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Volition

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Leading a Purposeful Life!

  The sight of a meaty newspaper left discarded on the street is pathetic enough. But, when a strong gust of wind lifts it up and tears it apart into lonely pieces, one wonders if the mindless misery could have been avoided. If only, the reader had left it where it belonged – on a … Continue reading

Motivational Engagement – the death knell of ‘Purposeful’ Leadership!

The link between remarkable achievements, complexity, and purposeful leadership lies so close to the borders of anarchy or utopia that only finite mindsets based upon choice and volition can provide deeper anchoring. Uncertainty, temptation, risk, attrition, globalization, multiple cultures, and varying contexts need sustained leadership based on sustainable leadership values. And this cannot come from … Continue reading

Are we a Democracy?

  Democracy is literally, ‘rule by the people’, derived from the Greek dēmokratiā, which was coined from dēmos (people) and kratos (rule). Well, are we ruled by the People of this country? The Business Standard reported on 29th May 2019, “the average assets of an MP are now 345.8 times that of an annual income … Continue reading

Leadership Re-fuelled!

Who gives a crap about all the right things written and preached about what makes good Leaders or Managers? They say, a good Leader or a Manager should take care of the long-term, create sustainability, leave behind a legacy. They expect her or him to drive the team or a company towards a purpose beyond … Continue reading

Dogmatism vs. Liberalism

There is no fun debating with a blue-blooded liberalist or a dogmatist. These guys are too clear about their positions. They can berate any opposition irrespective of which camp they belong to. Most of us do find them too singular, too linear in their manifestations. In fact, they come out as quite dour and boring … Continue reading

Vision – the pariah word for Managers?

  What is your Vision? Sure, we got a pretty good Vision and Mission statement for the company. We even have our Core Values and we take them very seriously. Everyone joining the company has to go through a one-week orientation programme… Hey, I got to go for a meeting! Oh! You are talking about … Continue reading

Achievers or Attainers ?

Normal managers are like normal human beings, as studied and ratified by the one and only Abraham Maslow. Maslow’s normal human being is a simple algorithmic mix of his or her subconscious positioning in what he defined as the pyramid of the Hierarchy of Needs. The normal ‘me’ or ‘I’ is nothing but a Maslow’s … Continue reading

Letting go!

  Did I let go when I should have? I know…I know…the answer to the above question can only be given in hindsight or with the foresight of a mythical eagle. Even if the answer were to be an emphatic ‘Yes!!’ when I would be sitting down at the brink of this ‘infinity pool’ called … Continue reading

Risk, Management & Leadership!

Between Management & the Future, lies the grand canyon of Risks! Leadership keeps throwing the rope across this canyon, till it hooks onto something and holds! The shouts of caution drown in the shrieks of amazement only to crescendo into a roar of applause as the leader takes the first steps towards the yawning chasm. … Continue reading

The Team…

May not be an irony for many but the word ‘Team’ has its origin in classical usage as, ‘a team of draught animals – a team of oxen pulling a cart or the plough or a team of horses pulling a carriage’ (Fig. 1). Industrialisation and urbanization has made us forget that and we think … Continue reading