Because you get out what you put in

A graphic showing a series of questions to ask when managing a high performer, and a quotation “Talent is the multiplier.”
A graphic showing a series of questions to ask when managing a high performer, and a quotation “Talent is the multiplier.”
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High performers in any organisation aren’t easy to manage. With their uncanny ability to produce outstanding work and an appetite to solve tough problems, they demand even greater attention and engagement from their managers.

And these managers are so busy putting out fires, attending meetings, convincing stakeholders, and solving poor performance that they fail to prioritise the one thing that deserves their time and energy: their top performers.

With an excuse of a busy schedule, they fool themselves into believing that their high performers are already doing great and are invested to excel in their role, which is sufficient to…


And what to do instead

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Do you feel exhausted, even frustrated, from working hard, putting in extra hours, sometimes even on weekends and late nights trying to catch up on work, but not being able to make progress on your own goals?

Is it the demands of the workplace that’s eating up into your time, or the fact that you don’t have control over your own schedule? Do you create value or are you simply working to satisfy the expectations of others?

Jumping in to solve every crisis at work, saying “yes” to new projects even when your plate is full, staying late to help…


How to make better decisions

graphic showing four symptoms of decision fatigue
graphic showing four symptoms of decision fatigue
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As we get down to work, our mind is flooded with thoughts — should I respond to that email I got last night or a message from my boss, how about a cup of coffee, why not start the project I have been avoiding this entire week or maybe just a quick catch up on the meeting I missed yesterday…

A series of these small decisions scattered throughout our day may seem harmless in the moment as they seem to demand only a small fraction of our mental energy. …


Maintaining focus in a distracting world

graphic of boy with cloud of distractions over his head and a quote from book on maintaining focus
graphic of boy with cloud of distractions over his head and a quote from book on maintaining focus
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In a world that’s designed for interruptions, we are all vulnerable to distractions.

The sense of accomplishment that comes from producing great work rewards and energises us to strive for more, be better at our tasks, and generate higher quality output.

We have all the necessary information, the right tools, and resources at our disposal to achieve excellence, and yet we rarely see it in practice.

The feeling that most people describe at work is one of relief as opposed to accomplishment after finishing a task. …


As a leader of an organisation, the question “what needs attention” was always top of my mind. I realised that without taking real inputs from people in the organisation, any decisions I make and the direction I provide will be nothing but my own biased view of what people want, not what they need.

Looking down from 10000 ft above the ground, you may see the greenery of the forests, ice-covered mountains, beautiful terrains, and vastness of the oceans. It’s only when you get to the ground, the rough patches start to surface. …


3. Contribute to a strong and cohesive culture

Four-box grid of leadership qualities
Four-box grid of leadership qualities
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I have worked with some excellent managers. People who were not only good at what they did but also had great leadership potential. Sadly though, these managers didn’t invest in their own growth. They were so busy attending to the daily demands of the management job — putting out fires, resolving production issues, solving for customer escalation, moving from one delivery timeline to another — that they failed to build the skills required to become a great leader someday.

Like many managers in their position, they kind of assumed that by doing their job fairly well and staying in it…


How to identify and set goals at work and life

Character with magnifying glass. “I am a scientist in my own lab.”
Character with magnifying glass. “I am a scientist in my own lab.”
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Everyone likes to achieve success at work, but very few take the time to define what “success” means to them. Does it involve an increase in salary or acquiring a new skill? Is it receiving rewards and recognition for your work or getting an opportunity to work on the big bet? Do you feel successful when mentoring others or when you are able to solve a tough problem on your own?

To be successful, you need to define it first — something that drives all your actions. Something that gives you guidelines and boundaries to keep you on track. Something…


Managers, know what not to do when everyone looks to you

Good managers and courage (top). Bad managers and fear (bottom).
Good managers and courage (top). Bad managers and fear (bottom).

If you have worked long enough, chances are you have encountered a bad manager yourself. What was it about them that irked you the most — were they unforgiving, critical, demanding, abusive, aggressive, neglectful, grumpy, lousy, or clearly inept? Was it their attention-seeking behaviour, desire to blame and insult others, inability to trust, or lack of integrity that caused you the most mental agony?

Yes, bad managers suck so much emotional and mental energy from their people that there isn’t any energy left to do real work. …


It’s rare to have confident humility. Know what it takes to exhibit it

People on a seesaw — confidence on one side, humility on the other

How do I balance myself on the confidence humility seesaw? What if my confidence is seen as arrogance or my humility as a sign of my lack of assertiveness. How do I come across right?

These thoughts just aren’t mine. Many females including those who are highly successful, and probably most males too, struggle with this fine balance. We want to be like Goldilocks from the fairy tale “Goldilocks And The Three Bears.” Neither too much confidence and humility. Nor too less. Just the right amount.

Confidence and humility are often misunderstood though. What words come to mind when you…


Instead of letting our reaction slip through our unconscious, we need to take charge of it in conscious awareness.

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An argument with a coworker — conflict of opinion. Working on a project that doesn’t energize you — conflict of interest. Didn’t get the promotion — conflict of growth. Working super hard with no time for personal life — internal conflict. Saying yes to work that doesn’t align with your goals — conflict of priorities. Committed a mistake, but can’t come to terms with accepting responsibility — conflict of values. We don’t realize it, but most interactions at work lead to a major or minor conflict.

When it’s a minor conflict, we feel a sense of discomfort in our body…

Vinita

I write about ideas to sharpen your mind and keep you learning to be effective in your work and life. Writer. Techie. Thinker. More@ https://www.techtello.com/

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