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Just ONE DAY Can Bring A Big Change. Here Is How!

Today, I will write about an incident that brought a major change in the person I know the best. After he graduated from Computers degree, he planned to prepare for MBA entrance exam. He joined an institute proving classes. A guy who was a shy personality and used to think 100 times before speaking to anyone. Somehow, he made study mates who were aware of his personality type. One day, one of them started bullying him about his shy attitude and locked him inside the toilet just for fun. The guy felt really bad and thought that they don’t have any right to do that. Then, he started digging down what made them do such a miserable thing. After 15 minutes, he got to know the reason and that was Himself. He vowed to himself that HE WILL NEVER LET THAT HAPPEN AGAIN IN HIS LIFE.

He started to write down the points to improve the first thing after he got out. It was a great learning experience for him. Rather than getting shattered by the situation, he made this incident his turning point in life and thought the most positively that he could. He shared the incident with one of his best friend who motivated him more to be positive and said that it will not matter to you after you are done with your course. He, then tends to behave altogether differently when he went to the next class as he had a different and new perspective of life. He understood that some people will try to push you down and put you in an uncomfortable situation, but you will have to act like a crazy ball at that time and make yourself way above than such situation and select a higher goal in your life. All this change process happened in just ONE Day. Just One Day.

Three key learnings he got from this incident were the following:

  • Think positive
  • Set higher goals
  • Take a big picture approach

Today, he feels comfortable talking to new people and it has become his passion to know about people and learn from new people he meets.

Wanna know who that guy is: Yes, it’s ME.

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Small Things That Encouraged Me To Step Up. Wanna know more?

Though I was settled in my career and achieved the education, still I changed my mind and decided to come to Canada. Do you know why ?

It was a DESIRE to step up. I completed masters and was working as a marketing and customer relationship management professional in a consulting firm. Everything seemed to be fine, but there was something that was pushing me to go out of the my shell and achieve more. And that thing was my inner voice to expand my wings to extend my comfort zone.

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I used to work and always imagine how the graphic design team. communications team and top management works. I wanted to know all those skills, but work used to stop me. I was already 27 years old and still not feeling accomplished. I used to think that I should know more about marketing.

Fortunately, during this time I got an opportunity to visit Chicago for a business trip. This trip amplified my will to learn and join school again. As I always worked with North American companies and clients, my inclination was towards getting my education in North America. I talked to myself and decided to take a halt from work and go on a learning path.

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I knew it would be difficult as I was planning to go to Canada to pursue Public Relations and Marketing.  For two years, I was thinking and not doing anything for this. By the grace of God and motivation by my family, I decided to come to Canada. I had two choices, one was Vancouver Island University and the other was the University of Winnipeg. I chose to come to Winnipeg to pursue Public Relations and Marketing.

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Now, I am getting exposed to the things I dream for including international work experience and educational experience. Thank God I took the decision of expanding my career shell and sail in a country where I never visited before in my entire life.

Exposure To Technology! Is It A Benefit Or A Harm For Kids?

Technology is omnipresent and it is accessible to all the ages in Canada and kids are no exception to it. Today, kids have become the target audience for the companies to offer the products or services like Kik Messenger and Tumbler. There are contradictory views for parents to make the technology accessible to the kids.

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Some people think that technology adds to the skills, improves concentration, connects to their loved ones (who live away from them). Technology may include TV, mobile, internet, Games, IPads). Here are few benefits of technology:

Almost 60% of the grand parents in North America live away from their kids. Kids do not like to talk on phones instead they want to interact with the devices and technology solves this purpose by video conferencing or story telling apps.

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It also helps kids to retain more stuffs in terms of their educational assignments.

Improves Hand-Eye Coordination and Cognitive Ability: Playing games on phone or laptop

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On the flip side, technology is considered to be an obstacle which takes kids away from doing physical activities which lead to physical, mental, and social growth. It has become one of the main cause of obesity as kids tend to stick to technology for hours.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has calculated that the average time a child spends on internet, TV, video games in North America is approximately 7 hours a day. Also, almost 33% of kids in America are obese due to technology.

