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Confirmation Bias

Confirmation bias

Confirmation Bias- If people have the chance to gather information or feedback from the world around them, they are more likely to choose the information that confirms their pre-existing attitudes, beliefs, and actions.  Most of us pretend we want the truth Read more…

What’s Your End Game?

End Game

I wrote a blog titled The Fisherman’s Parable a couple of years back.  The parable is about a business executive who tries to convince a fisherman to give up his idyllic lifestyle to set up a fishing business, only to realize in Read more…

Don’t Be A Banyan Tree

Banyan tree

Long back, when I was a first-time manager and a leader, I struggled with one specific challenge. If there was something important, I would do the critical parts of the task on my own, without delegating. My constant worry was Read more…

Weekend Story-David & Goliath Retold

David Goliath

David was a small boy who one day decided to take on the giant Goliath in a one-on-one duel. He had only a slingshot and five stones as weapons, and he was ready to go to battle against a fierce Read more…

When Does One Retire?


In my mid-thirties, I harbored a romantic notion that I would earn some pot money by the time I was forty-five or fifty, and then I would retire. Retirement seemed synonymous with freedom, where I was not obligated to anyone, Read more…

Challenges Exist To Test Our Desire !!


It was a pleasure to be in Singapore today, attending the renowned Singapore Fintech Festival. I enjoyed catching up with many friends and exchanging notes on innovation across several fields. Among the many conversations I had today, one with a Read more…

Weekend Story-UBUNTU


An anthropologist once visited a tribal village in South Africa. He spent the day engaging with the tribe members. Then, in the evening, he gathered all the children in the village and proposed a race.  He placed a basket full Read more…

Art Of Possibility


“Every problem, every dilemma, every dead end we find ourselves facing in life, only appears unsolvable inside a particular frame or point of view. Enlarge the box, or create another frame around the data, and problems vanish, while new opportunities Read more…

The Lesson Death Imparts


It was a proud day for our family as my younger son graduated from high school today. As we sat in the auditorium, watching the graduation ceremony and a witty commencement speech delivered by one of his teachers, I was Read more…

Weekend Story-The Two Brothers

Two Brothers

This is a story about two brothers. One of the brothers was a drug addict and a drunkard who had a history of being violent. The other was a successful businessman who had a wonderful family and was respected in Read more…