5 Books That Will Blow Your Mind

There are so many books available that one can read in his/her lifetime. Key is to read books that offer a different perspective and help you see this world differently. You just have to choose really great books. Here are five of my favorite books that changed my view of this world forever.

1. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t
A Leadership and Management Book by James C. Collins
good_to_greatIt describes how companies transitioned from being average to great companies and how companies failed to transition. A company having financial performance better than the market average over a sustained period of time is called a Great company.

The part I liked most about the book is that it’s based on real research “studied 6,000 articles, generated more than 2,000 pages of interview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data in a five-year project”. Seven characteristics of the companies that went from “good to great”:

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5 avoidable reasons why people fail PMP® exam

pmp_avoidable_mistakesPMP® Certification is in demand and number of PMP certified people has grown almost by 100% during last 5 year. This is a tedious exam to pass and as per unofficial statistics 30-40% people fail in PMP examination. Nobody wants to hear that s/he can fail in the exam. Bad news is that it happens. In fact, it happens to 1 out of 5 candidates. Good news is some of underlying reasons for the failure are common and great news is that some of these are avoidable. So here are 5 reasons why people fail and how to avoid them and pass you PMP Exam.

1. Doing very few mock tests You will have 4 hours to answer 200 questions for the PMP exam. Four hours is a long time to sit in front of a computer answering questions. There is no scheduled break during these 4 hours. Although you can take a break to eat something or go to washroom but that time is also accounted in your 4 hours exam time. Continue reading

8 Steps to get PMP® certification in first shot

Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification is provided by Project Management Institute (PMI). It is one of the most sought-after certifications. There is so much information available on Internet about PMP certification that it is sometimes difficult to determine how to get it. This post describes 8 simple steps to get PMP Certification in first shot.

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I assume that you have checked eligibility criterion, cost/efforts required and you are certain that PMP certification is valuable for you. If you are still not sure that PMP Certification is worth your time, efforts and cost, you can refer to my previous blog – Is PMP Certification worth it? In short, it requires 60-80 hours of studies spread across 2-3 months to pass PMP® exam and it costs approximately 550 USD. You can refer to PMP Certification page for details. So if you can get PMP certification by taking following 8 simple steps:

Step 1: Register at PMI with optional PMI Membership
First simple step is to register (free of cost) at PMI.org. This is required to submit the application. You can also take PMI membership that costs USD 139 for first year. Although PMI Membership is not required to submit the application form, however it is recommended to take this membership. If not in beginning, then definitely before you pay for PMP Certification.  It will become obvious to you in later steps why I recommend to do that. 

Step 2: Start filling up online application form or Download the form to fill offline
You can find the link after you are logged in or click here. One should not underestimate efforts and time required in filling the application form.
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Top 5 reasons for procrastination and how to conquer it

All of us have suffered from procrastination at one time or another. Procrastination is one of the biggest challenges of the century. Unfortunately, there is no single cause for procrastination, so no single remedy. It is a 2 steps process – First identify the reason and second use the appropriate tactics to overcome procrastination. Here are top 5 reasons why people procrastinate and tactics to conquer it:

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1. Unclear Vision or Goal:
This is the one of the primary reason for procrastination. If you do not know why are you doing a task, chances are very high that you are going to lose interest in it. Big picture is very important. This is more often the case for routine tasks as we stuck up in operation and forget how routine tasks fit into the big picture e.g. Dropping your son/daughter to school ever day, preparing a report regularly. Continue reading

9 TED Talks you should not miss

If a picture speaks thousands words, then a video is definitely worth more than that. Online videos are growing like a weed. There are much more videos on Internet that one can consume in his or her entire lifetime. There are many sites which provides videos services and one of those is TED. Here are 9 TED talks, which are very informative, thought provocative, and worth watching.

All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.

TEDx Zürich 2012

TEDx Zürich 2012

1. Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career 
In a thought provocative and funny style, Larry Smith, a professor of economics at the University of Waterloo in Canada, explains barriers people invent pursuing their passion. He makes a very strong case of pursing your passion.


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