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Twitter: 15 hidden keyboard shortcuts


Twitter: 15 hidden keyboard shortcuts

Twitter has more than 500 million users – but how many of them know about its top hidden keyboard features? For those of you who don’t know them, here’s a list of the top fifteen tips

Twitter: 15 hidden keyboard shortcuts

Twitter has hidden keyboard shortcuts that can save you time Photo: PA

7:00AM BST 24 Oct 2013

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Timelines

1. Homepage – ‘g h’

If you want to return straight to the home page, you don’t have to scroll the cursor up to the home icon on the left. You can just press ‘g h’ on your keyboard and it will take you straight to your home Twitter feed.

2. Your profile – ‘g p’

When you’re surfing around on Twitter and find yourself seven degrees of separation away from your profile, press ‘g p’ and it will take you straight back to your profile.

 

3. Messages – ‘g m’

The message icon can be hard to find on Twitter, so if you need to access your inbox, press ‘g m’ on your keyboard and it will take you straight there.

4. Connect – ‘g c’

When you want to get to your list of interactions, just press ‘g c’ on the keyboard.

 

5. Mentions – ‘g r’

To get to mentions you could then just click the tab on the left – but obviously the quicker shortcut would be to just type ‘g r’ and that will bring up any Tweets that mention you.

6. Users’ profiles – ‘g u’

To get to someone else’s profile you don’t have to browse the search box. Instead you can type ‘g u’ and a box will pop up saying: “Go to a person’s profile.” Just type in their name to jump to a profile.

 

Actions

7. New Tweet – ‘n’

Wherever you are on the Twitter site, pressing ‘n’ on your keyboard will immediately pull up a ‘What’s happening?’ box for you to type your Tweet into.

8. DM – ‘m’

If you want to send a DM (direct message), press ‘m’ and a new direct message box will appear on your screen. You can then type in the recipient’s Twitter handle and send your message.

 

 

9. Favourite – ‘f’

If you come across a Tweet you want to favourite, simply pressing ‘f’ will favourite it for you. However – word of warning – this only works if you have opened up a new page for the Tweet. It won’t work just on your homepage.

10. Retweet – ‘t’

Just as with favouriting a Tweet, you need to have the Tweet fully open to do this. Once you have it up, just press ‘t’ and it will ask you if you want to retweet it to your followers.

 

11. Reply – ‘r’

For those of you who were wondering why the code for retweeting is a ‘t’, now you’ll know why. The ‘r’ shortcut is reserved for replying to a Tweet. Again, make sure you have the Tweet open separately before you do this. If you press it whilst on the homepage, nothing will happen.

 

Navigation

12. Next Tweet – ‘j’

To move on to the next Tweet in a list, simply pressing ‘j’ will take you down to the next one and create a blue box around the Tweet.

 

13. Previous Tweet – ‘k’

To go back to a previous Tweet, press ‘k’.

14. Load more – ‘.’

If you have an old browser, or your Tweets are taking a while to load, pressing ‘.’ will bring up the next set of Tweets for you, and take you straight to the top of your page.

 

15. Keyboard shortcuts – ‘?’

When in doubt of all these shortcuts, just typing in a question mark will bring up Twitter’s hidden menu of all the keyboard shortcuts available.

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22 Best Indian Social Media Campaigns Of 2012


2012 was not only about Facebook campaigns in the Indian social media circuit; the space also saw some amazing well integrated social media campaigns. These campaigns were creative, driven by an objective and at the same time also made sure that they were integrated in a rational way to yield maximum reach.

So here is the list of 22 amazing Indian social media marketing campaigns that stood out in 2012, in no ranking order. Every campaign is a winner in its own way.

1. #MakeHellCool: Fastrack, the bold and definitive youth brand that emphasises on ‘moving on’ in life, came up with an exciting campaign to target its young consumer segment. The campaign called “Make Hell Cool” is based on the end of the world prophecy by the Mayans where the world would be ending on the 21st of December. Beginning a week prior to doomsday, the campaign urged youth to sin as much as they want so they could be a winner in hell! Make Hell Cool had a dedicated website that served as a one-stop location for the campaign, along with an integrated presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Read the entire campaign here.

