How Social Media Helps The Youth Grow

The internet is a new wave that has engulfed the entire globe.With so much information heralded over the world wide web, social media has become the  With loads of information being disseminated over the Internet, social media has become the very essence of the foundation of the society. Whether this change has been for the better or worse depends on how you look at it.

All is not bad with social media. As an optimist and an eclectic let us discuss the positive aspects of the new way of humans connecting with each other.

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  • Social media can help you keep in touch with family and friends all over the world, talk to them, even see them. Helps share facts and memories. Social sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so on are the most convenient means to meet like-minded people and establish new relations and a cost-effective way of being connected with loved ones irrespective of the geographical locations
  • Social media helps at various stages of Education, as a trusted source of information, connecting with experts, learning applications, videos help to collect information.  These connections can help one with a variety of things like seeking a new job, locating assistance, making or receiving advice etc
  • Exhibiting skills It is a great platform to share and showcase one’s skills. The whole world is open for all to unveil one’s hidden potential. How one video or just a clip can go viral and reach the world over is what all of us have witnessed in recent times.
  • Expression It is a fantastic way to get people to express themselves. Be it via Facebook status or writing on the walls or even tweeting and displaying various aspects of your personality. Contributing to debates on websites or creating content like blogs or short videos also gives expressions to one’s thoughts. It is easier to convey your fields of interest and your opinions with the advantage of having an audience for all your expressions.
  • Creativity and Innovation Social media gives creativity wings and a base to be able to share and conceptualize the mental picture. With so much exposure, the brain is also tickled to push its imagination
  • Confidence and socially interactive This is an outlet to share views, talents and connect with the outside world which gives the confidence to face the world and interact with them
  • Create Awareness Media keeps one updated with the current Social and political happenings, current affairs. Information spreads faster on social media, it also empowers individuals with the knowledge and opportunity to evolve with changing times
  • Learning something new Innumerable learning apps and videos are on social media to hone new skills, like various languages or musical instrument, you name it and it pops up at the click of the mouse.
  • Opportunities Compelling and relevant content grabs the attention of the pertinent. It could be a job position or an investor for one’s entrepreneurial proposition or even boosting traffic on your website.  Even finding customers for products or services and getting feedback for the same.

Social media has not only become part of peoples’ lives but their lives seem o revolve around it. Though these positives cannot camouflage the negatives that come with social media, which we save for another discussion.

Places To Visit In India

India is a land of unity in diversity, it is a vast country with a variety of languages, cultures, topography ranging from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh, not to forget the three water bodies that surround the country. As a result, the tourism business is flourishing in the country. Though even a lifetime would not be enough to cover all the places in this country, there are a couple of places which cannot be given a miss.

Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh

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This is the only hill station in Madhya Pradesh, Pachmarhi is also referred to as the queen of the Satpura ranges. It is skirted on all sides by the stupendous and dotted with beautiful 10,000 years old man-made cave shelters, dense sal forests and bamboo thickets. It is situated at an altitude of 1100m. The calm and the scenic hill station is a masterpiece with ancient caves of the Buddhist era residing in consonance with tranquil waterfalls.

Pachmarhi is linked to the epic of Mahabharata and gets its name from the words ‘pach’ meaning five and ‘marhi’ meaning caves. The Pandavas, visited this area during their years in exile. They carved out five caves for living in them, thus the name.

This city was discovered in the modern times by Captain James Forsyth of the British Army, this city houses enchanting churches built in colonial style architecture. You would not want to miss the monsoons here.

Places to visit

  • Jata Shankar Caves
  • Dhoop Garh
  • Bee Falls
  • Pandava Caves
  • Satpura National Park
  • Handi Khoh
  • Mahadeo Hills
  • Bison Lodge Museum
  • Churches
  • Chaura Garh Temple

Rameswaram, Tamilnadu

Image result for rameswaram templeRameswaram is a town in the Ramanathapuram district in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu. Pilgrims flock to this temple to seek blessings and repent for sins by bathing in the water of the  22 sacred wells of the temple. It is one of the four major pilgrimage sites of Hindus.

Rameswaram is linked to the epic of Ramayana and the name is coined from Ram-Eshwar which means ‘the place where Eshwar was worshipped by Ram”. Eshwar is referred here as Lord Shiva. Goddess Sita made the Shivalingam of sand (Ramalingam)and together Lord Ram and Goddess Sita worshipped the Shivalingam.  The temple also has the Visvakingam that Hanuman brought from the Kailash. This temple is also recognized as being the southernmost ‘jyotirlinga’ of India among the 12 jyotirlingas of India.

