inspiration sources…..

There are three fundamental ways to get people to do things. You can coerce, motivate or inspire. While all the three methods find ample usage, this clearly seems like the era of inspiration where great outcomes are obtained through employees who believe in the underlying mission of the company.   We all need to be inspired in order to accomplish something. It fuels our desire to reach for our dreams, to realise our potential. The sources for such inspiration are many and come in the smallest of forms, in the most obvious of places. Through people, nature or situations. Small doses of daily inspiration that produce a transformational impact or a single big defining moment. Just that tiny little spark every-so-often to keep you going! It energises me to see Alok, in his mid sixties, working out in the gym everyday to stay fit. My mother's kindness -


Over the past few months I have had the chance to meet with a lot of senior leaders across a variety of industries. Buoyed with improving top and bottom lines, I could sense a marked upswing in the enthusiasm levels. Wow, the business climate seems to be taking a decisive turn for the better, I deduced, and hence the return of the confidence.   Something in the discussions gave an impression of anxiety about the nature of the recovery - is it for real and for the long run or are there challenges that can stunt it one more time. I soon discovered the common theme of bother - how to get people in my organisation charged enough, sufficiently motivated to help sustain the growth momentum. Human capital being the most crucial ingredient of sustenance for


The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO proud of being a professional, decided to explain what was wrong with education. He argued, “What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?” He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teachers: “Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.” To stress his point, he said to another guest, “You're a teacher, Vidya. Be honest. What do you make?”  Vidya, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, “You want to know what I make?” She paused for a second, then began…  “Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they

What is Difficult?

What is Difficult – not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; OR Climbing Mt. Everest; Running a full Marathon; Finishing Tour De France; Swimming through English Channel or Participating in Ironman Triathlon is Difficult? Well, do you think it depends on the person, or should I say age, time, and opportunity. The answer is none. All you need is a goal, a challenge, and a positive attitude. I could not help raising this topic, because I just went through a similar experience and thought would share it with the wider audience. It goes back not long ago in October 2009, when I was looking for a road bike for a cycling event in Bangalore called Cyclothon for participating

a question…of motivation…..

The search for enduring excellence in organisations has 3 stages of break throughs - disciplined people, disciplined thought and disciplined action. Disciplined people is all about level 5 leadership and the team and Jim Collins in his wonderful book "Good To Great" describes   such leaders as those who channel their ego needs away from themselves into the larger goal of building a great company. Their ambition is first and foremost the institution or organisation, not themselves. These leaders focus on bulding lasting greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will. An unwavering resolve to do whatever it takes to produce sustained long term results. Acting with quiet, calm determination while relying on inspired standards, not charisma, to motivate. They strive to build deeply committed,