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Thanks To You and Your Love, I have moved my blog..

January 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Wish you all a very Happy new year! I am hoping that you have had a great start to the year.

Thanks to all your support and love, the blog has grown and with growth comes the need to keep up. So, in order to grow with you and your love, I have decided to move my blog from wordpress.com and decided to host it myself.

This does not change anything but the URL. The new URL is http://rmukeshgupta.com.

I request that you do visit the new URL and subscribe. I am seeking help from the kind folks at wordpress.com to automatically move all your subscriptions. However, I would really be grateful, if you could visit the new site (http://rmukeshgupta.com) and subscribe/like/follow again so that you continue to read my posts and share your love.

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So, What Drives You?

November 13, 2013 3 comments

Last week, I completed 3 years of blogging on wordpress. When I started on this journey three years back, I did not realize where this will take me. However after 3 years and 246 blog posts, I feel that I have only started to warm up. There is still a lot to talk about and a lot to learn and discuss.

As each milestone that passes does, this one made me to sit down and think about what keeps me going.

I would like to think one of the most important thing that keeps me motivated to keep writing blog posts is the fact that with each blog, i get to learn something new, about the topic and about myself. This discovery process is what keeps me motivated and helps me continue to on this journey to self discovery.

Unless we know what drives us, it is very difficult to do work that matters.

So, what is it that drives you to get up and do what you do every day? 

 

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To Transform your Organization, Give a Shit

August 26, 2013 Leave a comment

One of the most difficult thing to do in a business as a CEO, is to successfully transform the business. The success rates of most of these transformation efforts show that most of these don’t succeed, which in my opinion is an understatement.

Yet, a lot of CEO’s find themselves at a cross-roads, where they need to transform their organizations or see them remain a shadow of their past or in certain businesses, go out of business. There are a lot of industries that are going through such a transformational change.

So, what would you do if you were a CEO of an organization that needs to transform itself in order to remain relevant in these times of turbulence and become future ready?

In my opinion, you need to identify one thing that you deeply care about and one that is so key to the transformational journey that you want to take your organization and “give a shit” about it or make an emotional connection to this one aspiration. These are called Keystone habits. One that can create a ripple effect on almost everything that you and your organization do and how you do it.

It is not just enough for you to do this, but you need to identify & reward people in your organization who show similar zeal and emotional connect and reprimand employees who don’t.

One of the keystone habits that you can use is “Customer experience”. I would recommend that you “give a shit” about how do you serve your customers. As CEO, you need to demonstrate that you not only cares about how your customers are being treated by are insanely paranoid about it.

Once your teams see that you are insanely paranoid about how customers are being treated, you shall start seeing a ripple effect on how new products are being developed, how your customer service reps start treating your customers, how your sales teams start engaging with your customers. All of this will also have an impact on how your customers perceive about you and your organization.

This is just an example. Even if you are not leading your organization through a transformational journey, you can still use the same principles and give a shit about some thing that you believe in: It could be about environmental sustainability, it could be about innovation, it could be about taking care of the community in which you do business, it could be about taking care of your employees or partners or about anything that you feel is important enough.

Encourage your employees also to identify and give a shit about whatever it is that they feel strongly about.

We humans are emotional beings but for decades we have asked our employees to leave emotions behind and work rationally while at the workplace. I would encourage you to build an organization which not only acknowledges the fact that we are emotional being, but also celebrates the same.

The key is to create an environment where you navigate these emotions and channelize them into creating a culture of engaged employees. In my opinion, engaged employees can play a key role in the success or failure of your organization. If you are able to do this well, this can become your sustainable competitive advantage, one that cant be easily replicated.

I would love to continue the discussion. Do share your opinions and we shall understand this topic better, together.

You can connect with me on twitter, linkedin, facebook or email.

PS: I came across an interesting video that inspired this post: Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Why it is awesome to start a company when there’s a downturn

August 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Totally cool advice for a lot of people wanting to start off on their own. No time like now!

Best Engaging Communities

Over the last few days a slew of bad news on the economic front (falling currency, stock market tumbles) has had many entrepreneurs and folks in the press ask me if they should put off their entrepreneurial venture to a later year.

My own experience is summed up by an attitude I developed many years ago “Everywhere I go, I always take the weather with me”.

The best entrepreneurs dont care what happens around them. They are acutely aware, keenly observant, but largely undeterred and unconcerned – about the economy, macro conditions and price of fuel.

There are 3 great things about downturn.

1. There are far fewer companies starting, because the fence-sitters develop cold feet. So the “competition” is much less.

2. Since there are far fewer companies starting, the fight for both talent and funding is less so. I hired the best folks in 2001 and again in…

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3 Inspiring Videos

August 6, 2013 Leave a comment

First video is an inspiring tale of someone who turned what many would assume to be a handicap into her strength and shows that if you really want to achieve something and are willing to pay the price, you can achieve anything in life.

Second video is about a teacher who talks about the fact that every kid in this world needs someone who believes in the kid and what he/she can achieve. I believe this is true not only for the kids in school but for each of us at every stage in life.

Third video is about how two people in Australia were able to create a movement to topple the incumbent president of their country and went on to enable other groups of people create massive change. They embody the principle that each one of us has what it takes to “make a dent in the world”.

Hope you enjoy the videos as much as I did. I also hope that you do the following once you have watched these videos:

– Share any of the videos to your friends and family who might enjoy them
– Identify one person in your life today, who believes in you and your dream and thank them for doing so.
– Identify one person in your life today, to whom you become the champion for.
– Identify one thing in yourself that you think is holding you back and start to think of how you can turn this very thing into something that becomes your strength.

Do you know of any other inspiring videos? Do share them in the comments below so that we can inspire each other and stay inspired.

How Children From a School Inspired a Nation (Video)

I came across the TED video of Kiran Bir Sethi, founder of the RiverSide School in Ahmedabad and her work with the children in her school.

If those children can do what they have done, there is no reason for us to complain about things that we can change.

We need to get up and change what we do not want! I CAN

Enjoy the video!

Best product demo ever

December 4, 2012 1 comment

I chanced upon this demo of Sony Xperia Acro smart phone today.

This is the best demo of a product that I have seen in a long long time…

In my opinion, the following aspects makes this the best demo ever:

  1. It is contextual & experiential (with all the aura of the legendary James Bond, complete with the Bond music).
  2. It surprises! Not just the one’s who won the phone, but the entire audience..
  3. This is the stuff that the people in the audience will talk about for sometime to come.

And most important, this makes the point which is at the core of the product – water proof smart phone, delivered in a glass of coke!!!

Kudos to the team for the concept and execution!!!

Do you know of any such product demos? Do let me know by writing a comment below or tweeting to me at @rmukeshgupta.

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