02 – Lost your mobile?

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02 – Lost your mobile?


On a scale of 10, with ten as the highest stress and one as the least, rate you do you feel after losing your mobile phone?

Terrible, isn’t? Awful, frustrated, denial, scared, lonely and suicidal were some of the other recorded emotions. Yes, you read it right, suicidal!

The Family Vacation

Stress is every where – in homes, at schools, parking space, on roads, at market place, and even at our prayer houses. Let me narrate a story that might be similar in bits and pieces to your own.

Arun decided that he and his family needed a much deserved break. He booked a day out with his lovely wife and two excited kids on a yacht. As they were enjoying their day out, Arun realized his mobile lost the signal from the tower. Now without the connection, he would miss the all important phone call from a client. Arun went on an overdrive, blaming the service provider to the poor cell phone and ultimately his family for an unnecessary break from his work schedule. Without saying much, it is understood that the day stood ruined for both Arun and his family, especially his wife.

Have you been on a similar family vacation? Or perhaps a road rage incident? May be the unexpected guest at home? In classrooms? We all experience stress, most of the time, when unexpected things happen.

Free WiFi

British Airways once decided to offer free WiFi on air. At 40,000 ft on air, it was a steal. And unexpected surprises are the ones most relished. However, as soon as the announcement was made, turbulence hit the airline and unfortunately the free Wii had to be cancelled.

A man flying the airline, got a rude shock and cursed everyone, vowing never to fly BA again! An offer that you never knew, and then lost, was it worth so much of cribbing?

What is Stress?

What is Stress then? Stress is the gap between expected and actually happening. We expect the world to be rosy, to be fair and then it turns out to be exactly the opposite.

Researchers found out some of the greatest tragedies that could affect us would count for an actual situation of stress. Let us plot them on the earlier scale of ten and them compare them to the mundane part of losing a mobile or getting a parking ticket.

On a scale of 1 – 10

10 – War [being affected by war, or dislocated or in a Civil war like situation]

9 – Cancer [affected by the disease to self or to someone we love dearly]

8 – Accident [a life threatening accident or losing a limb, major surgery etc]

7 – Losing the job [layoffs, retrenchments, terminations]

Now, where does losing your mobile fit in on this scale of ten – where is it?

At best it should be no more than a one. May be two, if pressed hard enough.

1 – No parking space

2 – Lost mobile

Now not getting the parking space at the mall on a scale, would not quality for a 9. Rather, if we do our math well, it should actually be a 10 – 9 = 1. So next time, you lose the mobile signal or the WiFi takes too long to download, relax, and count till ten.

Three Lessons

Here are three quick lessons we can learn from a situation which stresses us:

– Acknowledge the situation [denial will only increase the stress]

– Rate your stress! [on a scale of ten, where would you place it]

– De-stress [walk, spin, punch: only the stress ball, not people]

01 – World of Distraction

A CEO Teacher

How often you have been found looking at the pile of papers on your desk, clutter of stationary in your drawers and sticky notes all over the walls? Welcome to the world of distraction. A small word that makes a big difference. 

The morning prayers

Amazingly the most important part of meditation is to take time off for meditation. How strange. Let me share a small incident as I was in my morning prayers. I wanted to spend time alone, contemplating and reflecting. However hard I tried, my mind began to drift to all those unimportant and yet immediate task that were playing ping -pong inside the head. I just came up with an exciting title for my new book and was tempted to write it down, while meditating. Then the face-book pages I wished to visit, the new hashtag that I wanted to trend on twitter or those five unread emails in my inbox. 

CCTV in Cabins

We are always surrounded by distraction. So much like the surround sound speakers by Bose! We are immersed in distraction. Have you ever been to the cabin of a CEO or a Principal who has CCTV display in his office. I have witnessed it enough time to recall that the person would glance at the CCTV camera screen every once in a while, during the conversation. Such a sheer waste of time and lack of focus. This is what distraction can do to us.

