Management Lesson From Kitchen

After my recent business trip for our company Lets Nurture & Karconenct, I & my wife had a plan to spend some time together. Due to rainy season we had to do it at home. We decided to get high by cooking. My wife is a wonderful cook for Gujju Cuisine.

The Muffin Experience..

Muffin is not that difficult thing to cook so we decided to play with it. Here we both had a great experience with each-other ( we had this encounter in past but at that time we did not put second thought on it).

Always good to be at receiving end sometime..

Whenever I am in kitchen it is kind of a yoga for me.. It gives me some detachment with the routine, gives me some mental exercise. But for my wife it is whole different thing & we know this.

I started preparing things for muffin , she started suggesting, I started doing as per my own.. She started arguing.. I kept following my way & she started yelling. Even though I am familiar with my Kitchen , I was struggling to get some tools. And it helped me to realize things look easy from far & even if you know it can take time sometime.

Then I revolted “ Have I ever asked you how you should be cooking everyday?” And She reverted “No”  & added but in many of the stuff which I dont know you and you tell me to do you act similarly. It was a pause moment for me :).

Know your end customer’s requirement

Then she started telling me to go out I did not know why she was insisting me to go out of kitchen initially. But when I did not she told me to add 1 tb spoon oil . I said “no” And She said then it will not be soft. I said you have to understand we have to stay low fat & I am absolutely fine with bad taste or bad experience. Here She learned a lesson ( And I too) that whatever we are cooking it is has to be in best of your end customer’s point of view.

Its not always like what you think

Next week I decided to help her in morning with Tea. Making Tea is a simple task but it also needs 100% concentration.I realized by forgetting closing lid , spoiling kitchen floor due to not focusing properly. In couple of days I realized it is really great activity to recharge brain in the morning but it is definitely not that easy to adopt new things. Willingness to change is a must for the improvement.

Following weekend we learned how to make Tacos & it was amazing 🙂

We learned another lesson of communication.. 🙂

 

 

 

Business Lessons from Game of Thrones

Are you in the “Game of Business”?

– Business Tactics to Learn From Game of Thrones

You might have already come by numerous posts, fan theories and spoilers on Game of Thrones. For the series’s fans out of there, it is obvious for your social account feeds to be flooded with posts, memes, articles on the show. Unlike other series where the most honorable and noble leading figure tends to win, GoT has a much more realistic approach to determining the victor in a scenario.

The reasons why this show has become so popular is because of various strategic approach by each character. Below I have tried to break down the strategies and how they can be applied in modern business.

Pay your debts.

 

“A Lannister always pays his debts.”

-House Lannister

The phrase that pops up, referring to the richest kingdom’s credo is “a Lannister always pays his debts”. There will be times, when you will need help.The most obvious ones are financial, but it can also be something as small as introduction to an important person. Be it a favour from a partner or a loan from a bank, it’s important that you pay back your debts as soon as possible

Kill with kindness

“The occasional kindness will spare you all sorts of trouble down the road.”

-Cersei Lannister

Certainly, The scenes in HBO series are violent and highly graphical. In between there are times of sacrifice and kindness. Showing kindness to business partner or customer/employee might seem unnecessary, but it will pay long-term dividends. “The occasional kindness will spare you all sorts of trouble down the road”-Cersei Lannister to his son-Joffrey

Let your competitors destroy themselves.

“Your enemies hate each other as much as they hate you.”

-Tyrion Lannister

Letting your “combatants” fight each other through marketing campaigns gives you a chance to build up your own storehouse, and attract more customers. As Tyrion Lannister-The dwarf-prince says,”your enemies hate each other as much as they hate you.

 

Unity builds power.

“Choose people that are passionate and focused on a singular goal–your goal,”

-Robert Baratheon

A united team is always more powerful than a group of individuals working independently. The King of Seven Kingdoms – Robert Baratheon, once explained how power of an army can work. He held up one finger, and then held up five fingers; asing the queen which number is greater. She guessed it wrong – Power comes in one unified approach

Don’t be afraid of failure

“Every flight begins with a fall.”

Everybody gets knocked down but it’s how each of us react to that failure or blow that determines the outcome, Like Three-eyed raven and Arya. Fall down. Get back up. This is the only way to make it in the business world.

Know who to Trust

“You don’t need to make formal alliances with people you trust.”

Knowing who to trust is critical, especially when a company first launches. Eddard Stark chooses to trust Littlefinger and gets his head chopped off for his efforts. If he had trusted Renly instead, things would have turned out differently.

Sound a little dramatic? Sure–but a good lesson for anyone trying to build a company.

It’s about the Journey

“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some, are given a chance to climb. They refuse, they cling to the realm or the gods or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.”

-Petyr Baelish

Petyr Baelish – One of the most cunning characters of GOT, keeps most of his wishes to himself. However, with this rare advice, we see real motivation of his character. When there is chaos, he is always looking for how he can advance himself.

