Professional Life

31 Jan: Last MBA Journal Entry…

Here it is! My last contribution to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. I must say, they are really easy to work with and the since the IMD timelines are different from traditional business schools, I also enjoy some flexibility in submissions. Thanks again for the opportunity, it has been tough at times to crank out an entry, but fun nevertheless. Enjoy! Last Entry

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25 Oct: Sowing the seeds…

… of a career! It is an apt metaphor as I continue to navigate the world of jobs and find one that fits. I must say it continues to be an amazing experience of connecting and talking to people. It IS true when Forrest Gump says, “you never know what you are going to get”! So in line with building an online presence, here are qualities that exemplify me: – Marketing excellence– Customer focused– Leadership & influence– Innovative drive– Curiosity & learning agility– Breadth in communication– Global awareness– Adaptability There you have it, a little teaser about me and find me on LinkedIn! International Consulting Project Final Presentation

24 Aug: GEM #5

John Maxwell does an incredible job boiling down the “laws” of leadership, 21 to be exact. After reading this book, it definitely seems to me that only a handful of leaders in the world are practicing every law and great leaders are definitely hard to come by. A clear, succinct book with numerous examples that show you the way to being the best leader you can be. GEM #5: The 21 irrefutable laws of leadershipSPECIAL BONUS! My top 5 quotes:1. “Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less”2. “Leadership is developed daily, not in a day”3. “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”4. “You are the message, people buy into the leader first, then the vision”5. “A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession” Use this as a guide in all your future leadership endeavors and I know you will be successful. I’m preparing…

29 Jun: GEM #4

An absolute awesome read, Scott Bedbury gives his learnings at Nike and Starbucks which, under his watch, became one of the most well known brands in the world. He goes through 8 crucial and distinct principles to achieve brand leadership, but I will yet again condense and give you my top three learnings. GEM #4: A new brand world My top three ideas from the book1. Support innovative products with emotional branding as emotional connections last longer (safety, love, affection, belongingness, esteem and self actualization)2. Brands are defined by a lifetime of collective experiences and actions… so are WE!3. Fight for brand stewardship with a CBO (chief branding officer) that will control all aspects of customer experience at every single touch point to ensure brand consistency both internally and externally

17 May: GEM #2

To be a successful leader and visionary, it is extremely important to communicate with impact. What does that mean? Do we have to leave them wanting more? Do we have to entertain and wow our audiences? Do we have to come across as passionate and very clear on where we are going? I believe it’s all of these and more. The way to lead that will help your organization understand the why and the purpose of their existence is to communicate in a way that inspires and conveys the purpose/vision with a bang. This easy to read book gives many examples of strong communicators and the secrets of their success. I definitely used these to my advantage as part of my interview, but more importantly it adds to my arsenal when delivering business presentations GEM #2: 10 simple secrets of the world’s greatest business communicators My top 3 ideas from…

08 May: GEM #1

Growing up, I was never pushed to read, and so I never really found much joy in reading. Perhaps a few novels here and there, but that’s about it. It’s only during the past couple of years that I devoured books and read as if I was afraid I would not get to the gems out there before I hit the bucket. There are so many great books that changed what I do on a daily basis and I will start to post them here. The first one is really a book that changed how I read books. Something that caught my eye in a second hand book store and when I browsed through it, I instantly knew this was the one I was searching for. I do not really read fiction, and I think that is something that will slowly be added to my list of books. For now,…