Current Global Economy Scenario

Yes – it is worrying & highly concerning!

Disclaimer : Am no Global Policy or Economics Expert, am a Digital Product Specialist with my own vested interests for causes, people I love & care.
But I do credit myself to thinking well for the World & be able to suggest from my experience & in-depth research skillsets – what can be done to improve the situation.

My Key Concerns :

  • TRUMP (Face-Palm) : He is going on making drastic changes around employment, Trade Policies, Climate Pacts, Foreign Relations without taking long term & wide level impact into considerations. US Politics these days is more interesting than watching Live Sports & Avengers Movies. The latest being launching trade war on China – You cannot be serious about being so impractical about such critical decisions which directly impacts jobs, lives of people.
  • Brexit : How on earth UK is going to be a stronger economy by separating itself from EU, same EU nations which in medieval, modern history have helped UK become richer & supreme power, baffles me. This is a stupid game of Power which Conservatives have got all wrong – I still pray EU can make them pull back & there is no need for referendum as the decision to exit was on false foot always!
  • Tech Giants to Douche Bags : Yes how Silicon Valley CEOs have exposed their immaturity & unpreparedness to manage bigger issues has proved to the world that nothing Good is created in a hurry. They have to take the hard way to be well accepted by all – Mark Zuckerberg’s expressions during the council grilling sessions will call for some nightmares for most of the entrepreneurs. Elon Musk’s everyday antics to tweets are such an embarrassment to the talent Tech space possesses.

Refer this article : https://www.economist.com/briefing/2018/01/20/the-techlash-against-amazon-facebook-and-google-and-what-they-can-do

  • Bad Media Boys : How Media has played into the hands of power & fame hungry industries + individuals is scary to the least. In my view, Media industry has lost maximum value in recent past though it should have grown more reputable with time since its one of the key pillars of a functioning Democracy. There are so few names in the space of Journalism & Media industry who you can trust to give authentic unbiased information & be done away with opinions & mind feeds.
  • Absolute Authority of Power : What is with this world of keeping order by creating complete surrender to power of authority? Why can’t issues be openly debated & views be formed on them by mutual agreement & settlement? Judicial & Legislators have to play a more informed & vigilant role in here.
  • Impatient & Wannabe Generation thriving on Instant Gratification & material possessions : Have given up on them though high on confidence + Awareness & low on hesitation, these folks run away from grinding & do not believe in playing hard & long & patient & gradual to win. It’s now or never with them all the time.
  • Creativity & Art not being allowed to flourish : There are umpteen examples of creativity & artists coming under the hawk eye of politics, regulations, restrictions! Unfair… Let creativity flow & let consumers decide it’s trashy or classy.

Perhaps, we need more of MJs “Save the World” versions not just in Music but in every facet of life.

What is frightening is that these concerns are gonna have long term impacts upto 5 – 10 years on everyone’s lives.

Some solutions :

  • Global bodies like UN, IMF, World Bank, G8, Security Council have to come together to create more strong consensus against the “OBVIOUS WRONG” happening across the globe. They need to address it by first accepting what’s wrong with being Simply Selfish.
  • Bottoms Up :  people will need to start creating noise about their displeasure & make authority listen, in every facets – home, workspace, social media, societies, municipalities, judiciary, law & order.
  • Wait for something drastic to happen at one end of the world for other to abide as no option! This shall have heavy repercussions though, someone will have to pay the price. AMEN
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Listen & Understand..!

Listening is an important skill….

It doesn’t only happen with ears but with eyes, mind & body touch as well..!

Perhaps listening by eyes is the most important one – since they don’t lie. It is difficult to falsify what one sees from one’s own eyes – about surroundings as well as of others & if you can see through someone’s eyes then there is nothing beyond it.

Yes – learn to listen to be a more compassionate & successful human being in Life in general.

Those who are a well rounded personality & are in general appreciated by all are considered to be excellent with their people management skills & that is because they come across as friendly & compassionate to most of the people around. They tend to listen, understand others latent + expressed needs/wants better & faster and come across as supportive to achieve them.

This is a great skill set – even when talking to your customers, while analysing data of your business, it is important that you are able to connect the dots and able to listen, understand their issues to provide them a solution.

Same applies in relationships – starting with parents, siblings, friends, cousins, companion, spouse, in-laws, children : it is imperative that you listen & understand what is the person wanting to communicate. Where are they coming from & why are they saying that plus what do they exactly want & then how can you give them that basis your self awareness.
Many a times – you can’t abide because of circumstances & your own limitations and there is nothing wrong in being honest about it. In fact, straight forwardness is much appreciated by the mature & upright people & held in high regard when communicated in the right spirit & well within time. In fact the ones who keep people hanging & dilly dallying are not appreciated neither are those who turn their faces back after saying YES.

