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Who moved my Chance? Who moved my Chance? November 21, 2010

Posted by aglakadam in career guidance and counselling, Management, Motivation.
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A news item in a local daily caught my attention, the headlines said “Scotland Yard to be Trained on Facebook & Twitter”. Looks like an exceptional move by the London government & administration to provide their staff training into new dimensions of social networking. Surely cyber crimes have seen an incremental growth since the increase in the number of internet users across the world. One would think that this training is from the point of view to arrest cyber crime but the fact lies that the police in UK is getting a training on Twitter & Facebook in order to use it as a tool to track & follow all kinds of criminals!

Once upon a time I was following singer Shreya Ghoshal on twitter through my account (@varwandkar). Being thousands of kilometers away I could clearly visualize where would the singer be as of now by deciphering her tweets! That’s when I advised her not to advertise her current location even indirectly by way of tweets! One never knows who may be following with what intentions! Same is the story with facebook & many other social media platforms. I am told about a story in Durham where a criminal learned everything about the victims bungalow just by scanning all the photographs uploaded by the victim on social network! The dacoit planned & executed the loot basis that information and escaped happily!

Training & retraining is really a mandatory tool for growth and success in today’s ever evolving world. Nothing is constant in this world except change. Yesterday’s technology is extinct today. Take a new computer or a cell phone and ask for its resell value after a few minutes, you will visualize the fast pace of change! It is said that a new car depreciates about twenty percentage the time it rolls down the car dealer’s showroom!

One of the CEO’s while addressing employees in a yearly speech said “Friends, today we have to run to stay where we are! Think what we will be required to grow?” Think of the fast pace of the world around – to stay where you are you need to be running! Old is the adage which says that stagnant water gets stale .. today if you are walking you may be left behind by many…. Not only this, you may loose your chance in a wink! Even running will not take you ahead, to move further you need to jump, leap, take turns, re-turns, bend, duck, hide & move …. finally evolve!

Message here is to embrace the change & be the change yourself. Evolve with the new era and the new technology. Your ignorance will not be excused, better be abreast, be prepared and try to be ahead of the technology and the change! Worst your rigidness to accept new dimensions is likely to be ruthlessly punished by the social environment around! In order to learn new lessons, at time we may have to unlearn the old ones, not because those lessons were wrong but because the context may have changed. There may not always be second chance to opt for the first opportunity on your way! Look around, there may be something new invading your old ways!

Ajit Varwandkar
Managing Director, http://www.aglakadam.com
Author Can be contacted on : info@fsindia.in

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