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It also impacts kids’ social skills as they end up getting addicted to the gadgets. It also changes their behavior towards people surrounding them and getting irate is one of the examples.

Therefore, technology, if used in limit is beneficial, but the moment it gets overused by kids, it is harmful. It is the responsibility of parents to keep track of the usage and divert their minds when needed.

 

 

Smashing The Ceiling: Need for Women Inclusive Workforce

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Equality remains just a word, at a place where there is a crystal discrimination engraved in the fabric of diplomacy. For decades, women have been fighting hard to achieve a status, that is at least at par with men in various aspects of life.

Women are being paid less in comparison to men holding the same profiles in an organization for the same job. It reflects the situation where women face a barrier to their career growth, referred to as ‘The Glass Ceiling’: a keeps minorities and women from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications or achievements.

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According to a Globe and Mail report, “Of Canada’s top 500 companies, just 25 are led by female CEOs. Over the last 15 years, the percentage of Canadian women in senior corporate positions has improved marginally representing the change in the trend.”

In the words of Corry Stevenson, an oil and gas professional, “One of the most common issues that our society have been facing for a very long time: the pay gap between genders.” She added, “yes, the gender pay gap exists. It is not a myth, it is real. Many countries’ women suffer from the discrimination in pay that they receive for their hard work.”

Furthermore, the gap is not only between men and women, it also depends upon the ethnicity of the woman. The below chart shows the impact of gender pay gap on women of different ethnicity.

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The gender wage gap study conducted in the USA shows the difference in the earnings in 20 common occupations in the year of 2015. The report shows a significant difference between the earnings between men and women. If you look at a study by statistics portal in the UK, you will find that the result is same as the USA wherein the median hourly earnings for full-time employees-female in 2016 was 12.82 whereas the male received 14.16. This is a substantial difference to be acknowledged. 

It is imperative to compensate people on how well they work and not on what gender they are. It’s time for firms to realize that it can no longer retain the discrimination that it has been bringing up for decades. Women are no longer submissive and are raising their voice against any sort of discrimination. The power of women is their knowledge, skills, capacity and sensitivity to their environment. In my opinion, the glass ceiling will break leading to better society with equality and wellness. missing

Please share this blog to spread the voice for the equality in pay for women.

 

A Place to Nourish Your Marriage

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Imagine an organization where members light candles and pray for the healthy married life without considering distance and time as a barrier. A place where a couple in Manitoba, Canada blesses and worships for a couple in Manila, Philippines.

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WWME Weekends, an event conducted to invite couples to join the club, happens twice a year, targeting 20 couples per Weekend. The event brings the existing as well as new members together and involves 13 different talks by instructors qualified by the organization.Started in 1952, Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) aims at proclaiming the value of marriage.

The organization welcomes married couples and priests (who are married to the Church). It got started in Spain – by Father Gabriel Calvo – with the notion to develop an open, honest married life and to form a sacramental relation serving each other.

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It has its presence in 90 countries and has helped to fix 1.6 million marriages. The Church Universal series captured WWME and defines it as an organization making a positive difference in the world through their charitable words and prayerful lives.

The talks at WWME Weekends are reviewed, assessed, and approved before delivering. They teach and follow the practices to build relations in the presence of a priest. In a WWME Weekend, there are three married couples sharing their experiences in the presence of a priest.

The couples are then invited for a “Journeying” event, once every month, to nourish and practice the learnings from the WWME Weekends. Each group makes their own circles (regions) and work towards developing and training a new circle.

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Currently, there are five circles called Regions, Manitoba being Region five. Mr. Stan Amaladas, a board member of WWME, explains, “They have sacraments: Sacrament of Marriage and Sacrament of Holy Orders.”

