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Mini Story - Push the donkey off the cliff

You will develop skills when your only ‘meagre source of survival’ is dead. At times, we need to lose that poor job to realize that we can win in business. Sometimes that business needs to fail to realize that we can do well in other things. Sometimes a situation in our lives may have to fail for us to realize that we deserve and can get better. By avoiding any situation one cannot face the challenges of life. Something or the other will challenge us. It will create fear and insecurity in us. The only way to deal with the fear is to face it with all strength and faith. Most of the fear will be imaginary. Every problem has a solution. When our mind is clouded with fear we cannot act rationally and wisely. Push that donkey down the cliff and please do not be tempted to go after it. Influence Inspire Mesmerize Have an evolving week ahead. Please place your orders for the Bestseller Book of *"Corporate insights on soft skills using story telling"* with coloured prints on glossy papers - The first of the IIM series ( *Influence Inspire Mesmerize*) For India : https://www.amazon.in/IIM-INFLUENCE-MAJOR-SUNIL-KUMAR/dp/8194442788 For other countries : Available on Amazon.com and eBay.com

Mini Story - Lion does not bother about flies

Be fully focused on your goals. Flies will still bother a lion only when it is sitting idle, dormant and in inactive state, but when it is active, up and running, the flies will never come any close to it. Be in your active state, always. Influence Inspire Mesmerize Have an active week ahead.

Mini Story - Who packed your parachute?

A leopard, stranded from the jungle, entered a factory, felt scared in the glass building and hid itself in a corner. After a few days, it got famished and ate an employee. This employee was a senior official but nobody noticed his disappearance. After few days, the leopard caught another employee and nourished him. This was another senior official, still, no one seemed to be worried over his disappearance. The leopard kept enjoying its meals and found this to be perfect place for supper. The next day the leopard ate the pantry messenger. Tea and snacks were not served and within an hour the entire office was ransacked. The security caught the leopard and handed over to the forest officials. It is not the position but the usefulness to others that makes you stand out. I just want to thank everyone who packed my parachute ever. Cannot afford to take any of them for granted. Earlier/ upcoming mini stories or presentations may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Illuminate Improvise Magnetize Please reserve your schedule for the July THRIVE International Confluence on 25.07.2020 18:00-20:00 Hrs IST (GMT + 5:30). Have a blessed week ahead.

Presentation - Mindful Meditation

Meditation is your mentally calm and emotionally stable state. Meditation is used across the globe for reducing stress, anxiety, depression and pain, and for increasing peace, self-concept and well-being. OPOIE presents "Mindful Meditation" covering Basics of Meditation, Types of Meditation, Chakras Awakening, Controlling Subconscious, Meditation Process and Managerial Toolkit. The summary presentation would give you sufficient insights on the subject and enable you to utilise the best of Meditation in the ongoing testing times. Earlier/ upcoming presentations or mini stories may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Illuminate Improvise Magnetize Please reserve your schedule for the July THRIVE International Confluence on 25.07.2020 18:00-20:00 Hrs IST (GMT + 5:30). Have a meditative week ahead. #opoie #skills #motivation #leadership #mentoring #success #miracle #goals #training #positivity #growth #learning #Inspire #knowledge #mindset

Mini Story - Missing Tile Syndrome

Preoccupation with imperfections and anomalies? Our mind is well programmed to see the things to completion, a continuity and a carry forwardness. However, our greed and shortsightedness denies it and the program gets messed up. An absence of something is always perceived larger than presence of something. Do the best you can with what you have and be grateful for what you get. Success and happiness will come your way. Stop worrying about goat numbered 3. Are you still living in the craze of 99? Earlier/ upcoming mini stories or presentations may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Illuminate Improvise Magnetize Please reserve your schedule for the July THRIVE International Confluence on 25.07.2020 18:00-20:00 Hrs IST (GMT + 5:30). Have a content week ahead.

Mini Story - Veblen Perception

The most important real estate is the plot between your two ears, yes, it is the human mind. Controlling the context, thereby creating a perception, as a result of which influencing the mind, leads to ruling the reality. Katie bargained for a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes priced at $6,000 for an unbelievable $600. She returns the next day with the shoes in tattered conditions. They were in bad shape and looked like a cheap stuff. She shouted at the store manager, “What kind of $6,000 shoes get spoiled in one day?” The manager smiled, “Madam, if you had bought them for $6,000, they would remain as new, always”. As per Veblen perception, we value things based on their price. Let's be more mindful about our requirements first and thereafter the real cost as well. Earlier/ upcoming mini stories or presentations may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Illuminate Improvise Magnetize Have an elevated week ahead.

Presentation - Rational Decision Making

Decision making is pervasive function by individual aimed at achieving self/ organizational goals and objectives. The essential element of organization's development is quick and right decision making. This is also extremely essential in the personal domain. OPOIE presents "Rational Decision Making" covering Individual decisions, organisational decisions, process of decision making and managerial toolkit. The presentation aims to enrich by imparting the essential skills required before each congruent and committed decision with minimum cognitive bias. Earlier/ upcoming presentations or mini stories may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Illuminate Improvise Magnetize Have a decisive week ahead.

Mini Story - TEAM 1+1=11

Ashutosh suddenly stopped participating in meetings with his friends. His Mentor, Alok, on a cold night, visited him and found him alone at the fireplace. After sometime, Alok, selected the most incandescent ember and removed it. The lone ember flame subsided, glowed momentarily, fire went off and it became a dead piece of coal. Alok sat some more time and just before leaving, picked the cold coal and placed it back in fire. Immediately, the ember was rekindled, fuelled by the light and heat of the burning embers around. Ashutosh wept and promised to return to group. Teams are extinguished because each member that withdraws takes fire and heat away from the flame. We all are responsible for keeping alive the flame and must promote teamwork so that the fire is really strong, effective and lasting. Thank you all for being part of our bonfire. Earlier/ upcoming mini stories or presentations may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Illuminate Improvise Magnetize Have a teamed week ahead.

