‘Education’ Category

  1. I AM INDIAN

    June 23, 2015 by Radha

    A must watch for everyone!!!


  2. How Emotional Intelligence Became a Key Leadership Skill

    May 31, 2015 by Radha

    Anyone trying to come up to speed on emotional intelligence would have a pretty easy time of it since the concept is remarkably recent, and its application to business newer still. The term was coined in 1990 in a research paper by two psychology professors, John D. Mayer of UNH and Peter Salovey of Yale. Some years later, Mayer defined it in HBR this way:

    From a scientific (rather than a popular) standpoint, emotional intelligence is the ability to accurately perceive your own and others’ emotions; to understand the signals that emotions send about relationships; and to manage your own and others’ emotions. It doesn’t necessarily include the qualities (like optimism, initiative, and self-confidence) that some popular definitions ascribe to it.

    It took almost a decade after the term was coined for Rutgers psychologist Daniel Goleman to establish the importance of emotional intelligence to business leadership.  In 1998, in what has become one of HBR’s most enduring articles, “What Makes a Leader,” he states unequivocally:

    The most effective leaders are all alike in one crucial way: they all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. It’s not that IQ and technical skills are irrelevant. They do matter, but…they are the entry-level requirements for executive positions. My research, along with other recent studies, clearly shows that emotional intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership. Without it, a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but he still won’t make a great leader.

    The article then goes on to introduce five components of emotional intelligence that allow individuals to recognize, connect with, and learn from their own and other people’s mental states:

    • Self-awareness
    • Self-regulation
    • Motivation (defined as “a passion for work that goes beyond money and status”)
    • Empathy for others
    • Social skills, such as proficiency in managing relationships and building networks

    An understanding of what exactly constitutes emotional intelligence is important not only because the capacity is so central to leadership but because people strong in some of its elements can be utterly lacking in others, sometimes to disastrous effect.  You can see Salovey, now Yale’s provost, making this point vividly in a talk he gave at a 2010 leadership conference in which he describes how a single picture (which we can’t even see) illustrates the remarkable disparity in the emotional intelligence of  President Clinton, who was so remarkable in his empathy and yet so devoid of self-control.

    In subsequent work, Goleman focuses more deeply on these various elements of emotional intelligence. In 2001, with Case Western Reserve professor Richard Boyatzis and U.Penn faculty member Annie McKee, he explored the contagious nature of emotions at work, and the link between leaders’ emotional states and their companies’ financial success in “Primal Leadership.” In 2008, in “Social Intelligence and the Biology of Leadership,” Goleman and Boyatzis take a closer look at the mechanisms of social intelligence (the wellsprings of empathy and social skills). And most recently, in “The Focused Leader,” Goleman applies advances in neuroscience research to explain how leaders can increase each element of emotional intelligence by understanding and improving the various ways they focus their attention, both expansively and narrowly.

    It is perhaps an indication of how young this field is (or perhaps how fundamental Goleman’s typology is to it) that pretty much the entire canon of thinking on the subject in HBR also focuses on one or another of these elements of emotional intelligence as Goleman laid them out.

    –  By Andrea Ovans – a senior editor at Harvard Business Review


  3. How to speak so that people want to listen

    May 1, 2015 by Radha


  4. Motivational Quote – 001

    April 30, 2015 by Radha

    “In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by pressing the limits do you ever find them.”

    – Dr. Joyce Brothers: American psychologist, television personality and columnist


  5. New MBAs Should Start Their Careers in Frontier Markets

    April 13, 2015 by Radha

    Hey everyone..As I am planning my MBA program, I’ve been doing some research on MBA related stuff. My Dad came across this article, and sent it to me. Found it useful so thought of sharing with ya’ll.

    By Jonathan Berman

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    “Where are the stores?” asked the Scandinavian executive. Strive Masiyiwa was interviewing him to be CEO of the Nigeria telecoms venture lead by Econet Group, which Strive founded and chairs.

    “We had an enormous amount at stake, over $1 billion in planned investment, and our board wanted to recruit the best in the world,” says the Zimbabwe-born Masiyiwa, whom Fortune ranked last year as one of the 50 Greatest Leaders in the World. “We recruited globally, and this candidate was absolutely top flight.   But when he got to Nigeria, he asked ‘Where are the stores? We’ll need stores to sell airtime.’ I told him that we needed no stores, that we were in Lagos, the world’s largest supermarket. I took him to the window at the back of the office, and said ‘See down there. The rows of women selling vegetables. The groups of young men selling fresh meat. This city has some of the world’s most effective sales teams, if you know what you’re looking for. And that’s how we’ll sell airtime, the same way.’”   Under a different CEO, Econet Wireless Nigeria went on to build a nationwide network of street-side airtime sales.

