8 Management Lessons From The Iron Man Of India

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Born on the countryside of Gujarat, and raised during the time when British had occupied most parts of India, Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel went on to become the unifier of India that was on the brink of falling apart while almost closing in on independence.
The country was vast, and mostly in shambles with the objective of freedom struggle that seemed to have been achieved with British leaving India. But the problems remained. Partition was a lot more gory and painful than what the leaders had imagined. On the other hand, within whatever remained as ‘India’ the feeling of solidarity was rather hazy because the status of ‘republic’ was still far away from being attained. States were excited about freedom, but anxious about what lie ahead of them.
Only few leaders played a prominent role during this time. The barrister turned organiser and a leader with steely spine, Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel was the person who withstood the challenges of time, and managed them like the challenges were what make the fruits of labour sweeter.

In fact, the name ‘Sardar’ was given to him, owing to the fact that he had always displayed amazing organisational and leadership skills. He was a leader who was loved by everyone, and even those who hated him, would grudgingly acknowledge the fact that he was a born leader.
The current generation, which trains in B-schools to pick up leadership skills and lessons in management, could well study a personality like Sardar Patel to understand the importance of staying a thorough leader. He was a rare kind, the only kind and probably will remain so, unchallenged.

‘Iron man of India’ was what he has been recorded as, through the pages of history. There must be hardly any other leader who was bestowed with meaningful titles from the followers who stood steadfast and strong with their leader.

Here are a few qualities that made him the leader he turned out to be. The one history could never forget, and never stop admiring.

1. Take initiative
Patel took on himself the task of unifying the states that were torn in different directions under the rule of kings. He had known this was what undid the India that existed before the British took over. Well into the course of struggle for independence, he worked towards this single goal and even after India was free from the British rule, the goal was almost half achieved. But the other half was more challenging than before since it involved having constant dialogue with the stakeholders. Sounds like a typical management challenge? Well, it was and he excelled at it.

2. A true leader

Though history says Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel had shown great leadership qualities right through his childhood, it would be important to note it was more a personality type than a quality alone. He was someone who was a born leader and clearly identified the traits within himself. He marched the path that his mind showed with clarity and did so fearlessly. A leader is the one who knows how to deal with his confusions.

 

3. Cross roads excite leaders
Normal people with basic intelligence get flustered when there is a cross road at any juncture. But, a leader sees these things as an opportunity to choose between two things. Hard thinking coupled with increased clarity on objectives and vision, a cross road is a clear decision of what need to be prioritised over something else.

4. Goal setting

Unification of the India that was left after partition was a mammoth task. It was no cake walk, but ‘Sardar’ Patel was a born leader who had set this goal and worked towards it relentlessly. He knew once the British left India, the rest of the country had to stand together in solidarity. This could be a crucial lesson for leaders who manage companies through crisis and management of the same. No matter what the challenges are, a goal is what needs to be achieved without blaming situations that threaten the very premise.

 

5. Stand with people
While working towards his goal, Patel was with people and not away from them. While he could have a dialogue with Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhiji, he could also communicate with clarity with people who worked at grassroots level as well with equal ease and empathy. Standing with employees even as dialogues with higher stake holders are in progress can set a real leader with vision and goal, apart from ordinary people who would wish to stay away from complicated situations.

6. Sagacity

What are the important challenges for a leader? Sagacity and integrity being two of them, it is important not to lose sight of the bigger picture. Even when things head on a different direction, staying on the course and working through challenges will only help the person who is at the helm of things. Using shrewdness is a virtue, but make sure it doesn’t threaten to tear the goal apart. Important lesson: bring on the shrewdness, not the ego, into the picture and stay with it.

 

7. Looking through intricate details
Intricate details of working towards the set goal can be daunting and tiring. But, that’s what ordinary people experience, and not a leader. Looking through intricate details can help a leader root out smaller problems, and keep everyone together in a situation which is difficult and challenging. Companies wading through difficult waters need leaders who are not just strong, but also lead the way with their own examples.

8. Diplomacy

Though he was known as a man of iron will and spine; Sardar Patel also often employed diplomacy to keep the dialogue on and never closed the doors of discussion. This was an exclusive role he found and fit himself into, where the other leaders claimed helplessness. A unified India was his gift to the generations ahead.

 

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There’s No Escaping From Google Collecting Your Data Or Tracking Your Location

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It is no new information, that Google has a lot of our data, but, it was only last week that we learnt that Google tracks our location even when we believe that we’ve disabled the option for Google to do so.

