We now live in a highly connected world. Bad news, of wars, catastrophes, loss, come in mighty torrents, alongside remarkable achievements, breakthroughs, even trivia, the mundane and the plain trash. But the usual torrent became a tsunami for me in the past few weeks. It was too much, one after another. And when they were juxtaposed […]Read More In Grief And Sorrow — Where Are The Great Leaders?
My first taste of rejection happened shortly before I graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. As is the usual practice, the ‘big name’ companies came to the campus to interview candidates for their new graduate programs. I rushed to the Dean’s office to check my name against a scheduled list of students to be […]Read More I Am Thankful For Closed Doors
What do we mean by greatness? In sports, athletes who score the highest, gain the most medals, win the most games are often called great. They are given ‘keys’ to the city, receive medals, offered lucrative sponsorship deals, march at the head of the team through cheering crowds. They are raised above the shoulders of […]Read More Greatness And The Heart To Serve
In my previous post Distilling 58 million Search Results on Business Transformation!? I coined the term ‘hardware’ and ‘software’ of business transformation to illustrate what is involved. The ‘hardware’ of business transformation relate to the structural aspects of change such as program management structure, governance, systems and tools, to name a few. In contrast, the ‘software’ of […]Read More Business Architecture — Who Cares?
Knowing who I am and what I value help me make better decisions. One evening this past week, I was invited to speak at a senior school careers night. I shared with students, parents and friends what I learned in nearly 30 years of my career – from a Chemical Engineering graduate to a business […]Read More How Do You Choose? How Do you Decide?
Three weeks ago I released my blog to the big, wide world. I was nervous. I had only blogged before in the protected world of a company intranet. Yet, I chose to thread personal stories in my posts to illustrate the power of the idea — that it is not limited to work; it can […]Read More 3 weeks old and 1,000 visits. Thank You!
In Leading Change: Up Close and Personal, my son asked: “Why do they need your help? Why go to the US?” That’s how conversations started in the family as we explored the answer to ‘Why’. The answer connected to each family member in a deep way. This built a strong foundation for us to weather the […]Read More Managing Change: Up Close and Personal
Is life just a cycle of eating, sleeping, studying, working, playing, fun interspersed with sorrows, some wins, a few losses, gathering trophies and accolades, medals, fame, fortune, then passing them on to others. Is that it? Is that all there is to life? When I was in university studying for a degree in Chemical Engineering, […]Read More I Looked for the Meaning and Purpose of Life and This is What I Found
Today I was early for a lunch meeting with a friend in the digital media industry. We were meeting near Central Station. Central Station at noon was moderately crowded but I found an empty seat in the main concourse, close to the shops. I was browsing through the HBR blog on my iPad when I […]Read More What is the price of hope?
This post was initially published on LinkedIn. Search ‘Business Transformation’ and you will get 58 million results. No, I did not click on all of them. But it is not surprising that some people can be confused or disoriented, especially if new to the area or coming from one corner of this huge landscape. I […]Read More Distilling 58 Million Search Results on ‘Business Transformation’!?
A long, long time ago, I thought I was invincible. A typical teenager. Do you know someone like this? I was eighteen years old and on my third year as a chemical engineering student in a selective university. My grades were always better than most so I was relaxed about passing my exams. I was […]Read More When Failure is Good
Young boy to mother: “Why do they need your help? Why go to the US?” That’s how the conversations started in the family, as we considered the offer to relocate to the US and for me to lead the global transformation programs for my then employer, a leading telco equipment vendor. The conversations revolved around “Why”. […]Read More Leading Change: Up Close and Personal