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Credit and recognition is over-rated

Never been a fan of getting credit and recognition — it makes me uncomfortable for a simple reason that I ain’t no one-person island. Every little or big achievement I’ve had wouldn’t have been possible without those unsung heroes, be it my parents, classmates, peers, acquaintances, superiors, and even those with evil intentions.  Most people […]

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Becoming the “go-to” player

Every team’s got one. And I used to be one back in my teens while playing cricket with my friends. I was good — enough to make it to the school’s cricket team and to be the first person picked when teams get formed* right before we commence our session in the neighbourhood playground. That […]

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Why calling “performance management” by some other name wouldn’t mean anything

It’s the most ridiculous things I’ve heard this year — organizations trying redesign ‘performance management.’ The hope is to go beyond processes and models (or shiny tools) and focus on a new mindset with a new purpose. By all means, it’s a great thought. We ought to think about performance management from a new perspective […]

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Your goals shouldn’t be at the mercy of reality

Now, I don’t mean you can be unrealistic while setting goals (for yourself or your team). You shouldn’t, however, be fixated on the “reality of the situation” that you don’t even bother to stretch. And that’s precisely what I see most leaders, managers and team members do when times are tough or the company’s focus […]

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When you’re too scared to ask questions

As much as I would like leaders to be more compassionate and empathetic with their subordinates, I also would prefer the latter to have the courage, humility and discipline to follow through on their responsibilities as team players. That goes beyond their KRAs and KPIs. And if that requires one to call out on an […]

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Bull’s eye!

Eugen Herrigel was a German professor who taught Philosophy at Tohoku Imperial University in Sendai, Japan in the 1920s. He also studied the art of Japanese archery, Kyudo, hoping to explore and study Zen. Though Mr. Herrigel’s work doesn’t have anything to do with the art and science of coaching, at least directly, his book Zen in […]