While we’ve tried to figure how Google tracks us and what measures can we take to prevent it from doing so, a new study says that it is almost impossible to escape Google’s data collection and location tracking practices as we perform our regular, day to day activities over the internet.

According to a report published by The Washington Post on 21 August, Computer science professor Douglas C Schmidt at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, led a research which found that a stationary Android phone, with the Chrome browser active in the background, communicates location information to Google 340 times during a 24-hour period. This means an average of 14 times per hour. 35 percent of all this data, is location information.

It was further revealed in the study, that Android and Chrome platforms are critical vehicles for Google’s data collection. Also, if you were to compare Android and iOS, a stationary Android device sends with Google nearly 10 times more data as an Apple device sends data to Apple servers.

If you are not using a Google device, or Google, simply due to the presence of Google’s advertising technologies, it is difficult, and almost impossible to escape the company from collecting your data.

If you read further into the study, you can gather the different techniques that Google has adopted for collecting data, such as Google Maps, Hangouts chat, YouTube, and also the DoubleClick Ad Network. The DoubleClick Ad Network is the business owned by Google that lets online publishers display adverts on their websites. The research points out that it tracks a user’s activity on the third-party web pages.

Comprehending a lot of this can be tough. Schmidt says that “these products are able to collect user data through a variety of techniques that may not be easily graspable by a general user… A major part of Google’s data collection occurs while a user is not directly engaged with any of its products.”

When approached by The Washington Post, Google said that the information in the study was “misleading.”

“This report is commissioned by a professional DC lobbyist group and written by a witness for Oracle in their ongoing copyright litigation with Google. So, it’s no surprise that it contains wildly misleading information,” said Google.

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Independence Day Special: How The Indian National Flag ‘Tiranga’ Came To Its Present Design

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The Indian National Flag or the beloved tricolor that we unfurl every year proudly on Independence Day and Republic Day has come through a long process of several edits and reiterations. The Indian National Flag has a very interesting history behind its design, colour and significance. The National Flag is a banner, an ideal which depicts our sovereignty and our independence. The National Flag is the most respected national symbols and depicts the freedom of all Indian subjects and the country from any dominant foreign rule. The current flag that we use was designed by Pingali Venkayya who was an Indian freedom fighter and is one of the unsung heroes of Indian freedom struggle. The National Flag is popularly called the ‘Tiranga’ which means ‘tricoloured’ or made of ‘three colours’ and has evolved from several flags which were its predecessors.

The Indian National Flag represents India’s long struggle for freedom. The flag came into being in its present form at the meeting of Constituent Assembly held on July 22, 1947 and it became the official flag of the Dominion of India on August 15, 1947. The National Flag is based on the Swaraj flag, a flag of the Indian National Congress also designed by Pingali Venkayya. By law the National Flag should be made of khadi and was previously forbidden to be used by common Indian citizens other than on Independence Day and Republic Day. However, following an appeal from Naveen Jindal, the Supreme Court of India directed the Indian Government to amend the code to allow flag usage by private citizens.

Like our country, our National Flag also has a rich history that dates back to pre-independence era. Let’s look at some of the flags that were used during the pre-independence era and were the predecessor of our present National Flag. Pingali Venkayya 141st Birth Anniversary: Tributes Pour In For the Designer of Indian National Flag

1.Sister Nivedita’s Flag (1904-1906)

1.Sister Nivedita’s Flag (1904-1906)

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It was during 1904-1906 that the first Indian flag came into existence. It was made by Sister Nivedita, an Irish disciple of Swami Vivekananda. The flag came to be known as Sister Nivedita’s flag. The flag comprised of red and yellow colour and had a figure of ‘vajra’, the weapon of Lord Indra and a white lotus in the middle. The flag had the words ‘Bonde Matoram’ in Bengali written on it. The red and the yellow colour signified freedom and victory whereas the ‘vajra’ symbolized strength.

2.Calcutta Flag (1906)

2.Calcutta Flag (1906)

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After Sister Nivedita’s flag, the Calcutta flag introduced the idea of a tricolor for the first time. The flag had three horizontal stripes of blue, yellow and red. It had eight differently shaped star aligned in a straight line on the top most blue stripe. ‘Vande Mataram’ was written on the yellow part and  a sun and a crescent moon with a star was on the red stripe at the bottom.

