Be The Solution To The Problem- A Story On Leadership Qualities

Jane and Abigail were two extremely skilled engineers who worked for a firm in Cincinnati. The firm had over 100 engineers, each of whom were efficient and had graduated from some of the best universities in America.
One day while taking a coffee break in the common cafeteria, someone discovered that the coffee machine had broken and was not working properly. The employees got irritated due to this, but after plenty of ranting, they went about their day.
The next morning, the employees came back to the same situation of a broken coffee machine, which had stopped serving its purpose. The same routine of ranting and complaining continued, but the employees would eventually go back to their cubicles and continue working in their disgruntled state.
Jane and Abigail were not just colleagues, but were also good friends, who were witnessing this dissatisfaction every single day. Jane then turned to Abigail and said, ‘if no one is going to come fix the machine, then can’t we? I mean, we are engineers after all, and know how such machines work’. Abigail agreed and said ‘Sometimes we spend so much time complaining, but don’t realize that the solution is always in our hands’. Jane and Abigail came the next day, on their day off and got together on fixing the broken coffee machine. It took a few strenuous hours, but they got the job done, and were proud of themselves for having fixed a problem for the other employees.
The next day, the employees came in as usual and expected to find a broken coffee machine, but were instead shocked to see that it had been fixed, and was working normally. They found out that Jane and Abigail has spent their day off in working on the broken machine, and this impressed everyone thoroughly, but also left them feeling embarrassed, as they could have also contributed and become a part of the solution instead of complaining.
So what’s the moral here? If you can fix a problem, then do it, instead of complaining and waiting for someone to fix it for you. Be the solution, not the problem!

9 Most desired features in PowerPoint

PowerPoint presentations have come a long way in the way they look, and the impact they create. Whether it is for a small group presentation, or a large scale conference, the corporate life would be meaningless without PowerPoint presentations, as they truly form the crux and foundation for all businesses across the world.
While PowerPoint has many features that one can make the most use of, there are 9 features that are yet to find their place and prominence, and hence leave a lot of scope for creative and innovative expression.

Ability to export animated GIF’s

Nothing makes a presentation come to life the way GIF’s can. Besides empowering the message, it makes the entire presentation visually appealing and interactive. While this feature is not currently supported by PowerPoint, it is definitely one of the most sought after.

Save MOV files

The ability to save Multimedia files is present in PowerPoint, but is not present in MOV format, which is exclusive to Apple products. In a day and age where viewers consume video based content more than static, having this feature would amplify the messages that are presented by corporates on a global scale.

Lock Slide Objects

Even though one can easily group certain objects while creating a PowerPoint presentation, it is not possible to lock selected elements on a slide. Therefore, this makes it in the top 3 of our ‘desired features’ list for PowerPoint.

Replace color in the entire deck

Yes, everything on the PowerPoint application is easy, and a lot of things can be executed with just a few clicks, but replacing the entire color in the deck in one go is still not a possibility in PowerPoint. If one has to attempt to change the color, that person has to do it manually, which is definitely more time consuming, and becomes a hassle.

Pre-integrated Animated Icons

Bringing the PPT to life with pre-integrated animated icons is next level innovation that we hope becomes a possibility in the near future. Icon sets are great, but animation is where the world is right now, and we hope that PowerPoint picks up on this soon!

Save each slide as separate video

If you are using PowerPoint to create Instagram content, or anything related to social media, instead of hiding slides manually in order to export videos, it would be great to have a mechanism through which we could save every slide as a separate video, as that would make the process easy and less cumbersome.

Support drag and drop eps files

While PowerPoint has started supporting .svg files lately, it is important that a globally known vector format like eps should also be made available. This would be great, as it would help avoid the unnecessary step of having to convert files before using them.

Back and forth video play

We have already stressed on videos being an essential part of PowerPoint presentations, and going in sync with that is this one feature which is of the back and forth video play that is yet to be seen and made use of in PowerPoint. If one needs to make a reverse loop quirky content for social media content, then this would be a very useful feature.

Bigger canvas value than 56 inches

56 inches is the maximum that a PowerPoint is going to go up to, however a bigger resolution is what we live to see. Greater value, greater visibility and a greater effect of all the images and designs will surely come together in a dynamic way if this number gets stretched, and literally so! Moreover, PowerPoint presentations are used for large-scale events, and therefore having a feature that extends in size would be beneficial.

Background video autoplay on visiting a previous slide

If this feature would be implemented, it would take PowerPoint presentations to a whole new level, besides adding to the aesthetics and effect. Currently, when we move from one slide to the next slide, and then if we visit the previous slide, the video content of that slide (if any) would not play automatically, but this feature would be really helpful in creating a touch-screen capability in PowerPoint, besides enhancing the viewer’s experience.

Better animations and transitions

PowerPoint, since its inception has always provided a wide variety of transitions and animations, however we still have a long way to go in getting better quality transitions and animations like Title animations, parallax effect, carousel, cinema graph etc. Like they say, there is ALWAYS room for improvement!