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Thumb Rules For A Happy Professional Life


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In order to change the world, we need to change ourselves. We need to be happy if we want others to be happy around us. Here are some ideas.

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Thumb Rules For A Happy Professional Life

  1. 1. Thumb Rules for a Happy Professional Life Soma Bhadra (858) 353 2805
  2. 2. Boutique Engineering Firm Providing Technical and Management Solutions Design Build Traditional Sustainability Engineering Frontiers Management Regulatory Consulting ComplianceNov 17, 2010 PROTEUS Consulting 2
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  4. 4. The Ideal Work Life Self Manager Engaged Control Enjoyable On-time staff High Productive Rewarding On-budget QualityAug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 4
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  7. 7. Harold & Maude. 1971. Hal Ashby. Paramount PicturesMaude: A lot of people enjoy being dead. But they are not dead, really. Theyrejust backing away from life. *Reach* out. Take a *chance*. Get *hurt* even. Butplay as well as you can. Go team, go! Give me an L. Give me an I. Give me a V. Giveme an E. L-I-V-E. LIVE! Otherwise, you got nothing to talk about in the locker room. 7
  8. 8. REFERENCE POINTS Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire ~ Rafe Esquith Good Business ~ Start with Why ~ Mihaly Simon Sinek Csikszentmihalyi Rules of Thumb ~ Alan Webber Work Smarter, The Confidence Not Harder ~ Course ~ Walter Jack Collis Anderson The Rules of My Stroke of Work ~ Richard Insight ~ Jill Templar Bolte Taylor “There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we dont know.” Ambrose Bierce Aug 10, 2010 PROTEUS Consulting 8
  9. 9. Open & Willing KnowledgeAug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 9
  10. 10. Open & Willing Knowledge IdeasAug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 10
  11. 11. Open & Willing Knowledge Ideas PerspectivesAug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 11
  12. 12. Open & Willing Knowledge Ideas Perspectives Harold: Maude. Maude: Hmm? Harold: Do you pray? Vocabulary Maude: Pray? No. I communicate. Harold: With God? Maude: With Life.Aug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 12
  13. 13. Be Genuine Victimus Infinitus Put the Past in the PastAug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 13
  14. 14. Be Genuine Put the Past in the Past Build on your StrengthsAug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 14
  15. 15. Be Genuine Put the Past in the Past Build on your Strengths Accept yourself – unconditionallyAug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 15
  16. 16. Be Genuine Put the Past in the Past Build on your Strengths Harold: This is real nice. Makes me want to do somersaults. Accept yourself – Maude: Well, why dont you? unconditionally Harold: Id feel stupid. Maude: Harold, everyone has the right to make an ass out of themselves. Don’t allow others to You just cant let the world judge you too much. define your worthAug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 16
  17. 17. Manage Your Mind Put what YOU WANT first Help others help themselves Sacrifice / Deprivation does not work Only you can control your Thoughts and FeelingsAug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 18
  18. 18. Manage Your Mind Ease the Pressure Approach your work relaxed Enjoy your work Paradox of Perfection Keep your perspectiveAug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 19
  19. 19. Guilt Worry Fear of Failure Anger• “Feeling sorry for • “If you see ten • “Our doubts are • “If a small thing has yourself, and your troubles coming traitors, and make us the power to make present condition, is down the road, you lose the good we oft you angry, does that not only a waste of can be sure that nine might win, by fearing not indicate energy but the worst will run into the to attempt.” William something about habit you could ditch before they Shakespeare your size?” Sydney J. possibly have.” Dale reach you.” Calvin Harris Carnegie Coolidge Tools for Personal EffectivenessAug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 20
  20. 20. Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.” Dale Carnegie Guilt Fix-it • A bad case of ‘should haves’ • Recognize the past for that it is • Most useless emotion of all • Practice feeling guilty – 15 minutes a day • Conditioned as children by parents, • List all the things you are avoiding by teachers, and religion feeling guilty and resolve to do • Perfect excuse for inaction something about them • Hold others responsible • Accept past mistakes and misfortunes – • Winning approval or pity learn from them • Put guilt wielders in their placeAug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 21
  21. 21. “If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure thatnine will run into the ditch before they reach you.” Calvin Coolidge Worry Fix-it • Future oriented fantasies • List worry items from 5 -10 years back, • Another excuse to be ineffective which one of those came to pass? • It’s Hard Work! • List all the worst things that have • Shows you care instead of enjoying the happened in your life – how many came present – fake! as total shock? • Easier than changing • List all the things could go wrong in the next 24 hours • Get loads of sympathy • Confront it • Replace worrying by planningAug 10,2011 PROTEUS Consulting 22
  22. 22. “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” William Shakespeare Fear of Failure Fix-it • Short-term pay-off – easy way out • Meet the problem head-on • Excuse for not attempting anything new • Set your own standards. It’s your choice. • Provides you the luxury of becoming a • Evaluate by degrees of success, not 0-1 critic • Don’t have to achieve excellence in • In life, it isn’t what you lose that counts, everything it’s what you gain and what you have left • Recognize failure as a learning experienceAug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 23
  23. 23. “If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?” Sydney J. Harris Anger Fix-It •“The world and its people must live up to my • Vent anger constructively expectations” • Look at an opportunity to improve, thank it •Has neurotic rewards, and excuse for incompetence • Take your work seriously, not yourself •It’s their fault, therefore you don’t have to change • Develop a sense of humor •Gets you loads of sympathy, attention, and power • Accept what the world is – a bit imperfect over people who will let you manipulate them • Practice tolerance and serenity •License to behave badly, exonerating you from the • Give yourself a rain-check responsibility for unsatisfactory behaviorAug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 24
  24. 24. “What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.” Julia Cameron • Challenging Career • Attainable • Specific Business Personal Goals • Measurable • Compatible Relationship • Flexible • Set Target Dates Goal Setting Use time Manage Mind and Motivation Social Recreational effectively “How to” plan Personal Material Growth It’s Your Life!Aug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 25
  25. 25. More Personal Effectiveness Strategies Organize your Improve Ability to Improve Follow-Setting Priorities Improve Memory Workspace Concentrate throughProblem Solving Effective Procrastination, Time Inventory Not-to-Do List Strategies Scheduling Overcome it! Write Less, Minimizing Read Better and Effective Meetings Communicate Delegation Interruptions Faster more Conflict CreatingCommunication Personalities and How to Avoid Planning for How to Find New Strategies How to Deal with Conflicts Change Opportunities Them Aug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 26
  26. 26. What’s a Full Life? Fast Car Intense Positive Emotion Short DurationThrills Moment-by-Moment MemoryZone / FlowPurpose Pure Raw PleasureAug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 27
  27. 27. What’s a Full Life? No feelings - Calm, SereneThrillsZone / Flow Time StopsPurposeAug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 28
  28. 28. What’s a Full Life?ThrillsZone / FlowPurposeAug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 29
  29. 29. "There is no end of your life until your last breath. We can all do something to help someone."Aug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 30
  30. 30. Mindfulness allows us to Savor the PleasureMeditation Aug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 31
  31. 31. Mindfulness allows us to Savor the - Free - 10-day Intensive Program Aug 10, 2011 PROTEUS Consulting 32
  32. 32. Thank You Soma Bhadra (858) 353 2805