It was a fine September evening on 2009 and I was enjoying my favorite muffin with Darjeeling tea in my favorite coffee shop. I felt a pat on my shoulder and it was Mr. Murali, the then HR Manager of Sutherland services, in which I attended my first interview in Chennai. Back then I was a rusty youngster from south Tamil nadu in Chennai trying to find a place in the city. I was looking for a job, not very particular about it, ended up in the interview of call center. The Interview was a big Eye opener, as I miserably failed. Mr.Murali too should have the same memories, I guess. We both had smiles on our faces. He did not remember my name, and felt sorry for that. That meeting in the coffee shop was a great learning experience for me. I gave my card to him and said that I am self employed now as management consultant. He complimented that I have improved my ability to speak the Queen’s language. We again had a laugh remembering the way I spoke in English in the interview 5 years before. He then said something very interesting. He said “I knew you would end up like this when you attended that interview. You had a good sales man inside you then!” […]
I often get a chance to meet students of different discipline as I am a soft skills trainer. I meet them to give a keynote speech about their career perspectives and about the opportunities they have in this great emerging country. I happen to meet all types of students who do B.A. History to a student who do MBA in International trade and Finance. But I see a strange coincidence in all of the students regardless of what they study. When faced with the question of what next? They actually come to a standstill. Even the management students, who study a whole lot of things about planning, are not able to come up with a clear idea what they want from their career or professional life. What they care utmost is to clear the examination with good grades. They have this mission in their mind. So they study hard instead of what should happen there in a college or university. They should LEARN in a college or University rather than studying. There are a lot of differences between studying and learning. […]
It is a great week as I am in Chennai, the 35th book fair started here. Over 300 stalls and tons and tons of books which attracted huge number of people (I knew people visited from Kanchipuram, chengalpattu and even from Bangalore) to be a part of this reading carnival. It was good to see lot of youngsters buzzing around the stalls looking for their favorite title or the author. I wonder what would be their options, choices, interests. What are the jonours they would prefer? I know it is not fair to ask about a person’s interests or to comment on it, it is always curious to know what it is. This book fair also special as some of my friend’s book came from some renowned publications. I have a very peculiar question and ask this to anyone who buy books. I am actually trying to figure out one of the most important thing which helps you shape your personality. I am trying to find out the back-end process of that thing which defines you. The topic I am speaking here is PURPOSE. […]
I meet pupils who are in the final and pre-final year students in engineering colleges; I used to ask them one simple question. What if I give you, say an Rs.1900? Per month, what would you do with that? I keep on listening to a set of patterned answers which have two to three options. Some say that they would buy clothes; some to hang out in eat outs and some in purchasing gadgets. They don’t even consider buying a book. When I asked them why don’t they buy books? , they say that their parents are there for them to buy them books. Then diving more into it, if asked what kind of books their parents would buy them, it would be text-book of the stream that they are studying in the college. It is not a bad thing that parents buy those books, but the point is they never read anything that is not associated with marks, grades and credentials. The post here is not about the learning out of syllabus, but it is about the amount of knowledge a student or an Individual has on finance and wealth. Is this one so important? Come let’s explore together […]
In Athenus Training & Consulting we would like to introduce a book for a month and also express our opinion on that, so that it would be good platform for the viewers to have a look into the books and their contents.
The Book we are going to review this month is Civilization: The west and the rest, by Naill Ferguson. Naill Ferguson is a renowned author and a keynote speaker who has written extensively on Financial History, and History. The Ascent of money, the war of the worlds, Colossus: the Rise and fall of the American Empire are some of his other books where he analysis the Financial history of the globe.
About the Author:
Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. A weekly columnist for Newsweek and a contributing editor for Bloomberg TV, Niall Ferguson divide his time between the United States and the United Kingdom. He is currently working on a life of Henry Kissinger. The film based on his interviews with Kissinger won the 2011 New York Film Festival prize for Best Documentary. Prof. Ferguson’s research is principally focused on nineteenth- and twentieth-century subjects, with an emphasis on economic and especially financial history. He has subsidiary interests in international relations and military conflict. He continues to be interested in the use of counterfactuals in historical explanation. […]