But here’s one more thing about Listening & Understanding – its a Long Process & Evolving one. One has to actually invest time & energy into it by spending time, observing them, their actions, their interactions with other people, their backgrounds of course, their words & actions, dreams, relationships, etc.
Its like keeping a hawk eye on Stock Market Blue Chips which are your Key Investments – sometimes it happens that a few are not visible with less information available but appear very interesting & worth every penny – I find them the most interesting coz few people will go for it for the effort asked & it can very much be the change game. I have always gone for the obvious yet elusive – be in terms of choices of clothes, career choices, hobbies, people, etc.

Am sure, it is an evolving journey & I will adapt to grow better plus faster once am able to identify my areas of improvement. Last 1year or so has been a struggle with coming to terms to my feelings, personality & I feel I have taken leaps in terms of learning to be Patient, Persevere, Humble, Positive despite everything crashing, Being Strong & Cool.
Still I think – I have distance to go in terms of controlling my reactions, feelings, expressing my needs, wants to those around me.

  • The expression whenever it comes (let it come to the last possible in peace or conflict after understanding situation & all perspectives) has to be straight forward – without any drama & iota of doubt, straight forwardly as possible. Learn to control your wants/ desires for some other good time – what is Right or Good for all will Happen any which ways! You are too small a being – remember in a world outside your being. You can control your inside world & never what happens to you or what happens to others around you.
  • Similarly, others views/ feedbacks are to be taken with the same feeling of it being their perspective – filter it out to sensible stuff while leaving the rest of it.
  • Learn to be consistent in all situations – good or bad, outside or inside, home or at work. That way you are self aware & in touch with yourself all the time & their is no conflict of personalities & thoughts. You shall be much more at peace with yourself.
  • Be Loving, considerate more & more towards others & always bring the +ve feelings first even in case of conflict – YES, IT HELPS & ITS THE RIGHT WAY. Be compassionate towards others issues, challenges, situations.

These shall be good points to kick off your remaining part of the year & build your personal or work lives! Get Going!

 

How Love is THE MOST Important Force!

Well – It is…

And it is important you never stop believing in that & the Person/Things you decide to invest Love in… It is important to invest your faith more than money, time in People/Qualities/Values/Hobbies you Hold dear to your Heart.

Its okay to have doubts, questions for the same & their value additions to your life + vice versa. But that’s when you decide to hold strong & go back to check the emotion which made you choose that & not something else.. Its important you remain Honest to that EMOTION & Grind to see the Other Side. Don’t give up easy as it’s giving up on your own self belief.

If it was a frivolous & a transactional Emotion e.g. convenience – it is bound to create ripples & doubts! However if the emotion is strong then all negatives are overcome mostly!

It’s important one sees one’s relationships like a mirror that why did you happen to be with that person – was it coz you were neighbors so you happened to spend a lot of time together & resulted in being married as this person was it. Then you should remain honest to that selection. If you happen to regret it later then you are doing double damage.

These emotions can be Pure Attraction, Loyalty, Duty, Responsibility, Faith, Deep connection or even transactional like Money, Fame, Sex, convenience, etc.
Just remember that the effect of the deepness or shallowness of emotion shall be the same as felt! Its a simple law of : “you reap as you sow”!

Its also important to Let it Flow & Not Hold on to tight for things to change…

I very strongly believe that this world RIGHT NOW really needs more such people who know how to love, care, give, believe truly and am not really talking about the traditional marriage way.
I mean two capable strong, successful people who can give + provide to one another’s needs. Who are not very demanding but understand one another in silence. People who have their own perspectives & yet can appreciate/respect one another’s.
Modern yet believe & trust in the old fashioned ways.

Believe … More with every Day

Especially when someone else or your yourself try to break it… Within yourself or in what you hold close!

Believe even more with every passing day!

You are learning & observing & adapting with every breath…

Sometimes when you think nothing is different in this moment from the last one… Think Again..

Don’t give up on this moment coz last one didn’t go as planned…

Make something new to feel pleased within yourself when you feel surroundings are the same…

That’s what happy people do! They believe more… They never give up on themselves or the World around… But they are adept at letting go what they can’t control! They learn to Let Go with the belief that if it’s meant for right then it will come back to them alright! That’s what wise people do well

They learn to Let Go with the Belief of everything falling into it’s right place at the right time… Pretty well..

