There is no doubt about the fact that in order to grow, the first and foremost requirement for an organisation is a dynamic and skilled leader. Today, CEO’s and CFO’s are paid in millions globally because their respective organisation’s future entirely depends on the decisions and steps they take. A single decision to launch a product that is not competitive for the market or an error in marketing strategy can bring losses unimaginable to the enterprise.
In such a scenario, it is imperative for business leaders to keep up with their learning process. Being updated with the market trends is the only way to grow in an age where perform or perish is the trend.
The term leader here is not just limited to the top management but for every single employee who needs to climb up the ladder. Updating the skillset and being in sync with market demands can bring great success to one and all. Professionals also are understanding the need for learning. As per a survey by the professional social network- LinkedIn, 88% of the employees placed the “need to update skills” as their second highest priority requirement after work-life balance.
Some of the best ways to learn to grow which I have seen do wonders to a lot of my industry colleagues and professionals are:
This is easily the best way to be updated on the latest industry updates and developments. There are a lot of websites and online forums relating to each of the niches which act as a great platform for interaction and knowledge exchange. For example, if you are a programmer and have a doubt or a need for discussion with fellow professionals, platforms like StackOverflow, TechCrunch, GitHub and other official blogs of your technologies can be extremely beneficial.
An extremely efficient way of networking and learning, the conferences are helping new age professionals to grow as well as understand the market realities better. The best part of the conferences and summits are that there are customised events as per your needs, if you are from AI industry, you’ve got multiple AI Summits across the globe, if you are from Finance industry, you’ve got conferences in that stream. The conferences are helping individuals grow professionally in terms of skill set as well as personally.
The good old reading
There cannot be a better substitute for reading. As per a study by inc.com, on an average, a successful CEO reads 52 books a year. This is done to keep oneself updated and ready for the challenges that the organisation is throwing at him. Successful leaders read as many as 4-5 books a month helping them in key areas such as scale the business, rebuild the industries from a downfall, enhance the relationship with employees and take crucial business development decisions.
It is true that professionals today are having less time for other things. Their work takes most of their time. However, unwinding and relaxing also play a key role in professional development. A successful leader is a multitasker who understands the fine details of time management like no other. How you fit in the above three in your monthly schedule is all that would make a difference in your personal as well as professional life.
There are some leaders whose legacy crosses all geographical and ideological barriers and are revered and respected by all. If ever such a list is made, Sarojini Naidu garu's name would definitely feature in prominence. An extraordinary poet, orator and one of the greatest freedom fighters in India, The Nightingale of India holds a very special place in every Indian's heart.
Sarojini garu's life is a textbook for every individual to follow. Her life follows an extraordinary graph right from her early education days where she showed the terrific promise. Her contributions to the nations' freedom struggle during the Civil Disobedience Movement and Quit India Movement where she showed great courage and leadership is something that continues to inspire generations even today.
Not just in her public life, Sarojini garu was a true inspiration in her personal life as well. In an age where inter-caste marriages were a taboo, her marriage with Paidipati Govindarajulu Naidu garu was a live example of her standing by her ideals and principles in personal life as well.
Sarojini garu always believed in equality and mutual respect amongst the genders and was way ahead of her times in terms of her beliefs. Today, a number of young girls are receiving quality education and access to educational facilities of global standards all due to the steps she took in this direction.
An able administrator and a great leader, her service to the nation as the first woman Governor of Independent India is remarkable and truly an inspiration. The magnetic persona of Sarojini garu inspired everyone who met her. I vividly remember reading writer Aldous Huxley's remarks where he said, "It has been our good fortune, while in Bombay, to meet Mrs. Sarojini Naidu, the newly elected President of the All-India Congress and a woman who combines in the most remarkable way great intellectual power with charm, sweetness with courageous energy, a wide culture with originality, and earnestness with humour. If all Indian politicians are like Mrs. Naidu, then the country is fortunate indeed."
True to the statement, Sarojini garu impressed all through her superior intellect, charm, and humility. As we observe the Nightingale of India's 140th Birth Anniversary, I would like to once again pay my humble tributes to the Sarojini Naidu garu. Her leadership, tireless service to the nation and the social reforms that she brought in continues to inspire all of us even today.
Just imagine the present world without vehicles. Tough isn’t it? Vehicles play an important role in the mobility of the population. A lot of dynamic changes have been observed in the transportation sector over the last few decades. Every now and then we keep seeing some or the other disruptive technology being introduced in the automobile industry.
So far petrol, diesel, CNG have been the sources of vehicle ignition and source of power. In recent times we have seen other forms of energy sources coming up in the automobile industry as well and giving a tough competition to the traditional energy sources.
Battery Based Vehicles: A Battery vehicle is the most popular of the new age mobility options. In these, chemical energy is what runs the vehicles which are stored in the batteries. Unlike the internal combustion engines in petrol or diesel based motors, these vehicles use electric motors for the mobility purpose.
The Battery vehicles thus solely depend on battery packs. Inserting a battery into the vehicle and on running out inserting another pack is all it takes to keep the vehicles running. Some of the most impressive aspects of a battery vehicle for me are.
The fuel and diesel prices are going up day by day and this is a matter of worry in economical countries like India. The battery based vehicles serve as a blessing in this scenario as the cost invested is very less here when compared to the prior ones.
We are well aware of the pollution emitted by fuel consumption vehicles. In fact, the sound and air pollution emitted from them is a threat to the entire environment.
But in the case of battery-based vehicles, there is zero air pollution and negligible sound pollution which establishes a friendly relationship with our surroundings and evokes a scope for pollution-free future
The maintenance hassles are very high and costly in case of the fuel based automobiles. The frequent lubrication process is a headache and is a worrisome aspect. Hence these battery-based vehicle provides you with the best solution for the low maintenance vehicles. Even the visit to service centers is also very rare in such vehicles.
