Showing posts from March, 2016

10 Keys to make your Life a Masterpiece

I have identified 10 keys if followed consistently can surely help us achieve lasting success and fulfillment on our own terms. Here are the 10 Keys to make your life a masterpiece. Define your mission  - Without a mission it is very difficult to be excited about life. A few years back I defined my mission as "My mission is to maximise my potential and help others maximise theirs." This has driven me to read, learn, write and share whatever I have learnt. It has also helped me feel excited nearly every single day which is the biggest gift from having a mission. Stephen Covey mentioned this way back in 1989 with his habit "Begin with the End in Mind" and I think that is still valid today as it was then. Figure what you really want your life to stand for and you will automatically be excited about life. Define your values  - Just as an organization has values as individuals if you define values for your life you feel better aligned to your purpose. Some values

7 Keys to Effective Delegation

Delegation is a key skill of managers and individuals alike. Delegation moves you from what you can achieve individually to what you can achieve as a team. Delegation helps you multiply yourself and get more done in lesser time. Here are seven keys to effective delegation Assign the job to the right person  – You have to understand the strengths of each and every individual reporting to you. Once you understand that you can then match the job to be done with the capability of the individual. Once there is a match assign the task to them and your confidence in getting the work done will improve.  Don’t Micromanage  – Micromanagement is a term no one likes and that’s how it should be. I think once we follow the earlier step of matching the person to the job then the need for micromanagement decreases. The biggest sense of accomplishment that employees get is when they know that they are being entrusted with both accountability and responsibility. It also shows that you trust t

6 Keys to live in the moment

Happiness can be achieved only in the present moment because that’s the only moment we have. Most of the time unhappiness results from going through a negative event in the past or worrying about something that might happen in the future. Both of these thoughts are not constructive and will not result in long lasting happiness. The only way out of this is to be happy in the present moment. I recently read the book the Happiness Track by Emma Seppala and it was a good book. There was a mention of the six keys to live in the moment. Here they are with my take on each. Tap into your resilience  - Resilience is one of the most important qualities any one needs to succeed in an ever changing market environment. It is the ability to bounce back in spite of the inevitable setbacks. Some of the ways to develop resilience are craft a mission statement for your life, define your values, maintain an optimistic attitude and develop a high appreciation for life. Check out my article on 10 ke

8 Ways to Improve Well-Being at Work

Mandy Oaklander is one of my favorite columnists of Time Magazine. Earlier she wrote about resilience and now her latest article on new ways to improve well-being at work is timely and some of the strategies are counter-intuitive. As per this article a recent analysis of American workers found that disengagement at the office costs U.S. $550 billion each year, and work-related stress tacks on an additional $300 billion. Reb Rebele, a researcher with Wharton People Analytics at the University of Pennsylvania says “If your goal is feeling better, you need to get your head out of work.” Here are 8 ways to improve well-being at work as per the experts with my take on each  Do someone a five minute favor  – It has been well established that when we do something kind for someone else we feel better about ourselves. This means helping someone at work with their task or buying something for them actually makes you happier.  Play with a puppy  – Studies have shown that when employees