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Being mindful
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Being mindful

Let’s admit it – most of us get distracted quite easily. Our minds keep on drifting. We worry needlessly about seemingly unimportant things. And even though we might be working longer hours, we feel that we are not being productive enough. In fact, research shows that people spend at least 47 per cent of their…

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Being civil at work

Being civil at work

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~ Maya Angelou Across the globe, rudeness seems to be on the rise – be it in politics, on social media, or even on news panels. At such a time, is…

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Dealing with a bully at work

Dealing with a bully at work

We mostly associate “bullying” with playgrounds and high schools – but this is an issue that continues well into adulthood. In fact, it is pervasive in the corporate world. You know that leader who manipulates his team using fear and intimidation? Or the rude colleague who constantly puts down other people? These are classic workplace bullies,…

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Measuring your "soft" side
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Measuring your “soft” side

We are generally quite good at measuring sales, profits, return on investment, and other such metrics. But what about interpersonal skills like empathy, teamwork, and relationship-building? All too often, we overlook the crucial “soft” side of leadership in the numbers game. So, this week, my message focuses on measuring soft skills, how to go about it,…

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Learning to be charismatic
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Learning to be charismatic

Most of us see charisma as that indescribable something, which makes a person engaging and magnetic. While it might be hard to pin down and describe, charisma is pretty easy to recognise – it is about enthusiasm, passion, energy and spirit – and making others feel the same. Charisma is what allows leaders to paint a visionary picture…

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Try the five-hour rule
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Try the five-hour rule

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ~ Alvin Toffler, writer and futurist Pretty much everyone agrees on the importance of ongoing learning. But how do you really go about it? Do you attend a workshop every few months, when…

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Humble narcissism can make leaders effective

Humble narcissism can make leaders effective

When I first heard about it, “humble narcissism” sounded like an oxymoron – after all, the two qualities are diametrically opposed to each other. But as it turns out, humility and narcissism can go together. In fact, this unexpected combination is found in many of the best leaders across cultures. So, this week my message focuses on why…

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Strive to be an above-the-line leader
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Strive to be an above-the-line leader

Picture this: you are in a meeting and last month’s numbers are a disaster. Things just didn’t work out the way you wanted or expected. Feeling flustered and angry, you start blaming other people for the failure. You complain about the lack of resources and the market situation. You insist that it was the circumstances…

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Optimistic leadership
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Optimistic leadership

One of the remarkable traits of Mr. Adi Godrej is that no matter how difficult the situation might be, he is always optimistic. Even when things are looking down, he always encourages to explore what opportunities might emerge out of adversity. This is quite unique. Many leaders that I have worked with generally caution teams…

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Have the right arguments at work and have them the right way
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Have the right arguments at work and have them the right way

Recently, a colleague was exasperated with the highly argumentative nature of a peer. This person loved to argue for the sake of arguing and was very abrasive. Peers were finding it hard to work with this leader. Few things create more tension and unpleasantness at the workplace than an ugly argument. After a shouting match,…

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Be a human leader

Be a human leader

“Leadership today is about unlearning management and relearning being human.” – Javier Pladevall, CEO of Volkswagen Audi Retail, Spain Recently, while I was speaking to some team members, they mentioned that their boss was efficient. He ran robust reviews and had clear dashboards. However, when he was in the office, he spent large chunks of his…

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How about carving out some "untouchable" time?

How about carving out some “untouchable” time?

Perhaps the most common complaint in today’s professional world is that there’s too much to do – and too little time. Most of us race breathlessly from one task to another, trying to somehow get it all done. In this rush and clutter, what’s getting pushed aside? What’s falling through the cracks? Often, deep thought and strategic…

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