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An Alternative Approach to work...& Life!

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes 48 seconds

‘It’s not my job' is a very popularly heard phrase in the Corporate World – which is the flip side of an otherwise very useful tool called – Job Description (JD) . JD helps one more clarity on his / her role responsibility & what is expected from the role . Unfortunately most use JD to have clarity on what is not listed therein, to claim as ‘This is not my Job’ While above remains as the time tested, evergreen , conventional work approach , idea here is to present an alterna...

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Meaningful Engagement

Estimated reading time: 1 minute 27 seconds

In differentiating between aimless activities routine and result oriented pursuit , in my popular management intervention product : “Busyness to Business” ; I have often used the phrase  - ‘ Meaningful engagement ‘ .  In  “Made to Mother”  - another of my unique Leadership Intervention I have said that Maids get busy , whereas Mothers – who work for no less hours , are meaningfully engagedWhile most instinctively relate to it , some of you felt interested for me...

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Value Creation

Estimated reading time: 1 minute 53 seconds

I have a simple - home made - definition of what is adding valueIf whatever you are actively associated with , becomes different & better because of or with you than without you , then you have added value . And if this happens as a directed effort , in a definitive pattern , then you know how to add value - you are in a Value Creation businessI have another , simplistic ( again home made ) understanding of when value gets createdValue is created only when you do something AHEAD of...

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Get Beyond Self

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes 0 seconds

(Just back from Engagement ceremony of our dear Daughter ADITI  today , which also happens to be her Birthday . Chose this auspicious occasion to post this profound note which can bring in deep enlightenment and impact)There is a Sanskrit Subhashit ,which says that You are your Best Friend , as also your Worst Enemy . In effect on one hand all the ingredients to reach pinnacle are within us & on the other hand ; enormous power to hold us back from what we can be , also resides within us...

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KURI : Intent - Action Bridge

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes 27 seconds

It is my conviction that“ What you do” is a function of “ How you see “It is not “ What is “ , but what of what is happening , makes what sense to you will decide what you doTherefore Life is about ‘ Sense Making ‘ ; you ( need to ) constantly try & make ‘ sense ‘ of what is happening around you . You need to think & reflect on what is ( & will ) happening – as to what does it mean – is it good / bad , therefore what do I need to do … What sen...

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Trader or Business Outlook

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes 12 seconds

I found that approaches / outlook different people hold for work or even life can be categorized into two distinct buckets : Trader mentality or  Businessman mentality . The way I am using this terminology here ; the words : Trader , Businessman , do not denote actual professions they represent , but to describe ‘ mentality ‘ or ‘ approach ‘ with different peopleSince I believe ; ‘ What you do ‘ is a function of ‘ How you see ‘ ; people with these two mentalities have two di...

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Right Selection, not Recruitment

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes 23 seconds

The more I have work on Strategies , more I traverse through the landscape with Successes & Failures & the more I learn about Business , the more & more I am convinced that — Strategy / no strategy , Technology / no technology ; the most fundamental factor for sustained business success is RIGHT  people  . Right human resource is a multiplier & wrong resource is a dividerTherefore Right Selection is a fundamental business process for an Organisation — it’s fi...

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“OWNERSHIP ” as distinct from ” SINCERITY “

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes 4 seconds

‘ Right person ‘ profileTo me , selection of a ( right )team member is a fundamental process for Business Success — it is actually not a recruitment , but a Quality Control process . To me ‘ Right ‘ person is by his / her Constitution and not by education or knowledge / skills . Essence of my experiential learning in this subject has helped me distill 5 distinct attributes of a ‘ RIGHT ‘ person in our business context :– Independent thinking– Ownership– Self ma...

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Success of Democracy is in knowing where it ends

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes 57 seconds

Success of Democracy is in knowing where it ends  I do not know whether people who swear by Democracy , understand what it means . Let’s see howFor most it is unidirectionalThey understand it only in one way … from ‘ me to you ‘ & not from ‘ you to me ‘ . What it means is that I have full freedom to say & do what I like . You accepting my freedom is incumbent on you ( you don’t have a choice ) . If you don’t , you are intolerant . However the reverse is not true...

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INTUITION v/s IMPULSE

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Intuition and impulse , both may appear as ‘ flashes ‘ occurring to mind , without a logical deduction process ; however they differ on the source they come fromo Intuition comes from ‘ inside ‘ – it is a result of wisdom from accumulated & seasoned experience and abilities . It is a refined though conscious sense or feel .It is the evolution of Unconscious Competenceo Impulsive thought ( Impulse ) on the other hand appears on the surface — like a ripple on a water surface , it h...

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How Adequate is Adequate

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes 21 seconds

Adequacy / inadequacy are not physical boundaries but , states of mind , it depends on what you believe . That’s why what is adequate for one may not be so for someone else , similarly what was adequate today , may not be same tomorrow or vice versaWhat is a good fashion ?… there is no one all encompassing answer , fitting all . Good fashion for a person is what he / she can carry off comfortably & confidently . That’s why if someone is awkward wearing the trendiest of clothing , it’...

