Manager vs leader

I know you have had your share of “manager versus leader” debates, articles, studies, info-graphics comparisons, and even memes! It’s overwhelming. And I don’t want to burden you with more proof or my perspective on this pointless debate. Yeah, leadership is sexy. Everyone wants to be a leader, and nobody wants to be “just-a-manager.” I…… Continue reading Manager vs leader

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

People are different; don’t treat them the same

People are different, yet leaders have a hard time treating them justly. Most have a broad-brush approach that’s ‘fair’ and uncontroversial. And given that leaders are almost always in the spotlight, who would want to ruffle feathers or wrestle with other people’s opinions and judgment of their leadership in their right minds. No wonder treating…… Continue reading People are different; don’t treat them the same

Leave them alone

These days it’s rare that I bump into something that’s genuinely refreshing and makes me go, “wow, that’s deep.” And one of those rare moments occurred last evening when I bumped into this beautiful paragraph from the English version of the Tao Te Ching. When taxes are too high,people go hungry.When the government is too…… Continue reading Leave them alone

Don’t let gossipmongers ruin your company’s culture

Everyone loves to gossip, but nobody likes to admit they do. It’s a fact. And I don’t care if you’re shaking your head right now. Understand the true definition of gossip as per the dictionary: a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts about othersrumour or report of an intimate naturea chatty talk If…… Continue reading Don’t let gossipmongers ruin your company’s culture

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?

Honing your craft matters much more than your hustle

Despite that, I highly encourage professionals to pick up projects on the side; I’m not a massive fan of hustle porn or the side-hustle culture. It beats the purpose of having a side project, to begin with! The idea of having side projects has less to do with making money but getting better at your…… Continue reading Honing your craft matters much more than your hustle

Levelling up mentally

While getting promoted is one of the significant milestones in a person’s career, it also comes with many expectations, responsibilities, and caveats. Unfortunately, this isn’t clearly understood or accepted by the person in question. At least not all the time. Part of the problem is the leadership’s expectation that this person would level up mentally…… Continue reading Levelling up mentally

To be ignorant and ask questions

“My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.” (Peter Drucker) I’m pretty sure my former boss hated the quote above. That’s why the last thing he told me during an annual performance review was, “Sunil, try to go easy on your questions; you ask a lot of them!”…… Continue reading To be ignorant and ask questions

Nothing wrong with saying “I was wrong”

Saying “I was wrong” isn’t an admission of incompetence. It’s a sign that you have the humility to learn from them. The faster you acknowledge when you’re wrong, the faster you can move forward being right. — Adam Grant Thankfully, I never had an issue with admitting my mistakes or saying that “I was wrong…… Continue reading Nothing wrong with saying “I was wrong”