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StartUp Advantages – Found My Solace of Split Personalities!

Startups can be almost like On-ground Battles where warriors (I hope am in this category), soldiers, Army Generals come out with their weapons & unleash their true powers, diplomacies, tactics, strategies to simply come out Winning!

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Everyone has a personality, a background, a history, her/his own talents + pursuits + motivations! Its exciting hence to come out a winner in a place where everyone is not fake!

Personally for me, its extremely acceptable environment because I get to be myself & not pretend to be constrained in chains which is the case with big Corporate Houses so Thank God for Startups for coming in our lives!

I know now some things clearly about myself which I will never compromise for anything/anyone :

  • Am extremely High Energy & Enthusiasm, I thrive in it
  • Am ‘almost’ passionate about my Work – I love living for it if I see a purpose in it else I love focussing on my health, family, friends, travel, photography, shopping, movies, music, etc.
  • I love being clear headed for myself + my loved ones & having simple, clarity oriented people around me who speak well, high, progressive & modern
  • I love being around self motivated, energetic & idea oriented people
  • I love new ideas, new projects
  • I have my own ways of managing things, people & situations and I like keeping it that way – Open to learnings from People I appreciate & Like but should be careful about the latter to not do it too much as well
  • I can’t take bullshit & not very good with managing that – got to working on defining the boundaries again & ensuring both parties honour it fairly
  • I tend to get self critical about my short term goals, long term purpose, even people which at best be avoided – Just #AvoidSocialism at personal level to push a greater purpose

I have also realised post working in StartUps & Corporate world for 7+ years now that the Game is all about Managing People & Yourself Basically. Deliverables, Results & Negotiation Skills, Achievements, KPIs, Projects, Ideas, Success become very subjective & actually more of a result if You manage the former Well !

One more of my recent sure shot finding are about top B-schools in the country having such different cultures of people (and the recent batches have really diluted the value) :

  • XL + IIMC have cooler & people oriented people
  • IIMA have too hard task master oriented people
  • IIMB are too serious, thorough, professional – almost similar breed to ISB
  • Rest are almost similarly inconsequential 😉
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Zingography : Tech/Product/UX/StartUp Update # 5

I have chosen a subject very close to my heart & mind since long …

SUSTAINABLE CREATIVITY…

I personally feel Creativity is great & has to be nurtured.. esp for the corporate space where one is chasing numbers, KPIs, KRAs & hardly has time to think consumers..

So one has to think Creative & Scale while at work or else in my humble opinion you are just not adding value!

I understand the importance of Business Philosophies, Business Visions, Business Leadership Styles with the exposure so far & lately have been reading a lot upon them.

But somewhere my mind tells me that only when one is creating something new & is able to convince internal, external stakeholders for the same does one take one’s company forward and via that the whole society/generation forward.

Let me give some example, Gandhi for all the controversial discussions around creating an emotional blackmail/socialism model was at least able to create something called AHIMSA that is being re-called by the global generations much later.. even if it is debated which is the whole purpose!

Similarly Invention of Electricity, Revolutions, Renaissance have seemed to be extremely tough brainstorming times but have been successful in pushing the society forward..

Since Ancient times, every Kingdom also has tried to nurture the art, dance, creativity, etc. for the free flow of ideas, thoughts, talents, etc. across geographies, caste, creed, religion but without beating the overall purpose of the Preamble, Constitution or Administration! So Welfare & growth of people first however give them a source of relief, outwardness, dream for a better lifestyle.

Even in our Indian Society –  we have the majority who is inspired by the Bollywood & its glamour which is not great always…  but point is anything new, disruptive always catches the eye & makes people inspired, think, talk, maybe even act upon (sadly the last one is toughest yet most critical).

I also feel, in a country like India with a population of 1.3 Billion & life dazzling, bazzling through roads & streets or now digitally on mobile phones – ideas emerge by the micro second, many repeat, many overlapping, many spoken, many hidden, majority waste 😉 a lot waiting to be implemented..

My personal Bias is towards the Rural Youth as I feel they see the root cause & really wish to resolve it – just need to be guided & supported to resolve it…

If somehow a Design Lab can connect with this Rural Thinking Lab – we have a SURE SHOT WINNER in hand ! Godrej has been able to develop one, time shall tell what kind of products & solutions come out of it.

Amen! GodSpeed!

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Zingography : Tech/Product/UX/StartUp Update # 4

Its my 4th Update in 2 months but its not too late to admit that I do not consider myself a techie or a geek! I love having a life without gadgets or electricity for that matter – amidst pure nature & seeking, providing organic life with the basics.

However, Alas, we are in 21st Century which is moving fast & needs solutions/answers even faster – so people like me try & ploy our minds/education into providing.

I do feel that I think consumers & that is my greatest strength plus since I understand technology of mobile + telecom + e-commerce – I am able to answer a lot of queries. Having said that, I have to read zillion articles/GIFs/Infographics/Apps/Websites to be updated on what’s happening across the world by the unit of a millionth of a second!

So today I will be sharing some of my favourite App Designs but before that I want to make a point about how designs evolve.

