Right vs Easy

There is always this fight between should do things to fix it for now or fix it for good. You might think it’s an easy choice. Fix it for good. But it ain’t that easy as it sounds like. Too many variables come into the play that deter you to take you away from fixing it for good and will make you take the easy way out. Life is all about choices.

Embrace Ambiguity

Title is so ambiguous, that I thought I will keep it this way. Let me start with defining Ambiguity. [Ambi] as a term means Two, two meanings. A statement interpreted in 2 different ways, it leads to ambiguity. Ambiguity is not uncertainty. Uncertainty is more of things we cannot deduce or where it can lead us to. But Ambiguity is more of, possibility of admitting more than one interpretation.

Big Picture

I came across this Blog Post. I liked it for its analogy on importance of big picture in our life. We get lost in details when sometime have to step back to see why those details matter. I guess we can apply this analogy for everything in life. Some fights over minor details might not matter when you step back and analyze. I recently read a story which goes like this -

Just About Right

Lagom is an idea which I was introduced to by a youtube video I want to write my thoughts over this concept. When searched youtube, many videos popped up. The core concept being everything in moderation. We can also think as just about right. Everything right sized keeps you away from impressing others and start living. Nothing should not be too much or too little. Living your life with purpose which is something Ikigai from Japan introduced us.

What is BRAVING ?

I want to make a quick note for myself about this idea on this concept “Braving” from this Book “Dare To Lead”. Couple of things stand out for me in here. Change starts from us. Another thought is Leader needs to get comfortable saying NO and have a long term thinking. It starts from doing the right thing over easy. All the more, we can lead others only by knowing oneself well.

Keeping Things Simple

Simple means focusing on essentials. It’s hard to keep our focus on main things. To let main things be main things. Focusing on few things at a given point in time is important. Simple things when done consistently yield results in long term. Similar to how you start your meditation practice, by focusing on your breath or When you start your training in gym, by doing focusing on basics. Before we dive deep into anything, it is important to focus and train hard on basics.

Working with People

Life is short to get stuck in a rut, learning is the only way out. When you go to work, you are working with bunch of people. Every one of them have their own aspirations and style of working. Work in today’s world is not done by force but by mutual support and coordination. In a Corporate setup, we all work towards the same goal by contributing in our respective roles.

Best of 2020

I read articles, blogs, podcast, follow people I respect and like. In year 2020 it was bit more consumption as I was home most of the time. I like to read up something outside of what my profession is to help me connect dots. I am not including any Covid-19 articles, as I believe everyone would have read so much about it in the past year. Some of best articles I read in the past year for me to revisit and share.

Why Mindsets Matter ?

What we believe is who we are. Mind is constrained by our beliefs. When we are born into this world we don’t have belief. We are born with only fear of falling. Child lacks fear and does not believe in anything. As we grow up, we start forming our belief system based on our experiences. Should our past experience define us ? Self-Comforting State Humans generally avoid risks when possible. We don’t see further down the road how a particular action can have a damaging effect.

Modern Leadership from Art of War

Art of War - a work of 5th century BC by Sun Tzu, having 13 chapters. Every chapter is about warfare strategy and tactics. It explains general’s tactics and has influenced east-asian military warfare. Many generals have drawn inspiration from this book. More you absorb this book, you can see through the text and you realize the text can be applied to modern leadership even in this industrial age. So my idea with this post is to my interpret and apply to current context of leadership and management of a team.

Multi Disciplinary Links

Awesome Falsehood - a curated list of Links How to Estimate UseNet Archive How to Ask Questions - Etsy Debriefing CDNs are not only for Caching How to answer well to a question Managing Technical Quality Mathematics Better Explained Linear Algebra-4th edition Distributed Systems Distributed Systems Patterns Random Architect Notes

Howard Schultz - Teaching Business

Howard Schultz Being Entrepreneur Cost to starting business today is lot easier due to technology Have a great discipline and thoughtfulness Balancing responsibility for customer and investors. Self-Doubt All people have some insecurity. Self-Doubt is common. Personal decision—are you willing to sacrifice for this endeavor. Have courage and conviction Ability to look back and live your life to the fullest. If you know you have it, just jump into the pool.

Bob Iger on Leadership

My notes don’t do justice for the videos I watched. Clarity in his words and their crispness, careful selection of insights of his time as CEO. No nonsense beating around the bush kind of lessons. I personally believe leader needs to have clarity, eye for details and empathy for people. But there are other facets of being leader, which is: Good Negotiation skills Risk Taking Ability Oozing Optimism Fairness But what I believe is being reinforced and opening new set of skills into the toolbox, these lessons are priceless.

Ideas we can think about

Your time is limited. Have courage to follow your heart and gain experience. Live your life and not anyone else’s. Avoid stupidity. Find the points that’s hurting the most and fix it. Basically figure out the low hanging fruits Always focus on bottlenecks. read this wiki Humans desire what others desire. Its called Herd mentality. Develop your own desire and specialize Only way to do a great work, is to enjoy while you do it Closer you are with people, who share the same equality , will tend to fight more Avoid competition.

Way You Communicate Matters

Communication is a secret sauce for success in any field. Communicate an idea in a concise,simple way. We are social creatures, who interact on constant basis for various needs. Words matter a lot. It can show others if you are empathetic or arrogant. It can connect, blossom new friendship, or break it. Let me tell you about my experience a bit I spoke for the first time on stage while I was in my school.