Balakrishnan Kannian

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11 Books Every Young Leader Must Read

Recently, I wrote that leaders should be readers. Reading has a host of benefits for those who wish to occupy positions of leadership and develop into more relaxed, empathetic, and well-rounded people. One of the most common follow-up questions was, “Ok, so what should I read?”<p>That’s a tough …

When It’s Hard to Celebrate Your Colleague’s Success

How do you feel when one of your sales colleagues closes a big deal? Or when a fellow manager is recognized for leading one of the best projects in the company? Or when a co-worker is selected for a special assignment or training program?<p>The politically correct answer is that we’re supposed to feel …

4 personal finance mantras for a secure future

I don't look to jump over 7-foot bars; I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over: Warren Buffet<p>Our thought process and behaviour are …

When You’re Innovating, Resist Looking for Solutions

If someone comes to you with a problem, you start thinking of a solution. That’s natural — everyone does it.<p>But as soon as you start thinking of a solution, you unconsciously begin shutting off possibilities for getting a deeper understanding of the problem and therefore of finding a truly …

Be Yourself, but Carefully

<i>To evaluate when—and when not—to share, take this interactive assessment.</i><p>“Authenticity” is the new buzzword among leaders today. We’re told to bring our full selves to the office, to engage in frank conversations, and to tell personal stories as a way of gaining our colleagues’ trust and improving …

Nice or Tough: Which Approach Engages Employees Most?

It’s probably no news to most people who work that poor leaders produce disgruntled, unengaged employees. Our research also shows convincingly that great leaders do the opposite — that is, that they produce highly committed, engaged, and productive employees.<p>And the difference is cavernous — in a …

Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader

Whether we’re looking at business or politics, sports or entertainment, it’s clear we live in an era of self-celebration. Fame is equated with success, and being self-referential has become the norm. As a result we are encouraged to pump ourselves full of alarming self-confidence. Bluster and the …

The Simple Yet Effective Not-So Secret Strategy For Motivation

Are you waiting for a sign?<p>The skies to part and a splendid sunrise to stir you?<p>Receiving an unprompted letter in the mail encouraging you to take …

New case study at Harvard Business School: gender equity

<b>Boston:</b> When the members of the Harvard Business School class of 2013 gathered in May to celebrate the end of their studies, there was little visible …

5 Excuses that Stop You From Reaching Your Dream

The moment you set your mind to pursue a big dream is magical. It energizes you and excites you.<p>But as you start to make plans, things fall apart. …

Motivation

Start Something On The Side: The 'Secret' To Financial Security And Success Going Forward. (A Case Study)

We all are inherent risk managers.<p>We will have an emergency fund (saving for that proverbial rainy day), while still putting something away for our future.<p>We will tell our kids to follow their dreams, but if that dream seems slightly impractical (“sure, Sweetie, be a philosophy major”) we will tell …

Groups Grow Disappointed with Extroverts Over Time

Upon joining a group, extroverts are perceived as having high status. But in an online experiment involving imagined scenarios, extroverts’ perceived status slipped from <b>4.37 to 3.87</b> on a 7-point scale as the group came to consider their assertiveness and talkativeness less valuable and to suspect …

Good Leaders Get Emotional

Much of what comes out of people’s mouths in business these days is sugar-coated, couched, and polished. The messages are manufactured, trying to strike just the right tone. Genuine emotion stands in stark contrast. It’s a real person sharing a real feeling. When we hear it, we’re riveted — for one …

How I Convinced My 8 Year Old To Choose Books Instead Of Minecraft

My eight year old is a pretty good reader for his age. He’s finished his third year of school and although he still has to sound out the longer words, he eventually figures them all out. His weakness might be a result of his limited vocabulary, not a lack of phonics skills.<p>He can write too; he …

Lessons Great Innovators Taught Me

In a 1996 interview with <i>Wired</i> magazine, Steve Jobs, upset with Microsoft’s domination of the personal PC market, said, “The desktop computer industry is dead. Innovation has virtually ceased. Microsoft dominates with very little innovation. That’s over. Apple lost. The desktop market has entered …

The 6 People You Need in Your Corner

Nothing incredible is accomplished alone. You need others to help you, and you need to help others. With the right team, you can form a web of connections to make the seemingly impossible practically inevitable.<p><b>The Instigator:</b><p>Someone who pushes you, who makes you think. Who motivates you to get up …

Leaders, Choose Your Words Wisely

Even a brief interaction can change the way people think about themselves, their leaders, and the future. Each of those many connections you make has the potential to become a high point or a low point in someone’s day. Each is a chance to transform an ordinary moment into a touchpoint.<p>What is a …

4 Lessons Anglers Can Teach Us about Happiness | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Five days a week, early in the morning, I go exercise walking along the seafront near where I live. Sometimes I start just before seven o’clock and …

The 7 Habits Happy People DON'T Have

Your life is good. Just look at the “world news” section of any news site and you’ll know its true.<p><i>And yet, there is this undercurrent of discontent,</i> …