We all know it’s tough & takes alot of strength, conscious effort & perspectives enhancements…Self Awareness too..

They adapt better & better as we go along! And slowly it becomes a habit – something unconscious but important!

Sometimes I feel it’s important to put what you know into practice more & more than just preach 😉 Karma is biggest for a reason..

Just keep growing & glowing…

Recent Thoughts on Political Views including Liberalism

This is a result of meeting someone awesome that you are completely in awe of as well as lots of drinking sessions with a bunch of uninhibited people who have their hearts & minds at the right place.

I am heavily convinced that people are same everywhere in the world – there are conservatives who are family bound, there are liberals who believe in being free & carefree, there are educated professionals who think they are liberals but actually don’t care or don’t realise what they are coz its convenient! There are Intellectuals & Deep moaners who just don’t want to Let Go!

People choose their political sides coz of following reasons :

  • Upbringing/ Family (20%) : Perhaps the most impactful & that too unconsciously, difficult to break off once tied to it
  • Professional (15%) : This one is more rational & becomes strong over the years
  • Deep Emotional Reasons (5%) : It has to come from some deep experience of the past – a wrong doing or a right doing
  • Convenience (60%) : This is the most common one, where people choose to not care as its too much effort & Ignorance is Bliss

More importantly, in my opinion, they keep justifying it forever – whatever it may take because somewhere they link their political stand to their personal, moral value system & saying a shade to their political views is casting a doubt on their moral values.

Also interestingly – once they take their stance on Right Liberal, Left conservative, Right Conservative or Left Liberal ; they will project themselves to be agreeing to 90% of its policies and disagreeing with a few again as per their convenience.

I do think that its a touche` matter & needs to be handled with sensitivity & open mindedness. Clashes should be avoided at all costs.

Sharing a 4-quadrant chart to understand where do most of the leaders stand.

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Interestingly – not many leaders fall in the Right – Liberal Quadrant for reasons obvious : since it is meant for Simple Mkt Policies based on science & economics research concepts. Leaders have taken stances favoring Right Liberal policies in moderation but mainly tend to stick to Right Conservative or Left Liberal Stances.
My Research threw up name of Mr. Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president of USA as the only through & through Right Liberal so far & that was perhaps he was an educated professional, scientist/inventor at heart hence insisted on the Right Liberal Policies.

Most of the Leaders in today’s time will go on to support Right Conservative, While the days of Left Conservative are restricted to China & Left Liberalism is kept for philosophers. I do think Right Liberalism is highly under-discovered.

TOP 5 Europe Moments.. I might need to stretch it!

Meeting Dr. Emily Bacon

Drinking Bar sessions with Nicole, Darcy, Emily, Chriss

Prague City Walk

Budapest Evenings

Krakow Late Night Walk

Berlin History Tour

Slovakia Sleepy Town Walks

Vienna Amusement Park Fun

Vienna Concert

Schindler’s + Auschwitz Guided Tour

Details + Pics later

How Media Aversion Has Helped Me!

It was a hard thought decision but something I should have done long back to be a much STRONGER & MORE CONFIDENT Human Being! Yes You Heard It, Long Back!!

I stopped quite a lot of Media Inflows towards me (my ears, eyes, most importantly Mind), in order to do that I did the following :

  • Stopped Reading All the Media websites & Apps (TOI was banned long back, NDTV, IndiaToday, IBN, etc.)
  • Removed TV Subscription (Best Decision Ever)
  • Shortened Facebook time to <5mins/week & diverting the remaining time to reading, linkedin, twitter, medium on filtered interests/subjects.
  • Forming my Viewpoints towards everything based on my own Research (well judged resources + Authentic sources) rather than word services of others
  • Adjudging the Media, Film world, Cricketers in my life what they are – PRESSTITUTES!
  • Avoiding all so called friends/influencers who promoted the Above or spoke mostly about the same

This happened as a result of above :

  • The filtered content was self approved & self adjudged
  • Got more time to do my research & form my own opinions based on topics that I was curious about, which is much better than being involuntarily educated at topics of no interest or motivation
  • Found & Relied on much informed company of intellectuals & common believers
  • I could only focus on what I WANTED FROM MYSELF !! I COULD SEE MYSELF AS A CLEAN SLATE & JUDGE MY BREATHE, MY ACTIONS, MY WAVES, RAYS, ENERGY IN A COMPLETE IMPARTIAL LIGHT
  • PM, Startups, Tech, VCs, Design, Statistics, World Politics & Trade, Travel, Clicking, Values, Ethics, History, Human Psychology, Sports (Quality), Social Entrepreneur – these are subjects that I know am not going to leave till the end of my breath! So happy to have discovered them as interests, serious hobbies, passions.
  • I can see my Vision & Dreams alot more clearly & am much more determined than ever to achieve them by building small blocks & gathering people around.

