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Praise Vs. Recognition

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I was reading a book and just got this point well discussed into the same. Yes, I have experienced the things which author mentioned in his book in my career. After reading this, I also feel that there are vast difference between these two. And Recognition is more powerful than Praise.

Praise is variable things in life. It says “You are very good” when you do good things and might be next day, you can get anger from the same people who praise just one day ago. That means for the people who are engaged in praise game, always set you up as per outcome which they expect from you. So, when you do some great job for them, they start praising like anything. and if you are not experienced enough and could not work out on any project well enough, you need to hear those statements which when we hear, we sometime pray to god, that why we have ear to hear ::).

Recognition is I believe what should be applied mostly instead of praise. Recognition is on factual things, rather than value judgements. It is not complement. It is just what person has done the work from his level best. And it applied to action rather than a person.

For example, when any developer works something great, manager runs to him and say, “You are great as you completed this work”. The hidden meaning is “You are only great if you do such things and makes me happy”. If you are not good enough on other tasks this statement will be changed like “You are poor on doing things or you are not good enough”. Seems easy for Managers 🙂

But recognition really increase the potential and motivation of the employee. When you see that someone who is not much experience doing some good work, you should recognise that work and appreciate what he/she has done. Might be this way, you just make them to feel accepted and they strive to do the good things.

So example is, when somebody brings you flower, Praise is “You are good for bringing me flowers” and recognition is “Thank you for flowers and I appreciate them very much.”

Think about this!!!!

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April 14, 2010 at 2:22 am

When work becomes play

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There are few people who have the power to choose what they wanted to do truly. The others are doing just for sake of money. I was reading a book “Big Bucks” and there was a topic about this. Author pointed out that mostly we do not take work as play and fun but yes, we take as pressure and deadlines. We are in hurry to reach 30 or 31st (Don’t tell me about February as I consider it as Valentine month. Everyone is waiting for 14th Not 28/29th 😛 ).

But you might consider worth looking at your past life and take those days when you really enjoys the work or doing something. If you deeply go and see those days, you can reach on conclusion that yes, those were the days when you take the work as fun way rather than working for money or pressures. Money is altogether important though and I am not telling you about FUN without Money ( currently considered so called most valuable things 🙂 ).

But, whatever your work is, just don’t start of with the negative emotions and feelings. Take as it would be a fun, great fun. Plan and execute in such a way that the people around you likes doing the work instead of procrastinating. There are always problems, either big ones or small ones, either more or less, but obviously problems are there. Situations differs, project differs but your attitude towards the things to be done should not. Sometimes, It might take more time to complete the things then you have thought of. But if you go with right attitude and FUN feeling, then probability of doing the things great way increases. At last it is more important that how you feel rather than how someone makes you feel.

Just Keep Smiling & Keep Working

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February 4, 2010 at 10:49 pm

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Progress depends on level of people around you

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Sometimes when I sit alone and see my career then the thought comes into my mind that what that keeps a developer/programmer gets going. What is the formula that kicks the programmer’s life? There are some points and experience that I wanted to share with you guys!!!!

When I was in my first company, the very first project was to develop a device driver of LAN card and that too for NOVELL netware operating system. The first heart breaking project. Actually my heart was broken due to this project instead of broken due to any love affair :). We all are newbie at that time and even don’t know what is VC++ as well DDK. But, as we all friends are highly motivated and due to that we have internal healthy competition to complete the same as quickly as possible. Everybody was trying to finish given work  as soon as possible and the competition was the greatest force for us at that time. At that time salary was not concern as might be it was our first project.

Second project was even the more disastrous. To make a diamond planner with hardware and software interface in VC++. But we have given ample time and support as well full trust from our project manager as well as owner of the company. And that was really awesome experience to complete such a huge complex project. So I consider that also one of the point to get you going.

Now, the worst life begins from this point. From next company, there are always lot of pressures and deadlines to achieve the things that are not possible either in timeline or either with technology. Without trusting the developer and doing the unnecessary pressure and demands lessen the developer’s motivation. There should be positive pressure that can work.

The last and most important point that I learned in company that affect the person’s growth is what kind of people touching your work life. There are lot of people come into project like clients, project manager, customer, business manager, colleagues  etc. if those people are coordinating properly and positively, the outcome will surely positive. But at most of places there are always missing thing is trust. Also, there are competition for making others wrong in the project’s problems and issues. When this starts happening, the problems starts. Each one start proving their parts right including developer. But the hit point in this politics will be the lowest level candidates.

Sometimes, people use flattery and bootlicking for making others fool. They generally do this as they could not do their work properly or they afraid of the competitions. But yes, such companies has always lot of issues internally as well as with clients.

Anyway, the conclusion to healthy company is (from my view 😛 ),

  • Always keep positive competition going.
  • Put proper trust and positive pressure on each employee
  • Always have cross-review ( that is top to bottom as well as bottom to top for each employee)
  • Give proper time for the work
  • Always find  ways to motivate peoples

Last but not the least


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January 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm

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What is Failures by Robert Schuller

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Failure doesn’t necessarily mean you fail
but that you are not successful yet.

Failure doesn’t mean you gain nothing
but that you have learned something.

Failure doesn’t mean you are stupid ever to try.
It indicates you are brave, determined and have a strong spirit
so be proud of yourself.

Failure doesn’t mean you will not achieve any success
but it will take some patience.

Failure doesn’t mean you are finished
but that you still have opportunities to start again
and to try looking for something new.

Failure doesn’t mean God has deserted you
but that He has a better plan for you

so it is very true that failure will never cease to exist.

– Dr. Robert Schuller  –

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January 24, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Finished Reading 100 Quotation/Principle of all time : Lovely Leadership Quotes

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This book is really nice and simple. It contains great quotations of the qualities that leader has. It is categorized well. I think everybody should go through the list once. Each one is jewel in itself.

Some of my favorites are as below:


Many people have ideas on how others should change; few people have ideas on how they should change. = Leo Tolstoy

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him. = Niccolo Machiavelli

There’s nothing more demoralizing than a leader who can’t clearly articulate why we’re doing what we’re doing. = James Kouzes and Barry Posner

I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself. = Robert E. Lee

A true leader has to have a genuine open-door policy so that his people are not afraid to approach him for any reason. = Harold Geneen

Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works too. = Robert Half

You do not lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership. = Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. = Karl Popper

Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be led. = Ross Perot

In order to make a fire burn, you fan the live coals. In order to keep your organization fired up, it’s imperative that you find and motivate the leaders or potential leaders in your organization regardless of how far down the line they might be. = Dexter Yager

Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy. = Saadi Shirazi

And Many More… Beautiful book…worth reading. 10/10. 🙂

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July 5, 2009 at 1:32 am

Nine Life Lessons From TED ( Rock Climbing Philosophy )

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Nice article about motivation using rock climbing philosophy. Shown 9 principle used in the rock climbing. Worth watching.

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April 21, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Great Performance still project is not success

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I am currently working on great project and we all are doing/giving great performance still the project is not making success which we want. There are many reasons for the same. The first reason I consider, is the requirement clarification issue, then estimation issue, team knowledge issue etc.

I read following Article about the same and like the idea which he mentioning. I agreed to most of the point mentioned in the post…

Great Performances in Failed Projects

There are 2 ways of learning 1) Learn from your mistakes 2) Learn from others mistake. I think 2nd would be better approach :). The Mistake Bank is one of the community site where people are sharing their mistakes.


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April 21, 2009 at 2:18 pm