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TAKE THE LONG TERM VIEW

Recently I read “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon” by Brad Stone, where he talks about why and how Amazon survived and thrived while so many companies crashed and burned in the dot com bust of 2000 and the Lehman crisis of 2008. He talks about Jeff Bezos’s long-term thinking.  Bezos…

MANAGERIAL LESSONS FROM CRICKET

Put Your Team’s Success Ahead of Your Own Ego We are all familiar with Virat Kohli; confident committed and focused. We are also familiar with his leadership style; aggressive and in your face, to a point where he “seems” domineering and egoistic. The operative word here is “seems”. An article titled “My Way and Mahi…

IF YOU CAN’T COUNT IT, YOU CAN’T MANAGE IT

The importance of setting measurable targets Peter Drucker the guru of management-gurus said, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure”. Simple words but profound truth. How did so many Japanese companies, with modest beginnings become so successful? Systematic measurement of every parameter at every step of the design, manufacture and delivery process. How did Gates…

THE ART OF NEGOTIATING

Five Habits of Effective Negotiators  We are in the “negotiating mode” during a surprisingly large part of our role as managers. Be it a simple task of persuading a subordinate to do more or a complex business deal; we are “negotiating”! Here are five habits that effective negotiators practice. Try them out and see the…

A PRO IS KNOWN BY HIS / HER EMAILS AND TEXT MESSAGES

Are You Communicating What You Don’t Intend To?  E-mail and Text Messaging are without a doubt the most popular media for communication. Thanks to smartphones and data networks we can mail and text, wherever and whenever while this is wonderful, a word of caution! In these media, we could be unintentionally signalling what we don’t…

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