    Most Western executives have limited exposure to a frontier market until they are relatively senior in their careers. By then their worldviews are largely formed, and at best they graft frontier market experiences onto that mature-market base.     At worst, they misjudge or simply stay out of markets vastly different from their own.

    For example, I once helped survey US global money managers.   We asked them how many companies in Africa make over $100 million annually.   These executives –each responsible for advising clients or deploying money in emerging markets – underestimated the number by a factor of ten.

    Spending time early in your career in a frontier market has a lasting impact on all your subsequent management decisions.   Of course, it helps you understand those foreign markets. But it also sets you apart when thinking about markets at home.   Consider those street vendors selling Econet airtime, or the small vendors who make up the agent network at the heart of Kenya’s most profitable bank, Equity Bank.   They reflect a decentralized, de-institutionalized commercial structure that’s now clearly part of the US economy (think of food trucks or Uber).   Executives who haven’t spent time in frontier markets imagine those markets are rooted in the past. Young professionals who spend time there can perceive the future.

    Two programs afford that opportunity to young MBAs today.   Launching this week is the ambitious African Business Fellowship, which Masiyiwa is chairing with implementing partners the African Leadership Network and Management Leadership for Tomorrow.   It focuses on bring top US MBAs into the most successful, vibrant companies in Africa for up to 6 months of work and mentoring by senior African executives. 

    It’s no accident that ABF is being launched at the Milken Institute Global Conference this week in Los Angeles. It’s one of the largest gatherings of US capital, and where investors and money managers go so they won’tmisunderstand global opportunities by a factor of ten. “Milken understands the intersection of capital and social change in emerging markets” Masiyiwa explained.   That’s why we’ve sought their partnership.” (Readers should know that I recently affiliated with the Milken Institute as a non-resident fellow, for the same reason Strive describes).

    Other programs are already up and running, putting MBAs to work in frontier markets. Since 2013, BizCorps has placed top MBAs in Colombia and Kenya. The focus is on smaller companies than in the ABF, but with comparable value for its participants.   Yulia Khvan graduated Yale’s School of Management and decided her next step should be a stint with a high-end Colombian coffee producer. “When you don’t have data to make a decision, a western manager can be paralyzed,” Yulia said. “When it comes to Colombians, they’re more likely to adopt the Nike slogan – they just do it.” The ability to advance smartly in the face of data scarcity marks successful leaders in many emerging markets. According to Warren Buffet, it’s a habit US executives could stand to learn. In his 2012 letter to shareholders, Buffet castigated US CEOs for deferring decisions in the face of uncertainty.   “If you are a CEO who has some large, profitable project you are shelving because of short-term worries,” he offered, “call Berkshire. Let us unburden you.”

    BizCorps and ABF deliver precisely what young business leaders need to succeed in a globalized economy, and what the US itself needs to remain globally competitive. A few weeks from now, the US will graduate about 100,000 MBAs. Instead of marching into the marble halls of finance or consulting, some might consider leaping out to the frontiers of business. They will return with insights that separate them from their peers for decades to come.


  6. Which is easier to learn, Java or Python?

    September 15, 2014 by Radha

    Which Is Easier to Learn Java or Python

    My words: An awesome article from the Hostgator blog about the programming languages, Python and Java – which one will be easier to learn and how each has its own advantages. Read on to know more:

     

    When it comes to learning an object-oriented programming language, you might consider starting with either Python or Java. While Python can be more user-friendly than Java, as it has a more intuitive coding style, both languages do have their unique advantages for developers and end users. However, if you are just beginning your path towards a programming career, you might want to start by learning Python, as it is less complex. On the other hand, you will be ahead of many of your colleagues if you are able to understand both. With that in mind, here are the main similarities and differences.

    Java is unique in its own way and for an advanced programmer, no problem to use. The first Java version 1.0 was released in 1995. By 2004, Java 5.0 was released; this version saw the insertion of generics into the Java language, providing Java with more efficient code and type safety. To date, the latest version of Java is SE 8, and it made its debut in 2014.

