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Ben (Name changed), a research and development director at a pharmaceutical company, was distraught. “A situation happened at work today that I can’t get out of my head,” he said. It turned out that Ben had spent hours preparing for an all-hands meeting with colleagues across the globe. He reviewed the agenda, drafted his talking points, and logged on to the conference software ready to contribute.

Then, things went askew. Ben struggled to be heard above more dominant colleagues, and when he did get an opportunity to speak, he felt flustered and flubbed his words. Afterward, Ben was preoccupied with…


Thinking is considered a waste of time today.

Imagine, if you found someone sitting alone in a conference room or someplace with no laptop, no devices, with just a pad/pen thinking? What will be your reaction?

It will be like — “ This guy is a nut case, what is he doing?

But he is thinking, reflecting, and getting things in perspective or solving a problem.

Thinking, reflecting, and getting deeper into our own consciousness have given human beings all the ideas, inventions, & discoveries around the world. …


It's the People

People are the foundation of any company’s success. The primary job of each manager is to help people be more effective in their job and to grow and develop. We have great people who want to do well, are capable of doing great things, and come to work fired up to do them. Great people flourish in an environment that liberates and amplifies that energy. Managers create this environment through support, respect, and trust.

Support means giving people the tools, information, training, and coaching they need to succeed. It means continuous effort to develop people’s skills. …


Why be happy only for the big moments in life?

Why can’t we be happier, laugh more and make merry for the smaller moments? Why can’t we lower our bar to get excited and be happier about the small things?

If we divide life into two parts:-

The first part — Smaller, daily, or routine things that happen. It constitutes 90% of our lifetime. Smaller things like:-

A casual laugh with friends.

An emotional smile with your other half.

The tasty food. The smell of coffee.

Sunlight in your face.

Playing with your kids. Play games with your family & friends.

Helping others sometimes going out of the way.

These smaller moments happen almost daily and frequently but we choose…


Why we set up Goals? A simple answer is to be successful. If you are a sports-person winning the sport. If an entrepreneur then achieving a revenue level or key metrics. And if a student aiming to excel in exams to get a good career.

At the same time, I am sure our fellow sports-person, business competitors, or classmates are also setting similar goals.

But only a few of us achieves these goals. So what differentiates between setting Goals and achieving them -

The Systems(Process) is the differentiator, which we build consistently not Goals.

Here are few problems with setting…


No matter how many self-help and motivation books I read if things do not move as planned the feeling of despair creeps in.

But if we look at it closely things rarely move as per plan for anyone, it’s either good or bad based on our perception of the situation.

In the end, nothing is as good as it seems or as bad as it seems. And the feeling of despair will go away as the new day comes.

So whenever the feeling comes in I remember this quote from Gita:

Whatever happened, happened for the good. Whatever is happening, is happening for the good. Whatever will happen, will also happen for the good. — Bhagavad Gita


Learning is hard, it requires self-discipline to learn. But it's a misconception today that learning should be fun & interesting and if it’s not fun, skip it and move on to something different. In fact, this is a big problem for the coming generation as they misconstrue that learning can only be when it’s interesting.

Whereas we know that initial attraction to a subject or activity is very different from actual learning. Actual learning requires hard work, self-discipline, and a lot of patience.

Learn what you are interested in, really?

As a student, if we only learn what we are interested in then we will never learn…


The way we handle our money in our working life determines how well or worse-off we are. Those with utter disregard for money, savings, and investments end up living a miserable post-retirement life.

I would say this is the most important lesson in life which some of us come to know when its a bit late.

Hence we should teach these lessons to our children as early as possible:

Lesson #1: Teach Them that Money is Earned by Hard Work

My kid thought that money is produced by ATM machines. Just punch how much you want and it will give out that much to you.

It is important to tell our…


As a technologist or product owners, we have a choice — Solve complex problems or solve consumer problems? Believe me, there is a huge difference.

Being techy it gives us people a thrill to solve complex problems even if the problem has zero correlation to a real consumer.

As long as its complex we want to solve it :). Let’s not get into why of it? Maybe it gives a mind thrill or gives a good massage to our ego.

But then what’s the point of product & technology, if it does not solve consumer problems? or real-world problems?

I…


Being an entrepreneur I know how critical it is to get the right candidates, but at the same time, it’s impossible to spend a lot of time interviewing and screening each candidate. Hence I started researching how to screen the best candidates in the fastest way possible.

Here are a few learnings which I started using and gave surprisingly good results the best part it requires much lesser time for screening the “A candidates” from “B & C candidates”. (Some points are taken from book WHO — The A Method for Hiring)

Target: The initial screening interview should be short…

Amit S

Entrepreneur | Storyteller | Learner | Reader. Meet me at https://www.9skips.com/

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