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Building a Culture of Excellence: Tom Peters

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I created a series of sketch notes for Tiffani Bova’s “ What’s Next ” podcast where she meets brilliant people to discuss customer experience, growth and innovation. Tiffani Bova is a Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce.

Leadership: Humility and Focusing on Others

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I often meet business leaders who are so full of themselves. When interacting with others, they try to keep the needle of focus constantly towards themselves, their business, accomplishments and stories.

Nancy Duarte on Storytelling in Business

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I created a series of sketch notes for Tiffani Bova’s “ What’s Next ” podcast where she meets brilliant people to discuss customer experience, growth and innovation. Tiffani Bova is a Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce.

Being Conscious About Our Unconscious Biases

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I attended a very interesting workshop a few weeks ago on the topic of “Unconscious Bias” facilitated by Smita Tharoor. I was interested in this topic because I explored the intersection of critical thinking and leadership a few years ago.

On Disrupting Yourself

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I created a series of sketch notes for Tiffani Bova’s “ What’s Next ” podcast where she meets brilliant people to discuss customer experience, growth and innovation. Tiffani Bova is a Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce.

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Technology and Being Human

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I created a series of sketch notes for Tiffani Bova’s “ What’s Next ” podcast where she meets brilliant people to discuss customer experience, growth and innovation. Tiffani Bova is a Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce.

Micromastery: A Hidden Path to Learning and Happiness

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Learning anything new is not a daunting challenge, but a journey where each step counts. Fundamentally, we learn so that we can be happy and joyful. Micromastery is a great way to eliminate anxiety in learning.

Share to Learn

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If you are doing work that you love (or love the work you do), you learn something new every single day. This could be something you experienced, something you noticed, something thought-provoking that you read, something that worked for you (or others around you).

Future of Work: Four Shifts Leaders Must Focus on

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Talking about the impending shifts like automation, robotics, disruptions and uncertainties in our world of work is almost clichéd.

Peter Drucker on The Effective Executive

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Ultimately, leadership is all about ability to act on the ideas. In that sense, anyone who thinks of the self as a leader has to be good at executing things.

Social Mindset: A Key to Engaging Talent

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It is more than obvious now that the way people feel about their workplace has direct material impact on performance of the business. This simple equation gets even more complex when we think of forces that are fundamentally changing how we work.

Friday Five: Slow Learning

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Friday Five is where I curate five articles (with excerpts)/quotes/tweets/visuals shared on my personal learning network that I found particularly useful, and hopefully you will find some of them valuable too! This edition features insights on slow media, the downsides of speed reading.

Sketchnote: What Rebels Want From Their Boss

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At the heart of a meaningful change is someone who thought beyond the boundaries. Someone who challenged the status quo. Someone who exerted emotional labor to pursue, fight for their ideas and convince others. And then they bring about change.

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How to Accelerate Team Learning

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A team’s ability to learn quickly is at the heart of adapting to constant changes. In fact, it seems that constant learning is the only key to agility as a team and organization.

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Peter Senge: How to Overcome Learning Disabilities in Organizations

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As an organization grows, managing the flow demands work items to move from one team/department to another. In quest to make these teams accountable, very specific KPI’s are established and that breeds non-systemic thinking.

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Sketchnote Selfie

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I have never been a big fan of taking traditional selfies, unless I have no other option. But when folks attending International Sketchnote Camp in Hamburg posted their sketchnote selfies (or #sketchfie, as they also call it), I was inspired to create one. So, here’s my selfie in a sketchnote form.

Putting People First: Leading in an Era of Constant Transformation

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Leading in an era of constant disruption, change and transformation is not easy. In such transformation efforts, soft aspects of leadership play as crucial role as the hard aspects like systems thinking, innovation and execution of change.

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Disconnect to Connect

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For our creativity to thrive and learning to happen, we need unburdened spaces in our life – physical spaces too, but most importantly, mental spaces.

In 100 Words: Giving Attention

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. Everybody we meet is trying to get attention through tactics. More clicks, eyeballs, likes. What if you focus more on giving attention? What do you deeply care about? What are you trying to make happen? Who are you trying to help?

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In 100 Words: Face The Light

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In moments of uncertainty, inspiration came to me in form of a tweet with a visual that read, “If you see shadows, it is because there is light.”. I instinctively told myself, “If you face the light, shadows fall behind.”. The mindset of abundance asks, “What’s possible?”

Path is Made by Walking

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A prescribed path seldom takes you to an uncharted territory. Walking down a beaten road provides some security and certainty and that is important to an extent. We all live in a competitive world. The problem starts when we get used to only treading along the beaten path.

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Making Work More Effective

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Here is what leaders often do – when faced with a complex situation at work, they add procedures, rules and structures to make things more complex. What we need to handle complex challenges is simplicity that leads to effectiveness.

