Leadership isn’t a popularity contest

One of the most profound lessons I’ve learned as a leader was when I was managing a tiny team in a previous organisation. I was not just good but one of those would would always go the extra mile for my employer and my team. And yet, I don’t think I showed up as the […]

Don’t waste it on people who don’t respect it

This was has been remarkable — a handful of instances where I either got stood up or didn’t hear back from the other person a pre-arranged meeting. It’s infuriating. And for the first time in life, I didn’t feel like following up. Yes, I am aware there could be a genuine crises at the other […]

Do this everyday if you aren’t a teen anymore…

In retrospect, I think I was the most ‘free’ when I was a teenager. Life in general was so much less stressful. I just didn’t have a care in the world. The pressures of school were negligible compared to what my own 9-year old goes through. I was super-active not only in sports and in […]

Checking emails isn’t doing work

I don’t know about you but I’ve had days when I’ve spent more time checking, drafting and responding to emails than actual work. Yes, I know ‘doing emails’ is a big part of your work when you move into leadership but it’s isn’t the only thing. It is what Stephen Covey might say living in […]

Helicopter supervision doesn’t work

One of my biggest gripes about supervisors or newly assigned managers is their inability to let go. Most believe in having a tight grip over anything and everything they’re responsible for; which isn’t a bad strategy but we’re dealing with people here. (Else what else would you be managing? Stuff? Tasks? Results? You can’t possibly […]

Sweat more in training so you’ll bleed less in war

I heard that from Robin Sharma many, many years back and it’s still the core theme of what I do on a daily basis. And as I was digging up my archives for a gem or two of inspiration to keep going, I found this Lewis Howes’ interview with Robin a couple of years back. […]

A word on professional courage

We know that courage isn’t the lack of fear but acknowledging it doing what needs to be done regardless. For most of us, it’s a personal quest add a little more courage as we mature. In the professional world, particularly at the workplace, courage often translates to giving and receiving feedback as they’re directly responsible […]