Share your ideas: Copy-“right” or copy-“left” your idea

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“Everything begins with an idea”, said Earl Nightingale, an American motivational speaker and writer.

Ideas can change the world. All successful organizations or businesses began with an idea that turned out to be great.

If you have had an idea, then chances are that many others would also have had the same idea or a somewhat similar idea and could already be working on it. Ideas arise out of common circumstances or needs. They usually follow the current trends.

Yet we are afraid or reluctant to share our ideas lest they be stolen by others. But it is always better to share your ideas.

Sharing is gathering information. Brainstorming or debating your ideas with others gives you valuable feedback or insight about the viability of your idea, be it your family, friends, or colleagues, right at the very beginning. You can copy-“right” your idea, if you want. The diversity of their knowledge, skills and experience makes you better informed. You learn more about the pros and cons, you can rework your idea and take that first step on the path of converting your idea into reality. This is how innovations come about.

Holding on to your idea, waiting for the right time, may well make your idea outdated.

Anybody and everybody can have ideas. How you execute your idea is what makes the difference. The one who implements his/her idea first gets credit for innovation.

But, if you do not want to work on your idea or implement it, then share it immediately; you can copy-“left” your idea. Put it up on an open forum where anybody can use it or add to it.

Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA & HCFI

Recipient of Padma Shri, Dr BC Roy National Award, Vishwa Hindi Samman, National Science Communication Award & FICCI Health Care Personality of the Year Award
Vice President Confederation of Medical Associations of Asia and Oceania (CMAAO)
Past Honorary Secretary General IMA
Past Senior National Vice President IMA
President Heart Care Foundation of India
Gold Medalist Nagpur University
Limca Book of Record Holder in CPR 10
Honorary Professor of Bioethics SRM Medical College Hospital & Research Centre
Sr. Consultant Medicine & Cardiology, Dean Board of Medical Education, Moolchand
Editor in Chief IJCP Group of Publications & eMedinewS
Member Ethics Committee Medical Council of India (2013-14)
Chairman Ethics Committee Delhi Medical Council (2009-15)
Elected Member Delhi Medical Council (2004-2009)
Chairman IMSA Delhi Chapter (March 10- March 13)
Director IMA AKN Sinha Institute (08-09)
Finance Secretary IMA (07-08)
Chairman IMAAMS (06-07)
President Delhi Medical Association (05-06)

What is team work?

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What is team work? When asked this question, the usual answer would be “a group of people with the ability to work effectively in a group with the objective of achieving a common goal”.

Each member has a role to play within the team. How well a team works together can spell success and failure of a project. Several success stories have been credited to “team effort” and rightly so.

Trust, mutual respect, commitment, communication, taking responsibility, cooperation are some of the skills that are usually listed as required as team work skills to achieve desired results. These are qualities that employers often seek in prospective employees.

A team comprises a group of people, each with their own personality. And it is the personality of each team member more than the individual expertise or ability that each has to offer, which determines how well a team works together and delivers desired results in time.

Each one of us has a physical profile (defined by our height, complexion, collar number, waist size, etc.), intellectual profile and ego profile (my bank balance, car, job designation, locality of residence, size of house, contacts, power, clothes, etc.).

Then there is the “soul profile”. This is most important. Soul profile defines your uniqueness, your strengths. Your occupation or your position in the society or physical profile do not define you. It is your soul profile, which defines you, who you are as a person.

According to Dr Deepak Chopra, to know your soul profile, ask yourself the following seven questions while sitting in a meditative poise or in state of relaxation. The answer to each question should be either in three words or three phrases.

1. What is my purpose of life?
2. What is my contribution going to be for my friends and family?
3. Three instances in my life when I had my peak experiences.
4. Names of three people who inspire me the most.
5. Three qualities which I admire in others the most.
6. Three of my unique talents.
7. Three qualities I best express in my relationship

The 21 answers to these seven questions characterize your soul profile and define every action you perform in your life.

A team therefore should be a right mix of personalities (profiles) with jobs assigned that match their profile. These profiles influence team performance and the dynamics within a team. But, when these profiles match, success becomes a natural and automatic outcome. Conflict results when these profiles are mismatched. A person with a stronger ego profile may be assigned a leadership role. Never put two egoistic people together.

