Management Lessons From Chak De! India

Most people around me know that I always make it a point to enjoy a good film every once in a while. However, movies are not just a source of unwinding and entertainment for me – films are also a mode of learning for me, through which I gain valuable management-based lessons that can be incorporated in the corporate world and my daily life in general. One such movie is ‘Chak De! India’ that released in 2007.

Most of you would be aware of the plot of the film; for those who don’t, it is a movie about an ex Indian Hockey Team Captain who coaches the Indian Women’s Hockey Team to victory in the World Cup, while also clearing some allegations made against him in the past. While the movie does leave the viewer on the edge of their seats, there are various management lessons I learnt from the movie which I would like to share with you all.

Nothing Is Impossible

Everyone in the movie, including the team members themselves, consider that winning the World Cup is impossible, but under Kabir Khan’s leadership, they emerge victorious. The lesson here is that one has to get over all preconceived notions about the journey and its outcome, and continue working hard towards their goals. If one works hard and smart towards something they really want, it is achievable.

Work As A Team

While each individual may have their own set of unique skills to offer, teamwork is essential for progress. When a perfect amalgamation of various skills is achieved, the sky is the limit. The above being said, it is also important to delegate properly. In the movie, Kabir Khan is easily able to figure out which team member is best at which task, and places the team on the field accordingly to attain maximum output. Similarly, if a person with an inclination towards marketing is asked to do accounts-based jobs, s/he would not be able to deliver with the same level of efficiency and accuracy.

Be A Leader, Not A Boss

Seniority comes with a lot of responsibility, and it is essential to put it to the best use. A boss orders his subordinates to work, but a true leader works hand-in-hand with his subordinates. Kabir Khan not only leads the team to victory, but also helps the women overcome their fears and weaknesses in the process. A leader does not just focus on getting the work done; s/he also focuses on long-term development.

Challenges Are Opportunities

In the film, Kabir Khan, an ex-Captain with a tarnished image, was selected as the coach since the board had no faith in the Women’s Hockey Team. He took up this challenge and turned it into an opportunity by leading the team to victory, while also restoring his image in front of the people who hated him. Opportunities keep coming to us in the guise of challenges – how we look at them depends on our perspective. So, the next time you’re faced with a challenge, you know what to do!

Stay Focused And Committed

While facing a challenge, there are a lot of odds that come our way. In the film, Kabir Khan faces many hurdles that come between him and his goal. It is due to sheer will power, focus, and commitment that he stays put and finishes what he started. It is important to stay determined, no matter what life throws at you. Once a person is firm on his resolve, nothing can stop him from achieving his desires.

Movies are much more than entertainment and I continue to draw management lessons from every good film I manage to watch. I hope you all begin seeing movies in a whole new perspective as well, for it has always been said that movies are a reflection of real life.

Youth – The Torch-Bearers Of Our Legacy

In today’s world, it is interesting to observe a change in the way people perceive children. Once the lowest common denominator of all products and services, they are now at the forefront of a lot of daily activities. An average child today may possess a lot more knowledge than the average adult knew thirty to forty years ago. Apart from the propagation of knowledge, technology has also helped children develop faster. Our little ones are now out there, setting records, making our nation famous and much more. When I visited the Sakal Schoolympics in Pune, it reminded me of what our younger generation is truly capable of achieving. Seeing those children excelling in various sports was a beautiful sight.

As I reached the venue, what I witnessed was unreal – over 30,000 students from over 400 schools participated in the event. The events involved 21 sports which the children had to partake in, in order to compete. The highly energetic way with which these children went about their activities is truly inspiring. On that day, I actually realized that by being a part of this rat race, we often forget to embrace the child in ourselves. The athletic, mischievous side of ours remains unused and unseen for long periods, and often fades away eventually. It is important for our young ones to not leave that side, and even more important for us to create a world where they don’t have to let go of their younger selves. The day that happens, we will have champions, geniuses, creative maestros, etc. in each and every household.

People often say that India has the potential to create even more champions in global events like the Olympics. At the Sakal Schoolympics, I saw a potential champion in every child there. It is our responsibility to make them realize this potential in them and guide them towards victory. Now, as we create a better world as every generation passes, it is time for us to hand the torch to a younger, brighter generation, that will guide the country to a brighter and prosperous tomorrow.

