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 […]

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 — […]

Helping people lead, intentionally

So, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. Mostly around my podcast. It’s an active project that I’m keen to take off the ground but haven’t been able to. And it’s not because of the logistics but the value I really wish to create. I’m in the process (a long one that involves a […]

Before we grow big outside, let’s grow big inside

I heard about Chick-fil-A just last year on NPR and was fascinated how Samuel Truett Cathy (or S. Truett Cathy) built a simple chicken sandwich shop into one of the largest restaurant chains in America. Even more profound was his quote (that I heard in another podcast recently) in response to the board’s recommendation to […]

Guidelines, not policies

Can you recall how many times have you heard the ‘its our policy,’ or ‘it’s against our policy’ (or a variant thereof) comeback? Countless times I’m sure. And if you’re like me you can’t help but feel your blood boil each time your hear it. Of course, it makes me wonder if it has ever […]

Training vs Development

I try my best to read almost all of my emails. Except spam, of course! But then I must admit, I did learn a great deal of copywriting by reading all that spam. I’m not kidding! This morning I received one of Tony Iannarino’s weekly newsletter and found this gem: Training is part of a […]

Encouraging them to do the things they don’t want to

It’s a tall order. And not every supervisor, manager or leader is up to it because it takes real skill, charisma, and influence to have people roll up their sleeves and get to work. Particularly when they don’t like it or worse, hate it! I also think ‘command and control’ is primitive and leaders of […]