Fastrack_make_hell_cool

2. The Straight Hair Experiment: Unilever owned Sunsilk launched a one-of-its-kind campaign called ‘The Straight Hair Experiment’ during the season of winter chills and dry frizzy hair. Sunsilk involved bloggers and its Facebook community with the idea of sourcing crazy hair straightening ideas with a blogging contest and had integrated the campaign with Facebook and Twitter as well. Read the entire campaign here.

Sunsilk_straight_hair_experiment

3. Food Housie: Faaso’s – the brand that has always been synonymous with wraps and a brand that loves social media recently launched the ‘Faaso’s Food Housie’ game. Fans were invited to play the age old housie game on social media every two weeks and win coupons from the brand. The campaign was not only unique and engaging but we are sure that it was a smart way to bring some sales too! Read the entire campaign here.

Faaso's_food_housie

4. Secret Diaries: Unilever owned FMCG brand, Dove launched its new hair fall treatment product via real women sharing their experiences with the product through videos and blog posts, in the Dove Hair Fall Rescue Diary. The campaign used YouTube as a major social media channel along with its global Facebook page to run an exciting quiz around the stories. Surely a cool campaign for a product launch via social media. It managed to build ample curiosity and moreover offered the product as the prize to quiz winners, thus completing the cycle. Read the entire campaign here.

Dove_hairfall secret_diaries

5. Drive with MTV: MTV and Tata Nano created history by organizing India’s first 21 day social road trip called “Drive With MTV’ where 4 teams formed out of 16 participants, had to undertake a road trip of 2500 kms in 21 days, armed with a Tata Nano and Rs. 50K each. Each team had a social media engagement score based on the likes, comments, video views, etc. accumulated by posting content on social media sites and driving engagement through their social network. Winners were decided not only on the tasks performed but also on the social media engagement score. Read the entire campaign here.

drive with mtv contest

6. Shobhaa De’s ‘Sethji’: Penguin India the publishers of Shobhaa De’s ‘Sethji’ designed an innovative storytelling campaign ‘Who is Sethji’ for the book launch on popular social media channels. The 360 degree marketing promotions for the book launch had interesting pseudo-sting operation YouTube videos and the content on Facebook shared sneak peeks of the characters from the book. At a later stage a blog was launched that revealed shocking secrets about the characters. A complete delight for fans on social media. Read the entire campaign here.

Sethji_Shobhaa_De_social_media_launch

7. Action Starts Here: Blackberry India launched a 360 degree marketing campaign named “Action Starts Here” in the month of August. The essence of the campaign was to find out what does Blackberry stand for and the answer was “Action” and the action starts right away from Blackberry. Hence, the campaign focused on “Action has a symbol” and the brand line was “Action starts here”. The brand created a presence on all social media channels and started a pledge campaign for fans. The pledges that turned into action stood a chance to win a cool BlackBerry device. Read the entire campaign here.

BlackBerry,_India_Action_Challenge

8. #BraveTheStorme: Tata Safari, the Indian auto giant, the pioneer in introducing SUVs on the Indian roads, striked gold with it’s  launch of Tata Safari Storme. Social media grabbed a bigger pie in the product launch and possibly the only Tata car to do so. Facebook and Twitter created the pre-launch buzz among fans. If the pre-launch was not enough, the brand made sure that the hype doesn’t set off early. Later the brand launched a contest on its microsite – #BraveTheStorme which could win you a brand new Tata Safari Storme. Another cool social media product launch campaign. Read the entire campaign here.

tata_safari_twitter

9. #Thunderbird500: Royal Enfield, the Chennai-based manufacturer finally launched the Thunderbird 500 on 11th October, 2012. The brand made sure that it created enough pre-launch buzz and going by the times it made sure that enough thumping was made the social media way. With a very strong online community, the manufacturer not only decided to run a teaser on YouTube, revealing bits about the beauty but in parallel there was an optimum buzz created on Facebook and Twitter too. The brand not only created a cool micro-site revealing the latest bull but timed well with NH7 weekender giving fans a live demo and hampers. Read the entire campaign here.

Royal_Enfield Thunderbird500

10. Save With Subbu: Kotak Mahindra Bank launched ‘Save with Subbu’, a campaign where users can co-author a ‘Smart Savings Book’ along with the brand mascot, Subbu by sharing their saving tips through Facebook or Twitter. Save with Subbu was a smart campaign with a well-aligned objective, highlighting the benefits of smart saving and banking with Kotak Mahindra. Read the entire campaignhere.

