Looking at the last year being part of C3STREAM Land Designs (C3SLD). I started taking responsibility for my growth and the team’s growth. I have inquired into the congruence of my values with what I am doing at C3STREAM Land Designs. Being on time is my choice and a way for me to embody my commitment and dedication to work. I find that it sets behavioral standards and workplace values are aligned with my values. Even though we meet at 8:00 a.m. for meditation (and 7:45 a.m. for learning sessions) I inspire myself to come in around 7 to 7:15 a.m. to work to strengthen my resolve to be reliable and trustworthy. Consistently coming early to work and if needed staying late from the office helps me ensure that I meet important deadlines. Coming early, I have enough time and energy to accomplish my daily tasks eg: taking a class in Isai Ambalam, and doing admin stuff for the office early in the day, which allows me to work in VLSI layout work for Aura the company that supports me to C3STREAM Land Designs.
Coming early gives me enough time and energy to accomplish my independent tasks before tasks requiring engagement with the team need to be done. It helps me meet deadlines without rushing through tasks and plan with the larger picture of my personal development in mind.
Last year when I started coming early it helped me improve my work relationships and teamwork. It showed respect for others and that I valued their time when we met together. Consistently being on time required me to develop my time-management skills, as scheduling my morning arrival on time for work often involves planning and scheduling things at home with my wife and child. I also extend being on time in the morning to all tasks and activities and I see these are valuable in my continuous growth and my career. For example, the early morning also gives me time to reflect, and beyond technical work helped me accomplish publishing an article and posting and documenting 25 blogs this year.
These are my contributions in the last year growing in all aspects. I started to take initiative to organize planning and reflections on school work. I also created a Signal group to support this initiative. The notes are not only reflective of the teacher but also allowed Sanjeev to be able to provide feedback and make videos that supported the learning of teachers. When I saw Vahan cube was missing in STEM land, I laminated 3 sets for STEM land. Mathew from AVI-USA wanted to document good initiatives in Auroville and asked to make a video on C3SLD and STEM Land. This involved all the initiatives of C3SLD be it volunteering in different schools or our partnership with corporates that supports and sustain us. Serina from Aurore Eye Films, Auroville made the video and I helped her capture all our initiatives. I went to the conference in Aurovidhya where we did an RTL (Radical Transformational Leadership) session and an electronics session for the teachers. I organized the sleepovers at Isai Ambalam and did many projects with children which I documented in blogs and be in integrity as creating a new narrative for learning is one of our ground rules. The projects we did were EBD school ground, LED sessions with 6th grade, Rashi project, and school ground. I was accountable for handling the website and I posted all the blogs that I received from everyone in the office. I made some changes to the website so that the lessons that the teachers created can be accessed by everyone. I also provided technical support to the Isai Ambalam school when the internet was not working, I debugged it.
For the Shifuians, I took RTL tools and processed TED talks. I see a change in myself as I was uncomfortable while doing this but I understood that it is for my growth. I also worked on the accountability of the office space be it by installing an air conditioner or following up for faster internet. This year I published an article in the teachers plus magazine. I see that I broke my pattern of not publishing anything to something. While I don’t have the authority to ask others to do something as it creates resistance between me and others, but I see that I am the change I wish to see. I use RTL and Vippasana which help me to overcome and move forward and work from my fullest potential.
This year I was training and supporting Santhosh, Choudhary, Elam, and Narmada to do the floor plan layout. For Aura, I worked to deliver 4 products. I held integrity to deliver the layout projects that I worked on time. I am happy being part of C3SL where I am growing in inner capacity, competency, and skill. I feel grateful for being part of building the ground in Isai Ambalam which is used by so many children and publishing an article. I am grateful for posting 25 blogs in the last year and organizing events like Karthigai and Christmas celebrations. I am grateful that I am confident and learned to work on real projects and I delivered what I intended and was able to work independently. Looking at the last year I learned to be more responsible and make hard choices based on what I want to accomplish and grateful for whatever I delivered. I learned that I should not do things so that people appreciate them but so it benefits others’ growth. I also feel grateful to be part of the RTL book reading club which helps me have the clarity to deliver sessions on RTL. I feel grateful for being able to support sleepovers for one year and that I learned how to write blogs as new narratives. I am grateful that last year Aura recognized our contributions and enrolled us in shares and I was recognized as a senior person at work based on experience and contributions.
What I learned about myself is how can I inspire myself in all the things that I do. I learned that I need to take only the positive things from other and ignore negative things from other. I learned that I need to hold integrity so that others get inspired by me. Practicing RTL and triad every week give a reflection on my accomplishments. Practicing Vipassana helps me to see things as they are and to work effectively, and efficiently with delivering outputs. When I am overloaded, I do meditation and then start my work. I am delivering what I plan to deliver and holding integrity.
This year I can see my growth in all aspects. The days in the last year were busy where deadlines had to meet or something completed urgently while working during tape out. These days were stressful to the point where there were times, I did have to stay back to get the work done. This in some ways reminded me a lot of my late-night study sessions at college and how even in the workplace, this does not change. As I reflect I see that I ended up learning a lot more than I thought I would be able to in the last year.
My name is Vasantharaj, I stand for equity and full potential for myself and for others. When I reflect back on the last year I am able to see my growth in both technical aspects and inner being. Our office C3SLD started a new initiative of subsidizing new e-cycles for employees this year. I had been using the e-cycles and wanted to transition to a regular cycle. Many people suggested that it won’t suit me. But, I made the choice and used the subsidy for a better geared cycle. I have been continuously using the cycle for a year now. It has been
excellent for my health and my determination to not take the convenient way out. Now it has become my habit, I avoid using motor bikes and like to use the cycle.
From a technical perspective I worked on layout for about 8 months this year
delivering 4 products\.I learnt skill programming and did the setup of one of the project bindkeys. Viren invited us to visit Bangalore Aura for one and half month of training. It was a good opportunity for me to improve speed in layout and while we were there I also learned about micro component soldering. In October, I made a choice with the help of Sanjeev and Sanjay to move to the Verification team of analog modeling. It provided new dimensions of
earning in different aspects. I started to look into some details of the circuits, model them using verilog modules and look at mixed mode simulation. I started documenting my learning process in the verification team that will be useful for upcoming team members I supported Choudary and other people in the Shifu program learn layout skills and work at their full potential. This became new learning for me and also it refreshed some layout concepts.
I started my journey as a PC in the RTL workshop. It provided me to explore the tool deeper and give chances to deliver it, and get feedback from others. I started supporting 2 children in the SAC program. That feeling is my greatest initiative this year. This year I worked with children on a Monsoon project, garden EBD and electronics.