The temple comprises of small shrines, dedicated to other deities. There is an enormous image of Nandi (Lord Shiva’s Bull) which is 12 feet in length and 9 feet in height. The temple has the longest corridor amid the temples in India.

The sea life off the shore of Rameswaram is one of the richest in India. Coral reefs are popular which makes it a great spot for scuba diving, snorkeling and several other water activities

Places to visit

  • Ramanathaswamy Temple
  • Former President A.P.J Abdul Kalam House
  • Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi
  • Dhanushkodi Beach
  • Ram Setu (Adam’s Bridge)
  • Paambam Rail/Road bridge across the Palk Strait

By NSS

20th March 2018

Public Speaking Tips

Speaking in public is genuinely scary for most people, including many who outwardly seem calm. But one forgets that the audience actually wants you to succeed. They are glad it’s you up there and not them. So “Don’t try to get rid of the butterflies – just get them flying in formation” Image result for public speaking

Public speaking skills are important in various aspects of a business. Be it in marketing and sales, training, coaching and so on. Succeeding in portraying confidence and capability to stand up in front of an audience and speak well, are extremely helpful. Try these tips to project confidence and shake your nerves

  • Preparation Public speaking is like an iceberg the delivery is just the tip, the major chunk is the time and effort in planning and preparing for it. Preparing helps you anticipate possible questions and eliminate sources of unnecessary confusion.
  • Practice makes you confident, comfortable and compelling. Practicing in front of friends or videotaping yourself will help you tweak your mistakes or shortcomings. Memorizing the speech though always not possible helps real-time additions without losing track of the core material. Practice is only productive when you make a positive effort to improve.
  • Audience Analysis Knowing the audience before creating your message helps determine the choice of words, the information, the presenting pattern, questions and reactions. Find out what the audience already knows and what they expect of you and how you want them to react to your presentation. This will reduce your jitters and give you an upper hand over the audience.
  • Repeat The human memory and attention span are more than a little flawed and usually, people take home around six things from your presentation. Find out what those six things should be and keep making the point again and again in different ways so that it gets fixated in the minds of the easily distracted audience.
  • Keep your material ready Have cue cards ready with key points written on them to get you back on track just in case you lose the flow. Never read word for word from your material.
  • Look for signs from the audience Make it interactive and interesting. Guage their verbal and non-verbal feedback. The audience usually mirrors your behaviour.
  • Entertain Public Speaking is about entertaining as well as conveying information. People retain more if they are enjoying themselves and feeling relaxed. Your research, humor and imagination will take you places as far as the audiences’ response goes. Try using props to make it more lively and interactive for the audience.
  • Gestures Research suggests, what you say is not as important as how you say it.Use your body language, posture, eye contact, smile, your tone, the pitch to doubly engage your audience by not only listening but also looking at the way you are presenting the matter. Well practiced, natural looking gesturing also deviates your nerves to an energy consuming activity so the nerves are not as much perceived by the audience as you might feel them.
  • First impression is the Last Impression The audience has to be intrigued and impressed from the word go. Start with a quote, a rhetoric question for emphasis, statistics or better still a story, if very confident, even a joke might work.
  • Calm your nerves Try talking to someone before you start to make sure your voice is good to go. Check your equipment to avoid last moment nervousness. Smile, take a deep breath, appear confident. Start by looking at the friendliest person in the audience then work your way through the crowd

Nobody expects you to be perfect. But by following these tips you may be able to reduce your anxiety and shine as a public speaker.

By NSS

22nd March, 2018

Know Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 and died on March 14, 2018. He was the wheelchair-ridden scientist who gave lectures with the aid of a computerized speech synthesizer. He was a British scientist, a renowned professor at Cambridge University in England, and the author of the best-selling book “A Brief History of Time.” He performed revolutionary work in physics and cosmology. He is responsible for bringing science to the common man. He is noted for his study of black holes and the origin of the universe. There is also a film based on his life ‘The Theory Of Everything’.

