Jul
17

Knowledge is Power

The famous quote “Knowledge is Power” was given by English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author, Sir Francis Bacon.

These three words behold the truth of any & every phenomenon occurring around us. Knowledge, in simple words is, the awareness, information or skill acquired by experience or education or any other source providing facts, theories, ideologies. This forms the foundation of our thought process and perception about the things observed, felt, tried/experienced. Knowledge is a powerful tool that can be used to solve the labyrinth of mysteries in this world. It can be used to comprehend something as trivial as a joke cracked by someone, to understanding all the complexities such as, methodologies used to achieve a six sigma at the factory or shop floor, the decisions to be taken in regards to the nuclear weapons trade, permissible percentage of FDI flows between the nations, selection of cabinet ministers, poverty alleviation, bringing back the nation from the grips of slowdown… and the list is endless!

Getting a grasp of diverse concepts, ideas, may add to the pool of knowledge that one might possess, but can it really qualify to become the person’s true power? The answer is No! This is because until and unless there is an appropriate implementation of knowledge into the required actions, the person will not be enlightened as to what does he/she really possess? Is it a treasure, that not only can help them to be enriched by the facts of life, but also lighten up other peoples’ lives by the shining jewels of wisdom or is it a mere illusion?

It is extremely important to believe in power of knowledge, as it liberates us, gives wings to our dreams, ideas and thoughts, thus helps in achieving the various goals set by us, such that the highest order need of self-actualization is reached in the least time possible, by crossing/fulfilling the basic needs of food, shelter and clothing, socializing, as fast as possible.

The first step towards doing so is by providing education to children. As it is rightly said “education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family”. Education is the stepping stone towards the bright future lying ahead of these young minds. Education can be imparted in school, at home, in a boarding school or could be self-taught. Irrespective of how it is obtained, it is a beautiful journey that acts as a friend, philosopher & guide of a child, whose behavior, personality, views are like soft clay which can be moulded in any shape. Thus, imparting the right knowledge in the form of education, helps in the overall development of a child i.e. physical as well as at the cognitive level. As the child grows and passes through the various phases of life i.e. teenager, adolescent, adult, keeps building and nurturing on the experiences, insights and hence the conclusions inferred & learnt so far.

It can be argued that power can come from the physical strength or the amount of money that a person has, but it is knowledge which acts as a precursor to these strengths. As it is knowledge which helps in deciding, what should be eaten for keeping the body & soul together, finding the ways & means of living and understanding the distinction between what is right & wrong, which makes human distinct from an animal.

For a marketer or a salesperson possession of product, industry, competitor’s product and general economy’s knowledge is the key to successfully selling their products as well as to create a long term relationship with his/her clients. The knowledge of law and order, fundamental rights & duties helps to restore order & peace in any society. Having the right knowledge assists a person in problem solving, be it be their business or their life, by getting acquainted with the Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities & Threats (SWOT). In adverse situations for example a soldier getting abandoned from his comrades/troop, gets stuck up in challenging scenario, uses the knowledge gained at the time of his training to find a solution to effectively& safely get out of that adversity. Hence knowledge is indispensable and is required to solve the jargons of life.

It is true that no invention can occur in isolation, the birth to an invention or a discovery is from the womb of knowledge itself. But as mentioned earlier only the righteous implementation of such a precious jewel i.e. knowledge, determines which path would be taken by the person, portrayed by the actions performed by him/her. When the acts are performed which leads to devastation, destruction of mankind, causing havoc, the knowledge which was the benefactor of mankind becomes its enemy. The past and present is full of wretched acts of humans who by the use of their knowledge brought chaos, confusion and disorder in the society. The world wars, killing of people in the name of religion, caste &/or creed, black marketing, corruption are only few out of many instances to state from.

On the other hand the possession of knowledge of music, art, literature brings the eternal feeling of being in an ecstatic state, which disseminates love, peaceful thoughts and a sense of spiritual fulfillment. Therefore it all depends on each of us, as to what we want to acquire, assimilate and internalize to add on to the treasure of knowledge, which would provide assistance in perceiving & conceiving the right kind of values, ideas and culture on the whole. Unwind the intertwined layers of the unknown secrets that would bring forth peace to the ailing hearts, to the stressed minds and result in giving freedom to the souls imprisoned by lust, hunger, anger, dissatisfaction, corruption. By using the power of knowledge break the shackles of ignorance, superstition& misbelief.

Value the power of knowledge and be valued by all.