Mini Story - TEAM 1+1=11

Ashutosh suddenly stopped participating in meetings with his friends. His Mentor, Alok, on a cold night, visited him and found him alone at the fireplace. After sometime, Alok, selected the most incandescent ember and removed it. The lone ember flame subsided, glowed momentarily, fire went off and it became a dead piece of coal. Alok sat some more time and just before leaving, picked the cold coal and placed it back in fire. Immediately, the ember was rekindled, fuelled by the light and heat of the burning embers around. Ashutosh wept and promised to return to group. Teams are extinguished because each member that withdraws takes fire and heat away from the flame. We all are responsible for keeping alive the flame and must promote teamwork so that the fire is really strong, effective and lasting. Thank you all for being part of our bonfire. Earlier/ upcoming mini stories or presentations may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Illuminate Improvise Magnetize Have a teamed week ahead.

Mini Story - Perception Magnifies

Martina Navratilova was once asked, “How do you maintain your focus, physique and sharp game even at the age of 43?" She gave a humble reply, “The ball doesn’t know how old I am”. You need to stop yourself from stopping yourself. Every game in life is actually played on a 6 inch ground – the space between your two ears. We don't live in bungalows, duplexes or flats. We live in our mind which is an unlimited area. Life is great when things are sorted and uncluttered there. Keeping the mind messy with hatred growing on the table, regrets piling up in corner, expectations boiling in kitchen, secrets stuffed under the carpet and worries littered everywhere ruins this real home. The key factor to performing well in life and in every arena, is the ability to control the quality and quantity of your “internal dialogue”. Performance is potential minus internal interference. Live in peace, not in pieces. Earlier/ upcoming mini stories or presentations may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Illuminate Improvise Magnetize Have a peaceful week ahead.

Presentation - Creative Innovation

Innovation is evolutionary and essential for existence and survival. Incremental improvements are mandatory for products/ services and disruptive innovations are the need of the VUCA world. OPOIE presents "Creative Innovation" covering Innovation, creative organisations, Innovation types, Innovation process, enhancing Innovation and managerial toolkit. Earlier/ upcoming presentations or mini stories may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Illuminate Improvise Magnetize Have an innovative week ahead. Innovation is evolutionary and essential for existence and survival. Incremental improvements are mandatory for products/ services and disruptive innovations are the need of the VUCA world. OPOIE presents "Creative Innovation" covering Innovation, creative organisations, Innovation types, Innovation process, enhancing Innovation and managerial toolkit. Earlier/ upcoming presentations or mini stories may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Illuminate Improvise Magnetize Have an innovative week ahead.

Mini Story - Angel's Blessings

Rajive often bought oranges from an old lady. After they were weighed and paid for, he would pick few from his bag, peel it, taste one slice, complain that it is not tasty, give it back to the old lady to verify, and disappear suddenly. His wife, always questioned him about this routine drama and he would reply that this is the only way to get the old lady eat some without letting her spend money. The old lady’s young granddaughter also questioned the old lady that even though this gentleman always finds faults with the oranges, she always weighs him a few extra for free. The old lady replied that she knows that Rajive does this act to ensure to feed her oranges, and that she knowingly weighs extra on the weighing balance to equate for his care. Life's joys are sweet little gestures of love and kindness. Keep doing good to others. It comes back in magnitude. The law of Karma blesses you in unexpected ways. Earlier/ upcoming mini stories or presentations may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Illuminate Improvise Magnetize Have an awesome week ahead.

Presentation - Entrepreneurship - Starting a Start-Up

Entrepreneurship and Start-Ups are the backbone of growing economies. Most of the giant organisations today had been a one room struggling idea few years back. In the last few months, all governments and especially the Indian Government, have stressed on giving multiple benefits to Entrepreneurs and relaxing regulations including waivers to promote the Start-Up culture. OPOIE presents "Entrepreneurship - Starting a Start-Up" covering Entrepreneurship, Start-Up ecosystem, Product, Process, Ownership Types, Statutory compliances, Investment Options, Scaling, Business plan, Pitch deck, Govt. Support, Incubators, Accelerators, VCs insights and Managerial toolkit. This will assist the new Entrepreneurs and the ones already on the journey, to follow a structured approach and avoid pitfalls. Wishing to see your enterprise in Fortune 500 list soon... Earlier/ upcoming presentations or mini stories may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Illuminate Improvise Magnetize Have a growing and glowing week ahead.

Presentation - Time Management - Master the Minutes

The 24 Hours are not enough for multi-tasking aspiring minds unless they master the minutes. There is too much to do and too little time. Time management increases effectiveness, efficiency and productivity. Ask yourself if what you are doing today is taking you any closer to where you want to be tomorrow? OPOIE presents "Master the Minutes" covering excellent insights into analyzing time, planning time, enhancing time and many tricks to extract the real value of each minute. These are essential for any budding professional. It is never too late to become what you might have been. Earlier/ upcoming mini stories or presentations may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Illuminate Improvise Magnetize Have a valued week ahead.

Mini Story - The First Step

Though unverified, this anecdote is a great learning for courage. Hesitation of the “would be first” man deprived him of creating history which the second man acclaimed. Neil Armstrong was the 1st person to set foot on the moon though it was Edwin Aldrin who was supposed to be. Edwin was the pilot for the Apollo 11 mission and had experience of space walking. Neil was the co-pilot. When Apollo landed on moon, Edwin was hesitant for few seconds, “Will I get sucked in or will I burn out?” Sensing the fear, Neil offered to go and finally put his foot on the moon becoming the first person. The courage made him the hero of world history. Whenever you see the moon, remember that a moment of hesitation can stop you from your greatest victory. Earlier/ upcoming mini stories or presentations may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Impulse Imbibe Magnetize Please take care of yourself, family, loved ones and the community. Have an awesome week ahead.