  • Hawkings was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 21 while he was at the University of Cambridge studying cosmology.  ALS is a rare neurological disease that destroys the neurons which control voluntary muscles in the body. It was miraculous that he lived for as long as he did with that condition because of his determination to overcome unexpected adversity. As he rightly said, “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”
  • In 1974, Hawking’s radiation theory research made him a popular within the scientific world. He showed that black holes emit radiation and should eventually evaporate and disappear. This discovery set Hawking on a career path marked by awards, notoriety and distinguished titles that reshaped the thinking about black holes and the universe. He was named as a fellow of the Royal Society and even merited the prestigious Albert Einstein Award.
  • In 1988 Hawking skyrocketed to global popularity with the publication of A Brief History of Time. The book is a description of cosmology for the masses and offered an overview of how the universe actually is and how we see it. It was an instant success.
  • In 2007, he made an important progress towards space travel. He had the opportunity to experience a zero-gravity environment. He was freed from his wheelchair in a Boeing 727 designed for training and experienced bursts of weightlessness.

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  • Hawking attended the Sweden conference in August 2015, to discuss new theories about black holes and the infamous black hole  “information paradox.” The solution to the paradox of what becomes of an object that enters a black hole could be black hole ‘hairs’ that form on the event horizon, making a kind of two-dimensional holographic imprint of whatever’s been sucked in.
  • In March 2018 Neil deGrasse Tyson interviewed Stephen Hawking, they discussed what he conceived of the universe as it existed before the Big Bang. Hawking said, that one could regard imaginary and real-time beginning at the South Pole. There is nothing south of the South Pole, so there was nothing around before the Big Bang.
  • He used a speech-generating device (SGD) or a voice output communication aid, this replaces speech or writing. His cheek movement was detected by an infrared switch mounted on his spectacles. This switch was his interface with the computer. The software ACAT included a word prediction algorithm provided by SwiftKey, trained on his books and lectures, so he usually only had to type the first couple of characters and select the whole word. Once the sentence was formed, it was sent to the speech synthesizer.  This is how he conveyed his enlightening thoughts and lectures.

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  • His last paper predicted multiverse also how our universe would eventually fade into blackness as the stars run out of energy. “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail, There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” said the atheist and the greatest mind ever about death.

By NSS

19th March 2018

 

Leadership Skills

What is common between, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Dhirubhai Ambani, Barack Obama, Steve Jobs? They have been game changers of their times. They have inspired millions to follow them with their extraordinary qualities to achieve remarkable dimensions in their respective fields. They are LEADERS

Image result for leadershipLeadership means ‘the action of leading a group of people or an organization by an individual who uses his influence and interpersonal skills to stimulate and govern them towards a common aim’
A leader can lead a small group in an organization or the whole nation, both are leaders in their own right. The leader commands, modulates and gives direction to the working of the group. The leader by virtue of the skills he possesses succeeds in getting ready collaboration and allegiance of the supporters,  be it fighting for freedom or running an entire nation efficiently or even innovating something revolutionary. Here are some of  the characteristics

Visionary A leader can analyze the current trends and foresee the future market, how situations may unfold in the next few years. His plans are based on new technology and trends in the future

Accountability Taking responsibility and credibility of success and failure of every task undertaken. Staying committed to deadlines and owning up to mistakes. Responsibility to stakeholders, team members building trust that under your leadership you can bounce back from adversities.

Orientation An establishment comes into existence with a certain purpose. This needs direction, which needs effective leadership to administer the activities towards the attainment of the goals.

People and Communication skills Leader is the one with strong emotional intelligence. They build long-term relationships with respect and diplomacy for individual and overall output. The leader negotiates with suppliers, convinces clients, instills confidence, coaches subordinates, the Leader motivates the group to keep going and even walk the extra mile to achieve higher productivity. He even boosts the morale of the team members by appreciating their efforts and even rewarding them for it.

Initiative Looking beyond the assigned job, being far-sighted about the long-term goals and benefits of the organization. Brainstorming ideas and resolute to do the work that it takes. Also encouraging initiative is a key characteristic of a leader

Delegation One person cannot do everything so the leader can focus on the more important tasks and assign the other tasks to the others, thus giving them a feeling of empowerment. Micromanagement conveys lack of trust, the middle leadership does not take ownership, also diverts the leader’s attention from the most important business.

