When Satya Nadella was a child, his father hung a huge poster of Karl Marx in his room in order to push him towards education. In retaliation, his mother hung a larger picture of Lakshmi to remind him to be happy in whatever he does. While the kid in Nadella did not know what he wanted, he has become a source of inspiration to kids all over the world. He was obsessed with cricket as a child and took the lessons from the cricket field to his CEO chair. Here are some inspiring life lessons from Satya Nadella that keep pushing us to do better every day!
1. Compete with passion
The first life lesson from Nadella’s playbook is to always compete with passion, be it in terms of adversity or intimidation. The key takeaway here is it to respect your competitor enough so that you do not lose sight of the bigger picture at the end of the day.
2. The team always comes first
For Satya, the team always comes first. Even when he was working as just an employee, he would work in tandum with the rest of his team. According to him, this is the best way to make sure you are respected.
3. Lay out your plans.
In 2008, when Satya Nadella was appointed to head the Microsoft’s search portal and advertising platform group, he was perceived as a greenhorn, even though he was with the company for 15 years! Nadella sent out a memo to all his employees, laying out objectives for the year that gave analysts a glimpse into his plans. His goals outlined in the note included developing a strong “destination search experience,” reinventing the MSN portal, scaling the company’s ad platform and emphasising innovation and agility at the group. The reason he was able to achieve his goal was because he laid out his plans without any loopholes, thereby giving his team the chance to know what was going on in the company.
4. Innovation trumps instiution
For a long time now, we as a country have forgotten how to think in terms of innovation. Most people have an organisational and traditional mindset. What Nadella plans to do is change the structural thought process of a company that employes around 100,000 people. He relies on one simple belief; rely on innovation and not on the institution. According to him, this is when you achieve true innovation.
5. Hit refresh
Another life lesson to learn from Satya is the fact that he never gave up on his dream. Fail, then start over again. Hitting refresh is one of the most important things to do in life because if you do not, then the big things will never come your way.
6. There is no “Me” anymore
Any big organisation is just one bad leader away from becoming a disaster. Nadella came down firmly in favour of a culture driven by individual initiative: “Every one of us needs to do our best work, lead and help drive cultural change. We sometimes underestimate what we each can do to make things happen and overestimate what others need to do to move us forward. We must change this,” said Satya in reference to this in a public meeting.
7. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer
Nadella believes that it is important to have a strong eye on your future. When it competitiors, always know what they are and keep polishing your strengths. Keep learning, reading and growing. This always helps you stay one step ahead in life.
8. Be grounded during challenges
Satya Nadella is well aware that life (and business) is not always plain sailing. In a competitive business environment, it is tempting to hide away failures and show off achievements but it is important to reflect upon and learn from these challenges. If nothing ever goes wrong, there is no path for improvement.
9. Continuously reinvent yourself
When Satya Nadella joined Microsoft, no one knew what cloud computing meant. He worked hard enough to know what was going to happen ten years down the line and reinventing himself did the trick!
10. Think big. Dream big and achieve big.
Despite going to average schools and colleges, Nadella proved to us all that he could get what he wanted from dreaming big and working hard.
Work hard enough, dream long enough and create all the time. These are the three things that Satya Nadella has always believed in and if we do the same, we could also aspire to be where he is at today!
Facebook Facts That’ll Flip You Out!
Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook as a means of connecting people to one another via the Internet. While Facebook is perhaps one of the most pioneering sites of social media, there are a lot of hidden facts about one of the largest online platforms. Today, we bring you ten things you probably did not know about this platform!
1. No blocking.
You can block literally anyone except for the Mark Zuckerberg. Why would you want to, anyway?
2. Talk like a pirate
Have you ever wanted to talk like a Pirate but did not know how? Then worry not because Facebook gives you the option of changing your language to Pirate! A win here for sure!
3. No privacy!
Facebook has access to all your online browsing. Yes. Even after you sign out! Next time you check in somewhere, think twice. Because, Big Brother is watching!
4. The first face
Zuckerberg has a quirky side to him. How do we know? The first face of Facebook was Al Pacino! It was placed on the top left side of the screen!
5. Like the Awesome
The word “like” was thought to be subtle for Facebook and the team wanted to initially call the like button the “awesome” button. What do you prefer? To be awesome or to be liked?
