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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Consistency Compounds

This is one of the most profound concepts I’ve learned from John Maxwell. In this book Developing the Leader Within You 2.0, he shares ten of the most powerful principles that can help you grow as a leader. One of which is, of course, self-discipline. John defines it as the price you pay to be […]

On Dependencies

There are two types of dependencies that I know of — professional and personal. And for the most part, I believe having dependencies is neither productive nor a legit status at all times. Yes, of course, there will be exceptions! There’s always one. But if you’re reading this and worried about a project that’s stuck […]

15 productivity lessons from successful founders (and how to apply them)

Just bumped into this while going through my feeds (the fresh ones I was talking about in my previous post this morning) and I couldn’t help but share this further. Hope you’ll like it. Hat tip to the great folks at Resume.IO (no, I’m not looking for a new job right now) for carrying out […]

Don’t wish things were better, wish you were…

While I don’t understand the whole concept of nirvana, I do know that the folks who’ve attained it aren’t working. Else they would be like the rest of us — whining and complaining about the problems in our lives and this world-at-large. When it comes to problems, here’s what I know is the truth — […]

Employee engagement and the leadership practice

Two of the modern-day leader’s biggest dilemmas are talent retention and employee engagement. Yes, the HR does its best to incorporate some of the best proven practices to keep both the issues in check. The challenge, however, is that these practices can only take you so far. Two specific reasons: They’re overly focused on employees […]