3.Early Nationalist Flags (1906-1907)

3.Early Nationalist Flags (1906-1907)

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In 1906 another flag came into existence which was hoisted on August 7, 1906 at an anti-partition rally in Parsee Bagan Square in Kolkata. This tricolor is believed to have been designed by Sachindra Prasad Bose and Sukumar Mitra. It had three stripes of green, yellow and red from top to bottom. The top most green band had eight lotus flowers representing the eight provinces, the middle yellow stripe bore the words ‘Vande Mataram’ and the lowermost band had a crescent moon on the left and a sun on the right side.

4.The Berlin Committee Flag (1907)

4.The Berlin Committee Flag (1907)

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The Belin Committee Flag was collectively designed by Madame Bhikaji Cama, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (Veer Savarkar) and Shyamji Krishna Varma. The flag was first unfurled in Stuttgrat, Germany by Madame Cama on August 22, 1907 and was the first Indian flag to be hoisted on foreign soil. The flag was also a tricolor but introduced the colour saffron for the first time. The top most band was of orange colour with eight lotuses, yellow was in the middle with words Vande Mataram and green at the bottom with symbols of the sun and moon.

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Another version of the flag was also released with one lotus and seven stars. The seven stars signified the Saptarishi constellation.

5.The Home Rule Flag (1917)

5.The Home Rule Flag (1917)

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The Home Rule Movement had a separate flag which was propounded by Bal Gangadhar Tilak to demand the status of a Dominion within the British Empire like Australia and New Zealand. The flag was a red-green striped one with the Union Jack at the upper left hand corner and seven stars in the middle. The stars were placed as the stars in the Saptarishi constellation. The flag also had a crescent moon and and a star at top right corner.

6.Mahatma Gandhi’s flag (1921)

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In 1921, Mahatma Gandhi proposed a tricolour flag with the ‘charkha’ or a spinning wheel at its centre. The colours of the flag represented the dominant religions of the country with a message of promoting religious harmony. However, the colour of the flag was not agreed upon and further changes were sought. The lowermost stripe of red represented sacrifice, the middle green stripe represented hope and the topmost white stripe represented peace. The flag was introduced at the Indian National Congress meeting in 1921.

7.The Swaraj Flag (1923- 1947)

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The previous flag was not well-liked by the public and the leaders since it was interpreted with a communal angle. The colours of the flag were changed to saffron, white and green. The saffron colour was chosen to showcase both the Hindu yogis and Muslim darvesh. The white band in the middle stood for other religious communities. It was the first official flag of India and was designed by Pingali Venkayya. The symbol of ‘charkha’ was retained to symbolize the Swadeshi movement.

8.The flag of sovereign India (1947)

8.The flag of sovereign India (1947)

When India attained Independence, a committee headed by Dr. Rajendra Prasad was formed to select the National Flag of India. The committee adopted the Swaraj Flag with a slight change as the flag of independent India. The ‘charkha’ in the middle was replaced by the Ashoka Chakra and hence our present National Flag came into existence. The significance of the colours was also changed. The saffron band came to denote courage and selflessness, the white stood for purity, peace and truth, the green stripe for faith, fertility and prosperity and the Ashoka Chakra symbolized the rule of dharma.

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APPLE INFORMS TRAI THAT THE NEXT IOS UPDATE WILL ALLOW USERS TO REPORT SPAM CALLS

India’s telecom regulator and Apple have been at loggerheads for nearly a year now on the inclusion of TRAI’s DND (do not disturb) app on the latter’s app store”

Apple FaceIDTech titan Apple has informed telecom regulator TRAI that the new version of its operating system includes a feature that would allow users to report unwanted messages and calls as spam, sources said.

The issue of reporting unsolicited telemarketing calls and messages has been a major bone of contention between the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and the US-based company.

According to sources, Apple in its letter dated June 19 said it has recently announced a new feature in iOS 12 (its operating system) to enhance spam SMS and call reporting. This new capability, the company said, provides developers with the ability to create an app extension that allows users to report both unwanted messages and calls as spam.

To report the unsolicited communication, the user will have to enable an Unwanted Communication extension in the Settings app, it added.

However, iOS and Apple’s app store review guidelines still do not allow a mobile app to transmit a customer’s personally-identifiable information and usage history to a third-party automatically, without the user directing that action.

Sources, who have seen the letter, said Apple has argued that doing so would open the door to users being tracked by third parties without their knowledge and may expose them to harm.