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Incentivising v/s Bribing

Estimated reading time: 1 minute 39 seconds

Is there a difference between Incentivising & Bribing  ?  For those who don’t think , these two sound different ; for those who can think , would not have thought so , but will get confused , once I ask this question & will start thinking .In the first instance , when you start thinking deeper , it may appear to you more that both are in principle similar , the more you start thinking …. however think even deeper & the real difference will start getting clear to you .Th...

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Focus On SELF – Get BETTER

Estimated reading time: 1 minute 5 seconds

Where should one focus on : Self or Others ?Majority is focused on others … they derive their sense of self relative to others , because they do not really know selfWhat is missed out is attention / focus on self , as a result , they miss out majorly on self enhancement . They spend their time , energy and attention in either criticizing or ( corrective ) advising others , with an implicit base line assumption that , ‘ there is nothing that needs to be changed in me ‘ . In any case , there...

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WHO COMES FIRST : CUSTOMER or YOU

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes 55 seconds

Customer is the King . Ask any one who has had some exposure to formal college education or who has heard of ‘ Consumerism ‘ , he will surely say , Consumer always comes firstAnd yet you see what most organizations invariably do exactly the opposite – they are inwardly focused . They pursue their pre set financial goals , not customer needs , they are structured to suit internal admin logistics not aligned with serving customers , they produce what suits their abilities not customer needs ...

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Punascha Hari Om — I’m back

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Dear allI was keen to share my thoughts , experiences and create meaningful exchanges , when I started this blog 3 years back .I will always be keen to be visible and accessible with my blogs ; however my work pattern over past 1 & 1/2 years just got better of me in me not getting to blog for these 18 months , much against my wishI just couldn’t get to get my ( electronic ) pen to paper … this is unacceptable and the fault is entirely mine . On this great occassion of India’s Republic ...

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Vaalya to Rishi Valmiki — Coaching Journey of Life

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes 34 seconds

To me , Naradmuni is World’s first & most Pioneering Coach who made a profound impact on world history with one of his most talked about human transformations – which turned Vaalya , the roadside dacoit to Valmiki who went on to become one of the most revered Sages , who wrote Ramayan .  :For the lesser initiated on the matter , here goes the story :Vaalya used to loot / kill unsuspecting passers by in Jungle as his way of earning & feeding self & family . One day Naradmuni ...

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Past Tense or Future Lens — What’s your choice

Estimated reading time: 1 minute 42 seconds

Carryover from the past can be a burden , especially when unpleasant – not only that it causes pain but may make forward journey difficult . • In one of his lectures , I heard Deepak Chopra mentioning about the choice one has to make … ” Either be a victim of the past or be a pioneer of change ” • Does it mean we ‘ trash ‘ our entire past — not at all , but we need to decide what we choose from that o We can’t simultaneously live in 2 time zones . As much as we choose to be i...

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Exciting Alternative Business Approach — Come , be a part of it

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes 49 seconds

I’m working on an interesting project of embarking on an unconventional Business model , but no less viable , no less exciting . It’s prompted by an opportunity I had to closely observe business conduct of a few organisations I am recently associated with . This will involve a lot of work : Research , Observation , Analysis , Conceptualisation , Hypothesis building & testing …. At the end , success is not guaranteed , but what keeps me going is my conviction that we’d discover an alt...

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3 Things about Coaching

Estimated reading time: 1 minute 4 seconds

This is with a priory disclaimer for  other practitioners & Academicians , what I’m going to say below — while it may have been helped by nourishment of prior thoughts from various sources — it may not conform to any ‘ formal definitions ‘ or ‘ technically correct ‘ textbook matter .I have a habit of doing ‘ Cow chewing model ‘ on my thought process , where I absorb various thoughts , gulp down , bring them up for re chewing –reflect / analyse / connect & assimil...

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Pearls -1 :Eye for We

Estimated reading time: 0 minutes 48 seconds

With this I wish to start a new section , which will be our space for sharing quick wisdom lines , realisations , quotes — some mine , some yours , some hearsay .Here is the inaugural one on  Eye for We ( I  v/s  We ) Much has been said about cultivating ‘ We ‘ more than ‘ I ‘ & various ways have been prescribed to achieve this & various stories shared to highlight its virtues .But nothing beats this , which I recently heard from one of my colleagues , which is m...

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Coaching Reflections : Creating Awareness

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes 1 second

I plan to bring in here in this fortnightly column Thoughts , Learning , Observations on different aspects of coaching — some of my own & some via interactions / reflections with my colleagues & friends . In effect , it’s the essence of what I understand — made available to wider audienceToday , I start with thoughts on Awareness — something very core to a coaching processActing without being aware is like taking medication without diagnosing medical condition .Awareness is knowi...

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