The idea is to solve problems, practice the positive dialogues as a couple, and enhance the sustainability of marriages. Mr. Amaladas added, “It focusses on celebrating what’s already taking place in the relationship. 90% of the couples come to build togetherness in their marriage.”

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Across the world, the organization motivates the circles to be connected emotionally and they bless each other, no matter how far are they located.  The members are available 24×7 on WWME Weekend.

WWME is a defined platform to give direction as well as inspiration for married couples. The motive is to create the built-in values required to make marriages a success. The message they convey: they are “Tremendously Biased: Biased for Sustained and Happy Marriages”. For more information, visit www.wwme.org.

Corporate Profile

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Mr. Ram Sharma is a senior consultant at Delhi Transport Corporation. Based in New Delhi, Mr. Sharma has four decades of professional experience in technical and operational leadership in the automobile industry.

Prior to freelancing, he served as a deputy chief general manager for Delhi Transport Corporation, managing a staff of 10 thousand employees. He gained exposure in vendor management, public relations, resource planning, project management, purchase decisions, and tender handling. He has led multiple valuable projects including fuel consumption control, pollution under control centres regulation, and diesel conservation. In addition, he has held top management positions in reputed organizations such as the general manager in Metro Transit, and City Life Travels.

The board of Transport decided to involve him as a Vigilance Officer where he monitored official relations with government agencies such as Central Vigilance Commission, Central Bureau of Investigation, and Anti-Corruption Units. He has developed and directed policies governing the organizations’ operations division.

Mr. Sharma holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University, India.

 

Secrets of Being Positive by Ms. Dipti Sharma

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As per the theme of my blog which is “Positivity and how to keep it up and running”. To make it sure as to whether I am going in the right direction, I got an opportunity to interview Ms. Dipti Sharma, a Learning and Development professional. Ms. Sharma has a rich experience of 10+ years in training and development. She has been a Learning & Development (L&D) Manager with a great background providing leadership and managing the implementation of Company’s Learning Development strategy. She has a Masters in Human Resource Management and completed many certifications specialized in L&D including Neuro-linguistic programming  (NLP).  She is an inspiration and a hub of knowledge and learning. She has also been working as a freelance trainer in many management schools  and organizations on topics like Grievance handling, chasing our Passion,

Here are few of the insights by her:

Question: What is the concept of being Positive?

Answer: Positivity can be explained in many ways, but there are two major things.

  • Imbibing Positivity: We can spread a bright environment by using the positive words/language even when we talk. For example, rather than using “I can”, start using “I have to”. Once we have excelled using positive words/language. The next step is to sustain positivity.
  • Sustaining positivity: It is really hard to have a control on our thoughts, but we have the power to drive them into our way. For example, if we are getting negative thoughts, then try to think about the best time we had in our life. It is not easy, but not impossible.

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Question: What is the secret to being positive all the times?

Answer:: Realize the meaning of life and be thankful for everything that we have. Show Gratitude and it would give an immense feeling of inner peace and happiness, hence generating the positivity within us

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Question: How should we start the process?

Answer: There are 3 steps to get  it done

  1. Ask what you want: We should have a quality time with ourselves to solve the big problems and question “What do I want?”. The asker is the only person who can answer this question.
  2. Believe that it will surely happen: Once we know the desire, then BELIEVE that it will happen. It is certain that we have to take necessary actions to achieve the desire, but the force with the actions helps to get it done.
  3. Feel that you have Received: While we are working towards the accomplishment of the desire, start feeling that we have already got this. This thinking will multiply the positive force.

Question: What are your Suggestions to the world?

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Answer: Reflect what we hold within. A positive mind and pure heart are the keys to peaceful living. Exchange the positive vibes with everything around us and sense the difference. Share our knowledge with others rather than confining it to ourselves and limiting it to our own domain. If we share, we will get in return as well. We will be able to expand our reservoir.