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14 Ways to Become a Great Manager

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Management is both an art and science. It has specific actions that need to be taken and the results will be predictable. There is a lot of hot air around leadership and I totally agree that leadership is very important. However management is absolutely imperative to achieve the vision set by the leader. If we have a leader who can manage and a manager who can lead then we would have an ideal mix of traits to ensure the success of the organization. Sometimes management is also defined as getting the work done through others.
I read the book Creativity, Inc.by Ed Catmull (President of PIXAR ANIMATION and DISNEY ANIMATION) a couple of years back and it is one of my favorite business books. He says "The way I see it, my job as a manager is to create a fertile environment, keep it healthy, and watch for things that undermine it. I believe the best managers acknowledge and make room for what they do not know - not just because humility is a virtue but because until one adopts that mi…

8 Great Books to Read this Summer

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Reading is one of my favorite hobbies and it offers a great opportunity to relax and learn at the same time. I have shared below the 8 books I enjoyed reading recently.
The Leader’s Bookshelf by James Stavridis and R. Manning Ancell – This was an awesome read on leadership. The book consists of 50 reviews of leadership books across all genres and also summarized the leadership lessons from each of those. Some of the things I learned are all top leaders are great at delegating, they also take complete responsibility for everything that goes wrong, they never rest on their laurels, they have an inspiring vision, they include people who disagree with them in their teams and they are avid readers. It is a wonderful book and covers the whole gamut of leadership.
Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness– This is a brilliant practical take on what it takes to become a peak performer. It is well researched and has awesome examples. Set challenging goals, view stress as a friend, mak…

Federer - 5 Keys to the Champion Mindset

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Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic in straight sets to win his eighth Wimbledon. This is nothing short of sensational especially considering that Federer maybe at the twilight of his career. He also skipped French Open this year because we all know that clay is his least favorite surface but it is the way he ensured he was at his best for this tournament that stands as a testament to his strategic thinking. Even when he lost to Wawrinka in French Open once he said "I'm already thinking what I'm going to do over the next few days, because Wimbledon is going to be a big goal for the season.” I believe that is the Champion Mindset. Let’s face it all of us will lose or encounter failure but what separates the champions from the rest is the way they ultimately respond to the negative event. If like Federer we keep looking to the future with possibilities, then we can overcome any failure and this is the key to develop the mindset of a champion. On the topic of mindset it was inte…

7 Keys to Take Off in your life

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We have seen planes keeping moving in the runway and seeing other planes take off. They are waiting for their signal to take off. I feel the analogy here is applicable to our lives. We are all in the runway of life and we see others taking off in their lives. The moment we decide to take off in our lives is where we take firm control of our lives and direct it to the way we want it to happen.
As Tony Robbins said "In your moment of decision is where your destiny is shaped." That quote has stayed with me and it is a powerful quote. Just think about it anything in your life is due to your decisions. One of the decisions you need to make to get the most out of life is to take off in your life. Really take off from the depth of your soul and the results will be there for all to see. I have expanded the word take off to really drive home the point.
Believe in your Talent - We all have reservoirs of potential to be unleashed and to recognize our unlimited potential is the first st…

Eight Steps to Create your Leadership Brand

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Considering the advent of social media you are a brand now and you can manage it well. The same goes for your leadership brand as well. I recently read a book called Reinvention by Shane Cragun and Kate Sweetman. It is a wonderful book and they talk about eight steps to create your leadership brand. A lot of it is commonsense and we might already know them. Here they are with my interpretation of it.
Describe the ultimate legacy you want to leave – This is ultimately answering the biggest life question of all which is “What do I want to be remembered for when I am not there.” I would also suggest define what you want people to say about you when you are not there. Create a one page definition of the ultimate vision for your life. I also suggest that you probably want to hear some of this when you are alive.
Identify your greatest passion – What really makes you excited. What gets you going so much that you wake up so early or stay up so late and you cannot wait for another day? This is…

5 Keys to Super Productivity

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I watched the TEDx talk of David Allen David Allen Talk the productivity guru and author of the best seller Getting Things Done. His concept of managing time is simple but has stood the test of time. Here are the steps to get better control of our time.
Purpose: - Having a purpose creates energy to keep focused on the most important items. First step is to capture everything to be done where there it is a small or big item, so calling the dentist gets into this list. Once the list is there organize it and then prioritize. This is not earth shattering stuff but again fundamentals are always simple it is only in our execution that things awry. Don’t make it more complicated than it should be. Don't keep anything in your mind. Nothing should be in your mind so capture everything that has your attention. Also understand why this item has your attention in other words what is the purpose.
Vision: - Decide what your final ideal outcome is going to be. Or put in another way what would suc…

7 Ways to Bulletproof your Mindset

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Mindset is something we all associate with sports and we know a lot of athletes who are at the top of their game have a great mindset. Another thing we have heard a lot is the growth mindset and fixed mindset by Carol Dweck. Point is to have a growth mindset where you always believe that you can learn anything new and you are open to new challenges. If you have a great mindset you can overcome setbacks much easier. Here I have expanded each letter of the mindset below. Here are 7 simple ways to bulletproof your mindset. Again this has to be done consistently to get benefits. Mind – What goes into your mind is what comes out. The point is to always feed your mind with positive books, positive podcasts, positive audio books and positive people. If you do this on a consistent basis you will be happier, calmer and your mind will serve you better. The key is we need to evaluate before we do anything if this will help us or hurt us. So be careful about the input to your mind as it makes a h…

10 Fundamentals of Success

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The aim of this article is to give the fundamentals of success and it is still the same. There are ten fundamentals of success which you would need to achieve big in life. Here are the 10 fundamentals of success I have identified to get the most out of yourself.
You need a mission – When you have a personal mission statement for your life you feel enthusiastic. You get the big picture of your life. Crafting a personal mission statement is very important. For this first identify your personal strengths and then see how this can help others. This would give an idea of what your personal mission statement should look like.
You need to have a vision - Vision is not something only reserved for CEO’s. All of us need a reason to get out of bed every day. A compelling vision will provide the fire of passion to light up your days. Once you have a compelling vision you won’t need someone external to pump you up as you would be charged on your own. Create a vision for your life not only career b…