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Aspire to be a CEO: Avoid travelling with your bosses!

This rule is some what counter-intuitive. Most aspirants to the top jobs, usually jump at the opportunity to travel with the superiors. They think that travelling with bosses gives them that extra time to shine. Don’t do it. Good senior executives judge on results, not on clever conversations. Good top managers are also busy and […]

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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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Motivational video

Aspire to be- the BEST! Nothing comes easily – especially success. I found this video – very simple and supremely inspiring. What makes the difference between the person who is first and who comes behind! Watch this everyday! Go through this every single day- and motivate yourself to put in that effort- to bring the […]

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Aspire to be a CEO: Learn differentiated decision making.

One of those big myths about business decision making is about the inherent admiration of a aggressive, super-sure, quick decision maker. This strategy may be great in certain situations – not so good in others. Some decisions in haste can be reversed, altered or has little impact. These haste decisions are necessary if there is […]

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Aspire to be a CEO: Get closer to your customer. Be a salesman.

Is it a coincidence that majority of corporate Presidents started as a salesman or were sales people at some point in their career?Selling is a super critical function. Selling possibly is the only function that gets up close and personal to your customer. A sales person starts to  understanding customer’s likes, dislikes and idiosyncrasies. They […]

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Aspire to be a CEO: Add fuel to the fire!

Making an impact is a good thing. To leave a mark is a good thing. However in this destructive goal pursuit of ‘leaving a mark’ and ‘making an impact’ managers often reverse their predecessors decision and change things just to ‘leave a mark’ and ‘make an impact’.Successful CEOs from Jack Welch to Lou Gerstener, did […]

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Aspire to be a CEO: Don’t build empires and fiefdoms.

Another big myth from practicing managers is that they think that the biggest budget and the most people reporting to them is a guarantee to get them to the top. This probably was true in the days of kings not in today’s flat world.  Today, it is all (only) about doing more with less.Do more […]

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Aspire to be a CEO: Only bet on yourself!

When my nephew was seven years old, his favourite cricket team Deccan Chargers was clearly winning, with 12 runs needed off 36 balls and two wickets to spare. Convinced of the victory, he offered to bet his grandfather on the outcome of the game. His grandfather laughed and agreed. The stakes were $4.64, all they […]

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Aspire to be a CEO: Have Fun, Laugh!

Business is tough and may is not joy ride. That should not stop you from emanating joy and having fun along the way.As a manager, you are expected to to keep the team focussed towards the goal. You are supposed to to lead them through the journey. You can make the journey hard, grumpy and […]

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Aspire to be a CEO: Don’t hide the Elephant.

Big problems will always surface. Even if they are hidden unintentionally, the fall out is disastrous when they surface. The ‘hiders’ are always face a more serious censure than the ‘discoverers’. The discoverers are being safe. the ‘hiders’ were trying to cover up. the fall-out is not always nice.When you know of a big problem […]

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#LeadershipLesson: Follow the footsteps of your Boss!

‘Boss Bitching’ is a fad. An entertaining one, at that; though not the right one to take you to the top. All of us have heard people who can just complain and complain about their bosses – just give them an opportunity and they can rattle the worst things about their twenty-seven bosses through career. […]

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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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PASSing the E-mail test

The US economy loses over $900 billion annually in lost productivity and up to 28 percent of workers’ time due to information overload because of email. The impact is severe – not enough strategic thinking time, lack of work/life balance, and workflow breakdowns.With billions worth of lost productivity each year, many companies are questioning the […]

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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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Aspire to be a CEO? Never ever write a nasty email.

Well, wise men said it in the past and it is true even today – “before you utter something, count to 10, take a deep breath and then speak”. A friend of mine Arun Cavale often says – “What you have not said, you can always say later. What you have said, you can never […]

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Aspire to be a CEO? Treat all people as special.

People are people. They are more than people.They are mothers, fathers, friends, coaches, teachers, volunteers, photographers, charity workers and contributors. They can do a lot of things if they are appreciated and they can do it better if they are motivated and thanked.Successful managers make people feel special. People who work with excellent mangers feel […]

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Aspire to be a CEO? Make your Boss look a Star and your Boss’s Boss a super Star!

Q: How do you rise up in the organization? A: Take your Boss’s job faster than others.  Having said that, your Boss cannot vacate his job, unless he has a better job! So essentially it means two things1. Make your Boss look good so that he is promotable.2. Make yourself promotable by making your Boss’s […]

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Landing a dream job, not any job: Don’t send your CV (résumé)

For purposes of this series, we will be using résumé[1] and curriculum vitae[2] (CV), interchangeably. A CV with a ‘for everyone’ cover letter = junk mailA CV without a cover letter = waste paper. Imagine the fate of hundreds of direct mailers that you pick from the mailbox. Do they ever get into your door? In […]

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Watch this space – Landing a DREAM job…..

Close on the launch of the series -“Aspire to be a CEO: …” series, we are now starting another parallel series -“Landing a DREAM job, not any job…” Thank you all for the great support – feedback, tweets and retweets.Today’s workplace is super competitive and lot more dynamic. There are more and more awesome jobs; […]

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Four Rules of Time

There are four rules of time. 1. The first is that time is perishable. This means that it cannot be saved. In fact, time can only be spent. Because time is perishable, the only thing you can do with it is to spend it differently, to reallocate your time away from activities of low value […]

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Aspire to be a CEO? Always take the job that offers the most money$

Yes! You heard it right. I remember not so long ago reading Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, poor Dad said “Money is not the cause of all evil, lack of it is”. A very controversial statement, indeed. More so, in many cultures where making money = evil. Well if you believe in that, read no further […]

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Aspire to be a CEO?: Seek Line Jobs, Avoid Staff Jobs.

Why do we say that? Well for starters, let us see the difference between Line jobs and Staff jobs. Line jobs make money for your organization. In some places they are also called profit centers. Line jobs bring in money and have direct relationship with profit and loss. They impact the business and bottom line […]

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What do I want to be?

Ask this question constantly! What do I want to be? What do I love? What will I never tire of doing? What do I want to be in 5 years? What do I want people to remember me by? In today’s world, it is important that you aspire to do something that you really love!  […]

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Make Your Life a Masterpiece

This is the age of achievement. You have all the tools required to succeed in life. To create a masterpiece, that other can look up to.  It is for you to use these tools and make the most of what you have and achieve your true potential. This is an article by Brian Tracy. The […]

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Answer the Phone with Enthusiasm

Always answer the phone with enthusiasm in your voice and show your appreciation for the caller.In today’s times where telephonic conversation are over mobile phones and VOIPsare a norm, this aspect has become even more crucial in creating the first impression. We all are very perceptive when the person at the other end is just […]

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Sleep Less

Sleep less. Yes, you heard me right! Sleep Less.This is one of the best investments you can make to make your life more productive and rewarding. Most people do not need more than 6 hours to maintain an excellent state of health. Try getting up one hour earlier for 21 days and it will develop […]

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Mission Statement

You must have a mission statement in life. Everyone must have one. Imagine a company, an organization or an institution without one.This is simply a set of guiding principles which clearly state where you are going and where you want to be at the end of your life. A mission statement embodies your values. It […]

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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 Education–The Khan Way!

Aspire to …. do something different that touch a million lives! While browsing through the net looking for stuff to help my children learn about concepts better than they do in school, I happened on the Khan Academy.  In an era where everyone looks at monetizing their offerings, here is a special person who has […]

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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