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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.

இந்தியக் குடியரசு தினம் - 26 ஜனவரி 2011

இந்தியக் கொடிஇன்று கொடியேற்றி இந்தியக் குடியரசின் பழம் பெருமைகளையும் பழைய தலைவர்களின் வீர தீரச் செயல்களையும் பற்றி அசை போட்டுப் பறைசாற்ற இருக்கும் மக்கள் கவனத்திற்கு:

மற்றவர் செய்ததைப் பற்றி உணர்ச்சி வசப்பட்டு பேசுவதை விட்டு, வாழ்க்கையை நேர்வழியில் நடத்த உதவக் கூடிய (பின்வரும்) சில எளிய சிந்தனைகளை குழந்தைகளுடன் பகிர்ந்து கொண்டு,

Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.

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How Coaching Works?

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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.

Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders ?

Key messages in this video:

  1. Women underestimate themselves
  2. They do not negotiate for themselves
  3. The average women does twice the amount of house work and thrice the amount of childcare
  4. They attribute their success to other people around them. They do not take credit
  5. They leave before they have to actually leave

Women should learn to:

  • Set up the table
  • Make their partner a real partner
  • Not leave before they have to leave

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.