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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.

Who Pays For Cloud Services Like Twitter, Gmail and Facebook

Lots of good things on SaaS today are free services. Google Search, Wikipedia, Facebook, Gmail. Do these corporations run for charity? Some non profit organizations like Wikipedia do (and get funded based on donations) but the majority of others don't. There are serious investors in these run-for-profit companies. Investors bet money on the management of these companies expecting better returns than what most other enterprises in the market can return for their dollar.

Google's way of funding their Search and Mail is through text advertising. If you type in "Google Advertising" in a Google search form and hit return, you get a page full of search results.

Power And Leadership Effectiveness

PowerThe usual leadership training material talks about two continuum when discussing leadership effectiveness. These are namely the leader's care for results and care for people. A leader should of course be balanced on these two continuum to be effective. Most of the published material are usually silent about the leader's ability to gain more power. I think this forms the third and very important continuum in a leader's journey to peak performance. Research says that only people who acquired power became more effective leaders in the long run.

A Model Relating Experience And Leadership

Young LeaderWe definitely understand the inspiring leadership demonstrated by people like young Bill Gates and many young sports people.  Young people can lead and produce awesome results.

We saw seven important aspects of leadership in the previous post. They are namely

  1. Have a vision

Seek First to Understand Difficult Employees

Difficult Employee"Listen to difficult employess only while it is productive". I read this tweet and said to myself "How true!". To understand this better, we have to understand why people could potentially turn difficult to handle in the first place. Most people are good and motivate themselves to learn, align and contribute. Remembering Maslow's theory, people look for esteem and recognition ("I among Us") with time.

Counselling, Mentoring and Coaching - What is the big difference

CoachWhen building his/her team, a leader should know the how and when of choosing from the three distinctive strategies mentioned in the subject.

Mothers in my opinion are instinctive leaders. I feel pretty confident that this statement can be assumed to have global validity. So we will use simple examples from the context of child development to understand the strategies.

Let us assume that a mother is teaching her kid writing skills. If she holds up the hand of the kid and guides the kid write the alphabet, she is mentoring. Mentoring is the process of skill flow from a skillful person to one who is learning.

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