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Music – An Effective Way To Maintain Composure

People often tell me that I am a multifaceted personality. I guess they are right; after all, apart from being the Promoter-Managing Director of Zicom Group, a variety of interests and hobbies help me challenge myself and keep up with the times. Biking, for instance, is one hobby I wholeheartedly pursue, as I have shared with you all earlier. Another activity that I enjoy to partake in is music. Whether it is listening to a few favorite tracks or picking up the microphone to sing a number, music provides me with a different and amazing level of peace and composure.

While there are many genres I love, Old Hindi music never fails to fascinate me and create positive vibes around me. Music from ace composers like R.D. Burman and Laxmikant-Pyarelal has always been evergreen in my eyes, and will always be. Apart from just listening, though, I sometimes prefer to entertain my close ones by singing a song or two. Music-based events have always been one of my favorite kinds, as they keep me engrossed in the impressive skill that I see before me.

Music is much more than an amalgamation of various instruments played together with perfection; it is something that touches your soul. No matter who it is, there is at least one song which successfully touches them deep inside. Music has the power to express what mere words cannot, and that is just one fine aspect of this magical art. I have also performed at certain events myself, and one of the most memorable ones of the lot would be my performance of the song ‘Main Shayar Toh Nahin’ from the film Bobby. Fortunately, I could get my hands on a good video clip of the performance, which I would like to share with you all.

 

In spite of being able to sing confidently in public, I do not really consider myself to be a perfect performer as of yet. The process of learning never stops and the same applies here. For me, music has always been one of the most effective ways to channel emotions, and most importantly, a very crucial medium to spread love around. So, every time you get a chance to perform, seize it, or you would miss out on a golden opportunity to connect with yourself!

The 6 Fs Of Any Person

Life today has become a game of uncertainty. We all wonder how to get a feeling of stability, certainty and security at all times. I believe that if life is lived in a disciplined way, one can always have a steady flow in their day-to-day activities. While disciplining oneself is definitely no cakewalk, self-discipline is surely attainable. I go about my life following what I call ‘The 6 Fs Of Any Person’. The points that I am about to mention help me live my live in a simpler, more systematic and peaceful way, while keeping me on the right path.

Stay Focused

You always have to be focused in what you do. You could be anything, right from a blue-collar worker to the CEO of a company – it is important to focus on your job in order to achieve the best out of work, and most importantly, yourself. A focused person can concentrate better, and can also go on to do bigger, better things in their professional and personal lives. It is imperative to find your correct point of focus in order to begin climbing the ladder of success.

Be Fast

Time is money. This adage becomes even more valid to us since we are living in a fast-moving world. You cannot afford to be wasting time on anything. The key is to invest your time, even when you are enjoying yourself. The way you allocate your time to different activities is what matters the most. While working at a good pace is good, it is equally important to not compromise on the quality of your work. Proper utilization and management of time is crucial today, and if wastage is avoided, you can always be ahead of the game.

Have Fun Doing What You Do; Even Your Job

As of today, our jobs are one of the most crucial parts of our lives. So, if you do not enjoy what you do, you will end up frustrated and professionally dissatisfied. Find out what interests you the most, and go on to pursue it. Always be ready to learn more and expand your horizons. If you have fun while doing what you do, you will be a satisfied, peaceful person on both your personal and professional fronts.

Be Flexible

Being disciplined does not necessarily equal being rigid. You should always keep room for unforeseen things, so that situations can be handled properly. It is always a good practice to anticipate upcoming tasks that may have the potential to wreck your schedules.

Being Fit

This one also goes without saying. A fit body always results in a fit mind, thereby fostering an environment for good, productive thoughts to thrive. No matter what your age is, it is always crucial to maintain the required fitness levels for overall health and well-being. It is not just about being physically fit; being mentally fit and happy also does wonders.

Fish Off

When things don’t seem to be working out, we usually try to fix the situation and make them work. But, in many situations, it is not a feasible choice to stay. Therefore, you should just choose to fish off and move on. Leaving at the right time saves you a lot of unnecessary mental pain and pressure, while also saving you from investing your precious time in something that does not need it.

