October 22, 2017

What are 5 must-read books for people in their 20s?

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi lays out the specific steps—and inner mindset—he uses to reach out to connect with the thousands of colleagues, friends, and associates on his contacts list, people he has helped and who have helped him. And in the time since Never Eat Alone was published in 2005, the rise of social media and new, collaborative management styles have only made Ferrazzi’s advice more essential for anyone hoping to get ahead in business.

He then distils his system of reaching out to people into practical, proven principles. Among them:

Don’t keep score: It’s never simply about getting what you want. It’s about getting what you want and making sure that the people who are important to you get what they want, too.
“Ping” constantly: The ins and outs of reaching out to those in your circle of contacts all the time—not just when you need something.
Never Eat Alone: The dynamics of status are the same whether you’re working at a corporation or attending a social event—“invisibility” is a fate worse than failure. 
Become the “King of Content”: How to use social media sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to make meaningful connections, spark engagement, and curate a network of people who can help you with your interests and goals. 

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin

This life-changing manifesto shows how you have the potential to make a huge difference wherever you are. 

Few authors have had the kind of lasting impact and global reach that Seth Godin has had. 
 In Linchpin, he turns his attention to the individual and explains how anyone can make a significant impact within their organization.

There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labour. Now there's a third team, the linchpins. These people figure out what to do when there's no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art. 
In today’s working world, we need to consistently find ways to add value and stand out from the crowd by making ourselves indispensable. This brilliant and thought-provoking piece of work will inspire you to overcome your “lazy brain” and create your own path to success.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say "yes"—and how to apply these understandings. Dr Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behaviour has resulted in this highly acclaimed book.

You'll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and how to defend yourself against them. Perfect for people in all walks of life, the principles of Influence will move you toward profound personal change and act as a driving force for your success.

It has great case studies and very interesting content about human behaviour and the reasons behind our actions. Robert really breaks down the fundamental reasons why most people do what they do in regards to making decisions.

The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

Tim is every wannabe Freelancer+Traveller's hero.

The New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Body shows readers how to live more and work less, now with more than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content.

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

This step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches: 
• How Tim went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week
• How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want
• How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs
• How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist
• How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent “mini-retirements”

The new expanded edition of Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek includes:
• More than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled income, overcome common sticking points and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point
• Real-world templates you can copy for eliminating e-mail, negotiating with bosses and clients, or getting a private chef for less than $8 a meal
• How Lifestyle Design principles can be suited to unpredictable economic times
• The latest tools and tricks, as well as high-tech shortcuts, for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either

Art of War by Sun Tzu

Written in the 6th century B.C., The Art of War remains the ultimate guide to combat strategy. Sun Tzu explains when and how to engage opponents in order to prevail in difficult situations. Instead of describing the logistics of warfare, he shows the reader how to succeed by motivating soldiers and leveraging tactical advantages. In short, he explains how to win the battle of wits. Though it was written for the battlefield, The Art of War contains valuable advice for other endeavors as well. Tzu's work has been lauded by sports coaches, business executives, and other leaders of the 21st century. 

As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of War applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding of the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict. 


Arthashastra by Kautilya

What Max Weber said about this book truly makes it great:

"Truly radical "Machiavellianism", in the popular sense of that word, is classically expressed in Indian literature in the Arthashastra of Kautilya (written long before the birth of Christ, ostensibly in the time of Chandragupta): compared to it, Machiavelli's The Prince is harmless"

An extraordinarily detailed manual on statecraft and the science of living by one of classical India's greatest minds; Kautilya; also known as Chanakya and Vishnugupta; wrote the Arthashastra not later than 150 AD though the date has not been conclusively established. Legend has it that he was either a Brahmin from Kerala or from north India; however; it is certain that Kautilya was the man who destroyed the Nanda dynasty and installed Chandragupta Maurya as the King of Magadha. A master strategist who was well-versed in the Vedas and adept at creating intrigues and devising political stratagems; Kautilya's genius is reflected in his Arthashastra which is the most comprehensive treatise of statecraft of classical times. 

The text contains fifteen books which cover numerous topics viz.; the King; a complete code of law; foreign policy; secret and occult practices and so on. The Arthashastra is written mainly in prose but also incorporates 380 shlokas. 

Artha; literally wealth; is one of four supreme aims prescribed by Hindu tradition. However; it has a much wider significance and the material well-being of individuals is just a part of it. In accordance with this; Kautilya's Arthashastra maintains that the state or government of a country has a vital role to play in maintaining the material status of both the nation and its people. Therefore; a significant part of the Arthashastra has to do with the science of economics. When it deals with the science of politics; the Arthashastra describes in detail the art of government in its widest sense—the maintenance of law and order as also of an efficient administrative machinery.

