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The Upside of Situational Leadership That Everyone Is Talking About

Leadership differs from management in a very fundamental way. Management doesn’t have to involve inspiring or motivating others. Situational leadership is a specific style of leadership, where your leadership style is dependent on the situation. You could be leading b either delegating, supporting, coaching o directing depending on the team and complexity of the task.  […]

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Ask Me Anything: 10 Answers Before You Turn Entrepreneur

In my article in 2016, I had written “Turn Entrepreneur in 2016 (8 Reasons)”. 2 years later, I revisit those reasons and see if it is still valid and see what has changed? 1.   Entrepreneurs Are The New Black – $100bn In VC Investments Despite all the uncertainties in the global markets, entrepreneurship continues to […]

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Digital Marketing in 2018. Be prepared.

Digital Marketing in 2018. Be prepared with good infographic from @MDGAvertising

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5 simple lessons – Build a culture, the Starbucks way

I have always been fascinated by Starbucks. Who is not? I am a coffee addict, and what better place to have those gazillion start-up meetings and those brain storming sessions other than Starbucks. The Wi-Fi is incidental, and so are the Espresso-double shots. What fascinated me is the experience in a Starbucks that is consistent […]

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Be the Influence Ninja – Tips and Traps [Part 2]

In my earlier post, “Part 1: What Influencer are you? [6 types]” [Link], I shared with you the 6 types of Influence – Coercive, Reward, Position, Expert, Personal and Information. We also saw how leadership is all about influencing people. We also shared on how different people can be influenced and are willing to be influenced. […]

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Part 1: What Influencer are you? [6 types]

If you have been a leader in whatever capacity, you must learn to use one thing – Influence. While, Influence can have different connotations for different people, Influence is determined by only one thing – the ability to achieve desired outcomes. Leadership is all about influencing people. Understanding why and how different people can be […]

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6 Questions to Build a High Performance Team

Over the last twenty years, I spent a major part of my career in leadership roles. This had given me an opportunity to work with people in the dozens of roles, that panned across many organizations, countries. It was also a wonderful opportunity to manage scores of teams and learn from many managers. I was […]

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Landing a dream job; not any job: Tackling the ‘personal’ questions

Interview – Personal Questions – A boon or a bane__________________________________ What did they ask?Pat comes the reply – “personal questions.” … It was too cool. They did not ask about the subjects. I slogged on the course revisions four times in vain. Then all they had to ask was to talk about myself. In ten […]

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People Friday – The new address for Aspire2Be

Hi, it’s an important day for us. Finally after many years on the web as aspire2be, we have moved to a domain peoplefriday.xyz Almost all of us have aspirations. Aspirations make us, us. And we are all people. People First. Aspirations energise people, and we aim to achieving those aspirations. It does not matter when […]

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Aspire to be a CEO: Four Essentials for Happiness

Sorce: By: Brian Tracy/ email 03/09/09 You may have a thousand different goals over the course of your lifetime, but they all will fall into one of four basic categories. Everything you do is an attempt to enhance the quality of your life in one or more of these areas. The Key to Happiness The […]

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Personal Development for the 21st Century: Forgiveness is The Act of Unchaining Yourself

Over the last couple of months, I have struggled with this.  Carrying years of negative energy, anger at people who I once trusted, and who let me down- all that affected me all these years.  It has started again now- and I am trying my level best to move on.   This was a wake […]

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Seven Personality Traits of Top Salespeople

Steve W. Martin Steve W. Martin teaches sales strategy at the USC Marshall School of Business. His latest book on sales linguistics is Heavy Hitter Sales Psychology: How to Penetrate the C-level Executive Suite and Convince Company Leaders to Buy. If you ask an extremely successful salesperson, “What makes you different from the average sales […]

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Tips for those with a Sales Career: Creative Selling

In this post, I want to share with you a few key characteristics of successful sales people and how they differ from the normal sales people. You would probably agree the majority view that successful sales people meet their quotas, are happy with their profession and are enthusiastic about their customer satisfaction. On the contrary, […]

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Aspire to be a CEO? Overpay your people

Contrarian? Not really!If a person needs to be paid $5,000 a month, he will know. You pay him $4750, he will know and he will feel cheated. He will not go that extra mile or work that extra hour. Some how, he will find a way to punish you – mentally, physically or financially – […]

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Aspire to be a CEO: Be an icon*!