Presentation - Adaptability

Hope you are taking good care of yourself, family, loved ones and the community. The present situation is going to be THE NEW NORMAL in the POST COVID ERA. With few relaxations, across the globe, in an effort to bring the crippling economy back on track, the single most essential skill for everyone would be Adaptability Skills. From Darwin's theory of survival of fittest to the disruptive VUCA world, Adaptability ensures smooth transformation of individuals and organisations. OPOIE presents Adaptability Skills, Cultural Adaptability, Adaptability Quotient, Enhancing Adaptability and Managerial Toolkit. Organisations these days demand complete change of mindset and quick response to the ever-changing scenarios. Earlier/ upcoming presentations or mini stories may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Kindly utilize the lockdown for self learning and elevation. Insight Imbibe Magnetize Have a stupendous week ahead.

Presentation - WFH (Work From Home or Work Flexibility for Health).

If you do not come out of the lockdown with newer skills, vaster knowledge and fitter health, you never lacked time, you lacked discipline and intention. OPOIE has been advocating that one needs to be adaptable to the next VUCA disruptions and that CHAOS is going to be the new normal. The world never envisaged that it will be so soon and in the form of the current pandemic. We will soon win over this and the enlightened mankind will learn many positive lessons during and after this transformation. The workspace has already experimented new horizons including WFH. Perceiving the good in everything and seeing this as an opportunity and focusing on self learning will assist to smoothly tide over this time. OPOIE presents Cyber Hygiene, Vehicle care and Wellness tips while operating on WFH. Earlier/ upcoming presentations or mini stories may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Kindly utilize the lockdown for self learning and upliftment. Influence Inspire Mesmerize Please take care of yourself, family, loved ones and the community. Have a safe week ahead.

Mini story - The Cobra Twist!

Hope you, family and loved ones are safe and doing well. Cobra twist refers to a situation when an attempted solution to a problem makes the problem worse. The unintended consequence of a well intentioned idea made the problem worst. A certain set of people have the tendency to game the system, which may give short-term advantage though harming themselves and the society in the long run. A new idea that may sound great on paper but how people would respond to it needs a thorough honest test market. Decision makers need to take 360 degree view of all possible scenarios before implementation. Best and brilliant people lose sight of certain negative outcomes due to blinded initial magic of seemingly great looking ideas. Get your brilliant guys think about the Cobra effects before implementing any idea. Don’t implement while you are under the awe of the brilliance of a never tested nice looking solution. Influence Inspire Mesmerize For previous/ upcoming stories, please visit www.OPOIE.com Have a blissful week ahead.

Presentation - Right to Information (RTI) and Transparency.

Hope, wish and remind you to take care of yourself, your family members, your community and everyone known to you to fight against COVID-19. Data, Information, Knowledge and Wisdom are the ascending scales for empowered communication. Right to Right Information has been demanded by every democracy across the globe. While some developed countries initiated it few centuries back, India took some time to implement the RTI Act, 2005. OPOIE presents "RTI and Transparency", an essential tool of Corporate Governance, which provides insights into the genesis of RTI in India and global benchmarks. The presentation also provides detailed information on Voluntary Disclosure and Transparency Audit which are the second stage revolution after RTI. Earlier/ upcoming presentations or mini stories may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Kindly utilize the lockdown for self learning and upliftment. Influence Inspire Mesmerize Have a blessed week ahead.

Presentation - Dozen Ps of OPOIE.

All of us must have read the 4Ps or subsequently the 7Ps of the marketing mix. In the present VUCA world, excelling in professional and personal sphere is extremely important for every individual to be successful and achieve the purpose of life. OPOIE advocates to imbibe the Dozen Ps which every person should understand in depth and implement the takeaways in order to extract the maximum value and happiness in their life. The Dozen Ps of Purpose, Planning, Prioritize, Practice, Presence, Passion, Proactive, Project, Persevere, Personalize, Persuasion and Positivity are the essential ingredients for peaceful living. These Dozen Ps need to be revisited frequently to bring oneself back on track. These traits are essential from entry level to C Suite executives. OPOIE presents excellent compilation of 12 short stories on the Dozen Ps having corporate insights and real life learning. The stories assist to motivate the reader to think on an abstraction level and upgrade themselves with each passing day. Mini Stories related to each of the 12 Ps have been shared earlier and the image revisits the same in the subconscious. Few additional concepts relevant to present day chaos are also embedded to motivate the reader. Earlier/ upcoming presentations or mini stories may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com Please take care of yourself, your family members, your community and everyone known to you to fight against any known/ unknown enemy especially COVID-19. These are testing times and the responsibilities rest on the shoulders of learned people to save everyone from this perceived threat. Influence Inspire Mesmerize Have a safe and healthy week ahead.

Mini Story - Kick the drama, not everything deserves your time!

Choose your battles wisely. Be careful and selective of the problems, arguments and confrontations. Instead of fighting every problem, spend time only to solve the most important battles and let go of the rest. Many things would never matter in the long run. Be diligent and strategic to spend the limited resource called time. What matters to you? What are your goals? Who are the people important to you? Fighting every small battle means having no time for important things. Choose only the important battles, win the big game called life. Evaluate the issue. Bring a win-win situation. Be flexible for adjustment to change. Be grounded. Cut your losses, keep the exit option open for minor altercations. Success comes not from winning every battle, but learning to let go when it is time to do so. Influence Inspire Mesmerize For previous/ upcoming stories, please visit www.OPOIE.com Have a spectacular week ahead.

Mini Story - Jump while you have the strength

Frogs resemble human beings in the power of adjustment. When putting a frog in a vessel of water and heating it, the frog keeps adjusting with increase in temperature. Just when the water is about to boil, the frog reaches its peak tolerance and is cooked to death, if it has not jumped till then. We compromise with nerve wrecking constraints for longer durations owing to emotional, financial or relationship obligations or probably lack of vision. Do we tolerate till we burn? Are we oblivious that we are boiling? Are we adjusting with abuse for very long? Is your tolerance in adjusting sacrificing your strength completely? Shed off the inhibitions. Realise your true potential. Explore the wonderful opportunities. You have the strength. You haven't yet reached the critical juncture from where it is impossible to jump. Follow the tacit command that there are multiple alternatives. And remember, you have to be the best version of yourself in your circumstances. Influence Inspire Mesmerize For previous/ upcoming stories, please visit www.OPOIE.com Have an astounding week ahead.