Hope it helps others as well!! Peace for All, Amen.

 

ZINGOGRAPHY : Tech/Product/UX/Startup Update # 9

AB Testing is a Cultural & Personal Choice

Ittakes a lot number of weeks of research into white papers of statistics, informative articles on application, Live blogs for examples hunting, speaking to relevant stakeholders in competition & outside companies to discuss & link it with your current situation & problem statements to finally conform on your Approach.

I did the same with AB Testing!

And in all fairness, I have to admit that this has to be one of the most Surreal experiences since I realised there was a missing piece I was not including in the whole Picture/Frame/Painting of Product Design Thought Process.

AB Testing is critical to make your Product/Campaigns/Analytics/ Development Decision making simple & obvious decision making come out with an astounding clarity once AB Testing is conducted.
Plus how important it is to be persistent & have patience with the tests (design, conducting, results) — to know when to stop & when to start again.

There are two places where conducting AB Testing is a MUST :

  • Once when the prototypes of your App Key Pages are ready & you must know the initial response to them from your target consumer personas.
  • Second, before doing the campaigns & scaling the features/products — knowing the intricacies details in the form of headline, text, image, theme, colour palette, etc.

A few things must have technical :

  • AB Testing tool —

for beginners : VWO/Optimisely like SaaS tool ;

for mature organisations : Building the capability from scratch

for organisations in between who wish advanced readymade tool — I would recommend the hybrid way by using an open platform like Wasabi which can be customised to your requirements.

  • Good Quality Team with understanding of Statistics, SaaS Tools, Consumer Behavioural Analysis
  • Data Mart/Warehouse with access to Transactional Data as well as Online Behavioural Data with necessary cuts for segmentation basis Business Intelligence

A Few things in terms of Soft Power :

  • Open Mind — ready to question obvious right answers (infact more if they are obvious)
  • Capability to deep dive & look at intrinsic details
  • Collaborate with different teams/people to check if the findings or the direction of the findings are correct — this in my understanding is the most POTENT!

Organisations must insist their people to only come to leaders once they have collaborative evidences to move in a certain direction.

It may so happen that after spending significant time also — you may not come to an conclusive evidence & one should be open & amiable about the same & not push for an evidence for the sake of it.

I must thank quite a few people for the same but most of all Booking.com to highlight that there is something missing in my thought process — the webinar by Lukas was really helpful!

ZINGOGRAPHY : Tech/Product/UX/Startup Update # 8

Today I wish to compare the startup spaces in Indian & European Context. Those who read this should know that I share this majorly for my own clarity & perspective and if it helps others then great!

Recently, I have been focussing on 3 main things apart from my daily work & travel :

  • Reading a lot about new skill sets essential for PM especially like Deep Learning, Data Mining
  • Linking it with my current Work & Profile as well as Future Roles that I wish to do
  • Collaborating it with other PMs in different sectors/industries/companies

And there are some Key Insights regarding Different Geographical Consumer Tech companies that I have concluded :

  • Focus in Indian Companies (Startups as well as Big Ones) is to scale
  • Focus in European Companies is to understand the consumer behaviour first & sync all departments of technology, data, customer service towards that ONE Customer Proposition/their USP which will help them Succeed while focussing less or almost nothing on others
  • In US Companies, they go for massive funding & their aim is that – once establishing a prototype (more or less that with a short term vision)
  • SEA are replicating Chinese models more or less in terms of consumer personas as well as Tech Propositions
  • MENA regions are going like Indian Conglomerates – slow & cautious for the models that are already well proven for success

Let me also talk about a few skills which are becoming redundant as in they are understood that you will have when you apply for Product Roles :

  • Digital Marketing
  • Product Design & Strategy
  • KPI Metrics Management
  • Project Management
  • P&L Ownership
  • Business Development
  • Hiring & Training

These are the new skills towards which you need to show inclination & an aptitude for – please remember that though these may seem new worlds, their nuances are based in subjects well introduced to us. So let me give the picture complete for better understanding :

  • Machine Learning/AI/Deep Learning : Maths, Statistics, Computer Science for Coding
  • Blockchain : Telecom, Communications, System/Server Integration
  • AR/VR : Electronics, Robotics, Graphic Designing
  • 3D Printing : Biotechnology, Engineering Drawing

Personally I enjoy first 3 a lot & keep looking how it can be valuable in my current scope of work!

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