Jul
17

My first two weeks in FIIB

After taking admission in FIIB I was curious to know about the Institute, meet my batch mates, & teachers. It was 8th June on a Sunday when I reached Delhi a bit tired after 12 hours of journey. As expected the next day on Monday I reached collage 15 minutes late at 9:15. There was an introduction class going on & I too joined the class All the students were introducing themselves Then Neha mam gave us some gems ( colourful chocolates) and we were asked to speak on a topic related to the colors. I spoke on red and yellow colour. After that we had a competition called master chief competition where we were divided into teams and we discovered how difficult it is to cook. When it actually came to us, we prepared a dish called Fortune flavour. However days passed and after every class we had we came to know each other very well and most importantly the guest lectures we had were very inspiring specially the Marketing expert Mr.Pawan Gulani… I really don’t have words to explain it, as I am interested in picking marketing as my specialization. I was thrilled, though I was not able to give an appropriate answer to his question, even then I was not discouraged. Rather I thought about it, as to why I am picking marketing as my specialization? I have not yet found a right answer but I hope as the year progresses with the help of my respected teachers I will be able to answer the question and will be able to justify my selection. Today on 23rd June 2014 I am ready to begin my academic session with full energy.

Jul
17

Pre-Term Week

Pre- Term Week

The Last Two weeks i.e. ‘Pre-Term Weeks’ were the best weeks for me till now as far as year 2014 is concerned . The weeks were full of interesting activities, some major tips, industries interactions, outdoor activities and meeting with my new colleagues and faculty. It feels special being here at FIIB and getting involved in all the tasks and lectures . I am quite enjoying this atmosphere ,where, we are kept busy with lots of different and interesting tasks. Those tasks are the reason for me being here in front of you and writing about my small 2-week experience at FIIB i.e. Fortune Institute of International Business.
Our Pre-Term week started with an Icebreaker session , conducted by Neha Mam, focussed on aquainting us with each of our colleagues.In this activity gems were distributed and we were made to speak something about ourselves depending upon the colour of gem we got. Then came our first group task FIIB MasterChef Challenge, where we were divided into teams of four and wehad to prepare a dish using the available resources. This was followed by a movie session and discussion about the same . There was also a session where we interacted with our Super Seniors, they shared their experiences and also answered our queries. We also had a Public Speaking Session with Akshita Mam And Deepika Mam, where we were given various class activities in which we are made to speak about some random topic in a given time frame .It was a quite a Learning Session for me., I was initially totally numb when I was given the topic. My topic was “should/shouldn’t there be Uniform in college/universities ”. I know I need to overcome this weakness of mine. Then coming to my fear of coming on stage , we also had a Theatre Act Session where I and my Group Performed an act on the topic ‘Law And Justice’ given to us by our faculty. Our act was announced 2nd best .I played the role of Narrator and Supreme court Judge. I enjoyed doing the act and am looking forward to perform more such acts in future.
In the 2nd week of Pre-Term, the Sessions conducted were more focused on Case studies and some fundamentals of accounting and excel, etc. Radhika Mam giving us some basic tips about case study, followed by Portakabin case study By Prof. John Mathews, apart from case study he told us about the importance of marketing research and 4 P’s i.e.Product, Price, Place and Promotion. The Session on Digital personality by Prof. Monica Mor was focussed on making us aware of importance of managing our image on Social networking places and importance of writing blogs, etc. I personally quite enjoyed this Pre-Term week which gave us the opportunity to know our colleagues and faculty. Thank You FIIB.

Jul
17

Revolving around!!

It was more like a glamorous thing for me to opt for a PGDM course, as I was earlier in a Govt. college That college is very old and the faculty members have zero interest in you and your life. On the contrary this college & its culture is spellbinding for me.
My native place is about 506 k.ms. far from this place somewhere in Rajasthan. Its called “KOTA”. Although I’m not at all scared of this place but I do feel apprehensive as also I am feeling excited about the new upcoming course and about how I will manage the new things in better way.
“FIIB”, with this name I am going to spend good two years of my life. I’m kind of ready to reconstruct and switch from destructive to constructive mode. Events have started to begin slowly.. new people, some rude experiences, some nice ones & and the list goes on and on…Things have started changing now, new found confidence is helping me find myself back. I was almost lost somewhere but some holding hands was there , which has now brought me from a faraway place. The teachers, mentors and guest speakers have all been pushing us to get rid of all the mishappening/stupidity of past. In such a short time they have forced me to look into the mirror once again with a different lens & in it I can see my original self . They are encouraging us to bring forth our good & professional side. I guess that WILL be beneficial for all of us.
Competition and the feel of being somewhere at the end in the row is forcing me to “bring some content up” and realize that alot needs to be done. I surely have some hopes from myself…and some of course from this college
I can see the things better now….I can smell something nice….I know something is cooking here:“my Future” I guess!

