Don’t give me problems, give me solutions

I’ve always hated the “don’t give me problems, give me solutions” approach. For two reasons: If people were to solve problems themselves, why would they need you?As a leader, you’re the one carrying “food and water” for them so that they can do their best work. If you can’t do that, how exactly are you…… Continue reading Don’t give me problems, give me solutions

How do deal with team members and peers who say they want to grow but don’t want to listen to you?

Now and then, I strike up an interesting conversation with one of my team members or peers outside work, where I discuss some of the challenges they’re facing at the workplace. While most people are just okay with whatever is going on, some don’t want to commit to a solution. Often, I have a conversation…… Continue reading How do deal with team members and peers who say they want to grow but don’t want to listen to you?

Jill Ellis’s Rules for Life

Continuing with my notes from watching The Playbook on Netflix. Here are Jill Elli’s Rules for Life. Wait, who is Jill Ellis?  Jill coached the 2015 and 2019 US Women’s soccer team to the winning the World Cup! She masterfully navigated the challenge of coaching a team that was already #1 in the world and keeping them there.  And if you think…… Continue reading Jill Ellis’s Rules for Life

The subtle art of managing your boss

I recently got a notification in my LinkedIn account for an editorial on the subtle art of managing your boss. It’s a curated set of comments by global leaders on the topic of gaining support from their managers. While the comments were specific, practical, and tactical, none of them addressed the best way to “managing their…… Continue reading The subtle art of managing your boss

Leadership has less to do with authority and more to do with a mindset

Almost every group coaching program or workshop that I’ve hosted in the past five years has had at least one individual who would ask me this question: “Sunil, all these principles and concepts are great, but I think these are more suited for the board of directors or high-level leaders who have a seat at…… Continue reading Leadership has less to do with authority and more to do with a mindset

When should you make a shift during a time of a crises?

Year 2020 has taught nations, organizations, and individuals a great lesson — you can neither conform nor can you get complacent in a crises. And if leaders hope to endure this turmoil and emerge stronger, they need to adapt to the changing circumstances. Think of all the great sports coaches — they all have a…… Continue reading When should you make a shift during a time of a crises?

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