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Listen, Learn .... then Lead

This inspiring talk highlights the key aspects of winning attitudes required for being a successful leader for people across multiple generations. I liked the part where the speaker talks about how young people were using new ways and new technology to collaborate and he had to increase his transparency and openness to learn new ways of working from those being led. What made you successful upto this point is not probably going to be sufficient for your future. This video gels well with Employee First principles.


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.

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.

Psychology of the Indian Mind: Power-plays that I want to see perish

P  O  W  E  R  P  L  A  Y     O  N  E  :  Flattery: Take the bait or suffer.     

     A lot of conversation I face in India, despite my young age, borders on unnecessarily self-demeaning or outright sycophantic. It makes me feel rather like an attractive woman sitting at a bar, being approached by diffident “nice” guys disguising what they truly want from me (the temporary shot to the arm and ego-high that comes from winning a hottie’s affections for a night, which is replaced by insecurity the next day) by making clowns of themselves in an attempt to light up my face, buying me expensive stuff hoping I’ll put out, and complimenting everything I do, literally buying me the purse and putting their balls in it for me (And that is why “nice” guys are not really nice guys, and why they finish last).

Connecting the dots - Are Gen Y any different?

Putting the pieces togetherWe asked earlier if Gen Y was any different from the previous generations.

I had the opportunity to interact with and observe the Gen Y's in my work place. Through my son who is technically Gen Y++ actually, I had the opportunity to interact with his peer group who is getting ready to walk into the work place soon. We are talking about Youngistan (with due credits to my son for the term) urban youth here. What is presented here is not well researched. The insights presented are just my takeaways at this time.

How Aspiring MBA's should think differently

MBAJune 21. 2010 - Today I was reading a Facebook trail of budding Indian MBA's discussing about work. They were basically expressing impatience with mundane work content that needs them to churn out powerpoint presentations and excel sheets day in and day out. Interestingly and coincidentally, I also happened to read an article in which talked about the five point failure of the Indian MBA program. This post has nothing to do about the specific individuals who were discussing on Facebook. However, I did see a connection of sorts between both points of view which I wanted to share.

Is Gen Y (Why) Any Different?

Generation YDoes Generation 'Why' really question with a deeper understanding and conviction? I set myself to think after reading this insightful blog by Vineet Nayar.

I grew up and live in India. In my childhood, I was told not to cross the line that was set by an elderly person, typically a grand parent or for that matter anyone from that age group in the community. These 'clad in brilliant white from head to toe' people literally had the last word even if they were stupid. Experience (read Age) was valued like a treasure. The punishments for crossing the line were severe. Even making a statement of acknowledgement after an elderly person spoke was considered impertinent behavior.

Attitude is Altitude

Very touching and insightful message in this video

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Understand the Bigger Picture

Big Picture ViewI work for a company which is in the high technology industry and one of our key delivery strategies is process orientation. Process orientation magically delivers consistency of outcomes while simultaneously driving cost out. However, if people in our industry just follow process without understanding the larger picture, the resulting trivialization could potentally cause disasters.

For example, imagine someone who is tasked with pushing software updates to a live communication network.