Reconnect With Self – A Leadership Lesson from CBS’s Madam Secretary

In an episode of CBS's Madam Secretary (Meaning of Life, May 13th, 2018), there is a side story where Russell Jackson was prescribed by his doctor to find a relaxing activity ...
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Are You a Mom, Thinking of Going Back to Work?

Rebecca was a 39-year-old woman and a mother of two (8 and 10). She had a college degree and a 10-year of corporate experience. Rebecca was happily married to her husband ...
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What Makes Seahawks’ Pete Carroll A Great Leader

The Seahawks began the 2020 season with a good all-around showing in a 38-25 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday (source). Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the more recent ...
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A Happiness Model For the Graph Lovers

Have you ever wondered if there is a mathematical representation of Happiness? The answer is Yes! Tal Ben-Shahar, a renowned researcher in positive psychology and a popular lecturer at Harvard, ...
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Why Hire a Coach When There Are So Many Books, Podcasts?

It will be almost impossible to find someone who hasn't read a self-help book, listened to a podcast, watched a TED talk, or any other YouTube videos that tell you ...
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Applying Software Engineering Concepts in Coaching

Applying Software Engineering Concepts in Coaching

Many of you know that before coaching, I was a software professional, and I studied computer science in college. A common perception is that coaching is the opposite of software ...
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Stressed About a Situation? Either-Or Thinking Could Be The Cause

Case Study 1 Helen, a mid-level leader, was frustrated with her boss. He told her one thing, but his behavior during meetings was saying something else. She was confused, and ...
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My Interview with The International Voice

A few weeks back, Japnit Sethi from The International Voice, reached out to me to be a guest in his new show on YouTube. Japnit, a Computer Science graduate student ...
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Curb Your Anxieties Using This 3C Model – How to make good choices during the home quarantine time

We are living through an episode of world history. The way we know life has come to a halt. The leaders, scientists, the medical community, and all the essential service ...
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COVID-19 Amplified The Working Parents’ Struggles: What Can We Learn?

This pandemic has exposed the vulnerability in every system, both large and small. Working parents with young children are one example. Three key points came up from the parents' and ...
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Working on Your Confidence? Watch Out Your Go-to Words and Root Cause

Confidence is a common topic my clients bring to coaching. Anyone working on it knows that confidence is not a simple binary thing. It shows up as a part of ...
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Does Meditation, Journaling Feel Like a Burden? Try Micro habits

Tim, a senior tech leader, recently spent a week at a meditation retreat. When I asked him how he was applying it, he said he didn’t have time. Stephanie, an ...
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Managing a Virtual Meeting – Learning from my “Big Fat” Family Zoom Call

This pandemic has done one magical thing; families, far and near are coming together via video calls. Like many others, my family is spread globally across six time zones spanning ...
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Working From Home — The Employees Are Leading The Change (Guest Post)

Tara (not her real name) from our finance recently rang me on a late evening for online approval of a bank transaction. It was unusual because we encourage people to ...
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Cultivating Resilience: Small Acts of Self-Care Goes a Long Way During These Trying Times

It's been a few months since we are in the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No matter how hard it is to accept, this is going to be a ...
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We Now Can Relate To The “BBC Dad” – How Covid19 is Reshaping the Way We Work and Live

A few years ago, the BBC Dad video went viral on the internet, evoking compassion, some criticism, and mostly, amusement. Ironically, in these last two months of home quarantine, we all got ...
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Does Home Quarantine Feel Like Someone Gave You a Lemon? Make some Lemonade Using these 3C-s

We all are going through an enormous challenge. Almost every country in the world is now affected by this COVID-19 pandemic. The way we know life has come to a ...
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Why You have a Hard Time Saying “No” – Look into these Root Causes

A client of mine said she is always too busy with other peoples' requests and she struggles to complete her own work. Her manager advised her to say "no" more ...
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“Never Looked Back” – Is a Myth

Recently I was sharing the story of my career change and someone commented, “...and you never looked back”! I was caught by surprise. The fact is, I did look back, ...
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Leading in the Era of AI

How far are we from machines replacing humans? While much of the corporate research and development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is happening under Non-Disclosure Agreements, a recent demonstration of a ...
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The Essential Qualities of Leadership – Examples from My Grandmother and Other Situational Leaders

What are the most common traits among successful leaders? What process did they all go through? What’s the must-have quality of a successful leader? How my grandmother became a leader? ...
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You were given Feedback to Improve your Executive Presence – What do you do now?

