Success – Where do you look for yours?


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Success is a two way street.

Not many realize that and keep running hard on the wheel of daily life, doing their job and hoping to succeed some day.

Let me tell you that by following this formula, you may make a living but, will not find the success that you aspire for, in your career or in your life.

Here’s a universally acknowledged way of making things happen.

  1. Have a vision of the life you aspire for,
  2. Chart your path of realization,
  3. Plan and Execute.

Voila! Your aspirations come true.

As simple as it may seem, much goes into this process in terms of breadth and depth to achieve results. Yet, what you find in terms of achievement may fall short of your expectations.

I would like to focus on point 3 above and share a widely visible but, often overlooked ingredient to making things happen.

As I said at the beginning, success is a two way street. Generally, everyone who is out to succeed is so wrapped up in their own definition of success that they are out to do it by themselves and, for themselves. This is a very hard way of finding any success and if found, very little.

True success finds you when you are out to help others succeed. Don’t focus on your success but on the success of others. Make it your mission to help others succeed; your friends, co-workers, associates, team members, partners and clients, in short everyone you interact with or come across. When you make it your agenda to help others succeed, your success happens without really pushing for it or consciously trying. The more people you help succeed, you will in turn be that much more successful. How positive than this can it get?

Change the way you comprehend your success. Your success is not proportional to the amount of effort you exert but to the effort you expend in helping others succeed. In fact, not even that, its proportional to the amount of success enjoyed by those that you have helped.

Turn around and measure your success with the success you have helped impart to others. Learn to find your success in that of others. Without even your realization, you start to accrue immense success for yourself through the multiplier effect. The best part, you did not have to strive for it. In fact, you would have spent time doing something very fulfilling and gratifying; helping others succeed. Result; you have developed a vastly successful community and your success puts you at the pinnacle of it.

So, who are you out to help succeed today?

Innovation is an accident!


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The act of innovation and the results thereby are always by accident. And, that’s when they are the sweetest.

Innovation is the after effect, the result of creativity. And when is creativity at its best?

Well, there are two schools of thought. One believes that you need to have experienced certain hardship, been under pressure or difficult circumstances and as you toil to get out of this situation, you innovate. You think and act in creative ways to solve the issue at hand and come up with some very novel ways of doing so.

Another school of thought believes that true innovation, for that matter quality innovation happens in an environment that helps nurture creativity. True breeding grounds of creativity need to be established and encouraged where an issue to be solved is first recognized; then, those enlisted to act on solving the issue are freed up of any other responsibilities and are charged with focusing on this one thing.

More often that not, history has shown us that true innovation happens under pressure, when you are trying to solve an issue you are struggling with. However, the latter is true as well, but what happens there is not creative innovation to solve an issue, but more of solution enhancement and optimization; albeit creative.

Let me enumerate through some examples.

The invention of the round wheel was innovation that happened to fulfill a need, transport; the improvisation of the wheel to make it last longer, go faster, adapt to different vehicles, etc. falls under solution enhancement.

Connecting people through e-mail and Facebook during this Internet age was innovation addressing a need, social connectivity. Twitter, chat and the different facelifts we see of Facebook are improvisation and solution enhancement.

Generally speaking, the birth of innovation to solve an issue happens purely due to the urge to solve the issue; there is not much needed in terms of money and establishments to do that for its entirely based on frugality and the excitement to see something new. What follows after that, demands a lot more in terms of money and material to improvise and scale.

Not to say that one is righteous than the other, we all know that the world needs both.

Creativity, whether in profession or hobby is the spark that makes what you do purposeful. Where do you find your fulfillment?  In the former or the latter? Once you can answer that, you will know where your passion, your heart lies and where you can prosper and thrive.

Leadership Today – From Command & Control to Being Inclusive


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Leaders are built, not born…..

Lead from the front…..

Yawn! This is old school.

Let’s look at leadership for what it is in the new age. Gone are the days of command and control. Today, there is an altogether different leadership that is expected.

Leadership, as we have understood it through the ages, stands for someone, being the champion of a cause and then, enlisting the help of others and influencing them in the realization of the same. It has also been seen as the act of leading others, directing them toward specific achievements through a means that is most effective.

However, leadership is not always about being at the forefront of a team and giving directions as to what they need to do next and how.

The entrepreneurial and corporate engines of today run with a different fuel, an altogether different steam. Nobody is directing anyone, people have the intellect and drive to choose and follow the paths they want to adventure onto 

Leadership is effectively sharing a compelling vision

What they need is a purposeful and meaningful vision, an articulation of how to get from point A to point B and finally, if you are someone who has been there and done that, there’s acknowledgement of what you’ve done and people want to listen to you. Mind you, I said listen. Today’s generation would love to listen to glean lessons from someone else’s experience. They do not care for direction. They will chart their path as long as they buy into the vision, the strategy laid to adopt and the results to be realized. They will chart their own path, a path that works for them to get there under the larger realm of the organizational vision and mission.

Leadership is being respectful of other’s intellect, skills and time

Everyone develops expertise over time at different things and then, can lead within that field, thanks to the skills they have accrued. Leaders are respectful of that. It’s often said that good leaders are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and surround themselves with people better than themselves in areas they lack expertise in. It’s important that to effectuate strong leadership, leaders are respectful of those that work for them and with them. These helps nurture a mutually healthy relationship between leaders and followers and only then, do those that follow, do it willingly. Followers have the freedom, not to just follow blindly, but to question and opine before they follow. A leader’s recognition of every associate’s skills, role and contributions are critical to maximize productivity in any organization. 