So if you’re a Game of Thrones fan I hope you enjoyed this blog and I hope you’re enjoying the latest series as I certainly am! I have a question for you now……

Which character in Game of Thrones would make the best sales person in your opinion? Add it into the comments box below and let’s see who would be King or Queen in the Game of Business!

letsnurture-team

Why it is wise enough to have multilingual and culturally diverse team?

People speaking different languages have different minds. When you put a bunch of these malleable minds together in a company, you are actually creating the potential for some truly original thinking.

“The productivity of the company lies in the diversity of its team”

There is a business thrive round the world on the basis of the diversity of ideas that are created by a multi-cultural workforce. Multicultural awareness is one of the most essential soft skill for any company. It definitely goes beyond office culture to the economic benefits. According to a recent survey by the Economist, two-thirds of 572 international company executives say that their team’s multicultural nature have contributed in increasing their organization’s innovation.

The Benefits of Multilingualism and Cultural Diversity

The language that any team speaks would be as significant as their cultural offerings. It has been scientifically noted that the structure of a language that we speaks influences the way we see the world around us. Meaning, people from different language/cultural backgrounds think, behave, and communicate in different and unique ways.

Observations of multi-language work teams show that mixed-language groups have a propensity to find innovative solutions for practical problems arising in any business. This is because they use a range of communication strategies in flexible and dynamic ways. When speakers from different language backgrounds work together using a common language, they draw on subconscious concepts that lie below the surface of the language they happen to be conversing in. Using different languages in collaboration may lead to new connections being made, especially when dealing with complex tasks.

Multilingual and multicultural employees in a team is like having different cognitive tools in your took kit. This could be one the most influential reasons for any company to invest in a diverse talent/lingual/cultural pool. So, along with a range of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds of the people, the more number of languages in a team helps in improving the company’s culture and the productivity. This in turn helps the team to come out with the greater potential propensity to think up original solutions that can be drawn from all of their cultures. The company’s intellectual capital thereby will  grow at the faster pace than ever before.

How LetsNurture fosters diversity?

A recent study has reported the total number of 1.5 billion english speaking people. It covers around 5.52% of the world population. 4.46% of the total world population speaks Hindi, and 5.85% of the world population are spanish speakers. French speaking people covers 1.12% of the world population.

LetsNurture has always adapted everything that could help in the growth of company. The diverse team is one such example. Our divergent team includes Andersson, Omid, Tyler and Bryce. LetsNurture team has the lingual and cultural knowledge of English, Hindi, Spanish (Latin) or French, that covers most of the nations round the world.

So, along with the technical knowledge in the majorly evolving fields like IoT, AR, VR, Mobile application and website development; LetsNurture is wise enough to invest in multi-lingual and culturally diverse team. We will be happy to be your best partner for Offshore Development. Do email us at info@letsnurture.com for further queries.

“The greater the diversity in your set, the more you can accomplish.”

14 Must Watch Entrepreneurial Movies – My Favourites Of All Time

Here is a list of my all all time favorite entrepreneurial movies:

1.Pirates of Silicon Valley

This 1999 movie, starring Noah Wyle and Anthony Michael Hall, arrays the accomplishments of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” – Steve Jobs (Noah Wyle)

“Success is a menace. It fools smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates (Anthony Michael Hall)

Watch the Trailer of the movie here.

2.Big Short

The Big Short will affirm your deepest cynicism about Wall Street while simultaneously restoring your faith in Hollywood. – NYTimes

The Big Short revolves around bubbling of home loans. A Wall Street guru Michael Burry (Christian Bale) bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors’ money into credit default swaps. A banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and other greedy opportunists get attracted by Mark. Together, these men make a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending economic collapse in America.

“I have a feeling in a few years people are going to be doing what they always do when the economy tanks. They will be blaming immigrants and poor people.” – Mark Baum (Steve Carell)

Watch the movie trailer here.

3. Founder

A story behind your favorite McDonald’s. Founder, is a 7.2/10 IMDB rated, 2016 movie starring Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch. It is the success story of how Ray Kroc (Keaton) saw the potential of the McDonald brothers.

This powerful speech by Kroc on Persistence is the highlight of the movie.

“Now, I know what you’re thinkin’. How the hell does a 52 year old, over-the-hill milkshake machine salesman… build a fast food empire with 16,000 restaurants, in 50 states, in 5 foreign countries… with an annual revenue of in the neighborhood of $700,000,000.00… One word… PERSISTENCE. Nothing in this world can take the place of good old persistence. Talent won’t. Nothing’s more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius won’t. Unrecognized genius is practically a clich. Education won’t. Why the world is full of educated fools. Persistence and determination alone are all powerful.”

Watch the trailer here.

4. Jerry MaGuire

This 1996 movie, starring Tom Cruise, is a movie revolving around the business decisions of Jerry MaGuire. He quits his job and establishes his own agency only to understand the difficulties of entrepreneurship.

We live in a cynical world. A cynical world. And we work in a business of tough competitors. – Jerry MaGuire (Tom Cruise)

Watch the trailer here.

5. Tucker: The Man and his dream

A story of the Tucker Torpedo – this movie is about Tucker, a car lover, who frenzies futuristic car of masses. Despite the failure, he pushes hard to achieve his dream.

