Leadership Blog

  • The power of presence

    Apr 05, 2017

    It was a 9 hour flight from Heathrow to Mumbai. The departure was pretty eventless and on time. The flight had leveled off to a cruise. Tired from the...

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  • Belief Drives Leadership Behavior

    Mar 31, 2017

    A young woman got married. She was instantly pushed out of her comfort zone and had to build new bonds. To her credit, her culinary skills were above ...

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  • Respecting Alternate Perspective Powers Effective Leadership

    Mar 29, 2017

    My personal effectiveness as a leader grew rapidly as I started practicing the subject line. I would like to narrate an example from my personal lea...

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  • How do I fasttrack myself as a leader?

    Dec 23, 2014

    As an invited speaker, I was addressing a group of young engineers and budding leaders in Chennai recently. This team was in an offsite meeting with t...

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  • The Talent Economy Dynamics

    Nov 01, 2014

    This blog post is a very simple abstraction of some basic concepts that shape the economy. It is not meant to be a detailed and accurate walk of histo...

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  • Fending monkeys is a leader's key competence

    Aug 30, 2014

    If you do not develop this competence, you will soon find that you are doing the work of your sub-ordinates. Eventually, your smart sub-ordinate may ...

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  • Becoming a better innovator

    Aug 19, 2014

    Innovation can be disruptive or incremental. By disruptive innovation, completely new behaviours are unleashed. Internet shopping (what amazon.com did...

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  • Building Trusted Relationships

    Aug 18, 2014

    Have you ever observed a mother and child communicate with each other? Without any verbal communication, a child and mother can totally empathize with...

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  • The Human Mind

    Nov 25, 2012

    Percieved blank at human birth, the human mind can be identified by the five distinct things it does, namely:...

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  • Is there a blueprint to becoming an inspiring leader

    Jul 30, 2012

    Following the earlier blog post - Two Ways of Getting Followership, there have been a number of questions on the subject....

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  • Two Ways of Getting Followership

    Jul 15, 2012

    A human can be made to follow another human in one of two ways.When followership is not a long term requirement, using strategies to engineer such fol...

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  • Leadership Competence - Self Awareness

    Mar 02, 2011

    There are a few pitfalls that trap most humans involuntarily. A leader should constantly evaluate if s/he is in such a trap.The first pitfall is about...

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  • My way of breaking through emotional upswings

    Mar 02, 2011

    As a leader, one cannot avoid being consumed by emotions. It is human nature to be emotional. Although popular writing states that your state of mind ...

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  • What should drive results - the heart or brain?

    Feb 19, 2011

    Last week I participated in a team building session with a set of very successful leaders/ managers. Roughly about 50 people participated in this sess...

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  • It is belief that matters

    Feb 19, 2011

    Today morning as we were doing our usual weekend morning walk at the beach, I saw a young girl learning to ride a bicycle. I guess it was her father w...

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  • Are We There Yet!

    Feb 13, 2011

    This post is not about time management but about the psychology of how we perceive time and the world around us at two distinctly different stages of ...

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  • Jugaad

    Feb 13, 2011

    Recently I heard one of my US friends mention this word 'Jugaad' in a positive note about India during a lunch conversation. I was surprised and amaze...

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  • If.. A Poem By Rudyard Kipling

    Jan 16, 2011

    Today I read this poem for the first time and I am thoroughly inspired by its simplicity and clarity. If you can keep your head when all about youAre ...

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  • Factors That Drive Followership

    Jan 06, 2011

    The core theme of leadership never changes. It is always about change. Positive leadership is always to bring about a change for better in the thought...

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  • Silence Is A Golden Strategy

    Jan 02, 2011

    Silence is a perfectly appropriate option in certain situations. The truth is that silence communicates. It does so very powerfully when used right. T...

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  • Always Wear A Positive Attitude

    Dec 29, 2010

    A leader will face many trying situations during any leadership journey. A leader does not have everything under the sun in his/ her circle of influen...

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  • My Journey To Improve Articulation

    Dec 26, 2010

    As a leader, have you ever come out of a meeting feeling that your articulation of a point did not reach all the audience?  Did you find it hard to ge...

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  • Leadership, Stewardship, Rulership, Lemmingship

    Dec 22, 2010

    The book titled Walk the Walk written by Alan Deutschman defines leadership as the act of changing the way people think, feel and act. A leader does t...

