Posts Tagged ‘Management’

Self-Reflection – Q&A Style January 22nd, 2014

Vinod Kumar

My past does not define me, it has enabled me to learn and grow into what I want to be tomorrow.

Many a times we get a chance to listen to advice from others whenever we get into a tight situation. This has worked for many and we are in constant quest to find answers and solutions to our problems. It is difficult to keep mind out of clutter and we exercise caution as it is our instinctive nature to protect. Walking life’s path is just like driving on Indian roads, it is filled with potholes and speed breakers. It takes a seasoned genuinely driver to make the ride comfortable and lesser bumpy. It is how we navigate past these hurdles and how we make the presence of a pothole less jerky for passengers sitting inside. The concepts I am alluding is around how we tackle, handle and make the impacts less painful. It is tough and this journey needs a lot of introspection from one and all. So let me throw some basic questions at you and let us collectively answer our own-self to these questions. You are more than welcome to tag this post with your answers (on your blog) if you plan to do it.

If you want more, you have to require more from yourself – Dr Phil

Self-Reflection 101

  1. How would you define yourself?
  2. In one word, how would you describe your personality?
  3. How would you define your your life’s motto?
  4. Do you have something that everyone adores?
  5. What do you think is not in your life today?
  6. What has been bothering you lately or what is keep your thoughts busy lately?
  7. How would you define Happiness? What is between you and happiness?
  8. Is the child inside you still alive? What is the child asking for?
  9. What are you scared of? Has the fear stopping you from doing something?
  10. What will you never give up on?
  11. what is the best / worst decision you have ever made till date?
  12. What and Who is the biggest motivator in your life right now?
  13. What should never be taken seriously according to you?
  14. What fascinates you and give you energy on the very thought?
  15. What will you never do in your life? And what is that thing you said will never do, but have been doing it since then?
  16. Did you discover anything new about yourself?
  17. What worries you most about the future? And looking back, what have you been missing the most?
  18. What is the common misconception folks have about understanding you?
  19. What are the beliefs that you hold which people disagree?
  20. What are the qualities you look for in your friend?
  21. What can bring an instant smile on your face now?
  22. In exactly an one year from now, how would you be different?
  23. Why / On what do you have a hard time saying “no” to?
  24. When does your inner voice say to move on on something?
  25. If you could live your life once again, what would you want to do one more time?
  26. As you become 60-years-old, what will matter to you the most?

Changing our bad habits starts with becoming aware of aspects of ourselves that we could improve on.

These are basic questions in my humble opinion and many cross my mind as I think about life and beyond. Do let me know how of these questions resonated with you? How many more would you add to this list?

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Winners always Win – Why? January 13th, 2014

Vinod Kumar

Winning is a human instinct, we all want to be winners. We all want to succeed. We all try to do so many things and in the process fall short of reaching our dreams. Why is this the reason? Why do we feel some people always win in their life? I personally feel it is a state of mind, it is how we think about success or winning, depends on how we focus on activities in hand. I love to appreciate life as it comes and living life in each moment as it arrives. It is sometimes not what a lot agree, but this is something I love to use as mantra. Let me take a shot on what winners are made up off and these are some thoughts:

  1. Winners don’t quit, it is not about failing once. Winners have the energy to get up and find ways to chase the dreams.
  2. Winners are curious and want to understand what they don’t understand.
  3. Winners earn their respect, they don’t seek to get it.
  4. Winners live in the today with their experience from past.
  5. Winners love the journey to finish line. They enjoy the complete process, not about just crossing the line.
  6. Winners face their fears and solve them.
  7. Winners look for solution to problems around them.
  8. Winners love constructive criticism, they don’t run away from feedbacks.
  9. Winners are not trying to boil the ocean, they love each small triumphs.
  10. Winners just don’t talk but communicate their dreams through their actions.
  11. Winners want to make a difference in whatever they do.
  12. Winners know to look beyond imperfections, break the mold and move on.
  13. Winners define their success, it is not defined by others.
  14. Winners are learners for a lifetime.
  15. Winners believe in themselves, they love to workhard to find themselves in a lucky spot to go the extra mile.

So this was my small shot at this topic. Do let me know if you have the winner inside you kicking? What is running in your mind – let me know.

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SQL Server AlwaysOn-Readable Secondary Setting January 3rd, 2014

Vinod Kumar

Recently I was questioned by two different customers on the very topic and I thought it was worth writing a mini-post to start the year :). The question was simple, what is the fundamental difference of values of “Yes” and “Read-Intent only” values when we are configuring our AlwaysOn Availability Groups? Aren’t they the same?

If you check the configuration of AlwaysOn we will be presented with these three options and these can be changed even later. This blog is to simply explain what these three mean.

No: This is the easiest of the lot. It just means we will not allow any connections to this server.

Yes: This is used for legacy purposes where *any TDS client* who wants to connect to a secondary replica explicitly for reporting workload can connect.

Updated as per Robert Comments: You can still connect to a instance marked as Yes via the routing list as it is an readable copy.