 

When I was a boy, I used to, uh… I used to read all about Edison, and the Wright brothers… Mr. Ford, they were, they were my heroes… ‘rags to riches’ that’s not just the name of a book; that’s, what this country was all about!… We invented the free enterprise system, where anybody, no matter who he was, where he came from, what class he belonged to… If he came up with a better idea, about ANYTHING, there’s no limit to how far he could go… I grew up a generation too late I guess because now the way the system works… The loner; the dreamer; the CRACKPOT, who, comes up with some CRAZY IDEA that everybody LAUGHS at, that LATER, turns out to REVOLUTIONIZE THE WORLD… HE’S SQUASHED, FROM ABOVE, BEFORE HE EVEN GETS HIS HEAD OUT OF THE WATER, BECAUSE THE BUREAUCRATS, THEY’D RATHER KILL A NEW IDEA THAN LET IT ROCK THE BOAT!… IF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WERE ALIVE TODAY, HE’D BE THROWN IN JAIL FOR SAILING A KITE WITHOUT A LICENSE! – Preston Tucker (Jeff Bridges)

Watch the trailer here.

6. Thank you for smoking

Nick Naylor, a lobbyist for the cigarette business, struggles to explain the nature of his work to his 12-year-old son while trying to be a role model to him. Aaron Eckhart, popularly known for his role in the Batman series as Two-face, displays a unique side of his acting in this movie.

That’s the beauty of argument, if you argue correctly, you’re never wrong. – Nick Naylor

Watch the trailer here.

7. Devil Wears Prada

A young woman (Anne Hathaway) who’s graduated in journalism comes to New York and becomes an assistant to one of the city’s biggest magazine editors, the ruthless and cynical, Miranda Priestly.

Do you know why I hired you? I always hire the same girl- stylish, slender, of course… worships the magazine. But so often, they turn out to be- I don’t know- disappointing and, um… stupid. So you, with that impressive résumé and the big speech about your so-called work ethic- I, um- I thought you would be different. I said to myself, go ahead. Take a chance. Hire the smart, fat girl. I had hope. My God. I live on it. Anyway, you ended up disappointing me more than, um- more than any of the other silly girls. – Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep)

Watch the trailer here.

8. Merchant of Venice

Adapted from the play written by shakespeare, this movie is about Bassanio who struggles to get money to marry Portia.

When I told you my state was nothing, I should then have told you that I was worse than nothing; for, indeed, I have engag’d myself to a dear friend, engag’d my friend to his mere enemy, to feed my means. – Bassanio

Watch the trailer here.

9. Something Ventured

A 2011 movie about a venture capitalists played a crucial role in the founding and growth of such companies as Intel, Apple and Atari.

Watch the trailer here.

10. Forrest Gump

A classic movie starring Tom Hank as Forrest Gump, a person with low I.Q who joins the army and after deporting, he starts a successful shrimp business, crossing all the hurdles.

I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floatin’ around accidental-like on a breeze. But I, I think maybe it’s both. – Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)

Watch the trailer here.

11. Pursuit of Happiness

A 2006 biographical drama on the life of an entrepreneur, Chris Gardner, tells an epic tale of how to cope with failure to reach success. A Will Smith starrer movie that every entrepreneurial heart must watch.

“The future was uncertain, absolutely, and there were many hurdles, twists, and turns to come, but as long as I kept moving forward, one foot in front of the other, the voices of fear and shame, the messages from those who wanted me to believe that I wasn’t good enough, would be stilled.”  – Chris Gardner (Will Smith)

12. Glengarry Glen Ross

A sales oriented movie of 1992 tells a tale of selling your lies. This mystery genre film revolves around the lives of co-workers constantly struggling to get leads to survive the recession.

When you die, you’re gonna regret the things that you don’t do. – Ricky Roma ( Al Pacino)

13. Office Space

Peter Gibson, no longer happy with his job plots to implant a virus in his Company’s system. This 1999 movie starring Jennifer Aniston and Ron Livingston is a must watch for a 9-5 job-ers.

It’s not just about me and my dream of doing nothing. It’s about all of us. I don’t know what happened to me at that hypnotherapist and, I don’t know, maybe it was just shock and it’s wearing off now, but when I saw that fat man keel over and die – Michael, we don’t have a lot of time on this earth! We weren’t meant to spend it this way. Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about about mission statements. – Peter Gibson (Ron Livingston)

Watch the trailer here.

14. Love & Other Drugs

A dilemma of a young man, Jamie Randall played by Jake Gyllenhaal, to pursue his drug selling skyrocketing career or the one he ever loved is beautifully portrayed in this romantic comedy.

I used to worry a lot about who I’d be when I grew up. You know, like how much money I’d make or, umm, like some day I’d become some big deal. Sometimes, the thing you want most doesn’t happen. And sometimes, the thing you never expect does. Like giving up my job in Chicago and everything and deciding to stay and apply to med school. I don’t know. You meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you. And then you meet one person and your life is changed… forever. – Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal)

Watch the trailer here.