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Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

Lessons Learned by the Mistakes of Travis Kalanick

Lessons Learned by the Mistakes of Travis Kalanick

Two weeks ago I talked about the ethical challenges leaders and organizations face in this age of acceleration. Well it couldn’t have timed better. Last week Travis Kalanick stepped away from the organization he built and led, Uber, for an indefinite leave of absence. In his message to employees he stated “If we are going to work on Uber 2.0, I also need to work on Travis 2.0 to become the leader that this company needs and that you deserve.” It’s a bold move for a leader, particularly when he has to admit he’s made mistakes and then to walk away from the company he created with so much passion. Such decisions are never easy, but they are sometimes necessary for an organization to sustain its growth, rebuild its tarnished reputation and facilitate a bounce back. Over the years Uber has had its fair share of controversies and scandals. But all that hasn’t stopped it from growing exponentially – yet. The board, however, finally decided that it’s had enough....

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Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

How to Effectively Build an Exponential Team

How to Effectively Build an Exponential Team

Most organizations generally have two types of employees – those who tackle daily transactional matters and those who’re agitated to do more. Most managers and leaders build teams with a balance of both types so that transactional and strategic matters can collectively be addressed. But not exponential leaders. They build exponential teams! What’s an exponential team? While a team with an incremental mindset works hard to make things better, with an exponential mindset that same team can converge their effort to make things different. And by doing so they support their organization to achieve exponential growth that’s not merely 10%, but instead it’s 10X. As a leader, if you’re pursuing a dream to exponentially grow your organization you’ll need the support of an exponential team. And here’s how you can build such a team. 1. Mindset and Alignment to MTP The exponential mindset is probably the number one pivotal point in your team’s strive for excellence. Most team’s operate with an incremental mindset that helps them achieve linear growth....

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Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

How the Age of Acceleration is Ethically Challenging Organizations

How the Age of Acceleration is Ethically Challenging Organizations

We live in an age of acceleration. A time when organizations are aiming to grow exponentially. And not just monetarily, but more importantly in terms of geographical presence, the need for talented and skilled human capital, rapid innovation and enriched customer experiences. This hunt for exponential growth has forced organizations to be at an arms war as they fight for top talent, scarce resources and customer acquisition. All the while they’re aspiring to be relevant, the preferred brand and the employer of choice. It’s a tough world out there – you could say it’s like the Wild West! When there’s so much at stake and the stress levels of delivering are so high do organizations find it hard to avoid cutting a few corners? Do their practices remain ethically sound? A Troubled Corporate World Ever so often we hear of global organizations involved in scandals. There was the VW Group with its emissions scandal – the group is still working out strategies to clean up its tarnished image. Mitsubishi...

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Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Transformational Leadership |

How To Achieve Greatness Being an Exponential Leader

How To Achieve Greatness Being an Exponential Leader

In an interview with Popular Science magazine Amar Bose, the founder and once Chairman of Bose Corporation said “I would have been fired a hundred times at a company run by MBAs. But I never went into business to make money. I went into business so that I could do interesting things that hadn’t been done before.” That’s precisely the mindset that defines exponential leaders and empowers them with the ability to aim for and achieve greatness. It’s no secret that chasing your dreams, interests and passion is far more rewarding for your pursuit to achieve greatness than purely being on the hunt for monetary gains. You’ll hit roadblocks and needless frustration knowing that you’re unable to grow your business’s profitability. Plus it’ll hamper your ability to be creative and innovative. Instead, working towards a higher purpose may be challenging at present and may not yield the financial numbers that’ll pacify your CFO, but it sure will push your company to develop products that are more competitive, unique and...

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Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Transformational Leadership |

Why the Five Year Plan is Dead

Why the Five Year Plan is Dead

One of the most commonly asked questions during a job interview is “where do you see yourself in five years?” Understandably the interviewer is assessing the depth of the candidate’s ability to plan ahead and how well thought out their future is. Makes sense. However, in a world that’s rapidly changing, when job descriptions, competencies and skills are continuously evolving and altering is a five year plan really relevant? Does it truly hold meaning when in five years there’s a high probability that the job scope would have expanded or the skills needed today hold lesser importance? It’s not just individuals that are asking themselves whether or not a five year plan holds any meaning. In fact, the same applies to companies who for decades have held such plans as their hallmark. Five year plans were the strategic core of a company. They outline the long term vision and goals of companies and chalk out their game plan. They’re generally encompass input from all functions such as HR, supply chain,...

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Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Transformational Leadership |

How the Digital Age Has Empowered Businesses

How the Digital Age Has Empowered Businesses

The digital age has enabled many extraordinary changes to occur – fast, real-time communication, access to abundance of information and many other such capabilities that have empowered businesses and people. Things that weren’t possible just 20 years ago are now commonplace in our lifestyles. And the best part is that innovation is continuously and exponentially growing making even more empowerment possible. What’s Changed in Recent Years What’s often overlooked is the fact that the digital age has empowered businesses to do something extraordinarily well. And that’s to exponentially drive down costs across every business function. Companies that have taken advantage of this particular digital empowerment have experienced exponential growth over the recent years. Case in point are Craigslist, eBay and Amazon who’ve disrupted and rocked the world of their competitors. Thanks to free online ads the print media has experienced drastic and devastating loses as their paid advertising model hasn’t been able to compete. Hence, today, we see far fewer newspaper agencies still in business. And those that remain...

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