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MANAGEMENT TALK: (From left) Dr Hansa L. Manoharan, Principal, St. Mary's School of Management Studies; Mr S. Vijayakumar, Head - Help Desk and Telecom Practices, HCL BPO, Chennai; and Mr S. Sridhar, ARGM (circulation), The Hindu, Chennai.
MANAGEMENT TALK: (From left) Dr Hansa L. Manoharan, Principal, St. Mary's School of Management Studies; Mr S. Vijayakumar, Head - Help Desk and Telecom Practices, HCL BPO, Chennai; and Mr S. Sridhar, ARGM (circulation), The Hindu, Chennai.

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Chennai, Aug. 22

Newspaper, candle, electrical extension cord, magnifying glass, aspirin, pen, clock, calculator, toothpaste, mirror - how are these 10 words relevant to one's success in personal life and working career? Aren't they irrelevant? Ambiguous and funny, right?

No, says Mr S. Vijaya Kumar, Head - Help Desk and Telecom Practices, HCL BPO, Chennai to the students of management at St. Mary's School of Management, Sholinganallur, at a Business Line club lecture series.

The newspaper provides information. Information is power. The Web gives all that you wanted to see but newspaper gives you what you wanted to read.

The candle represents a relentless worker. The electrical extension cord means staying plugged, staying in line, staying tuned do some networking and peer learning.

A magnifying glass implies paying attention to details. Failure to correct even a small mistake could mean no business in no time.

The aspirin symbolises that in one's work life, one is likely to get hurt. Inspire yourself to come back.

Communication both verbal and oral is important. The way you communicate would get you instant results - the pen symbolises this for Mr Vijayakumar.

The clock stands for "Be on time and ahead of time." Going early to work will reflect that you are interested in work.

A calculator stands for the power of numbers.

Arithmetic is important for success in one's career.

You must smile when you work. A good, smiling, hard worker has been found to be growing stronger and faster in career and on the personal front than others and this is represented by toothpaste.

The world is a mirror. It reflects your mood. If you show enthusiasm, the world would look enthusiastic, he said.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 24, 2006)
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