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My first book was published with good reviews many years ago. I had attributed my penchant for learning to my Professor Dr T.K. Nair of the Madras School of Social Work. After reading the book, he wrote to me a note saying students outgrow teachers and children surpass parents. Recently, I had two happy situations. While I represented my college in the inter college debate, my son Maha represented Asia at the World Schools debate at Dallas, USA. I had been reasonably successful with my mathematics but my son Subu won a 9th place at the World mathematics competition. He was featured on page one of the national newspaper, something that I have not been able to achieve in my 30 years of professional life. Guess, they have simply outclassed me. Competition has made inroads into the house.  Competition is now a way of life.

June E News
I wish to cover two things in this e news – one an interesting article “Letting Go” and second, an article on Talent Management that underscores the fact there are too many soloists and not enough music.

 Letting GO
A friend sent me a nice article on ‘Letting Go’.  This is a topic that has perpetually disturbed psychologists. Why is it so difficult for some people to let go? Some attributed it to the culture; it is either an individual or a community orientation. The simple fact is that people have so much difficulty to let go. Some term it as an emotional baggage. In my work on Creating Your Own Rainbow I call it as the ‘if only’ syndrome.

Many of us do not recognize that what is ours today, was somebody else's yesterday and will be somebody else's tomorrow.  There are so many situations in each of our lives: an incident, a person we love, a position we hold, a job we do, a house or a friend we have lost. We talk about employees who leave us only to forget those who toil for us.

We hold to ‘if only’ we had done this or that, things might have been different. We live in the past and forget that the moment to live is NOW. Alexander Graham Bell said, “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

We have difficulty letting go because we do not recognize that to grow we need to let go. There is no such thing as ‘if only’; the moment is NOW and we need to live that right now. For more resources on helping people to let go and GROW, please contact

Talent Management: too many soloists and not enough music
Kevin Oakes and Pat Galaganoutline their thoughts in the May issue of the ASTD magazine.  Their claim is that the practice of talent management still remains a mystery despite all the hype about it. The case for integrated talent management is being put forward persuasively. Hertz Corporation has built an employee development infrastructure that was integrated with talent management and HR, and linked with compensation and rewards. This has resulted in greater organisational performance. To order the Executive Guide to Talent Management, visit the store at

SMR news
SMR will be running two exciting conferences - Learning Extravaganza for trainers and Inspire for organizations seeking to engage their employees for greater performance. Both the events will feature exemplary world class speakers. More details Subra, our Director of International Operations has made the Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates as his home base. SMR have major projects there and are continuously looking for resources. More details

Enjoy the month ahead. I will be in touch in July, 2011.

With best wishes


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