A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
This blog is a tearful tribute to my younger brother whom I lost just few days back.
SHOCK is probably too light a word to express. Jovial, bright, and ever smiling. A true leader and a remarkable human being who merits not only respect but also celebration. He just didn’t seem to ever think and shy of believing himself as a true team leader. But I do and many more who came all the way from far remote locations to Mukti-Dhaam (cremation ground) to witness the last conquest of their much-loved leader. In his professional life, his work ethic and impeccably high standards translated into a successful and prominent sales career. His every action inspired his team to dream more, do more and become more. This blog is a homage to a true leader. Continue reading
Each day is born with a sunrise
and ends in a sunset, the same way we
open our eyes to see the light,
and close them to hear the dark.
You have no control over
how your story begins or ends.
But by now, you should know that
all things have an ending.
Every spark returns to darkness.
Every sound returns to silence.
And every flower returns to sleep
with the earth.
The journey of the sun
and moon is predictable.
is your ultimate
― Suzy Kassem
Life’s a journey filled with lessons, hardships, anguishes, blisses, festivities and special moments. You can choose to ride the journey of your life however you want. If you are looking for a catalyst that will re-connect you with that bit of your soul, reflect back on your life journey. There’s something inside us all that craves to make an optimistic impact on the world around us. As George Bernard Shaw said, Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. Our life journey will always have deep impressions on our character, choices, and responses. Every milestone of my journey has helped me re-focus on my goals. Not only challenging me emotionally and intellectually, it has also provided an opportunity for my personal growth and professional genuineness. Through this blog, sharing few of my life and career images with you…! I have labelled my thoughts & quotes as ‘Reflections: Impressions’ and this is Part-I. Continue reading
Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.
-Edwin H Chapin
Are you troubled by something that happened at work in your past?
Are you enslaved and incapacitated by lingering thoughts of revulsion, touchiness, and animosity towards your boss or peers, bit by bit, literally bloating your head?
Why we all care so much about what other people think of us? Why their acuities have reflexively encompassed every facet of our being?
Just remember one thing, in corporate ecosphere, oppressive behaviour comes in all forms. Subjective vindication is much complex and pervasive sensation in otherwise cramped corporate power corridors. At some point in our career, we all have inadvertently stumbled upon such caustic power-mines. Regrettably, it materializes more frequently as we climb up the ladder.
Yet, whether we think about it consciously or not, one important question continues to stay alive beneath such experiences: How one should react to such methodically premeditated career assaults? Continue reading
Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.
Fulton J. Sheen
In last 30 years of stirring professional experience, two obliquely interlaced facets of the corporate world have intrigued me the most. One is the vulnerability and the other is jealousy.
Let’s introspect! When your teammate achieves something, why does that make you feel edgy? It could be anything – his quality, reward, capability, or any other accomplishment. Equally, when he fails, why does that make you feel comforted or ventilated? Why we are habitually troubled with ‘unsettling’ or ‘ugly’ emotions on others’ achievements? Why we feel conquered when someone has an advantage over us? Why our mind exaggerates the importance of other’s pluses?
Yet, aren’t we wish others to be delighted for us when we do well? Continue reading
यद्यदाचरति श्रेष्ठस्तत्तदेवेतरो जनः । स यत्प्रमाणं कुरुते लोकस्तदनुवर्तते
“yad yad ācarati śreṣṭhas
tat tad evetaro janaḥ
sa yat pramāṇaṁ kurute
lokas tad anuvartate”
(Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues. Chapter-3/Karma Yoga/Verse 21)
This is so true for a leader…!
Leaders are role models. A leader who stimulates and inspires us to strive for greatness and live to our fullest potential is certainly a role model.
A sensitive leader positively sets high standards of accountability for his own behaviour as a role model. It is an established fact that leadership is best learned through “identifying” or “internalizing” the demonstrated behavior of distinguished leaders. A leader should recognize that his prime contribution to the organization is the “behavior he nurtures” and allows to blossom. Often leaders don’t care or probably don’t realize how meticulously they are being scrutinized and ‘watched’ by their subordinates. Unfortunately, majority of leaders are hard-wired to lead by “brainpower” and not by their “souls”. They are programmed or conditioned to put ‘equations’ of business much before the progressiveness of the human spirit. Naturally so, ultimately the leadership is all about delivering results and achieving goals in any given circumstances (sometimes at any cost). Particularly now, when survival strategies are redefined in majority of corporates to circumvent hard-nosed disruptive competition and the conventional 21st century management practices are ferociously debated and invalidated at every confluence.
In business, emotional sensitivity is generally gossiped as a “delicate” mental predisposition, one that responds to the business complexities and struggles with unreasonably engaged campaigning. Therefore, it is obvious that an intuitively sensitive leader is generally perceived as antiquated and antediluvian in today’s work environment. Continue reading