From Leadership

Remembering Steve Jobs

My first direct experience with a computer was in using an Apple IIC plus in my dad’s den. I was not even 10 years old, but playing games on that computer would occupy entire weekends! When my neighbor got an Apple IIGS with a color monitor I was really in heaven – wasting even more …

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Don’t Be Busy

The most successful people I know don’t act like they are busy. They actually are incredibly busy by most people’s standards, they just don’t come off that way. When you talk with them you have their full attention. They listen to you. They walk in a quick but not hurried fashion. They speak clearly and …

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Powerful Words

It doesn’t a lot of words to make a big impact. A few powerful words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s final speech.

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Trust and leadership

If you want to lead and wonder what it takes for people to trust you and be willing to follow your direction, demonstrate that you trust them. You’ll be amazed at what people will do to live up to your absolute trust in their capabilities.

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Step Out of the Box

Update: A well-informed reader – Mike –  let me know that the car in the photo above is highly unqiue – one of the only ones in the country at this time – and it does not have a govenor in it. Also, the use of govenors are primarily for environmental and other reasons, as opposed to …

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Create a Movement

Creating a movement is not easy. It requires that you do things that others seem as unnatural and maybe even weird. People will say you should stop doing whatever it is. They may think you are crazy and even laugh a little. Most living things feel safer as a member of a crowd, not out …

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Leadership in Everyday Life

Leadership is one of the most misunderstood and puzzling things. Last week I was with a group of team leaders at work discussing leadership. I felt that this is something we should challenge people do more of. Someone made the comment that “Ravi…you know that we can’t have everyone lead. We don’t have enough stuff …

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Actions Speak Loudly

One of my favorites sayings (not sure who to attribute it to): “Who you are speaks so loudly, I can hardly hear a word you are saying” When you have nothing to prove and are acting out of sheer joy, interest, kindness and support – you end up making a far bigger impact than you …

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

What you (or a customer, or a partner, etc.) do is far more powerful than what you say. We know in marketing that the best form of marketing is a referral from someone who has actually used and can vouch for a product. In family situations, kids learn best not by being told what to …

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How To Win Friends And Influence People (Part III)

Listening to the audio book for How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Read Part 1 and Part 2 for insights from the earlier portions of the book. Here are some insights from this evening’s listening: See things always from another person’s point of view – always, try as hard as you …

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How To Win Friends – Part II

Listening to “How to Win Friends and Influence People ” by Dale Carnegie again. Here are some stream of conscious nuggets I’m picking up while listening. Read Part I for more nuggets. The best way to win an argument, is to avoid it. Quit telling people they are wrong, after all, how do you really …

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How To Win Friends

Listening to “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie (again). There are thousands of books on self-help and business leadership out there but this is definitely the one that matters. I like listening to the audio book version. It forces me to take in every word whereas in print form I end …

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Embracing Uncertainty

There is a direct correlation between the amount of uncertainty that you are able to let into your life and accept, and the quality of your overall life experiences. The best things that I have ever experienced in my life were born from situations that were to a large extent highly uncertain. A few example….there …

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A Few Good Reads

Darri left a comment to my last post about “The Dip” asking what some of my favorite books are. This post isn’t about my all-time favorite books, but rather about books that I’ve read recently and have enjoyed. Here are five that I particularly like right now. The Dip. I just wrote about it and …

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Lessons in Life From America’s Next President

I’m usually not a big fan of Men’s Health magazine, but this month there is a great article full of life lessons from inspiring people Lance Armstrong, Michael Pollan (author of the Omnivore’s Dilemma) and even Barack Obama are featured! The more I read about Barack the more I like him and look forward to …

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Stimulus Response

I am a mouse on a wheel. It might be a shiny, diamond-studded wheel that spins all nice and smooth, but it is still a wheel. I’m a stimulus/response machine. I don’t see this as an inherently bad thing. It is what it is. It’s this behavior that has helped me succeed in many things. It …

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Motivation: What It Means and How To Get It!

This article is a summary from a live group discussion (moderated by Ravi Raman) during the April 14th Seattle Personal Development POWERGROUP meeting. Motivation is not some magic gift reserved only for the exceptional and accomplished few. It is something that each and every one of us can harness to get more done, while enjoying …

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