Akhand Gyan

Highlights of June 2019

IQ, EQ, SQ: Which 'Q' is the most important?

In the office, we often come across people who, in spite of having a low IQ, have scaled great heights in their careers. Whereas, people with high IQ are seen struggling to find a place in the company. There could be a lot of reasons on which the performance of an employee depends. However, does it mean that IQ has no relevance with the performance of an employee? As per a recent study, people with an average IQ outperform those with the highest IQs almost around 70% of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole criterion of success.  Now, the question arises, what is then more important at work than IQ? Decades of research point to emotional intelligence (EQ) as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the ordinary. While cognitive intelligence is strategic (long term), it's the emotional intelligence, which is tactical (immediate functioning). Let's try to understand the meaning of emotional intelligence through a short story: This is the story of a Japanese Samurai who once challenged a Zen Master to explain the concept of Heaven and Hell. The monk replied with scorn, "You're nothing but a lout- I can't waste my time with people like you!" Alas! The samurai flew into a rage and, pulling his sword from its scabbard, yelled- "I could kill you for your impatience." "That," the monk calmly replied, "is hell." Startled at the defini…

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An Ode to the Old Age

Shobhit: C’mon, not again. You wet the bed for the third time this week. BABY: I....... I didn’t ........ I mean I don’t know... when.... Shobhit: Haven’t I told you a thousand times, to call me when you have to go? Leave it. Let me clean. BABY: I... BABY: I want an Ice-cream! Chocolate one! Shobhit: You ate it two days ago only. Not good for you. BABY: You always say that for ice-cream, or late-night TV or anything. You are not good to me. Shobhit: Arey! Why are you saying so? I do everything... BABY: NO... Shobhit: OK. This is how I’m. Deal with it! BABY: *Sobbing* Nobody loves me! You guys might be thinking how terrible Shobhit is. How can he treat a baby like this? A baby, after all, is dependent for his needs and wants. Even if they throw tantrums or oversee our care (as in the second case), they don’t do it out of anger but due to their incapability to process information and accordingly, express emotions. Sometimes, these aren’t tantrums, but a way to gain some attention; attention to their needs, time for their pleas, and make them feel loved when they feel helpless. We all know this, of course, and that’s why we listen to all their weird stories, help them with their day-to-day-activities, and tolerate their tantrums. Why isn’t Shobhit doing all of this, you might be thinking. But what if I tell you that BABY is the name of his grandmother. OH WAIT! Would that change the context for you? …

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Chanakya Sutras for the Corporates

Dear readers, can you think of a few words that end with 'maker'? We know you will find it very easy. By adding '- maker' as a suffix to any object, we get a term describing the person who makes that object. For example- a shoe-maker, a glass-maker, a movie-maker, and so on. And, what about a 'king-maker'? Certainly, a person who carves out a king must be one with unmatched brains, a subtle thinker, besides being a great analyst who has the competency to uplift a mere vagabond to the throne of a king. Only he can be referred to as king-maker. Looking back into the history for examples in this context, Acharya Chanakya's name verily shines in golden letters. He is hailed as an ancient teacher and philosopher who adorned his disciples with classic values of leadership and management. The same have been expressed in the form of 'sutras' and carry an unchallengeable authenticity in application. Let us also throw a glance at some examples, which prove the significance of these gem-like sutras by Chanakya, for corporate employees to climb the success-ladder. ... Give Them Better Recognition And They Will Work Harder Chanakya Sutra- In the happiness of his subject lies his happiness; in their welfare his welfare; whatever pleases him, he shall not consider as good; but whatever pleases his subjects, he shall consider as good. Great leaders give priority to the happiness and well-being of the people around them. In 2006, when Indra Nooy…

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प्रभावों के प्रभाव!

आधुनिक जगत में प्रचलित कुछ ऐसे प्रभावों को जानते हैं, जो हमारे व्यवहार के अहम् हिस्से बन चुके हैं। उनको सही से समझकर हम अपने जीवन को एक नई दिशा दे सकते हैं। बाईक शेडिंग इफेक्ट आपके समक्ष एक ऑफिस की सच्ची घटना रखते हैं। उस ऑफिस में एक आवश्यक मीटिंग बुलाई गई। साथ ही, सब कर्मचारियों को यह संदेश पहुँचाया गया कि मीटिंग के बाद, रेस्तरां से खाना मँगवाकर सब एक-साथ लंच करेंगे। पर जानते हैं कि उस एक घंटे की मीटिंग में क्या हुआ? उस मीटिंग में 45 मिनट तक इसी बात पर चर्चा चलती रही कि खाने में छोले-भटूरे मँगवाए जाएँ या डीलक्स थाली या पिज़्ज़ा या कुछ और! मात्र 15 मिनट मीटिंग के विशेष मुद्दे पर …

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क्या आप योगासन करना पसंद करते हैं?

आजकल तो आसनों के विकल्प में युवा फिटनेस की आधुनिक तकनीकों को अपनाने लगे हैं। वे एरोबिक्स, जिमनास्टिक, पाइलेट्स, एरोबिक्स डांस फॉर्म ज़ुम्बा व जिम जाने को अधिक प्राथमिकता देते पाए जाते हैं। उनके अनुसार ये साधन उन्हें तेज़ी से केलोरी कम करने में, पतला होने में व उनकी बेडौल फिगर को दुरुस्त रखने में मदद करते हैं। पर पाठकों! अखण्ड ज्ञान का यह लेख आपको इस सच से अवगत कराएगा कि इन आधुनिक तकनीकों और प्राचीनतम योगासनों के बीच कहीं कोई बराबरी नहीं है। योगासन वह वैज्ञानिक पद्धति है जिससे शरीर और मन दोनों सशक्त होते हैं। योगासन के नियमित अभ्यास से शारीरिक मल व मन के दूषित विकार भी नष्…

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झुलसती गर्मी में शीतलता का अहसास

आयुर्वेदानुसार ग्रीष्म ऋतू में मनुष्य का स्वाभाविक बल क्षीण होने लगता है। अत्यधिक गर्मी की वजह से शरीर में पानी की लगातार कमी होने लगती है। फलस्वरूप शरीर में इलेक्ट्रोलाइट्स की कमी हो जाती है। इसलिए शरीर में जल की आपूर्ति करने के लिए हमें ज़्यादा से ज़्यादा शीतल पेय पदार्थों का सेवन करना चाहिए, जिन्हें 'आयुर्वेद' में 'पानक' भी कहा गया है। परन्तु कोल्ड ड्रिंक्स या सोडा पानी की जगह हमें प्राकृतिक पदार्थों एवं मसलों से निर्मित शीतल पेय ग्रहण करने चाहियें। वे हमारे स्वास्थ्य के लिए लाभकारी हैं। साथ ही, ताज़गी भी प्रदान करते हैं। आज ऐसे ही कुछ गुणकारी व घरों में आसानी स…

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