Motivation

What is motivation? It is a need or desire that causes a person to act a certain way. Motivation comes from the root-word “movere”, which literally means “to move”. So in effect, motivation is to move oneself/others to do something.

 

The challenge here is that it is always hard to get someone to do something if they do not feel like doing it on their own. For best results, a person should be inspired to do something and act in a certain way.  So the best form of motivation is usually self-motivation. Self-motivation is your own ability to move yourself towards the results you most desire in your life.

If you have a high degree of self-motivation, you also have the ability to motivate others. It is crucial to identify this and champion people who are highly self-motivated and influential.  Develop a culture in the organization which promotes such self-motivation. It can not only drive individual results, but also opens up avenues where individuals can influence others as well and drive overall results up. This develops a health winning culture which is essential in an organization.

All motivation is generally directed towards a particular goal (or a purpose or result). If we can align the organizational goal with the individual goals and people are motivated towards achieving their goals, we can achieve best results for both the individual and the organization.

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Culture of Giving

Giving without expecting returns (a selfless action) is one of the greatest virtues according to the Bhagavad Gita, a spiritual guide of the Hindus. It specifically states that one should work without expecting rewards. This way when a reward does come your way, you are overjoyed. But if no reward comes your way, you are not disappointed. But many people ask the question: How should I work without a reward? What should be my motivation? The Gita offers a solution for this too: If you are persistent in your actions, you will be rewarded. This the primary principle of ‘karma’ (a feedback cycle). It is best explained by a modification of Newton’s third law of motion: “Every action has an equal reaction”.All this philosophy is fine in theory. But how does it apply to businesses?

Many organizations work on financial returns. These financial objectives are often short term benefits. These can be heavily dependent on a number of uncontrollable factors. But let’s look at the bigger picture. What differentiates organizations? What are the greatest assets of an organization? In most cases it boils down to one thing: People. They make or break most organizations.

So let’s start off by implementing this ‘Culture of Giving’ to the people of the organization:

Reward hardworking and outstanding employees. Employees who are rewarded will feel recognized. This means two things: they will perform better and be more loyal. Other employees will look at these employees and be motivated to perform better in order to obtain recognition. This has been proved in a Harvard Business Review (HBR) study which shows that peer/social pressure is a bigger motivator than money. When more performance occurs, more recognition should happen (a key step to this process). This means that more employees are satisfied and attrition will reduce.

According to the same HBR study, satisfied employees will give back by putting in their best efforts to create the greatest product/service. This will attract customers who value the great product/service provided by the company. These are the people who are willing to pay a premium for the product/service and are loyal, but not price sensitive – exactly the customers businesses should be targeting.  Once they are satisfied with the product/service, they will return for more. This generates sustainable revenues for the company which can be used to reward the stockholders. The stockholders being happy, will lead to higher share prices of the company. This leads to the company being an  out performer, which causes the company to strive to do better and push further. This ‘Culture of Giving’ is a positive feedback loop which can tremendously change how a business operates.

All this can work in the other way too. After all, that is how karma works. So this is something which should not be ignored.

Unlike financial investments, the ‘Culture of Giving’ might not pay immediate dividends. But over time, it can become a valuable asset and a competitive advantage. The organization can transcend from being average. It can become a pioneer and leader in its area of expertise.

This can be extended to all parts of the organization, including CSR. Give back to the society and see how they support your organization!

Corporate Gifts for the festive season

Apart from Diwali and Dusshera, Christmas and New Year are great time to give out gifts. This is especially because this is a time that employees like to celebrate with family and friends about their accomplishments for the year. And, they certainly like to enjoy the festive season with befitting gifts from their employers.

So this is an ideal time to gift your star performers who have gone the extra mile, beyond their call of duty! The Lamborghini wrist watch is an ideal gift for you star performers. If you are looking for something more classic, you can look at the Giordano Royal watch which is available for both men and women. This gift is very memorable and would be remembered for a long time.

If you are looking to award your entire team for their performance, you can look to give them the ‘Cup of Joy’ trophy which they can proudly display in their work area. This would certainly motivate the entire team to work harder for the next year and also inspire others teams to work harder in order to obtain a similar trophy.

If you are looking for a reward for the entire organization, why not look at a cool mobile charger stand which can be used by everyone. It comes in attractive color options which will catch everyone’s eye!