Working with the Japanese

I have worked with the Tohuku University, Japan and truly admire the Japanese in their work ethics. They bring discipline not as an act of enforcement or rigour but as a mean of culture. The Japanese take their space and silence seriously. The public address system is banned from public school because it distracts the classroom and the students from focusing on their subjects. Such discipline would ensure a distraction free life.

Three Lessons

Here are three key lessons, that a more focused life would bring:

– it improves relationship

– your dependability will increase

– it would raise your performance

A CEO Teacher

A CEO Teacher

  • Introduction

We focus on areas like Time, Relationship, Delegation, Work ethics, Emails, and Emotions.

Having worked both in the industry and then the transition to the academicia, I can safely say that the skills required for both the careers are synonymous.

There is a lot at stake in the corporate world, with career graphs, office dynamics, ever changing technology and the horrible HR. Yet when compared to the schools, the stakes can’t be more mismatched. At schools, it’s the students who are at stake.

So the corporate is about ‘us’, the schools are about ‘ours’. Then, does it not demand that we learn the same principles that makes a good corporate culture.

A CEO Teacher is about human interactions. Our aspirations (salary, growth), technology (mobiles and other gadgets)people (Principal & fellow teachers) and the daily grind of lesson plans and classroom teaching (stress, feed-backs).

The goal of these short video blogs is sharing some of the secrets I have learnt over the past decade in the industry and schools, lessons from mentors and colleagues. Hope that makes you realize your true potential, because you are a CEO Teacher!

Reference: Four Seconds by Peter Bregman [HarperOne]

T.A.L.K.: Speak with Ease & Confidence

T.A.L.K.: Speak with Ease & Confidence (01 Book 260617) by Dawood Vaid (Author)

How about some lessons from the best and the most accomplished speakers of our contemporary world. T.A.L.K. is all about looking up close and lending an ear to the best in the business. From the perennial favourite Steve Jobs’s Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish to the spiritual Sadguru’s sagely wisdom.

From business etiquette of Marie Forleo to the professorially Marc A Brackett’s session on Emotional Intelligence. T.A.L.K. is about people who have created awareness, who spoke their heart and in the process taught us something this is basic to human existence: Communication

TALK is divided into the five core areas, each related to a key concept of public speaking:

  1. Induction
  2. Context
  3. Action
  4. Result
  5. Ending

T.A.L.K. is a book based on years of ‘TALKING’ to youth groups, parents, teachers, at corporate seminars and extempore. The book would aid you in conducting lectures and seminars that are highly engaging, interactive and filled with wit and wisdom.

T.A.L.K. is a kind of book that you can pick for a quick lecture preparation or a good read through a speaker’s mind, while at the same time helping you become a more proficient speaker.

Print Length: 102 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1521591792
Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
Language: English



The Education Riddle

The Education Riddle: Rise of concept based schools (Pen-Nation Book 1) by Dawood Vaid (Author)

It’s no fun, if I can’t share my first ever book, now published as a Kindle version on Amazon.in. So here we go. 

The Education Riddle explores the journey of concept based schools. The book is neatly divided into the Triangle theory of Education that impacts the modern school.
Neatly divided into five sections among which the key three are – the Educator, the Educated and the Environment.

“Education” Button on Modern Computer Keyboard.

‘The Education Riddle’ explores and teaches the idea of ‘Concept schools.’ The concept schools, refer to the schools which want to stand out with regards to their vision, morals, methodology or philosophy. Schools which have a distinct philosophy guiding them like the North Star.

These ‘concepts schools,’ could be faith based or theme based schools trying to find middle ground in today’s fast paced ever questioning contemporary life or they could be a community based projects that aim to bring a sense of warm belonging to the roots. They could also be an entrepreneur’s dream of educating the community that made him what he is today.

Taking lessons from the fascinating rendezvous between Moses and Khidr, the book explains seventeen lessons that a modern educator needs. The book also explains the five pillars of a modern school. Light read and contemporary, if you are the educators who wishes to make a difference with your school, grab the book today!

A book for every School Owner, School decision maker and those Teachers who love their subjects.

Print Length: 136 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
Language: English
ASIN: B06WV7X728