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JugaadRecently I heard one of my US friends mention this word 'Jugaad' in a positive note about India during a lunch conversation. I was surprised and amazed that the word has crossed boundaries and is already part of atleast one American's vocabulary.

It is said that scarcity mentality is not all that bad. It triggers inventions and innovation. I also read somewhere that deprivation is a great teacher. It forces people to learn and thrive by experimentation.

Silence Is A Golden Strategy

SilenceSilence is a perfectly appropriate option in certain situations. The truth is that silence communicates. It does so very powerfully when used right. The expectation (rightly so) is that a leader should be decisive and should not be afraid of speaking out his/her decisions. Some young leaders misunderstand this expectation as the need to provide opinion even in the middle of transactions. Some of them also feel very impulsive about it and fear compromising their leadership image/ position if they did not speak out. Sometimes there is pressure from the followers to make the leader say or do something. Smart leaders understand all this. They use silence when and where it is appropriate.

Are We There Yet!

PlayingThis post is not about time management but about the psychology of how we perceive time and the world around us at two distinctly different stages of our life namely childhood and adulthood. During childhood, if I was constrained to a place, for example inside a train or a car, even during a short 60 minute ride I used to become very impatient. In real life we watch children strapped to a seat in a car ask “Are we there yet?’ every five minutes. Curiosity, impatience and spontaneity are very common traits in children. They are not afraid to admit that they do not know something.

Recently I saw a mom and a small kid in a mega mall.

Always Wear A Positive Attitude

AttitudeA leader will face many trying situations during any leadership journey. A leader does not have everything under the sun in his/ her circle of influence. Things can go wrong. There will be some failures along the way. It always makes sense to look at outcomes positively and move forward. Some people even see opportunities in problem situations. This is all about seeing a partly filled glass "Half Full or Half Empty". It does not come naturally to everyone. We need to spend effort. That is why we say one has to wear such attitude. The following popular Birbal story is a great example.

One morning, when training with his sword Akbar accidentally damaged his little finger. The tip of his little finger was permanently damaged.