Jul
17

preterm batch 2014-2016

Last first two weeks at FIIB were great. This Pre Term session helped us to know our classmates much better and we all jelled up well. There were different activities which were organized to improve our team work and build self confidence in public speaking. FIIB master chef, minor presentations and dramatics (street play) were some of the activities which involved team efforts whereas activities such as case studies, extempore session and gems session helped us in building confidence. The pre-term session also comprised of two other important sessions of industry interactions and movie discussion. Personally, I enjoyed the most in dramatics session. We all were able to put together a hilarious act as well as giving social message .This was completely a new experience for me as I have never been a part of dramatics before. We were divided into random groups and prepared the skit in 40mins. Another session was movie discussion in which we saw “Coach Carter” and after the movie had a healthy discussion. The pre-term ended with the outdoor activity “paint ball”. It was so much fun hanging out with new friends followed by lunch .This was a very high peak ending to our pre-term session.

Jul
17

A new journey

A graduation (B.Tech.) followed by MBA, a dream that I had been seeing for so long, came into being a few days back. The dream was always the same, but the purpose kept on changing as I grew up. It all started with a desire to get a handsome package, which could fetch me a big bungalow and a couple of luxurious cars. To achieve all of that, I had to first crack CAT. Saying this however was much easier than done.
Nevertheless, my desire of doing an MBA got a new dimension added to it – the desire to get back to the golden college days.I am sure I am not very different from many of those who aspire to crack CAT. By this time, many of them had started missing the “fun” part of their lives. Now, let me leap forward a bit and take you to the day I stepped into a B-School – the first day – the long awaited moment.The entire evening and the night prior to it passed by talking to seniors.
There were so many fun-cum-learning activities, I would like to take you through some of the tasks which helped me know myself and my colleagues better and that was the “ICE BREAKING SESSION”. It was full of fun.There was masterchief competition, and an outdoor activity “Paint ball”. It was a new experience that I shall always remember and cherish.

Jul
17

My first week @ FIIB

My first day at Fortune institute of international business(FIIB),was really very good I remember the first class of ice breaking session with Neha ma’am where all my classmates had to pick up gems and the questions were asked by ma’am on the basis of the colour of the gem.So during this session I got to know my classmates about their likes and dislikes and other stuff.
The second session we had was of the MasterChef, in which we were divided into 10 teams and each team had to cook food without fire all the teams were given same items to cook with and also the trading system was involved in which a volunteer from each team was allowed to exchange food items that they did not want.
Then in the last two session we were shown a movie titled Coach Carter. We learnt about the leadership qualities and what are the requirements for becoming an efficient and effective leader.
Then in the other sessions of the FIIB induction program we were taught about how teamwork is essential in any organization or in any field as most of the times we have to work in groups. There was this session called working together in which a team of 5 had to make 5 squares of equal sizes from the pieces of paper that were given to each team member in an envelope.
We also had a session on the core values of FIIB by Deepankar Chakrbarti sir in which we made aware about the core values of FIIB. The core values of FIIB are:Trust,Intelligence,Ownership,Integrity and Trust.
And we had another session by Akshita ma’am in which she made us aware about all clubs that are in FIIB . There are total 16 clubs and one main fest that is organized every year called the Samavesh, it is usually held in march.
We also had an interesting session with Radhika Srivastava ma’am in which we had to make a presentation on a case study that was given by her on the Royal Dragon Hotel,the complete discussion on that case study was a great experience in itself as I was doing a case study for the first time.
We also had a session on speaking up without freaking in which we had to speak on a given topic for a minute in front of the class.
Then we also had so many speakers from the industry sharing their experiences with us which was the best part of the pre-term program as I got to learn so many things from the experiences that they shared. Some of the guest speakers were the alumni of FIIB from the 2008-2010 batch.
All in all its been a great experience at FIIB till now I have made some great friends over here already learnt a lot about my classmates already after working with them in teams or groups. Hoping for a great experience in this college and becoming a better human being during this course of MBA at FIIB.
Date:22/06/2014
Name:Gaurav Ajwani

Jul
17

My first two weeks in FIIB

After taking admission in FIIB I was curious to know about the Institute, meet my batch mates, & teachers. It was 8th June on a Sunday when I reached Delhi a bit tired after 12 hours of journey. As expected the next day on Monday I reached collage 15 minutes late at 9:15. There was an introduction class going on & I too joined the class All the students were introducing themselves Then Neha mam gave us some gems ( colourful chocolates) and we were asked to speak on a topic related to the colors. I spoke on red and yellow colour. After that we had a competition called master chief competition where we were divided into teams and we discovered how difficult it is to cook. When it actually came to us, we prepared a dish called Fortune flavour. However days passed and after every class we had we came to know each other very well and most importantly the guest lectures we had were very inspiring specially the Marketing expert Mr.Pawan Gulani… I really don’t have words to explain it, as I am interested in picking marketing as my specialization. I was thrilled, though I was not able to give an appropriate answer to his question, even then I was not discouraged. Rather I thought about it, as to why I am picking marketing as my specialization? I have not yet found a right answer but I hope as the year progresses with the help of my respected teachers I will be able to answer the question and will be able to justify my selection. Today on 23rd June 2014 I am ready to begin my academic session with full energy.