A senior TRAI official, who did not wish to be named, confirmed that Apple has sent a letter, saying that it is building functionalities in iOS version 12 to enable handling of complaints related to spam and pesky calls.

Apple did not comment on a query mailed by PTI on the issue.

India’s telecom regulator and Apple have been at loggerheads for nearly a year now on the inclusion of TRAI’s DND (do not disturb) app on the latter’s app store.

Trai Chairman R S Sharma has, in the past, termed as “unreasonable” Apple’s stance of not allowing the regulator’s pesky call reporting app on its platform, asserting that the issue is about giving users control over their own data and not one of privacy.

TRAI’s pesky call app allows users to flag telemarketing calls and unsolicited messages directly to the regulator. Google’s Android operating system already supports the app. Apple is believed to have resisted listing of the app on its platform citing privacy concerns.

TRAI had also maintained that its rules on curbing pesky calls do not target any specific player or operating system, and has advocated giving consumers the freedom to report unsolicited commercial communications or complain about them to the sector regulator.

Defending the DND app, Sharma today said that it did not ask for access to all call logs, but rather allows the users to share only details of unsolicited calls or messages.

“Unnecessarily, people are given an impression that our app is asking for wholesale permission to access contacts and call logs…,” Sharma said.

To a specific query on the embroglio with Apple, the outgoing TRAI chief said the regulator “does not fight any pitched battles with anybody” but declined to discuss the issue at length.

Meanwhile, TRAI today announced that two of its mobile apps — do not disturb app that reports pesky calls and Mycall app that measures call quality — will be available on UMANG platform.

UMANG provides a single platform for various e-governance apps and citizen-centric services by the Centre and local administrations.

Presently, UMANG has more than 50 lakh downloads and TRAI apps individually have over 4 lakh downloads, and the integration would increase reach of the regulator’s apps.

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7 Success Secrets Every Entrepreneur Must Eventually Learn

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GDPR vs. ePrivacy: The 3 differences you need to know

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After months of waiting, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on May 25, 2018, and user inboxes were flooded with emails alerting them of changes to company privacy policies. However, even though the world has (mostly) accepted GDPR and kept moving forward, that isn’t the end of EU privacy regulations for the tech industry.

On the heels of GDPR comes the ePrivacy regulation, a separate regulation that focuses on ensuring individual privacy as it relates to electronic communications. While the final draft of the ePrivacy regulation didn’t make it out in time to release with GDPR, it is in the works and expected to release soon.

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As such, it is important that companies understand the different ways in which the GDPR and ePrivacy regulations will affect their business. Here are the three differences that business leaders and professionals need to know.

1. ePrivacy specifically covers electronic communications

9-26-2014-12-30-30-PMWhile the GDPR is the general regulation for personal data stored or used by a company, ePrivacy is lex specialis to GDPR when it comes to communications. What that means is that, when a data privacy issue is raised regarding communications, regulators will default to ePrivacy for that given instance. The two are meant to complement one another.

The ePrivacy regulation is an update to the standing ePrivacy Directive, which was originally put into place to guarantee “right to privacy in the electronic communication sector,” according to the directive. The directive originally focused mainly on email and SMS messages, but the proposed regulation would also address data privacy in services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Skype, along with Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Additionally, the ePrivacy regulation will also protect metadata associated with electronic communications as well.

2. ePrivacy includes non-personal data

iStock-168621112-700x524GDPR is laser-focused on the protection of personal data, but the ePrivacy regulation is focused more broadly on the confidentiality of communications, “which may also contain non-personal data and data related to a legal person,” the proposal states.

The original ePrivacy Directive is often referred to as the “cookie law” because it imposed the need for informed consent before a firm could track an internet user with cookies. The regulation will add new clarifications and simplifications for the consent rule, along with other new tools for protecting against unwanted communication tracking and more.

3. They have different legal precedents

Which-Bitcoin-Legal-Precedents-Were-Set-in-2016Both GDPR and the proposed ePrivacy regulation reflect similar aspects of privacy, but they do so from the perspective of different legal charters.

As noted in the proposal itself, the basis for the ePrivacy regulation are Article 16 and Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. However, it also reflects part of Article 7 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights: “Everyone has the right to respect for his or her private and family life, home and communications.”

GDPR, on the other hand, is based on Article 8 of the European Charter of Human Rights, which states: “Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.” However, for ePrivacy, the proposal notes that the meaning and scope of Article 7 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights shall be regarded in the same way as Article 8 from the European Charter of Human Rights.

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