Toyota is a brand that the world recognizes for high quality standards. The Toyota Way of doing things is something that the rest of the world still fails to match. These 7+ years of my incredible journey with Toyota may have helped me grow personally and professionally, but here are four key things that I always associate my travel sojourns with.
4. Nemawashi: is the process of discussing problems and consensus building on potential solutions. This will allow to collect ideas of those involved in the event and get agreement on a way forward. I don’t mean that you need to get consensus from many people on your travel plan, but what I mean to say is- Discuss, Talk more to real people! Instead of depending on internet for information(Which are many a times paid articles for promotions), Talk to different people. While you are planning- talk to people who have been there before and take their experience based opinions; while you are on the road- talk to the localites and take their suggestions. You will eventually end up doing, eating, exploring something new and that’s unknown to most people. This way, you can create your own experience based stories.
3. Yokoten: This is something I have been hearing day-in and day-out. Toyota believes in documentation and standardisation of best practices so that these can be used as references by others. Yokoten means to copy/implement good practices from one process to all other similar processes. Also, I guess talking to other travelers let’s you pick and decide what’s good and bad for you during your travel. So I guess, that’s what I have been doing through documentation of my travel stories in my blogs.
2. KeshiGomi: It literally translates to ‘Eraser’ in Japanese. But what they use this for is quite relatable for a traveler. Japanese are strong followers of the PDCA (Plan Do Check Act) in all things that they do. As an important part of their planning, they always make a ‘KeshiGomi sheet’ which is a simple ‘things-to-do list’. Keshi here refers to striking off the activity after it is completed for better visualization of activity status. So, how is this related to a traveler, you may ask??? So that’s where I call it a ‘Bucket List’. Its always good to have a bucket list of places you want to see and things you want to do. Whether it is accomplished or not comes second, but it is a great motivation to chase those things!
1. GenchiGembutsu: Literally translates to ‘Go & see’. One of the most important rules that the Japanese follow is to go to the place and understand the case by self rather than depending on facts narrated by others. The facts may be moderated or altered when it is passed from one person to another and is usually based on somebody else’s perception. So stop imagining about how a place could look and get your bums out of that couch, go travel and experience it all firsthand!
Do you have any such weird places from where you derive inspirations? Let me know through the comments below.
With a new month, a new season has set in.. The southwest monsoon has arrived here on 02-Jun-13. And with it, it has brought to me the showers of hope 🙂
As I carry my back pack, handover my drawer keys, wear my safety shoes, walking past the parking lot and waiting at the main reception lobby to get introduced to a new boss.. Similar memories of when I walked in on the first day flashed in my mind today. Excitement and apprehensions flocked my mind together while I was waiting in the lobby with a bated breath to take up the new challenge. Starting June’13, I am taking on a new assignment @ work.. A much needed breather after a crazy past 2 months.. Greater opportunities await me with a new team, new office and new culture.
But the last 2 days, back in my old office- wasn’t an easy thing for me to get over.. It is one of the worst feelings when you have to leave back or give away something for which you have put in all your hardwork. All the data, enormous volumes of customer survey results, investigations, follow-up sheets, pending activities’ list- “NO”.. It wasn’t an easy thing to do at all.. It leaves you with a sense of agitation.. Not because you don’t want to give it; but because you fear if the person taking over will do justice to that job.. But, there is not just a silver lining; the horizon is seemingly golden for me this time 😛
However, the challenge ahead is a tough one and needs much harder efforts from me- And I take it in my stride to prove what I am here for..
n Oh- Did I mention travel yet..??? I’d probably be travelling for most of the time auditing my suppliers and working on MY improvement through them 😉 So this new journey is going to be fun…
I will keep the events posted in this column about the days to come and my lows and highs in this journey.. Signing off here for now
Agoraphobia is considered the most incapacitating of anxiety disorders. To be more precise- The fear of travelling ALONE.. It is all in your mindset.. What do you think will happen to you if you go out alone? You will die of a road accident or a plane crash..? A bunch of trouble makers will harm you..? A group of bad men will molest you..?
People… Get a life.!! You need to just come out of your frame of mind.. Harm can be caused to you anytime. What will you do if the ground beneath your house sunk in.? What would you do if a bunch of people barged into your home with clubs and hoses ? Your trusted neighbor of several years might knock at your door for all wrong reasons one day.. Or what if your best friend / family member is battling for life in a distant place.. Will you still step back to remain in the safe confines of your home?
You ain’t doing anything worthwhile with your life if you hesitate to travel. Just step out and explore.. It is just a state of mind you want to leave unchanged.. Rather, think of adventures.. Such incidents may happen; but how you fight it out, what experience you gain out of it is more important. You can have so many stories to tell to your grandchildren when they grow up.. You should at least travel just to know how a car runs on gasoline, how a pull cart is fueled by the mechanical energy of a living being, how a train moves without tyres.. How will you measure the expanse of the sea.. How will you feel the snow on your hand..? You will never know the simple things of everyday life until and unless you travel.. And not always you will find a partner to travel.. At times you will find inner peace only by travelling alone.. It will help you to know yourself better, you will understand what your likes and dislikes are.. You will feel free without having to adjust to somebody else’s way of doing things.. So just get ready, pull up your socks, jump in and have a NICE trip ahead.. 🙂
Use these simple tips when you travel(alone or as a group):
* Use the public transport as much as possible- This is lighter on your pockets and there is a floating population which is much safer than hiring a private taxi.
* Interact with the locals- it helps you to build your social network, learn about the culture, history etc.
* Carry a pepper spray in your bag- it will come in handy at some point of time.
* Always carry a candy/chocolate in your bag. It will help you to regain your strength when your blood sugar level drops and you get semi-conscious. Low-sugar can happen to any normal person at any time.
* Learn 1 or 2 kicks and punches for self defense- it will come along a great way..!!
And this last paragraph goes to all those IDIOTS who poke their stinky dirty leaky noses in my travel affairs.. Ask me of what is the pleasure of traveling ? I first traveled alone when I was 10 .. A distance of 240 kms by a KSRTC bus.. But of course, for several reasons, day travel it was.. My parents and friends are confident about me finding my way out of anywhere in this whole wide world.. What’s the problem with the rest of you to let me go..?? YOU are hesitant, YOU are scared, YOU get petrified, YOU are a loser, NOT ME..!! Let me go..!!