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Business Leadership Personal growth Random Thoughts

My experiments with extreme leadership

First off, there’s no such thing called “extreme leadership.” I just made it up — combining Extreme Ownership and The Dichotomy of Leadership. And I know, it’s an overkill. But fusing concepts from the two books was difficult but definitely an experience. An even greater experience was practicing it. It was hard. Extreme leadership is […]

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Leadership

Leadership is a choice, not a place you sit

I’ve been talking about this for more than a decade and yet I get to meet well-intentioned people who’ve bought into the idea of gaining influence, authority, and riches by way of a leadership position. It’s delusional, toxic, and will ruin any chance of you becoming a leader. Sure, you can be promoted to a […]

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Business Coaching Leadership

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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Leadership Random Thoughts

Governance always starts with better communication

India’s in splits as the new Citizen Amendment Bill (CAB) and National Registry of Citizens (NRC) officially takes its place in our legislation. Most people are either anxious, confused, and angered by this nationalist (Hindutva) agenda. And of course, we do have our share of supporters and opposition to this bill. It’s complicated. It’s messy […]

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Leadership

A leader’s vision is always bought, not sold

Regardless of the size of the team or teams you’re leading, one of your greatest challenges as a leader will be to have the people buying into your vision. Because you cannot sell it to them.  Shoving your vision down their throat isn’t really helpful. It might get some work done but it sure will […]

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Leadership Podcast Random Thoughts

Ignorance won’t lead you to change

Delhi’s been under a lot of smoke (pun not intended) lately. And it’s been the topic of major discussions the past couple of weeks. What amuses me is how people have/are responding to the whole situation — not well, and that’s just putting it lightly. I see four major camps: Complainers — they like to […]

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Leadership

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 […]

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Coaching Human Resources Personal growth Random Thoughts Teams

Employee engagement and the leadership practice

Two of the modern-day leader’s biggest dilemmas are talent retention and employee engagement. Yes, the HR does its best to incorporate some of the best proven practices to keep both the issues in check. The challenge, however, is that these practices can only take you so far. Two specific reasons: They’re overly focused on employees […]