Levels of Competence

The Levels of Competence :

1. Unconscious Incompetence – You don’t know what you don’t know
2. Conscious InCompetence – You Learn how much you don’t know
3. Conscious Competence – You are now able to do things but only with a conscious effort
4. Unconscious Competence- You are now able to do things so well you dont even have to think about it
5. Coaching Competence – This is the level where you can do things with “Unconscious Competence” but you still know exactly how you do each step and you are able to train some one else to do it the same way and just as well.

(Source : Anonymous)


  1. Writing / Blogging
    • Grammarly : Finds and corrects mistakes of your writing
    • Liberio : Simple eBook creation and publishing right from Google Drive
    • Editorial Calendar: See all your posts, drag and drop to manage your blog.
    • Social Locker: Ask visitors “to pay” for your content with a tweet, etc.…
    • Google Trends: A new way of displaying trending searches.
    • Buzz Sumo : Analyze what content performs better for any topic or competitor
    • Others : Google+ What’s Hot |Twitter Trending | Quora |Reddit
    • WordPress SEO by Yoast: Have a fully optimized WordPress site.
    • SEO Site Checkup: Check your website’s problems for free.
    • Hubspot Marketing Grader: Grade your marketing.
    • Alexa Ranking: Analytical insights to analyse any site’s rank.
    • Google : Analytics | Keyword Planner | Webmaster Tools Trends
    • Copyscape: Search for copies of your page on the web.
    • Woorank: Website review and SEO tool.
    • Canva: Amazingly simple graphic design for bloggers.
    • ly: Empowers anyone to create and share powerful visuals.
    • Social Image Resizer Tool: Create Optimized images for social media.
    • Picmonkey: Enhance images with cutouts, filters and more…..
    • Click to Tweet: Get more shares on your content.
    • WordPress Pin It Button: Add a “Pin It” Button.
    • Rite tag: Instant hashtag analysis.
    • Buffer Free Plan: Schedule posts to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn , Google+
    • Bitly: Create, Share and track shortened links.
    • Hootsuite: Schedule posts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and more.
    • Cyfe : All in on dashboard for all your social media marketing platforms
    • Later: Manage your Instagram posts.
    • Stock Up: Best free stock photo websites in one place.
    • Pexels: Best free photos in one place.
    • All The Free Stock : Free stock images , icons and videos
    • Splash Base: Search and discover free high resolution photos and videos.


  • Trello : Keeps track of everything
  • Asana : Keep track of your team’s performance
  • Evernote: The work space for your life’s work.
  • io: Free, fast, private and easy image and file hosting.
  • Pocket: View later, put it in Pocket.
  • MailtoSelf: An iOS extension to mail notes to yourself from any app.
  • List.ly: Discover and create great lists.
  • Markitcle: Mark your reading progress in articles for later.

 (Source: http://www.theartandcraftgallery.com)