Dictionary definition of Design is : “a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other object before it is made.

Another definition is : “to plan and fashion the form and structure of an object, work of art, decorative scheme, etc.”

Basically, Design can start from a dream or a word or a thought or a breath of air to be translated into ppt/excel/drawing board/software/camera/blueprint/magazine/ newspaper/ mobile app/ website, etc.

And that’s what makes design so generic yet so special!

And here’s to SUSTAINABLE CREATIVITY!!

Coming back to some of my favorite designs : (Do give your comments)

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Zingography : Tech/Product/UX/StartUp Update # 2

My approach for a product manager/growth hacker/online marketer/data scientist :

  • Do loads of research – Humoungus – Primary, Secondary – for a good 1/2 months continuously via diff geographic & sets.. and keep on adding to your thoughts
  • Form your vision – short term given the current circumstances & long term where you see your product in next 3-5 years
  • Work towards it – getting processes, resources & adding 2-3 key innovation tests to it…
  • Keep a constant tab over all key actionable (make it 80 : 20 rule) – work mornings, nights, weekends but ensure control over non – negotiable points
  • Heckle well with all stakeholders from tech, alliances, marketing, vendors!
  • Get it LIVE & Optimise it basis customer feedbacks..
  • Launch it in the Mkt… with some exciting proposition & create a classy differentiated campaign as per the need
  • Measure the performance & Optimise the campaigns…

User Interviews->User Personas->Task Flows/User Journeys->Information Architecture->Navigation Models->Wireframes->Interactive Wireframes->UAT

Please feel free to reach me on LinkedIn, Twitter, Medium : mishasinghal

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Obsessed with JFK & Jackie too!

Happened to delve deep into JFK’s life, his influence on American & World Politics, his personality traits, controversies, speeches, decision, career recently.

It so happened I started watching ‘Jackie’ Movie as I was fascinated with Natalie Portman playing a historical character & winning accolades for the same. I got very fascinated with the way Jackie spoke as it seemed too caricaturist hence I saw some videos to be sure that she really spoke like that. I was also awed by the way she conducted herself post the now famous JFK assassination.
To my mind, it showed a kind of Paradox with a lady who was so petite & soft spoken but took some real hard decisions & never for a moment lost her composure.

So I started watching more videos & reading more about her & JFK – got sucked into the whole whirlwind more & more. Starting with Jackie, it was JFK who now blew my mind away with the sheer dynamism of his personality.
Am no scholar of American Political History but from my preliminary knowledge, I can arguably say that JFK was single most influential political leader who happened to come into American Politics & left a huge impact to it plus World Politics. He made Politics more appealing & respectable after Abraham Lincoln & Franklin Roosevelt.
Be it the way he ran the whole campaign (Very visual, Democratic, Media Friendly) or the credentials he carried as WWII Hero or his classic speeches or the whole Youthful Energy he got or the whole Global Political Arena he could create with a simple address of “Ask not what your country can do for you, Ask what you do for your Country”.

Another viewpoint can be that may be was fed with a silver spoon since Kennedies were already very popular & influential with assets expanding wide & deep. Still you can’t take away from the man that JFK was himself – he could inspire a generation with his words & charisma. He could give you Hope & Optimism, during those times & even now & always that is something always cherished.

Am definitely feeling richer after having learnt so much from Jack & Jackie – both of them Iconic in their own rights!

 

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A routine can kill you out.. till you outsmart it!

One should be smart enough… not to fall in the trap…

The indications are always there to get into the same scenario… You should learn to dodge it before you fall victim to it..

Job mundane is supposed to make you dull, boring, unexciting, think nothing new… Esp a desk job where one doesn’t meet new people, doesn’t get to travel to new places… It is most natural to feel BOXED!

However, because you are smart enough to know that this is most natural to be happening… You should be smart to dodge it before hand…
Mix things up… meet your friends… spend time doing what you Love, what inspires you, draw & re-draw your priority sheet… discuss the same with 100 people… take learnings from 1000 others… Read books…
Most importantly – become a better person, more calm, cool, focussed, in control of your emotions…

Become the best version of yourself & remove all your irritants…

In my case :
Get rid of your impatience… Worrying habit, procrastination, comparing…taking work tension home… Overthinking… Living in the past, being confused…having expectations, confrontations…Responding to negativity.. non reacting, holding on…

So best version of me is CONFIDENT, PATIENT, COOL, SMILING, POLITE, LOVING, NON EXPECTING, INTELLIGENT, SMART…GREAT@LETTING GO 🙂

That’ll be good enough things to start with!

 

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Embrace Yourself!

Please accept – nothing better is coming your way till you completely embrace yourself personally and in every true meaning of the word.

Be it your limitations, Be it your family, background, your job, Your temper, your body, Your looks, Your smile – Just embrace everything with true heart and hands.
Only once you are at complete peace with yourself – that you will be able to move forward.

Everyone at any moment is searching for something more – money, peace, time, husband, wife, love, health, etc. However one should just say THANK YOU with true heart for whatever given & you will see that more than what you had ever expected was given to you.

Amen!