Kotak_Mahindra_Save_with_Subbu

11. The Samsung Useless Bid: Samsung Mobile India launched a new integrated social media campaign “The Useless Bid” to create buzz about it’s 7 inch Samsung Tab2 310. Users were invited to participate in bidding on the useless products considered by Samsung and stand a chance to win a new Tab2. The campaign integrated YouTube with an interactive microsite and then buzz was simultaneously created on Facebook and Twitter. Read the entire campaign here.

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12. One Tank, 1500Kms, One Classic Story: After re-badging ‘Ford Fiesta Classic’ as ‘Ford Classic’, the company rolled out its first variant – Ford Classic Titanium. On August 10, the company launched a social media campaign with respect to the new launch – “One Tank. 1500Kms. One Classic Story.” The campaign was about chasing the one dream that you have been passionate about all your life along with the new Ford Classic Titanium. Thus started the dream for 11 passionate people from various fields and interests who were divided into 8 teams accompanied by a cinematographer, who would capture the entire journey in her lenses. The story that is most engaging and popular will provide a chance to  the cinematographer to win Rs 100,000. The campaign was well integrated with all major social media channels. Read the entire campaign here.

Ford_India_Facebook

13. Tweet-A-Tab: Reliance Communications launched a unique treasure hunt for its latest tablet, the V9A in a 5 days-5 cities campaign called ‘Tweet-a-Tab’ where fans had to locate the tab in a Google Map that zooms in with the growing number of tweets. Tweet-a-tab was a beautiful integration of Facebook, Twitter and Google Maps. The location was in a zoomed-out Google map of the city, which kept zooming in, along with the rise in tweets. The tablet location was finally revealed when the zoom on the Google Map was at 100%. Read the entire campaign here.

Tweet-a-tab Reliance social media contest

14. ‘Indian Food League’: Hippo, a brand that is often a favourite example of pundits at seminars was back again with the Indian Food League, a campaign crafted keeping in mind the IPL madness. Indian Food League (IFL) was funny, catchy and had been designed to capture the emotional rivalry amongst Indian cities, that creeps in during the IPL. So instead of saying that today’s match is between Delhi and Punjab, IFL called it Papdi Chaat Vs Aloo Paratha. A microsite followed with an amazing Twitter presence and a Facebook presence made sure that they spread the Hippo love everywhere. The contest was a no brainer one but it’s simplicity and uniqueness inspired us a lot. Read the entire campaign here.

hippo_indian_food_league_microsite

15.  Diesel India’s 2 Anniversary Celebration: On completing its second anniversary recently, Diesel India planned to celebrate and so it organized an April sale for the employees and their near and dear ones. But they had a very short span to promote and Social Media came to their rescue. To gain maximum exposure, the brand along with its agency planned to do a flash mob on Facebook, which was happening for the first time on Facebook. The campaign had designed an amazing microsite which was connected with Facebook Connect and QR codes were used too. The campaign saw more than 5000 signs ups in a very short span. Read the entire campaign here.

Diesel india contest

16. ‘Once Upon A Vespa’: Once Upon A Vespa by Vespa India is one of my favorite campaign along with Diesel India till now. The campaign had just the right dose to educate Indians about the brand’s rich legacy and to do so it made an interactive microsite, well crafted Facebook presence and a Twitter presence. The microsite, which was a delight to see, was the centerstage for the contest but the answers were hidden in the brands Facebook timeline. Besides this Vespa India is one of the very few brands in India which has taken care to use the Facebook timeline effectively. A must read social media campaign and undoubtedly an inspiring one too.

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17. ‘Brand New Day’: Society Tea’s ‘Brand New Day’ campaign invited four people to do new things each day in the course of 10 days. It was like fulfilling the small wishes that you always wanted to do but failed to do so and that’s not all, the participants also had to blog about their interesting activities. A very refreshing online campaign and well positioned with the brand. The campaign not only gave a chance to the four people to do certain things they might have wished for, but also created positive word of mouth around the brand. I was happy to see the brand adopting blog as a main strategic tool and then spreading the words from the blog to social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. A must read for marketers who are running behind number of fans.

society tea

18. ‘Time to Change’: Another stellar campaign from Stayfree targeting only females and the whole campaign was planned around the launch of its new product. The brand tied up with Indiblogger  and on Women’s Day, it launched the ‘Be the voice of change’ blogging contest that asked bloggers to share what they would want to change around them. Along with the blogging contest, Stayfree had also tried to run an interesting campaign for it’s community on it’s Facebook brand page. An app was created on Facebook called ‘Bring down the wall of irritation’ which is made up of issues that are irritating to say the least – from child labour, eve teasing and corruption to domestic violence, dowry deaths and begging. The campaign had many takeaways for brands who are engaging on social media. To know the entire story click here.

