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

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

I Am Not A Natural Leader (And That’s Great)

“Do not envy those who seem to be naturally gifted.” I am a slow learner and am socially very awkward. Back in college, I was the concert master of the school orchestra. I was very uncomfortable under the spot light. During our first performance, I decided to tilt my head sideways the entire time I… Continue reading I Am Not A Natural Leader (And That’s Great)

Pick 1: 4 Core Leadership Skills

Thinking about becoming a better leader? Start with 1 of these 4 skills – 4 core leadership skills according to Peter Drucker: Communication.Teamwork.Self-development. Development of others. Now pick 1.  You see, most of the time, it’s about WHAT you put your time into. Too many of us spend too much time hopping from one skill to… Continue reading Pick 1: 4 Core Leadership Skills

What Skills Are You Working On?

Can you name what you are actually working on? Most of us can’t, especially when it comes to work skills. Here are 3 skills you may consider putting time into: sell tell stories herd genius We are all Sales:In life, you are constantly selling. You can break “selling” into sub-skills, such as negotiation, influencing, empathetic… Continue reading What Skills Are You Working On?

Enough With The Why

This is my favorite quote. “If more information was the answer, we’d all be billionaires with 6 pack abs.” Examples of excessive “information”:“Be vulnerable”“Sleep well”“Start with why”“Lead, don’t manage”“Exercise”“Be kind”“Active listening”“Attentive listening”“Reflective listening”“Be grateful”“Growth mindset”“Radical candor”“Empathy” Think about it.  You already get the why.You also have more than enough what to work on. What you need… Continue reading Enough With The Why

A Director Dragged Me Out Of The Room

We were setting up the quarterly trade show, where hundreds of buyers would come and review the newest sneakers and apparel. We rented a convention centre, littered the rooms with life size posters of Marion Jones and Roger Federer running, swinging. Sneakers were displayed on beige panels. Mannequins that had 6 pack abs wore tight… Continue reading A Director Dragged Me Out Of The Room

How Bruce Lee’s Correct Posture Help Me Lead

As a Bruce Lee worshiper, I use his teachings to approach my work life. 1st, Bruce Lee on “correct posture🥋:” Correct posture 1 = To be “mechanically favorable for the next move:” What does “favourable” mean in the people, systems, and processes of my business? How agile are they? Which of those can I afford… Continue reading How Bruce Lee’s Correct Posture Help Me Lead

Our Choices In The Corporate Rat Race

“Where do you want to be in 5 years?” Could I answer “I don’t want to be in management, because I prefer spending all my time researching and supporting, instead of leading?” (#truestory) Not really. If I said that, it would be an uphill battle to convince my boss to invest in me, to vouch… Continue reading Our Choices In The Corporate Rat Race

Handwriting and Leadership

Most people’s handwriting show that doing something mindlessly, a million times over, does not yield improvement unless you actively try to improve. So what makes us think that we can improve the way we lead just by leading mindlessly a million times over? Leadership is a set of specific techniques that can be mastered through… Continue reading Handwriting and Leadership