Artificial Intelligence in 2025

  Over the past few weeks, I came across a few articles, all on the topic of the speed of development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and what it could mean to us. The first one is from techcrunch and it provides some compelling charts along with some predictions. Specifically, at some point in the near future, a $1000 computer will have the processing power of ALL humans on earth collectively!  AI is growing faster and faster at an exponential rate.  Once this massive computing power...

Becoming Irreplaceable

  “I am irreplaceable”. I heard this statement when I watched a clipping of Priyanka Chopra’s interview with TIME magazine.  “PC” is an Indian movie star, a former Miss World (year 2000) and plays the lead role in Quantico. A few other statements and thoughts from the interview stayed with me.  Here is a female actress who has not only carved a niche for herself, but constantly works on her self-development, and more importantly, knows where she is going. “I don’t’ want to be stereotyped”...

Reframe the situation

Many times we are faced with a situation that seems to stay static forever.  It does not provide any new opportunities, feels impossible to change, leads to frustration and presents a deadlock. We see this in our career (lack of growth opportunities), sports (of shorter duration, but with no breakthrough in sight) and even in the news. In this post I will show you a few ways to think differently and reframe the situation in your mind.  This re-framing will then force you to think...

Aiming for Transformational Success

  In an earlier post I mentioned the importance of “seeing around the corner” and also how to accomplish that. But simply seeing round the corner, and understanding the next big thing is not enough. You need to keep working on three other things to be able to capture maximum value out of the future environment. If you don’t do this, you may still be able to incrementally improve upon what you are currently doing, and maybe even manage to stay afloat. But you will...

Transformational Success

It is the year-end and then the beginning of a fresh New Year.  So how can I not talk about planning and goal-setting for the New Year? However, this time we will take a long-term view. A year = 12 months = 4 quarters. A year is a good time to review the plans and goals that you set 12 months ago. You should build 4 check-points during the year.  One per quarter. This is when you can check your progress against the goals.  If...

The Power of the Unexpected

  There is a store in New York City called LittleMissMatched. This store took off on the idea of mismatched socks.  Socks are always meant to be a pair, worn one on each foot, and they should match.  This is the EXPECTED norm. Its founders Arielle, Jason and Jonah went “against the grain” and created a $5 million idea, just by being unexpected. Now they sell mismatched earphones, flip flops, gloves, and even a bike and helmet.   The other day I was watching the...

Last minute change of direction – Avoid at all costs

Many times I have experienced firsthand, a brilliant move by a team member that causes a last minute change of direction. I have seen this many times in different initiatives to distinctly note this as human tendency, almost to a pattern. In this post I am referring to initiatives where a team is executing a group exercise following a well-communicated plan. This is not to confuse with individual exercises such as a last minute decision by a driver to swerve left or right to avoid...

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05 Sep

The value of speed

  One of the cultural differences between the likes of Google, Amazon, McKinsey, etc. and corporations (such as manufacturing companies) is SPEED.  The value of speed in your own personal quality and in a corporation's culture cannot...

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23 Aug

Building Trust – a core leadership quality

    Last week I read a post on the “speed of trust” and it got me thinking.  The author, Stephen M.R. Covey (different from Stephen R. Covey of the “7 habits of highly successful...

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18 Jul

See round the corner – identifying, preparing and positioning yourself for the next big thing

  Wayne Gretzky famously attributed the reason for his greatness as a hockey player to his ability to see round the corner.  This is captured in his famous quote that he is able to “to...

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