Category: Random Thoughts

  • On working with like-minded people

    I’ve long believed that having like-minded people around makes our lives much more bearable, personally and professionally. Although, I would err on the side of moderation, especially if you care about a high-performance culture at the workplace. If that sounds odd, hear me out because you’re either confused or are pretty comfortable in your current […]

  • A person first, a professional later

    I had a profound conversation with a fellow professional the other day on what truly makes people perform at the highest level. And unlike most discussions on this topic, we didn’t bother to discuss skills, knowledge, and attitude — attributes that make up most of all theories, including peer-to-peer studies, on employee engagement and high-performance. […]

  • Driving an effective organisational communication strategy

    As much as I hate cliches, the one about “culture eating strategy for breakfast” is the bitterest, most accurate, and yet the most ignored. And this is particularly the case in the world of organisational communication, where leadership teams spend countless hours coming up with the perfect “strategy” that aligns with their vision. Only to […]

  • Stop obsessing about your morning routine

    Most success wannabes are addicted to tweaking, refining, and “optimizing” their morning routines. Because they’ve been sold on the idea that “successful people are a product of their habits and routines.” While that might be true, none of the successful people is as obsessed with their morning routines as those who chase success. Ironical. Full […]

  • Do the opposite: the career edition

    If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right. Jerry Seinfeld Sure, it’s not ideal to take everything a comedian says seriously, but the punchline above (and the context in which Jerry said it) was an exception. And throughout my career, and later through the art and practice of […]

  • Book recommendations: May 2022

    I’ve got two this month: What got you here will not get you there (Marshall Goldsmith) I think it’s a foundational book for not just leaders and managers but for any competent professional who wants to grow and do meaningful work. The author makes a strong case that most professionals hold on to awful character […]

  • So, the streak has ended

    Now, truthfully, I saw this coming years ago but was happy it didn’t happen sooner. I have been behind my posts for months now. And as you know, once behind, there’s only so much you can catch up on unless something is on the line. That’s rarely the case with a blog, personal or professional. […]

  • Simpler tools. Lesser tools.

    If you’ve been following this blog for some time, you know I can get nerd about productivity and tools at ends. It’s an exciting topic that has profoundly affected the way I work and live. Over the years, however, I have also realized that productivity tools, routines, and tips can only take you so far. […]

  • Some days…

    Some days… I don’t feel like waking up in the morning and doing the “work.”I feel like an imposter trying to do things to keep up with other imposters.I question if what I do has any purpose or value at all!I don’t think I have any ideas worth sharing.I hate myself for not meeting my […]

  • Now that I’m over it… why do I still have to create content?

    After reading day before yesterday’s post, someone asked me, “Sunil, why even bother with your blog and podcast when you’ve decided to just focus on your executive leadership career?” Without a doubt, a solid question and something most followers of this blog might be wondering themselves. I don’t think our career choices have to be […]