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CSR at work

Creating sustainable businesses

In today’s world, it is not enough if we think of a business as an individual unit, separated from the society. Business has always been an integral part of society. Although the primary motive is to make money, businesses have realized that it is not enough to focus only on this. It has realized that it has to show society that it cares, now more than ever. Although this started as a fad, businesses have realized that it is actually a sustainable business model and it is the way forward. Sustainable businesses are environmentally friendly and/or have an enduring commitment to local community. This lowers costs and builds long lasting relationships with the community.

Although CSR might not be the top priority of a business in a weak economic climate, it may actually improve a company’s bottom line performance. CSR improves a company’s image in the eyes of the public, increases consumer awareness, customer satisfaction and purchase behavior. This in turn improves a company’s profitability. Apart from this, it also improves employees’ view of the company. It makes them more committed to work for the company because they feel proud of being associated with a company that cares. Businesses can also encourage employees to take active leadership roles in such activities, which gives them hands on experience, which can then be used in their professional careers as well.

CSR comes in various forms. Most companies have various programs in which people dedicate some time helping others. It may be in the field of education, local community support or any other cause. As long as employees have a choice of selecting a program which interests them the most, it will be helpful.

HOW TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF?

Feeling less than motivated all too often? I do. Well, perhaps not too often. But sometimes I just feel really lazy and unmotivated.

Want some practical solutions to that universal motivation-problem? Here are 25 of them. Try a handful. Which i have applied in my 11 years of sales experience

Let me know which ones work well for you.

I’m sure you’ll find at least one or two that do just that among these suggestions.

1. Make a deal with yourself. Good for overcoming procrastination and getting things done. You can make the deal small or large. You simple tell yourself something like: When I’m done with this chapter/these reports I can take a walk in the park and enjoy an ice-cream/samosa.

2. Act like it. If you don’t feel motivated or enthusiastic then act like it. The strange thing is that within a few minutes you actually start to feel motivated or enthusiastic for real.

3. Ask uplifting questions in the morning. Here’s what you do; every morning ask yourself five empowering three-part questions this way:

What am I ______ about in my life right now?
What about it makes me _______?
How does it make me feel?

Put in your own value in the blank space. For instance, a couple of my questions are:

What am I happy about in my life right now?
What am I excited about in my life right now?

It’s important that you really feel how it makes you feel. When I think about the last part about what makes me happy right now I really feel it. These morning questions are great because the way they are set up makes you recognize things you take for granted and then they really get you to feel those positive feelings.

4. Move the goalposts. Set a large and specific goal. This will motivate you much more than small goals. A big goal has a big effect and can create a lot of motivation.

5. Do something small and create a flow. Just clean your desk. Or pay your bills. Or wash the dishes. You just need to get started. When you have finished that small task you’ll feel more alert and ready to go do the next thing. You just to get started to get motivated. So if you really don’t feel like doing anything, start with something small and work your way out up.

6. Do the toughest task first. This will ease a lot of your day-to-day worries and boost your self-confidence for the rest of the day. Read more about doing the hardest task bright and early

7. Start slow. Instead of jumping into something at full speed start slow. When you do that your mind will not visualize the task as something hard that you have to do fast, fast, fast. If your mind sees such things guess what often happens? Yep, you don’t get started. Actually getting started, even if it’s at a slow pace, is a whole lot better than not getting started at all.

8. Compare yourself with yourself. Not with others. Comparing what you have and your results to what other people have and have accomplished can really kill your motivation. There are always people ahead of you. Most likely quite a bit of people. And a few of them are miles ahead. So focus on you. On your results. And how you can and have improved them.

Reviewing your results is important so you see where you have gone wrong in the past to avoid similar missteps further on. But it’s also important because it’s a great motivator to see how much you have improved and how far you have come. Often you can be pleasantly surprised when you do such a review.

9. Remember your successes. And let them flow through your mind instead of your failures. Write down your successes. Consider using a journal of some kind since it’s easy to forget your successes.

10. Act like your heroes. Read about them, watch them, listen to them. Discover what they did that was special and what made them tick. But remember that they are people just like us. So let them inspire you instead of looking up at them admiringly.

11. Remember to have fun. Or create fun in a task. Then you’ll stay motivated to do and finish it.

12. Get out of your comfort zone. Face your challenges to get a real boost of motivation.

13. Don’t fear failure. Instead redefine it as feedback and as a natural part of a successful life. As Michael Jordan said:

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Also, try to find the valuable lessons in each of your failures. Ask yourself: What can I learn from this?

