Why ‘No’ is the Most Important Word You’ll Ever Say.

Why ‘No’ is the Most Important Word You’ll Ever Say.

I chase every opportunity that comes in my way. My company was brand new and I needed clients. To grow my career, I said yes to everything. At first, it was great. My professional network grew. But then I hit a wall. I was exhausted and overcommitted. My calendar continued to fill up, but my bottom line was stagnating. I was so busy chasing down every opportunity that I became unfocused. So I took a step back and started to measure what events and activities actually made my career grow. I changed my career model and agreed only to the opportunities that helped me scale my career growth and I learned to say no to everything else. So why is one tiny word so hard for most of us to say? It’s because deep down inside, we all want to be liked. We worry that saying “no” will change the way others view us. This can be especially difficult if you’re a people pleaser. But before you take on any more responsibilities, here are some guidelines to consider. Be proactive.When you say yes to every opportunity, your actions become reactive and it can bleed in to other areas of your business. You may become oversensitive to pressure-filled situations and lose focus. Reactive entrepreneurs often become slaves to the demands of clients, employees, investors and partners. Instead of working toward your long-term goals, you could find yourself chasing after every dollar — and undermine your future earnings in the process. Develop criteria for events.Make a list of objectives and goals for yourself and your business. When you decide to attend an event or conference,...
Train Your Brain to Become a Better Leader

Train Your Brain to Become a Better Leader

Good news, old dogs – new tricks can be learned. And the secret to making dramatic changes to behaviour involves one of the coolest new trends in contemporary science – neuroplasticity. So, what exactly is neuroplasticity? To put it simply, it’s the ability of the nervous system to respond to stimuli by reorganizing its structure, function and connections. There is plenty of evidence proving the incredible capabilities of the brain. Human beings can indeed change the way they behave and think, even in the presence of brain disorders. An April 2016 case study published in Perspectives in Psychiatric Care found that patients with schizophrenia who underwent intervention strategies like cognitive remediation and physical activity can improve cognitive function and their quality of life while positively modifying neuroplasticity in schizophrenia. Neuroplasticity sheds some light on the human ability to essentially change the structure of the brain. As needs change, people are able to create new neural pathways as a way to adapt. These changes are the brain’s method of tuning itself to a new habit or practice. Neuroplasticity and the workplace. How does this impact the professional world? For those who want to go for that promotion but don’t consider themselves to be a leader, think again. Leaders are needed and are in short supply. According to the Workplace Trends’ Global Workforce Leadership survey, almost half of the companies surveyed note that leadership is the hardest skill to find in employees. Many companies are trying to implement leadership training courses to proactively address this growing concern. The 2015 Business Human Capital Challenges Report from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that one of the top concerns...
Nine Myths of Success- Debunked!

Nine Myths of Success- Debunked!

Success, in itself has no definite meaning, as it changes from person to person accordingly. But on a general note, the common idea of success means financial affluence, increased societal status, a happy family, and many such indicators. Since there is a clichéd understanding of success, there are also a few connotations attached to it. Not necessarily true, here we are debunking much popular notions surrounding the popular idea of success: 1. Success makes you a better person When people work in a very demanding role that makes them deeply competitive. It rubs off on their personal life also. People seem to be on a short temper all the time, flaring up at people including their family for no reason. Once this is realized, people can make an attentive effort to separate their work life from personal life and things can soon return to being normal. Staying level headed and not letting success go to your head sometimes needs a conscious intent! 2. To succeed, you need to focus on some parts of your life more, however once you are successful you can balance your life again When you focus too much on one aspect of your life at the expenditure of other aspects which are equally important, you cannot always escape the consequences. Let’s look at an example. In 2009 Ranjan Das, the SAP India CEO, died of a massive heart attack. He was 42 years old and active in sports, was a fitness fanatic and also a marathon runner with no history of any type of cardiac problem. So what led to this tragedy? Apparently, as he had...
Should Employees Be Allowed to Take A Nap At Work?

Should Employees Be Allowed to Take A Nap At Work?

It was 2:30 in the afternoon, I decided to take a short walk outside the office and found scores of other employees just walking around after lunch. A few were taking their regular strolls, a few others were catching a smoke break, others just sitting and chitchatting. One thing that I could see on their faces, was a slight hint of boredom which sometimes extended to an agitated frown. Some of them were yawning too, with huge coffee cups in their hands, trying to stay awake for the next 4 hours. They were not just tired, they were exhausted. In a rapidly growing economy like India, the boom in IT and corporate sector has resulted in not only mushrooming of skilled/unskilled jobs, it has also brought about a huge shift in the working culture. In contrast to the hitherto stagnant public sector institutions and government organizations, these companies brought with them a culture of growth, and upscaling. It provided a young workforce with huge opportunities to prove themselves, and they lapped it up with full gusto and pride. In the past few years, India has become one of the greatest hubs of service sector boom which has resulted in a huge leap for the International companies. Where am I going with this? I am going to the scary place which no one wants to talk about. I am going to talk about a revamp in the work culture of “well-known, multinational, present in more than 150 countries et cetera” kind of companies. The regular work hours of most of these companies ranges between 8.5 to 9 hours. It is...
Want to Be Successful? Make Sure You Practice These 10 Things!

Want to Be Successful? Make Sure You Practice These 10 Things!

Here’s the thing: some of the most successful leaders in the world will readily admit that they aren’t any smarter, luckier, more talented, or even more confident than their less   successful peers. So, what is it that leads to their success? We tried finding out what exactly makes people stand out and take the charge. Leadership is no easy feat to achieve in today’s competitive times, yet the people who overcome every hurdle and reach the top are no different than the rest of us. There is only a slight difference that brings all the change. We are letting you in on that secret, so that you can try these yourself. A successful leader always has these traits: 1. Be Trusting and trustworthy: Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests that great leaders make their employees feel secure and draw staffers into a circle of trust. 2. Emotionally connected to the work: Author Robert Greene has interviewed and analysed the lives of people he calls “masters” and discovered that the most successful leaders were emotionally connected to their work and their success. Success, he says, is often a result of resiliency and a love of what you’re doing. 3. Sensitive and flexible: Researcher Jeffrey Pfeffer studied great leaders of history and noted that recognizing and being sensitive to the needs of others, and then being flexible enough to fit your position to match, were keys to successful leadership. 4. Creative: Research shows that most people will do whatever is easy, but the most successful among us get creative to do what works best instead, and that is always the path to success. 5. Willing to fail: Author Dan Schwabel notes that successful leaders have a willingness...