Leadership doesn’t work until leaders do

One of my favourite questions for the guests on my podcast is “how does leadership work?” It’s fascinating to just hear their responses. Almost each of the guest have a different perspective on the whats and hows of the art of leadership and influence. The best response I’ve got was from my dear friend, Brillian, […]

Would this solve our problem?

If the answer to that question is a “no” or a variant thereof you should probably stop and reconsider what are doing. Yes, this sounds generic, I know but that’s intentional because I know this works for almost any challenge you’re facing right now. If you’re bold enough to answer the question honestly. This seemingly […]

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 […]

Leadership isn’t a popularity contest

One of the most profound lessons I’ve learned as a leader was when I was managing a tiny team in a previous organisation. I was not just good but one of those would would always go the extra mile for my employer and my team. And yet, I don’t think I showed up as the […]

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 […]