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Management and Leadership Link Roundup – Best thing to do while Traveling

I am on a VR Fast train from Helsinki to Tampere as I write this. Trains here in Europe have amazing facilities to enable me to use the laptop and write something. Travelling is the best time to reflect upon and get inspired. Okay, laptop is on. What next?

I decided to meet my dear friend – the feedreader. I asked him to give me some great insights from the world of blogs as I travel. My friend never disappoints me you see, and here is what my friend has to offer:

  • Michael Wade has been one of my favorite bloggers since I started blogging. He shares a very insightful piece on striking a balance between action and thinking. Do you feel the need to slow down and really think about those important questions? Do it now. Strike a balance.
  • I really admire Nicholas Bate for amazing lists he creates. In this list, he stresses that sometimes less is more. My favorite from that list is – A bike-ride at the week-end with your daughter is much more compared to the full-on Disney experience. How true?
  • Gretchen Rubin runs this amazing blog named “The Happiness Project” where she has written very interesting post titled “Sixteen Tips for Feeling Happier at Work“. One of my favorite tips from that list is – Take care of difficult calls or emails as quickly as possible. Procrastinating just makes it harder; getting them done gives a big boost of relieved energy.
  • If you build the right organization culture, profits will follow – says Terry Starbucker. He gives example of Zappos and says – They just seemed to “get it” – making me happy was important to them. Zappos is led by someone who had the audacity to put the pursuit of happiness ahead of market share, inventory turnover, margins – heck, ahead of everything.  Happiness is Zappos “raison d’etre”. What are your key organizational values? Get them right and you will get your numbers right anyways.
  • Rosa Say very humbly asks – “Do you define your Leadership Greatness?“. She mentions a simple yet important rule that if you settle for good enough in your organization, so will everyone else. If you stubbornly insist on great and only great, so will everyone else. Another interesting insight – Sequential “Good” leads to consequential great.
  • Seth Godin -my hero, suggests that “Why am I here?” is a simple mantra that will change the way you look at every meeting, every conference and even organizations for rest of your life. It is also a great question to think about why you are where you are in your career? Very rovocative!

I am sure you will enjoy reading these blogs/posts as much as I do. And if you do, drop in a comment. On that note, have a great day ahead!!

Image Courtesy: Krish Tipirneni’s Flickr Stream

  1. Tanmay, thanks for the link! It’s an honor to be in the company of great folks like Rosa, Seth, Gretchen, Nicholas and Michael. And Zappos continues to be a great model for building a happiness culture – it’s a wonderful example to share. Thanks again, and all the best!

    • Hi Terry – Thanks for the comment and yes, you have been in the company of these great folks even in my feedreader. So a mention was certainly worth it.

      I have been a great believer of “goodness at workplace” and “delivering wow-experience” in all interactions (with colleagues or customers) and Zappos is a great example of the fact that its not your customers who bring you profits, but the experience you extend to them when they use your products/services that brings them back!

      Thanks again and keep up the great work!

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