Friday, February 22, 2019

Data Storytelling

Data is fact. Stories are fiction.
Data is boring. Stories are interesting.

Then how can these two be combined, is a question that comes to most minds when they hear the term ‘Data Storytelling’. It is in fact, this sheer need to make Data interesting and memorable that compels us to borrow the principles of Storytelling and unleash the true power of data.

Have you cringed when seeing presentations full of coloured graphs and charts which provide no insight into the data?
Ever found charts which need to be analyzed to decipher its meaning tedious and boring?
Have you poured over reports which need to be read and re-read to be understood?
If the answer to the above is a resounding YES, then welcome to the world of Data Storytelling!

THE POWER OF DATA STORYTELLING will transform the way one thinks and communicates with data. It shows how to stop reporting data and start communicating insights that form the base of an impactful story. This book takes one on a storytelling journey. Introducing simple tools, concepts and practical nuances that help build and craft, impactful, written and visual Data Stories. The multitude of practical illustrations also act as a ready reckoner which can be applied right away!

*Author Credits: Sejal Vora, Corporate Trainer

The Power of Data Storytelling

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Developing your idea of happiness

R. Anand is a senior HR Professional with 2 decades of experience and presently is, Principal consultant and advisor – HR, HCL Technologies Ltd. and Board Member – National HRD Network. SAGE is the proud publisher of his book “Happiness at Work: Mindfulness, Analysis and Well-being”. SAGE has a fast- growing list of high-quality textbooks on political theory and political thought.  Read on to understand the science of happiness.

What sort of a life do I want to lead? 

What will make me happy? 

What do I see myself doing for years together before I pass away from this world? 

Who could be my role models?

We sometimes pose these questions to ourselves. Don’t we? 

Many of us also run away from these questions. We pretend they don’t exist. They do exist and haunt us every day. They make us feel incomplete and agitated with a nameless, formless ailment. We laugh with our friends but mostly we only pretend. We party but wonder what after this? We wonder if the uncertainty of the future that is making us unbearably anxious? Can we do something about these things? 

The science of happiness says, yes, we can do something about this unsettling situation. In fact, a rational response will help us be present more when we laugh with our friends. It will help us put our best foot forward when we plan our future careers. We will work when we have to, sleep fully when we sleep and more zestfully engage with our lives. We can experience a higher sense of mastery and simultaneously, novelty and awe.

The science of happiness draws from multiple disciplines. They draw lessons from: anthropology – a study of our social and cultural selves; psychology – the study of our psyche and its make-up; neurology – our brains, spines, the chemicals that mediate their interactions all the way to our feelings; evolutionary biology – how evolution pre-disposes us to certain modes of processing the world; behavioral economics – how we make choices and sometimes irrationally; body language – how we express, come to feel and even create mental states with our bodies and of course philosophy – what is true, beautiful, right and valuable to navigate through life.

Systematic diagnostic through analysis and helpful practices can enhance our sense of well-being. My own experience in counselling several professionals have convinced me that there is a science behind happiness. That many of us can become happier. In the space of this article and keeping my readers’ in mind, I humbly offer the following thoughts for their consideration

Are we seeking affirmation or doing our own rational experimentation?

The perspective that we have many chances, and that we can experiment our way into finding what works is a useful one to have. Gandhiji who aptly titled his autobiography as “his experiments with truth” exemplified this very mindset. The renowned professor of psychology, Tal Ben Shahar alludes to this when he explains the success and happiness of Israel. The Israeli society believes that there are many chances that one has. The family always supports the Son or Daughter who wants to experiment a different way at any stage in their life. If they fail, they can start all over again. The support can just be emotional and psychological.

Contrast this with the anxiety to get accepted by peers. This desperation dissolves any sense of our individuality. It dissociates us from ourselves. “Likes” and “comments” then take over our life and torment us. If we look back, we are sadder than happier for seeking affirmation from others. 

At this age, it is not surprising. Evolution made us extra-ordinarily sensitive to what others think, feel and express about us. From the teenage to early adulthood is when we got selected as mates. Many studies of brain responses in this age group have confirmed this extra-ordinary sensitivity. However, technology companies have smartly used this psychological hook of ours to keep us addicted!

The journey to discover who we truly are, what are our true preferences and thoughts is a journey to well-being. Just as when we act impulsively we can be indecent to others, when we suppress we can be indecent to ourselves. We need to surface and acknowledge our innermost thoughts and anxieties. The psychologist Carl Jung calls it individuation. 
When we create a buffer zone where we will be with ourselves and away from devices and networks, we heal. When we record our night time dreams in a private diary and wonder what latent thoughts maybe hidden in them, we are fast tracking our journey to well-being

Wish you reach the next orbit of well-being in 2019!

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Macroeconomics by Sreejata Banerjee & P. Nandakumar Warrier

Sreejata Banerjee teaches financial mathematics in the Master in Application of Mathematics programme at Chennai Mathematical Institute as an adjunct professor, and is visiting professor  Madras School of Economics. P. Nandakumar Warrier has been a regular visitor at the School of Business Economics, Södertörns Högskola, Stockholm after retiring from IIMK. SAGE is the proud publisher of their book “Macroeconomics”. SAGE has a fast- growing list of high-quality textbooks on Economics.  Read on to understand what is important in this volatile economic environment.

