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Folks, can we get real?

I noticed people reacting to my thoughts on the need to communicate than retaliate to the Indo-China situation. And I wanted to acknowledge and respect their opinion on this situation. They’ve been hurt and are deeply concerned on what’s going on. That said, I don’t think there’s a better alternative to than talk this out. […]

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Communicate don’t retaliate

Tensions between two of the most powerful nations is never a great idea. An Indo-China strife is possibly the worst! And if neither of the governments take measures to facilitate communication around the burning issue, a territorial war is imminent. The leaders, I believe, should put their egos aside and talk. Yes, we’ve lost precious […]

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Business Leadership

Keeping your mouth shut may be the most effective way to influence people

One thing I absolutely hate about public speaking is that it puts the speaker on a pedestal, making them appear way more intelligent and valuable then they really are. Not that I despise public speaking or the skill of speaking — I enjoy it myself. But I think it’s overrated. You don’t have to deliver […]

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Coaching Leadership

On Consistency

Leadership and consistency go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other. And you can’t be a leading at your potential if you aren’t consistent. If you are a developing leader, building that “consistency” muscle will go a long way in your career. And here are a few concrete reasons (adapted from John Maxwell’s Leadershift) […]

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Leadership

It’s not about being nice

About 6 years ago I was bestowed with the responsibilities of leading marketing initiative for my Toastmasters’ district. The mission was to grow the district’s membership. So, I set an ambitious goal of going from 9,000 to 12,000 paid members (I think, it was a long time back) by the end of my term (a […]

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Make your workplace great again!

I know it’s easier said than done but it sure is up a committed leader’s alley. A fearless organisation is one that provides psychological safety, encourages open communication, and makes it safe for all employees to fail. Of course, I don’t mean failing deliberately but doing one’s best while embracing failures as and when it […]

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Leadership

Not a great time to tell stories

They say, “desperate times calls for desperate measures,” and having closely observed the actions of global leaders the past two weeks, I’ve realised that communication amidst crises is one of the toughest leadership skill. The situation calls for clear, direct, and succinct messages that highlight the tactical, practical, focused plans of action. This isn’t the […]

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Who would fill your chair if you weren’t here?

I read the other day, Mark Cole, the CEO of John Maxwell Companies, once asked his leadership team a question, “Who would fill your chair if you weren’t here?” It’s a powerful question and the one I love the most because it questions our intentions and challenges our assumptions. I think developing a healthy leadership […]

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Whatever you say, you will be misunderstood

That’s like a general rule of communication most of us, including the experts, don’t acknowledge. And irrespective of how good a communicator you are, making an effort to be understood is critical to avoid the typical “failure to communicate” scenarios. When it comes to aspects of communication, I’ve learned a great bit from teacher and […]

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Logically speaking

One of the great burdens of being observant is that you get to hear a lot of blunt assertions that beats both logic and emotions. And when questions, we end up in a baseless argument that does nobody any good. The solution? I don’t have one. But something I’ve learned over the years is that […]