Creativity has always been at the heart of every team. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” thus said, Steve Jobs. Exploring new experiences, learning new things and practising open-mindedness by asking questions continuously keeps the creativity bug going. Out of the box solutions to day to day, problems gives the leader an edge

Strategising for the Vision of the leader t0 eventuate, a long-term mindset, using research for making decisions and then contemplating on them. A leader plans for the long-term has a layout ready and starts taking practical steady steps towards the larger goal

Planning and Delivery Right attitude, the right decision making and detailed planning result in better delivery. Planning includes financial planning, strategic planning keeping the final result in mind and reviewing the information at a pre-decided frequency to ensure things are going in the right direction, raising a red flag at the right time in case circumstances become unbudgeable. Delivery happens with 100% quality and on time which results in increased revenue

These are the qualities needed for a leader, who people can idolize and follow promoting team-spirit and team­work for the success of the endeavor. Commitment, passion, honesty, creativity, help a good leader to turn around a topsy-turvy situation to his advantage, leaving footprints on the sands of time for others to follow and take inspiration

By NSS

18th March 2018

 

Team Player Skills

Man is a Social being, he has to interact and work with others for survival. Teamwork starts from childhood itself when we play with our friends in groups or perform school projects and gel and live in harmony with each other. The ability to work together with others is a vital skill that is needed in all walks of life. Working as part of a team strengthens social and emotional skills, helps develop communication skills and improves confidence. How does one become a good team player?

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Reliability A person who can be counted on day in day out to get the job done and meet deadlines. Producing reconcilable quality work

Communication skills Effective communication is one of the most important qualities that a good team player must possess. Speaking up and expressing one’s ideas clearly and effectively is what a team player should be able to do. Being open to others ideas and being a good listener also constitute good communication skills

Commitment Towards work and the relationship one builds with the team. Working on one’s strengths, maximizing one’s own contribution to achieve the common goal

Adaptability They proactively adapt to the changing situations and convert them to opportunities. They are flexible and accustom themselves to reforms

Know your strengths Find a role in the team to do what you are best at. It may be good organizing skills, accounting skills, presentation skills, people skills, creativity and so on; use these to the advantage of the team

Transparency Keep your team informed, share ideas and plans with other team members without being tempted to hog all the credit

Help and Respect Offer help and support to everyone who needs it. Tips, pointers should be extended to members if something comes to you easily. Respects others views and perspectives. An ideal team player knows how to have fun, but never at someone else’s expense.

Motivated Being self-motivated and motivating the other members of the team to keep going. Being able to value everybody’s contribution is the key to teamwork

Accept mistakes Take back ideas that do not seem to be working, be able to accept and rectify mistakes without being adamant and self-righteous.

One does not need to be an extrovert to be a good team player. Knowing what the team wants and how as an individual you can add value to the group is the most crucial piece of the jigsaw. Tapping every member’s strengths and collective skills the team can accomplish more in less time giving everyone an inspiring sense of collaboration and cooperation thus increasing the productivity of the team as a whole. This is your time to shine as an individual and as a team by and large

By NSS

12th March 2018

 

 

 

Accidental inventions

In the age of incessant innovations, inventions and discoveries are commonplace. Most inventions take a very long time to realize, some even take decades. There are others that just happen, without preparation,  through serendipity, scientists stumble into things. Here are some such coincidental inventions

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Play-Doh

In 1950Joseph McVicker, head of a Kutol Products Company, a soap manufacturer in Cincinnati, Ohio, created a doughy clay to remove soot stains. But people rejected the idea. Then in 1957, he saw his school teacher using this dough for modeling in her classes. Now it came to be used as a toy turning its creators into millionaires.

Potato Chips

In 1853 George Crum, a chef in New York came across a dissatisfied customer with his soggy french fries. In an endeavor to shut him up, Crum sliced them extremely thin, fried them, submerged them in salt and served it. Surprisingly, the customer liked them and was very happy with the birth of Potato Chips.

Post-it Notes

Spencer Silver and Art Fry at 3M Laboratories started out with producing a super strong adhesive for use in the aerospace industry in building planes. The adhesive could stick only something like paper but did not damage the surface after pulling off. Fry later found them useful to mark hymns of his book at the church choir. This is how the idea of the Post-it was fashioned

Ice Cream Cones

Originally ice cream was served in dishes and cups. In 1904, at  St Louis World’s Fair, a Syrian concessionaire Hamwi was selling waffles in a stall next to an ice cream vendor. The ice cream was selling very well, to the extent that he ran out of dishes. Hamwi’s waffles were in fact not selling well, so he came up with a quick solution to the ice cream vendor’s problem, he rolled the waffle in the shape of a cone, cooled it and tossed ice cream in it and the ice cream cone was born

Popsicles

The ice lolly, freeze pops were also accidentally invented. An 11-year old boy left his glass filled with water, powdered soda mix with a wooden stirring stick on the porch in a cold night. When he saw it in the morning, the mixture had frozen, he gobbled this icy concoction, this is how the great idea was concocted.

