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Resilience is the Signature of Greatness

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Resilience is truly the signature of greatness. This line comes from Jim Collins in one of my favorite books Great by Choice. Please read this quote from Churchill “We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
Every great leader worth their salt were resilient. They believed in a cause larger than themselves and they defined themselves by impact and contribution. Finding our cause is the main aim of life in my opinion. Here are some ways we can display resilience and ensure we remain unperturbed by chaos and uncertainty. I have expanded each letter of the word Resilience.
Responsibility – As Harry Truman said, “The buck stops with me.” This is truly the attitude of the visionary leader. Always take responsibility for results. Give praise to the team when things go well and take the blame when things go …

8 Ways to Unleash the Inner Champion

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We all have champion qualities. For example, the book Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin clearly shows that genius is due more to deliberate practice than natural gifts. He persuasively argues with data that even superstars and child prodigies became great due to relentless practice and hard work. His main argument is this insight gives us less excuses to why we cannot be great. The two things he says you need to be a total champion is you need to know what you want. In other words, the only way you are going to be committed is to know exactly what you want. It is not a maybe but a clear set goals for which you are totally committed to. Once that is determined you need to decide if you believe you have a say in it. This means do you really believe that if you put in the practice you will attain the goals. If you do then as per the research with practice it is attainable. Here are the qualities I identified to be a total champion in all areas of your life.
Courage – This is not the t…

12 Rules for Life

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The 12 Rules for life by Jordan Peterson did resonate with me and has become quite a huge success. It made me come up with my own rules for life. Here are the 12 rules I came up with.
Develop a high appreciation for life – What you appreciate does appreciate more. Only if you develop a deep appreciation for your life will you feel happy and peaceful. You will understand that there is a deeper meaning for your existence. Love your life for what it is and it is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to bring our talents to light.
Appreciate your uniqueness – The fact is even identical twins are not same. This means we are all unique and I can’t be anyone else other than me. Even if I try to be someone else I will only be a poor imitation. So, appreciating the value of our uniqueness is a great starting point to enjoying life more. We are all in the game of life and each of us has a role to play. As they say the jungle is neutral and none of us are insignificant compared to each other no m…

5 practices of Effective Executives

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Peter Drucker is a business genius. He is a giant in the field of management. There are two books which has everything he has taught one is “The Essential Drucker” and “The Daily Drucker.” It is amazing how far ahead of his time he was. The other book which I like is The Effective Executive. Here are 5 practices of effective executives.
Know where your time goes – This is such a simple suggestion but so effective. Anytime we feel that we don’t have enough time all we need to look at is where the time goes. Once you have that you can then eliminate the non-value adding activities to free up time for more value adding activities. In my opinion this is what time management is.
Focus on outward contributions – The bottom line is the results we produce that determine our success. We should really understand what the final victory looks like for us and our organizations.
Build on strengths – Drucker is truly famous for saying this. It is better to focus on strengths and align your work to …