Stayfree Bring down wall of irritation app

19. ‘Guess Whose Flavor’: The chips giant from Pepsico inc., Lay’s had started the ‘Guess whose Flavour’ campaign in the beginning of April, where six new flavours were introduced. The contest roped in MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Christopher Gayle, Adam Gilchrist and Kevin Pietersen, as the six cricketers who have co-created a flavor each and you have to guess which cricketer has created which new flavour. 10 lucky guessers can win a trip with a friend to the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 and enjoy the match from the premier stand plus a luxurious hotel stay. The contest had a dedicated website, a Facebook app as well as a wapsite. The overall concept, design and execution as well as the fun games in the app were worth a mention and to know more about the campaign click here.

Lays_Guess_Whose_Flavour_FB_contest

20. The Greatest Indian: Infotainment channel, History TV18 in association with CNN IBN and Reliance, had launched a massive hunt for ‘The Greatest Indian’ using television and the digital medium via a poll, set to trigger a national debate on the one question, “Who is the greatest Indian after Independence?” The television show was aided through a website and drove massive engagement and debate through its Facebook and Twitter pages. Read the entire campaign here.

The Greatest Indian hunt by History TV18

21. Ultrabook Race: The Ultrabook Race by Intel was a game of 4 Challengers fighting across 2 countries for $10,000 of prize money, armed with an Ultrabook and their social network. Intel offered four challengers from across the world a chance to go on an adventurous journey all by themselves and compete with each other in real time, in a range of tasks with the help of their Ultrabook and social networks. Apart from an experience of a lifetime, the winner also walked away with $10,000! A smart campaign to promote a product on social media via social media influencers. Read the entire campaign here.

The Ultrabook Race

 22. She Can, You Can: Tupperware India, initially launched an ad campaign titled ‘She Can, You Can’, featuring real-life heroes Chhavi Rajawat, sarpanch at village Soda in Rajasthan and Saloni Malhotra, Founder and CEO of first KPO in rural India – Desicrew Solutions. Later on it extended the campaign on social media that was based on a crowd sourcing strategy of gathering extraordinary stories for the next Tupperware campaign. Along with Facebook, the brand focused on Youtube and Twitter. An interesting campaign that pointed to a new trend in brand endorsements that are roping in people whose real life story matches up with the brand’s vision. Read the entire campaign here.
Tupperware She can, You can Facebook app
We hope to see more of such well integrated and path breaking Indian social media campaigns in 2013 that create benchmarks in the international social media space.

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes


Inspirational quotes and motivational quotes have the power to get us through a bad week, and can even  give us the courage to pursue our life’s dreams. In my book, 4 Keys to Happiness and Fulfillment at Work, I share surprising research into the true triggers of workplace motivation. So in the spirit of self motivation, here are 100 inspirational quotes.

 

