Encouraging them to do the things they don’t want to

It’s a tall order. And not every supervisor, manager or leader is up to it because it takes real skill, charisma, and influence to have people roll up their sleeves and get to work. Particularly when they don’t like it or worse, hate it! I also think ‘command and control’ is primitive and leaders of […]

You can’t ‘turnaround’ people all the time

It’s a harsh reality. One that has bitten me in the rear more than a few times. Blame it to my insatiable optimism in people, I’ve always believed that if I want to, I can help any individual turn things around for themselves in their careers, organizations or life in general. I was wrong. And […]

Going a layer deeper

This time last year, I was struggling to write every day. Not because I didn’t have any ideas. I was finding writing to be a chore. Something to be dealt with instead of an activity that I thoroughly enjoy, which is a fact. On the surface, my challenge seemed like a lack of passion or […]

Uncertainty and discomfort

Uncertainty and discomfort are a necessary component for us to do anything meaningful — Leo Babauta. That line pierced through my heart. Yet, it’s so reassuring. Because if you’re even a tad ambitious about making a difference to your or others lives, you have been questioned on your motives, efforts and even sanity! And it’s […]

What would you like to happen?

Like everyone, I get overwhelmed too. Lots of options, possibilities, and tactics to consider for my work, family, passion, business, training, routines, books, and sometimes even music! And it does get stressful at times, so much so that I keep wondering why do I keep making my life miserable. But that’s just another day at […]

Plan B…

… not having one is a stressful situation, particularly if Plan A doesn’t seem to be getting you anywhere. I’m not sure if this goes against or with conventional wisdom, but I firmly believe we all need a Plan B. And no, I’m not talking about those ‘just-in-case’ plans that most of us fall back […]

So, what do you do?

Every now and then I would bump into someone who would eventually ask me, “So, what do you do?” It’s one of my least favorite questions. The worst of all scenarios, however, is introducing myself in public settings. I hate it. And that’s just putting it mildly. Yet, I end up sharing a rambling of […]

Sometimes taking the matters in your own hands could be your best move

I’ve been seeing a physiotherapist for over 3 months now — thankfully for different injuries. The latest is tricep tendonitis I developed, ironically, while squatting heavy instead of the usual suspects — the bench and barbell overhead press! Now, getting an appointment at the rehab center is hard and the best I manage is a […]

When you’re working on Sundays…

… you’re simply doing what a professional does — be accountable to the duties and following through on what’s expected of you. And yes, this is different from #hustle though the essence of it is all over the place. I was 22 when one of the human resources professionals in my company told me this: […]