Started my morning with a heartfelt life story — about how to exit the world. People share their most honest stories during their last moments. And that’s true for real life as well. In 10 years of work experience, the unfortunate realization that’s dawned upon me is that an exit is the only true honest moment one can expect. I have worked with really smart people, who have given their everything everyday at work.
Do not define what success is
I take a course at a business school. And there is no final exam for that course. Just one question instead “List at least 3 things you learnt during the course” All those who list 3 things fail the exam. “List at least 3 things you learnt during the course” …
I am at fault
The very instance you say these words, you set yourself free. You come clean No more guilt No more pretence It doesn’t matter if people are still judging you You now know what to fix And how to win tomorrow Strangely enough, people feel that saying “I am sorry” has the same impact. It doesn’t Accepting a fault doesn’t require one apologizing for it. The reverse however isn’t true. Reproduced from www.ankurwarikoo.com
What do I learn?
ISB taught me a lot. But I don’t remember much of the classes. Michigan State changed my life. And I aced the exams too. Wouldn’t be able to reproduce anything from the classes today, if I had to. Same for Delhi University. The best learning has come from what’s happened outside of the class. While I was living life. When I was listening. Observing. Not with the intent to reply. Rather with the intent to learn.
I am colorblind
I have red-green color blindness. Which means, when you see the image below you see a number. And I don’t see anything No pattern at all. Just dots But hey, that’s the world I was born in. It’s my world. And it’s perfect. Except, it’s not! My world is not perfect. It’s incomplete. It’s perhaps even inadequate. How would I even know. Yes, I can make do with what I have and still rule the world. But the fact doesn’t change of what my world really is.
Stuck in a jam
My road to office is a pretty smooth one (from Delhi standards). Takes me around 35 mins to reach and it’s a fairly uninterrupted ride. Occasionally, we get stuck. Maybe a truck broke down, or someone hit someone else. At that point, when we are in a jam, it doesn’t…
You toss a coin. There is a 50% chance it will land as tails. But it doesn’t. Heads it is. You toss again. Heads again And heads again And heads again And heads again With 5 heads in a row, guess what’s the likelihood of tails landing up, when you toss the coin the 6th time? 50%! Doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result is insanity(Einstein) It’s also probability And probability only changes when you change something material.
Win or Lose
Guess the biggest reason why managers do not have a regular 1:1 session with their direct reports? They do not like uncomfortable conversations. Everything else is an excuse. Disguised excuse. Pointing to the same reason eventually. Here is a trick that has helped me navigate through this Before such conversations…