Read-intent-only: In this option we explicitly need to give the connection string property of “ApplicationIntent=ReadOnly”. Read more about connection strings in my previous blog – SQL Server AlwaysOn–Connection Strings. The only difference here is that you have explicitly shown the intent that the connection is going to be read only and it removes the caveat of previous point because now the routing-list / listener takes care of routing your request to the first available readable secondary as per the configuration. Hence for all practical purposes, for new applications please use this option.

Irrespective to the option selected, if your application fires a write operation to a ReadOnly server, the application will fail on the first DML or DDL operation performed in that connection.

This post is inspired from Book content: SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Joes 2 Pros®: A Tutorial for Implementing High Availability and Disaster Recovery using AlwaysOn Availability Groups” (Paperback, Kindle).

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Year End roundup with pinch of Inspiration December 31st, 2013

Vinod Kumar

I had a number of friends comment me over my previous post “Rejuvenate and feel better instantly” and one of the points was to view some inspirational posts. A comment from that post got me into writing this particular post as the year 2013 comes to an end. What are some of the inspirational videos that I look at and what inspires me? Well, there are a number of them to mention and another thousands that I would love to share. But here are my Top 5 as a teaser. Hope you get inspired by some and will plan for a wonderful year 2014 ahead.

Trust your instincts and Follow your heart – Steve Jobs

This speech by Steve Jobs at the Stanford in 2005 is short yet with a powerful message. Hats off.

The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch

I also have the book from Randy Pauch, “The Last Lecture”. This lecture of his at his University almost a year before he passed away is something I have watched a number of times. Take time and surely take a look. Worth every minute of your time.

It is not about falling, but failing to get up matters – Nick Vujicic

I am sure most of you would have seen this video before, but is worth a mention again here.

They might take our lives, but they can never take our freedom

Atleast I have seen this picture and this epic scene from Braveheart a hundred times when I was growing up. It was inspiring then and is even now :).

Greed is a poison – Charlie Chaplin

Did you ever know that Charlie Chaplin composed many of his film music? Behind the person who made us smile a million times is a serious person behind the mask who went through poverty and hardship to achieve what he did. I just loved this speech of his and thought it was worth sharing.

As the new year dawns, let me take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting me till date, encouraging me to write more, giving me candid feedbacks and loving me to what ever I threw at you as thoughts.

I will surely try to keep my writing pen active and busy in the coming year too. THANK YOU AGAIN ALL !!!

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Rejuvenate and feel better instantly December 24th, 2013

Vinod Kumar

Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them – Henry Ford

In this era of fast food and easy-merry-go-life we want to do things instantly. And I am sure after a dull boring day we want instant energy back into our system to do things we would cherish doing – playing a game with our kids, taking your wife for a movie or taking parents to dinner. Some of these are great needs, but sometimes in middle of a busy day we need to be high on energy as we switch between meetings. How can we achieve this never deteriorating stream of energy every single day? So here are some of my best and easy steps I thought to pen down. Let me know if you used any of these methods in your life anytime.

The energy of the mind is the essence of life – Aristotle

  1. Stretch out: This is the simplest of the lot. Snap away from what you are doing, watch some greenery and stretch and bend your back.
  2. Step out for a walk: Just like above, this is one of the easiest and most used mechanism by many. Get outside your cubicle and get some fresh air and it helps clear your mind.
  3. Calling a friend: Sometime we get energy by symbiotic ways. Just calling one of your close friend and listening to their cheerful voice can get us all the energy we need to go for rest of the day.
  4. Dress for the occasion: If you are at home and not getting all the energy, just by dressing formally can get you in that mindset and you will be able to run the extra mile.
  5. Listen to music: Cutting yourself of the clutter and listening to some melody from your favorite composer can get you an extra ounce of energy increasing your concentration to do the next task in hand.
  6. Laugh your way out: There is no substitute to happy mind. Watching some funny videos (on youtube) that can bring a smile can surely rejuvenate the rest of the day.
  7. Read motivational stuff: This is something I do quite a bit. I keep reading lots of books and it brings back so much motivation that it keep me running.
  8. Control your breath cycles: If you are into Yoga then a few deep breaths of mini-pranayams can get some new positive energy flowing into your system.
  9. Snap and help someone in need: They say life comes in circles, so if you create a positive vibes in someone else’s life, you are going to get positive energy flowing into your life too.
  10. Do yourself a favor: The best way to revitalize is to do something meaningful to you. If you do something you have been wanting to do for a long time, it brings back so much of satisfaction and energy back in the system. This can be as simple as taking your Guitar and playing a few strings.
  11. Savor your success: The best way to boost yourself is to think about your recent successes for not more than 30 seconds. It can bring goosebumps yet reminds you that if you have done things in the past, it is quite possible in future too.

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.

Understand that everything that happens in life is never good or bad, it is just our perception that makes them good or bad. I am sure you have found your own way to emotionally boost yourself when you get stuck in situation to give yourself that extra bit of energy. Do let me know – “what do you do to make yourself feel better when life puts a U turn and puts you down?”. Let me know.

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