6. Not just a random colour
Did you know Facebook is blue in colour because Mark Zuckerberg is primarily colour blind? He can’t see the colours red and green. The next best option? Red + Green = Blue!
7. Oh China!
China doesn’t believe in International social media. The country has blocked Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for almost a decade now. In fact, since the year 2009.
8. The mother of all divorces
According to reports, a third of all divorce filings in the year 2011 in the United States listed Facebook as a cause.
9. A slap for the internet
A blogger was so sick of Facebook, he hired a woman to slap him every time he got on Facebook. Now that is perseverance in its true form!
10. Death. Oh death.
To make things morbid, Facebook has around 30,000 million profiles of people who have passed away. Talk about morbid.
Facebook is clearly more than just being your average social media platform, with its fair share of the dark side and the good side. Let us know if you think there are other strange facts we missed here!
Life Lessons To Be Learnt From Indra Nooyi
Apart from being a wife and a mother, Indra Nooyi is first and foremost known as the CEO of one of the largest companies, PepsiCo. Here are a few great life lessons to learn from the woman who dared to dream.
1. Everyone needs a vision
When Nooyi became the CEO of Pepsi, she didn’t start off with the idea of changing the face of the company. She started off with a bigger vision for the company and then built towards achieving the goal. This is why it is important to have a vision first and then plan the process out.
2. Listen carefully
According to Indra Nooyi, listening is perhaps the most important thing. There are always people with ideas for how we can do things differently – ideas we may not want to hear. This is where listening plays a huge role in your life. The next big idea could just be the result of listening, who knows!
3. Ensure that culture isn’t affected
Where you come from is your defining factor. Even if you move from place to place, ensure your culture remains the same wherever you are.
4. Be a student for life
Keep learning all your life. The world is always evolving and there is no limit to the information you learn. Let the student in your life always be alive and your life will have new meaning.
5. People are everything
Growing up, Indra would always see people come to her mother and appreciate her for the good job she had done in raising Indra. These things always had a huge impact on her and she realised the relationships you build growing up have a strong impact in your life.
While not everything comes with just dreaming, these life lessons from Indra Nooyi really help getting things into perspective, making life a memorable experience.
The Flipkart Success Story
Flipkart is perhaps India’s largest home grown e commerce platform today and it has quite a success story to its name. Founded in the year 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, this platform was founded with a meagre Rs. 6,500 as a startup fund.
Both were Amazon techies working at creating the next big thing. Little did they know that the idea was just around the corner. Bored with their mundane jobs, Sachin and Binny wanted to create a search engine dedicated to e commerce websites. However, they soon realised that there were very few websites of this kind and this when they came up with something like Flipkart.
They left their jobs in the hopes of shaping the future of e commerce in India at a time when this field was steadily growing. Both of them loved books and founded Flipkart as a platform that catered to book lovers. Want anything, Flipkart made it available. In fact, that is what Flipkart means: Flipping things into the cart. A couple of months into the business, they realised they had a larger target audience to tap.
In the first few years of its existence, Flipkart raised funds through venture capital funding. As the company grew in stature, more funding arrived. Flipkart repaid the investors’ faith with terrific performances year after year. In the financial year 2008-09, Flipkart had made sales to the tune of Rs. 40 million. This soon increased to Rs. 200 million in the following year.
When Flipkart launched, e commerce websites faced one major problem, that of online payment gateways. Back then, not many people trusted paying on the internet. Flipkart tackled this problem by introducing cash on delivery and payment by card on delivery in addition to others. Flipkart was the first to implement the ‘Cash On Delivery’ facility, which every online shopping website in India offers as an option today.
Over the years, as faith was established in Flipkart’s business and easy delivery processes, the acquisitions became higher and the rewards became larger. With Sachin Singh as the Chairman of the company and Binny Singh as the CEO, Flipkart stands as the largest online e commerce platform in the country. Walmart is in talks to invest in this online platform and once the investment goes through, Flipkart and Amazon will stand neck to neck. What started off as only a platform for books has now become a platform for pretty much anything from technology to stationary!
Flipkart managed to open the doors to an e commerce friendly India and this was only possible because of the founders who created and not just thought. A true success story like this doesn’t come too often and when it does, it makes sense to stand up and notice.
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