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Shankara!

Pradosham Mama VSIt was in Arni (North Arcot District) where my wife’s paternal grandfather (Late) Sri  A.N. Lakshman Rao, a school teacher and Headmaster, was living with 7 kids, when our beloved Poojya Sri Maha Periyavaa had made Digvijayam to Arni!

Devout Granny (Late) Smt. Shanta Bai, was very eager to have HIS darshan and seek HIS blessings. When she had expressed her desire, the grandpa had turned it down stating, there are lots of work pending and need to take care of the domestic work or so. Being a very obedient and pious wife, she couldn’t utter a word against him and stayed back at home, with her mind still uncontrollable.

In the mean time, she could hear people chanting “Jaya Jaya Shankara; Hara Hara Shankara” behind their house. She realized that Swamiji was in the street behind their house.

Needless to mention that her mind was totally oscillating with the…

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Leading with Trust

Hemingway Quote - Trust Someone“I trust you.”

When it comes to building trust in relationships, someone has to make the first move. One person has to be willing to step out, be a little vulnerable, and place trust in another person. Is it risky? Yes! Without risk there isn’t a need for trust.

So in a work setting, who makes the first move, the leader or the follower? Some would argue that trust has to be earned before it is given, so that places the responsibility on the follower to make the first move. The follower needs to demonstrate trustworthiness over a period of time through consistent behavior, and as time goes by, the leader extends more and more trust to the follower. Makes sense and is certainly valid.

I would argue it’s the leader’s responsibility to make the first move. It’s incumbent upon the leader to extend, build, and sustain trust with his/her followers. Why?…

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Cory Galbraith

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I don’t know about you, but I’m becoming increasingly frustrated by a world that reacts to things, but doesn’t actually want to initiate anything.

Decisions bring responsibility, and many of us are afraid of that. Afraid of making a mistake. Of offending someone. Or of looking foolish, in an increasingly critical and judgmental society.

Best not to decide on anything. Do nothing and wait for something to happen.

In a recent blog post, marketing guru Seth Godin puts a lot of the blame on technology. He points out that we have audiobooks, self-driving cars, inboxes, google navigation and apps that are in our face – doing things for us, guiding us, and alerting us. We’ve become people who are “led” by gadgets. There really isn’t the need to think any more. Machines do it for us.

Godin goes as far as to say “The decline of our personal momentum might…

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While doing research for my third book, Leading with Trust is Like Sailing Downwind, I studied the personalities of numerous supervisors and other leaders to determine their characteristics. I found an interesting trend that has an important lesson about trust.

The most highly successful supervisors seemed to be having more fun, while the supervisors who were not doing well were really miserable.

I noticed that the top-rated supervisors had created high trust organizations, and they were allowed to be human beings. They could make occasional mistakes and the people who work for them would still respect them.

The supervisors who were doing poorly were bundles of nerves trying to figure out how to be perfect, because there was low trust in their organizations. If they did not spin every statement the right way, people would jump all over them.

These supervisors of low trust groups were staying up all…

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Practical Practice Management

I have managed a medical practice for 22 years now and I am always grateful for employees that have that desire to be the best they can each day.  The way I think is why come to work if you are not going to bring your best you to perform.  No employer wants to pay 100% pay for an employee who performs 75% of what is expected.

Employees that get this and do it are so valuable to a company and should be recognized and rewarded for their effort to do their best each day.  To some people this mindset is a given, possible they were taught this throughout their childhood or maybe they had a great mentor at a prior job.  For others, they need the opportunity given to them to learn this, because it will benefit them throughout their working life.

There are so many attributes that make…

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Practical Practice Management

With the hustle and busyness of our day-to-day lives we can so easily forget to take time to care for others.  I know for myself that there have been times when I heard that someone I know or work with is having difficulties and my first thought is “I don’t have time to get involved.”  When in truth, it would only take a small amount of time to reach out and see how they are and to let them know that I care about them.

The second truth is when I do reach out, not only does the person respond with gratefulness, but I am the one who truly gets the blessing.  I encourage you to take the time to care, it is what we are here to do.

“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own…

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vividcomm

The fact or fiction debate has never raged stronger than it is these days.  Social media is an opportunity to have a voice.  But, it needs to be an authentic voice.  In the world of fake news, there are way too many posts to count every day that offer ideas that have no basis in fact and are completely contrived.  They are built upon wild and unsubstantiated thoughts and ideas that someone simply decides are the ‘truth’.  At least, their ‘truths’.

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In our every day business world, we face similar scenarios that taint, colour, or distort our business decision-making processes.  Separating the facts from the fiction is mission-critical to your success.  In retrospect, some of these myths seem silly and unbelievable, yet they are held to be true by many.  In business, people lock on to myths too.  They hold them very close and defend them at all costs, even…

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