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 […]

Consistency Compounds

This is one of the most profound concepts I’ve learned from John Maxwell. In this book Developing the Leader Within You 2.0, he shares ten of the most powerful principles that can help you grow as a leader. One of which is, of course, self-discipline. John defines it as the price you pay to be […]

Why random coaching engagements don’t work

I often get requests for one-off coaching sessions that’s people believe is going to fix their problems. And I almost always pass up these opportunities because coaching isn’t a one-off thing, it’s a long-term commitment. Besides, I’ve had my share of random conversations with strangers who open up and narrate their live’s struggles hoping that […]

You really can’t progress with a mind wide-shut

Coming off from a significant time-off isn’t easy. It surely hasn’t been easy for me. Particularly from a training perspective. I’ve been trying my best to survive my workouts for the past few weeks. Of course, the focus has changed from strength (low-reps, more sets… think more weight) to hypertrophy (high-reps, medium sets… think muscles) […]

Execution is all that matters

You and I know ideas are dime a dozen. Yet I’m amazed at the value that’s placed on ‘great ideas.’ Not that anything’s wrong with it but I believe there’s a time and place for ideas, which if dragged on forever have the potential to become far-fetched dreams. Simply because everyone was busy ideating instead […]

Are you taking enough risks lately?

You should. It’s what drives people to go the extra mile, get creative, be more resourceful and/or innovative. History has it — necessity has been the mother of all innovations. I believe taking risks spikes up the level of constraints which in turn creates necessity. The challenge is that people hate to take risks. Everyone […]

Want to break free?

Dumb question? Sure, it sound like. Who doesn’t want to break free? But if you’ve noticed we are all in some way or the other chained to prisons of our own making. I call them ‘chains of consequences.’ Because we’re responsible for it whether we like it or not. Yes, there’s an antidote and like […]

Practice the virtues you can show

I stole this from the amazing Daily Stoic! Virtue is one of those words that contains multitudes. If you think about it, being virtuous is not doing one thing all the time, or even lots of things all at once. It’s doing all the right things—the important things—in those moments when they matter most. Which is every moment. Day […]

On failing everyday and trying

Only to fail again. That’s my story of trying to show up here everyday. It’s been a constant struggle as life often (read: all the time!) gets in the way. I guess the only reason to continue trying is to remind me that things will never be perfect and that’s okay. As a recovering perfectionist […]

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 […]