While you should always leave out some time for fun and games, it is always crucial to get your life on track with a system like this. A disciplined person leads a more systematic, fruitful and happy life in the long run. Always remember: discipline is a virtue that takes you a long way. So, why wait? It’s never too late to change things and be the best you deserve to be.

Make Your City Safe – The Next Step

Zicom has always been dedicated towards providing one of the most basic human needs – security. With the Make Your City Safe (MYCS) Initiative being extended to multiple cities throughout India, Zicom is materializing its vision of securing the entire country through its intellect and expertise. The MYCS Initiative primarily targets residential buildings, which are the most prone to security issues. With over 4500 buildings coming under the MYCS banner, Zicom looks forward to a safer, better urban lifestyle becoming a reality.

Zicom now plans to take another step towards enhancing safety measures and spreading the MYCS Initiative. As per a recent regulation by the Maharashtra Government, it has become compulsory for residential areas to get audited for security on a regular basis. Now, when it comes to successfully securing buildings and commercial establishments, technology can provide a host of advantages. In today’s world, technology has become a dependable helping hand. Devices like door phones, CCTVs, fire alarms, etc. aid the process of totally securing oneself from unforeseen circumstances.

Living in a metropolitan city means living among millions. As the e-commerce industry is booming, getting things delivered at home has never been easier. But, we never really know the person who comes down to deliver your goods. How can one be sure that the delivery person has good intentions or not? Even when we get those cravings for a late-night pizza, the delivery person who comes during the wee hours may not always have the best intentions on his mind. On an average, 200-300 strangers enter your building every day for various reasons. These people include delivery boys, maids, and other visitors as well. It can be next to impossible to monitor each of these people, as even security guards are humans after all.

As a solution to this challenging situation, Zicom has come up with an innovative technique in order to take out this insecurity from people’s minds. Taking another step under the MYCS Initiative, Zicom now aims to install biometric monitoring machines to verify the identity of such people. All that the building needs to do is obtain the concerned person’s Aadhaar Card Number, and match it with their fingerprints. Once that is done, the building would get a record of not only the person’s entry time and exit time, but also their complete background. In such a case, no one would attempt any wrongdoings, as all their data is with the building as well as Zicom.

Under the MYCS Initiative, the whole security apparatus is provided free of cost, and buildings are charged as per the service model, where they pay only for the facilities provided. Zicom aims to provide the biometric Aadhaar Verification for free under the MYCS banner.

With this step, Zicom aims to not only ensure the physical safety of people, but also provide them with a feeling of security in their minds. A secure person leads a happier, healthier life, and that’s where Zicom comes in – to create a safer, happier country for all to live in.

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Biking – An Activity That Moves The Soul

When it comes to hobbies, I am a person who has an array of activities to indulge in for recreation. Whether it is watching a good movie or listening to good music, the simpler things in life have always been integral in my cool-down process. If I am asked to pick one activity to get a much-needed break from the corporate jungle, my first choice would be biking. A nice, long bike expedition is what helps me the best in going off the grid and rejuvenating.

Biking has much more to offer me than a journey in a four-wheeler. I personally believe that journeys in four-wheelers move the body, while a nice, long ride on a two-wheeler moves the soul. Being an avid biker, I own a 1600cc Harley Davidson Fat Boy, which I love taking out for long distance expeditions throughout the country. As of now, my proudest expeditions are the ones I took to Goa and the Wagah Border. Contrary to most riders who go for speed and timing, I prefer a nice, slow cruise on whichever path I have chosen to traverse.

Basically, apart from my professional goals, one of my prime goals in life is to explore the entire country on my motorbike. It is true; there is no better way to explore the country than by travelling through the picturesque landscapes it has to offer to all of us. It is not about reaching the destination and planning the return it is about enjoying every minute, every second of the journey and exploring new places, new things and finding yourself in the process.

Apart from being a mode to escape the concrete jungles, biking has a lot more to offer to a rider. On an average biking expedition, one learns better reflexes, living out of their comfort zone and also to experience a journey in a way like never before. You might come across many obstacles on your route, and improved reflexes help you take better action to avoid them. Of course, it is about getting your hands dirty and learning for yourself, but over time, a person can get better control over handling the bike during expeditions.