  1. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill
  2. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. –Steve Jobs
  3. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein
  4. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.  –Robert Frost
  5. The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’ -Jeffrey Bezos
  6. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky
  7. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan
  8. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. –Babe Ruth
  9. Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone
  10. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. –John Lennon
  11. We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale
  12. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain
  13. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –John Maxwell
  14. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. –Tony Robbins
  15. The mind is everything. What you think you become.  –Buddha
  16. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb
  17. An unexamined life is not worth living. –Socrates
  18. Eighty percent of success is showing up. –Woody Allen
  19. Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. –Napoleon Hill
  20. Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. –Vince Lombardi
  21. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey
  22. Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. –Pablo Picasso
  23. You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus
  24. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou
  25. Either you run the day, or the day runs you. –Jim Rohn
  26. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. –Henry Ford
  27. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain
  28. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  29. The best revenge is massive success. –Frank Sinatra
  30. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily. –Zig Ziglar
  31. Inspiration exists, but it must find you working. –Pablo Picasso
  32. If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh
  33. There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle
  34. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. –Henry Ford
  35. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  36. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau
  37. When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. –Erma Bombeck
  38. Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others.  Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” – Brian Tracy
  39. Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb
  40. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt
  41. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. –George Addair
  42. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. –Plato
  43. Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. –Christopher Reeve
  44. Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can. –Arthur Ashe
  45. When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. –John Lennon
  46. Fall seven times and stand up eight. –Japanese Proverb
  47. When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. –Helen Keller
  48. Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. –Confucious
  49. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. –Anne Frank
  50. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Lao Tzu
  51. The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength not a lack of knowledge but rather a lack of will. –Vince Lombardi
  52. Happiness is not something readymade.  It comes from your own actions. –Dalai Lama
  53. The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. –Arthur C. Clarke
  54. First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. –Aristotle
  55. If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. –Latin Proverb
  56. You can’t fall if you don’t climb.  But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground. –Unknown
  57. Whoever loves much, performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. –Vincent Van Gogh
  58. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown
  59. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. –Joshua J. Marine
  60. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. –Walt Disney
  61. I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. –Leonardo da Vinci
  62. Limitations live only in our minds.  But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. –Jamie Paolinetti
  63. Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes.  You are free. –Jim Morrison
  64. What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. –Bob Dylan
  65. I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. –Benjamin Franklin
  66. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. –Bill Cosby
  67. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein
  68. The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb
  69. There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. –Roger Staubach
  70. It is never too late to be what you might have been. –George Eliot
  71. You become what you believe. –Oprah Winfrey
  72. I would rather die of passion than of boredom. –Vincent van Gogh
  73. A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. –Unknown
  74. It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.  –Ann Landers
  75. If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. –Abigail Van Buren
  76. Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. –Farrah Gray
  77. Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. –Frank Zappa
  78. Education costs money.  But then so does ignorance. –Sir Claus Moser
  79. Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  80. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. –Confucius
  81. Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others. –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  82. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. –Dalai Lama
  83. You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have. –Maya Angelou
  84. Dream big and dare to fail. –Norman Vaughan
  85. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. –Martin Luther King Jr.
  86. Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. –Teddy Roosevelt
  87. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker
  88. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. –Gloria Steinem
  89. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. –Mae Jemison
  90. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. –Beverly Sills
  91. Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt
  92. Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. –Grandma Moses
  93. The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand
  94. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. –Henry Ford
  95. It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. –Abraham Lincoln
  96. Change your thoughts and you change your world. –Norman Vincent Peale
  97. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin
  98. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” –Audrey Hepburn
  99. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. –Steve Jobs
  100. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. –Zig Ziglar

Why don’t Bees Teleconference while Building a HIVE?


SO_1.jpgWhat do pack of wolves, pride of lionesses, bees and ants have in common. What can we learn from them? What is self-organization (SO) and how does it form?

We are exploring different ways to induce this behavioral skill in the team members for greater commitment, motivation and accountability to the work. Many of us think, what is so great about it; we are self-organized and perform our daily course without fail. But, the question is can we perform equally well in a project, during crisis or with reduced resources.

NATURE has tuned the self-organized system. Be it the conduct of animals, insects, or eco-system, nature organizes optimally. What are the attributes of self-organization derived from the nature?  Can project teams organize themselves, the way nature does? Is it meaningful to compare the dynamism of NATURE with the dynamism that organizational teams face?

Before finding answers, let’s understand with few examples how self-organization is an adaptive attribute in animals and insects. Imagine how the pack of animals like wolves and lionesses hunt? How honey bees organize their affairs so well in their hive and devote themselves to the welfare and survival of their colony?

Wolves are known for their intelligence and social behavior. They organizeSO_2.jpg themselves for the hunt and care of their group. The motive of the pack is to be as successful as possible, no matter if they are not the strongest one. The whole objective is to make their hunt a success so that every member can get the sufficient food. Each wolf in the pack plays a role. There is always a leader in the herd (pack) but while hunting, it rarely interferes or directs its fellow animals (Michael, Wolf., 1995-2005). Another interesting thing about them is their sense of communication; they follow communication protocol and communicate in many ways (body language, gesture, and expression). The selection of communication mean is highly dependent on the distance between the two wolves. If they are close to each other the communication is non-vocal. Similarly when they are in large group, they do ‘Mob-greetings’.

