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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.

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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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.

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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12 Critical Competencies For Leadership in the Future

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The rate of change in the business world today is greater than our ability to respond. In a world that is often described as VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and ambiguous), there are major tectonic shifts that demand a new mindset of leadership. First, let us look at these shifts.

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.

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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Leadership and The Art of Effective Listening

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There is no leadership, personal or organizational, without listening.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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Leadership: Start With Trust

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Leadership starts with influence and influence starts with trust. Ability to truly connect with others is vital for leaders to build an environment where a leader is trusted for the intentions before being respected for competence.

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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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.

A Quick Guide To Managing Conflicts

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In early years of my career, I avoided conflicts just like any other obedient contributor would, not knowing that they were inevitable in the process of doing meaningful work. Most of us learn how to deal with conflicts through our instinctive reactions when we are in middle of one.

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.

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.

What Makes a Team Great

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Last week, during an internal team event, we organized an interesting activity. Team members were asked to form a human chain by holding hands. A round hoop was then passed through one end of the chain and participants had to pass the hoop through themselves to other end without breaking the chain.

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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.

Leadership, Connection and Power of Storytelling

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If the job of a leader is to take people to a better place, they first need to take people’s imagination to that better place. One of the biggest mistakes leaders make when communicating about the future is to show future in form of data, numbers and charts.

Leaders Need Three Kinds of Focus

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I once worked with a CEO who was paranoid about results, so much so that he never cared for relationships with those who delivered the results. The end results weren’t surprising – the intended results were never delivered because people either stopped caring or moved on.

When Does Real Learning Happen?

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Learning, the real learning, happens…. When you are intentional about learning When you are driven by an intrinsic need to advance and not only by external triggers and rewards.

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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.

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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.

Future of Work: Ways to Prepare

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At #SocialNow conference recently, Luis Suarez shared a slide by Thierry de Baillon on ways to prepare for the dark side of technology. I loved the ideas and decided to sketch the approach.

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.

Disciplines of a Learning Organization: Peter Senge

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If there is one book that has influenced my business thinking the most, it is Peter Senge’s “ The Fifth Discipline – The Art and Practice of Learning Organization ” and I have referred to it many times over past years on this blog.

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Don’t Complain, Create.

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At the heart of living a creative life is ability to do something about things you don’t like. What we do instead is keep complaining. We all have our own circle of influence – things we can change ourselves or exert our influence to create change.

Sketch Note: How to Influence Without Authority

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My work in corporate quality functions in the past involved influencing cross-functional teams (as an internal consultant) on processes and methods when I had no direct reporting relationships with them.

Leadership: Assessing Organizational Health

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Leadership in a business context is challenging because its effectiveness depends not just on a leader’s key traits but also on organizational decision making, competitive forces and constantly changing external situation.

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.

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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.

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.

Leadership and Change: Build These Three Muscles

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There is no real leadership without change. If you are simply “sustaining” what already exists, you are not a leader because real leadership is about change – moving people, processes, outcomes and culture to a better place. In an organizational context, there is no change without some leadership.

Insights on Becoming an Effective Learner

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We learn the most from that which challenges us the most. I remember having learned server side scripting many years back completely on my own. I had no special resources, no advanced tools and no external guidance – just a lot of willingness to pick up the skill.

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.