Just about a week for those magic machines to tell us where India is headed- decisively or otherwise..
While the growth story of our nation shall continue, whether or not Mr Modi is back to power, yet a GDP growth or any fiscal deficit number is never a reflection of … Continue reading
While the world is still reflecting on Vajpayee’s legacy- between my travels- I couldn’t stop myself from comparing the legacy left behind by ABV and the huge impact BJP’s second prime minister, Mr Modi has been busy creating.
ABV was absolutely, most certainly, the tallest statesman Indian politics ever saw. … Continue reading
With about 3 Crore cases pending in various courts of the country, why can’t our country engage an IT firm like TCS or an Infosys to do a 90-day, time bound, rigorous all India exercise, across all courts and prepare a Continue reading
In the article “Malcolm Gladwell Got Us Wrong,” the researchers behind the 10,000-Hour Rule set the record straight: Different fields require different amounts of deliberate practice in order for someone to become world-class. If 10,000 hours isn’t an absolute rule that applies across fields, what does it really take to become world class in the world of work? Continue reading
On May 26, 2014, India rebooted with a new OS. Today, less than three years later, armed with this historic electoral mandate, it just upgraded its OS. Bugs hampering performance of the system were addressed. Finally, we would have an upper house, which would not be able to block every single reform on flimsiest of pretexts. Notably, a 300+ number Continue reading
Starting a successful business is hard, but let’s not presume that entrepreneurship itself is intrinsically riskier than other things that popular culture deems as “acceptable.”
You’ll never be able to completely avoid risk, either in your personal or professional life, but you can mitigate it significantly by having a solid game plan in place. You need a proven system that will help you determine which ideas are worth pursuing so that you don’t become a statistic of America, Inc.
You want to be as certain as possible that your business will succeed before you launch. In other words, you need to “fail proof” it. Continue reading
Working with business owners in many different industries over the years, I’ve noticed that the most effective ones share certain beliefs about productivity. I’m not talking about clichés like, “Time is the most precious resource” or, “Since there are only 24 hours in a day, you need to delegate any task that you are not uniquely suited to do.”
Instead, truly outstanding entrepreneurs follow productivity principles and beliefs that I find (you may, too) refreshingly different from the norm. Here are 11 of them:
1. “The pie is enormous and getting larger all the time.”
Instead of fearing competition or scarcity, the most productive people have an “abundance mentality.” Continue reading
Chances are good that, at some time in your life, you’ve taken a time management class, read about it in books, and tried to use an electronic or paper-based day planner to organize, prioritize and schedule your day. “Why, with this knowledge and these gadgets,” you may ask, “do I still feel like I can’t get everything done I need to?”
The answer is simple. Everything you ever learned about managing time is a complete waste of time because it doesn’t work.
Before you can even begin to manage time, you must learn what time is. A dictionary defines time as “the point or period at which things occur.” Put simply, time is when stuff happens.
There are two types of time: clock time and real time. In clock time, there are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. All time passes equally. When someone turns 50, they are exactly 50 years old, no more or no less. Continue reading
While mentoring a very sharp young entrepreneur the other day, it occurred to me that most founders and small business owners are in business without any real idea of what it takes to be a winner. That’s why they follow the Richard Bransons and Mark Cubans of the world — so they can understand how a successful person thinks.
Unfortunately, thinking is just the beginning. Becoming successful over the long haul is just as much about listening to your gut than your ability to reason. It’s more about building relationships than understanding yourself. It’s more about experience and execution than ideas. And it’s more about doing than dreaming.
All that begins with a mindset that defines how you behave. A mindset that leads to action is the mindset of a winner. This is the mindset of a winner: Continue reading
Too much busyness keeps us from becoming who we might have become, had we given ourselves the space. This is a tricky reality for modern enterprises and the people tasked with strategic thinking within them.
Culture is a complex issue. While every organization faces its own challenges, I can share a few that are common to most senior executives within enterprises in the midst of a modern transformation.
Strategists Need Time to Think
Chaos will always be easier than simplicity to achieve, and as a result, we will often feel frazzled, with our backs against the wall. But if you are in charge of strategy within your organization, you need to give yourself time to concentrate. Period. Continue reading
Let me begin this post, with a disclaimer. What worked for me MAY NOT work for you. Yet, I felt a compelling obligation to jot down what has been working for me in terms of managing my asthma.
I would go deep into the technical stuff as you can easily find loads of information on CDC website, Wikipedia and several hundred great resources on the internet.
Over the years, when I used to listen to everybody, but for my body, my asthma kept getting worse. And then, one fine day, when I found myself in ICCU of an Atlanta Hotel, right in the middle the US Spring, I knew I have had enough and started working on managing my asthma proactively. So my quick tips would be as under: