• my biggest mistake as a leader

    My Biggest Leadership Mistake

    My biggest strengths as a leader have been the ability to connect with my team and help them find simple solutions for problems both at work and in life. A fellow manager once said that I “effortlessly bring a method to the madness”. However, I am like most on a journey to improve myself every day. As I would rate people management as one of my key leadership qualities, this post is about my biggest leadership mistake.

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  • managers discussing how not to fire someone

    How NOT to Fire Someone?

    Firing someone is dreadful. As a manager, it has always been the most difficult task for me. I am certain it is for most. But let’s admit it. It is a job that needs to be done. It needs to be done right. There are several excuses we have to justify firing an employee. However there is one question we must ask ourselves every time – “Is it absolutely necessary to fire this person?” More often than not, a well thought, evaluated and honest answer is “No”. Let us reason with ourselves how not to fire someone.

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  • a better leader

    This one change will make you a better leader

    There is always a method to the madness. All complexities in life and work have a simple solution somewhere close, out of sight. Leadership is one such complexity. While there are a million resources to enlighten us on becoming a better leader, I rank this one quality as the most rewarding.

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  • chasing the right goals and monitoring reports

    Are you chasing the right goals?

    What gets measured gets managed. You would have heard this several times. There is so much focus on measuring and reporting all data that is easily available. This leads to information overload. Colorful charts on the projector screen scream for attention. Quite often, teams waste energy and time on meaningless reports. What are you monitoring? What are your goals? Are you chasing the right goals?

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  • how do you measure business growth

    How do you measure business growth?

    Increase in sales revenue and profitability are the two most common objectives for every business. Businesses measure month on month, quarter on quarter, year on year growth in sales. However, it is important to segment the growth data for actionable insights. How do you measure business growth? Do you look at the overall trend? Do you segment customers into groups and monitor trend for each group?

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  • person reviewing actionable metrics report

    What are your actionable metrics?

    “For a report to be actionable, it must demonstrate clear cause and effect”. Eric Ries made this argument in his bestselling book “The Lean Startup”. He is right to stress on the importance of monitoring actionable metrics. Quite often we get into the trap of vanity metrics. Either these vanity metrics look good or the data is easily available. However, as the name suggests, these do not lead to any action as cause and effect are not established. Have you identified actionable metrics for your business? What metrics do you monitor?

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  • concentrated adult female thinking to illustrate perception bias in decision making

    How Perception Bias is Affecting Results and Success?

    Our judgement, reactions and actions are influenced by our instincts and bias. Our experiences and learnings influence our instincts and bias. In life and at work, perception bias affects our judgement. Most of the times, we do not realize the implications of perception bias. Here are 3 tips to minimize the effects of bias.

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  • delighted black female barista serving coffee in cup in cafe. Delivering great customer service to the guest

    Great Customer Service is a Zero Cost Strategy

    Profitability and sustainability for most businesses depend upon customer loyalty. Repeat transactions from customers is what every business aims for. You may have heard about the concept of measuring customer life time value (LTV). There are several strategies and tactics businesses use to lure customers into repeat and more frequent transactions. Delivering a great customer service is one of these and is a zero cost strategy.

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  • group of people in dress suits as cover images for succession planning post

    6 Tips for Succession Planning

    Average job tenure now ranges between 2 years to 3 years. If we were to plot global average job tenure in the last 2 decades, it certainly would be a skewed distribution. Switching a job in less than a year or two is no longer considered a taboo. Let us share 6 tips for succession planning for your organization.

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  • how to measure customer satisfaction without surveys

    How to monitor customer satisfaction without surveys?

    I am sure I need not stress on the importance of customer satisfaction. It is tied to the overall business success and scalability. As one of the most critical KPIs for any business, it needs to be measured. Surveys are considered to be the best method to measure customer satisfaction. However not all businesses use surveys. Some cannot while some don’t. This post is for businesses that for some reason cannot use surveys. So how to monitor customer satisfaction without surveys?

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Business Management and Strategy Articles

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How to Pick Tools that Will Scale With Your Business

How many companies have you worked for that had an infuriating number of applications to adopt? And how many of those tools were completely disconnected from the others, siloed to a particular team that further separated the team from the rest of the company? So how do you pick the right tools for business? Here are the top 6 considerations.

how do you measure business growth

How do you measure business growth?

Increase in sales revenue and profitability are the two most common objectives for every business. Businesses measure month on month, quarter on quarter, year on year growth in sales. However, it is important to segment the growth data for actionable insights. How do you measure business growth? Do you look at the overall trend? Do you segment customers into groups and monitor trend for each group?

Employee Engagement and Customer Experience

managers discussing how not to fire someone

How NOT to Fire Someone?

Firing someone is dreadful. As a manager, it has always been the most difficult task for me. I am certain it is for most. But let’s admit it. It is a job that needs to be done. It needs to be done right. There are several excuses we have to justify firing an employee. However there is one question we must ask ourselves every time – “Is it absolutely necessary to fire this person?” More often than not, a well thought, evaluated and honest answer is “No”. Let us reason with ourselves how not to fire someone.

delighted black female barista serving coffee in cup in cafe. Delivering great customer service to the guest

Great Customer Service is a Zero Cost Strategy

Profitability and sustainability for most businesses depend upon customer loyalty. Repeat transactions from customers is what every business aims for. You may have heard about the concept of measuring customer life time value (LTV). There are several strategies and tactics businesses use to lure customers into repeat and more frequent transactions. Delivering a great customer service is one of these and is a zero cost strategy.