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  • Strategies For Well-Being

    Dec 22, 2010

    Here are 5 ways to wellbeing: Connecting with family, friends and colleagues Being physically active and eating healthily...

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  • Frames Of Reference - Why They Are Important !

    Dec 22, 2010

    Let us first see a case study from my personal experience. It is worthwhile noting here that India climbed to fame as an IT powerhouse with Y2K as ...

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  • Power And Leadership Effectiveness

    Dec 21, 2010

    The usual leadership training material talks about two continuum when discussing leadership effectiveness. These are namely the leader's care for re...

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  • Expectations Drive Accountability

    Dec 21, 2010

    A team walks into trouble with eyes open. The team is full of well meaning people. The key questions to ask are 'How to navigate back to course?', '...

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  • When Movement Does Not Equal Action

    Dec 21, 2010

    All actions need co-ordinated movement(s). However all co-ordinated movement do not necessarily mean action. Confusing? Here is an example. When I w...

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  • Mistakes Are Always In The Past

    Dec 21, 2010

    First of all we are talking about well meaning leaders in this blog and not about villains and criminals. So we can boldly make the statement that f...

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  • Rhythm Of Life And Resistance To Change

    Dec 21, 2010

    When a human transitions into any socially and/or emotionally acceptable situation from a position of discomfort, for some time he or she goes throu...

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  • Worry Is != Action

    Dec 21, 2010

    The dictionary says that an action is characterized by physical or mental activity. Worry is mental activity. Still worry does not qualify as a usef...

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  • Positive And Negative Examples Of Leadership From Daily Life

    Dec 21, 2010

    Aug 29, 2010 - I ran a seven kilometer Marathon run in Chennai, India. Chennai is a large metropolis. The marathon was a free run. The theme was 'I ...

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  • A Model Relating Experience And Leadership

    Dec 21, 2010

    We definitely understand the inspiring leadership demonstrated by people like young Bill Gates and many young sports people.  Young people can lead ...

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  • Do We Need Experience To Lead?

    Dec 21, 2010

    The video below set me thinking. What are various aspects of leadership? How are they related to experience for leadership effectiveness? These were t...

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  • Power Has Immense Potential To Corrupt - Learning From A Movie

    Dec 21, 2010

    'Raajneeti' is a Hindi movie. The word means politics. After the Oscar winning 'Slum Dog Millioner', this movie attempts to take us behind the 'IndY...

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  • Losing With Grace

    Dec 21, 2010

    Aug 19, 2010 - Even when you are in a losing trail, you should stand up and respect talent... even when it is demonstrated by the opponent camp. That ...

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  • Leadership and Management

    Dec 21, 2010

    The tweet from vineetsblog - True Leaders Are Also Managers. http://cot.ag/9MdBza #leadership - set me thinking. As the HBR article says there is a pr...

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  • Seek First to Understand Difficult Employees

    Dec 21, 2010

    "Listen to difficult employess only while it is productive". I read this tweet and said to myself "How true!". To understand this better, we have to...

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  • Counselling, Mentoring and Coaching - What is the big difference

    Dec 21, 2010

    When building his/her team, a leader should know the how and when of choosing from the three distinctive strategies mentioned in the subject. Mother...

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  • The Value of Drifting

    Dec 21, 2010

    August 3, 2010 - I read an interesting article  on the subject of this post in Mint yesterday. It talked about the valuable lessons learnt by an ent...

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  • Getting The Best Out Of Your People

    Dec 21, 2010

    This question on leadership style is a very common one. Is there a formula that works? When thinking about it, the first thing that occurred to me was...

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  • Listening Actively

    Dec 21, 2010

    Listening actively requires proper use your  mouth, nose, eyes and the rest of your body apart from the usual ears during the listening process. Hence...

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  • Vidyagyan - An Inspiring Leadership Case Study

    Dec 21, 2010

    Shiv Nadar, the Chairman of HCL speaks on Vidyagyan - his personal initiative to return back to the society and in that process transforming educati...

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  • Entrepreneur - Born or Built

    Dec 21, 2010

    Entrepreneur is someone who mobilizes resources beyond his/her means to deliver value that is socially acceptable.  Therefore, borrowing, risk taking...