Jul
15

From The Playground to the Board Room: Management Lessons From Sports

What do sports and management have in common? After the FIFA fever, there is a lot to draw from sports in the form of management lessons. As emerging managers of tomorrow, you can not only imbibe professional attributes from Football, but from several other popular games as well. Let us discuss how a few learnings from sports may help in enhancing managerial abilities or an individual:

Performance: - Excelling in sports is synonymous to showing excellence in performance. There are many elements of performance that can be incorporated into the life of a manager by observing or practicing a particular sport. Watching or participating in a good game can always boost up the performance of a manager by uplifting his spirits to the right level.

Drive and Passion: - These are two integrated elements connected to any kinds of game. Incorporating these key elements into managerial operations and day to day life can increase the performance by manifolds. It brings out the potential drive from within a person to perform better and keeps him motivated. For instance, simple athletics like running, lifting, stretching or jumping may be practiced to boost up the energy level of an individual. This in turn will add on more value to his overall performance at work.

Determination: - Sports in a large way can be instrumental in making a person more determined. It strengthens the will to work harder, makes concrete the desire to succeed. To do well in a particular game, a person has to practice for long hours at a stretch. The same kind of energy or determination may be incorporated to make a real time project more successful. When the levels of determination go up, then the path towards the goal becomes a lot smoother.

Discipline: - The spirit and essence of sports teaches an individual to become more disciplined- both in the personal as well as the professional life. Discipline is an essential element for any sportsperson; similarly, if there is lack of discipline at the workplace- fruitful results can’t be expected.

Walking the extra mile: - Sports teach a person to push the limits. It conditions the mind to demonstrate extra energy, put in hard work, develop more stamina and learn to adapt to changing situations. This is a useful lesson for any manager who wants to be at the top in terms of performance. Walking the extra mile always showers an individual with beautiful results.

Sports teaches us the values of winning and losing in life. This is an important factor for enabling learning and incorporating larger visions, for enhancing managerial abilities and also for bringing out the champion from within a person. Whether you want to play as an individual or in a team- the elements of sports can always teach a lesson or two!

 

Jul
11

FIIB Debate: Is it Acceptable that Sharaprova doesn’t know Tendulkar?

Fans of Sachin became infuriated, print and visual media made the incident breaking news, trends like #mariavssachin went viral on social media for days- when Tennis Superstar Maria Sharaprova remarked that she had no clue who Sachin Tendulkar was! Whether not knowing Tendulkar was acceptable or not, became a matter of debate and discussions that followed. And hence, the recent In-house debate at FIIB explored the topic “Is it acceptable that Maria Sharaprova doesn’t know Sachin?” Select views of a few participants are enlisted below-

Pointing towards the wrath shown by the fans of Sachin on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, Manish Saraswat, a second year student said, “Indians are too emotional! They are simply overreacting; I personally feel that there is nothing to make an issue out of Maria Sharaprova’s take on Sachin Tendulkar. Even if she is unaware of the living legend, then there is nothing to get disappointed about. We should think with a more rational approach than reacting so emotionally. There are hardly 15-20 countries where people take interest in cricket as sports. Popularity of a sportsperson can only be expected worldwide if the sport he indulges in is played at a global level, like soccer. If Sachin would have been a good soccer player, then his acceptance would have been wider than what he has now.”

“It’s not a big deal if Maria doesn’t know who Sachin is!”  says Anuja Bedi, who works at FIIB, ”It would have been a shame only if she didn’t know about her own game players.”

On the other hand, participants like Anuradha Apan had a different opinion. Anuradha, a second year student, voiced her viewpoint as, “I feel that if a sports person like Maria Sharapova decides to belittle Sachin Tendulkar’s performance by claiming that she doesn’t know him; it shows her immaturity. If she has no knowledge about him it shows her lack of awareness. Further, this doesn’t become news of national importance as master blaster Tendulkar doesn’t need an affirmation from anybody to prove his achievements.”

Abhay Yadav, a 1st year student was of similar opinion as that of Anuradha, “As a popular sports person, Maria Sharaprova should be aware about her contemporary and outstanding sportsmen like Sachin Tendulkar. He is a great player and is known all over the world for his records. Just like the fact that Maria is a well-known person in Tennis, and we all know about her; it is naturally expected that she should have been aware about Tendulkar too.”

Social media has been bombarded with several memes, doctored pictures and comments from the infuriated fans of the little master, also known as the “God of Cricket.” Is this reaction a clear example of oversensitivity by his followers or a justified outcome for Maria Sharaprova’s ignorance- will probably remain a matter of debate!

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