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The Art of Successful Giving: Adam Grant

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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.

3L’s of Self-Directed Learning: Insights from My TEDx Talk

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I started 2019 by delivering a TEDx talk at TEDxGCET in Vallabh Vidyanagar. This post covers a few key insights extracted from the talk. Video to be posted soon. Formal education is a launch pad that equips us with fundamentals. But we need wings to fly long and high in the direction of our dreams.

Leadership and Trust: 3 Elements

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I see many business leaders who excessively focus of creating a grand vision, have a compelling strategy, run great communication programs and have innovative ideas but still fail to engage people and get desired results. That’s because they don’t focus enough on the foundation of leadership – building trust. In absence of trust, results don’t happen. In absence of results, people trust the leader even less. And it becomes a downward spiral.

Peter Senge on Leadership Development

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Real leadership does not happen after we get hold of lofty titles and peak positions in the hierarchy.

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Impatiently Patient

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My throat was very sore and the upcoming week was taxing at work where I need to speak a lot with a lot of people around. I had a sleepless night because of the discomfort. So, I visited the doctor who checked me quickly and prescribed some medicines to treat the viral throat infection.

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Looking Back at 2018

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This blog has been my online home for over 12 years, even before I got onto Facebook and Twitter. The blog has evolved along with me. It is a platform for me to learn, think clearly and share whatever I learn through posts and sketchnotes. This blog has had an amazing journey so far.

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5 Pointers on How to Think Clearly

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Developing clarity in thinking is becoming even more important in a world that is constantly trying to distract you. Overload of information being pushed at us, contrasting theories about almost everything, our own unconscious biases , ego and fear hamper our ability to look clearly through the fog.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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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.

Storytelling: Begin With The End in Mind

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Stories and narratives that touch us emotionally have power to transform us. When hearing a moving speech, story or talk, we feel that it is delivered effortlessly but we know it doesn’t happen on its own.

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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Learning: Experience Plus Reflection

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“A good starting point for embedding reflection into daily workflow is to approach the practice at two levels; individual reflection, and then reflection with colleagues and team members. Reflective practice itself doesn’t ‘just happen’. It is a learned process.

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.

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).

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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Six Rules to Simplify Work

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Most re-organization efforts either focus on hard stuff (processes, strategy, structure, KPI’s) or on soft stuff (culture, values, relationships, feelings).

5 Timeless Qualities of True Leaders

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Before leadership be effective, it has to be true. And the truth of leadership is essentially human. If we have to raise the bar of leadership, we need to first cultivate truer leadership at the core.

Pitfalls To Avoid During Organizational Transformation

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Disruptive forces compel organizations to undertake large scale transformation initiatives to stay relevant. The speed of executing these transformations is as crucial as the initiatives itself and a lot is at stake.

How Our Brain Learns

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As someone who is committed to lifelong learning, I am very curious about how we learn ( sketchnote here ). We learn the most during our early years and observing/helping my own kids learn and explore new things is such a wonderful learning experience as well.

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Real Influence is a By-Product

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The world today reveres influence and this leads people to chase influence. When influence becomes a goal, you can easily lose focus on what truly builds influence.

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?”

Mindset Shifts For Organizational Transformation

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Businesses are struggling to keep the pace with rapid rate of change and disruption around. To keep up with the change, businesses try to diversify into newer areas, build products and services to cater to new market needs and innovate.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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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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.

Craftsman Spirit

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Do you consider yourself as an artist and your work as art? Art isn’t just about doing fancy stuff or indulging into painting, dancing etc. Your work becomes art when it changes others for better. When your ideas and insights change the conversations.

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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.

Symptoms of Organizations on the Cusp of Change

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The purpose of an organization is to enable people in doing meaningful work that delivers value to the customers and hence to the business. Organizations start purely with this promise but when they scale, they end up stifling people’s ability to deliver value.

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.