Posted by: csdivakar | October 16, 2018

Ask Daily Questions and see the change in you

“The best executives have the right questions, not the right answers”. – Liz Wiseman , Author of Multipliers

I am always curious about how questions are asked in the meetings, discussions, TV Debates. I strongly believe Quality of Questions ask yourself is directly proportional to quality of life you live.

I was introduced to Marshall Goldsmith in 2008 in Toronto Public Library attracted to his book “What got you here won’t get you there”. I am following him and his influence to my life is very much because of his methods and also on his Daily Question process.

Self-Reflection is a tool to reflect on our life. Every day I ask myself by answering 10 questions that represent behavior that I know which is most important, but easy to neglect or avoid on daily chores.

I was lazy and procrastinating more and I will be busy in conference calls in the morning and coming home very late and not able to spend time with kids. Started justifying about Work – Life is not good.  Only conversations in whatspp voice recordings and messages with kids. This indicated how poor I am at my time / energy management. Inspite of all these happenings, my lnbox will always have unread emails. I felt stressed on my work and was always looking for answers …

I am fascinated with Marshall Goldsmith and his book “Triggers” me to join on his Executive Coaching Certification on Stakeholder Centered Coaching and the Daily Question process. It is an eye-opener for me and changed me to gain my focus .

The following 10 questions helped me to shape my day and continuously asking the questions everyday and capturing it in a spreadsheet.


Did I do my best to :

0 – 10


Increase my happiness
2 Meditate for 10 minutes
3 To capture my calendar effectively
4 Spend time my kids
5 Learn something new by reading books
6 Exercises in the morning
7 Keep Zero Inbox
8 Reduce my time on Internet/Social Media
9 Listen in the meetings/conference calls
10 Go to bed by 11:00 PM


Diligently am following to respond to this 10 questions every day and scoring myself and this helped me to say “No” to my Mindless browsing or chat with friends on phone calls or and having a laser focus on my Zero Inbox everyday.

Beyond all this, when we were having a family dinner and casually my son who is at his 5th grade certified me that “ I can see a difference in dad that he talks to me nowadays “. I feel my son’s feedback is the greatest feedback I received after my Daily question process.

Daily Question Process works very so well because it pushed me to reflect everyday on my values.

What questions you want to ask yourself, every day ?  Write the questions that you need to ask yourself everyday ? If you need help on writing questions, please do feel free to call me and love to help you.. Decide now to ask questions everyday… Your life will be better.

Life is good!

Posted by: csdivakar | September 30, 2018

Are you a Multiplier or Diminisher ?

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Are you a Multiplier or Diminisher?

Did you ever had a supervisor or client who pushed you beyond what you thought you could do? Or a leader who inspired you to give more than 100 percent? Then you are working with Multiplier in action.

What is a Multiplier?

Leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them. These are the leaders who inspire the people with whom they work to stretch themselves and surpass expectations. These leaders use their smarts to make everyone around them smarter and capable.

Did you ever had a supervisor who is holding his team back, despite with good intentions ?

What is a Diminisher?

Well-intended Leader often following popular management practices , who subtly and , completely unaware , shuts down the intelligence of others.




Peter Drucker summarises the need: “The most important contribution management needs to make in the 21st Century is to increase the productivity of knowledge work and the knowledge worker.”


Intelligence Multipliers:

Leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of people around them are Multipliers of intelligence—they inspire employees to stretch themselves to deliver results that surpass expectations. These leaders hold a unique set of assumptions about intelligence.

Multipliers see an abundance of intelligent people and assume that people are smart and will figure it out. This core assumption is at the root of the five leadership practices that distinguish Multipliers.

They: 1) see genius in others;

2) create intensity that requires best thinking;

3) extend challenges;

4) debate decisions; and

5) instill ownership and accountability.

Multipliers don’t get a little more from people around them—they get vastly more. Multipliers utilize people at nearly 100 percent of their capacity, meaning they get twice the capability from their people than Diminishers do.

Accidental Diminishers:-

Visionaries: Visionaries are big thinkers who lay out a compelling picture of the future and evangelize it. But they might be providing too prescriptive a vision to their team and not leaving enough space for others to think through the challenges and build the intellectual muscle to make the vision a reality.

But instead of engaging his team’s enthusiasm, his effect was the opposite—and people became apathetic.