October 24, 2015

Organize your life with Best Productivity App "My Effectiveness Pro"

I recently had change in my work profile and went from being a analyst to business development manager. My new role required lot of realignment in work profile, skill set, working style, the level of engagement I have with people. I would have normally utilized  my current favorite app Trello to reorganize everything. My mission, goals, activities, projects, my  to-do lists. 
But one fine day I stumbled upon this fantastic app my effectiveness pro. It was recommended by my sales trainer 'akash'  during my sales training. This app is based on productivity and time management principles of "7 habits of highly effective people" by Dr. Stephen covey. 

Image Credit: Andtek

List of 7 habits is as follows :

App Revolves around the flow of 5 activities of productivity.

1) Defining your Mission- With ability to protect the mission with password if you want to keep it away from world.
2)  Write down your Influences and concerns
3) Your Roles and Goals in life
4) Actions needed to be taken to complete goals
5) Weekly plan

App has usual and some new bells and whistles like note taking, Weekly plan based on urgency, Pomodoro timer,


Image Credit: Andtek

Developer has provided well written instructions for walk through of app and how to guide.
You can also visit developer's site at http://andtek.blogspot.com 

So I would suggest do check out the app, you will definately like it. Do comment with your views about the app and how it helped you organise yourself

October 5, 2015

10 most effective social media automation tools

1) Socialoomph: SocialOomph contains a plethora of advanced features for effectively automating a wide range of tasks across social media platforms. The app is capable of managing all activities in Twitter, LinkedIn, Plurk, App.net, and Facebook. It will even go as far as handling your blog activity.

2) dlvr.it :  Put your Social Media on autopilot. Automatically share news, blogs and photos to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and more.

3) IFTTT : IFTTT helps you do more with the services you love. Connect Amazon Alexa, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Fitbit, Slack, Skype, and hundreds more. It  is a free web-based service to create chains of simple conditional statements, called applets.An applet is triggered by changes that occur within other web services such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. For example, an applet may send an e-mail message if the user tweets using a hashtag, or copy a photo on Facebook to a user's archive if someone tags a user in a photo.

4) Zapier : Zapier is a web-based service that allows end users to integrate the web applications they use. Zapier provides workflows to automate the use of web applications together. 
It is often described as a translator between web APIs.
Zapier workflows can keep data consistent across web applications, such as between Evernote and Dropbox (service).
Individuals can use a visual web page to wire together their favorite apps into "Zaps", such as Slack and Yammer.
Developers can set up their web APIs for use with Zapier, and open up integration with many other web apps

5) Buffer : Buffer is an intuitive social media management platform trusted by brands, businesses, agencies, and individuals to help drive social media results.Buffer is a simpler and easier way to schedule posts, track the performance of your content, and manage all your accounts in one place. Buffer supports close to 4 million marketers for digital and social media marketing.

6) Hootsuite : Publish updates, track activity, and analyze results across multiple social networks including Twitter and Facebook.
HootSuite is designed for professionals who want to drive more value from their social media activities: manage campaigns, engage with customers and collaborate internally, all from one secure web and mobile dashboard. Try it free, and choose from three plans tailored to meet your needs.

With HootSuite you can: 

● Manage multiple social networks including Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Google+
● Streamline team workflow with scheduling and assignment tools
● Track and monitor keywords and mentions
● Measure and analyze social media traffic with the comprehensive social analytics modules
● Invite multiple collaborators to manage social profiles securely
● Access the HootSuite App Directory, a collection of 50+ extensions and applications that can be added to the dashboard for a customized experience

7) Bundlepost : Bundlet Features: 

● Easily Queue Content into Bundle Post 
● Merge Queued Content with new or existing schedules 
● Build My Content Marketing Posts quickly and easily from your company pages, sites and web content 
● Add RSS Feed Channels into Bundle Post with a single click 

All content you move using the Bundlet can be accessed, edited and scheduled on the Bundle Post Export Table, making your daily browser content discovery even more efficient.
Bundle Post consists of 6 main sections that don't require direct connection to social networks, browser plugins or RSS readers. Integrated with the Hootsuite social dashboard, days of scheduled content for any social network can be uploaded into your Hootsuite account in minutes.

8) Tweetbeep : TweetBeep is a web Twitter app similar to Google Alerts service but for tweets. You can create alerts for specific words and if these words tweeted, TweetBeep will send you an email alerting you of those tweets. TweetBeep uses exactly the same criteria of Twitter search and you can get an RSS feed for each alert.

9) Postplanner : Post Planner is a system designed to enhance the social media marketing activities and campaigns of any business. Using this software, social media marketers find it easy to manage and share content consistently, and are able to achieve predictable, measurable, and remarkable results with their social media posts, especially on Facebook and Twitter.

A platform created by social media marketers for social media marketers, Post Planner aims to get more engagement and reach on social media in the less amount of time. Every interaction with a user is treated as a data point used in constantly improving the service overall.

10) TwitterFeed has gone out of business.

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