• Success Strategy,  Time Management

    Ready or not the New Year is coming – Will your resolution be a small talk again?

    In January the common topic of the office kitchen conversation is the New Year’s resolution. Until recently I never actually did much of a planning for the year, so  when asked I made up something. My standard answer was “be more organized”, which hardly happened!  I was not lying though, I really felt I needed to have better control on my life, but honestly I didn’t know how to do it.  So I forgot about it even before I finished that cup of coffee I brought from the kitchen. After becoming an entrepreneur the idea of resolution made more sense to me. Unless I have a vision for myself I don’t know…

  • Happiness,  Leadership,  Success Strategy

    Decisions, Decisions | How I planned and survived my family vacation

    “How can we make good decisions when there is not enough data”? During my seminar few weeks back, I got this question from a gentleman in the audience. As someone giving the seminar I guess I was supposed to be an “expert” on this! Alas, I could not act as the know-all expert, inspired by Brene Brown, I chose to be a human instead – showed them how sub-optimal my own decision making process is!  I told them this story. My parents are visiting me; this is their first time in the US so I wanted to show them some landmark. On the same token I thought that if my…

  • Success Strategy,  Time Management,  Uncategorized

    The Myth of Multitasking

    Too many times I hear that you can’t survive without multitasking. Checking emails during a meeting, responding to a door knock while trying focus on your work seem to be a common scenario at the workplace. While many times it pays off to be able to take care of multiple things at once, it would be useful to take a look at our brain to see when it is NOT the best strategy. Any kind of task that needs a little amount of analyzing or decision making is processed in the Pre-frontal cortex (PFC) of the brain. The PFC is very small and very much energy hungry part that sits…

  • Happiness,  Success Strategy

    How are you setting your goals, Inside-out or Outside-in?

    Last week I was describing the concept of “Living from inside-out” to my class participants in a high tech company. The example I gave – If you target to become a VP of a company that is an “outside-in” way of seeing your goal. The “inside-out” approach could be – I want to innovate, drive a product (what kind?) that I care (fill in in here with why you care…) and I am willing to take risks, sacrifice my comfort to make it a success (define it using your values). Basically you are defining your intention qualitatively; you are not attached to a certain form of it. There is a…

  • Happiness,  Success Strategy

    Happiness theory and my Exercise routine

    The other day at the end of my class, people got quite hyped up to make time to do something for themselves. Few of them made a commitment to start going to the gym. Sounded like a great idea! But experience tells me that, by the  next class more than half will report that they didn’t have time or the motivation. So what would help to be more successful? I found this answer for myself and surprisingly enough that aligns with happiness theory! Find an activity(exercise or something else) that You enjoy; the reward is instantaneous as well as comes with a long term positive impact. Is a small stretch for you…

  • EQ,  Success Strategy

    Improve your EQ fitness – Self reflection

    Few weeks back I wrote this blog post, Feeling- A vital part missing from the thinker’s head. Since then Tom made some progress. These days on the feeling question he responds with “good”, “bad” or “better”! I am so proud for him. Looks like he is ready for the next step of EQ fitness exercise. In case you are curious about my excitement with EQ, here is some data for your analytic brain.  Prominent psychologist Daniel Goleman found that Emotional intelligence (EQ) is more important than IQ in achieving professional and personal success in our lives. EQ is the primary determinant of the quality of our relationships, at work and in our personal…