 Anyone can be someone under the sun To be a face in the crowd, one must be an icon *Becoming an icon demands moremore than just flowing with the current an icon acts with responsibility and integrityan icon believes in his causean icon can differentiate between unreal and realan icon cares for peoplean icon defies the […]

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Aspire to be a CEO: Learn to juggle the three balls.

  Learn this fundamental equation about life. Your life can be broadly classified into three areas Family Career Money     The beautiful interplay of these three facets is unceasing and perpetual. Needless to say different aspects require different focus at different times. You may for example, start off early in life with a focus on […]

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Aspire to be a CEO? For your life’s sake, Have a Goal

FREE Download of an exclusive Goal Sheet template – Goal Sheet_aspire2be.pdf; In football or hockey you need goals to win. A goal is a result of successful effort – No Goals, No Glory. Let us look at another example – Even before a pilot takes off from an airport, he needs to know his destination. […]

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How do you manufacture the 25th hour each day

One wise man said 10 years ago: “They only manufacture watches. Wish they could manufactured time” Circa 2010, the wise man rephrased his earlier statement: “They still cannot manufacture time, but each individual can” And here is how the wise man realised how one can manufacture the 25th hour. Just do one thing – Do […]

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The Art of Talking: Be an Active Listener

Over the weekend, my wife asked me a sudden and seemingly simple question. “How does one talk to people and make a good conversation?” My answer was spontaneous almost as if it was a programmed – “Simple, Just be an active Listener?”She repeated her question again, this time with a slightly stern voice – “I […]

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Aspire to be a CEO? Practice Multitasking

Moving up the ladder requires you to do many tasks at the same time. They may be managing multiple projects, juggling things to do, manage people and expectations to just name a few. This also requires the coordination of efforts of several people, each of whom is responsible for a part of the job, with […]

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Realize your dream – in three steps

There are three steps to realize your dreams. They are inter-related and interdependent. This awareness helps you to program your mind and take charge. Only when you learn to take charge of your new and positive self, can you control your future. My Ideal: The first part of creating your dream is to create a […]

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Aspire to be a CEO? Keep Physically Fit.

Your brain will make you money, but it is your body that carries your brain. The better shape your physical health is better is your mental health – the greater is your capacity to be productive and efficient. And there is another good reason. Ninety-five percent of people trying to climb the corporate ladder are […]

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#LeadershipLesson Aspiring to be a CEO? Are you a CEO? Always take vacations.

Remember those braggers, who claim that they have never taken a vacation in years. He or she must be a fool or a very poor manager. You should be able to set people, systems and processes in such a way that they can function without you. How else will you be able to go out […]

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Aspire to be a CEO? Do something Hard and Lonely

 Contrary to popular notion of doing something in group, Do something Hard, Do something Lonely. Practice something very individualistic and something that that most others will be unwilling to do. This will help you feel tough, help you concentrate, boost your ego and make you feel special. It will mentally prepare you for the business […]

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Management by Moving Away

Over the weekend my wife posed me an interesting question – “How can we tell leaders to be less intimidating, even when their influence on subordinates is unintentional?”  I quipped – “Is it me, you are talking about?”, since both of us work in the same firm and I happen to be its CEO. On […]

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Formal Employment is a Myth

Over the last few weeks, I have been inundated with phone calls and emails from friends and colleagues most of whom have lost their jobs because of ‘the economy’. Barring a few exceptions, I believe that most of them were worthy performers with commendable capabilities. Each of them had some worthy skills and unique talents. […]

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Understanding Fiscal Stimulus

Check out this SlideShare Presentation: Understanding Fiscal Stimulus View more documents from Rajesh Soundararajan.

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Business is Social: Implementing Social Media Strategy in Business (Part 2 of 2)

In my earlier post of Business is Social:…, I shared the size of the market was and the lovable demographics social media presents. In this second and final part, I will share with you the basic steps of getting there. Before I proceed I want to share with you a personal sorry that occurred a […]

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Business is Social: Making a case for Social Media Strategy in Business (Part 1 of 2)

  In my consulting assignments and workshop on social media, participants ask me the same question again and again. The top three questions are – “Why do we as a business need to be there?” “Facebook is for friends and Twitter is there for celebrities, not for real businesses”. “We are a professional organization, not […]

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Free Download of three things, to help you plan your 2011

FREE Download of an exclusive Goal Sheet template – Goal Sheet_aspire2be.pdf;  Free Download of the 2011 aspire2be Monthly Blossoms Calendar  Free Download of the 2011 aspire2be  Yearly Morning Orchids Calendar