After lots of discussions and after having a voting within my family, we decided on the name of my son as “Sharv”.

Sharv represents name of Lord Shiva

Few more names we considered were Romir, Arin, Aarav, Aarush, Krish, Rishit, Adit & Aadi.

He is fair, got dark grey eyes and smiles in his sleep !!

I have uploaded few of his photos on Facebook and you can see them by clicking here !!

Ladies & Gentlemen !

It gives me great pleasure to inform you all that my wife (Kanika) delivered a healthy baby boy yesterday night (15th Sep 2009) and have made us proud parents again and my daughter has her own younger brother now !!

It’s a great moment for our family !

Unfortunately due to me being in a different city than my wife during this, I could not be with her during her painful moments but the joy she has given all of us has made us forever indebted to her. 

I love you Kanika, more than ever now !

Now comes the most difficult part of deciding a name for the baby. Although we have been discussing few names for boys & girls earlier, we were never serious in arriving at a definite name until now.

We had a simple criteria in our minds while deciding names. We think the name should be short enough, easy to read, write and pronounce. Few names we are thinking as of now are  Romir, Arin, Adit & Aarush.   Hopefully we will decide a good short, sweet name for the baby boy very soon !

In a celebration mood …

me !

Ohh .. wait a minute !

This article has nothing to do with any award / reward function you would see on a television, cinema, but its more to do with the way awards and rewards are judged within an organization and how sometimes it puzzles me.

Today, I had been to a rewards committee meeting as a guest judge and at the end of meeting, I left the room with lots of thoughts to ponder with.

award-cup Few days before the meeting, I was sent an excel sheet with good detailed nomination information about  6 candidates from whom I needed to judge the top two candidates. The top two would be rewarded a certain amount as per the company policy. There is a quota of the monthly / quarterly awards which are distributed at the end of every month / quarter.

Normally, the rewards committee has few fixed judges and few guest judges. I was one of the guest judge this time and was asked to voice my inputs on who would, in my opinion, win the award and why.  During the discussion, I observed that the rewards committee makes a good effort and attempt to discuss each case and try to give their opinions on the face value of the nominations they are presented.

On a whole, the process of inviting nominations from Project Managers and having a meeting in which a representation from Sr Management, HR & few guest judges would decide who wins, is good enough in most of the cases.

Most of the decisions, unless the judges know the nominee well, are made on the basis of what is written in the nomination form and how well the arguments are written.

The whole discussion made me wonder, in the end, who actually gets rewarded?

Is it the person who has done a great work or the person who has actually written a great nomination form with appropriate arguments?

How do you ensure that the right person gets the award?

What I have also seen, is the fact that the award normally goes to the person who has come out of adversity and saved a project from a serious escalation or from a difficult situation. Example of this could be someone who has just handled a business critical Priority 1 problem and resolved it within the SLA timings.

Then there is one person who makes an effort all year to keep a consistent performance and ensures that escalations do not happen and also ensures that the crisis situation never arises. This person, although gets nominated for the award, but would never get it, because his nomination form would be a lightweight, compared to the first one.

Typically in the support project, what I have seen is the team or the individual that resolves most problems or most crisis situations is rewarded the most. While, in a positive way it is correct to appraise a person who has gone extra mile to resolve the crisis and save the project from any potential penalty.

However, on the other hand, few people who are proactive, keep wondering what they need to do to get a recognition? In few discussions with the teams previously, we used to joke that we have got the project to such a stable phase, that there is no more challenge left which would give the team a chance to shine above the rest. !!

In a nutshell, there are quite a few factors that would determine whether a project or a person would get a reward or not and few of them I could list as follows,

