Water hypocrisy

The other day, I observed a friend doing the dishes with water left running on. A voice in my head screamed in disapproval as I felt a lot of water was being wasted unnecessarily. Rather than say anything however, I just proceeded to wash my own dishes and regulated the water usage as I normally do. (I did […]

Bill Campbell style 1:1s

Managers in companies all over the world conduct recurring 1:1 meetings with their direct reports to make sure they’re aligned on key priorities. Image source Bill Campbell, executive coach to the top executives at Google, had a suggested approach to the 1:1. Instead of leaving the conversation open, he required both the manager and the […]

Relax hard

We talk about working hard, partying hard, studying hard, and playing hard. We don’t talk nearly enough about relaxing hard. One of the best things I’ve learnt to do is to relax hard. This means switching off from anything that sounds remotely productive, sleeping till you’ve paid back any remaining sleep debt from the past few […]

Teaching without teaching

As I reflect on people I’ve learnt a tremendous amount from, I realize that the common thread is that they’ve taught me an incredible amount… without ever intending to teach me anything. A dear friend and I have a phrase we use from time to time when we talk about the people dear to us and […]

Privilege and thanksgiving

I thought of two related ideas today – privilege and thanksgiving. When I thought of privilege, I thought of Paul Bernal’s excellent post – “A few words on privilege.” If you haven’t read it, I would highly recommend it. The last two paragraphs have stayed with me over these years. Whoever you are, however intelligent […]

Spending time with my dark side

As preparation for an upcoming project, I read 2 interesting books this Saturday – “Why CEO’s Fail” and “The Wisdom of the Enneagram.” Both books explore various personality types in great detail and explore both the best and worst of these types. I found “Why CEO’s Fail” simpler to digest and thought I’d share what I […]

Leadership and a bigger heart

There’s so much said about leadership. And, rightly so. Leadership isn’t a cloak you can wear for a few hours and remove at the end of the day. Once you take up responsibility, you are expected to be accountable for the results of everyone you lead (and this could just be yourself). Everything you do […]

David Allen on Re-entry

There’s a David Allen story about re-entry that I love. He had been stuck at a certain Karate level and had been working really hard to make a break through. Try as he might, he just couldn’t. Frustrated, he decided to take a break for a few weeks. When he came back a few weeks later, […]