Adil Goraya

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Understand the Sacrifices Before Launching a Start-Up

Making the decision to found your own business is a life-altering experience. Of course, it’s what comes after that breakthrough moment - how unique the idea, how quickly you move, how you continue to innovate – that ultimately separates the wheat from the chaff.<p>And whether you’re in the culinary …

The Best Way to Defuse Your Stress

I knew that I probably shouldn’t send the email I had just written. I wrote it in anger and frustration, and we all know that sending an email written in anger and frustration is, well, dumb.<p>Still, I <i>really wanted</i> to send it. So I forwarded it to a friend, who knew the situation, with the subject …

Lead from the Heart

When an executive comes from the private sector to a nonprofit, the usual understanding is that he or she is there to inject some business discipline. When I arrived at the American Red Cross, there were certainly problems to be tackled. The books were closed on FY08 just six days after I started, …

The Surprising Power of Impulse Control

Against the backdrop of a declining and temptation-filled Roman Empire, Augustine hesitantly prayed for impulse control: “Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.”<p>More recently, against the backdrop of marshmallow tests and America’s “culture of entitlement and instant gratification,” Amy …

What Does Success Mean to You?

How do you know if you’re successful? Do you rely heavily on objective metrics such as your job title, the size of your bank account, or the colleges your children are getting into? Or do you focus more on the subjective, such as the satisfaction of solving thorny problems at work, the joy of …

Why Google doesn’t care about hiring top college graduates

Google has spent years analyzing who succeeds at the company, which has moved away from a focus on GPAs, brand name schools, and interview brain teasers.<p>In a conversation with The New York Times’ Tom Friedman, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, detailed what the company looks for. And …

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Coping Techniques for Lonely Change Leaders

Leading change in large organizations is hard work and offers little instant gratification. To sustain the energy to lead that change, innovators must take proactive steps to protect their psyches. Many commentators on innovation focus on the substance and approach to work; however, they abstract …

Use a Task Map to Improve Your Team’s Performance

If you’ve noticed your team is functioning unevenly and its esprit de corps isn’t what you’d hoped, it’s time for you to ask yourself whether your people are deployed optimally.<p>Employees’ skills and interests can evolve over time, as can the goals of your group, so misalignment can happen without …

Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity

Photography: Webb Chappell<p>Over nearly four decades, Ellen Langer’s research on mindfulness has greatly influenced thinking across a range of fields, from behavioral economics to positive psychology. It reveals that by paying attention to what’s going on around us, instead of operating on …

Take a Step Back to Propel Your Career Forward

For my first real job after graduate school, I earned $26,000 a year as a full-time reporter. It wasn’t a handsome salary — in fact, I could barely live on it — but I <i>was</i> getting paid to write. That’s more than I can say about how I spend much of my time these days. For the launch of my first book,</i> …

In an Age of Self-Promotion, Celebrating the Invisibles

Among the films nominated for an Oscar this Sunday, I am rooting for one in particular. Morgan Neville’s“Twenty Feet From Stardom”, a contender in the Best Documentary Feature category, is an examination of pop music’s backup singers, and launches its subjects, at least briefly, into the limelight. …

Who Can You Trust?

Imagine that you’re negotiating a multiyear deal to provide outsourcing services to a large company. The client tells you that her firm wants to sign on for a certain level of services, but she’d like you to be willing to deliver more on the fly, trusting that you’ll be able to work out terms for …

Founding a Company Doesn’t Have to be a Big Career Risk

“I’m so glad we read that case — I’m NEVER going to start a company.”<p>That was the general consensus after one of my favorite HBS classes: an entrepreneurship case on a company called Tickle. After five years, in 2004, Tickle was profitable with more than $20 million in revenue; it received an …