Friends, I am starting a new chapter in my professional life. I will be joining CA Technologies as Sr. Vice President of Business Unit Executive this coming Monday. Some of you may already know CA Technologies as it has been in the Technology business for some time now. CA specializes in IT solutions that help… Continue reading New chapter
If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again. I have been trying to reduce my weight for several years now without much success. This has been one of the most difficult personal goal for me to accomplish during the last several years. Like with countless other folks around the world - my goal… Continue reading Achieving elusive personal goal
This is an exciting time for people working in the technology field. Technology landscape is constantly changing and not a period goes by when we don't hear about innovation happening all around us. In fact, we experience most of the innovation as consumer sooner these days. So one has to keep investing in personal growth… Continue reading Change
Key stakeholders of a company are its shareholders, customers and its employees. Businesses are organized for the benefit of its shareholders. Nevertheless, the question of corporate priorities and which one should come first, second, or last – is a never ending debate. From a company board and business order of priority perspective the answer would… Continue reading Employees, Customers and Shareholders – who comes first?
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. ~ Tao I enjoy meeting people who are self-aware. I look for the opportunity to work with them wherever possible. Working with them usually turns out to be a great experience where I end up gaining more and… Continue reading Know thyself
In various conversations - I usually get asked question that imply something like "how I got to where I am now". My usual reply to those questions has always been something like: "My professional life is shaped by 2 things. Leading change and having great mentors". I suspect this will remain same for my professional… Continue reading About Mentors and Change
"It was my tongue that swore; my heart is unsworn" - Euripides We all have personally experienced, heard or seen examples where an individual or team accomplish goals that otherwise was seen hard to accomplish. It is the kind of stories that surprise people involved. You know about it when you experience it. And I am sure… Continue reading Wanna play? Can you commit?
Life is full of paradoxes. All of us experience it on daily basis. Business life is no exception either. Few examples: Seek consensus or seek difference of opinion: Looking for consensus? But difference of opinion is what bring individuality and makes a place aspiring. However, you need a level of consensus to build buy-in for successful… Continue reading Paradox in business life
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. - Charles Darwin In our life time - we saw: Computers came to life. And shrank in size as fast as they came while becoming extremely powerful Computers… Continue reading In our lifetime…
Earlier today, I stumbled on this video clip of John Chambers speaking to Harvard Business on few of the things changing on the organization front. It is vital in the current day and age where increasingly changing landscape and global competition that continue to shape things faster than ever before. The need to scale our… Continue reading Teamwork and Collaboration
This is in continuation to the earlier post...Here are few things I do more consciously than ever before in my own leadership journey: 1. Hire bright people and get out-of-the-way. It has been my rule #1 forever. Leaders are responsible for bringing in the bright talent and establish right organization processes/structure necessary that encourages desirable… Continue reading Leadership by Influence – Part Deux
Command and Control style leadership is outdated. Gone are the days when an organization look up to the leader and expect all the answers - or have leaders that expect to answer everything. It limits what an organization can accomplish. Leaders who expect to have their fingers in every hole and micro manage stops much… Continue reading Collaborative Leadership – Leadership by Influence
Life is about rhythms. Establish good rhythms and life become humming...likewise fail to establish rhythm and soon we are panting leaving us out of breath. Rhythms are important both in personal life and in professional life. Right rhythms help achieve what we care about and bring desired change. Like I have some rhythms around personal… Continue reading Rhythms
In the current day and age - web technologies has made building communities very easy. Also, Communities are extremely helpful in solving everyday challenges and come in every shape, size and cause. Social communities come together for common good and find each other supportive that see greater success. However, be watchful while building social communities to… Continue reading Community versus Mob
"Your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing" - Abraham Lincoln Simple formula for success: Make commitment on regular basis - large or small - with a conviction. And then do whatever it takes to make it happen. At times we just fail to commit either for the fear of failure… Continue reading Succeed by committing
Although it is an hour long video - but captures well why in today's world it is vital for everyone to remain connected with their customers and help spread ideas. Also, Seth has great delivery and captures this topic so eloquently. It is fun to hear some of his usual examples around slice bread or purple cow.… Continue reading Ideas that spread – wins!
I find myself in more situations lately educating others or asking others to embrace social media as part of professional life. It has become a norm for start up companies where social media is part of life. However, in established companies it is a journey: some leap forward and others need hand holding to get… Continue reading Share your ideas – Social Media 101
This one is funny. It takes one to start the party... Also, remind me of a quote..."one person can change the world"
I love reading books. Books have been helpful and insightful in guiding me all along. Beside several great mentors who supported, coached and guided me along - I credit few good business books in shaping my thought process thus far. My younger daughter, Mansi, is another bookworm. Over the last 2 years or so -… Continue reading Bookworm
Are you the CEO of your destiny who is investing towards your future - learning and sharpening the game? Great musicians never stop trying to improve; great athletes never stop trying to improve - so why should that not be true for everyone else. However, it is rather common that many of us stop investing… Continue reading Me Inc.
While driving back home yesterday, I tuned in to the NPR as a routine habit. At that time, I happen to catch a story on Fishermen’s life – particularly how they deal with the highs and lows in their life. In fact it is the only way of life a fisherman knows. Various thought sparked… Continue reading Be a fisherman
Tough time present opportunities otherwise not available. Current economic environment is just one such opportunity. Much depend on how we as individuals act and enable others to act to make the best of it. It is our collective attitude that determine how an organization will fare as the rough weather passes. Few thoughts: 1. Know… Continue reading Difficulties mastered are opportunities won
To say the least - last couple of weeks have been rough in the financial market. It is hard to bring trust back in the system particularly after seeing retirement or life savings getting wiped off. It takes a while to come to term with things. On the other hand - it is the time… Continue reading Buy American
Both China and India largely used to be the nation of bicycle. Both countries are growing leaps and bounds. I just hope both countries can find a good balance between modernization and tradition to keep the pendulum from moving too far. Also, hopefully learn from what West is trying to do to encourage more eco-friendly… Continue reading Can east keep its edge
Call about creativity. There was a time when producing such a video would have been an effort. Now it is child's play. Anyway - Ayushi, my elder daughter nominated to run for the Presidency by her friends. Easy to pull such pranks now. Here is the video link - check it out!!! and may be… Continue reading Vote for my daughter – Next President
I grew up in India so not sure how I would have looked during 70's and 80's in US. Particularly how my high school yearbook portrait would have been. Now one can visit yearbookyourself and travel back in time to create portrait from yester-years. Check it out:
$4 Trillion and counting - that is how much market cap of the financial sector has reduced in the current meltdown taking with it the nest egg of so many... New York times has a good interactive map showing the meltdown and change among major players. Check it out. Here is an interesting punch -… Continue reading Ouch!!!
I enjoy watching Olympics and this inaugural weekend was no exception. It was fun. It is amazing how host country keep setting a new bar every time during these mega opening shows. This one was no cheap and came at a price of $300M. I like knowing about various other countries, its athletes and their stories. Traditionally, Olympics… Continue reading Keep on trying…
Earlier today, I was watching an interview of Arnold Schwarzenegger on ABC. In response to a question he quoted his belief around "Well done is better than well said". I love it... Action just speak louder than the words. It is great to be of creative mind and think new ideas. But the fun is in converting those… Continue reading Well done is better than well said…
I just wrapped up Fareed Zakaria's book titled "Post American World". It is a good read and attempts to provide macro view of the world; discusses trends and perspective on things to come/shape future in the next couple of decades. Here are the excerpts from the book covered on Newsweek. Here is Fareed's interview on BBC providing glimpse… Continue reading Globalization: Rise of the rest