  • Type of project – If a project is stable and all processes are matured, then there is a less likely chance that the project would be considered for any award. Eventually, all the people working in the project have less chance of getting recognized for their work.  Effectively, since the project itself does not offer any challenges, even outstanding person would struggle to get a recognition for the work there.
  • Nature of work – If someone has saved the project some costs, efforts or time, then the person would be worthy candidate of being nominated for the rewards. Whenever the nomination is given, its important that all the necessary details are furnished properly. Moreover, the benefits must clearly come out of the nomination form. The words such as costs reduction, resource reduction, automation, efforts saving, crisis resolution  should come out appropriately and should be emphasized.
  • Glorify the work -  As I mentioned above, irrespective of how many judges know your work quality personally, the decision is made on the basis of what is written in the nomination form. So its very important to glorify the work and presented accordingly.
  • Awareness – One of the most important aspect of being rewarded for outstanding work, is being aware of rewards process and ensuring that the information is proactively sent with some good details as I mentioned above.  During few discussions I had with the teams, it was observed that the team ‘expect’ the managers who work with you to ‘recognize’ their work automatically without the team expressing willingness and desire to actually have one awarded. Its a misconception that the work would automatically be awarded without any advertisement or internal marketing. Unfortunately, its one of the most difficult part for teams to understand and practice.
  • Due attention by project managers – Its very easy for project managers to put the blame on the rewards committee about lack of reward to the team. The rewards committee is the soft target by many project managers who fill up the nomination form just because its mandatory and lack ‘awareness’ as I mentioned above.  The project managers should ideally go all out to ensure that all correct details are furnished, glorified and presented accordingly for the rewards meeting.

These are just some of the tips you could use to assist yourself in presenting your case better.  Finally, a quick word on what I believe,

There is only one alternative to hardwork, its name is ‘smart work’ !

I have been doing more designs and more thinking since the time I last uploaded my furniture designs in my last post on this blog. The thinking has really been considering the following points,

  • Where would I fit in my 5 or 7 speaker home theatre which intend to buy sometime sooner rather than later
  • I have a projector so I need to a place where I can incorporate the projector screen in the design to pull it down and use it for watching movies or sports
  • Needed more open space where I can keep the books & papers
  • Need of giving more importance to utility over aesthetics
  • Finally and more importantly, I realized that the design needs to be modular so as to re-align the drawers if required in future

So out of these added needs, I have created two more designs which I am putting below. I have tried to mention where I intend to keep what so hopefully would give you an idea of how things will look like once its ready and done.

SRD Design 3
   SRD Design 3
SRD Design 4
SRD Design 4

 

I personally have liked the Design 4 more than Design 3 but I would want to give some more thinking on which one I should really go for.

Please feel free to click on these designs and explore them and let me know your comments on how I can make them even better.

Ohh, and in case you are wondering what does the title (H.A.M.B.A.I.D.N) mean, its  ‘How about me being an interior designer now?’ !

I have been doing several designs for my own home TV entertainment cabinet & wall cabinet since last 2 days or so and after 2 sleepless nights I am convinced with my design that I would give it for actual implementation.

Since the time I came back from UK, I have been thinking of doing lots of modification in my house in Pune which I bought 4 years ago but never had a chance to stay in (kept locked !!). So the idea of having a TV cabinet & a wall unit came out of the necessity of me trying to get my house in systematic order.

First I gone through lots of interior designer books to find out great ideas. Had gone through at least 15 books but none of it actually gave me a great design which I would use straight away in my home. 

Later, through a reference of my friend, I managed to hire an interior designer to do this work for me, however the designs that were sent to me did not excite me enough to go and agree on them.

Finally I decided to take time and do my own designs.

Internet definitely helped me in getting hundreds of design ideas for every corner of home and after lot of research and thinking I finally managed to get my own home furniture design in place which I would pursue further with the interior designer.

In case you are looking for ideas on home furniture, I would recommend you to visit a great website http://www.home-designing.com for hundreds of them. They are absolutely free to view and be inspired by !

Now without any delay, below are my two final ideas that would go to the workshop for construction.

TV Entertainment Cabinet Wall unit Cabinet

You can click on the images to see the larger images and feel free to use it in case you want to design them for your own furniture.

While putting the design in place I had following basic requirements as follows, I wanted

  • to have a combination of the computer workstation and the TV cabinet together in one seamless design
  • to have an exclusive space for printer & my external HDD drives
  • to have an exclusive space for my set top box, home theatre & speakers
  • to have an exclusive space for news papers, magazines
  • to have an exclusive space for mobile charging for my family
  • to have an exclusive space for storage of wires, cables & toolkits

With regards to the wall cabinets in the second image, you would definitely have guessed by now that the design has been inspired by Microsoft Office logo. I just love the colour combination of the logo and I thought it would fit in perfectly in my door side partition.  Microsoft, I hope I have not broken any copyright by using the above in my home furniture. After all, I am doing your advertisement !!

I have now sent the designs to the interior designer I have chosen to implement them for me and I am looking forward to see them in flesh for sure.

Do you like them? Let me know your thoughts ..