Coca-cola

A pharmacist, John Pemberton made and sold a syrup as a cure for headaches and nervous disorders. In 1885, due to the ban on sales of alcohol he created a coca-based syrup to add to carbonated water, resulting in a perfect beverage called Coca Cola

Matchstick

A  British pharmacist noticed a dried mass on the end of a stick while he was stirring a mix of chemicals. Scraping it off resulted in sparks and flame. This is how friction lights came into being

Plastic

In 1907 when Leo Hendrik Baekeland unintentionally created Bakelite. Baekeland combined formaldehyde with phenol, a waste product of coal, and subjected the mixture to heat with an intention to come up with a substitute for shellac. The heating created a polymer that did not melt under heat and stress. This synthetic material then started being  used anywhere and everywhere and is known to us as Plastic

This is how things we rely on for our daily utility, weren’t intended to be consciously fabricated, they just happened by fortuity and now we reap the benefits of these happy accidents. So next time when performing an experiment, be ready for an upcoming accidental invention.

By NSS

5th March 2018

 

 

 

How To Live Happily After

Meeting the right person at the right time, getting into a steady harmonious relationship and having a fairy tale life is everyone’s dream. As the saying goes, Marriages are made in heaven and celebrated on earth, what is important that both the parties involved impart their duties well and do their bit to keep the relation happy and blissful.

Follow these tips to have a fulfilling marriage.

Answerability – Taking responsibility for your part helps build an intimate and strong relationship.

Independence – The key to a successful marriage is independence. Though there is emotional, financial and other dependence in a marriage, everyone needs to give and take space and needs a life outside of the other’s life to keep the individuality alive.

Communication – It is very important to take time out for each other every day and discuss day to day activities, life, work, life discussions and important decisions. Be a good listener to the problems, suggestions and even the most trivial things of your spouse.  Figure out your partner’s love language so you will always know how to speak to him or her

Acceptance – Don’t expect your spouse to change entirely for you, a little change in habits here and there is ok but an entire personality transformation is not possible. Accept your spouse as he or she is, only acceptance is the key to happiness. Love your spouse for the person he is not for what you want him or her to be. Look for positives in your spouse, change your own perspective

No Dominance – No one wants to be controlled by a spouse, don’t let the feeling of inadequacy grow in the other because of your dominating nature

No Blaming – Arguments happen between couples, learn the art of agreeing to disagree. Make sure they do not blow out of proportion, control your temperament. Realize that both partners have valid and reasonable perspectives which have to be considered. Don’t blame the other for any faults or situations in life.

Keep The Spark Alive – Have date nights, a simple dinner, some special time spent with each other strengthens the bond and maintains it over time. A movie night or a bowling game ramp up the fun factor. Small gestures, like a flower, a gift or a note left on the bag, cooking favourite meals also go a long way in keeping the romance alive.

Respect – Respect each other, keep insults and abuses to yourself. Support your partner’s well-being. Let respect and love be the foundation of your marriage

There are mistakes, frustrations in everyone’s life. Make it an adventurous experiment and learn how to get better and better in the relationship every day and make it a successful one. One has to work on a marriage to make it the ideal one. With more pleasurable times than painful ones moving slowly and steadily to a Happily Ever After!

By NSS

29th February 2018

Making New Friends

A friend in need is a friend indeed is an old saying we heard as kids.
As children we make friends but not all of them stay friends with us all our lives. With The ever-changing circle of life, our aims ambitions and locations change, with them change our situations and surroundings, so do our friends. Man is a social being and likes to be surrounded by people. In new places, he looks for new friends wherever he goes. Friends add a feel-good factor to a person’s life, they are stress busters and increase the Happiness Quotient in one’s life. They are a headspring of entertainment, encouragement, acceptance and to the spirit called life.

