The importance of letting people know how hard you work

Actually, it’s not that important. Yup, you heard that right. It’s not. Even if your career is on the line. Or perhaps you’re screaming, shouting and showing off your work has been a core part of your professional growth strategy that it’s giving you heart palpitations as you’re read this… I get it. Embrace it […]

Why be a unicorn when you can be a phoenix?

We know there’s a start-up boom everywhere. Particularly in developing countries like India. But then there are some who’ve either been part of it or have observed/studied the trends for quite a while now. And while the VC world’s looking for the next big unicorn (like the Ubers, AirBnB, WeWork, OYO, Ola and a whole […]

The 5x5x5 system for tracking performance

While I see and hear more companies eliminating performance reviews, I’m not fully convinced if that is the best way forward. Particularly when the generations of employees working with us care more about their growth, performance and data to back their efforts. Heck, these companies themselves are going crazy about AI and big data! What’s […]

Generosity isn’t a strategy

The list of people who create content daily is much smaller than the ones who create content often. The former lot may/may not show up higher in search rankings the rankings. Some may not show up at all. And that’s totally okay for the majority of them as their livelihoods aren’t dependent on the content […]

Yes, but…

Years ago one of my mentors taught me the power of sharing effective feedback how it carries over to almost all parts of our communication as a whole. I wasn’t convinced because it appeared to be just a small change — from “yes, but…” to “yes, and…”. That doesn’t sound like a lot, right? Precisely […]

This definitely will not work

Met a bunch of friends the other day. We were celebrating 16 years of us being together. They were part of my first professional team (sounds like a professional sports team, right?) back in 2003-04. It used to be fun then and over the years it’s only gotten better. Despite the brotherhood and camaraderie, there’s […]

Consistency Compounds

This is one of the most profound concepts I’ve learned from John Maxwell. In this book Developing the Leader Within You 2.0, he shares ten of the most powerful principles that can help you grow as a leader. One of which is, of course, self-discipline. John defines it as the price you pay to be […]

Don’t wish things were better, wish you were…

While I don’t understand the whole concept of nirvana, I do know that the folks who’ve attained it aren’t working. Else they would be like the rest of us — whining and complaining about the problems in our lives and this world-at-large. When it comes to problems, here’s what I know is the truth — […]