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Coaching Leadership

Punishing the messenger

Despite our best intentions to not shoot the messenger, more often than not, we end up doing just that. It happens all the time with all of us. Of course, we know the messenger is only trying to help or pass on information, insights, or suggestions from their perspective. And yet we blow them up! […]

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Coaching Leadership

Playing favorites

A lot of sucking up goes in an organization than most leaders would like to admit. And while most of them can’t see in themselves what they see in others, more often than not, the very same people send subtle (sometimes strong and obvious) signals to their subordinates. About what? To not criticize or share […]

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Business Coaching Leadership Personal growth

Being consistent isn’t the only thing that matters

Lately, One of the recurring themes in my coaching sessions is “consistency.” I’m not doing an excellent job with that. Particularly concerning the big goals I’ve set for myself. They’re not in alignment with the time that I can spend. Yet, I try and fail.  The result, as you can imagine, is an archive of […]

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Business Human Resources Leadership

Clinging to the past

If you think blaming ourselves or others is terrible, let me assure you that deflecting blame onto events and people from the past is just as bad. I’m a highly context-driven person, so history is essential to my day-to-day and future decisions. The trait also allows me to think and reflect deeper.  However, as a […]

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Coaching Leadership

The 20 unrecognizable leadership habits

The following are transactional communication patterns (flaws) that we humans often let become unnoticeable habits (to us) that create challenges and roadblocks in our interactions with others. I compiled this list below from Marshall Goldsmith’s book “What got you here won’t get you there.”  Personally, it’s an essential list because I use it while onboarding […]

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Random Thoughts

The latest on home-brewed successful people

I’ll confess — I will be the last person on this planet to be awarded the “best parent” or “best father” plaque. Not because I’m evil, but I don’t think parenting is about accolades. It’s a relationship between you and your kids. And like all relationships, a parent-child relationship is just as unique. While a […]

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Curated Leadership Random Thoughts

The man in the arena

On April 23, 1910, at around 3 pm at the Sorbonne (aka The University of) Paris, Ted Roosevelt delivered a rousing speech called “Citizenship in a Republic,” which would come to be known as “The Man in the Arena.” Little did Ted know that even a full 110 years after that event, people would still […]

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Coaching Leadership

An excessive need to be “me”

Be honest — how many times have you screwed things up or annoyed everyone around by thinking out loud, “that’s just the way I am!”? If the answer is “all the time, Sunil,” you and I know that we have a problem, don’t we? Our faults, despite our conviction or our best efforts to rationalize, […]

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Business Coaching Leadership

Better engagement with the team

While employee engagement is all the rage (and for the right reasons) these days, leaders need to realize that a large part often depends on how they show up as humans at the workplace. I found these simple and timeless insights on how to engage with your employees better. I’ve been trying these for years […]

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Coaching Leadership

Telling the world how smart you are

I’ve had the privilege of meeting leaders who consider themselves smart, ambitious, successful, experienced, motivated, or any other adjective spend an inordinate chunk of time positioning themselves above the people they work with. If that’s you, let me tell you — it is damn annoying! Of course, all that positioning might not be apparent, but […]