 Idea Guys:

Idea Guys are fountains of creativity, and their minds race with non-stop ideas. They may think they’re sparking innovation, but they cause whiplash as people scurry to keep up with each new idea, making minor progress in many directions.

Rescuers: Many well-intending managers jump in and rescue their people or a project to help the person avert failure and get on the path of success. But when rescuing struggling people, you weaken their ability to think for themselves and to learn how to spot problems and recover from them. Instead of creating a cycle of success, you create chronic dependency on the leader.

How to become a Multiplier:-

  1. Ask Questions . Ask clean questions ..
  2. Share Ideas : – Introduce few ideas, and leave white space.
  3. Give Accountability : Give Accountability and trust them.

BOOK : Multipliers by Liz Wiseman

Posted by: csdivakar | September 13, 2018

Productivity and Knowledge Worker

What is Productivity? 

The dictionary definition of productivity is A measure of the efficiency of a person, machine, factory, system, etc., in converting inputs into useful outputs.”

Who is Knowledge Worker? 

The term “knowledge worker” was first coined by Peter Drucker in his book, The Landmarks of Tomorrow (1959). Drucker defined knowledge workers as high-level workers who apply theoretical and analytical knowledge, acquired through formal training, to develop products and services.

How Productivity increases for Knowledge workers ?  Knowledge workers do their best when they can access their creativity & intuition.

According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi , author of book Flow : The Psychology of Optimal experience explains “Flow” as , flow, also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.

  1. Complete concentration on the task
  2. Clarity of goals and reward in mind and immediate feedback
  3. Transformation of time (speeding up/slowing down of time)
  4. The experience is intrinsically rewarding
  5. Effortlessness and ease
  6. There is a balance between challenge and skills
  7. Actions and awareness are merged, losing self-conscious rumination
  8. There is a feeling of control over the task

Awareness on Conscious Mind, our mind is able to track only 4 things at a time. According to American Psychology association, we are thinking on an average 40,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day through sub-conscious mind. However, conscious mind is able to prioritize only pressing things which will give results.

According to productivity expert David Allen , author of Getting Things Done, to approach a design of work :-

CAPTURE: Capture everything in a system or journal that you will refer.

CLARIFY :  Clarify it by identifying the immediate action and consequences

ORGANIZE: Organize the actions in a clear buckets to connect the consequences like Work , Home, Finance etc.,

REFLECT: Reflect daily, weekly, monthly. It gives you a focus and activates the Reticular activating system (RAS) . So that conscious and sub-conscious mind supports to achieve the desired outcome.

ENGAGE: Once you focus, naturally engaging with Flow.. where complete attention, clarity of goal, and not distracted with multi-tasking. Creativity flows and being productive can be learnt…

On a beautiful sunday , listening to instrumental music and writing this blog is one of the best experience because the book ” Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” had provided many answers to my questions. As Adam Grant ( Author of Give and Take ) mentioned, ” Essentialism holds the keys to solving one of the great puzzles of drop what you’re doing and read it”.. and my experience remains the same where this book has moved me to reflect on each page …

“Essentialism is about how to get the right things done. It is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies then making execution of those things almost effortless .

This book showed a deep understanding of how to live a life true to ourself, and also teaching a method for being more efficient, productive and effective in both personal and professional realms.

There are four parts of the book where the first outlines the mind-set of an essentialist and the remaining three parts in to a systematic process of the Essentialist.

1. What was the purpose of this book?

The Purpose of this book is to live a meaningful life by identifying what really matters and also a framework to live as a Essentialist . George Mc.keown explains with a beautiful greek word, ‘metanoia’, refers to a transformation of the heart. He argues with a clear points by asking questions and provides answers from Essentialist and Non-Essentialist perspective.

2. . After reading the book, interest been piqued about the subject matter ?

Indeed, one of the most interesting books which provoked by asking questions like :-

“What am I deeply passionate about ?” and “ What taps my talent ?” and “ What meets a significant need in the world ?”

“Which Problem Do I want ?” , As Micheal porter confirms “ Strategy is about making choices , trade-offs. It is deliberately choosing to be different “. Mc.Keown provides an approach how to do trade-off. Trade-offs are not something to be embraced and made deliberately, strategically, and thoughtfully.

