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How can Elon Musk put in 80-100 hours a week and still have a life?

(Originally answered on Quora) Most probably you want to share your surprise that Elon Musk, who reportedly stayed overnight at Tesla site on many occasions, still looks and behaves like a normal sociable person, gives interviews and is altogether in good health and good spirits, right? This is because he is fortunate enough to have […]

What are the best tips and tricks for increasing productivity and time management?

Here are a few off the top of my head. I am glad you’ve asked because it’s good to go through the list every once in a while. 1. Always have a plan. Thinking before doing requires some time and internal discipline but gives you an edge over the “doers” who act without thinking.  

Reflections 2017 Global Conference

Reflections

To learn more about the critical role Leadership Development professionals play in society, come to the Rebalancing Society Event, hosted by Henry Mintzberg, Philip Kotler, Mitch Joel and many others. ““Leadership, like swimming cannot be learned by reading about it.” Henry Mintzberg. Register to see Henry and other thought leaders at Reflections 2017 Global Conference! […]

What are the identifiers of a bad project?

bad project

To answer this question (asked on Quora), we need to define the meaning of “bad” in “bad project.”  As an old project management bit of wisdom goes, there are three main reasons why projects fail (and thus may be identified as “bad projects”): Requirements Requirements Requirements  

Dan Ponterfract: “FLAT ARMY”

Required Reading

Over the weekend, I have read Dan Pontefract’s book “Flat Army.” I was looking forward to reading an inspirational text about change management, corporate culture improvement and employee engagement, but the book appears to take the reader further.  

Why Most Lean Six Sigma Projects Fail?

why lean projects fail

  Stats indicate that the success rate for Lean initiatives is hardly over 5%. That means that up to 95% of continuous improvement programs fail to rescue the operation and have no sustainable effect. The data and my analysis do not claim to be exhaustive but I believe the TRUE ANSWER to the question is […]

How do we hire the best professional Project Manager?

Law 7

Look at it this way: you are hiring a temporary General Manager who will run your business for some predefined period of time and deliver certain results. Regardless of the nature of your business, you will expect your General Manager, above all, to be proficient in making things happen. If what bothers you the most […]

Was Starbucks’ venture into Lean useless?

Lean Six Sigma vs Starbucks

I received a few messages with this question in reply to my original article. My answer: Not at all.  

Here’s how to make your worklife better:

Help

Offer more help than you ask for. When parents help their children grow up, they do not ask for anything in return. Nor do they expect to have a good return on this investment in the future. If they do, the ROI is often negative in the long run. Good teachers are excited and overjoyed […]

What’s More Important to You?

gender bias

Grammatically correct – or politically correct? I always thought that expressing oneself clearly and concisely is the No.1 priority in a professional environment. I was wrong. Today, everybody is obsessed with gender equality. These confusing “he or she,” “he/she,” or the incredible “s/he” and singular “they” are now inserted everywhere. Like in this great example of […]