Day 8: Presentation & Group Dynamics

Friday, January 30, 2009 0 Comments

Morning session was all about Power points and presentations: How to do ppt presentations, what to do and what not to do in visual presentations etc. But post lunch, things really got interesting. We did multiple exercises on thinking hats and group decision making. Ohh, the facullty was VJ, an ex-IBM man.

Day 7: Group Discussion

, Thursday, January 29, 2009 0 Comments

Today's Fortune: "The work will teach you how to do it"

The problem is that you have After two days of writing and 'gaming', today we were back on the floor with Group Discussion. There were 3 practice GDs and i participated in one of 'em (in other GDs i was an observer). It was, like public speaking, an eye-opening experience for me as i struggled to get involved in the discussion. Of the last 3 days, i think today was the best as everyone particiapted in the activities.

Results
PCC-PE II results were announced today. Anitha, Sarada, Hari and Nikhil cleared and sadly others couldn't make it. Anitha also secured 46th place in the Merit List, a commendable performance indeed.
My hearty congratulations to all..

Day 6: Writing Skills

, Wednesday, January 28, 2009 0 Comments

GMCS : Today was all about developing writing skills: Writing memos, requests and other such correspondences and also about writing CVs. Compared to the first 4 days, i would say the whole energy level was littlie on the lower side today.

Results Part II : Tomorrow the November 08 PCC results will be published and quite a few of my colleagues are expecting the result (almost all of 'em have become 'pressure cookers'). I wish all of them all the very best...

Day 5: Leadership

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 0 Comments

After 3 days of learning and practicing posture, gestures, voice modulation, visualization etc the class needed a change and a change we got. Today was all about Leadership. We played 3 little leadership games and those were more introspective than the actual class. The faculty was Krishnamurthy (Krish).

Day 4: Public Speaking Contd...

Monday, January 26, 2009 0 Comments

Today was the last day of 'Public Speaking' classes and so we concentrated on impromptu speeches where one has to speak on a subject as and when it is given. No time is given to plan or think about the speech. It was fun and also an eye opener. I never thought, even in wildest dreams, that i can speak like this. We finished the day with an exercise on Visualization.

If, 3 days back, anyone had asked me to give a presentation, i would have searched for a way to escape from it. But now, i believe, i can manage a presentation in front of an audience. The butterflies in the stomach are still there, but i have learnt to handle my fear.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but conquest of fear.

PS: A good quoatation will always look good in a speech!! :)

Day 2 & 3 : Public Speaking

Sunday, January 25, 2009 0 Comments

Surveys have showed that the one thing people fear the most is 'Public Speaking'. This is true in my case. Hell, i was hesitant to speak till few years back. Its only after i joined for articleship that i really started to mingle with others. But even then, public speaking was something i avoided. Whenever am asked to address a group, my heart start to beat fast, hands become sweaty and words wont come out. I am not saying that after 2 days of training my fear has completely gone,but its almost gone. There is one more day for Public speaking i.e tomorrow. The competition is on 4th of February.

Day 1: Case Studies

Friday, January 23, 2009 0 Comments

So that was the first day of GMCS.. It was all about Case studies. We were asked to read few management cases and suggest solutions after identifying the solution. It was not that easy as in some instances the actual cases were more than 6 pages long. We were split into 5 teams and each were given a particular case to solve.We have  been asked to put together a presentation about that particular case and present the same on 6th. I think tomorrow the topic is going to be public speaking. Now thats really gonna get interesting!! :(


GMCS

Thursday, January 22, 2009 0 Comments

My GMCS Course starts tomorrow. Trichur Branch, for the first time, will be conducting the course (that saves me from the daily trips to Eranakulam). I am not particularly fond of public speaking or delivering presentations etc, so its only natural that am bit nervous. I hope i can overcome these difficulties by the end of this 15 days 'Hell in a Cell' encounter. Watch this space for daily updates (i intend to post daily) about GMCS!!!

Result Day

Friday, January 16, 2009 0 Comments

Finally the results are out!! Sreeja cleared both groups while Saandra, Anjish and Joseph Lal cleared one group. Of the 3, Saandra had, in an earlier attempt, cleared one group. Thus she has now completed the course alongwith Sreeja. The others couldnt make it.

I congratulate everyone who has passed the exam.

Sleepless Night

Thursday, January 15, 2009 1 Comments

Its going to be a sleepless night for some my colleagues as they anxiously wait for the November 08 final exam results which will be published sometime tomorrow afternoon. I did see some tense faces today in Office. I wish all the very best to all my colleagues expecting the result. 

Windows Writer

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 0 Comments

Its 6.30 AM and i cant wait to test this new utility – Windows Writer. Its a blogging utility which lests u post to a blog without, like Scribefire extension for Firefox. So here is the test post!!

Nov 08 - Final Results on 16th!!!

Friday, January 9, 2009 0 Comments

After keeping all of us in the dark  for so long (may be because of the 'Satyam' asatyam and its implications), our beloved institute has finally declared that CPT-Final November 08 Exam results will be announced on 16th January.

I wish all good luck!!!

'A'Satya Story

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 0 Comments

Ok. I know that its not auspicious to start an year with bad news, but since all am hearing these days is bad news, i am left with no other options.

We have heard of Accounting Frauds happening in US or Europe (Who can forget legends like Enron and Worldcom??). Now Indiaalso has attained self reliance in this matter, thank to Satyam. Satyam
Computers is/was the 4th Biggest IT Company in India (or so i heard).Today, Its chairman Ramalinga Raju, in a letter addressed to Board of Directors, SEBI Chairman and Stock Exchanges confessed Accounting Frauds to the tune of nearly Rs 7100 Crores, may be India's biggest accounting fraud till date!!

The next question that arises is :How did he do it? Well, Mr Raju explains that too. Non existent bank
balances and accrued interest, Overstated debtors balances, understated liabilities etc.. He hasnt disclosed further details as to how he actually did those things without troubling the auditors and other government agencies who are supposed to verify the statements.

Now something about auditors: I know that not all the CAs are 'alphabets of trust'. But i was hoping that those who carry out audit of such big entities will be impartial and will follow the auditing standards. How wrong i was!! Corruption has stained the proffession that has so much responsibility to the general public. 53000 employees of Satyam and countless others may loose jobs, thousands of shareholders will loose their investments, all because those who are supposed to find out frauds didnt and may be even worse, aided in committing the fraud. I hope ICAI will take strict action against those who have violated the 'trust' that CAs have built over the years.

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