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.
Here are three key lessons, that a more focused life would bring:
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 aCEO Teacher!
Reference: Four Seconds by Peter Bregman [HarperOne]
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.
‘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