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New Job, Program Manager at Microsoft

Around 1st week of May I got a call from Microsoft asking me if I was interested in working with Microsoft. I was like “Sure…” Since then I went through various interviews and finally a week back I got an offer from Microsoft, position is Program Manager for VSTS team in Raleigh. It was like dream come true. To be frank I was not even looking for a change at this point of time in life but when an opportunity comes without asking for it you have to take it. It is a good omen (Read Alchemist).

I was really impressed by the interview process at Microsoft; especially the whole day interview onsite was amazing. The focus was on design questions. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and I guess that is the most important thing to do, enjoy it. I spoke to 5 Program Managers in Microsoft and finally I spoke to the Product Unit Manager for Raleigh office.

I will start working for Microsoft on 7th August. 7 is the luckiest date/number for me, will write a separate post about that later. Till then enjoy.

Brand Value…

This company is primarily about building a brand. Everything we do has an effect on the brand…. Certainly visual things have an initial impact and have to communicate pretty clearly the image we want to project. The quality of our products and the service levels we provide and the focus of our efforts are all crucially important in developing who and what this company is…. What we do with our people is another part of it…. How can we maintain such standards, the culture we have established in our Seattle markets, as we roll out stores rapidly in new markets?…

By Howard Schultz (CEO of Starbucks)

How is business done?

I got this today in email.:)

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Father : I want you to marry a girl of my choice
Son : “I will choose my own bride!”
*Father: “But the girl is Bill Gates’s daughter.”
*Son : “Well, in that case…ok”

*Next Father approaches Bill Gates.
*Father: “I have a husband for your daughter.”
*Bill Gates: “But my daughter is too young to marry!”
*Father: “But this young man is a vice-president of theWorld Bank.”
*Bill Gates: “Ah, in that case…ok”

*Finally Father goes to see the president of the WorldBank.
*Father: “I have a young man to be recommended as avice-president.”
*President: “But I already have more vice- presidentsthan I need!”
*Father: “But this young man is Bill Gates’sson-in-law.”
*President: “Ah, in that case…ok”

*This is how business is done!! *

Communication in Crisis

In last 3-4 weeks I have heard/read a lot about importance of effective communication in crisis situation. Leadership is crisis is a different ball game all together. So here is what should be done.
1. Show your commitment as management
2. Show your resolve to handle the crisis
3. Show Efficacy
4. Maintain credibility
5. Show your responsibility towared the community.

One crisis situation that happened is with company called AWID. News broke that AWID RFID readers were not FCC compliant. This is a big thing. You are breaking law here by not following FCC requirements. I think the management at AWID has really managed the situation well.
1. They immediately replaced the CEO
2. Management acknowledged the problem and stopped all sales
3. Within 2 weeks they came back and lifted self imposed ban on few products which did not have issues
4. They gave commitment that they will look into other issues.

I think they have done a good job. Lets see how market reacts to all this.

The Alchemist

Author : Paulo Coelho
Recommended to me by: Nisha

This is my fav book. This is one book everyone should read. Do I say that for every book? :):) But no this is one book really everyone should read. This is not about current affairs or some novel or anything. It is about life. It is about achieving ur dreams.

Book talks about a journey of a young guy achieving his dreams. What he learns on his way. Author talks about omen’s. God gives you hints at every stage of your life it is you who has to pick them up and proceed in your life. It tell you about

Truths and omens come and go like grains of sand and desert winds in this Celestine Prophecy-like tale of our alchemical kinship with one another in mind and spirit. It teaches us about our inherited strengths, which many of us sadly fail to realize as we go through life.

It is a very simple and good read. You will be able to read it in just few days. I will recommend this to everyone of u. So do read and tell me if you liked it…

Enjoy.

The World is Flat


Author : Thomas L. Friedman.
Today I completed reading this book. It took a while but it is one of the most important books I have read. IT is actually an eye opener. Every person who wants to excel or even survive in this global world should read this book. It is worth a read.

The book is about globalization. Author talks about a flat world. How technology has brought everyone in the world to the same level playing field. How 11/9 and 9/11 have changed the world. One was the day when berlin wall fell and world was united(East and West) and one was the day terrorists attacked USA.

Author has done a great job of explaining every aspect of globalization. He explains why the world has become flat in last few years. Why India and China have an edge. What should a person do to survive in the world and how we can solve problems in the world keeping the flat world in mind. Finally author also explains the problems in unflat world especially conservative communities of Arab Muslims and what needs to be done to get them up to the speed. He tries to compare the Muslim population in India which is progressive and forward looking to the one in Saudi or Egypt where they feel opressed…

Great read. Everyone should read this book. I was so impressed by this book I gave J my fried at work a copy of it as gift… U guys need to read it…. Get it today…:)

Freakonomics

Author:Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J Dubner

I read this book a while back. Actually it was recommended by our micro economics professor in UNC. Amazing book. Author has done a great job of explaining general phenomenon like why crime went down in 90s or why drug dealers live with there grandmom or what is similarity between comics and KKK… Its amazing how author can take such controversial topics and provide at totally unimaginable explaination and support it with statistically facts…

It is a fun read. Everyone should read it. IT will open ur eyes to some real critical thinking… So enjoy a great read…

Louder than Thunder.

Author: A Contemporary Business Parable by Carol, Ph.D. Dunitz, Helen Gotlib (Illustrator)

“Louder than thunder” is about a very successful CEO who is going to retire. She calls her 3 vice presidents and asks them a question “What is louder than thunder, as highly charged as lightning, and more powerful than the fierce North Wind?”, whoever comes up with best answer to this question will succeed her.

The book begins some childhood stories of the CEO and lessons she learned from them like:
§ Know what you really want.
§ Listen and observe.
§ Think before you speak.
§ When there’s a prolonged pause in an offer, the person speaking first generally loses.
§ Speech is silver; silence is golden.

The three VP’s have varied backgrounds like manufacturing, sales and HR. They try to answer the question based on their own areas of expertise and talking to their own people.

This book is very useful for general managers as it talks about effective organizational and interpersonal communication. Book stresses on importance of listening in any form of communication.

Note: The book is just 100 pages and you can read it in less than an hour. Once I picked it I had to finish it. It was so good.