Project Management (link)

It’s Fall, and if you’re a student, this week is about meeting recruiters on campus to receive free pens and passively listen to them pitch their company.

 Those of you entering Project Management, below is a link to by Donna Fitzgerald’s recent article with some pointers.

Article:  Advice for women entering project management

Best of luck on your connections and interviews.

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Moleskin-like Gadget Case

Having a tough time letting go of hardcover books?  Solution:  Hardbook-like cover for tablets!!!



New No-Cal company creates iPad, Kindle cases…
–  it looks like a Moleskin notebook
–  it mimics the feel of hard-bound books =)

Dodocase.com

Maxim for Mavericks

The Maverick – A poem by Kent Healy

Beyond the constraints of a monotonous environment
Emerges a free mind choosing empowerment
Remaining free in spirit and in mind
The Maverick breaks through the tiresome conventional bind
Without regard to the status quo
There is much more out there, that they know
Always searching and thinking too
Never taking “no” for an answer, only “yes” will do
They inspire, create, invent, and explore
Allowing those around them to grow, know, and experience more
Their insatiable curiosity and compassion for life
Drives them to seek ways to eradicate strife
With a passion to serve
They help others create the life they deserve
And although nothing is certain, they will take a chance
The Maverick never ceases to ask the hand of opportunity for a dance
They blaze their own path pushing aside the imitations
Helping themselves and others exceed their own expectations
“You can’t do that,” they are told
But they always step forward, acting bold
They break the conformist mold and risk looking like a fool
But in the process they become the exception to the rule
The Maverick will not stop
Refusing to give up until they’re at the top
They define success and what it means to live
By accepting nothing less than the best they can give
They step up to the challenge and never abandon the cause
Helping humanity advance past its flaws
Because they think they can, the Maverick always will
They understand and use the power of free will

By Kent Healy

© Copyright 2011

People Profile: Faiza Seth (images)

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Courtesy of Faiza Seth
Faiza Seth in a pair of Christian Louboutins.
Faiza Seth is not your usual CEO.  She has flowing black hair, 40+ pairs of Louboutins and she frequently shares beauty secrets in fashion magazines.

But the Hyderabad-born executive has more to her than meets the eye: After a stint at Lehman Brothers in Hong Kong and obtaining an MBA from Stanford University, Ms. Seth, 33, moved to London where she set up her own business, the architecture and luxury interior design firm Casa Forma in 2007.
Ms. Seth spoke to India Real Time about the Indian market for high-end interior design, shared tips for young female entrepreneurs and explained how beauty and business don’t always go well together.  Edited excerpts.
IRT: What made you decide to expand in India?
Ms. Seth: I am Indian so I can understand the country culturally, it is easier for me to work here than in the rest of the BRICs. My family is based in Delhi so I have a network to start off with that I don’t have in Brazil, Russia or China. Also I find people in India have been exposed to global design and trends. Here there is a demand for an international design aesthetic which offers high quality, bespoke design, luxury, and value.
IRT: How does India’s luxury market compares to London’s?
Ms. Seth: In London there is a high demand for property. There, I get requests like crazy for second homes from clients in Russia, China, the Middle East and India. The Indian market is a little bit more price sensitive. At the same time it’s hard to differentiate between locations because people who want that service want the highest quality no matter where they are.
IRT: How are you adapting your design concept to the Indian market?
Ms. Seth: The broader concept is a global design aesthetic. But we have to adapt our designs to make them more doable in India: We have to take into consideration environmental factors like weather and dust. For instance, you can’t use light colors in Delhi because they will be very hard to maintain with the dust and pollution. We pick darker shades.
IRT: What is the design concept behind the New Delhi showhouse?
Ms. Seth: It’s basically modern colonial with some Art Deco and contemporary influences. This includes high ceilings, dark woods like mahogany, marbles and antique doors.
IRT: What tips do you have for young female entrepreneurs in India?
Ms. Seth: Young women need to follow their passion and do what they enjoy … this ensures the greatest probability of success. It is critical that young women entrepreneurs get outside work experience in a large professional set up to bring in discipline, work ethic. Finally women entrepreneurs should start small with low costs and build their businesses up step by step.
IRT: What are the main challenges of doing business in India?
Ms. Seth: Doing business successfully in India can be challenging because of the lack of infrastructure and inertia in the approval processes. Therefore it is crucial to have a strong compliance person who can help manage the environment and ensures adherence to local laws.
IRT: You never leave your house without…?
Ms. Seth: My Blackberry, which is my lifeline to Casa Forma. It’s the first thing I see in the morning and the last thing I see before I sleep.
IRT: Can beauty be a disadvantage in a business environment?
Ms. Seth: Beauty can sometimes be a disadvantage in business because people tend to think beauty and intelligence are often mutually exclusive. However, good educational and professional qualifications can often mitigate this stereotype.



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