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August 8, 2016

Are you coming?

It’s easy to opt out when the going gets tough. When you seem to have lost thepassion and can’t find your purpose. It does not look like there is a way out. Even when it is tough, turn up. Sometimes, just turning up is the solution. When you turn up enough, you will realize your passion and purpose again. Is quitting going to help?
August 5, 2016

How do you prepare?

Have a pre-flight checklist. That’s one way. But checking the boxes is the easy part. The hard part is ensuring that each of those items in the checklist is in tip-top condition. Are you ready for take-off?
August 4, 2016

Who’s checking on you?

Your bad habits, things you know you should change, things you should do to do the things you should do. No one. Only you. So if you do nothing. Nothing changes. It’s your life. No one cares. Even if they do, they can’t do much. What are you going to do?
August 3, 2016

How do you work with juniors?

Nurture don’t neglect. Neglect can come in many forms – aggression, a bullying attitude, ignoring, and harsh words. Just as you have been mentored and given chances. Now it’s your turn to do so. Nurture others, so you too may grow. How is your growth?
August 2, 2016

Will it make a difference?

Today you should stop and ask yourself if you are one of those people who ask for opinions to validate answers you already have. Ask if you are the person who stands ready to change your decision when you hear something that gives you a different perspective. Expert opinions have great value. But only if you know how to value it. Why did you ask?
August 1, 2016

So what if you give up?

It’s OK to dream a little. Get excited and sometimes just never execute them. What is not OK is to make dreaming such a habit that you never execute. Sometimes dreaming is just one of the many ways you begin to curate the many dreams you have. Give up on some so you know which to pursue. Start by writing them down. Shortlist them. Choose the one that you keep having recurring dreams on. What refuses to go away?
July 29, 2016

What did the guru say?

Gurus can change their views too. Because a guru can be exposed to different things in their life that forces them to become wiser or to re-evaluate their earlier point of views. Gurus need to improve too. And that improvement may mean having to apologize for less than perfect views earlier. Give people room to grow. Gurus included. When did the guru say it?
July 28, 2016

Are you popular?

Be who you are to the people that matter. All others don’t matter. This is true in business or your personal life. Are you exclusive?
July 27, 2016

Did you see the work it took to get there?

Learn to feel happy for people who achieved their goals, even if that person is your enemy. When you respect the work that went into getting that hot star she aimed for, your goals becomes easier and faster to reach. Don’t put your efforts on the pedestal and flush others’ down the toilet. Respect hard work with wholeheartedness, regardless of the person or the field. That’s your missing ingredient. Can you be happy for others?
July 26, 2016

Are you scared?

There is a very thin line between being cautious and being fearful. One keeps you vigilant and alert. The other gives you cold feet and chickenheartedness. What do you see?
July 25, 2016

What would you like to have today?

Some agencies (or consultancies) are run on the restaurant business model. You know where you are the patron and the agency is the restaurant. You see the servicing guy or gal as the waiter. They literally wait on you and serve you what you want. Nothing wrong with that, if that is what you need and that is how they run their business. Some other consultancies are run on a medicine business model. You know where you are the patient and the consultancy is the specialist doctor attending to you. Sure, you can dictate the way you want to be […]
July 22, 2016

Will it be wasted?

Wealth not shared is wasted. Knowledge not shared is wasted. Wisdom not shared is wasted. Time not shared is wasted. But once these are shared with you, you must in turn share them. You must learn to cherish them and use them. Otherwise, it is wasted on you. What do you give?
July 21, 2016

How can you teach?

Those who are ignorant will always find your knowledge and wisdom offensive.Offend them anyway. Eventually they will learn. Do they find you offensive?
July 20, 2016

Do you think you are that hard working?

Discipline and commitment are very hurtful words. Especially when you don’t have them. They force you to look at yourself. They usher you to confront your laziness. Because, “I have no time” is an excuse that commitment and discipline do not accept. These two words only understand “make time”. You are where you are now and unhappy with your lack of progress because you won’t dare to stare commitment and discipline in its eyes. Are you just plain lazy?
July 19, 2016

Did you do the writing?

