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I asked Larry Page, Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey how they felt starting their companies. Their answers caught me off guard.

If you do the math, becoming an entrepreneur is insane. The odds of success are tiny; failure is almost guaranteed. To make the leap, you have to be fearless.   Or so I thought.   I spent the past three years working on a book, Originals, about the people who ...

Self-Awareness: The Foundation of Emotional Intelligence

A middle manager for a large retail chain thinks of himself as a “get-it-done” kind of guy. If asked about his leadership style, he’ll tell you that he is clear and assertive in making sure his subordinates know what needs to be done and when. If his department doesn’t meet ...

The Dangers of Being Authentic

Over the past few decades, psychologists have given a revealing survey to more than 23,000 people at work. Here are some of the items—you can answer them true or false: My behavior is usually an expression of my true inner feelings, attitudes, and beliefs. I would not change my opinions (or the ...

Respect Disagreement for Alignment

Spending close to 25 years in corporate world, I encountered various situations discussing and debating about alignment and agreement. It is an interesting subject and we need to dig deeper to take it as a learning. When we have harmony of intention, it is commonly referred as Alignment. Whereas harmony ...

Old Proverb “Silence is Golden” Does Not Apply to The Corporate World!

He was much sought after due to his position in the industry built over a period of time with credible success across his stints in various industries. The companies he collected were big brands that added value to partners who provided solutions and basked in reflected glory. The industry loved ...

When You Make a Mess, Have Fun Cleaning It Up

One morning last week, I made myself a bowl of oatmeal, poured an iced tea, and headed towards my home office. But I was already preoccupied with work and not really paying attention. My toe caught the edge of the second step. Wham! Oatmeal and tea splattered everywhere.At ...

How to Build a Strong Second Rung Team

Behind the success of many leaders is a highly efficient second rung. Granting the credit where it is due, Lalit Popli, Head – IT, ICICI Prudential AMC believes that the responsibility imbibed by the next level of his team is what really frees him up from routine work such that ...

More Ways to Be Ridiculously Likable

Gimme one second… wait… I know I should be opening this article, but my son just texted me and… let me see… why is this so complicated?… I just want to check the movie times… no, I don’t want Bridgeport, I want Norwalk – why doesn’t this website know ...

Five Ways to Get Anyone to Do Anything You Want

Many years ago when I was earning my MBA at Wharton, students raved about a course Dr. Charles Dwyer taught in the education department. (The course might as well have been taught on Mars, but Dr. Dwyer was good enough to attract vast hordes of MBA students.) The ...

Dear CIO, Don’t just align, be the business!

More than two decades back starting my life as an IT leader, I had aspirations to be an industry first and transform the company and leverage the then technological innovation – the “Internet”. Consultants and vendors joined the rising crescendo – if you are not on the Internet, your ...

Aligning Millennial Workforce to Larger Goals Helps Max Healthcare CIO Retain Them

The fight for the millennial workforce is gearing up and the battle is fast moving to the CIO court. In one of my previous blogs, I wrote about the growing onus on the CIO to attract and retain the millennial workforce as new technologies become a key tactic to ...

Three Lies About Meaningful Work

In the 1980s, when Steve Jobs was trying to lure John Sculley away from Pepsi to join Apple, he clinched the deal with a single question: “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life or do you want to come with me and change ...

The CIO Role: Very Much Alive and Rising in Influence

Doubters of the CIO role and function, here’s some bad news for you: a new global survey reveals “an undeniable increase in the influence of the CIO.” The survey, conducted by Harvey Nash, a leading professional recruitment firm, and consulting major KPMG, notes that more CIOs now report directly ...

Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate

NORMALLY, I would have finished this column weeks ago. But I kept putting it off because my New Year’s resolution is to procrastinate more. I guess I owe you an explanation. Sooner or later. We think of procrastination as a curse. Over 80 percent of college students are plagued ...

Politicos Fuel Corporate Politics Impacting Individual and Enterprise Performance

This is the last part of the trilogy on how people impact enterprises. Click for Part 1 and Part 2.   Position bestows power; power brings superiority; superiority brings attitude; attitude brings the feeling of superiority and invincibility to some; at this point sycophants start flocking the powerful like flies ...