Leadership is being transparent, showing strength of character and conviction

A leader is respected for who they are more than what they represent. People need to believe in a person before they decide to follow. A leader needs to ensure that more than having a charismatic personality; they are transparent, just in their dealings and have a high level of integrity and moral values. Trust is a key aspect of any relationship and nothing can establish it more than your true self, reflected in your words and actions. Another important aspect of reflecting true leadership is to show conviction in what you believe and stand for. Decisions that you take need to be solid and no matter what, you should be able to stand behind them. You should not take a decision without much forethought and facts to back it up. And when you do, stand behind it, no matter what. These qualities are vital in ensuring true followership that will stand behind you all the way.

Leadership is putting your shareholders, but first, your employees before you

Leaders focus on the big picture. Yet, they need to have a handle on the tactical stuff. Leaders focus on providing shareholder value, and will put their employees, those that are working on the realization of the articulated vision before everything else. Happy employees lead to satisfied clients and they, in turn lead to a thriving business, eventually ensuring shareholder approval. As long as you’ve got your people’s back, they will have yours.

Leadership is not about directing, but about listening and co-sharing direction

Leaders of this age are no longer the ones that can sit in their ivory towers, draw the shades down and call the shots from yonder. In this day and age of Internet, social media and fast paced actions and outcomes, its important for a leader to stay in absolute touch with their organization, the competition and the market. With rapidly shifting dynamics, it’s about effectively listening to what your people have to say to you. What are they seeing out there? What are they experiencing? What do they advise? All of this needs to be appraised constantly and decisions need to be made based on every input you can possibly get. Its shared leadership as to which direction the organization should take. This is the only way to remain relevant is a fast paced ever changing market.

Leadership is personal

Leadership is personal to every leader. Every leader is unique and to be effective, needs to be comfortable with their own style. You can be at your best as a leader when your leadership reflects your values, skills and life experiences. People seek to know you for who you are. They will look to you to be ethical, moral, righteous etc. before they follow you but eventually, your unique self will be a key aspect of why they would follow you.

Season’s Greetings & a Happy New Year, 2013!


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2012, a year fast-fleeting by, has been one of mixed emotions. Personally, it has been a year of new beginnings, definite trials & tribulations, modest success but one that has filled my heart with the warmth of hope and soaring expectations of the future. That is what you can term as a year well expensed for it has kept me steadfast on the growth path and my hopes lit up with the expectations of a brighter future.

The world has seen a mixed bag in 2012 as well. There were those that believed the world would end on 21st Dec, 2012. I am here and writing this a day later. Rest assured, the world is still in its place and hasn’t been knocked off its orbit around the sun. There are also those that expressed their vision of making the place better for future generations and that continues to be so. However, we have had our share of difficult situations as well during 2012; the economic uncertainty continues and the recent school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut are dark blotches on an otherwise regular year. The indomitable human spirit was showcased once again in the London Olympics this year.

As generations of us look forward to a new year, new beginnings & a better future, it’s the duty of every elder to the ones younger that we strive to make this world more secure, one filled with hope and better prospects, a better quality of life for the generations to come. Let us work together, not only to innovate and build what was once not available but also to safeguard what Mother Nature has given us and meant us to have. Innovation at the cost of what has been endowed by Mother Nature has to retrogress and slow down. Else, Dec 21st is not far off in any year.
With this word of caution, I wish you a very happy holiday season and a new year with best prospects!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

It’s that time of the year again. Time to meet your near and dear, well…the far and dear as well. Time to renew relationships, cherish old memories and plan new beginnings. With the advent of the November/December season, the whole atmosphere changes. Pace at work starts to slow down, smiles start adorning every face you see, known or unknown and the cordial wish is on everyone’s lips.

But then, come January and everyone starts falling into their usual routine. The christmas tree comes down, the lights that adorned the interiors and exteriors are stowed away and your busy life starts to take over. Suddenly, the aura and festivity from just a few days/weeks ago starts to fade away. I have always wondered why? Well, perhaps because we are humans and change is inevitable. How wonderful it would be to continue, share and cherish the spirit of the holidays all the year through. The cordiality, the camaraderie, the enrichment in our lives that comes with the holidays. Perhaps I am being a bit ambitious here. Well, if not the whole year, at least an extended few months.

The most important aspect of the holidays is the renewal of relationships, where the children reach out to parents and siblings bond together, where friends and family plan parties, the elder and younger in families get together to spend some quality time. The sense of belonging ness is at its peak at home and at work. With this also comes the time to reflect on a year gone by. What did you learn about yourself in the last 12 months, how did you grow, how did you improve your own life and the lives of the ones around you. What are your shortcomings that you have reined over and successes  that you have achieved.

At the same time, its time to plan and chart your path for a future year. What do you want to achieve in the coming 12 months and how do you plan to do it. What are the weaknesses that you want to take control of, in terms of turning them around into strengths or letting go. What do you plan to do to sustain your current life, relationships and its emoluments and at the same time, make it better for yourself and those around you. How do you want to break it down into achievable steps that will lead you to your planned goals over the next 12 months.

A time of reflection, reinforcement and celebration, that’s what the holidays are for.

Here’s wishing you and your dear ones the best of times to come!

Hello world!


Hello folks!

Its great to be here. I will be posting my ramblings, musings, thoughts, comments etc. on this page on various topics and welcome you to participate in a healthy dialogue as we move on.

Again, welcome aboard to Rajeev’s blog!