10 Characteristics of Companies that Succeed

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What differentiates companies that succeed over a long run from those that don’t? As the rate of change and disruption continues to accelerate, companies need a strong foundation of fundamentals that enable long term success and growth.

In 100 Words: Finding Inspiration

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We either wait for inspiration to happen to us or try finding it from somewhere (books/blogs/videos etc). I have spent countless hours trying to wait or find inspiration. It helped, but only for a short while. A better way to create inspiration, in my experience, is to get down to doing things.

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5 Elements of Working Out Loud by @JohnStepper

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When I started this blog in 2006, I only thought of it as a repository of my own lessons as a new manager. Little did I know that this space will become one of the most important learning and sharing tools for me over years.

Make More Art

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Make more art. Art that is not only confined to traditional understanding, but doing things in a way that changes others and ecosystem for better. In that sense, each one of us has a possibility to be an artist.

Three Pillars of Great Branding (and Leadership)

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One thing that truly defines great leaders is that they “create an expectation”. Not just meeting the expectation (that’s management), but setting an expectation. Leaders create a vivid picture of a future state and promise positive change.

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In 100 Words: An Open Mind for Lifelong Learning

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When our mind is like a mountain, it is nothing but a heap of fixed beliefs and knowledge that does not evolve. To have a mind like a valley, we need to pursue things with a sense of wonder, knowing that we don’t know and having a receptive frame of mind ready to absorb.

Organizational Leader as a Social Architect

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Leadership success is largely governed by, amongst other things, one’s ability to create an ecosystem of engagement, meaning, performance and growth. A leader creates this ecosystem through conversations, communication (leading to clarity), connection, systems, rituals, processes and decisions.

The Spark of Initiative

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There are people who coast along, go with the flow and do as directed. And then, there are those who strive to add value, raise the bar and make a difference. If you belong to the latter, Seth Godin has some simple (yet profound) guidance for you.

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5 C’s for Great Talent

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What do you look for when you look for talent? Competence is the key to solving problems but competence alone is not sufficient for success.

Seth Godin on The Human Side of Business

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I created a series of sketch notes for Tiffani Bova’s “ What’s Next ” podcast where she meets brilliant people to discuss customer experience, growth and innovation. Tiffani Bova is a Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce.

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Mindful Leadership: Productivity and Presence

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On a beautiful morning recently, I was in a park working out. I found myself distracted. While my feet raced in one direction, the mind took another route clogged with thoughts of that meeting in the evening and the numbers that I needed to crunch. I stopped and it took me a mindful pause to bring myself back into the present moment and acknowledge the blessing that the beautiful morning was! How often does this happen at work?

Emilie Wapnick on Being a Multipotentialite

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Some of us are fortunate to have found one true calling early in our lives and career but for most of the others, finding what really interests us is an ongoing exploration – a journey where we go along the direction of our energy.

The Neo-Generalist

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The books I love the most are not the ones that offer off-the-shelf “solutions” but ones that start a conversation, catalyze thinking, elevate understanding and help in thinking about a topic in novel ways. And that’s why I loved reading “ The Neo-Generalist ” by Kenneth Mikkelsen and Richard Martin.

Five Not-So-Radical Ideas For Nurturing Change

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When everything around is constantly changing, it is easy to: Get carried away by latest fads, best practices etc. Execute changes that may not be significant in shifting results to positive direction. Implement solutions to half-baked problem statements.

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In 100 Words: Unexpected Paths

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We decide. We experience. We Learn. And then we adapt. We can never be certain if our decisions will turn out the way we anticipate. Sometimes, even when we have done all the critical thinking before deciding, success of a decision depends on context as well.

In 100 Words: Immersion and Doing Work that Matters

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We cannot be anxious about something “out there” – a goal, a target, an external reward, a validation from others and generally things that feed our ego – and be immersed in what we do at the same time.

Employee Engagement: 4 Basic Human Needs

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At Blanchard LeaderChat , Randy Conley shares insights from Leigh Branham’s research on employee engagement and outlines 4 basic human needs that leaders need to take care of at work. There is an epidemic of workers who are uninterested and disengaged from the work they do, and the cost to the U.S.

SHRM Top 30 Indian HR Influencers on Social Media 2018

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Each year, SHRM India releases a report outlining top social media influencers in HR space. Last week, the report was released at SHRMTech event in Hyderabad and I was thrilled to find a spot in this report for fifth consecutive year.

Why Organizations Don’t Learn? #Sketchnote

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Organizations that don’t learn constantly, adapt continuously and execute relentlessly are more likely to be disrupted by constant change and competition.

Skills For Future Success in a Disruptive World of Work

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My dad retired as a Library Science professional soon after which the profession of Library management was transformed by digital forces.

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Dwell in Possibility

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“ Dwell in possibility ”, borrowed from Emily Dickinson is one theme that is guided me so far and will continue to guide me in the future. Every single day brings along a world of possibilities and one thing that determines what we see and how we see things is out own attitude.