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Facing Competition Can Tesla the Disruptor Prevail?

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Transformational Leadership |

Last Friday Elon Musk made an announcement that the whole world was anxiously awaiting – the launch of the new Tesla Model 3. It’s an exciting new offering by the electric vehicle pioneers who aim to challenge the already crowded market of affordable vehicles. But their offering is different. It’s 100% electric. And Tesla is the disruptor in this segment which has been dominated by century old players such as Ford, GM, Mercedes and BMW. Tesla continues to mesmerize consumers with its vehicles. With the Model 3 it can leap out from its niche market (to which it offered and Model S and X) to the world of the...

4 Tips To Help You Ace Your Job Interview

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Personal Growth |

So tomorrow’s the big day when you’re sitting face to face with your potential employers and presenting yourself as a serious candidate for a vacancy they have. This opportunity obviously arose thanks to your ability to meet the basic requirements of the vacant position. Your resume has done its bit. Now it’s your turn to shine and win them over with your charm, knowledge and personality. Tomorrow you’re going to ace your job interview and confirm that you indeed are the right person for the job. But here’s the catch – there’s a good chance you’re not the only candidate they’ve shortlisted for the job. That means “selling yourself”...

5 Reasons Everyone Should Have A Mentor

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017 in Personal Growth |

Being an entrepreneur, owning your own business and being your own boss is a dream we all wish to make a reality. There’s no doubt to the fact that it’s exciting, exhilarating and fun to create something from scratch. A business that’s your own. It’s a journey you can embark on alone (for the most part). However, in reality, this isn’t a journey you can ride on your own. Sure, you need to build a team to support your business. But that’s not what I’m talking about. While you may be your own boss, there are several aspects of running a business and developing it that may require you to...

5 Midyear Reviews Everyone Should Conduct to Succeed

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources |

June can be a tough month for most professionals. Your children are either done with school or nearing an end. Summer vacation planning can be quite distracting (though fun as well). All the while you’re amazed at how fast half the year has gone by! But more than all that, June provides a great opportunity to reflect on your goals and targets. You’ve most likely set annual goals and targets for yourself at the start of the year. As you’re approaching the end of this month, take some time to review your midyear accomplishments, whether or not you’re on track and evaluate how successful you’ve been so far. Here’s...

5 Vital Things To Reflect On During the Holidays

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources |

Every now and then we’re fortunate to have a holiday season that provides us an opportunity to wind down from our daily routine. Most of our time is obviously spent with our families and loved ones or we use this occasion to go on vacation. That’s great, but what’s equally important is to find some time for yourself. A time when you can reflect on your life and your career. A great way to spend your time off is to reflect on what you’ve accomplished so far, where your journey is taking you and get your head back in the game. It’s important to do this so you’re getting...

How to Benefit From Healthy Conflicts

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Talent Management in Asia |

Conflicts are an interesting phenomenon at the workplace – you either have too many of them or you have none at all. Neither of them is healthy for an organization as they act as roadblocks to innovation. Yet, every organization has its fair share of conflicts (or lack of it). For a leader, it’s quite challenging and puzzling when you’re caught in the midst of such situations. Either you have a room full of people who agree with everything you say, or they’re hell-bent on disagreeing with you just to prove you wrong. And again, in either case there’s truly no winning situation nor is it productive for your...

Lessons Learned by the Mistakes of Travis Kalanick

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Transformational Leadership |

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...

7 Effective Ways How Your Office Should Be Organized

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources |

There’s a good chance that part of the stresses you deal with on a daily basis is linked to how organized (or disorganized) your office space is. According to New York City based professional organizer, Lisa Zaslow, “surveys show the average person loses an hour a day to disorganization.” That’s an hour you could have used much more productively. And let’s not forget the stress you experience when you’re frantically trying to find something you need urgently. While the digital age has enabled us to be reduce much paperwork and remain on our computers for most of the day, we still can’t avoid “all” paperwork. We’ll still work with...

How to Effectively Build an Exponential Team

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Transformational Leadership |

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...

5 Leadership Traits from House of Cards’ Claire Underwood

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Personal Growth |

As the age old saying goes, behind every great man there’s a great woman. There’s no doubting that your partner, spouse or significant other plays a pivotal role in driving you towards success. They are your anchor holding you grounded. They’re your greatest motivators and confidence builders. They believe in you like no one else does. They pacify you and pump you up for challenges. And they’ll always be there for you. But, Claire Underwood from House of Cards is more than just the lady behind Francis’s success. She’s truly an equal. For most of the first three seasons of House of Cards, Claire Underwood has shown us just...