Always Learning

Have you ever tried to consciously stop your breathing? Well, even if you did, you would have found out that you can’t. Something kicks in the brain central command site that sends alarm bells to your muscles to start the breathing mechanism. And if you’re a normal healthy person experiencing hunger pangs, you can’t help your […]

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Fatal Flaws 2

I learned this lesson a long time ago. And I am learning more about it as I build and lead new teams. When forming a team, apart from hiring for talent, competencies and organisation fit, I bring people in who do not display the symptoms of these fatal flaws. But the work does not end […]

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The Cactus Blooms!

“The cactus has flowers!” With delight, I rushed inside the house and declared my news to the children. I had just arrived from work, parked the car, then absent-mindedly made my way to the front door. Then my eye saw it. The cactus plant that I had in a pot, left behind (abandoned!) by our home’s […]

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Sometimes I Just Have To Twirl

A late evening at work. Heading down to the ground floor lobby. Walking towards the front door, absent-mindedly. Ooops. Almost crashed on the glass doors. They didn’t open automatically! I forgot. It’s after-office hours. Where’s the button to open the doors? Oh, there you are. The bright green button. How could I miss you, dear bright green […]

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Don’t Forget To Breathe

When I was in high school, I travelled by jeepney to my school. There were no jeepney stops then, so one waits by the roadside and hail the jeepney as it approaches. If it’s full, then it speeds by. So you wait for the next one. During the wait, I would entertain myself by guessing the […]

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It’s Called Stealing

These past few days, we read about the hacking of the iCloud accounts of certain celebrities, that resulted in private items being egregiously passed around in the world of the internet. Along with the outcry, there are some occasional outbursts of “they should have known better” about putting these items in iCloud or about the […]

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Do You Need Permission to be Free?

I am mission-oriented. Those who work (and live) with me attest to this. One wrote: “the ultimate can-do attitude”. Another said: “delivering the highest results under the most challenging circumstances”. And many agree: “never gives up”, “super-resilient”. But there is a downside to this. Once, someone had to tap me on the shoulder because I did not want to […]

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The Gift of Time

Back to 2010 It was barely a few months after leaving my job. I helped with the divestitures of two major business units of a company that was once great. My process and systems knowledge and experience gleaned from years of business transformation programs was useful. But it was time to hand the reins over to another. […]

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