3. Was there a specific passage that had left an impression, share the passage and its effect.

“ In the top left quadrant, we have a vision and mission statements like “We want to change the world”; statements that sound inspirational but are so general they absolutely entirely ignored. In the bottom left quadrant, we have a set of vague general values like “ innovation”, “teamwork” and “ leadership”- but these are typically too bland and generic to inspire any passion. In the bottom right quadrant we have shorter-term quarterly objectives we pay attention to, like “ Increase profits 5 % over last year’s results”; these short term tactics may be concrete enough to get our attention, but they often lack inspiration. An Essential Intent , on the other hand , is both inspirational and concrete, both meaningful and measurable. Essential Intent is one decision that settles 1000 later decisions . It is like deciding you’re going to become a doctor instead of lawyer. One Strategic choice eliminates a universe of other options and maps a course for the next 5, 10, 15 or 20 years of your life. Once the big decision is made, all subsequent decisions come into better focus.  “

The above passage in the Clarify chapter has an in depth meaning of the essentialism and its philosophy of “Disciplined pursuit of less”. Personally it helped us to identify our intent and the way how can we easily decide on what was important right now ?. As Greg Mc.keown mentioned in the book “ What was important right now, what was important right now was to figure out what was important right now !

Recommendation: “Essentialism is having answers for all the questions in personal, professional and to a great extent in spiritual. I love this book and strongly recommending that this book to be there in bookshelf of every home. Awesome book , immediately read it and the way you see the things will change beautifully ”

Posted by: csdivakar | December 26, 2014

Personal Code Halos.. Key Learnings…

What is Code Halos ?

” The halo in the term Code Halo refers to the data that accumulates around people, devices, and organisations – data that’s robust , powerful and continually growing in richness and complexity. The halos contain the code that companies, brands, employers and partners can use to enhance their understanding of people or objects more deeply. “.

Personal Code Halos ..

Everyone has a Code Halo.. How is it formed ? What does it contain ?

Everyone of us started using internet for everything and sharing about us in a great way . Especially the firms such as Amazon and Google interact with our richselves, they recognize our thinking patterns and understand our interests, friends interests, likes and dislikes.


Today we hav a pattern of searching about an key executive in Linkedin is normal and know about his likes, dislikes etc., and strike the conversations are common in the business world. Especially the testimonials plays a vital role in Linkedin to know about the individual.

BLOGS, Personal Websites:-

Our Blogs communicates clearly about our key interests , thoughts and it becomes a data in the internet world.

Buying Behaviour :-

Amazon, Flipkart are very smart in gving offers based on our buying behaviour and interests . Predictive Analytics plays a vital role in our daily life ..with our data.

Key Learnings in Personal Code Halos:-

– Know who we are as well as our preferences, characteristics, and associations.

– Understand how we like to interact and how we don’t.

– Direct us effortlessly to what we are looking for.

– Remember every detail of our interaction in internet is very key ..

Questions to Ponder :

Are we having an awareness on Code Halos ?

What is my Personal Code Halos ?

Am I sharing the right data in the Internet world to know about me ?

Source :  “Code Halos” – How the Digital Lives of People, Things, and Organisations are Changing the Rules of Business by Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig and Ben Pring

How am I earning my two currencies ” TRUST” and “CONTENT” in Virtual world ?

Posted by: csdivakar | November 17, 2014

A quick review of an unique book

Excellent Review on “Search Inside Yourself”

Divakar's Musings

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Posted by: csdivakar | November 17, 2014

A quick review of an unique book

A quick review of an unique book.

Posted by: csdivakar | March 23, 2014

Design a Personal Innovation Plan..

Excellent on Personal Innovation Plan via Dorai Thodla

Posted by: Harvard Business Review | March 11, 2014

Do You Need to Lighten Up or Toughen Up?

Excellent Blog…

Posted by: csdivakar | January 26, 2014

A heartfelt wish on a momentous day

Meditations on Leadership

Today happens to be India’s Republic Day; a celebration dating from a momentous day in 1950 when the great country turned into a republic and a new constitution came into play.

The weather is mild this morning and there is hint of a drizzle – nature seems to be enjoying the moment as well. Congratulatory messages are pouring in from all quarters with Indians all over the world sharing wishes and smiles in honour of the valiant efforts of their countrymen several decades ago.

As I type this message, I wonder – what is it that we could wish for our country on such a pivotal day – what is the one thing that we need most of all – as a person, as a partner, as a society and as a country in a connected world?

