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...
Wake Up and Walk Up: Tips from Leaders on Their Toughest Days

Wake Up and Walk Up: Tips from Leaders on Their Toughest Days

Good leaders possess number of qualities. One that Jack Welch often talks about is having energy and the ability to energize others. As a leader, you have to be able to get your team pumped up and keep morale high. Your energy sets the mood for the day, so it better be good. But we all have bad days. Some days you feel tired, cranky, anxious, or just generally down. A trade-off of being a leader, however, is that an off day is not an option. Even for a day, a bad attitude around the office, especially from its leader, is toxic to morale, creativity, and productivity—not just because you set the tone for the office but also because your team is likely to read into your attitude. Does this mean numbers are down? Is someone going to get fired? Did that meeting with the client not go well? We’re all prone to worry, especially when our leader isn’t being themselves. In order to lead, you’ve got to be able to snap out of it, get yourself together, and move on. But how do you bring out your best self on your worst day? One trick is to have a walk-up song. It can be your mental jolt to bring you some needed focus and increase your energy.  Admitting, on occasion, I need a little intro to “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin before I leave the car to enter the office.  Baseball players select and change-up their walk-up song to get themselves ready to face 90 MPH fastballs and everyone watched Michael Phelps during the Olympics plugged into his headphones right...
Why Modern Leadership is So Hard?

Why Modern Leadership is So Hard?

Being a leader in today’s world, can feel almost impossible because it appears like you are being pulled in two broadly different directions. On one hand, many of the executives in the c-suite expect immediate results, i.e. short game. On the other hand, you have to play the long game, i.e. with your primary focus being the people whom you are leading. Not to mention you should cater to the wide-range of different generations and also display the leadership styles that each individual on the team needs to perform their best. It sometimes puts the modern professional leaders in a difficult situation and it’s hard to know which is the right way to follow. Lead How You Authentically Lead or Lead How You are Being Told to Lead  One of the recent survey showed that there are 2 Million new employees promoted into the leadership roles in each organizations every year.  However most of the 60% of them fail. Meaning that, 1.2M people fail every year at leadership roles. It’s astonishing to think about it and the effects are huge, which are: Loss of confidence Lack of work fulfilment Eroding workplace culture And the list could go on and on, so here are some of the suggestions you can do to avoid from becoming a statistic in the failure column: Learn From Others, but Be Authentic: SAP CEO, Bill McDermott on the Follow My Lead Podcast said something interesting. He said “At the end of the day, leaders should be authentic and the only way to do that is by learning from other great leaders and then learn lessons of your...