To build a great team, a team leader must harness the strength of each member of his/her team. Match these profiles for a more cohesive working. This is also how each member of a team can maximize his/her strengths.

Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA & HCFI

Recipient of Padma Shri, Dr BC Roy National Award, Vishwa Hindi Samman, National Science Communication Award & FICCI Health Care Personality of the Year Award
Vice President Confederation of Medical Associations of Asia and Oceania (CMAAO)
Past Honorary Secretary General IMA
Past Senior National Vice President IMA
President Heart Care Foundation of India
Gold Medalist Nagpur University
Limca Book of Record Holder in CPR 10
Honorary Professor of Bioethics SRM Medical College Hospital & Research Centre
Sr. Consultant Medicine & Cardiology, Dean Board of Medical Education, Moolchand
Editor in Chief IJCP Group of Publications & eMedinewS
Member Ethics Committee Medical Council of India (2013-14)
Chairman Ethics Committee Delhi Medical Council (2009-15)
Elected Member Delhi Medical Council (2004-2009)
Chairman IMSA Delhi Chapter (March 10- March 13)
Director IMA AKN Sinha Institute (08-09)
Finance Secretary IMA (07-08)
Chairman IMAAMS (06-07)
President Delhi Medical Association (05-06)

What do we see in a celebrity?

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When we look at famous people, be it any field, we are awestruck by their persona and the aura of success that surrounds them. We are all fascinated by celebrities and famous people. Their charismatic personality is captivating, which draws people towards them. Impressive, inspiring, amazing, awe-inspiring are often how such people are described. We admire them and we aspire to be like them.

And at times, one can’t help but feel a twinge of envy at their success.

All successful people have some qualities, which separate them from the rest of us. But, it is possible to cultivate these special qualities.

When you read about famous people, see them on TV or in person, then instead of all the above emotions, think about and analyze their distinct qualities or personality traits, which led them on to the path of success… Think “what quality he/she has that is lacking in me and if develop that quality, can I become the same”.

Here is a simple exercise, which we all can do.

• Make a list of five such famous personalities or people who you have met e.g. your teacher, etc., who inspire you.
• Then list the qualities, which you most admire or like in them.
• Pick out one quality from each.
• Keep this list on your work desk in your office and at your home, as a constant reminder.
• Try to inculcate them in your day to day life, bring it in your routine. Fix a number of days or weeks for this.
• This requires repeated action and when actions are repeated, they become a habit.

This way they become role models for us.

I recently had the opportunity to visit the ‘108 Shiv Mandir’ at Bardhman in West Bengal. There are 108 small temples constructed side by side in two circles. So, 108 can be an arbitrary number. Repeat the action 108 times, it will become a habit.

Always choose the company of positive people and meet people of eminence.

Sewa, Simran and Sangat are the three principles of life as per the most Vedic literature. Even Adi Shankaracharya described Sangat as the main force for living a spiritual life.

Sangat is the company of people you interact with. The company of good people makes one good; vice versa is also true.

“As one thinks, so he becomes”. The human mind is very powerful. Its potential is unlimited. It can influence behavior.

Repeated actions change to habits, which ultimately shape your personality.

Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA & HCFI

Recipient of Padma Shri, Dr BC Roy National Award,Vishwa Hindi Samman, National Science Communication Award & FICCI Health Care Personality of the Year Award
Vice President Confederation of Medical Associations of Asia and Oceania (CMAAO)
Past Honorary Secretary General IMA
Past Senior National Vice President IMA
President Heart Care Foundation of India
Gold Medallist Nagpur University
Limca Book of Record Holder in CPR 10
Honorary Professor of Bioethics SRM Medical College Hospital & Research Centre
Sr. Consultant Medicine & Cardiology, Dean Board of Medical Education, Moolchand
Editor in Chief IJCP Group of Publications & eMedinewS
Member Ethics Committee Medical Council of India (2013-14)
Chairman Ethics Committee Delhi Medical Council (2009-15)
Elected Member Delhi Medical Council (2004-2009)
Chairman IMSA Delhi Chapter (March 10- March 13)
Director IMA AKN Sinha Institute (08-09)
Finance Secretary IMA (07-08)
Chairman IMAAMS (06-07)
President Delhi Medical Association (05-06)

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