Personal Development

A Little Gratitude Goes a Long Way

A little gratitude goes a long way. Gratitude, even in small amounts, can enhance our lives by shifting our perception of our situation and circumstances. The good news is that nothing about our situation and circumstances actually needs to change

Self-Improvement Through Self-Doubt

One of the most powerful things we experience is seeking to improve ourselves. We can surely reboot or start over completely, though that does take much, much longer time.  I do believe we can turn a situation or shortcoming around

Continuous Learning

Over the past five weeks in July, I have experienced new ways to learn, absorb, assimilate and imbibe. Across three independent events in India and the US, I had the opportunity to interact with some awesome, high-energy people. In India,

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Do we ask the right questions?

On a recent flight, I had an engaging conversation with the CEO of a large global company. After broadly discussing the business environment and how he is leading his organization through the changes taking place globally, I asked him about

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Keep an open mind

Last week I visited one of the top universities in the US, renowned for its educational programs and world class research facilities. All the meetings were pre-planned, well organized and proceeded as per the schedule. It was a phenomenal experience

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What do you do when things explode?

My daughter, a high school junior, asked me yesterday whether I had heard about the NASA rocket which exploded midair. My response was yes; I saw the headlines and read about it online. She continued to ask what you would

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Two August Heroes

Many a time you meet people who leave a significant impression with you. Some by their ‘change the world’ attitude, some by their courage and gutsy approach, some by their humility – irrespective of how successful they are – and

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No one remembers the footnotes

Recently, I attended a strategic governance meeting with a client, in which the joint teams presented the status of a critical program being reviewed by execs from both sides. The best practice which I have seen to work well happens

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Six Key Tenets of Awesome Teams

One of the questions I am often asked is what makes an awesome team? Over the years of working with global teams across industries and service lines, I think there are certainly a few key tenets which Awesome teams possess.

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Let’s Raise the Aspirations in the New Year… Again

Human aspirations know no bounds and have the ability to rise again and again, many times in spite of the odds. History is full of examples where the power of a group of people with a significant cause has the

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3 tier experiences in learning

It is always a great delight to meet interesting, successful and inquisitive people. Among several meetings I have had this month, the following three left me with a sense of great learning.

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Mid-year check points to reinvigorate

For over 25 years, July has always been a hectic month for me and 2013 has not been any different. Summer has begun and the calendar has shifted into the second half of the year. I look back at the

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O2+ : League of Champions

I attended the HCL O2+ event in Sunnyvale, CA earlier this week. It was a great occasion which recognized Outstanding Performers who have consistently performed at extraordinary levels and worked extensively hard over the years. What intrigued me was meeting

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Winning

Yesterday, I attended a celebratory dinner meeting with our best team of the quarter and I was not only thrilled that they really really rock but more importantly was very pleased that this team has made winning as a sustainable

Fighting Back and Growing Up

Traveling and meeting so many people is always a treasure hunt experience for me, more so when the macro-economic condition and overall growth of industry is not handsome and in many cases reasonably bad. Looking for silver linings and signs

Power of Self Within

Jan 09 – another 600 K job lost in US, last 12 months have seen more than 3.6 M jobs going away. Unemployment rate in US at 7.6% is at its 20 year high level. G8 has never seen this

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