They share a common objective – food for the pack. They have communication protocols and established patterns for hunting, individuals know how to respond to change to meet the objective. Their play mirrors the hunt patterns.

Let’s see how bees organize themselves and find the flower nectar. Bees are deaf hence they perform a series of movements called as ‘waggle dance‘. These dancing steps help to identify the source of nectar and also teach other workers about the location of food source 150 meters away from the hive. The bees have orchestrated movements for communication. Especially when they are hunting for flower nectar, the experienced bees walks straight ahead, vigorously shaking its abdomen and producing a buzzing sound with the beat of its wings (Debbie, 2011). The distance and speed of this movement communicates the distance of the food site to the other bees. Another exciting aspect is the group size, the bees’ colony size varies from 20000 to 80000 worker bees and they all work in coordination with each other without much direction and guidance.

The above examples of honey bees too display those benefits of the self-organization concepts discussed above. Adherence to shared objective set of practices, pattern of behavior, and communication. They show the benefits of self-organization, i.e. commitment, efficiency, and achieving self-sufficiency for the community.  Members of the community organize themselves repeatedly and continuously to meet changing requirements.

In a Direct communications with partners, iterative processes helps control conflicting interests and help them to adapt quickly to unpredictable and rapidly changing environments (Monterio et al., 2011).

  • In a research conducted by Hoda et al. (2011), it was proved that “balancing freedom and responsibility, balancing cross-functionality and specialization, balancing continuous learning and iteration pressure uphold the fundamental conditions of self-organization at certain level.”

Agile manifesto stresses on self-organizing teams, and we explored what techniques make the teams achieve a sense of teamness and spontaneous adaptability which makes it work in short sprints and what will make it work in the long run. In subsequent blogs we will learn how the concepts of self-organization can be brought in a structured manner and help teams adapt in a changing environment. The resulting framework would help us in recognizing when SO can be formed or in creating the right environment for it.

Our goal is to deconstruct the key concepts of the above examples and apply them in real teams to make it spontaneous and easy to transform into a self-organizing team. Support for the concepts comes from couple of papers we looked at.

Rolls Royce in Qatar


2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost

2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Rolls Royce in Qatar

 

The fortunes of Roll Royce in Qatar have always been on top. The country has proven itself as a goldmine for the company. The Luxury car maker has continuously supplied expensive and customized vehicles to Qatari Royals and businessmen.  The cars of Rolls Royce have a special place in the markets of Qatar. The market, being a perfect one for highly luxurious and comfortable vehicles, has embraced Rolls Royce brand completely. Qatar has emerged as the 5th best performing market for Rolls Royce.  The cars like Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe are very well received along with Ghost which has established itself as the premier choice of the wealthy royals. One Qatari person even ordered a customized version of the Ghost, shedding a large amount of extra money.

 

When it comes to Qatar Cars, luxury is the prime choice for every buyer. Luxury coupled with comfort and supported by performance, this is all the Qatari people need and this what Qatari Car dealers sell. You can easily approach any Qatari car dealer to know more about Rolls Royce cars. The Drop head Coupe luxury car scores very high with young Qataris who love its comfort and style. The elegance of Rolls Royce Ghost is another option that has made Qatari business class addicted to luxury of the brand. Phantom also brings the factor of luxury with its magnificent design that makes your day. Its sheer performance coupled with comfortable spacing gives a perfect riding experience.

 

In Qatar, Rolls Royce seems to be hitting jackpot. The company has designated the market as one of the fastest growing for its brand and continues to devote more manpower to the same. Buying a Rolls Royce in Qatar is very easy as you can contact the Qatar car deals who will assist you with the purchase.

 

 

 

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It’s Not Going to Turn out the Way You Thought


It’s Not Going to Turn out the Way You ThoughtIt will happen later. His best friend will ask you out instead. You’ll be kissed in the movies instead of on a beach. You’ll end up going to a different school because the one you thought you’d get into didn’t work out.

She’ll move away. Someone else will move in next door. She’ll be a little weird at first, a little more shy, but, ultimately, really good at riding bikes and playing dolls.