Cultivating a new friendship and holding back the old ones takes effort but the benefits are high. If you need brushing up on your social skills, you have come to the right place

  • Special Interest Groups- Here you already have one common interest with the others which makes it easy to break the ice.
  • Social Service-Helping others also helps you make friends
  • Attend Parties-Try attending as many social events as possible, try moving ahead in friendship with your existing acquaintances, friends from earlier years or friends you lost touch with over time. Try meeting up when they are free and reconnect. The more people you meet, the better the chances of meeting the right kind.
  • Online- Joining groups on social platforms like Facebook and Instagram bloggers also form communities, with like-minded people coming together, chatting, blogging, discussing and starting everlasting friendships or various websites also help people find others with the same set of interests or even more like www.chummyclub.com
  • Attend flower exhibitions, book readings, or other similar events where you have access to a pool of people with interests parallel to yours
  • Detach One can win friends only when one takes eyes off the smartphone and ears off the headphones. Make eye contact with people, talk to them and listen to them.
  • Invite people over Invite neighbors or other acquaintances or co-workers for a movie or a coffee or even dinner at home. Maybe this small tea party helps other people looking for friends also end their search at you
  • Trace old friends Alumni associations, old friends on social media, these virtual friends can be made real-world friends

Tips to remember

Anything as far your personality traits or other obstacles that come your way need to be taken care of

  • Take time out for your friends from your busy schedule, only if you give time then alone will your friends will remain so forever. Everyone is busy, so making an effort to attend the get-togethers is valuable. Meet friends in a group if meeting individually is difficult
  • If someone seems uninterested, do not be disappointed. Everyone will not like you, nor will you like everyone. Try someone else. Concentrate on a long-term friendship, rather than getting hung up on people who are not interested
  • Be a better friend yourself if you are looking for good friends. Treat your friends like you would be treated. Be trustworthy, fun, considerate, sharing, respectful to deepen the connection.
  • Be a good listener, not too possessive, don’t be judgemental, be open and loving towards others, be helpful without too many expectations. Be forgiving for mistakes.

     

     

    The upshot is, you need friends and they need you. It doesn’t take much skill to cultivate this close and fascinating type of human bond, but it does take some effort. This effort will clearly pay off in helping you lead a more fulfilling life.

 

Problem solving tips

Businesses and companies often come across problems in various fields,  be it day to day operations, the staff, finances, marketing, customer satisfaction and so on. That’s why big companies and businesses have committees which do the problem-solving. As part of the problem-solving team, you should learn to handle problems well and know the process of problem-solving.

Defining a problem. While studying, we are given a problem and asked to solve it. In reality, we first have to find out what the actual problem is, then alone try finding solutions or workarounds, else we start treating the symptoms or the perceived problem instead of the actual one. Keeping a bucket under a leaky roof is treating the problem or the symptom? Let us take another example often mentioned when defining a problem and innovative solutions.

Soon after the upper floors of a high rise hotel had been renovated, the guests complained that the elevators were too slow. The manager’s instructions to solve the perceived problem were to find a way to speed up the elevators.
After the elevator experts were called, it was determined that nothing was wrong with the elevator. Which led to deciding to install another elevator. But to their immense relief, before installing the new one, the real problem was uncovered.  The real problem was to find a way to take the minds of the guests off their wait as the current elevator was now traveling more number of floors.  The guests stopped complaining when mirrors were installed on each floor in front of the elevator because of the mental diversion 

Assessing the nature and magnitude of the problem, restructuring the problem, its impact. Listing the forces that lead to desired goals and the forces that hinder the progress to the desired goals. Focus on the important elements of the problem

Determine Cause of the problem Collect information and collect data of what happened before and after the problem. Compare situations with and without the problem. Find out the root cause of the problem.

Generate ideas, Brainstorming. Generating the greatest number of ideas uncritically, without evaluating them

Evaluate the ideas Select the alternatives that seem most likely to succeed. Apply theories, refer to written material available. Specify the methods and other resources required to implement the chosen strategy and have a plan of action ready

Evaluate the outcome of applying the strategy Defining what a successful outcome means – in terms of explicit criteria. Follow the steps below to apply the strategy.

Simplify the problem  Some problems overwhelm us with their complexity, it may help if the problem is simplified.

Dissect the problem Breaking the problem into pieces and attacking one part at a time may be helpful

Working backward may offer a faster solution. Recreate events, start with a possible solution and see what makes sense

Your attitude when problem-solving

  1. Do not lose focus of the problem and do not let the plethora of information, useful and not so useful, deviate you.
  2. Teamwork Work with someone to produce better solutions
  3. Be Positive Accept the problem and look at it as a learning opportunity also accept the mistake one makes while in the process of solving a problem
  4. Open Mind and Rational Thinking Be open and flexible to ideas and the multiple solutions available.Approach the problem logically
  5. All-encompassing view Looking at the bigger picture and the context can help determine the best possible solution
  6. Commitment to solving the problem and continued effort shall definitely pay off

Using your knowledge and creativity exercise into solving the problem at hand. Be part of the solution, not the problem!

By NSS

19th February 2018