Tuesday, October 14, 2008


A thought came to my mind, thought of sharing it with you - In business or job, build competencies which are hard to build, because then they will be harder to compete, copy, match or excel. Serving people is one of them :)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Get Brilliant at Asking!

I am great at making commitments to myself but if it were not for my commitment buzzer, my wife Shweta, I would have missed at least a couple of them. so here I am visiting a shopping mall with my parents and brothers(who are visiting us) on the weekend and wife reminds me of my commitment to take them to a restaurant close which I love because of its innovative ambiance and its lovely food (I am a big foodie!) In one section of this restaurant there is this train coupe' which is the center attraction of this restaurant. The only glitch is that it serves only 4 people at a table. Now coming to this restaurant and not sitting in the coupe' on the same table with the whole family doesn't make sense. So what did I do? I went and asked the manager permission for all 6 of us to sit in the coupe’. I didn't push. I was polite. And I gave him the solution upfront so that he can think about it instead of thinking for the possible solution. And he agreed! But the brilliance of asking doesn't stop here. After 15 minutes into the dinner, my commitment buzzer buzzed again. In the midst of all the shopping excitement, we had forgotten that it's my brothers' birthday tomorrow and though we have bought and baked two cakes for them, we have forgotten to buy birthday cards for them. I rushed down the mall where there is an Archies shop (I consider them a constant workshop of innovation and creativity - two skills which differentiate extraordinary from ordinary leaders) But I was late. As I reached the shop, the shop has already flipped the board other way round stating it to be closed and the shopkeeper was doing book keeping. Here again, the brilliance of asking worked! I asked and he let me in for 5 minutes which was more than enough for me to find two beautiful cards for my brothers.

At times we let the opportunities slip out of hands thinking that perhaps asking might not help and later regret it wondering what would have happened if we would have asked for it. I have experienced it my self that whenever I have asked for something, I have got something out of it, if not the thing asked, then the wisdom to ask it in an even better way or time.

Think about it. Asking helps!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Talent Vs Skills

4 World Titles (3 Billiards and 1 Snooker) and 2 Asian Billiards Titles to his credit. –Pankaj Advani at the age of 23

Youngest woman ever to become a chess grandmaster which she achieved in 15 years, 1 month, 27 daysKoneru Humpy at the age of 21

Ever wondered what is common between the two apart from them being Indians and sports people.

Yes, you guessed it right – They are young achievers, demonstrating to each one of us in this world that success sees no age.

But guess what they have something more common than just being young achievers. They both have exceptionally extraordinarily talent and perhaps that’s the reason why there is only one Pankaj Advani and one Koneru Humpy in the world.

Talent is something which you are born with while skills can be acquired by working on them over a period of time.

So, how do we define a leader?

Some one who inspires people around him/her; some one who is worth emulating.

And that is why leadership demands skill not talent.

Every one of us can and in fact is a leader in his/her own right. You don’t need to adorn a fancy designation or title to be one. You can be starter in a company and still be a leader.

All you need is not to do things which you will be embarrassed of if they happen to publish in tomorrow’s newspaper. All you need to do is be a person whose audio is in sync with his video.

I wish all of you a very best of luck to be a leader in your organization, family and friends I challenge you to impact the lives of the people around you positively by being the one, people around you want to emulate. Believe me it sometime will be a lonely job at times not because very few people can do it but because very few do it. But then we need more leaders - to lead us in a better world.