14. Do some research on what you are about to do. Then your expectations will be more grounded in reality and you can also get good hints on what difficulties that you might run into along the way. Managing your expectations can lower the often almost explosive initial enthusiasm. But it can also lessen the lack of motivation that usually follows when most of that enthusiasm has dissipated.

When you know what has happened to others in similar situations – what path they have walked – you can adapt and try their solutions and your own. This makes the worries and challenges easier to handle. Both emotionally – since you know at least some of the things that will happen and that others have lived through it before – and practically.

15. Figure out why you are doing something. If you don’t know or don’t have good enough reason to do something then it will be hard to get it done. Do things that you have really strong reasons to do. If you want to do something then figure out a good reason to do it. If you can’t find one consider dropping it and doing something that you have a good reason to do instead.

16. Write down your goals and reasons for working towards them. Tape them on your wall, computer or bathroom mirror. Then you’ll be reminded throughout the day and it becomes easier to stay on track and stay focused.

17. Take The Positivity Challenge! Learn to think more positively most of the time. Learn to let to go of negative threads of thought before they have a chance to take hold of you. You might not be able to be positive all the time no matter what happens. But I think most of us can improve on our positive thinking and the results it can lead us to. Perhaps more than you realize right now.

18. Cut down on TV. Do you watch it too much? Watch less of what they are doing in TV-land and do more of what you want to do in life.

19. Break it down. Break down your task or project into small steps. And just start with focusing on that first small step. When you are done move on to the next and just focus on that one. The small successes will keep your motivation up and keeping your focus away from the big picture stops you from becoming overwhelmed and discouraged. It’s amazing how much you can get done if you follow this simple method.

20. Reprogram your information intake. Program out negative and cynical thoughts from the media and society. Reduce your information intake. Then program in positive news and entertainment, more of your own thoughts and useful information such as personal growth tapes and books. Be selective and keep it positive.

21. Make use of your creativity. Take out a piece of paper. Write at the top of the page what area in your life you would like to have more ideas about. Perhaps you want ideas to earn more money or become a healthier person. Then brainstorm until you have written down 20 ideas on that topic. Then try for 10 more. Not all ideas will be good. But some will. And as you make use of your creativity you not only discover useful ideas. You also discover just how creative you can be if you try and how motivating and great that feels.

22. Find out what makes you happy. Then do that. As much as you want or can.

23. Listen while you’re on the move. Build your own small library of motivational/personal development tapes. Listen to them while you are driving, riding the bus or your bike, while you are out running or walking.

24. Think outside your box. Don’t imagine the future from the box of what you have now. Just because your mind is in box of previous experiences doesn’t mean that´s the limits of the world. Your possibilities are much larger. Create the future from the now and from nothing rather than your past to experience bigger changes with fewer limitations than you would if you created it from what you can see from your box.

25. Make each day count. We don’t have all the time in the world. So focus on today and do the things you really want to do.

Keep things simple.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. Here in the 21st century, where information moves at the speed of light“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. Here in the 21st century, where information moves at the speed of light and opportunities for innovation seem endless, we have an abundant array of choices when it comes to designing our lives and careers. But sadly, an abundance of choice often leads to complication, confusion and inaction. The solution is to simplify. If you’re selling a product line, keep it simple. And if you’re trying to make a decision about something in your life, don’t waste all your time evaluating every last detail of every possible option. Choose something that you think will work and give it a shot. If it doesn’t work out, learn what you can from the experience, choose something else and keep pressing forward. and opportunities for innovation seem endless, we have an abundant array of choices when it comes to designing our lives and careers. But sadly, an abundance of choice often leads to complication, confusion and inaction. The solution is to simplify. If you’re selling a product line, keep it simple. And if you’re trying to make a decision about something in your life, don’t waste all your time evaluating every last detail of every possible option. Choose something that you think will work and give it a shot. If it doesn’t work out, learn what you can from the experience, choose something else and keep pressing forward.

Working outside of their comfort zone.

The number one thing I persistently see holding smart people back is their own reluctance to accept an opportunity simply because they don’t think they’re ready. In other words, they feel uncomfortable and believe they require additional knowledge, skill, experience, etc. before they can apply they partake in the opportunity. Sadly, this is the kind of thinking that stifles personal growth and success.

Penned by,

Santhosh.R, Cluster Manager – Giftwrapped.

S.M.A.R.T Goals!!

