What a leader should learn from M.S. Dhoni

M.S. Dhoni, yes the world knows him! What he has achieved so far in his cricketing career, nobody else does. He is Indian skipper, known as ‘Maahi’, ‘Capatin Cool’ and lots of other names.

Well, after India became T20 champions and then in 2011 became World champions, soon after that I started hating Dhoni. Trust me, but it’s true. Somewhere in my mind, I thought he is arrogant, proudy and a person who doesn’t respect his seniors and don’t give any value to his team. Trust me when I say this, I mean it.

But in June, 24th 2013, I’ve witnessed of another glory/achivement of Indian team and this time Indian team won the ICC champions trophy 2013 cup. And the Man in highlight is again the Indian skipper M.S. Dhoni.

He was given a team of those players who have either debuting their ODI career or played very limited number of ODI’s or have no experience of playing overseas matches. But in the end, everyone contributed and delivered their best. All credit goes to ‘Maahi’.

What he has done? He showed his trust in #IshantSharma and he proved to be the Game changer/Turning point for #TeamIndia.

* What mantra he (Dhoni) is using?
* Any divine power on him?
* Any Totka he do before every match starts?

Well, the answer to each and every question lies in his Captaincy skills. The way he manages his team, the level of trust he has and the decision making power, the ability to motivate team memeber even if he is not performing and the ability to stay calm, makes him what he is now.

In this article, I am going to talk about what we can learn from Dhoni, how we can adapt some extra ordinary skills and improve ourselves.

Personally, I won’t be giving a lecture kind of thing here.. We all want to be leaders and with the examples like this we can be the masters of our era.


Fetching Cotacts from Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail

Hello Guys,

This is another post by me, hope this post will help you, if you are stuck in fetching or grab contacts from Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail. This is possible using gem ‘contacts’.

So here I am posting my code, I know there are lot of things and code available for this, but this is the exact code which I am using.

If you are running an application or want to create a new go ahead, I am writing a new application here but you can add it in your existing code as well.

open your command or console prompt and go into your application directory, here I am creating new:

rails contact

this will create a particular set of files and directories in your application. Now go into your directory, before start working any further be sure that you have installed ‘contacts’ gem with the latest version i.e 1.0.13, to install ‘contacts’ type :

for linux users : sudo gem install contacts

for windows : gem install contacts

if already have but older version update it : sudo gem update contacts

Now open your environemnt.rb file and below this line write

Rails::Initializer.run do |config|


require ‘contacts’

be sure to restart your server.

Now open the controllers folder and create this method in any controller if you have or where you want to display this. In my case I am writing this in my account_controller.rb

def invite_friends
#@user = User.find(params[:id])

def import
@users = User.find(params[:id])
@sites = {“gmail”  => Contacts::Gmail, “yahoo” => Contacts::Yahoo, “hotmail” => Contacts::Hotmail}
@contacts = @sites[params[:from]].new(params[:login], params[:password]).contacts
@users , @no_users = [], []
@contacts.each do |contact|
#if u = User.find(:first , :conditions => @users.email = ‘#{contact[1]}’ , :include =>[:user])
if u = User.find(:first , :conditions => “email = ‘#{contact[1]}'” )
@users << u
@no_users << {:name => contact[0] , :email => contact[1]}
respond_to do |format|
format.html {render :template => ‘shared/_contact_list’, :layout => false}
format.xml {render :xml => @contacts.to_xml}

before creating this two method, just be sure that you are giving the user id from invite_friends method to import method.

Open up your invite_friends.html.erb and paste this code :

<% form_tag :action => ‘import’, :id => @user do %>

<select name=”from” id=”from”>
<option value=””>Select Id</option>
<option value=”gmail”>Gmail</option>
<option value=”yahoo”>Yahoo</option>
<option value=”hotmail”>Hotmail</option>

<BR />
<p>Please Enter Your Email Address Below : <BR />
<input type=”text” name=”login”></p>
<p>Enter Your Password :<BR />
<input type=”password” name=”password”></p>

<p><h4>Note : we are not going to save your Password anywhere </h4></p>
<p><%= submit_tag ‘Find My Friends’ %>

<% end %>

Now start your server, open up firefox and type the address (in my case it is) : http://localhost:3000/account/invite_friends

Select any service like Yahoo, Hotmail or Gmail give the corresponding username and Password and hit submit.

You will get an error message that missing template, to remove that create a folder ‘shared’ in /app/views/ and create a new file name ‘_contact_list.html.erb’ and paste the below code :

<% for i in @contacts %>
<input type=”checkbox” name=”email[]” id=”email_<%= i %>” value=”<%= i %>” /><%= i %><br>
<% end %>

this will help you to take further actions on fetched email addresses, that’s it. You have done..

If you are facing any problems, leave a comment, I will get back in touch with you, and if your code works, don’t forget to leave a comment.

Thanks to ‘contacts’ and thanks to you all also.