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Listening: The Underutilized Human Gift

I am guessing most readers of this blog have encountered at least one person (if not many) in the recent years who has pulled out their mobile device and started typing away in the middle of a dinner or a meeting.  In fact, we are all becoming guilty of this – so much so that it … Continue reading

5 Simple Steps to Measuring Your Path to Success

An Anonymous Reader Asks… Personal KPIs. Selecting them, monitoring them, etc. I would be curious to hear your ideas on this as this is something that I’m actively working on for myself. The MBA Responds… Thanks for the great question, anonymous reader!  This topic is quite timely and is an extension of my previous post … Continue reading

How to Set Yourself Up for Success (and not ambitious failure!)

I have recently gotten involved in quite a bit not only at work but also outside of work.  In all of these commitments, there is quite a bit that has to get done in order to achieve some pretty ambitious goals.  Jim Collins and Jerry Porras (featured in the Harvard Business Review) call these Big, … Continue reading

Mantra #1: People are at the core.

Mantra #1: People are at the core. After 2 years of Business School and reading countless cases on topics ranging from finance to high-level, global strategy, every business challenge, opportunity, or issue basically came down to people – the decisions people make, the biases people bring to the table, the motivations people want to fulfill, and … Continue reading

My 4 Mantras to Managing Business & Life

Over the recent past, my real-world and virtual experiences constantly serve as a reminder of how rapidly the world is changing and evolving.  Nonetheless, our Graduation Keynote Lecturer, Prof. Brad Killaly, also reminded me via his last lecture that the more things change, the more they remain the same.  Regardless of which school of thought … Continue reading

Mantra #2: Trust, but ask questions.

Mantra #2:Trust, but ask questions.   Have you ever found yourself in your doctor’s office dying to ask a question?  You’re so eager to ask the question, but end up not doing so because you don’t want to question the so-called expert, your physician?  If people are afraid to ask questions regarding their health and … Continue reading

Mantra #3: Life is all about tradeoffs.

Mantra #3: Life is all about tradeoffs.  Couple years ago on a high stress, mission-critical project for a huge client, I remember a colleague repeatedly reminding our project team that If everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority.  This statement really resonated with me and extends this Mantra that life is all about tradeoffs. … Continue reading

Mantra #4: Appreciate your experiences.

Mantra #4: Appreciate your experiences.  I’ll be the first one to say life is not easy nor is it fair.  Nonetheless, there is an opportunity to learn, grow and appreciate each and every interaction you encounter on a daily basis whether it be business or personal.  Assess every good, bad, and ugly happening in life from … Continue reading