Trade offs vs compromises

They’re not the same and they definitely shouldn’t be used interchangeably. But both do suck. A comprise isn’t a win-win as most would like you to believe. It’s anything but that. I believe it’s the lowest form of agreement in which one party wins while the other gets to live with something less than satisfactory. […]

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 […]

Getting things done and actually getting things done

There’s a difference seems subtle if you read it somewhere or hear it from someone. In reality, the gap is more like heaven and hell! And that’s simply because talk is cheap. You know I’ve addressed this before but it’s worth repeating — all that talking isn’t going to get anything done. Doing it would. […]

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 […]

Perhaps a little planning would make it better

It always does. That’s precisely why some people (including some of my deepest friends) are obsessed with it. And like most hard and boring things, nobody likes to plan but sure enjoy getting things done the planned way. I’m a big believer in planning the big picture and let the little details take care of […]

Sometimes a rough week is exactly what you need

The past four days have been utterly frustrating. Couldn’t accomplish the big goals I had planned for the week. There were surprises, emergencies and pivots I had to either act on or consider. For someone who’s ultra careful about planning and productivity, it’s scary! It’s also a great reminder that things can’t be perfect at […]

I hope you don’t mind

Received a super weird request by a local service provider after I told him that I will be opting for another (internationally acclaimed) provider who was charging almost half for their services! This person messaged me back asking me to forward the email/information that has a breakdown of the cost. Concluding the message with an […]

It ain’t that bad as you think

Waiting in the queue at the hospital takes a lot of patience. And, unfortunately, I’ve got the “p” word in limited supply. So, I went against the grain today. Gritted my teeth and waited patiently for the 6 people in front of me to get done with their paperwork. After 37 minutes of patiently waiting, […]

Being ‘loose’ on your commitments

I can fathom only two reactions from that headline — yours and the one that you don’t approve. Let’s be honest — we’ve all got an opinion or two about commitments. Some are sticklers. Some have a lot of flexibility built into their conscience, so much so that they conveniently forget about it. Others just […]

You don’t get to decide the hike, dummy!

If you’re employed somewhere, you need to pick up tangible skills that are valuable for both your existing and the next employer. Emphasis on “tangible” because that’s the part almost everyone misses but still would like to have a 30% hike. Which is annoying because: They’ve no freaking clue how the market and employer’s demands […]