Worst Rating: “Meet Expectations”

I lived through multiple recessions: During the dot-com bubble in the late 90s, I was fired and remained jobless for months. Then during the late 2000s financial crisis, it was my turn to fire people and throw them into the abyss of joblessness. All these experiences taught me a lot about being an employee and… Continue reading Worst Rating: “Meet Expectations”

How Can Leaders Be More Useful When “Leading From The Front?”

We often hear “great leaders roll up their sleeves.” They are “in the front, with the team,” and truly understand the business. But what is the main purpose of spending time in the front? Is it about learning how to do the jobs of the frontline folks? Is it about knowing the intricacies of the… Continue reading How Can Leaders Be More Useful When “Leading From The Front?”

The Number 1 Suffering At The Workplace

Recently I have been coaching a lot more. Because I have joined an on-demand coaching platform. And this is the #1 suffering I have witnessed – “My boss does not appreciate me.” I have had many conversations where my clients were in tears.  They felt humiliated, ignored, unappreciated, unwanted.  They questioned their self-worth. They felt… Continue reading The Number 1 Suffering At The Workplace

Confidence is Comfort

What is confidence? “Accomplishments?” “Successful repetition of any endeavors?” To me, Confidence is comfort: • Comfort in knowing that we are playing a game of progress and not a game of perfection. • Comfort that comes from the accumulation of experiences where I survive my own failures. • Comfort in our own skin. I try… Continue reading Confidence is Comfort

How To Master Interpersonal Savvy?

At work and in life, the most important skill to master is interpersonal savvy. Interpersonal savvy is “having a range of interpersonal skills and approaches. It is knowing when to use what with whom- customers, senior leaders, peers, external stakeholders, direct reports.”* And the most important part of interpersonal savvy that we must master? How… Continue reading How To Master Interpersonal Savvy?

3 Ingredients of An Effective Learning Environment

To learn a new skill, we must practice and hone the skill. Yet so many of us remain satisfied with mere learning and fail to add practice and training. Why? Well, it feels good to finish a book or a TED talk. “I’ve learned something new” feels instantaneously rewarding. Whereas practices and training guarantee stagnation,… Continue reading 3 Ingredients of An Effective Learning Environment

Possibilities VS Probabilities

Have you led meetings where there were too many “ideas” from your team? That you couldn’t land on a decision without disappointing someone? That you wondered if you were too “democratic?” Here is an approach to lead through this. Often when we discuss strategies and actions, we tend to focus on what’s possible:  What are… Continue reading Possibilities VS Probabilities

How To Strengthen Mental Mobility – The Skill to Get Unstuck and Move Forward

My client Andrew runs a F&B group. He was trained as a chef. He opened his own restaurant 10 years ago, and now he owns a group of restaurants. In the span of 10 years, he went from someone who had to deal with avocados and spatulas to someone who how had to deal with… Continue reading How To Strengthen Mental Mobility – The Skill to Get Unstuck and Move Forward

The Mechanism of Small Goals In Skill Building

Say if you want to learn to bake, you won’t begin with a flaming baked Alaska. You start with the humble cookie. Or if you want to complete a marathon, no one in the right mind would try to complete all 42 KM in their virgin run. But why? What is going on here? The… Continue reading The Mechanism of Small Goals In Skill Building

Coaching Superstars

What is the #1 challenge of founders/leaders I work with? Help superstars break through. High performing superstars plateau too. They stall at the edges of their will and abilities too. They need help too. How do we make the best of the best better? 1. Superstars grind different Superstars learn, practice, and persevere differently. You… Continue reading Coaching Superstars