living fun.

With that, I’ll leave you with:

25 Reasons Why You’ll Love Carrying The
BrilSlate Everywhere You Go:

    1. Ultra-sleek design with a snazzy silver-metal back casing
    2. Operating system: Android 4.0 (ice cream sandwich)
    3. Rockchip 2918 chip solution, main frequency: 1.2GHz
    4. Amazing high-performance 7.0″ Capacitive touch screen with 5-points touch
    5. Dimensions: 192(L) X 118(W) X 12.3(H) mm- exceptional Ultra-thin design
    6. Crystal-clear screen with high-resolution 800*480 pixels for enhanced viewing experience
    7. Built-in flash memory of 8GB extendable up to 32 GB using a SD Card
    8. Built-in 512MB DDR2 RAM for seamless, high-speed performance
    9. Supports WIFI 802.11 b/g/n for a great wireless internet experience
    10. Supports external 3G data card/dongle^
    11. Supports HDMI function
    12. Supports G-talk, MSN, QQ, Skype and other popular software for voice, video# and text based communication
    13. Supports EMAIL and internet with android browsers
    14. Supports a wide range of e-book formats
    15. Music formats supported: MP3/WMA/APE/FLAC/AAC/OGG/AC3/WAV and more!
    16. Video formats: Max.1280*720 MKV(H.264 HP) /AVI / RM / RMVB / FLV / WMV9 / MP4 and more!
    17. Picture formats: High resolution JPEG/BMP/GIF/PNG and more.
    18. One high-clarity speaker built-in
    19. 0.3M pixel front camera built-in
    20. G-sensor function built-in for screen rotation
    21. Powered by a 4500Mah rechargeable lithium battery with Working life: Up to 6 hours**
    22. Charger: 110-240V, 50-60HZ
    23. Access to great apps on Google Android Market!
    24. Includes: HDMI Cable, Earphone and User Manual
    25. Built-in USB Port
    26. A free high-end leather case included to further accentuate your BrilSlate experience.

I’m particularly impressed with its video playback- What clarity! It’s truly a pleasure using the BrilSlate for movies!
~Sakthivel

For more information about the BrilSlate, CLICK HERE.

BrilSlate can be purchased online on www.brilindia.com.

Productive and Positive Potty Training

Your child’s showing all the signs of being ready to potty train. That’s great! But now, where do you start?

Explain to your toddler that going potty is a normal process of life and everyone does it, even animals. Talk with them about the toilet, a special place where they can potty just like the big kids. Tell him how the potty works and let him try flushing himself. Explain that they will be wearing underwear and not diapers. Find some educational and entertaining videos of their favorite characters learning to go potty. Be sure to involve other family members in the process and emphasize the importance of consistency during this process.

Make a special trip to the store and purchase new underwear with your toddler. Let them have a voice in what you get. The underwear will have much more significance if your toddler helped choose them.

Overalls, pants with lots of buttons, snaps or zips, tight or restrictive clothing and oversized shirts will all be an obstacle to your child during this process. Put these kinds of clothes away for the time being.

Decide whether or not you’re going to use pull-ups, training pants or regular underwear and try to stick with this decision so your child has consistency and isn’t confused. Think about whether or not you want to use rewards or not. Figure out a strategy on how to handle potty issues when you’re away from home.

If your child is in child care, ask your provider for their advice and make sure there aren’t any hard and fast rules the center or caregiver has in place that may be an issue. Let them know that you’re going to start and enlist their help with the process.

Praise your child for each successful trip to the potty, and comfort them when accidents happen and try to remain patient and calm when they do. Avoid using candy or other treats as reinforcement. Let them know that it will take a while to get the hang of using the potty, and encourage and praise each attempt they make. With consistency, encouragement and praise, they’ll soon be completely trained.

The Family that Eats Together Stays Healthy Together

The Family that Eats Together Stays Healthy TogetherRecent studies have shown that not only do children like to sit down at the dinner table and eat a meal with their parents, but they are more likely to eat a well-balanced, nutritious meal when they do.

But with the hectic lives we seem to lead these days, getting the family all together in the same place at the same time can be a difficult chore. Between work schedules, after-school activities, errands, and the like, it seems we have less and less time. But with a few simple ideas and some planning, meal time can be an enjoyable and treasured family time.