Read, write and think. Just because you have left school doesn’t mean you discard these. Be a self respecting professional. Read up all the required reading in your line of work. Yeah, like required reading your professors lists for you. Even if you did not attend college (or uni), you should know the required reading list for your industry. Being a good reader makes you a good writer. The more you read, the better you write. The better you write, the better you think too. Having good oratorical skills does not mask your lack of intellect, the shallowness of your […]
July 18, 2016

Why aren’t you considering this?

Because over the years, an expert would have developed a way to look at the important factors and disregard the non-influential ones. An expert may come off as presumptuous when arriving at a decision quickly. It is precisely because of the expertise developed over the years that the expert can isolate the important factors quickly. To you, it may be a fast 10 minutes decision (and a fast 10 minutes decision cannot be good, can it?) But the expert took more than 10 years to develop that skill she used in the 10 minutes. Do you know what is important?
July 15, 2016

Do you hate routines?

Routines are good. It helps takes thinking out of every mundane situation. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are routine. It’s written down so that the whole unit need not spend an astronomical amount of time thinking and deciding on a routine scenario. To cut time and speed efficiency, learn to have routines and standards. Not everything needs to be customized and personalized. This isn’t an excuse to be lazy. This is thinking ahead, so time spent thinking can be spent more on stuff that needs thinking. One way to do this is to set a timeline. When the deadline hits, decide […]
July 14, 2016

How do you force yourself to be better?

Well, by doing what you have to do, to do what you have to do. Most people know what is necessary for them to do to be better. But most choose the easy way. Develop some mental grit and toughness, that’s the first step. Once you have the mental fortitude to face the challenge, taking an actionable step is easier. What are you made of?
July 13, 2016

Where are your gaps?

Identify them. That’s what you should be doing. Be it on a personal level or a professional level, whether it is a personal goal or a marketing goal. Once you do those, you will see an immediate jump in performance. What should you be doing?
July 12, 2016

What do you want to learn?

Most people plan out their goals. But not many plan out what they need in order to achieve those goals. Ideally you would have all the skills and knowledge to achieve those goals. But let’s be frank here, you aren’t likely to have all of it. Sure, you can employ people, ask for advice and such. But it helps a great deal when you have some form of knowledge. Have learning goals. What do you need in terms of skills and knowledge to achieve your goals? What do you need to learn? Then take a course, read a book or […]
July 11, 2016

Are there stupid questions?

The adage that “There are no stupid questions” is not true. The smarter ones know this adage is to encourage questions. The stupid ones take this as a license to be lazy. Get some base knowledge for the things you will be involved in. Whether it is visiting a tourist site or getting into a meeting or taking a new course. Then ask questions to clarify and further that base knowledge.
July 8, 2016

When are you failing?

When are you succeeding?
July 5, 2016

Who’s the hero?

Here’s how you should look at your bad days. Especially if you like being a hero. Bad days are tests. All heroes – factual and fictitious ones – go through their journeys of bad days. They overcome their quota (mileage varies on this one for different heroes) of bad days or string of bad days and they become even more badass heroes to us. Bad days (or weeks or months or years) are battle scars. They are bragging rights. They are hero badges. Be glad you are blessed with bad days. How many badges do you have?
July 4, 2016

What is the time?

  It’s time to make time. You never have time because you never MADE the time. Things get done when you make time for it. Set a time and when the time comes, do what you have to do to do what you need to do. How do you make time?
July 1, 2016

What’s good for you?

Bigger, faster, stronger – these have become default measurements in your mind. You have made it a habit to measure things according to these. But bigger, faster, stronger may not be better for you. Decide early on what is better for you. Then measure based on that. What would be great?
June 30, 2016

Do you want to make it better?

Start complimenting each time you get good service, when people go out of the way to help you, when people did more and did better. Compliment these people and better yet, let their bosses know. This to me is better than complaining about bad service. What good does your complaint do?
June 29, 2016

What are your advantages?

“There is nothing more vulnerable than entrenched success.” – George Romney, President of American Motors 1948-1962. What are your threats and challenges?
June 28, 2016

Do you know the answer?