We have always been fascinated by people who are consistently successful at what they do; especially those who experience repeated success in many areas of their life throughout their lifetime. In business, I think of Mukesh Ambani and Warren Buffett. We all have our own examples of super successful people like these who we admire. But how do they do it?

Over the years we all have studied the lives of numerous successful people. We have read their books, watched their interviews, researched them online, etc. And we have learned that most of them were not born into success; they simply did, and continue to do, things that help them realize their full potential. Here are certain steps which you can  do differently that the rest of us can easily emulate.

Create and pursue S.M.A.R.T. goals.

Successful people are objective. They have realistic targets in mind. They know what they are looking for and why they are fighting for it. Successful people create and pursue S.M.A.R.T. goals.

S.M.A.R.T. goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Let’s briefly review each:

  •  Specific – A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” For all of us too look perfect, But a related specific goal would be, “Join a health club and workout 3 days a week for the next 52 weeks.” A specific goal has a far greater chance of being accomplished because it has defined parameters and constraints.
  • Measurable – There must be a logical system for measuring the progress of a goal. To determine if your goal is measurable, ask yourself questions like: How much time? How many total? How will I know when the goal is accomplished? etc. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued efforts required to reach your goal.
  • Attainable – To be attainable, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. In other words, the goal must be realistic. The big question here is: How can the goal be accomplished?
  • Relevant – Relevance stresses the importance of choosing goals that matter. For example, an internet entrepreneur’s goal to “Make 75 tuna sandwiches by 2:00PM.” may be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, and Timely, but lacks Relevance to an entrepreneurs overarching objective of building a profitable online business.
  • Timely – A goal must be grounded within a time frame, giving the goal a target date. A commitment to a deadline helps you focus your efforts on the completion of the goal on or before the due date. This part of the S.M.A.R.T. goal criteria is intended to prevent goals from being overtaken by daily distractions.

When you identify S.M.A.R.T. goals that are truly important to you, you become motivated to figure out ways to attain them. You develop the necessary attitude, abilities, and skills. You can achieve almost any goal you set if you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that once seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them.

Authored by,

Santhosh.R, Cluster Manager – Giftwrapped

Ivan counts 24!!

This Saturday, am very sure that everyone would have rejoiced in joy.

Yeah!! It was Ivan’s birthday celebration!!

let’s tune in to hear it from Ivan!!

“Ivan, how was your 24th birthday celebration party in office?”

Ivan says, 16th June 2012… The best day of my life.. It was my Birthday and usually we have celebrations in office… and I was a part of it.

And usually the celebrant gets an opportunity to talk about their experience in the organization but when it came to me every one spoke about their experience working with me.

I dint expect such positive feed back from my other fellas and after which  I was speech less. Just got to know how much everyone loves me, cares about me, and how lucky I am to have a team as this… I also got a chance to address the gathering and also to thank them for their extended support and I even apologized to the team if I have hurt their feelings knowingly or unknowingly….  

One of our belonger Karthik had also taken up the educational slot and he spoke about motivation and also shared an amazing video… trust me that was really helpful..

Thanks to karthik..”

That was really coooooolllllll, isn’t it???!!!

Kudos to the organization for valuing each and every belonger!! \m/

 

Its party time – Gift Wrapped turns 7!

It was a fantastic time with a lot of fun stuffs, the celebration on 7th Anniversary of Giftwrapped. We had a great fun on those 2 days with games, swimming pool, football, Fashion Show, Singing , Dancing and much more on the first day.

                 On the second day, the much awaited and anticipated event was, the Rewards and recognition event; that was the moment for which all the belongers were waiting for.  Once they heard their name; they were in cloud nine and they  were rewarded with mementos and exciting prizes. Then, Srikanth started elaborating  the success story behind this organization and he also shared his experience in corporate field as well. Every belonger shared his/ her experience and finally the vision towards the company changed as  “To be an Name Synonymous Corporate Gifing in India” by 2015. Some mega minds were  invited as guest for this 2 day function by our organization. They were very happy and they spoke about our growth and vision. Personally,it was phenomenal day for me; as I was recognised as a “Quality Worker” it was great honour for me.Am feeling great to be associated with giftwrapped. On each and every moment of those two days; all the fellow  belongers were in cloud nine and actively participated in all the activities. There was no age bar between our belongers every one made an fantastic attempt; leaving all inhibitions behind.

                      Overall it was a memorable & enjoyable experience for every belonger. Kudos to the organization for organizing such an memorable event.