Mini Story - Marvelous versus Mediocre Results : Catching Moose or Chasing Mouse

Come out of your comfort zone, get added pressure, get better results, make bold steps, believe that you are worthy of chasing moose, aim for stars and achieve ambitious goals. Never overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are much better than you think. Stop lying to yourself. Stop chasing mouse if you can catch moose. Value RoTI (Return on Time Invested) as much as you value RoI (Return on Investment). Ask yourself at the end of the day, “Did I spend today chasing mice or catching mooses?" Influence Inspire Mesmerize For previous/ upcoming stories, please visit www.OPOIE.com Have an awesome week ahead.

Presentation - Employability Skills Overview.

Employability Skills are required at all stages of career for growth betterment, career switch and profile enhancement. The selection is always a cut throat competition to be in top 5% to transform from "Seeker to Sought After". Job seekers need latest market updates and also recruiter’s insight for cover letter, ATS compliant resume, social media profiling, group discussion, interview, communication skills, body language, professional English, aptitude score etc. The presentation aims to enrich by imparting the essential skills required before each employment effort and to enlighten the latest trends for developing the individual’s personality in line with industry requirements.  Each slide is an independent full presentation on "Employability Skills" which may be freely downloaded from www.OPOIE.com. Influence Inspire Mesmerize Have a divine week ahead.

Presentation - ECG (Essentials of Corporate Growth)

The essential skills (self-development/ soft skills) are the most desirable skills for personal or professional space. Each professional, right from employment search to being the CXO, needs them to escalate the corporate ladder smoothly and for survival. Industry 4.0, corporate governance laws, emotional intelligence etc. would demand mandatory upgradation of these skills. You need them to be the best version of yourself, always. Each page of the attached ECG is an independent full presentation which may be freely downloaded from www.OPOIE.com for perusal. Influence Inspire Mesmerize Have a spectacular week ahead.

Mini Story - Your priorities decide the cost of your time.

In the present disruptive VUCA world, the concept of RoI is not that important. It's the RoTI (Return on Time Invested) which is essential. Imagine you having a bank account that refills $86,400 every day, but it does not carry over anything to the next day, keeps no cash balance and depletes each penny remaining by end of the day. How would you maintain such account? We all have that most important bank account. Its the Time. Every morning we get 86,400 seconds and every night it is written off with no carry over balance, no overdraft. If you fail to use it, it is entirely your loss. You can’t borrow it or loan it. Time management is yours to decide how you spend the time, just as with money you decide how you spend the money. How many of us calculate the value of our one second? Did you? Influence Inspire Mesmerize For previous/ upcoming stories, please visit www.OPOIE.com Have a blessed week ahead.

Mini Story - The Corporate Ant Story

The size of your problems is nothing as compared to your ability to solve them. It is not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves. This applies both for the Ant as well as for the Tiger. People in position should reach to the depth of the problem and not just seek surface solution. People with repeated sufferings for no fault of theirs, should focus on their happiness first, instead of satisfying others always. Else, everyone in the organization would start limping like the cobbler's village. A man saw a little Ant attempt carrying a big leaf several times more than its size facing many impediments during its journey by cleverness and perseverance. After some time, the Ant reached its destination, a tiny entrance to underground dwelling. After all the painstaking and hard work and exercising great skills, overcoming all the difficulties along the way, the Ant just left behind the large leaf and went home empty handed. The Ant had not thought about the end before it began its challenging journey. The fruit of labour was nothing more than a burden to it. This is also the truth about our lives sometimes. We worry about our job, how to earn more money, where to live, what vehicle to buy etc. ignoring the bigger vision. We don't realise that these are just burdens that we are carrying with utmost care and fear of losing them. Have we cared about ourselves or our health or our happiness or our wellbeing? Influence Inspire Mesmerize For previous/ upcoming stories, please visit www.OPOIE.com Have an astounding week ahead.

Mini Story - Severe the umbilical cord to survive

Most of us do not conquer fear to explore our unlimited potential. The possibilities are endless, but we remain undiscovered. We make our lives mediocre instead of exciting, thrilling and fulfilling by limiting ourselves in the comfort zone. When persistently cared in comfort zone, we are not equipped to handle the disruptions in the environment. A man saw a caterpillar about to hatch from its cocoon, struggling to force itself through a tiny hole. He felt that it suddenly stopped making progress and was stuck. He tore off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly emerged easily but with shrivelled wings and a swollen body. The man didn’t understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle needed by the butterfly to get itself through the small hole were nature’s way of forcing energy from the body of the butterfly into its wings to prepare itself for flying. You are born to fly, to achieve your unbound potential, to achieve the flights of fantasy, to rule your kingdom of dreams. Come out of your comfort zone. You were born with wings, why crawl through. The world needs to see your version 2.0. Influence Inspire Mesmerize For previous/ upcoming stories, please visit www.OPOIE.com Have a spectacular week ahead.

Mini Story - Elevate yourself at every opportunity!

VUCA world demands a better version of you everyday. Resilience and agility are much in demand today than ever before. People visiting a Mentor complained about the same problems over and over. One day, he repeated the same joke many times, but the laughter kept reducing. If we can’t laugh at the same joke over and over, why are we always crying at the same problem over and over? A salt has no need to look like other ingredients and doesn't give aroma like other seasonings but without it every food is tasteless. No body tastes it before buying. The moment the bulb ignites, it sparkles the entire area not just itself. If you are the salt of the world and the bulb of the mankind, then you are the unit of inspiration the world needs to survive the disruptive CHAOS in the VUCA world. Instead of repeatedly positioning oneself, one should always carve a niche position. Let the line start from where you stand instead of you standing in the line. Men of true impact don't fight for position, visibility or appearance. You don't need to shout to be heard, people keep quiet to listen to influential people. Be one. Influence Inspire Mesmerize For previous/ upcoming stories, please visit www.OPOIE.com Have a fabulous week ahead.