11 HR Lessons to Learn From Lord Ganesha

1. Big Head of ‘Gajanana’ :  The God has a big head or Gajanana which means “Elephant Faced God” symbolizes to think big. As an HR & a representative of the Management we need to think differently, explore various options & come out with practical / viable solutions to every problem by analyzing the situations calmly.
2. Small Eyes of “Gajakarna” : The small and sharp eyes of Ganesha symbolize to have concentration. The functions of HR requires focus & concentration and one needs to think of all possible consequences to resolve the situation amicably as we are dealing with creatures of emotions. The devils are in the details. Prioritize the work according to their importance to gain the visibility of the Management.
3. Large Ears of “Lambakarna” : The large ears of “Lambakarna” which means “Large Eared Lord” and symbolizes to listen carefully and keep your ears open always. As an HR, you need to hear your people all the times. Listen by your mind and heart as unhappy, not so happy, happy people would like to pour their heart out on everything whether it is personal or official. Listen to them passionately, analyze / interpret and come out with concrete results.
4. Small Mouth of “Gajavaktra”  : At times it is said that actions speak better than words, but few wrong words may make bigger and a very wrong impression than your actions. Lord Ganesha’s small mouth reminds that one should think before they speak anything. As an HR, your words portray your personality, you need to listen more and talk less while handling people and their problems. Always be solution oriented whenever you are confronted with problems.
5. One Tusk of “Ekadanta” or “Ekadrishta” : Ganesha’s one tusk symbolizes that you should keep the good and throw the bad. As an HR, you need to practice the process / methodologies which are beneficial to the company by eliminating which are not so good. Initiate changes for better.
6. Trunk of “Vakratunda” :  Lord Ganesha’s trunk conveys that one should be highly adaptable and efficient to their surroundings. Even in unfavorable situations one should be patient and should not panic. As an HR you need to engage the employees efficiently by getting the best out of them consistently. This is an acid test for the department of HR in terms of its functioning. This action of yours shall determine as to how valuable you are for the company.
7. Large Stomach of “Lambodara” :  Ganesha”s big stomach conveys that one should be able to digest all good and bad phases of financial decisions. It is not always that the department of HR enjoys the good will of the company and its management. The department of HR will be remembered / recognized only when it diagnoses & dilutes problematic situations professionally within the laid down frame work of the company.
8. Right foot over left foot :  Ganesha keeps his right foot over left foot whenever he is seen in sitting posture. This posture symbolizes using knowledge and reason to overcome emotions. As a representative of HR, take action only after analyzing the situation / circumstances threadbare calmly, peacefully without any haste. Upgrade yourself regularly by reading Management books, enrolling for seminars & conferences and also interacting with successful HR Heads to get useful tips.
9. Axe : The lord of all Ganas (Gods), Ganesha holds an axe in one of his hands in order to shed off all the bonds and attachments. As an HR, perform your job professionally well. The decisions you take has to be devoid of all emotions and bonds. Being a Resource Manager, excel in handling men by putting in your expertize gathered in your Management Institutions.
10. Mouse at Akhuratha’s Feet :  “Moshak” or mouse is considered as Ganesha’s ride. Akhuratha means the lord who has mouse as his charioteer. In any organizational set up, the department of HR is given a great importance. This does not give the department and his men to ride high. You have be grounded at all the times by keeping your employees satisfied, management appraised and functional heads briefed. In other words, the rules, regulations, policies, procedures drawn by the management have to be applied logically by reasoning and not by emotions.
11. Modak and Prasada :  Modak is ganesha’s favorite sweet and it is served to the devotees as ‘prasada’. This symbolizes that one who does hard work and is patient always gets good rewards.

Source : Anonymous

A Pound of Butter

There was a farmer who sold a pound of butter to the baker.

One day the baker decided to weigh the butter to see if he was getting a pound and he found that he was not. This angered him and he took the farmer to court.

The judge asked the farmer if he was using any measure.

The farmer replied, amour Honor, I am primitive. I don’t have a proper measure, but I do have a scale.”

The judge asked, “Then how do you weigh the butter?”

The farmer replied “Your Honor, long before the baker started buying butter from me, I have been buying a pound loaf of bread from him. Every day when the baker brings the bread, I put it on the scale and give him the same weight in butter.

If anyone is to be blamed, it is the baker.”

What is the moral of the story?

“ We get back in life what we give to others”

 Source : Anonymous

The 100th Monkey – A story about social change.

The Japanese monkey, Macaca Fuscata, had been observed in the wild for a period of over 30 years.

In 1952, on the island of Koshima, scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkey liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant.

An 18-month-old female named Imo found she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers too.

This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by various monkeys before the eyes of the scientists. Between 1952 and 1958 all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable. Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement. Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes.

Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes — the exact number is not known. Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes. Let’s further suppose that later that morning, the hundredth monkey learned to wash potatoes.


By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them. The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough!

But notice: A most surprising thing observed by these scientists was that the habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea…Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes.

Thus, when a certain critical number achieves an awareness, this new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind.

Although the exact number may vary, this Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon means that when only a limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the conscious property of these people.

But there is a point at which if only one more person tunes-in to a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone!

From the book “The Hundredth Monkey” by Ken Keyes, Jr.