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A bumpy road with unexpected turns, detours or even dead ends is usually how the road to entrepreneurship is defined. Loosely translated, more often than not, it might mean several plans and contingencies that don’t work out, funding that may remain a promise and not materialise and partners who may fall out. Yet, there is a huge number of people embarking on this journey to create things, inquisitive enough to identify problems and needs in the society and working out solutions to address them.

If you are somebody who may have been contemplating about starting a business but never quite made the leap from employee to entrepreneur, this post might help you find that motivation you are looking for. …


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In the business world, the metrics for success revolve around market share, revenue generation and profit margins. Amid such a framework, where business environment is all too dependent on a results-oriented mindset, the concept of ‘compassion in business’ might look like a far-fetched idea.

More often than not, the term ‘business’ is defined too clinically, while ‘compassion’ is considered to be an abstract idea. But we all know that there is more to achieving success than merely beating about financial objectives and market strategies. And what could that be? It’s people. And what holds people together? Relationships.

These relationships and the concept of compassion in businesses have now come in handy when organisations globally are disrupted owing to the current Coronavirus pandemic and are going through a major transition; the transition may be in terms of shifting strategies, change in operations, managing remote teams, working through new work ways to reach to customers and prospects, and the likes. …


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A high Emotional Quotient (EQ) enables you to make better use of your Intelligence Quotient (IQ). How? Imagine a time when you were very angry or felt envious. Now ask yourself if these emotions influenced your ability to think clearly, analyse and make sensible decisions.

Most of us must have heard people say, “Leave emotions out of it”. The truth is, we cannot. Emotions are ever present. However, what is needed is to identify and manage these emotions both for yourself and for others around you. This is where your Emotional Intelligence and EQ come in.

When we talk about Emotional Intelligence or EI, it generally includes a suite of competencies under four broad domains…


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There is so much to write, read and talk about when it comes to why resourcefulness, and not resources, is the defining factor for success. But before getting on to the simple ways that we may develop resourcefulness and the fact that we have to find it within ourselves instead of seeking it elsewhere, my special shout-out for all the self-made individuals out there who made no excuses, took responsibility and ownership of their lives and the direction they wanted to take, and most importantly, did not settle for mediocrity.

Not everybody starts life with riches, privileges or influential connections. Some people have dreams and a sheer passion to make those dreams happen. …


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Harnessing diversity and an inclusive mindset, and building high-performance, cohesive teams requires persistence, accountability and a balance of vision and steadfastness.

Although, it is not a far-fetched idea to create happy teams, but leaders who pay attention to each of their team members individually, understand their behavioral patterns, potentials and challenges, be active listeners, communicate with them clearly, help resolve conflicts right when they emerge and are appreciative of each individual’s efforts are able to build strong, compatible teams

Recently, I spoke to Wali Muhammad, who has spent more than a decade enabling Fortune 500 companies ignite their teams to peak performance across North America, the Middle East, South Asia and China. Wali elaborates on how an individual can help people develop their latent qualities or abilities that may lead to success. …


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“My boss would ask me the skills I want to improve on, she would let me reflect on them and make my own goals. This is how I learned to succeed. This is how I climbed up the ladder and became a team leader”, says a highly motivated employee who started his career as a management trainee and was ‘helped’ to explore his potential and live up to it.

Does it sound like something your team would say about you? In your role as a boss, do you prioritise listening to your people, getting to know them and their capabilities better, and ‘helping’ them contribute to the business goals in ways that only they can? …


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Only a bookworm can tell you the joy of reading an old-fashioned, printed book. But even if you are an e-book fan, you’d know the many perks of reading, especially when it comes to boosting your imagination. …


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“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change” — Charles Darwin.

Artificial Intelligence Vs Emotional intelligence is not a recent debate. No matter what the context, we always get caught up in the idea that AI will be either one of two things: our destroyer or our savior. Which school of thought are you? Do you think robots/machines will take over the world? Or do you think they will work with us? Do you fear it and think it will dominate us? Or do you think it will flourish us? There’s no right or wrong answer here. …


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Leadership can be defined as the capability to transform a vision into reality. Most of the people are born with a leader inside of them but only a few let it come out and nurture their leadership qualities to bring about change. Leadership is a powerful attribute, therefore, being a leader comes with a huge responsibility. Every leader needs to follow a certain set of leadership principles to stay strong amongst the people who look up to him. For some people, these characteristics come naturally, others may have to work at cultivating them in order to make great leaders.

Understand your limitations and be open to…


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“When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation or accept it. All else is madness.” — Eckhart Tolle.

Imagine 3 friends, walking out of a party.

Friend #1 (the optimist)- “That was a great party, the decor and music was amazing”

Friend #2 (the pessimist)- “Sure but the food could have been better.”

Friend #3 (the complainer)- “Could have been better? The food was awful, there was way too much salt in the chicken and the drinks weren’t cold enough and I couldn’t find a napkin even when I asked for it and the whole place had a strange smell. …

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Umair Jaliawala

CEO @Jaliawala Pvt Ltd, CEO @torque_corp, Former Director @School of Leadership! On a mission to turn individuals & organizations on! Tweets at @Jaliawala

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