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Oct 24, 2011

Wake Up.. Its a Breaking News..

"Aankhen kholo India" (Wakeup India) As I get ready to show the viewers what’s making news, there’s a Breaking news unmaking me. My co-host will be late and I have to pitch in for another hour. Anchoring for one extra hour before Sunrise is letting the powers within my stomach to rise. Power of Nature to call and knock the walls of my intestines. This extended schedule of early morning News show is always full of news action and my bowel movement action. And no commercial breaks within news segments are enough for anyone to rush and relieve themselves. Please note most of the Media employees are regular victims of IBS which is not Indian Business School but IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME.

Anchoring is a spiritual experience, you have to contain the chaos within (here the chaos is in my intestines) yet manage the chaos outside, which is termed in media as BREAKING NEWS. So here comes THE BREAKING NEWS of the day Gaddafi is shot dead and so am I, with cold waves coming in from the air conditioning ducts in the studio. I often wonder why we never use the astrological instincts of our AC maintenance guy Sunil, He can have perfect recipes for our channel's everyday serving of Morning Fortune Cookies. Sunil exactly knows the right conditions to torture us, his timing to freeze the studio when we our down with cold or fever is spot on and then he shuts down the AC plant when we are sweating in humid summers.

Well its winters and Sunil has frozen the studio, so as I clean my nose and with a smile move on to the story of High court verdict on Noida extension land fiasco, I receive the verdict of my anchoring extension, as there has been a guest coordination fiasco. Now my cohost will anchor from the news room and I shall remain in the studio in the midst of action of news and my bowel movement.

“Aaankhe kholo India” (wake up India) I am suppose to repeat this sentence with every new anchor read, so as I say it for the fiftieth time in last fifteen minutes, it seems that this line is not for India but for the ones waking up India, that is we The Anchors who are notorious for the late night outings, The Producers who are notorious for their frustration because of endless night shifts, The Cameraman who after the night shift is sleeping in the studio right behind the camera and then finally its a wake up call to our esteemed TRP viewers who are trying to understand how so many channels are trying so hard to be different.

Oct 16, 2011

MSD.. The Leader rise again ?

Mahendra Singh Dhoni... Can he lead anymore?
There comes a stage in every leader's life when he loses that middas touch, which made him the Goldsmith off sorts and then begins the downfall. His team loses its sheen. Some Members of the team live more in the hope of leading the team then following the leader; some live too much on past laurels and are too complacent to let the flow of any fire in the belly.

The Leader is no longer leading but following a new plan of defeat. Earlier every decision of MSD was considered as a stroke of a master and now those very decisions are attributed to the luck factor.

Where has the Leader with guts disappeared? Where has those skills gone? Why is not anything clicking?

The answer lies in the experience of other Leaders in various fields. These are the Leaders, known to lead in the good times and not so good times. Yes… not so good times because there are no bad times in a Good Leader's life. He knows it well that if he is not able to stand then he might not fall either; he will just sit down for a while.

The keys to Leader’s success are…
1. His ability to reflect and accept his shortcomings.
2. Not becoming predictable or not repeating himself.
3. Attitude to involve in decision-making, and dissolve in executing it.
4. Grooming fresh legs that can walk when old ones are tired.
5. Having self-belief that he can use all of the above and may be innovate some more.

There is a huge difference between an individual who chooses to be a leader and an individual on whom leadership is forced on. The former is flexible and eager to learn and innovate, thus conquering new peaks with his leadership skills. While the latter runs of out ideas and men in his quest to remain on one peak. Hopefully, MSD falls in the former category.
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