“To be, or not to be, that is the question…”

These opening lines from Shakespeare’s Hamlet (Prince of Denmark) words were meant to help Hamlet contemplate whether it was better to suffer through life or to put an end to life! In the corporate context it is a choice between succumbing to negativity or thriving against the odds. True leaders do

sense of urgency…..

There seems like a singular common trait that distinguishes highly successful and productive people from the rest, one that differentiates between average and superior performers. This common trait is a sense of urgency that drives people to work much smarter and harder than normal. Having said that, the dilemma I am

Be like the Bougainvillea …..

The sight of trees like Gulmohur and Amaltas in full bloom during the hot summer months is always wonderful. There is another plant that grows in parks, on the roadside, in the terrace gardens and balconies of homes whose fresh and vibrant colours always attract my attention and lift my

integration blues…

Mumbai Indians lost the match to Delhi Daredevils and I the bet and had to take a few friends out for a nice meal. A bunch of passionate people always makes for an animated conversation. While I have dealt with characteristics of “A” players earlier, this one was intense about

my attitude…..

One of the determining attributes I look for while recruiting is attitude. Not to undermine ability and brilliance as crucial ingredients for success. Clearly brilliance alone does not matter but what you actually do with that brilliance, how you put it to use is the big differentiator. And application is

Reunion …..

One phone call from a long lost college colleague (I was hearing from her for the first time in 25 years) transported me back to the days spent in college. The campus, all my friends, exchanging notes to complete our files and registers, the professors, mass bunking to watch a

count your marbles…..

So much of what we accomplish in our life is due to the selfless support and immense sacrifices of the immediate family – our spouse and children. Almost impossible to make any meaningful progress in the absence of that. Not sure if this fact has dawned on you, even more

leading today…..

Wow! what an enriching discussion I had over the last weekend at Pankaj’s house with a bunch of highly animated friends. All immensely successful in their own ways. And the topic, it turned out, seemed very close to their hearts – what does it take to lead in today’s hugely

new learnings…..

My current job is waking me up to many leadership behavioural subtleties. Conflicting at times and almost always on the edge. How to be strong but not rude, be kind but now weak, bold but not a bully, be humble but not timid, thoughtful but not lazy, proud but never

just a glass of milk…..

Wish you all a very joyous festival season. Hope you have wonderful celebrations and all that you cherish and desire may become yours! While there are so many, many people in the world, amazing how we keep meeting the ones we know so often. And a great learning in life therefore