If you don’t, then at least know where to find it and who to ask. Don’t say “I don’t know” and expect to do nothing. You know at least one thing – Google. Start there. Then call some friends. Are you just plain lazy?
June 27, 2016

What do you believe in?

Data is fickle. You can manage data a certain way to support the ideas you want to sell in a presentation anyway you like it. You can build a religion around data you want to believe. Let experience drive your decision. But if you have less than 10 years of experience? Data is your friend. And oh, that old lady in the meeting with the experience? She is your best friend. What evidence do you seek?
June 24, 2016

Are you really strong?

Big doesn’t mean strong. Case in point, huge egos are the most fragile. What’s your weakness?
June 23, 2016

How much is your opinion?

Most people want to have opinions. Some love to give their opinions whether solicited or otherwise. But only the rare few want to do the hard work of havinggood respectable opinions. It’s much easier to hide behind, “Oh it’s my right to have an opinion” than to do the hard work – reading, researching and sometimes reviewing your own stubborn views. Murder your own views when necessary with the intellectual humility of a drug discovery scientist when new evidence shows that your opinion is downright deplorable. The path to respected opinion is a hard one. Take it anyway. Do people […]
June 21, 2016

Are you too rigid?

You learn from a structure so you can liberate yourself from a structure. That’s why you are repeatedly being told to learn the principles. Principles are taught in a structure to make learning easier. Once you have learned the principles, you don’t need the structure. You follow and apply the principles. Can you tell the difference?
June 20, 2016

How do you get work done?

Sit down, do it till it is done. Do you have the assiduity?
June 17, 2016

What’s your greatest risk?

The greatest risk is not taking any risk. What’s the safest way?
June 16, 2016

Aren’t they weird?

Interesting, not weird. We all have different realities. Seeing others as weird pushes you apart. Seeing them as interesting pulls you in. Immensely more interesting that way considering seeing others as weird creates potential for conflict. How do you judge?
June 15, 2016

What’s part of the deal?

There are many things that are difficult to put in writing as part of the business deal. Of course, you should always strive to include every scope of work possible. But when it is not possible, when the dynamics of business necessitates that there is a little room for negotiation, a bit of give and take, and ad hoc requests – what do you do? Well, what you do is build what Charlie Munger calls a “seamless web ofdeserved trust.” When there is mutual trust, there will be minimal reliance on the process and the papers and the sub-points. That […]
June 14, 2016

Are you entitled to an opinion?

“I’m not entitled to have an opinion on this subject unless I can state the arguments against my position better than the people who are supporting it. I think that only when I reach that stage am I qualified to speak.” – Charlie Munger Are you a subject matter expert?
June 13, 2016

Do you want to succeed?

Do a little, do it often, do it over a long period of time. I think it’s also calledcommitment. I think that’s how Warren Buffet invests. What do you want to be good at?
June 10, 2016

Why are you blind?

Don’t ignore the obvious. Just because you feel your challenge is complicated, doesn’t mean the answer needs to be complicated. As if complicated answers are the only real answers. No one knows you? Deploy a medium that gives you the most reach. Want to engage? Execute something that will get them to react hand, foot and mouth. Shiny words and claptrap won’t solve your problems. Why are you deaf?
June 9, 2016

Are you making it better?

Making it better doesn’t mean implementing your suggestion. It’s simple to understand but difficult to implement because you will always feel whatever that came from you is better. Some quick and dirty questions to keep your ego in check: Does it help meet the objective better than the other options offered? Do I have expertise in this area? Will my suggestion simplify or complicate? Just because you are adding more suggestions doesn’t make something better. Sometimes, shutting up is a better option. What’s your agenda?
June 8, 2016

Do you want to be an entrepreneur?

Boil down the thousand small things you have to attend to daily, the essence you will get is this: You will wonder if today’s sale will be better than yesterday’s sale. Then you will wonder if this week’s sales is better than last week, this month’s sales is better than last month, and then this year’s sale is better than the last. When you have a bad run, you wonder when it will be over, when you have a good run; you wonder how long it will last. Can I change your mind?
June 7, 2016

What are champions made of?

I am not a champion. Perhaps let the champion of champions tell you. “Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” – Muhammad Ali What are you made of?
June 6, 2016

What’s the best practice?