Mini Story - Choices of choice

Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you. Decision making may not always be tough, but the circumstances, past experiences or the people associated with the choices make it difficult. Always see the good in the other person, not their shortcomings. Shortcomings may be perception errors in your judgement. A lady always complained against washed laundry of their neighbor. One fine day, she saw the laundry clean when her husband explained that he had cleaned his windows that morning. Before criticising anyone, please clean your lens and check if you see the good in other person or only judge them. Live purposefully rather than simply existing. Learn to let go, because, we cannot have the next breath until we let go the existing one. Life is what happens to you while you are choosing other plans. Influence Inspire Mesmerize For previous/ upcoming stories, please visit www.OPOIE.com Have a stupendous week ahead.

Presentation - POSH (Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace)

Corporate Governance and the image of company are the real worth in eyes of all stakeholders. Women are the epitome of origin and symbolize growth. However, they are not treated with due respect at some workplaces by few men. Gender diversity has been mandated in the company boards by the governments across the globe. In India, the directions on the subject came from the Hon'ble Supreme Court through "Vishaka Guidelines, 1997" and thereafter with "The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013". Several incidences have been highlighted wherein these laws have been exhaustively utilized. OPOIE presents the insights into interpretation and implementation of various statutes applicable on POSH. The presentation covers sexual harassment, types, workplace classification, Internal Committee, Local Committee, redressal mechanism, inquiry, recommendations, penal provisions, International laws related to safety of women and Managerial Toolkit. It also briefly covers additional mechanisms including SHe-Box, SHOR app, IPC Sections, POCSO, Constitutional Rights, Employment Act etc. The PPT shall serve as a ready reckoner covering the laws related to workplace sexual harassment. Have a blissful week ahead and a healthy working environment always. Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Mini Story - Tappers and Listeners

Everyone relies on ongoing communication but suffer from enormous information imbalances and unable to show tangible demonstrations. When the listener says that he is not clear, he is probably telling you to put yourself in his shoes and be more explicit. Sensible strategies fail to drive action because executives formulate them in sweeping statements without envisaging the ground reality. Next time you communicate with anyone think about "Tappers & Listeners". What is obvious to you may be remote to the other person. The blind love affair with vague strategy is called the curse of knowledge. Years of immersion in logic and conventions force you to summarize the wealth of concrete data not the requirement of the customer. Tapping harder or Tapping repeatedly won't make it any easier for the Listener. Influence Inspire Mesmerize For previous/ upcoming stories, please visit www.OPOIE.com Have a blissful week ahead.

Mini story - Precious Jewels

Monday Musings from OPOIE! Mini Story - Precious Jewels. Your persona is the jewel which always remains with you and shines yourself and others. EVM (Ethics, Values, Moral) are the assets which no one can steal ever. Life is incomplete without a Pencil. Be a pencil. You must attain the seven qualities of the pencil when you grow up. First – You are capable of great things but always be humble to the hands guiding your steps. Second – Sharpen yourself at every opportunity. A sharpener may give you temporary suffering but you get to perform new things and you are back with a bang. Bearing pain and sorrow will refine your persona. Third – Use an eraser to rub out mistakes. It is human to err. Correcting minor errors is always great improvement. Fourth - Externally all pencils look different but what really matters is not the exterior but the graphite inside. Always pay attention to what is happening inside you. Fifth – Always leave a mark. Keep influencing people. Everything you do in life shall leave a conscious mark. Sixth - If situations try to break you, sharpen both the broken ends and emerge with thrice the initial strength. Seventh - Keep up the good work not merrily to show to people but just keep going. Pencil's writing may not be read beyond the writer but that should not bother the pencil. Keep doing the good work. Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Mini Story - Hole in the boat

Everyone always talks about going that extra mile. But could you possibly do 1% more? Just that 1% needs to be authentic. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just that little bit extra. Most people don’t give themselves permission to dream. They take themselves out of the game before the hooter blows. Amit noticed a similar idol near the sculptor. He asked, "Why two statues of the same idol?" The sculptor mentioned that the other one is damaged. Amit found no apparent damage. On further inquiry, sculptor mentioned a scratch on the nose. Quality is driven from the outside (fueled by demand) whereas excellence is holistic and pervasive and emerges from within. The idol was to be installed on a pillar twenty feet high. Amit said, "If the idol is that far, nobody would ever notice the scratch". The sculptor smiled, "I will". The desire to excel doesn’t need other’s appreciation. You should be right in your eyes first. "Excellence" is a drive from inside, not outside. Don't climb a mountain with the intention that the world should see you, rather with the intention that you see the world. Influence Inspire Mesmerize For previous/ upcoming stories, please visit www.OPOIE.com Have an awesome week ahead.

