Monday, September 13, 2010

People Management

My work over the last few months also involves intensive people management. I lead a bunch of 10 souls of different age groups, not much variance there though and the oldest member of my team is not older than me. I have realised that the following facets of human behaviour need to be considered by anyone in leadership position. These must have been definitely written in some book on leadership, but I have learnt them the hard way:
  1. Ego - Mostly observed in senior team members who have as much work experience as you. These people could have been in your position but for some bad appraisal. Such team members mostly do not take any work allocation lying down. Typical responses are 'I will see what I can do' or 'Let me see'. And by the way, these people may also think that you have 'sucked up' your way into leadership.
  2. Incompetence - These people may not necessarily be dumb. They may be acting dumb to avoid work. Or they may have earlier worked in a place where competence was not rewarded. There could also be a problem of low self-esteem in such people.
  3. Westerners - I don't know what exactly to call such folks. But they generally have their preferences set. They will come when they want to, leave when they want to, take leaves when they feel like. This is absolutely fine in a western work environment. But in India, my boss does not understand that people have lives outside work.
I am not writing how to deal with such people because I am still learning that part. You guys go ahead and share tips!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

मेरी दुनिया..

दुनिया सिकुड़ते सिकुड़ते मुझ तक रह गयी है
कभी दुनिया का मतलब होता होगा मनुष्य, प्राणी और जीवन जात
लेकिन कुछ साल पहले दुनियाने अपना रूप बदला ...और थोड़ी अपने आप में छोटी हो गयी
मेरी दुनिया मेरा देश बन गयी
तब सोचा न था कि इससे भी छोटा कुछ हो सकता है
मेरी दुनिया के लिए जान देनेकी तक बातें हुई थी तब
लेकिन फिर और बटवारा हुआ और मेरी दुनिया मेरे मजहब तक आ रुकी
मजहब से फिर गाँव, मोहल्ले, गली और घर तक का रास्ता ज्यादा मुश्किल नहीं था
अब तो मै खुद ही मेरी दुनिया हूँ, बस कुछ ही दिन की बात है
जिस्म का हर पुर्जा अपनी आप में दुनिया बनने वाला है
और खुद की दुनिया बसाने के लिए, दिमाग, एक दिन, दिल की दुनिया उजाड़ देगा

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Kutti Zindagi...

I took this picture on a Sunday afternoon at Chandanagar MMTS Station. The kid in the background, at a railway platform, noise, dusty & sunny was sleeping peacefully. Looked like the street dog watched over.
It made me take the picture and think ... what zindagi (life) the kid has???
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Saturday, September 04, 2010

My Photography Workflow 2009

My Photography Workflow 2009

Hat Tip: Bijou

Discipline...even in photography

About a couple of months ago, I shifted to Digital Photography. Earlier, I used to shoot on film using my Nikon FM10. But because of the labour involved in getting the film developed or sharing these photographs over Internet, I chose to take up digital photography. Having bought a Panasonic FZ35, I have realised that I have shot more photographs in the last 2 months than I have shot in 5 years of film photography.
This comes with it's own set of problems. I now have hordes of pictures (and videos!) taken with different purposes at different times which should have their own life cycle. There are some really good pictures which I have lost already! Lot of junk pictures that are eating into digital real estate! So what now?
The answer seems to be lying in discipline...or workflows! Each picture or video should have it's workflow. They all should go through consecutive filtering and land up in different buckets based on classification criteria. How to decide these criteria is something very personal in my opinion. They can be genres, file types, processing levels, 'date taken' and so on. Backup mechanism, storage, archiving, online publishing, post-processing, RAW storage and god knows how many more things I will have to consider before 'disciplining' my photography.