What the heck is strategy ?


I don’t know what is more difficult to get consensus on a definition – “meaning of life” or “strategy” . And I am only partly kidding here 🙂 Vast majority of the literature and talks on strategy are about what it is not , as opposed to what it really is . This was trueContinue reading “What the heck is strategy ?”

Root Cause Analysis – it needs a grain of salt


Vast amounts of time and resources are spent in the corporate world in what is called “root cause analysis” (or RCA for short). I have done my fair share – countless spreadsheets and PPT decks have been created by me too like most of you who are reading this . And from the time IContinue reading “Root Cause Analysis – it needs a grain of salt”

Insecure Middle Level Managers – Help Them !


Yesterday, I was most excited to see an email from my friend and mentee Tomas Krojzl . IBM’s CEO and her senior staff chose Tomas as one of the “Best of IBM 2013” Winners. That is a huge deal in IBM – to be one of the few picked out of 430,000+ employees. No oneContinue reading “Insecure Middle Level Managers – Help Them !”

Leadership, Management and Gandhi


Right from my first day at Business School, I have been conditioned to believe that I should not ever aim to be a manager – I should aim to be a leader, an entrepreneur, anything but a manager. What my professors preached to me was reinforced by my bosses at work, and the books IContinue reading “Leadership, Management and Gandhi”

Random Management Lessons From Dinner Table


Couple of days ago, I had the opportunity to host a client CIO and a senior IBM executive for dinner at a restaurant in San Jose, CA. It was one of the most interesting conversations I ever had over dinner, and to say the least – it was more valuable to me than many businessContinue reading “Random Management Lessons From Dinner Table”

How do you measure success and failure of projects?


There are quantitative and qualitative ways to describe the success or failure of a project. In general, a project is considered succesful when it meets its objectives while staying within an agreed up on budget and time line. This sounds simple enough, except that it is not ! First, who decides if a project isContinue reading “How do you measure success and failure of projects?”

Are you an expert?


Experts come in many flavors. A couple of weeks ago, my 4-year-old daughter made a statement that warmed my heart…”My daddy works for IBM, and My uncle works for HP..guess what, IBM is bigger than HP !”. My euphoria  didn’t last long – pretty soon I figured out that she didn’t have any grandiose ideasContinue reading “Are you an expert?”