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They are up and kidding!

Today, you may be a fresh graduate just our of college, burring with a zeal to face life. Snatch away every pinch of success that life has in its domain to offer. You may be an engineering graduate looking forward to arm yourself with an MBA, rule the world and startle everyone with your next big startup plan. Get yourself a worm, black leather covered leaning comfy chair in a swanky boardroom. see your name published in each and ever corporate magazine. In addition to it if you by any chance love to write, I strongly believe you just cant wait, but to see your article glisten in the wall streets journals blog. Get featured in Forbes list of most powerful people. And if you are, like a friend of mine, a freelance graphic designer……. what’s next after Adobe???

Now, hey! Come back… you nothing right now (if you are actually not! APPOLOGIES otherwise J )

So, ever thought about giving back something to the society after you get everything you want. cumon life is an infinite cycle of giving and taking so , you just cant have the cake and eat it to. Well!! if you  really want to there are some real unique ways in which you can actually give back to the society and participate in a real noble cause.

1)  iVOLUNTEER

It helps bring together volunteers and NGO’s that need help and provide a range of programmers in India and Abroad.. it already links 10,000 volunteers and 300 NGOs . while the focus is on individuals, iVolunteer also has a customized programmes for groups and corporate volunteering. Depending on your time and commitment levels , you could choose , for example , from reading for a couple of hour to a blind person on the weekend , working a few days every month for a rural business, or take on a two year assignment in another country.

 

How can you help??? Pick up a cause close to your heart and register at iVolunteer [dot] in

2) WADA NA TODO ABHIYAN:             

This is possibly the largest campaign on the governance accountability inIndia. they use the internet to connect more than 3000 civil society groups across the country in an effort to ensure that the central and state government fulfill promise made in there election manifestos. They also work with the planning commission, with feedback in preparing five year plans. The Ngo has launched a “Peoples Audit” of basic delivery area (health, education) to bring about changes.

How can you help??? …. participate in audits by monitoring government programmes at wadanatodo [dot] net.

3) GOVERNANCE COUNTS:

This organization aims at tapping the skills of senior corporate leaders and managers. And this is how it works: In India volunteer organizations are usually registered under various acts, which require them to govern by a board. Often, these board members are there more out of goodwill for the cause or the organization founder and are unaware of the line that separates governance from day to day operation. Governance counts helps NGO’s to get access to competent people who can be constructive board members.

To register login at governance counts [dot]org[dot]in.

4) HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Born In USA, this organization is kicking inIndiasince 1983 and seeks to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Ever since the construction of its first house in Asia Pacific region.

This body has done a pretty appreciable work of shifting 1.65 lakhs people in AP and built around 33000 houses for habitat.

what you can do: Hmm!!! if you are over 14 yrs , and can hold a hammer or a bucket or a paint brush you are welcome to be a part of the team that picks project at various sites and works there all happy and gay. Individuals can volunteer to work in habitat office and serve on board.

5) THE BICYCLE PROJECT:

The brain child of Hemant and Sangeeta Chabra this NGO raised your eyebrow in 2008, and gives a brand new name to the term “Recycling”. It collects old bicycle, overhauls them and distributes them to children in villages outside Mumbai. These kids have to walk between 2 to 7 km to school; can now used bicycles instead, Thanks to the bicycle project. This project is spreading its wings toDelhiand Pune. It had also inspired a number of other replicas to come up across the country.

Even you can be a part be collecting bicycles in your locality or starting up a similar project of your own.

 

So, you see if you to do it you have a number of bodies extending there hands to help you . Social service is definitely a divine bliss, the most rewarding and soul satisfying activity. Don’t think, If You want to GO AHEAD! They all are Up And Kicking!!!

[P.S inputs from Give India and Indian NGOs[dot]com ]

 

The Ten Biggest Lies of B-School

By Eric Jackson | Forbes – Wed, Aug 10, 2011  - I went to B-School about 10 years ago.  I remember the good times, the parties, the camaraderie.  I also remember the long hours in the library, working on team projects with other keen classmates, and the sense of accomplishment at graduation.

However, 10 years later, Business School missed out on a lot in terms of teaching me the skills needed to succeed in my career and life.

