CEOWorld Article – Optimism: What Every Leader Needs Today

Leaders need a healthy dose of realistic optimism, which requires acknowledging the challenges while feeling positive about making an impact.

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Optimism: What Every Leader Needs Today

My trip to India in December 2022

I traveled to Chennai, India, for the Golden Jubilee reunion of the class of 1971 at my undergraduate alma mater, the College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG), and then to Coimbatore to visit my mother at Serene Shenbagam, a senior community.

Some visuals from the visit.

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CEOWorld Article: Flex Your Curiosity to Learn, Unlearn, and Relearn

In our quest for lifelong learning, there are times when we are learning something new. Sometimes we may have to unlearn what we learned and relearn it to become innovative.  

Learning, unlearning, and relearning all require us to be curious.

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Flex Your Curiosity to Learn, Unlearn, and Relearn

Resources From Leadership Lessons with The Beatles

image courtesy: Pixabay/Geralt

Here is a handy list of the resources included in the book.

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CEOWorld Article: The Power of Independent Thinking in Leading

A best practice is a process or method generally accepted as the best among the alternatives known. Do the assumptions that went into creating the best practice hold in your situation? Should you adopt a best practice without probing to see if it will work for your organization? Some best practices created decades ago may not hold up any more in our current environment. 

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The Power of Independent Thinking in Leading

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.

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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.

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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?

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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