Helping people lead, intentionally

So, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. Mostly around my podcast. It’s an active project that I’m keen to take off the ground but haven’t been able to. And it’s not because of the logistics but the value I really wish to create. I’m in the process (a long one that involves a [...]

The hard part is always keeping it simple

Irrespective of who you are — some of your biggest challenges stemmed from a complicated issue that could’ve been avoided if you’d chosen the simpler alternative. But you did’t and instead chose to suffer the consequences. Organisations are no different. In fact, the tendency to make the simple complicated is even higher given the time [...]

Leading people and managing life using Scrum

While I’ve never held a “project manager” title, I have managed and facilitated countless projects. I mean, literally, countless. And that’s exactly I don’t see the point in tracking all the hours I’ve invested just to make things official and get a project management professional (PMP) certification. The whole damn tracking would be one heck [...]

Using scorecards to recruit talent

Possibly the most useful document that the management can refer to time and again. If, and that’s a big “if,” managers learn to use it well. While thousands of organisations across the world follow Drucker’s “what gets measured, gets done” advice, most don’t quite get it right. For starters, they don’t even measure that damn [...]

Why random coaching engagements don’t work

I often get requests for one-off coaching sessions that’s people believe is going to fix their problems. And I almost always pass up these opportunities because coaching isn’t a one-off thing, it’s a long-term commitment. Besides, I’ve had my share of random conversations with strangers who open up and narrate their live’s struggles hoping that [...]

Just because it says “easy apply” doesn’t mean you have to

One thing that I absolutely hate about Job Boards and LinkedIn is that they’ve made the candidate’s application process damn simpler! If you’re confused, let me clarify — it’s simpler for the candidate but a living hell for a recruiter who’s determined (or desperate) to find the right candidate for the role in question. Sure, [...]

Influencing the influencers

Every entrepreneur or a freelancer has gone through the dilemma of finding their audience. More specially, the right audience for them. I’ve been through it myself. Thankfully, though various trials and tribulations I was able to narrow down to the smallest viable audience — the influencers. For me, influencers could be the c-suite, activists, members [...]

On job descriptions

It stuns me how most job postings out there suck. A majority of them are outright trash while most are horrendous. Thankfully, there are a few that have earned the right to be nominated for FBI’s most wanted list. And then you expect great candidates to show up at your door? Yeah, dream on. If [...]

Getting things done and actually getting things done

There’s a difference seems subtle if you read it somewhere or hear it from someone. In reality, the gap is more like heaven and hell! And that’s simply because talk is cheap. You know I’ve addressed this before but it’s worth repeating — all that talking isn’t going to get anything done. Doing it would. [...]

Failing gracefully

While the world’s obsessed with successes I’m at the deep end pondering if there’s much to learn about our failures. Much more than we give it credit. Of course, I’m not suggesting that we’re like Edison, who failed 10,000 times before inventing the light-blub. No, not even close! I think we’re much worse because we [...]