Mini Story - Quitting is essential at times

All our lives we have been constantly told by others never to give up, but always making it to the peak is not all that matters. One should know when to quit. The sense of achievement and bravado is great but remember there are things which are more important. Always seek the cost of winning. Is it worth to scale the summit, every time? Is it a law to excel each exam every time? Is it a rule to have successful relationships everywhere? Is it possible that one takes all right decisions? Our expectation that life has to be perfect, is the biggest reason of our sorrow. One has to understand the law of impermanence of nature. After each sunny day, there has to be a dark night. For the full moon to come again, it has to pass through no moon. Stop taking your failures so intensely, rather, prepare yourself for one more fight after each fall. Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Presentation - Convincing Persuasive Skills

Persuasion is regarded as the most charismatic skill of leaders for convincing the citizen, children or colleagues. Effective persuasion can get the commitment you need far quicker than barking out orders. Addressing other person’s concerns and offering solutions easily wins over anyone to your way of thinking. Not just persuade them, convince them for their lifetime of your integrity and influence that it is in the other person’s best interest to do what you’re asking them to do. OPOIE presents Convincing Persuasive Skills enlightening subtle ways to press an agenda without turning anyone off. The presentation covers successful persuasion, barriers to persuasion, tactics of persuasion, improving persuasive skills and the managerial tool kit. The presentation goes beyond the principles of reciprocity, commitment consistency, social proof, authority, likability and scarcity. A thoughtful persuasive influence can lead to getting what is wanted. Influencing and persuasive skills rather than authoritative leadership is the need of the hour. Influence Inspire Mesmerize All presentations on self development skills may be downloaded from www.OPOIE.com

Mini Story - Magnanimity Multiplies

The value of a life is measured by the number of lives it influences. Success does not happen in isolation. It is a participatory and collective process. Success breeds Success. A farmer grew superior quality corn in his farm. Each year he won prizes for himself and honour for the city. People discovered that he shared his seeds with his neighbours though they were his competitors. The farmer had simple answer for this magnanimity. The wind picks up pollen grains from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If his neighbours grew inferior, sub-standard or poor quality corn, cross-pollination will degrade his corn. He had to elevate his neighbours elevate himself. Those who choose to be in harmony must help their neighbours and colleagues to be at peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well too. Influence Inspire Mesmerize For previous/ upcoming stories, please visit www.OPOIE.com Have a spectacular week ahead.

Mini Story - Are you alive and fresh?

Do you have sharks in your life which keep you on your toes? Do you have those passionate dreams which do not let you sleep? Giving up early always snatches the thrill of the journey and the excitement of the victory. Never give up if you wish to enjoy the sweetest fruits of labour. To grow, you have to learn from your experiences and to grow faster, you need to learn from the experiences of others. A seller used his donkey to carry the salt bags. Once, the donkey suddenly tumbled and the bags fell into water dissolving the salt. The donkey played the same trick, but this time, the seller had kept cotton bags, to teach him a lesson. We need to upgrade ourselves at every opportunity. Reskilling is the only tool that survives disruptions. Learn the tricks when you have time, today. Tomorrow may be too late. Influence Inspire Mesmerize For previous / upcoming stories, please visit www.OPOIE.com Have a blessed week ahead.

Mini Story - Build castles from the bricks people throw at you

Every situation has two sides; however, at times, we are so engrossed to look at the dark side, that we overlook the brighter aspect. Sometimes, it is just change of attitude, perception and judgement to reverse the situation and live the life worth loving. Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts before inventing the light bulb. When asked, he said that these were the 1, 000 steps to inventing the bulb. F.A.I.L. means First Attempt In Learning. I can lose the game but I am never the loser. Only my soul will decide that. Else, it is the incidence or the game - lost or won, and not me. It is always early when you decide to give up. A few more steps and you are right there. The last blow of the hammer is still pending. Try it one more time. And remember, you are the best in your circumstances. Influence Inspire Mesmerize Have a fabulous week ahead.

Presentation - Skillful Storytelling.

Storytelling is counted amongst the most influential skills. Ted talks or public speaking skills need a strong structure of a story. A clearly communicated story is the backbone of captivating and alluring marketing strategy. OPOIE presents "Skillful Storytelling" comprising the art of storytelling, it's elements, the perspective and the power of storytelling. Storytelling with improvisation, theatrics or embellishment work as means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation or instilling moral values. Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Mini Story - Your worth or the worth of accessories?

The potential of the human mind is limitless; when we move from mundane behavior to innovative thinking, we can achieve the impossible. The unlimited learning capacity of the human brain make everyone a genius. We can't solve the problems with the same level of thinking that created them. We need to utilize more than 10% of our brain to surpass our own expectations. Nothing is impossible in this world provided it is backed by strong will, constant effort and unshakable faith. Unflinching determination and firmness of resolution are the only ingredients to make you achieve anything. Influence Inspire Mesmerize Have a spectacular week ahead.

Mini Story - Hope takes you farther

Stop yourself from stopping yourself. The aspirations of hope in the grey matter between your two ears i. e. your brain, can rekindle many lives including your own. Hope is the window into wonderful possibilities life offers. Hope bring to life varied miracles and encourages new roads in challenging times. Sunflowers turn according to the direction of the Sun, chasing light. Wonder what happens on a cloudy day? They turn towards each other and share their energy. Many people may become low-spirited, vulnerable or depressed owing to circumstances. Supporting and empowering them spreads goodness and the better karma will certainly come back to you. Hope, like a ray of sunshine in the darkest hour, shows us the way and gives us strength to choose our path. Faith makes everything possible and hope makes everything work. Life is a journey of self-discovery – finding out who we are, what we are best at and how we can make a difference in this awesome world. Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Mini Story - Shalu's tiara miracle

We are what we think. We become what we visualize. If you continue to believe as you have always believed, you will continue to act as you have always acted. If you continue to act as you have always acted, you will continue to get what you have always gotten. If you want different results in your life or your work, all you have to do is change your mind. People heal in response to sugar pills in placebo, just on pure psychological trust. If you can become the essential salt of the world, and the bulb of the mankind, then you are the unit of inspiration the world needs. People visiting a Mentor complained about same problems. One day, he told them a joke repeatedly, but the laughter kept reducing. If we can’t laugh at the same joke over and over, why are we always crying at the same problem over and over? Are we crying at the same problem over and over? Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Mini Story - Peace Inside!

Self-realization is the biggest awakening. If someone irritates you or provokes you, just remind yourself, “The other person is just an anchorless empty boat. The anger is within us". A king, troubled with severe eye pain, consulted a Mentor who advised him to concentrate only on green colours. The king painted the entire kingdom in green. On Mentor's next visit, he was poured buckets of green paint. The Mentor laughed. Wish the king had bought a spectacle with green lens. You cannot paint the world green; you can change your vision and the world will appear accordingly. It is foolish to shape the world, let us shape ourselves first. Influence Inspire

Mini Story - Rabbits don't suicide everyday!

