The 5x5x5 system for tracking performance

While I see and hear more companies eliminating performance reviews, I’m not fully convinced if that is the best way forward. Particularly when the generations of employees working with us care more about their growth, performance and data to back their efforts. Heck, these companies themselves are going crazy about AI and big data! What’s [...]

Picking your battles wisely

Whoever came up with that line was a genius bar none. I’m notoriously known (within my family and friends’ circle) for just picking up one battle after the other. The worst part is that I have a hard time letting go of something in lieu of that shiny new thing I might have picked up. [...]

Generosity isn’t a strategy

The list of people who create content daily is much smaller than the ones who create content often. The former lot may/may not show up higher in search rankings the rankings. Some may not show up at all. And that’s totally okay for the majority of them as their livelihoods aren’t dependent on the content [...]

Yes, but…

Years ago one of my mentors taught me the power of sharing effective feedback how it carries over to almost all parts of our communication as a whole. I wasn’t convinced because it appeared to be just a small change — from “yes, but…” to “yes, and…”. That doesn’t sound like a lot, right? Precisely [...]

This definitely will not work

Met a bunch of friends the other day. We were celebrating 16 years of us being together. They were part of my first professional team (sounds like a professional sports team, right?) back in 2003-04. It used to be fun then and over the years it’s only gotten better. Despite the brotherhood and camaraderie, there’s [...]

The best you can do with all you’ve got…

I’ve been reflective of my limitations these past few months. Everyone’s got them. I’m pretty sure you’ve got a bunch that keeps you on your toes too. The challenge is to accept them and modify your lifestyle around those limitations. Because it hurts. Despite my best efforts, I haven’t been able to do any (well, [...]

The carrot, egg and the coffee bean

Each of us have our own way to react or respond to a stimulus. Facing adversity is such stimulus. But most of us have only learned to react to it than respond. While I believe we eventually get wiser over time, having a better perspective saves us a lot of pain and time. Some of [...]

The survival mindset

One of the major reasons why people (kids and adults alike) quit Brazilian JuJutsu (BJJ) has got nothing to do with their conflicting schedules as they claim. It’s the teaching methodology. Period. I know that first hand having been part of two different (yet so similar) schools of thoughts. When I signed up for my [...]