business marketing Random Thoughts

Why haggling for pricing is bad karma for you

Don’t let them haggle I hate to argue. Particularly, over price as I don’t think it’s worth my time or energy to argue over a few dollars when my work’s at stake. Although I’m aware that some people derive absolute pleasure haggling their way to saving a few dollars (pennies, in some cases). I can’t […]

business leadership

Give them more than praise

If you’ve ever worked for someone else, you know the importance of rewards and recognition, don’t you? Remember how you felt when your boss said, “thanks everyone for your hardwork, well done,” when everyone clearly knew you busted your ass to get the project delivered on time? Or perhaps, that time when you worked over […]

business coaching Random Thoughts

A simple GTD system for minimalists

Over the years, I might have experimented with hundreds of systems, apps, workflows, and whatnots to improve my productivity. And while I did help for a while, I got a whole lot burned out trying to find that “ultimate productivity system.” Because none exists and the optimist inside of me wouldn’t give up or listen […]

business marketing

Find the first 10 and then the other 990

If you’re an entrepreneur (perhaps a wantreprenuer?) or know people who are, chances are you have heard or read Kevin Kelly’s take on the 1000 true fans. It’s probably one of the most useful marketing lessons of all time. A practical strategy to maintain one’s sanity while building a sustainable business over time. The only […]

business Random Thoughts

This probably isn’t for you

One of my missions is to create products and services that makes me fulfilled as a teacher and coach. Yes, I know it’s selfish but I would rather think about my own standards than sucking up to my clients (students, in my case), peers, and authority figures to seek their validation. Marketers and business owners […]

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Could the training and development industry be broken too?

For the longest time the intelligentsia has highlighted the shortcomings of the traditional educational system. Beliefs range from “there’s a long way to go until we get there” to “it’s broken.” Thankfully, the academia isn’t short of committed educators who’re working their butts off to bridge the gap. I’m hopeful that we will get ‘there,’ […]

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Is that luxury or high-end utility?

I think everyone’s got an economist inside of them, at least when it comes to product classifications. I’m sure you’ve had your share of rants, raves, and complaints about a product’s value versus its utility. Why do we have to get into an argument that’s based on our perception than facts in the first place? […]

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Why teams get stuck?

Rohan from alearningaday does a fantastic job at decoding the reasons why teams at times aren’t able to make progress on a problem. He shares 3 core reasons: Unclear problem statement Misaligned incentives Absence of structure (clear requirements, roles and responsibilities, meeting cadence, processes to hold people accountable) Honestly, he’s spot on. These challenges may […]

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People vs software

I don’t care how weird that might sound or how vehemently people think of themselves as “hardware,” we essentially are software. And I say this purely from an organisational context. Before I rant further, I would like to allow Dave Winer elaborate on software all the way back from 1995: Software is a process, it’s […]

business coaching personal growth Random Thoughts

Most people can’t handle the truth

One my dear friends, an established speaker and executive coach, posted a note on everyone’s obsessed with shortcuts and life hacks. As you know, it’s my favourite topic, so I riffed a little, sparked a few responses, and have my friend reply back tongue-in-cheek, “telling people to work hard won’t get you speaking gigs.” The […]