It’s okay

Can the emotional culture of an organization be codified? The unwritten rules of an org/ team almost always exceeds the written. Does it help to have them stated? Giles Turnbull, created one for new hires at the U.K. Government Digital Service. He drafted a list, asked his colleagues to add other ideas, and then designed... Continue Reading →

Faith or Trust

What do we need on the team - Faith or Trust? Is it one and the same thing? Faith is not evidence based. Trust is. For the same reason, faith cannot be explained while trust, usually an outcome of faith, is conscious. Faith is belief based and trust is action based. E.g. When the pandemic... Continue Reading →

Black Swan

The other day, my daughter asked me to help her draw a swan. I did. She wasn't happy with the results. Try convincing a 6yo that Black Swans are a thing. For ages, the world had thought that all swans were white. Until one black swan spotted in Australia, in the 1600s, destroyed an assertion... Continue Reading →

The Power of Vulnerable Leadership

A Leader is judged not only during a crisis. A Leader faces the test every single day. Reminds me of the surprise tests at school. Can't complain of the out of syllabus questions. Can't google for answers. Traditionally, leaders faced the constant pressure of being right. They felt judged for what they thought, said and... Continue Reading →

Project Management for kids

Back to school!! 🏫🤩 This time to discuss, with about 80 high school students, how to Manage Life's Projects, through Project Management methodologies. Personally, this was a very special session for me. I am of the belief that Project Management is not just for PMs. It's an enabling life skill. Many schools introduce project work... Continue Reading →

The Cobra Effect

When did you last attempt a solution that made the actual problem worse? 🙃 I bet it happens to the best of us - at home, at work- when well-intended decisions to fix a problem make the problem worse, usually when not well-thought through. Just learned that there's a term for it, thanks to Bryan Kearney.... Continue Reading →

The Neuroscience of Trust

Chanced upon this five-year-old HBR article on designing high-trust cultures. Not only does trust create a meaningful difference in the culture but yields a long-lasting effect on talent retention or performance. The stats may have changed but the underlying research and recommendations may still be valid. 8 Management Behaviors to foster trust 1. Recognize excellence ⭐Recognition... Continue Reading →

Daily Dose of Inspiration

This 10-second episode, 10 years back, inspires me even today.✨✨ As I sped down the office stairs to my waiting cab, I slowed down at the second floor to absorb an unfamiliar scene. The front office boy, at one of the offices, was seated on the steps. Oblivious to his surroundings, he read aloud the... Continue Reading →

The Terminal

"I Wait!" The iconic retort by the protagonist from a small Eastern European country who's stranded at the JKF airport, NY. The adaptation of a true story, The Terminal is about what a foreign civilian did, while he was trapped for months at an airport lounge Well he did more than just pull out that... Continue Reading →

The leader’s privilege and responsibility

"Being a leader is a privilege and a responsibility" - K.K. Shailaja Nuggets of wisdom and inspiration from Shailaja teacher- former Health minister Kerala, delivering the KeyNote at WITI (Women in Technology International) India annual summit. A recipient of multiple awards and accolades from the UN to Vogue, she shared her thoughts on leadership, service, and teamwork.... Continue Reading →

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