When we are in a never-ending search to identify factors that unite the diverse populations and regions of this vast land, it seems almost trivial to state that such an effort is needed also for the various approaches to the subject of macroeconomics that deals with the creation of wealth and higher living standards. Have you as a student ever wondered about the roles played by all-important entities like the Reserve Bank and the Finance Ministry? Do you as a student want to identify them, thus becoming aware of the possibility of conflicts of interests between these organizations that could even lead up to the resignation of chiefs.

A sound knowledge of macroeconomics, clear of cobwebs and illusions, is a prerequisite for leadership in today’s corporate and government world. It may be observed that when a famous CEO delivers the convocation address in an Indian Institute of Management, she/he does not talk about personnel problems or software problems in industry; she/he talks about the state of the economy, the prospects for growth, the initiatives needed from the government to facilitate growth etc.  Indeed, a number of CEOs of multinational corporations have gone on record stating that a sound knowledge of the basic theories and principles of economics has been one of the more precious contents in their armoury.

But books in this area have always tended to present the various models and approaches in a sequential manner without really making clear the applicability of these in differing economic scenarios.

Reading this book on Macroeconomics by Sreejata Banerjee & P. Nandakumar Warrier is almost like a cool burst of rain on a hot summer day. It is that refreshingly different from standard, existing macroeconomic text books which present the same array of models without clarifying any unifying element across them.

It highlights the differences and similarities between the various macroeconomic models (based on varying theoretical standpoints), also showing that these break down into one another when underlying model assumptions are changed.  We also discuss the suitability of the various models to represent different states of the macro-economy, and, importantly, distinguish between macroeconomic models applicable to developed nations and those for emerging market nations like India. Case studies in the Indian context are also another unique feature of this book.

Students are introduced to models of increasing complexity through this textbook. Not only that, a reverse process is carried on simultaneously, showing how varying certain assumptions break the complex models into a more basic model. In this way, the relationships between the various streams of economic thought and theory are specifically laid down. 

This article was originally published on University Express,

Thursday, February 07, 2019

HOW DO YOU GET WHAT YOU REALLY WANT? Is it a myth or is it possible?

I do for YOU what NASA did to get a man on the moon. I lift you up one league. And I want to leave you with a question; “Do you always feel energized and in balance?” – Anne-Mette Røsting

Anne-Mette Røsting is an intuitive visionary, philanthropist, and a changemaker. With a Masters of Business Administration degree, specializing in marketing and organizational management, she has over 15 years of experience in managing large international companies and mentoring at the Norwegian Business School. 

SAGE Publishing is the proud publisher of her book The Law of Possibilities. SAGE has a fast-growing list of high-quality books to help you ace. Read on to understand how to be an achiever.

How many times have you wanted something else than what you really got?

How many times have you talked yourself down?

Do you feel good enough?

Can you have the feeling of studies stressing you?

Are you capable of leading yourself to the results that you want in studies and life?

The answer to all of these questions is: It´s all about how you lead yourself. It is all about how you meet the world with your thoughts, feelings and actions, and I have found a hidden key to it all that I gladly share. The key has changed many peoples life and my life forever.

Life is challenging from time to time, but the biggest challenge is that there is a human crisis in the world today. We spend too little on our talents. Many people go through life without being close to their talent - and many never find it. Among these are many of our leaders today, and they once where students. I meet many people in my practice who do not have fun in life. They just stick with it. At the same time I also meet people who love what they do. It's not what they do they love, that's who they are that they really love. They are authentic - they are sensational leader stars and not leader sheep, following the footsteps of others.

Remember that knowledge is only other people’s findings. The future is wisdom, and wisdom is learning from and acting on what you believe in. Whether the result is good or bad, what do you think is the downside of this way of living? I only have one answer: The worst that can happen is that you learn and grow as a student and human.

In the beginning of 2002, I found a formula that changed my work and life. I found that a great leader is the master of manifestation, who can call on all humans to serve the greater good. When the power to co-create is used with integrity, great beauty and benefit flow to all. When the power to manifest is used only for personal gain, everyone suffers. Never forget that the world is only mirroring back to you the condition of your love and intent, so a great student or leader changes from within before they take any action. You can never lead others until you have learned to lead yourself.

What is the difference between a good and a great student or leader?
What you focus on and give your energy and attention to will become a reality, whether you want it or not. So, what do you really want as a student or a future leader?
The proven difference is emotional intelligence. And it can be learned. To learn emotional intelligence, there are valuable tools that I found are working out for everyone. It is all about reprogramming and refreshing your thinking to become a great student and get great results. When you know that what you give focus, energy, and attention becomes a reality, then the important question to ask yourself is: “How can I then grow as a student or leader from where I am in the now?”

This article was originally published on University Express,