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A Better Servant

  
(Word of caution: Razor-sharp content — it just might hurt you!) Come to think of it… a journey never ends, never halts; it only slows down. And that’s temporary, because life makes you think, compels you to make choices, and drives you to work hard for what you want. Life, as an active volunteer, […]

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It Takes a Village…

“It takes a village to raise a child,” says an African proverb. But this child is you. It’s me. It’s our loved ones. It’s the ones we know. This child grows up to become a dreamer. Just like us. She has outgrown what the village has to offer her. And she leaves the village one […]

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Do Nothing!

Isn’t it weird that we fight, argue and complain how chaotic an environment can get for productivity and thinking, only to miss it’s when it’s totally silent? It was a long workday yesterday and I decided to stop by Starbucks to wind down my day and reflect on my wins and learnings from the past […]

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A Thoughtful Pursuit of Strength

I’m not a bodybuilder. Nor do I plan to be. The only reason why I would ever hit the gym would be to get stronger. Stronger than I was yesterday. Strength is a skill. The more you lift, the better you get at it. But you got to have a plan. Pick up one and […]

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Ogilvy’s Guide to Writing Well

If you’ve ever wanted a short concise guide to writing well, you’ve essentially got three options to choose from: 1) William Zinsser’s On Writing Well 2) Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style (free reference link) 3) David Ogilvy’s infamous memo titled “How to Write” While the top two books are quite portable, by reference […]

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How not to close a presentation… ever!

I can’t help but squirm in my seat when I hear experienced speakers and presenters deliver a lousy conclusion. Never should you summarize your speech or end it with a Question & Answer (Q&A) session. Let me explain. Summarizing your presentation usually signals the audience that you’re wrapping things up — half of the audience […]

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Simple Productivity Hacks # 2

Wanted to share few productivity hacks and resources that I have dug up this past month — while nursing an injury is boring enough, it does give you ample time to explore the awesomeness of internet. I encourage you to look these up and even use it or a day or two (longer if they […]

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A Simple Productivity Hack

If you often end up staring at that motherlode of a to-do list at the start of each day, then congratulations! You’ve just turned mankind’s greatest productivity tool into your life’s biggest source of stress! And guess what, it’s normal. I’ve felt that way myself many times. Listing down your items for the day isn’t […]

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JUMP!

Had an awesome weekend with some of my work colleagues. Off Site training programs are always fun. Among the many activities we did, white water rafting and paintball shooting stood out. Paintball reminded me of how tough it is to survive in a battle field (even a mock one!) if you’re not aware of your surroundings. And, I […]

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Let’s not forget the basics; it’s all the basics!

It’s my fifth year as a Toastmaster, and I can say this with a staunch sense of pride: this is the place where we build leaders; terms and conditions apply, of course. Although we strive to follow our core values of Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence (RISE), I believe that to emerge as a stronger […]