Caring about the right things

You cannot build a restaurant business without caring about serving good food to customers. You cannot run a successful boutique if you don’t care about making your customers look good.┬áThe only way to achieve sustained long-term success is to care deeply about the right things. A business exists because...

Smart people, hard problems

All organisations want to hire smart people. Hiring pipelines are a constant battle between quality and quantity. When you demand both, the first solution offered by HR consultants is to jack up the pay and perks. You are told to match ‘market standards’. Sure, it solves the problem, but...

Building a high-performance team

This month, I got my hands on a copy of Amp it up by Frank Slootman, the CEO of Snowflake. The book is a follow up to his LinkedIn post with the same title. It was one of those articles, I shared with my team as soon as I...

The Excellence Mindset

“I wish I could clone this person.” If you have ever built a team, this thought would have crossed your mind at least once. Most teams have that one superstar – a bar raiser who excels in her work and sets standards for the whole team. The rest fall...

The Covid lesson we refuse to learn

A new Covid variant emerges every now and then threatening to throw the world into another lockdown. Low vaccination levels, especially in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) allow the virus to mutate freely. There is every chance that a new variant might emerge which is both highly transmissible...

10 business lessons for start up founders from Cricket

Recently in our company blog, we published an article titled Top 10 Leadership & Life Lessons from Tokyo Olympics 2020. While it touched upon my learnings from the game of cricket briefly, this post is essentially a long-form version of it. Cricket is one sport that I have enjoyed...

Tenets of professionalism

Over the last 12 years, I have worked with hundreds of people. Here are some of the top traits I have seen in people that are true professionals. Tenets of professionalism Professionals take ownership of their work. Whether they are serving their notice period in an organisation or just...

When good billionaires become bad

Ruchir Sharma, in his book ‘The 10 Rules of Successful Nations’, talks about ‘bad billionaires’ and ‘good billionaires’. Bad billionaires owe their wealth to rent-seeking industries like minerals, petroleum, real estate etc. Good billionaires owe their wealth to innovative industries that boost productivity and improve the overall quality of...

The Psychology of Money – My Highlights

Last month I read ‘The Psychology of Money’ by Morgan Housel. These are the highlights I made. On idols and role models and following their paths Therefore, focus less on specific individuals and case studies and more on broad patterns. Studying a specific person can be dangerous because we...

India and The 10 Rules of Successful Nations

What will it take for India to succeed? When will we shed the tag of emerging nation and graduate to developed nation status? Why is 28% of our population still poor? We explore these questions in detail in this article based on the book ‘The 10 Rules of Successful...