leading change…..

Vikas, a dear friend of mine,  is currently engaged in transforming a strong and successful but stagnant division he manages into a more agile, nimble footed, growth oriented and externally focused one. How familiar does this situation  appear to so many of us corporate folks! A much debated topic, change management is a phrase used very frequently but often without adequate depth and understanding. A few of these corporate change efforts have been very successful and a few utter failures, most falling in between with a tilt towards the lower end of the scale. The process goes through a series of phases over a considerable length of time. Skipping steps only creates an illusion of speed and never produces satisfying results. When businessess are preoccupied with consolidating their positions, stability matters. However in

leadership in tough times…..

I draw a huge  amount of inspiration from people who seem to be constitutionally incapable of capitulation. Had the privilege of listening to Jim Collins some time ago - he spoke of Steve Jobs and how in 1989 he had to be out of the organisation he had created. Well we all know of Apple's position amongst the world leaders in innovation and in market capitalisation today. People like that are obviously very difficult to work with, unique and eccentric in their own ways. But they also have this great characteristic of refusing to give up, of bouncing back from the most difficult of situations. Truly inspirational! Resilience of the highest order you can say, but clearly much, much more. Times are tough and will continue to be so for a while leading to a lot of hard decision making. Professionals as well

secure leadership…..

A management guru I met recently at an education institute made a very interesting comment. He said the mood of leaders one is encountering these days is rather uncertain about themselves – they discount what they know or are good at and maximize or emphasize what they do not know. Almost  too scared of sharing and exposing their vulnerabilities. Now does that not make for a uniquely lethal combination of insecurity and isolation!   Perhaps the uncertain economic situation of the recent past has contributed to this loss of confidence. Or that the leadership attributes required to be successful in the new economy have undergone a serious change and leaders are struggling to unlearn and learn with the agility that will help them

chase your dreams…..

Wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year 2010. Time to make resolutions and I am allowing myself to get carried away with the flow of the normal. In the recent past two Hindi movies have really been inspirational for me - Rock On and 3 Idiots. Similar themes run through both the scripts, of following your passion and chasing your dreams for the happiness and success we all so crave for and deserve.  Most people are miserable and unhappy because they do not have a passionate purpose that is greater than themselves to commit to. Chasing dreams is happiness - you enjoy the journey as much as the destination. To lay your head on the pillow at night knowing you did something that made your world better is one of

self discipline…..

While watching a soccer match late last night I suddenly realised I had not done my usual weekend post. That is almost a habit by now and so it shook me up to have missed it all of yesterday. Reflecting, the topic of self discipline came to my mind to write about. Questions are often asked about the differentiating characteristic in successful people. And you get the usual suspects - hard work, capability, sometimes luck etc etc. What we do not get to hear of  is the base reason behind these common ones. Let me elaborate. There is one special quality you can develop that will guarantee greater success, achievement and happiness in life. Of many many principles developed over the ages, this single practice will do more to assure that you accomplish wonderful things with your