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Helping folks with practical tips to manage themselves better


Month: August 2023

Comfortable Inaction Is Expensive

comfortable inaction

John F. Kennedy popularised the idea of comfortable Inaction through one of his quotes-“There are risks and costs to a program of actions. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable Inaction.” Comfortable Inaction is our Read more…

Five Ways To Be Present

be present

Notes from my daily journal-29/08/2023 Yesterday, I returned home from work late evening and sat on the couch, scrolling through my phone notifications and half-heartedly listening to my wife talk about her day. All the while, I was thinking about Read more…

Five Steps To Building Rapport


People I work with often ask me how I manage to develop deep connections and rapport with people I may have met recently. Pondering on my relationships and experiences, I can pinpoint five deliberate practices I consistently employ to establish a Read more…

Weekend Story-The Almond Tree

almond tree

I said to the almond tree, “Sister, speak to me of God.” And the almond tree blossomed.

Dealing With Ambiguity


As a business leader, every year, I set clear goals of what I want to achieve, create detailed plans, devise strategies, and set up milestones to track. Unfortunately, things often times don’t go as per my best-laid plans.   I have Read more…

How You Make Them Feel

make them feel

A couple of days back, something interesting happened as I was at the Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi to board a flight back to Kuala Lumpur.¬†Someone working with my previous organization recognized me and called out my name I walked towards Read more…

Conversations-The Currency Of Leadership

currency of leadership

A wise leader once said that conversations are the currency of leadership.   If you are a leader, your entire influence and contribution boils down to the nature of conversations you have with your team, colleagues, clients, and stakeholders. To help me Read more…

Three Factors For A Good Life

good life

Came across this idea in a blog post on Farnam Street. Big ambitions, low expectations, and high standards are a powerful combination for living your best life.¬† Ambitions pull you forward when it’s hard. They connect you to something larger. Read more…

Good Execution Comes From Good Planning

good planning

I’m currently in Nairobi, gearing up to host a prestigious Insurance leadership forum scheduled for tomorrow. This event brings together distinguished leaders from the insurance industry, and my team and I have invested significant effort in its preparation. As I Read more…

Experience Is When Ability Transforms Into Expertise


Both my kids are accomplished amateur musicians. As a parent, watching them develop their musical abilities has been fascinating. In the early days, their musical learning was rote-based. The teacher taught a few melodic tunes, and my kids practiced what Read more…