Mukesh Gupta

Book Review – Indistractable by Nir Eyal

Overview: I got a digital preview copy of this book via NetGalley. This book is all about how to handle distractions that are hurled at us from all directions. What is the book about: In his previous book – Hooked, Nir shared the framework that…

Book Review – The Disruption Mindset by Charlene Li

Overview: I got a digital preview copy of this book via NetGalley. The book is about is basically about what do organizations (typically incumbent organizations) do to be successful at the business of disruption, the assumption being that it is unusua...

Book Review – Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by...

Overview: I bought this book on Audible after listening to the author talk to Roman Mars on his podcast – 99% Invisible) and listened to the audio book, which the author has read herself. The book is primarily about three things: Design Data and Women...

Convenience Trumps Everything Else

Premise: I have realised this truth: Convenience trumps everything else. If you think about it, almost everything that we do, we do because it is convenient, not because it is the right thing to do, not what we say we want to do, but what…

Strategy to Execution to enable Intelligent Enterprise

Premise All organisation have a stated strategy – one that they would like to execute on. However, most organisations are not able to execute the stated strategy, which leads to the organisation not being able to live up to its potential and deliver wh...

Why Do Startups Fail?

Premise: There has been enough written about startups and reasons why almost all of them fail. So, why write another post about this? Even though there is no dearth of resources (blogs, videos, books, stories, etc) on reasons why startups fail and how ...

Ten Rules for Building a Good Company

Today, I stumbled upon a book – “Tree-Ring Management” by Hiroshi Tsukakoshi. Hiroshi san is the Chairman of a kanten manufacturer far from the bustle of Tokyo , amid the natural beauty of Nagano prefecture in Japan. In the book, he argues that the pri...

An Unconventional Approach to Manage Your Projects

Almost everyone project manager that I meet wants to find out a way to do two things: Deliver their projects on-budget and on-time Be innovative in their approach while doing so Yet, we know that most projects are neither on-budget nor on-time. The big...

Samsung unveils A “Phablet” – a Foldable Phone or a Foldable Tablet?

In their developer conference, Samsung revealed (partially) a working prototype of a tablet that can be folded into a phone.  Tablet or a phone – A matter of framing:  While everyone around the world is calling it a “foldable phone”, I would ...

Why Good Ideas Don’t Fly and What To Do About It?

Every leader talks about the importance of innovation to their business. In public, every leader talks about how they and their teams are at the fore front of innovation. In private, the very same leaders confess that they are nowhere near the level of...

4 Pathways to Innovation

I was facilitating a group of senior leaders who were tasked with leading the innovation effort in their respective organization and started the facilitation with the simple yet profound question – “How do you define innovation?”. The best answer I’v...

Personal Data Replaces Cash at this Cafe

Shiru café looks like any other coffee shop. But the similarities end there. If you were to go to the café for some hard earned caffeine, the chances are that you will be refused your caffeine unless you are either a student or a teaching…

The State of the Gig Economy

We have all at some point in time talked about or heard about the growth of the gig economy and how this could potentially be the future of work. While the number of people participating in the gig economy has been on a growth path,…

Big Data, Automation and Cows Who Decide When they want to be Milked

I came across this interesting read on Quartz.com. The post is about a farm in Iceland where the entire barn is automated. Here are some quotes from the article. When one of their cows wants to be milked, she walks to the center of the…

How to Help a Colleague Who Seems Off Their Game

When we think about productivity at work, we need to think beyond ourselves. As they say, as a team we are as strong or as productive as the weakest link on our team. This translates to the fact that if someone on our team is…

How To Make Good Decisions

One thing that follows us all day around is the need to make decisions. Right from the time we wake up to the time that we go to sleep, we keep making decisions, one after the other. Some of these decisions are simple and don’t…

Leadership Effectiveness – Questions to Ask of Ourselves

As leaders, the way we behave when we are alone or amongst a group is always noticed by everyone around and has an impact whether we like it or not and whether it is intentional or not. So, it is better to be intentional about…

The Subtle and Critical Art of Questioning

Lawyers have known all along that the way word their question to a witness, determines the response they get from the witness. They have used this practical knowledge for decades to both right the wrongs and wrong some rights.  In a research paper...

Engaging Freelancers To Benefit from the Gig Economy

In a recent study it was found that an estimated 11 percent of the working adult population was composed of full-time freelancers in 2016, and more than one-third of the entire population had freelanced at some point. What’s more, 86 percent of contrac...

Intentions (Announcements) Vs Actions

The Announcements We have recently had a lot of announcements around businesses deciding not to use plastic straws as they wreck havoc on the environment specially on marine lives. And many more. All of this is action is in part a response to a social…

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