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Time management isn’t limited to carving out your ‘studio time’. There is a lot before and after. Achieving personal success requires efficient and productive use of time. Life is nothing but an accumulation of moments into days, weeks, months and years.

Time exists ‘outside’ of us. Passage of time is inevitable. The ability to manage time requires the ability to manage ‘energy’, which is ‘inside’ of us and therefore controllable. Such energy manifests itself as physical, mental and spiritual energy. Time cannot be made either. It is about having energy.

Time as a concept has resonance at a macro level…

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Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing the six-word story “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.”

There are new kids on the block who are surprisingly- and remotely — not linked to literature. Both write even shorter ones than this classic and run world’s largest governments. One went on to become the president of the US with his classic ‘Make America Great Again’. …

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The workplace is intense these days as the pressure to perform builds. Our individual and collective effort to exercise patience is being tested today more than ever before. The more you start paying attention to yourself and those around you, the more you start realizing that most of us are living in a routine of rushing that doesn’t seem to have an end.

Kabir, the famous Indian Sufi saint had the following to say:

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“Anyone whose goal is ‘something higher’ must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us; it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.” ― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Think of that brightest one in your class back in school or college. Did they change the world or achieve extraordinary success?

Umpteen number of studies from time to time throw up statistics to show that achievers of the…

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1. Start-ups are not smaller versions of large organisations. Bonsai has a different life and game plan as compared to large trees. The two should not be compared and start-ups should not be expected to emulate the large organisation.

2. Start-ups do not adhere to a ‘set’ business plan — in most of the cases the challenge is to find one. As Mike Tyson famously said on his opponent’s pre-fight strategies: everyone has a plan till they get punched in the face. …

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Humanity is more technologically powerful than ever before and yet we feel ourselves to be increasingly vulnerable. Why? We are at crossroads and the time is opportune to build a better tomorrow for our posterity. Our future may just depend on it!

In the evolution of mankind, as societies became more and more ‘civilised’, certain kind of social structures, social order and social hierarchies started to emerge.

The ancient Indian society had four classes (called Varnas) — Brahmin (the educated class), Kshatriya (the warrior class), Vaishya (the mercantile class) and Shudra (the serving class). …

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Full-time employment has come of age — having evolved to today include worker protections, benefits and the works. ‘The other 99 percent’ happily work for a few others and the model earns respect for and from the constituents in the society.

Internet and the age of start-ups seem to be posing a challenger however. The internet brought upon us the first instance of a crowd-based economic model in mid-2000s pioneered perhaps by YouTube and followed quickly by eBay with its peer-to-peer facilitation of exchange of second hand goods.

And now it’s becoming personal!

Today Uber (ride hailing) and Air b-n-b…

Things that no one else but only the CEO can do and must do. It requires awareness, intent and conscious action — the reason why you should care.

I was fortunate to become a CEO of an MNC in my early thirties. The year was 2005. Most of the advice that I came across was oriented towards giving directions on how not to mess up.

2005 was also when Peter F Drucker passed away. I looked up the maverick management guru’s insights on the role of a CEO. …

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We all err in thinking that the concept of leadership was invented in the late 20th Century by management gurus. Many classic works of literature and history express the meaning of leadership, for leaders have always interested poets and historians as a subject.

After all, prophets (Buddha, Jesus Christ, the Rabbis, Prophet Mohammad, Mahavir et al) were great leaders of their people too. Some insights from these leaders of men:

Values: In Jainism, there is a strong emphasis on values and self-discipline. Every Jain is encouraged to minimise harm to any living being and live a life of simplicity and…

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Learning is a virtue for leaders. The two are inextricably linked, as is reflected in this Zen Master story. A martial arts student went to a teacher and declared that he wanted to learn the system. How long would it take? The teacher replied, “Ten years.” The impatient student said, “But I want to master it faster than that, I will work very hard, practice ten or more hours a day if necessary. How long would it then take?” The teacher replied, “Twenty years.”

Real learning is transformative and changes us as people, deep inside our hearts and minds, which…


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