Designate no less than one night per week to have a sit-down meal with your family. Sunday nights are usually a good choice for this because you have more time to relax and the weekend chores have been completed.

Involve your children in the meal planning and preparation. This gives them a strong sense of self and the foundation for a lifetime of healthy meal planning and preparation.

Make sure the television is off, and make it a rule that all phone calls go to voice mail or the answering machine during the meal. Take this time to visit with one another and enjoy one another’s company. This is a great time to reconnect and find out what events happened this week. Take your time eating, and teach your children how to do the same in the process. domain owner search Eating slowly is a healthy habit. Don’t jump up and start clearing dishes and putting things away until everyone is done eating and talking.

On those days that you can’t sit down as a family, try to make a habit of sitting down and chatting with them while they are eating, instead of rushing around catching up on the chores. This shows them you’re interested and that you care and want to be and involved and important part of their every day life.

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Teach your Child to Give Respect and They’ll Gain Respect in Return

Teach your Child to Give Respect and They'll Gain Respect in Return  One of the most important things you can teach your child is respect and the best way to teach respect is to show respect. When a child experiences respect, they know what it feels like and begin to understand how important it is.

Keep in mind the saying “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Respect is an attitude. Being respectful helps a child succeed in life. If children don’t have respect for peers, authority, or themselves, it’s almost impossible for them to succeed. A respectful child takes care of belongings and responsibilities, and a respectful child gets along with peers.

Schools teach children about respect, but parents have the most influence on how respectful children become. Until children show respect at home, it’s unlikely they will show it anywhere else.

How can you show respect to your child? If you do something wrong, admit it and apologize. Don’t embarrass, insult or make fun of your child. domain technical info . Compliment them and let your child make choices and take responsibility. Listen to your child’s side of the story before making a decision on an issue or problem. Be polite and use “please” and “thank you” when asking them to do things. Knock before entering your child’s room. Keep promises. Show your child that you mean what you say. And give your child your full attention.

And most important, teach your children that respect is earned. Make sure that you are leading by example and modeling respectful behavior. Be a law-abiding citizen. Show concern for your environment, animals and other people. Openly and honestly discuss exampled of witnessed disrespect.

In addition, teach your child to respect themselves. Self-respect is one of the most important forms of respect. Once we respect ourselves, it is easier to respect others.
Help them set and achieve goals. Encourage honesty and teach them that people make mistakes, and that they are the best way to learn.

Most importantly, praise your child often for good deeds, behaviors or traits, and tell them you love them at least several times each day. You’re sure to raise a child capable of giving and gaining respect.

 

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Hobbies are Healthy

Hobbies are HealthyHobbies benefit children in many ways. It gives a child an opportunity to express themselves, and it allows them to discover themselves and build self-esteem. They are also great educational tools. A child interested in rock collecting learns about geology and science, and a child in writing stories learns about sentence structure and proper grammar. Hobbies teach children to set and achieve goals, solve problems and make decisions. They can also set the course for what your child becomes later in life as they often turn into lifelong interests or careers.

Children who have hobbies are usually following in their parents footsteps, so set a good example by pursuing your own hobby. Your child will need space for their hobby, so find an area designated specifically for his hobby so he can work on it. Realize that hobbies can sometimes be quite messy, so be at the ready for messes as they come with the territory.

Be available to your child to provide guidance, support and encouragement. This is a great time to teach your child strong work habits, such as following directions closely, setting goals, and proper planning and organization. Show them that nothing worthwhile is ever easy, especially when they begin to become frustrated with their progress. It’s also a good time to teach them about personal responsibility and show them how important it is to properly care for their work area and their ‘tools of the trade.’

Children will be more encouraged to work on their hobbies if activities like watching television or playing video games are limited. It’s been noted by experts that by age 15, the average child has spent more time watching television than sitting in a classroom. Again, here’s where setting a good example is crucial. Instead of watching that four-hour football game on Saturday, turn the TV off and work on your own hobby. is site down . Your child may want to join in or work on their own as a result.

Hobbies are rewarding and enriching parts of our lives, so encourage your child to explore his own interests and find a hobby of their very own.

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