Here are the ten biggest lies of B-School you should protect yourself against:

1. You will be rich. My experience (and from talking to others) is that it will take you 2 or 3 times as long as you think it will take to succeed after Business School.  So take it easy running up yourstudent loans and credit card debts expecting you’re going to be a rock star later.

2. You are smarter than people without an MBA. You were smart enough to get in to Business School.  That doesn’t mean you are smarter than other people without an MBA.  Stay humble.

3. There’s always a right answer. B-School students are usually very analytical and achievement-oriented. They like to think there’s always a “best” answer. There’s not.  The perfect answer is always the enemy of the good enough one.  You make decisions you can with the best information available.  Life and business today doesn’t let you count how many angels can fit on the head of a pin.

4. If you’ve made it this far (to B-School), you’re destined to succeed. In my B-School, there were always amazingly talented executives coming in to give talks on business and life. They’d always compliment us on what a great school we attended and why we had our future by the tail.  It made us all feel invincible — destined to succeed once we set out on our various career paths.  It doesn’t work that way. I know B-School classmates who’ve failed miserably, under-achieved, gotten divorced, gotten severely depressed, etc.  B-School is a great educational opportunity in life, but you still have to go out there and succeed. Nothing is given to you as a birthright.

5. You know how to “fix” the first few companies you join after school. You’ve probably worked at companies were people who’ve been there for 2 decades roll their eyes telling you about the new hotshot MBA who just started and is now telling everyone how to do their jobs.  It’s so clear to him, yet others find it deeply offensive that he would think he knows how the company works when they’ve spent countless years there and are still trying to figure it out.  All hotshot MBAs should wear tape over their mouths for the first 3 months on the job and not be allowed to “fix” anything.

6. Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) will always tell you what a company is worth. MBAs love DCF. They think the true answer to what a company is worth is always a DCF away.  Just crank it out on a spreadsheet or whiteboard, show the boss, and move on to the next problem.  Unless you’re going to be a sell-side analyst, you’ll never do a DCF after B-School.  And even the sell-side analystsget their underlings to do them.  And no one reading your reports will read them anyway.

7. The “soft” courses (leadership and people management) are least important. I remember talking to the professors from the Management Department at my school who had to teach the courses on leadership and people management.  They used to lament that the MBAs never paid attention to them in class.  Yet, the Executive MBAs (usually in their 40s or 50s) always told them that these courses were the most important of all the B-School classes they took.  You learn after B-School that the perfect answer or strategy means nothing if you can’t get people around you to buy in to it and help you achieve it.  To do that, you need to motivate them, listen to them, connect with them, and support them when they need it.

8. You are going to be more creative and entrepreneurial after Business School than before. In my experience, B-School makes you less creative, the longer you’re in it.  They teach courses on entrepreneurship but it’s kind of an oxymoron the idea of the analysis paralysis B-School Students being entrepreneurial.  You will learn a lot of tools and frameworks in B-School, but you won’t learn how to start a company.  You just need to start a company.

9. Your peers will give you lots of tips and insights that will help you succeed in your career. In my experience, the majority of B-School students are lemmings.  They don’t know what they want to do afterwards, so they just do what their peers say they should do (maybe that’s why they applied to B-School in the first place).  Ten years ago, everyone at my school wanted to be a dot com entrepreneur.  That didn’t work out so well and most students later went back to being investment bankers or management consultants.  Your peers don’t know what you want to do with your career.  You need to start listening to that voice inside your head.

10. The Ivy League MBAs will be even more successful. An Ivy League credential will be a big plus for you on your resume – no question.  However, you have to realize that if you’re getting an Ivy League MBA, you’re probably 10x more susceptible to the previous 9 lies than other MBAs.  Don’t let yourself be the next Jeff Skilling, the smart Harvard MBA, who worked at McKinsey and then went to Enron and drove the company off a cliff.  He had a golden resume – and where did it get him?

If you treat B-School like an amazing educational experience, chances are you’ll get a lot out of it.  Just keep your attitude and sense of entitlement in check.

As Casey Kasam used to say, “Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.”

 

This article was originally published By Eric Jackson | Forbes – Wed, Aug 10, 2011