After my horrible experience with Reebok running shoes, I bought new ASICS GT-2000. I did lot of research and compared these shoes
1) ASICS GEL GT-2000
2) ASICS GEL GT-1000
3) ASICS CUMULUS 14
4) Nike Lunarglide+ 4
5) Adidas Supernova Glide 5
By the I’m mild over-pronator with medium arch, so all these shoes are of interest to me. First the the bottom one
Nike Lunarglide+ 4
It has too much cushion and you don’t feel like you are running on the ground. I felt my feet above the ground touching some rubber, this is weird feeling and I did not enjoy it. The shoes is surprisingly flexible. Overall I felt bouncing off the ground.
Adidas Supernova Glide
This feels very light and good amount of cushion, but not for stable ride. it has stability issue on the mid foot. Back heel cushion is good. One more advantage of this is the heel fit, it has unique heel adaptation design where back of the shoe adhere to your foot. I would recommend this for neutral runners.
ASICS Cumulus 14
This came close second and its feel was very good. The only problem is that Cumulus 13 was under-pronator shoe and by mistake Cumulus 14 became moderate pronator shoe. For sure Cumulus 15 will be made under-pronator. Also Cumulus line was supposed to be cushiony type of platform, but ASICS remove lot of sole to make it appeal for other runners, which it did not work.
This is same as GT-2000 minus the GEL pad. This lacks the sufficient forefoot cushioning, but really good shoe. As I was looking for little more cushioning than the bare minimum, I had to skip this one.
I’m excited to try out the GT-2000 and will update more on it.
2013 is not proving good to Solar. Many of the top solar companies have either shunt down their operations are taken heavy cut in their production output. Latest additions are
1) China’s SunTech Power
2) Bosch’s AG, Germany
Well SunTech declared bankruptcy and Bosch decided to shutdown their solar operations. This is as recent as last week.
Earlier this year, Saton, Solyendra filed their Chapter 11 causing a major blow to the investor confidence in the solar sector.
First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR), one of the world’s largest solar companies is down by 90.5% from its all time peak.
For some reason there is no consolidation of solar companies, if some companies consolidated then it would have been better for the industry.
On top of all this US is accusing India in WTO for Local clause.
Leadership in organization is one of those things which is often not well understood. I have never understood the full extent of leadership until now. Leadership is one of those things which guides the company at hard times. As a leader once cannot lose confidence at any-time period. That too when the company is not doing so well.
Companies often go through ups and downs all the time, but it does not mean one has to get demotivated, particularly top leader. Amplifying the negative energy by the top person will cause so much damage that company may not survive another spring. Even in the worst of the worst times Leaders should act and be confident.
The best thing as a leader can do when the company is going through tough times is to communicate to the team and accept the facts. Staying silent and doing a blame game would not alter the consequences of the past.
India has so much workforce and young engineers all working in software field. I still wonder why can’t we develop products in India ?
Most of the Indian manufacturing companies like HCL, Micromax import components from China. There needs to be more entrepreneurial activity happening in India in manufacturing space to build innovative products.
I recently read “Connecting the dots” by Rashmi Bansal and it has excellent examples of ordinary people making extra-ordinary success. These kind of books keeps up the hope in the Indian economy and entrepreneurial opportunities. kudos to Rashmi for gathering the real life stories.
By the way the book is rather bland and shallow in writing, only the examples are rather inspiring. I wish she could have done little more research and in-depth study about these entrepreneurs. But all in all I enjoyed the read and would recommend it to my friends.