Musicians, Body builders, Entrepreneurs, Leaders, Sportsmen, Actors...All are born out of perseverance. Talent needs hard work and passion to deliver the results. The race of rabbit and turtle is recited umpteen times to reinforce that hard work beats talent if talent does not work hard. Procrastination is the biggest distraction to talented hardworking people. The trap of delaying things make you disillusioned and demotivated. The comfort zones of the river of excuses, the mountain of distractions and the sea of the unknown pushes you away from your beach of dreams. Hardwork converts weakness to strengths; Talent carries the strengths to the destination. Dedicated efforts improvised in the right direction are essential to convert your dreams into reality. Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Mini Story - Fit or Misfit?

How much time do you spend with yourself everyday? What are your USPs? Are you utilizing them? Are you following your passion? If you are stuck in the zoo, you can’t really know how to use your skills, abilities, knowledge and experience. Your opportunities in the world are too big to settle for the little cage in the zoo. Are you doing justice to yourself? Can your talent be confined to a zoo? Our skills are useful only when we are at right place and utilizing our talent. Find work that matches your abilities and brings the best in you. Last and most important - Are you taking care of the person in the mirror? Introspect your USPs and regularly upgrade yourself. If there is no wind, you need to row your boat yourself. Be at the right place. Create right place for others. Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Mini Story - Talent needs to Shine!

Ample opportunities exist in personal and professional space everywhere. In organizations, each employee has multitude of talent and has been handpicked. This talent has to shine either by itself or under the influence of peers/seniors. It can not remain dormant or idle. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard. Procrastination adds inflation to the agenda. It adds complexity when compounded with newer issues and thereafter may become a bottleneck later, if still not resolved. Problems conceptualized by the former generations are to be solved by the present ones. Delaying tasks kill the optimal use of time, talent and resources. In the present fast-paced disruptive VUCA world, till the time you think, others would have executed. Perseverance in the right direction can achieve impossible. Rome was not built in a day. Keep polishing yourself. The diamond has to sparkle, the sooner the better. A winner is the dreamer who never gave up. Keep learning, keep growing, keep winning. Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Presentation - Goal Accomplishing

Goals are as essential to living as the oxygen is to life. However, not just setting goals but accomplishing them and taking the learnings ahead is what identifies the achievers. OPOIE compiles the core principles of Goal Setting, Goal Achieving, Goal Sustaining and Goal Improvising. The concepts of SMARTER Goals, Framing Goals, 6 Ws, 3Ps, Goal Chart, Time Chart, Action Plan etc. are exhaustively covered in the presentation. Your goals will certainly require your vigorous participation to accomplish them. To succeed, and have focus and direction, you need to set goals, achieve them and treasure them. This would allow you to take control of your life. Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Mini Story - Security versus Growth!

If you sit on the same chair for long, your worth is depreciated @ furniture. Your creative energy is dammed up in your restricted vertical and you are not able to transform your ideas to make a bigger impact. Do you just earn money or are capable of creating money as well? Have you realized your true potential? Has the entrepreneur inside you tested his mettle? Are you feeding the entrepreneur or hacking him? Are you able to multiply your money while you are sleeping? Are you growing? Do you see a more learned person in the mirror everyday? Let every moment be an awakening for you. Be stronger and brighter with each passing day to convert age to growth experience. Raise your self worth and encash it for multi returns. Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Mini Story - Read less to retain trust.

Don't find fault, find solutions. Customer (External as well as internal employees) is the king. Robots would have done the compliance part much better than us. Let us put the human back in human resource. Fragmentary compliance leads to complex unpredictable processes which is the antithesis of good customer experience. In the fast paced varying loyalty, you need not just satisfy but elicit the Cx (Customer) at each Fx (Function), each Tx (Transaction) and each Ex (Experience) every time. Always help the person who comes to you seeking your assistance. They might have exhausted their resources and your kind words and little help might be the silver lining for them. Their blessings to you will result in multiple abundance. Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Mini Story - Listen to positive vibes only!

A person with negative mindset may or may not influence people with negativity, but a person full of positive energy will certainly make a huge impact to instill positivity in any person.The pull of positive vibes is much more than the push of negative vibes. You can not change the perception of people, but you need not modify your positivity to adjust to their opinion. Those who try to belittle your efforts will certainly be decimated. You can not stop the birds from flying over your head, but you can certainly stop them from making nests on your head. Be the one to appreciate, motivate or admire everyone around and extend all the support they need. The invisible magnetic energy radiating from the positive energy vortex can instill magical powers making them achieve the impossible. Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Presentation - Progressive Parenting

Progressive Parenting is the responsibility of a lifetime using Purpose, Patience and Persistence to utilize Experience, Experiment and Expectation (past, present and future) to propel the Energy, Enthusiasm and Excitement of the present generations children. OPOIE compiles the concepts of Parenting, Parenting Styles, Handling Teenagers, Parenting Tools and the Managerial Toolkit to give insights to the behavior of the kids and how to ensure their excellence in personal and professional space. The A to Z of Progressive Parenting, Reward Charts, Progressive Parenting Pledge, Happiness Index, Emotional Wellness, Spiritual Discipline, Inner Child Healing, Alter-Ego etc. are the essential skills to be used for upbringing SCOTCH children. https://youtu.be/fuRHeqeDkpU Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Mini Story - Destroy the stereotypes!

Adaptability is the essential skill required in the constantly fast-paced VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world to make people adjust to the new unpredicted. All fixed set patterns of stereotypes are incapable of handling challenges. You anyways have to change because life won’t stay the same. FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) may actually happen in real life and we might be caught without any preparation to tackle the future. The quicker you adapt, the easier it is to grow again. Change your stereotypes, keep learning new things everyday. The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings by constant PUSH (Persist Until Success Happens). If you keep doing, what you have always done, you will only get what you have always got, till disruptive technology create a new dimension. Rise and shine, adjust and arise, adapt and win. Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Mini Story - Uplift everyone!

