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The secret of exponential growth

I recently watched a video of Malaysian-born entrepreneur Vishen Lakhiani giving a talk about his journey of developing Mindvalley to what it is today. It’s an incredible story. And one of the things he said, which really stuck with me, was that ‘epic things begin with small, humble steps.’ Whether that’s learning a new skill, starting your own business, developing your side projects or even crafting a route into a job that you truly love… nothing will take shape until you begin taking small, ba...
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What kind of a leader are you?

Autocratic Leader: An autocratic leader (boss-centered) is one who tends to centralize authority and derives power from position, control of rewards and coercion. The autocratic leadership style is considered the classical approach where much power and decision making authority remains with the manager. Employees are neither consulted nor allowed to give any input but are expected to obey instructions without any explanations. This type of leadership is used in situations where the task is relat...
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Why and how I thrived with no cell phone for (6) months

  “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide For (6) months, I gave up my cell phone. It was just something I felt I had to do. When I decided to give up my phone, I began documenting my transition and how the world around me would react to my new lifestyle. The first 2-3 weeks were very hard. I couldn’t check social media, business emails, or have mobile record of who was trying to reach me throughout the day. Even though each d...
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Stuck? Here’s why going slow will help you move faster

In a generation where speed is given incredible emphasis or importance, in fact, the end goal of every process, it is of no wonder why we feel pressured for time, and so, rush things out – at all times. But: If we are too hasty and are always in a hurry, it is more likely that we get stuck. We commit errors and thus lose the chance to actually grasp the long-term opportunity that awaits us. Amidst distressing circumstances, we somehow forget the fact that it is actually faster if we learn to slo...
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Your greatest investment

When I was growing up, the general attitude towards money was that you could either spend or save whatever came your way. And although I was the sort of person who would save a lot more than what I had spent (thanks in part to my Chinese upbringing!), I began to realise that there was a limit to how much I could grow those savings. That limit being controlled by the interest rates the banks were offering across their product range. It was at this point when I discovered that there was actually a...
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How bold are your ambitions?

One of the most important aspects of leadership is to be clear on what you want to achieve on behalf of the organization. What visions do you have, how bold are your ambitions? The level of your vision, goals, and ambitions will determine just how bold and influential you are viewed as a leader. Rarely will an organization seek higher ambitions than the ones you, as the leader, communicate on a regular basis . It is important that you take this task to heart, act with courage and set the bar hig...
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What is your management style?

Whether you are a ‘people manager’, project / program manager or simply a manager of your own destiny, you probably demonstrate one of the following four “Situational Management” styles : “Directing” – This hands-on style is appropriate for leading novice employees, who need specific directions and constant oversight. “Coaching” – A team coach is useful for the advanced beginner, who has learned a few basics, but who may feel “disillusioned” about real opportunities for making personal progress....
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The wealth of effective leadership

“Most men can stand adversity, very few men can stand success” – Walter Sachs Over the years, I have quietly studied some of the greatest American organizational leaders from the corporate to non-profit sector.  Due to my strides to be a great entrepreneur and leader, I knew that I had to be a devoted student and go through history to study the blueprints that past leaders left behind, so that one day the blueprint I create can share the same paper in the books that will be studied. The tit...
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For the pursuit of excellence

"WE ARE WHAT WE REPEATEDLY DO. EXCELLENCE, THEN, IS NOT AN ACT, BUT A HABIT."― ARISTOTLE In Mike Tyson’s early career as a boxer, he stated this in an interview : “No one wants to get up at 4:00am in the morning when it’s pitch dark, but it has to be done. The only reason why I do it so early is because I believe the other guy isn’t doing it. And that gives me a little edge. The most difficult part about fighting is the training because, believe it or not, the easiest part about fighting is...
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Why sharing is caring

Leadership. Photo: Brainwells   We do not know about you, but we LOVE being part of the knowledge economy. Especially these days when SHARING is a big part of the game. Sharing knowledge in this way is a fairly new concept, but still it is easy to get stuck in the old way of thinking about this. We are so used to holding back on ideas and insights and to share them only with a few. Most people do not understand how anyone can share valuable advice for free. Sometimes we even start thinking ...
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