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  • What Footprint am I Leaving Behind?

    Dec 21, 2010

    Our footprints of life have the potential to leave a lasting legacy behind. Think of leaving a legacy behind because life is a zero sum game. You brin...

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  • Playing With Trust And Confidence

    Dec 21, 2010

    Trust and confidence are hard to earn but easy to lose. July 15, 2010 - I tweeted a little while ago about a hardware manufacturer hiding behind oth...

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  • Zen and the art of application development

    Dec 21, 2010

    Most Indian software engineers value programming experience using a particular technology. Opportunities in latest technologies are always in great ...

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  • Impact of Leadership on Strategy

    Dec 21, 2010

    A leader 's focus and preferences impact the outcome of strategic initiatives. Suppose an organization chooses to have a strategic initiative to upg...

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  • Leadership And Magnetism

    Dec 21, 2010

    I think that leadership and magnetism are alike. Magnetism is characterized by it's field. The field is invisible. The field has a direction. The fi...

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  • Navigating The Gorge Between Strategy And Results

    Dec 21, 2010

    Focused execution is the bridge to cross the gorge between strategy and results. Many get that 'deja vu' feeling when we bring up the subject of a w...

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  • What Do I Think Of Strategy?

    Dec 21, 2010

    A leader drives change. There are several types of change. Some examples are... Changing self Changing a community Changing a business from one m...

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  • Watch Cameron Herold Talk About Bringing Up Children

    Dec 21, 2010

    Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. In his talk, he makes the case for par...

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  • Connecting the dots - Are Gen Y any different?

    Dec 21, 2010

    We asked earlier if Gen Y was any different from the previous generations. I had the opportunity to interact with and observe the Gen Y's in my work...

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  • How Aspiring MBA's should think differently

    Dec 21, 2010

    June 21. 2010 - Today I was reading a Facebook trail of budding Indian MBA's discussing about work. They were basically expressing impatience with mun...

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  • Moulding Personality - Catch Them Young

    Dec 21, 2010

    I wrote another post on how teaching a child to own up is important? Today, I read another interesting blog which talks about practical ways of helpin...

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  • Take A Turn! Straight Roads are Boring

    Dec 21, 2010

    Has there been a moment in your life which you never forget? That is because life took a significant turn and will never be the same again because of ...

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  • Is Gen Y (Why) Any Different?

    Dec 21, 2010

    Does Generation 'Why' really question with a deeper understanding and conviction? I set myself to think after reading this insightful blog by Vineet N...

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  • Regulate Emotion In Your Responses

    Dec 21, 2010

    In an earlier post we saw the need to be emotionally aware. How can we use this awareness to our advantage? Humans are the most effective at context s...

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  • We Learn By Making Mistakes or Risktakes

    Dec 20, 2010

    Humans learn by making mistakes. Learning also happens by taking some calculated risks. In the former case we believe we are good in a given situati...

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  • Attitude is Altitude

    Dec 20, 2010

    Very touching and insightful message in this video...

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  • Building Relationships

    Dec 20, 2010

    Leadership is about building relationships. Relationships run on the strength of what I call as emotional bank accounts on either side. Each positive ...

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  • Emotional Self Awareness

    Dec 20, 2010

    Anybody wanting to lead relationships (professional or personal) has to be fully aware of ones own emotional state at all times. Otherwise, it is just...

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  • Leadership and Bonding

    Dec 20, 2010

    People value four aspects that they feel will nurture and drive their career growth. These four aspects are closely interrelated. First is their own a...

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  • Understand the Bigger Picture

    Dec 20, 2010

    I work for a company which is in the high technology industry and one of our key delivery strategies is process orientation. Process orientation mag...

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  • Competitive Advantage

    Dec 20, 2010

    Competitive Advantage is a subject of leadership. Managers and leaders who run enterprises need to understand competitive advantage deeply to add valu...

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  • Taking responsibility for oneself

    Dec 20, 2010

    In my childhood (and sometimes even today), as an Indian, I have noticed a parental behavior that is particularly interesting. We know children are s...

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  • You are what your brain allows you to be..

    Dec 20, 2010

    Iconoclausts - in layman terms these are people who think it is possible to do what most other people believe cannot be done at all. To be an iconocla...

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