So, swing along the speed of revolution and own a battery based car and enjoy the hassle-free advantages.
Under the leadership of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Amaravati- the capital of the sunrise state of Andhra Pradesh is marching towards becoming one of the most iconic cities of the world.
Right from the government complexes such as a high court, legislature buildings to recreational spaces for the public, everything has been designed with an objective of not just being iconic landmarks, but also to fill each and every citizen with immense pride.
The scenic backdrop of the Krishna river not just provides beautiful visuals but also will be a great source of fresh supply of water. The proximity with Guntur and Vijayawada brings further strategic advantage to the sunrise state’s capital.
Personally, I feel the city holds terrific potential as it has placed sustainable development goals at the focal point and the plans to make Amaravati a truly global city have been drafted around it. Inspired by Lutyen’s New Delhi and New York’s Central Park, a clearly defined green spine runs through its length, providing the foundation of the master plan's environmental strategy, where at least 60% of the area is occupied by greenery or water. This truly is a great sign where future developments are being planned by not compromising on the present.
Apart from this as a citizen, the following are the areas that I found most impressive about Amaravati:
Sustainability is one concept that is extremely dear to me. Amaravati is blessed with a great riverfront and the city’s designs have been planned by using that front as a centerpiece. When Amaravati was announced as the new capital, a lot of environmentalists raised concerns over the kind of impact it would have on the local greenery and water bodies. This concern was genuine as a capital construction requires a lot of resources in terms of land and water. Chopping down of the green belt is another flipside of a new city planning. However, I was truly stunned and proud at the same time to observe the kind of detailing that went into planning the structure of the city. Not just was the Krishna preserved from any kinds of depletion but was also listed as a means of transport where it would facilitate easy movement. This creates a great atmosphere as well as a tourism opportunity along with reducing carbon emission.
Right from the initial stages, Amaravati was touted to be the capital of the people. The iconic land pooling scheme where 33,000 acres were voluntarily donated by the locals for the sake of the future was truly inspirational, to say the least. Reciprocating the noble gesture of the locals, the government, as well as the private partners, are placing special focus on making the living experience on par with the greatest of the cities globally. The famed theme cities within the capital are the best example of the same.
Zero Carbon Emission
“Real progress is not when poor also buy cars, real progress is when rich also use public transport.”
Our leader Chandrababu Naidu firmly believes in this and is striving hard to provide the best of public transport facilities to the people. Additionally, public transportation in Amaravati will revolve around battery operated vehicles and solar powered motors. The transportation strategy hence, includes electric vehicles, water taxis, and dedicated cycle routes, along with shaded streets and squares that will encourage people to walk through the city. This move has already put Andhra Pradesh on the path of being a global hub for renewable energy. Additionally, it has also has attracted investments from giant corporations and even small start-ups all of whom have come ahead with a common aim- to reduce the carbon emission to nil.
The development of the ports nearby, 6 lane roads, investments from tech giants, making AP a hardware and FinTech hub along with IT parks are just some of the other exciting steps to take Amaravati closer towards the stature of being a global city of the best standards. The best part of the entire process is that nowhere has there been an effort in making the city entirely futuristic and technology oriented. Amaravati is seeing shape by staying true to its thousands of years of history along with conserving the present and taking giant leaps towards the future.
The process of evolving continuously is referred to as revolution. Yes, we the mankind are accelerating the speed of revolution by improving our lifestyles technically and socially at lightning speed. Robotics is one such evidence of Human intelligence which proved that there are no barriers when it comes to human capabilities.
Robotics is an amalgam of different engineering branches like Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Sciences. Each and every department plays a key role in designing and developing new ideas in Robotic science. In simple words, Robotics is helping in simplifying complex tasks and helping us out in the areas which challenge the human capability like bomb detection and deactivation.
For the past three decades, humans have started investing a lot of time, infrastructure and resources into Robotics and have achieved many stunning results which left a great impact on our present as well as the future.
Initially, robots were designed to reduce the workload of human beings and assist them in complex tasks. The boon of Robotics is that today, almost all the verticles have successfully adopted the robotics and even are getting involved in further research and development
These robots have also helped to eradicate the repetitive work and increased the quality of work which in turn enhanced the efficiency. In most cases, many of the simple human jobs have been replaced by these robots in areas like Medical, Industries, Domestic Help, Laboratories and even in the military.
Many of the human lives were saved at military zones during risky operations such as bomb diffusals. It is also believed that these robots not only changed the working style that traditional armies follow but also brought smart thinking into action.
Just imagine a single day without the mobile phones and any other digital mode of communication. Tough isn’t it? Yes, there is a lot of influence of the digital mode of communications on the way we interact. These days everything is interlinked with digital components and we just can not .do without going digital.
The Artificial intelligence has taken the digital communication to the next advanced level. The Apple Siri, Google Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana are the best examples of the advancement of AI in the area of communications and next level searches.
Adapting to the disruptive technologies is the need of the robotics and any one losing out on this is losing the edge over the competitors.
The ability of artificial intelligence in improving the lifestyles is unquestionable. The smart home automation, Smart cars and smart devices are some of the buzzwords which are dictating the way we go on about our lives today.
There are different robots manufactured and specially designed for different purposes. Voice recognition, speech recognition, facial recognition etc are the different upgrades that we have achieved in robotics today
Whatever the field may be or whatever the nature of work, robotics have changed the way these function and for the greater good. If this evolving process continuous, we can soon expect a complete automated world with high prosperity and technical development.