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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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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Greatness And The Heart To Serve

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 […]

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What is the price of hope?

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 […]

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Moonshots, anyone?

Astro Teller (Captain of Moonshots, Google X) was interviewed in this BBC news article. He said, “Being afraid to fail is almost a guarantee of the glass ceiling of what can be achieved.” So what is a moonshot? It is about solving problems to make the situation ten times better in ten years. Astro Teller and his […]

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Learning from Bad Leaders

We delight in great leaders. But it is in the crucible of extreme challenge under bad leaders that we can learn the once-in-a-lifetime lessons. Learning is usually more effective under great leaders. I don’t need a bad one to learn. Especially if I have already learned a particular lesson in the past. But in work, as in life, adversity […]

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Fatal Flaws

There were twelve of us. We came from various parts of the world (Italy, Australia, China, UK, France, India, USA, Canada, Brazil, Malaysia) to learn about how to lead well, members of the inaugural  fast-track executive course  in the global company we worked in. We met in different cities every quarter, and then returned to our respective business areas […]

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