If asked what biking offers me, I would have a million things to say. But what I majorly get out of biking trips is a chance to de-stress and escape the chaotic corporate life for a few days. Since biking is also about riding alone for long periods of time, I also get a chance to introspect in peace, about everything that is going on and how it can be made better. There is no better place and time to think things through than what you consider as your refuge, your haven.

Biking improves one more aspect of life – brotherhood. You would not be going away on expeditions all alone, right? So, when I go long distance with fellow bikers, a feeling of mutual brotherhood is fostered among all of us. We learn to live with each other, deal with problems collectively and have fun as a whole.

Like I said, biking has a lot to offer to everyone. It is not just about riding a two-wheeler; it’s about indulging in an experience and exploring a new place; it is about feeding your wanderlust and quenching the thirst for finding new things; and ultimately, it is about finding yourself.

Zicom Makes Your City Safe

Living in the urban metropolitan areas is a dream for a lot of people. The lights, the lifestyle and the overall vibe continue to attract millions to the cities for pursuing their dreams. However, with all the glitz and glamour, there are crimes and other negative activities that go on. Being one of the leading security solutions companies in the country, Zicom considers it as its duty to safetyfy the urban areas, making them happier places to live in. It is with this thought in mind, that Zicom launched the Make Your City Safe (MYCS) initiative.

We, at Zicom, believe that irrespective of whether you are born and brought up in a city, or have recently made it your home, it is something which is really close to your heart. But there are many negative entities, due to which the city risks losing all its reputation and glory. Zicom’s MYCS initiative is under execution to prevent all these thieves, rogues and miscreants from acting, so that the city remains a safe, secure and happy haven to live in.

Currently present in the major cities of Maharashtra such as Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Pune, the MYCS initiative is currently under execution in over 4200 buildings, securing the lives and well-being of millions under its watch. With rising success and growing business momentum due to safety concerns, the initiative is all set to expand into cities like Bangalore, Noida, Gurgaon, Nashik and Nagpur through the franchisee model. Through this model, Zicom would solely provide the technology and intellect, while the franchisee will take care of maintenance and monitoring of the devices installed for Safetyfying Lives. The initiative aims to reach over 10,000 buildings by June 2017, securing multiple cities at the same time.

While all the above sounds like a complicated process, it actually isn’t! There are more benefits than you think when it comes to being a part of the MYCS initiative. For starters, the cost for the hardware and software is on Zicom, while you just have to pay for the services. There is no Annual Maintenance Contract required as well, since Zicom takes care of the repairs, replacement and maintenance of all the required technology.

Zicom’s 24/7 Command Center ensures that the cameras and other devices are fully functional, while also keeping an eye out for suspicious activities, 365 days a year. In case you are confused about what you should do and what you really need, it’s now time to avoid all the confusion! Zicom conducts a Free Security Assessment, where Experts help you choose the right security solution for you. Even though all the above seems to be a huge financial setback, Zicom also provides an Easy Monthly Payment option, which will not force your society to block any funds for investing in security. And yes, in case you need to get in touch, Zicom is accessible to you 24/7 through the Technical/After Sales Support teams!

With the MYCS initiative picking up at a rapid rate due to security risks, Zicom aims to be on the forefront, when it comes to securing societies, lives and your happiness. So, let’s all take a step to secure ourselves and our surroundings by being a part of MYCS!

ZIMAN – India’s most Powerful Personal Safety Service

We, at Zicom, have always considered security for everyone as our utmost priority. While our journey to secure everyone began with CCTVs, Fire Monitoring Systems, and much more, a thought always remained – what could we do to secure the common man everywhere he is? It was this question, which made us think and innovate. The result of this vision finally came to fruition through ZIMAN, India’s most Powerful Personal Safety Service, which comes to you in the form of an app!

