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Great Books

Some of the recent books I have read and found illuminating Daniel Pink 1.A Whole New Mind: This is an absolutely original book and the author has done a great job in helping us think out of the box. He argues that the new world order requires more creativity and right brainers will rule the future. His main argument is we should be able to do something that cannot be done cheaper overseas, computers cannot do it faster and that appeals aesthetically. He explains the process through Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play and Meaning. I really enjoyed this book with great stories and made a great impact on me. He also provides resources which are extremely useful. One of the examples he gives is to maintain a gratitude log so write on every birthday the number of things you are grateful for. The number of things you are grateful for should total the number of your years. Also maintain a daily gratitude log to be thankful daily for things that are good in your life. Select one day a week …

7 Keys to become an Inspiring Leader

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A leader as defined by John Quincy Adams is “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Following are the 7 keys I liked for anyone to become an inspiring leader in their field as identified by Jack Welch in his excellent book Winning with my take on each. Establish a compelling vision
Vision is a key trait identified across all leadership studies as a distinguishing factor between great leaders and others. A leader is a dealer in hope. Leaders have to excite the troops to come out and play for the team. The best way to do this is to create an exciting vision and then ensure the team buys into the vision. The most important step in getting this done is to communicate the vision to everyone in the team through all mediums of communication including email, letters, conferences and meetings. In order for the team to buy into the vision they should also be allowed to participate on the formation of vision and at times help in refin…