All you _____ look alike.

The bell curve is only as flat or as sharp as your game. How well do you care?

Wrong Turn

East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet. Today, enough leaders on each side want to embrace the opportunity over by the the other. However, few leaders on either side are ready to embrace the values of the other. The future belongs to those who can absorb seemingly contrary impulses into their value-system without feeling overwhelmed or insecure.

Coach for behaviors, not attitudes.

As a leader, do you find yourself chafing at people’s inability to change in their own interest? Rookie leaders confuse attitude and behaviors. Wise leaders know that while attitudes do not change, or take longer to change, behaviors can be molded. They drive outcomes by isolating attitudes and working out specific, step-by-step changes in behavioral patterns.

Why leaders with financial savvy have an edge.

My company is facing headwinds, Resources are scarcer than they used to be. And there is more competition for scarce resources. In this situation, how do executives make objective investment decisions in regions and technologies, without the climate turning political? The answer is making decisions as objective as possible, driven by: Strategies sustainable in the … Continue reading

How to improve the quality of conversations with colleagues

The quality of your conversation with colleagues matters. Have you inadvertently persuaded yourself to view life as a zero-sum game? Don’t be surprised then to find yourself winning battles and losing the war. Great Generals know the value of building alliances. To best way to vanquish an adversary is never to give him the chance to be one. Make him a ally instead.

How to advance your career

Advancing in career means taking calculated risks. Playing it safe doesn’t get leaders anywhere. Ironically, it makes people and leaders less employable. Great leaders take risks over and over and just get better at handling it.

Building a skills inventory is as easy as K-S-A

Great leaders know that teams are propelled by people power. An inventory of skills in the team is a starting point for career as leader. A skills inventory is a basis for decisions upon deployment and development plans. Want to build a skills inventory? It is easy as K-S-A!

Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh enter our site.

Do you have the right balance between the forces of creation, maintenance and destruction in your team? The world around us keeps changing. We must respond – or die. When was the last time you asked – what should we do more of, less of and same of?

Teach a (wo)man to fish.

The saying goes, “Give a man a fish, you feed him once. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for life.” How does this apply to leadership roles? Don’t give people answers. Rather, equip them to find the answers themselves. Form lasting habits of problem-solving skills. Why does this matter? People promoted to leadership … Continue reading

Forge effective partnerships

The world around us has changed. How should we respond – as individuals, teams and organizations? Individuals must demonstrate agility. Teams should forge effective partnerships with customers and collaborators. Organizations must apply people and assets to strike the right balance between creation, maintenance and destruction.