Brands have been built by zigging when others are zagging. Screw the best practice sometimes. Going against the grain has its merit. You already know that. Of course your ass is on the line. But that’s the best kind of reward. Are you all in?
June 3, 2016

What’s in your suggestion?

Here’s a secret you already know. The way to make your brand stronger is to do what the brand needs. Not what you are comfortable in executing for the brand. What are you hiding?
June 2, 2016

How badly do you want it?

The road to your objective can sometimes be laden with different sort of obstacles that stand in your way. Some are dead ends, some are just troublesome, yet others are a challenge to scale. But with each obstacle that you overcome, you become better. Better yet, you become wiser. Wiser in taking a better path the next time. Wiser in giving up an unworthy pursuit. There is a time to stop. There is a time to suck it up. The wisdom to know comes from climbing up enough hills of swords and swimming through enough oceans of fire. How much valor […]
June 1, 2016

What have you done?

What you have done gives employers a hint of what you can potentially do. But make no mistake. Good employers don’t place too much emphasis on what has been done before. They are more interested in what you can do. What can you do?
May 31, 2016

What’s your mileage?

People tend to think experience equates expertise. But you know these two can be mutually exclusive. Just because you spent 20 years as a store keeper, doesn’t mean you are an expert at store keeping. You can be a mediocre store keeper and keep your job for 20 years. To have expertise in what you do, you need in-depth knowledge and that takes purposeful study, effort, and tenacity across time to acquire it. What’s your tonnage?
May 30, 2016

How long have you been doing it?

The longer you have done branding campaigns, the more value you will see in the various tactics and media. No one is supreme. It all depends on yourobjective and how you deploy what’s available to you. Are you learning to appreciate?
May 27, 2016

Are you talking about money again?

A branding campaign is only expensive if you don’t know the right way of doing it, fail to see its value and don’t use the right people to do it. Maybe you should give up?
May 26, 2016

Do you love discipline?

Discipline sounds like a lot of pain. To the right people, discipline brings the comfort of knowing the fruits will come when the toil is done. Are you a disciple?
May 25, 2016

What did you not do?

A great brand isn’t created just via the advertising campaigns you did. It’s also what you do outside of those campaigns. What else gives a great brand experience?
May 24, 2016

Did you have some “me time” today?

People have different names for these. Some say they spend some time with the higher power they believe, others meditate – whatever forms the meditation takes, yet others just sit in a corner thinking, reflecting. Reflecting on the good stuff is easy. Giving thanks for the good stuff is easy. I think reflecting on the bad stuff brings more good. So you can repent. What did you say to you today?
May 23, 2016

Are you a good boss?

If you have the right kind of staff on your team, you can always help them improve. That is your job as a boss. If you have the wrong type of staff, and they are usually destructive, your job as a boss is to help them move on. It is not your job as a boss to deliver happiness. Are you good for yourself?
May 20, 2016

How can I be a good team player?

Show up. Keep up. Shut up. What else do you want to hear?
May 19, 2016

Who is it for?

This “new and improved’ formula of yours, is it what the consumers want or is it your management’s wet dream to sell more products? Next time, before you decide to say this is “new and improved” ask, “new and improved” for whom? Do you think they care?
May 18, 2016

How much to trust?

Trust is expensive. It takes years and tankers full of sweat to build. The person you trust is going to cost more because trust is in low supply. The person you trust more is going to be more expensive because trusting the wrong person will cost you more. Can you discount trust?
May 17, 2016

How do you improve?

Remind yourself once, do what needs to be done repeatedly. Most people remind themselves repeatedly but do what needs to be done once. Doesn’t work that way, in case you haven’t noticed. What’s your weak point?
May 16, 2016

Why are you tired?

Because you are spending too much time doing too many things that you don’t care about. Start investing your time in the right things. Or start caring about the things that you do. How do you get through the day?
May 13, 2016

What is your word worth?

Don’t just talk. Level up the skills to do it and get the balls to pull it off. Are you ready for action?
May 12, 2016

Why are you running?

“Don’t run when you lose. Don’t cry when it hurts.” – Gordon Gekko Are you crying?
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