The Slingshot: Secret sauce of control

“I understand delegation. I am still not able to figure out the secret sauce of control. When should I exercise tighter control and when should I leave it to the team?” In a Saturday morning mentoring session with a budding CEO of a start-up, we were discussing scaling the organization. “It’s like using a slingshot, … Continued

Is technology really helping to choose the right thing?

  “Do you remember the glossy #catalogs, received in the mailbox? It was not such a high tech experience, still very popular with high-value retailers.” Along with a #CIO from a #retail start-up, I was enjoying the journey down memory lane. “And the 1-800— numbers. I wondered why would someone call when it is easy to pick up from … Continued

Is your product learning Emotional Intelligence?

“We are replacing human interaction with our AI-based product. This is working out really well, I am now considering more improvements. Do you have any suggestions?” Sagar, the CEO of a Start-up started the conversation during our brainstorming session. “Sagar, in personal and social interactions emotional intelligence plays a key role. Have you considered adding some grace to … Continued

Which criteria do you use to buy the right thing?

    Continued from last week… “You will be your best self when you take time to understand what you really need, feel and want.” – Deborah Day There is always a struggle between what you #need and what you #want. Should I go for what I need? Or go for what I want? Difficult to decide, isn’t … Continued

What helps you choose the best?

        “Your selection of things is mostly the reflection of your thoughts, inner feelings, and character.” ? Ehsan Sehgal The continuous bombardment of information, meaningful or not, has complicated our life beyond imagination. In general having more choices for selection, will be considered as a positive thing, having a lot of choices, … Continued

How to elevate the productivity of meetings?

  Any meeting has three types of participants, those who talk, those who listen, and those who don’t do anything. Ideally, any meeting should have only two persons in it. Every extra person present is a loss of productivity. Though a lot has been written about conducting meetings efficiently, it becomes difficult to practice, particularly … Continued

Job change on mind?

    A job change is a very important event in the career of an engineer. As of today, there is a shortage of good engineers, and also an opportunity to find something that is right for you. Although compensation is an important aspect from a candidate’s perspective, finding a good cultural match is equally … Continued

Would you not appreciate something if it’s for FREE?

  Why would you pay for something, if it is available for free? Customers don’t really pay for a product, what they pay for is a benefit they get buy owning or using the product. We have been working on a new #SaaS product which will be sold in a #freemium model. Obviously, the features which are offered for … Continued

Are you Delivering Value?

  Is your product really delivering the promised value? No one will be surprised if this question comes up during the discussions with a salesperson, or a product manager. This value is actually built as a key ingredient of the product and it is equally important for the product developer to understand and assimilate the … Continued