How many lives have we influenced? How many people have we converted from seeker to sought after? Go as far as you can see and you will see further. Take people along and all will go much farther than we can see. Help people get what they want and you will get whatever you want. Would you give money to hungry people or give them food? Or you would rather teach them how to earn a livelihood? This would be a sustainable effort which would elevate them and also others who would see and learn. You need to keep everyone's self respect high to uplift them and to elevate yourself. Be the light to the world. Spread positivity wherever you go. Feed everyone with inspiration. Keep them believing in themselves and they will work wonders. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. See you at the top with everyone. Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Presentation - XQs (Multi-Quotients) or Excuse?

Do we excel in one chapter of life and are mediocre/ novice in other chapters? Are we just having good academic scores or perfection in only one vertical in corporate life? Are we equipped with additional skills and are adapted for change? Can we handle situations we have never perceived? Are we ready for an unknown tomorrow? Multiple Intelligences, first coined by Gardner in 1983, highlights skills of visual-spatial, linguistic-verbal, interpersonal, intrapersonal, logical-mathematical, musical, bodily-kinesthetic and naturalistic. With the rapidly changing corporate world and evolving life, it is essential for each of us to be equipped with Multi-Quotients and not just a few. OPOIE presents the main Quotients required by everyone in present day VUCA world i.e. Intelligence, Emotional, Physical, Creativity, Adversity and Spiritual Quotients. These are essential for personal and professional growth and elevate us as human beings. No more Excuses! It's XQs or Excuse! https://youtu.be/mCx7mWoB09w Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Mini Story - Your time will come!

You are the best in your circumstances. Comparing one aspect of someone's perfection with you is not the right benchmark. Pushing things harder, at times, tear things apart. Life is not a race but a journey whose every moment is a blessing to enjoy. All your dreams will be fulfilled, but not immediately, at least not right now. We are in a hurry to accomplish everything at this moment. Chasing life at all fronts may disconnect you from the core essence. The seeds will grow into trees at the right time. Being impatient will only trouble oneself. You need to recoup the energy and preserve it for the right moment instead of exhausting yourself in the rat race. Perseverance, patience and passion will lead to perfection. Flow with life, align your actions with the objectives of life and accomplish everything as life unfolds according to your dreams. Move out of the cobwebs of chaos and let life serve you. Influence Inspire Mesmerize

Mini Story - Ignore the critics and focus on work!

The same people who doubted or criticized you, will come to you for advice, if you focus on work and achieve the milestones. Any fool can criticize, complain and condemn and most fools do. Responding to it or justifying your deeds would waste more time. Instead focus on your work and silent them with your actions. Elephants do not pay heed to the barking dogs. History does not remember the critics. It remembers the one who withstood criticism to accomplish something great. Do, build, create, change and transform to bring in disruptions in your work place. Be so invested in your craft that you do not have time to listen to the naysayers or negativity. Be busy creating the future. Be busy being awesome. Influence Inspire Mesmerize Have an amazing week ahead.

Mini Story - TTT- Triple test of Truth.

Corporate Corridors are abuzz with water cooler chats. These rumors defy every element of the TTT. Not only such gossip malign the office environment, it wastes time and also creates embarrassment for self and others in personal/ professional space. Your quoted speech is the “Elephant in a room” and open to judgmental criticism and rebuttal. Spreading/ believing in rumors ruin the perceived “Echo Chambers". These negative spreads have cascading effects. A famous saying goes, "Rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools and accepted by idiots". Unless you have seen and heard it yourself, neither believe nor trust; Even if you have seen or heard, do not judge and start spreading. Check whether appreciation or criticism will inspire, influence or mesmerize us. Remember, rumors you hear about others are as true as the ones they hear about you. Let us see the good in the other person ignoring the shortcomings. If we have to speak about the third person, let it be appreciation only. Let us ensure that everyone feels positive about everyone else. Keep Learning... Keep Growing... Keep Winning...

Mini Story - Cutting Chai (IITea - Is It Tea?)

Mini Story - Cutting Chai (IITea - Is It Tea?).


Entrepreneurship needs persistent efforts to reap compounding benefits over the generations. Anytime is the right time to start and once you start, the whole world conspires to make you realize your dreams.


The famous Stanford game ($5 investment/ 5 hours planning time/ 5 Minutes presentation time) is an eye-opener for entrepreneurial strategy and zoomed vision. We start focusing on the $5 which is never the right tool. We get distracted by the time slot and us doing everything which is the blinding trap. The real move is to move from the WHAT to the WHY. Broaden the problem horizon and we realize that we start with absolutely nothing ($5), the planning time is for innovative out of the box ideas (5 Hours) and the presentation time is the slot for sale (5 Minutes). The winners never used the $5 but used the 5 Hours to sell the 5 Minutes to a potential recruiter for a whopping $5000.


If you want to escape the 9 to 6 trap, you will have to invest in yourself, understand the market, convert innovative ideas into products, migrate risks to rewards, grow the team and keep on creating value to pursue your passion. Go ahead, the world is waiting to see the entrepreneurial talent of you.


Have an awesome week ahead.

Mini Story - I will decide my response.

Perceptions and Responses are not decided by situations but how we understand and reciprocate to the circumstances. Instead of acting irrationally to the emotional triggers, we can mindfully decide the intelligent compassionate response to sustain the relationship. 

Apply communication on  BATHE (Background-Affects-Troubles-Handling-Empathy) for responding and handling conflicts. Your responses will decide your life's future. 

Watch the emotions closely without judging or over identifying and without any external or internal triggers. Mind your impulse, and slowly let the impulse go. Train your subconscious mind. A deep breath is always better than a knee jerk reaction. 

Have a spectacular week ahead.

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