The ZIMAN app was launched to take a step further in accordance to our motto – ‘Safetyfying Lives’. What was initially conceptualized as an emergency response app evolves into a lot more even today, as new innovations keep coming with passing time. The app is specifically created to provide all-round security to the user during emergencies, and to also help them prevent any issues that may cause harm. When it comes to features, the ZIMAN app comes with an array of features, which completely equip you with everything you need to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

To begin, ZIMAN boasts a robust tracking device feature. Once the app is installed, it enables you to keep a track of your loved ones’ locations. This not only enables you to know their whereabouts, but also gives you ready information for taking a course of action in case of an emergency.

ZIMAN also boasts a Digital Security feature, which can be used in case of loss or theft of your cell phone. Since our prime concern in such a situation is confidential data falling into the wrong hands, you can contact the Zicom Command Center to get the phone’s data erased remotely! Not just that, but your phone is then also programmed through the app to immediately take a photograph of the person who has got it through the front camera, which is then sent to a mobile number which you provide as an emergency contact during the app’s installation.

Apart from security from the above, Zicom is also concerned about your safety when it comes to the people who you have around you on a daily basis, like a driver, caretaker or a maid. While it is now mandatory to have police verifications done, there still remains an ambiguity about the fact that the person may have a criminal background, or that he might be using a fake identity with intent to cause harm. To counter this problem, ZIMAN comes with a feature called Aadhaar Verification Services. Through this feature, you can input the person’s Aadhar Card credentials into the app, and verify their identity through our Aadhar Card information database. This not only ensures that the person working for you is not faking his/her identity, but also safer surroundings, as you already know about the person’s identity, address and criminal background.

While all the above features may seem to be heavy on your pockets, they are actually not! You can avail for the Safetyfying Lives Service for an economical rate of INR 499, for an entire period of 6 months! And yes, once you are a part of the Zicom community, don’t worry; your security is in the safest hands. So, let’s get together for Safetyfying Lives throughout India with ZIMAN – India’s most Powerful Personal Safety Service.

Secured Lives For A Secured India

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It is really interesting to see the pace at which the world is changing, especially when it comes to the Indian subcontinent. India has come a long way, when it comes to the economical front. From liberalization of the markets, to various phases of highs and lows – this market has seen it all. It is all about adopting new trends as times keep changing. It was during such times in the 1980s that I was a medical representative. Back then, I could have never imagined that life would have something bigger, something better in store for me.

During Liberalization, consumers got a wide array of choices as buyers. They wanted to spend their hard-earned money on the best products and services. As they kept moving towards a more convenient lifestyle, I took a chance and ventured into the business arena in 1988. My venture specialized in office automation, which basically included devices like cordless phones, copiers, fax machines, etc. which were a big thing back in the day. After six years of successful business, we took a step forward in 1994 and established Zicom, the name which millions know today.

The brand initially specialized in gadgets like mobile phones and modems for over a year. Then, in 1995, Zicom made its move to the security sector, which was a very niche market back then. Through a journey of over 20 years in security and safety, Zicom has rightfully earned its name and status in every household today. The business journey which started off as an investment of a meager INR 2500 is valued at a massive INR 1100 crore today.

In 2007, we expanded our operations beyond Indian borders, and targeted the Middle-Eastern countries. While, in India, we specialize in all-round security, we ventured to these countries’ markets with only our fire fighting systems. Our systems were successfully received by the consumers abroad. As of today, Zicom’s fire fighting systems are set up in significant Middle-Eastern buildings, which include the Dubai International Airport and the globally famous Burj Khalifa.

While this was my professional journey, let me give you a glimpse of the personal side of my life as well. When it comes to my interests, I enjoy studying people by observing their verbal cues, non-verbal cues and their behavior in general. This ability of getting to know people in such a manner has always fascinated me.

I also have a wide array of passions that I pursue. To begin with, I am very particular when it comes to fitness. Regular exercise and a good diet are an important part of my daily life. I also happen to be a bike enthusiast who swears by his Harley Davidson. The rest of my interests are general – I enjoy good movies and great music. My main passion, however, is to make Zicom the global leader in security services.

As we continue to grow further in the industry, Zicom aims to be a company to be reckoned with in the international arena. Our motto can be conveyed through these words – new technology with innovative products and one-stop solutions. I am confident that through our initiatives and advantages, Zicom will carve a strong position for itself in the global business world.