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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.

My Journey To Improve Articulation

WritingAs a leader, have you ever come out of a meeting feeling that your articulation of a point did not reach all the audience?  Did you find it hard to get alignment? I have. Most of us do. If leadership is all about changing the way people think, feel and act, then powerful articulation is an important skill. People need to follow what you are saying before they can decide to follow your thinking and vision for change. When you have authority along with leadership position, people learn to tolerate you and will be nice to you even if they don't follow you.

My ability to articulate my thoughts improved when I changed my approach as below.

Frames Of Reference - Why They Are Important !

Case StudyLet us first see a case study from my personal experience.

It is worthwhile noting here that India climbed to fame as an IT powerhouse with Y2K as the first stepping stone. It was mid 1990's - long before the Y2K bug started nagging the best of brains of the world. A bunch of individuals from India went to the United States on a specific mission. They went to a large enterprise as the seed team to bring outsourced software engineering project work back to the Indian shores. We were to execute and deliver it from offshore. The vision to deliver work from offshore came from the top executives of the companies involved. However, execution was left to the functional management layer.

You are what your brain allows you to be..

Iconoclaust Boot CoverIconoclausts - in layman terms these are people who think it is possible to do what most other people believe cannot be done at all. To be an iconoclaust, in addition to the above capability of being perceptive (i.e., be able to break through common beliefs), you need to be daring to tell the world about your idea (without fearing uncertain future and being ridiculed), and have social skills to be able to reach out to the right social environment to make your idea successful. This requires three parts of your brain to be differently built so that some common motivator paths are impeded and other well established.