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Can’t find your calling?

Can’t find your calling?

What is my calling?   It’s a question that has plagued our minds and confounded our thinking over & over again, at various stages of our life.   After all, what is the most meaningful and fulfilling that I can engage myself in? At one point in my life,...

So how is 2022, going for you?

So how is 2022, going for you?

Eyes shut. Eyes open.  It’s 1 Jan 2022. Happy New Year! Eyes shut. Eyes open: It’s 24th Jan 2022.  Three weeks over already! Yes, we’re really in it now.   Whether you like it or not.  Time is hurtling away.  And you’ve learnt long...

Interview with Shahine Ardeshir

Interview with Shahine Ardeshir

Below are short clips from my interview with GTD Practitioner Shahine Ardeshir. She's the Associate Relations Lead for India, the Middle East and South Africa at Mars. Watch the videos to hear insights on her journey with GTD.

7 Insights From Holacracy

7 Insights From Holacracy

Being the boss is tough, isn’t it? The buck stops with you. Because you’re the leader, you can’t even complain. Not only do you have your problems to solve, but you have everyone else’s problems to solve too. I know the feeling. I’m in the management team of a few...

Break Free From Office Politics

Break Free From Office Politics

“Politics is when people choose their words and actions based on how they want others to react rather than based on what they really think.” ― Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable Has this happened to you before? Your team member comes...

Future of Leadership

Future of Leadership

Ethan Weil on Unsplash “In the 21st century, power is easier to get, harder to use — and easierto lose.” ~ Moises Naim In decades past, people believed in the magic of leadership. A leader was considered to be an exalted individual born skills and...

How to Build an Antifragile Organization

How to Build an Antifragile Organization

Hey CEO! Why so sad? Oh, you mean this guy is giving you a headache: He goes by different names. Stress, change, shock, disruption. But to keep it simple, let’s call it “Tension”. It’s what we feel when there’s something we want and don’t have. Well, tensions can be a...

How to Thrive in a Changing World

How to Thrive in a Changing World

Here are some astonishing figures: According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months.Only 50% of businesses with employees survive their fifth year in business.Of the companies on the Fortune 500 list in 1955, only...

Top 10 GTD® Mistakes

Top 10 GTD® Mistakes

I'm a GTD master trainer. And I've been practicing GTD since 2008. I've coached Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists, CEOs, CFOs, Lawyers, Movie directors & Priests. Here are the top mistakes I keep seeing. Plug a hole in a few & you'll see your productivity...

What is Holacracy?

What is Holacracy?

I've been practicing Holacracy since 2016, and over the years I've had many insights about Holacracy really is about, and what it is not. I've been making a note of them, and here complied 17 insights. Some of them I've expressed them visually. Many thanks to Brian...

GTD® For Beginners (8 Part Series)

GTD® For Beginners (8 Part Series)

When are you at your best? Is it when you're overwhelmed, stressed out and have too much on your mind? Or when your mind is relaxed, and you have the freedom to focus on the most meaningful things? The answer is obvious, but when you look for help on productivity,...

How I Design My Year (2021)

How I Design My Year (2021)

Around 12 years ago, I picked up the book "Your Best Year Yet." Using the book I intentionally planned for the coming year, in a way that I had never done before. Then something amazing happened. Not only did the process helped me create meaningful goals, but with the...

Holacracy Vs Management Hierarchy

Holacracy Vs Management Hierarchy

How do most organizations structure themselves? They follow a system called the Management Hierarchy.The Management Hierarchy is not an ineffective system. In fact, it's a great system that allows for a clear chain of command, clarity on whom to go for decisions,...

GTD is Not About Time-Management

GTD is Not About Time-Management

In the hundreds of GTD workshops we've conducted, the one resounding concern people want to address is time management. I call it the ‘I don't have enough time’ syndrome. From CEO’s to interns, its symptoms have spared none. We complain about not having enough time,...

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