    Currently, it is widely used as the key programming platform on smartphones and tablets. Additionally, Java programming language forms a large part of the basis for Android’s operating systems. Java syntax is primarily a derivative from C++ and combines universal, organized and object oriented programming that offers automatic memory management. Using Java byte-code is advantageous to porting since it has similarities to machine code. Other benefits to Java include:

    •Static typing
    •Curly braces used for noting the start and end of functions
    •Programs are larger
    •Does not compile native bytecode
    •Can be run on any operating system that can run the Java Virtual Machine
    •Cannot change data types of variables
    •Object-oriented programming is mandatory

    Python was first released in 1989. As a high-level programming language, it makes a strong case for readable code. In addition to supporting object-oriented programming, it also supports imperative and functional programming. This multi-paradigm language is also structure supportive. It offers ‘meta-programming’ and ‘logic programming,’ as well as ‘magic methods.’ Other features include:

    •Duck typing (Strongly typed)
    •Uses whitespace to convey the beginning and end of blocks of code.
    •Programs are small and therefore run much faster
    •You need less code to create a program
    •This program is slow in execution
    •Compiles native bytecode
    •You can assign a string to a variable that once held an integer
    •Easier to read and understand relative to Java
    •Is not supported across a wide variety of platforms
    •Object-oriented programming is optional

     

    Both of these development programs come with their strong suits. While Java allows you to enjoy cross-platform support, you can still execute Python on at least 10 different operating systems. You need to determine what your end goal is before you decide on which program to use. Java, however, is not recommended for beginners as it is a more complex program. Python is more forgiving as you can take shortcuts such as reusing an old variable.

    Additionally, many users find Python easier to read and understand than Java. At the same time, Java code can be written once and executed from anywhere. A benefit to the Java platform is that it lets you download questionable code and run it in a secure environment, which cannot affect its host system. Furthermore, Java is network-centric, meaning you can create network-based applications.

    Whichever you choose to learn is based upon your preferences, determination, and background. If you already comprehend the basics of Python, you might want to expand upon your knowledge before moving on to Java. However, if you have the time and will, learning Java allows you to program for a wide variety of environments that might make it more fulfilling in the long run.

    – Article from the Host Gator Blog

  7. Happy Birthday Canada! (2014)

    July 1, 2014 by Radha

    Happy Birthday Canada! And Happy Canada Day To All !

    Today is a day to celebrate, and most people in Canada are on a holiday today, celebrating one o the best days of the year. Canada Day.

    So, today I’ll be sharing some wonderful videos of Canada Day, don’t miss these…

    FLASH MOB – Wave Your Flag:

     

     

     

    Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Canada Day:

     

     

    Canada Shared By Canadians:

     

     

    Former Prime Minister Of Canada, Justin Trudeau On Canada Day:

     

     

    Canada Day Cake:

     

    Hope you enjoyed the day and the videos 🙂   Once Again, Happy Canada Day! Love you Canadians!!!!

    Warm Regards,

    Radha M.


  8. What’s Homeschooling and why should I do it??? – Part 1

    May 8, 2014 by Radha

    Radha, you don’t go to school ??!! No friends?? How do you live without friends and teachers???? OMG!!! You are gonna go through real big challenges for your education! What about your physical exercises then? You’re joking right? You are sooo damn lucky, you can get up at 10 in the morning, chat with your friends, not take shower, such easy studies and simply have fun !

    These are the questions I go through everyday !

    Holy Cow ! I have to answer them !

    BTW, the truth IS that I am studying  ( I’m on my study table @ 9 a.m. and finish @ 5 in the evening) , not getting influenced by the bad habits of my friends, getting up @ 6:30 a.m., taking shower in the morning, doing my physical exercises (yoga), I also have teachers, the only difference is I’m not getting my creativity killed.

    How do you or how can you expect your teacher to teach 40 students, which are in a class, and to get them understanding everything that he/she is saying ?

    And if you don’t understand what the teacher says at once, you can’t ask her ‘n’ number of times. In homeschooling, when you are watching a video, you can repeat the video as many times as you want, and the best part is, he/she won’t even scream at you 😀 !

    FYI: Homeschooling isn’t illegal 

    And the worst part of schools are, SCHOOLS KILL CREATIVITY !

    How and why?

    First of all I’d like you watch the video of Sir Ken Robinson, Do Schools Kill Creativity? Here’s the link to it:

    http://radhamathur.com/blog/sir-ken-robinson-do-schools-kill-creativity/

    When I  was 8 years old, I came to India and went to school (I won’t mention the name), in front of me a child was scolded very badly for finishing two chapters extra. That was the first day of my school in India, and I was shaken up !

    In Brampton (Canada), @ school, my friends used to tell me to eat eggs or meat (I’m a vegan) they used to bring in their lunch boxes. Anyway I never ate it.

    Today, in schools, when you ask some question, related to what you are studying that moment, but if it is not IN the chapter, you are told to shut up and the whole class laughs at you. And soon, you never ask some intelligent questions, and probably never ask questions to your teachers !

    I don’t deny the fact that schools bring a very good discipline. But they make you machines. Do what you are told to do, don’t ask questions !

    Think about it. Am I wrong?

    Pass on your comments below


  9. Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

    April 8, 2014 by Radha

    Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.


  10. Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

    March 21, 2014 by Radha

    What are your thoughts on this video? Leave a comment below.