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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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Ira Glass on Storytelling

See. Spot. Steal! I couldn’t help but do so when I discovered What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says by James Clear. The post profiles Ira Glass’ and describes his struggle to create, This American Life, one of the most popular public radio shows of all time! Nobody tells this to people who are […]

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Business Leadership Personal growth

Make your own fucking art!

Last evening I received an unexpected call from an acquaintance I’d worked with many moons ago. He raved about my career “progression” and his most recent accomplishment (which had absolutely nothing to do with me!) — completing his master’s degree in English Literature from the University of London, I kid you not, at least half […]

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On leading yourself

If the world’s foremost authorities on leadership were to choose the most challenging aspect of leadership development, it will, undoubtedly, be managing or leading yourself. One can’t hope to lead others if they can’t lead themselves well. Stephen Covey, in his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” highlighted that private victory precedes public […]

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Business Coaching Leadership Random Thoughts

A performance improvement plan that actually worked!

Robert Rosenberg (Bob) took over as CEO of his family business at 25. Ten years later, the board fired him. However, they made an exception and gave him three months to demonstrate that he’s turned things around. And turn things around he did! Bob shifted towards humility from arrogance after reading a book by David Halberstam. […]

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It’s complicated (speech)

When I get to a networking event — virtual or live — almost inevitably, someone asks me, “so, what do you do for a living?” I so want to say, “it’s complicated… I’m so many things to so many people. Still, nothing compared to who I can be or what I will become…” but I […]

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There’s always an answer

Regardless of the situation you and I are in right now, it’s better than the worst. Believe me, it could’ve been much worse. Humans have the tendency to magnify circumstances beyond proportions the moment they experience change, discomfort, or a setback. If you’ve lost a job recently — I can empathize. I know there are […]

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Business Coaching Leadership Personal growth

Learning from bad experiences

The mastermind session this past week was mind-blowing! We had lots of great and deeply personal insights on leading through a crises at an individual level. The focus was on identifying the opportunities that a crises bestows upon us and how best we can seize them. Three key perspectives stood out for us: Everyone has […]

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Coaching Personal growth

Building your routines around your practices; not the other way around

I’ve been big on routines and practices since god-knows-when. It certainly seems like I’ve been obsessed with some kind of routine or a practice since I was in 6th grade. Of course, my my routines and practices have greatly evolved over the years — I don’t do shadow batting practice or eat a bitter gourd […]

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Coaching Personal growth

Slipping back into the old ways…

… of getting things done. I’ve had my share of experiments with having no goals. It’s good and I don’t think an obsessed problem solver (Restorative is my top strength) like me can function without a to-do list. Of course, the purpose of the experiment was to be productive without getting overwhelmed with the list. […]