That part you always wanted will go to that other girl instead. And you’ll rock it out in the chorus like your life depended on it. Because on some level, it does.

The road you were going to take will be flooded and closed. The inn where you were going to stay will be under renovation. He’ll be taller than you thought. And have a funny accent. But will be a good kisser nonetheless.

You’ll get a flat tire on the way to that crucial meeting and end up peeing your pants laughing with the gas station attendant over a copy of Us Magazine. And someone else will fill in for you because they always do.

You won’t get that dream job like you thought you would. It will go to someone else with far less creative drive and vision than you. Someone far better suited for a cubicle than you.

You’ll be put in groups with people who put your panties in a wrinkle. You’ll sit next to someone on the plane who you’d never talk to except that they won’t shut up. And you’ll end up staying in touch for years and taking family vacations together.

Five years after you graduate, life won’t look anything like you would have imagined. You’ll be single when you thought you’d be married. You’ll have kids when you thought you’d be in the Peace Corps. That trip to Laos will get delayed because you’ve got to stay home and take care of your grandmother. Laos will be there. You’re grandmother won’t always.

He’ll move overseas, and, oddly, the Atlantic Ocean between you will bring you closer than you ever dreamed possible. You won’t get engaged, married, or pregnant when you thought. You’ll miss the bus/train/plane/ferry that you thought you just HAD to be on.

You’ll fall off the turnip truck. You’ll jump on a different bandwagon than you intended. You’ll get fired when you thought you ought to be getting hired.

You’ll realize you forgot the outfit you had planned to wear and that the shoes are all wrong now that you have a full-length mirror to see the whole outfit. Your shirt will be wrinkled, and you’ll spill red wine on your white jeans.

Your dog will eat your five-year plan. You’ll drop your Blackberry in the toilet (at least once). Your computer will crash, and you’ll delete the first draft of your magnum opus. You’ll accidentally delete your hard drive and end up with a clean slate.

You’ll show up late to the date with the guy you were sure was going to fit into your husband suit and realize he’s less than graceful under stress and not so flexible. (Better to know now than later.)

When you thought you’d be baking pie and living behind your very own white picket fence, you’ll find yourself doing something so entirely different you couldn’t have even imagined it a year before.

There will be moments when you’ll look around and not even recognize your own life…in a good way.

You’ll take a wrong turn and end up in an entirely different city than you intended. You’ll dial the wrong number and end up in love with an entirely different person than you intended.

You’ll flunk out and end up taking five years instead of four to graduate. You’ll have your heart broken when you were sure you were with the one, and then meet the other one a month later. You’ll move to a new city to start a new business with those perfect new business partners, and then it will all go to shit. And you’ll move across the country again, only to realize that that’s where you belonged the whole time.

You’ll drive as far away from home as possible, thinking that it will make you feel free. Then you’ll get homesick and drive back four months later because you suddenly feel trapped.

You’ll imagine the open road, country music playing loud, you signing at the top of your lungs, and flirting with a new man in every town. And then you’ll invite someone to come with you on a whim and realize driving around the country by yourself was a terrible idea anyway, and that it’s way more fun when you’re traveling with someone you love.

You won’t do it at the right time.

You’ll be late.

You’ll be early.

You’ll get re-routed.

You’ll get delayed.

You’ll change your mind.

You’ll change your heart.

It’s not going to turn out the way you thought it would.

It will be better.

 

 

IPL T20 Players List from India and World


Andrew Symonds

Andrew Symonds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

V.V.S Laxman

V.V.S Laxman (Photo credit: kalyan02)

Munaf Patel fielding at Adelaide Oval

Munaf Patel fielding at Adelaide Oval (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sachin smiling

Sachin smiling (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

suresh raina

suresh raina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Munaf Patel at Adelaide Oval

Munaf Patel at Adelaide Oval (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sachin Tendulkar at Adelaide Oval

Sachin Tendulkar at Adelaide Oval (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gautam Gambhir at Adelaide Oval

Gautam Gambhir at Adelaide Oval (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yuvraj Singh at Adelaide Oval

Yuvraj Singh at Adelaide Oval (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Andrew Symonds, in an earlier Test match

Andrew Symonds, in an earlier Test match (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

India

 

 

Austrlia Team

 

South Africa

New Zealand

 

England

 

West Indies

 

Pakistan

 

Sri Lanka

 

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