The other day a senior leader contacted me to hire as his coach. His LinkedIn Profile was immaculate - multiple graduate degrees from top-notch schools, a strong track record of ...
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The Myth Of A “Perfect Day”

There are not many days like this. Yesterday it seemed like an out of the ordinary perfect day for me. Client #1 made significant progress in an area he was ...
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Take The Fear Out Of Feedback

Imagine your boss is saying, “I have some feedback for you” - notice what reaction you get. Very often it feels like a threat, as “We have a problem”! According ...
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Why EQ Matters And How To Be Better At It

Why EQ Matters And How To Be Better At It

Do you often wonder why people behave negatively (rude, mean, unpredictable)? Do you often stress a lot? Do you want to improve professional and personal relationships? Do you want to ...
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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 a few weeks back, I got this question from a gentleman in the audience. As ...
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The Pen is Luxurious Than the Keyboard

This year I have made a commitment – I will be more accountable to myself. I found a paper notebook is helping me in this regard. Every day/week I am ...
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Feeling Stuck? Look into Your Fears

Feeling stuck in your job? Having a lack of motivation? It is very frustrating when despite all the hard work, you don’t get the deserved recognition. On top when I say, ...
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The Power Of Yes – Leadership Lessons from My Car Dealership

I was in the waiting area of the dealership while my car was getting an oil change. Tony, one of the service reps saw me and asked if I had ...
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“Tell Me About Yourself” – Why It Is Hard and What To Do About It

Those frequent flyers in the job market already know how this apparently easy question could become quite daunting at times. During an interview coaching, I ask the clients to answer ...
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How Coaching Can Increase Employee Engagement

I have worked within the high tech industry for over a decade and I have always wondered why a large number of the great hires end up disengaged, identified as below ...
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Want to Take your Career to the Next Level? Manage Your Attention Wisely

“I don’t have the time to pause and think, my days are filled with back to back meetings. When someone asks me a question, I just tell them what I ...
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Organization Politics – How We See It Can Change the Meaning

“I really like doing my job but I hate politics. When I ask others, everyone says the same thing, they hate politics. If no one likes it then who creates ...
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Courage From Within – How Conviction And Trust Can Help

Growing up, I didn’t think I had much courage. One day I saw this quote saying: Courage is not the absence of fear it is acting despite -- because something is ...
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How To Think Of Your Career Growth, Agile or Waterfall

Anyone familiar with software development knows agile is the way to go when you are developing new software or a product. But when it comes to career what does it ...
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Reactivity To Thoughtfulness- A Corporate Leader’s Journey

"He doesn’t work well with others.” “He has issues dealing with bad news.” “He is a star performer, but he is lacking executive presence.”  These are some of the typical ...
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What A Car Can Teach Us About A Successful Career

I was talking to Andrea, a leader in a big corporate here in the Seattle area. Very smart and hardworking she was, her resume spoke for itself. As a senior ...
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Everyone And Their Mother Is Talking About “Coaching” – What Is It Really?

It will be rare to find someone who never heard "coaching" and yet it is one of the most overloaded terms today. Starting from sports coaching, tutoring or mentoring a ...
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Women In Tech – Let’s Tap Into Our Own Greatness

[Look for a special discount code inside -Sharmin] Background Story - Last year I attended a global conference in Warsaw with a few hundred International Coach Federation (ICF) leaders from across ...
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