CEOWorld Article: Leading Knowledge Workers: Do You Want To Know A Secret?

In 2019, the count of worldwide knowledge workers exceeded one billion. According to statistics, the US has a high percentage of knowledge workers—60%. As the digital age advances, we are going to be seeing more proliferation of knowledge work. Knowledge workers require careful consideration in how they are rewarded.

Read my article in CEOWorld Magzine:

Leading Knowledge Workers: Do You Want To Know A Secret?

CLN Article: The Power of Coaching in a Leader’s Journey: Why You Need a George Martin

You may wonder what George Martin, the English record producer, has to do with L&D leaders. Well, the Beatles wouldn’t be here if not for Martin, who took them under his wings at EMI Records, nurtured them, coached them, and helped them blossom into musical leaders.

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The Power of Coaching in a Leader’s Journey: Why You Need a George Martin

CEOWorld Article: Balancing Leadership Tensions: The Duality

In their song, “Hello, Goodbye,” Lennon and McCartney wrote,

“You say, ‘Yes’, I say, ‘No’
You say, ‘Stop’ and I say, ‘Go, go, go’
Oh no”

McCartney was the primary writer, and he wrote the song when meeting with an assistant of The Beatles’ manager, asking for opposites to the words he came up with, such as stop for go, yes for now, and hello for goodbye. In the biography, “Many Years from Now,” McCartney said that the lyrics address duality, reflecting his astrological sign of Gemini. He added: “It’s such a deep theme in the universe, duality – man woman, black white, ebony ivory, high low, right wrong, up down, hello goodbye – that it was a very easy song to write.”

Opposing forces create tensions, and exceptional leaders understand every action has its pros and cons. Balance is the key to managing these tensions and to the everyday behavior of leaders. The pandemic brought enormous challenges to leaders in how to pay attention to the business while leading their teams to stay healthy, safe, and motivated. We saw many leaders rise to the occasion.

Read my article in CEOWorld Magzine:

Balancing Leadership Tensions: The Duality

CLN Article: Lifelong Learning – Keep Your Inner Light Burning

In The Beatles’ Song, “The Inner Light,” George Harrison Writes:

“The farther one travels

The less one knows

The less one really knows”

This holds so true today, as technology has made the world more complex while trying to make us more productive. How do you keep your inner light of knowledge burning?

Read my article in Corporate Learning Network:

Lifelong Learning – Keep Your Inner Light Burning

CEOWORLD article – All You Need is Love: Seven Simple acts for Heart-Led Leadership

Lennon and McCartney wrote the famous Beatles’ song “All You Need Is Love” at the height of the Vietnam war. A live and international television satellite production called “One World” played this song for the first time on June 25, 1967. The primary composer, Lennon, delivered a message that you can resolve everything with love, which is also true for leadership challenges. 

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All You Need is Love: Seven Simple acts for Heart-Led Leadership

CEOWORLD article – Leadership success requires the opposite of I Me Mine

How do you know your teams are empowered? I propose two metrics in this article.

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https://ceoworld.biz/2022/07/19/leadership-success-requires-the-opposite-of-i-me-mine/

Leadership Lessons With The Beatles – A chat with Dr. Shantha Mohan hosted by Dr. Janaki Akella

I had a wonderful conversation about my book with Janaki, my fellow Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Engineering Guindy, and fellow alumna from Carnegie Mellon Univerity. Please give a listen.

Janaki had many thoughtful questions for me, centered mainly around one of the leadership attributes: optimism.

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Unfair Advantages

When I was in high school, the schools in the city had a puzzle master come to each school to entertain the students. The event at my school happened to be the day after the event at my nephew’s school. On the day he came to my nephew’s school, my nephew came home all excited to show off what he learned at the event. He said the man called the students up to the podium to solve riddles on a board. My nephew posed a puzzle. It was not a complex puzzle to solve, but it took some thinking, but we cracked it. The next day when the man came to our school, he posed the same to us. Of course, I recognized it, immediately ran up to the podium before anyone else could, and solved it – thus getting a prize! Would you say that I had an unfair advantage? What if I was a voracious reader of puzzles and had trained myself in solving riddles?

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My answers to three questions

When I mention my recently released book Leadership Lessons with The Beatles, people are curious about the background.

Bruce Rosenstein, Managing Editor of the journal Leader to Leader had three fascinating and insightful questions for me related to the book.

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The Hidden Powers of Vulnerability and Humility

I am delighted to share my article, “The Hidden Powers of Vulnerability and Humility,” published in the prestigious journal “Leader to Leader.”

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