The answer seems to be present in this little tome I hold in…

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Posted by: csdivakar | December 9, 2013

“The Exiled Prince” – Rama tells his Story…

“The Exiled Prince” – Rama tells his Story…          

In Rama’s words, “How will the story of my life be remembered by those who belong to the time yet to come?, These people who will never see or know me in flesh, how will they think of me?”

If Rama himself is answering the above questions , how would we feel ? Writer Ravi tried to respond in a beautiful way in his Book “The Exiled Prince”.

Ravi (@itsravi) narrates the story in a beautiful way by starting it with Madurantakam Rama and a British officer Colonel Lionel Blaze. ( History of Maduratakam Rama Temple in 1799)

Writer poses a nice question via Colonel Blaze “Where is it ever written or said that Rama died?”

I have read the few sample chapters via @Sandeepvarma and waiting for the remaining chapters how Rama is telling his story .

Posted by: csdivakar | September 22, 2013

Focusing on Success may lead to Survivorship Bias

What is Survivorship Bias ?

Survivorship bias is the logical error of concentrating on the people or things that “survived” some process and inadvertently overlooking those that did not because of their lack of visibility. This can lead to false conclusions in several different ways.

Survivorship bias can lead to overly optimistic beliefs because failures are ignored, such as when companies that no longer exist are excluded from analyses of financial performance. It can also lead to the false belief that the successes in a group have some special property, rather than just coincidence

Illustration 1 :-

During World war II, Flights were sent to enemy countries and only few returned to the starting point. ( If you send 10 Flights, only 3 survived and returned to the point with damage). Military saw the bullet holes at along the wings, around the tail gunner, and down the center of the body. Military commanders wanted to invest on wings, tail gunner and the center of the body. However, Mathematician Abraham Wald gave a different opinion to the Commanders that the holes in wings, tail gunner and center of the body are strongest. The holes in wings, tail gunner proved that these areas are stronger compared to the other areas. Wald advised to focus on the other areas of the body and fix it because those areas are weaker than Wings and Tail Gunner.

Survivorship Bias

Survivorship Bias is a tendency to focus on survivors instead of non-survivors. In the above illustration, the military focused on the planes that returned starting point and made a decision to focus on the holes. However, the focus has to be on non-survivors. (Flights not returned to the starting point).

Illustration 2 :- ( Emotional Effect of Survivorship Bias)

In “Fooled by Randomness “ Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains brilliantly with the below illustration ( I have shortened the illustration ) :

Marc grew-up in a small town and born for a tax accountant. He is a Harvard and Yale Graduate, working in a very large Law Firm and earning $500,000 a year. He focused on his profession and became the Partner of the Law Firm. However he ended up with separation from his wife due to lack of focus on his family. Marc married Janet and had three children in quick succession and moved to a very rich boulevard in New York city where successful corporate executives, high-flying entrepreneurs live.

Janet started feeling sad whenever she goes to school by seeing the wives of successful corporate executives and entrepreneurs who are not even smiling her.  She saw her husband as a failure, by comparison, miscomputing using the wrong distribution to derive a rank with the successful entrepreneurs and wall-street traders.

          Marc has done very well , better than 99.5 % of fellow americans.

          Compared to Harvard graduates he is financially stronger than remaining 90%.

          Among Yale graduates , he is at Top 40 % of successful people.

But, when compared to his neighbors, he is at the bottom because the people who live in the community are the Survivors who were successful in the business.

In the above example, Janet started comparing herself with the Survivors and ended up in a trap of emotional stress. Because we are trained to take advantage of the information that is lying in front of our eyes, ignoring the information that we do not see.

In same way, if we compare ourselves only with the promotees in organization, then we also end up in a Survivorship Bias.

Illustration 3 :-

If the three of the five students with the best college grades went to the same high school, that can lead one to believe that the high school must offer an excellent education. This could be true, but the question cannot be answered without looking at the grades of all the other students from that high school, not just the ones who “survived” the top-five selection process

Key Lessons:-

          Survivorship bias can lead to overly optimistic beliefs because failures are ignored.

          It can also lead to the false belief that the successes in a group have some special property, rather than just coincidence.

Survivorship Bias and My Learning: –

If you are thinking about opening a restaurant because there are so many successful restaurants in your hometown, you are ignoring the fact the only successful restaurants survive to become examples. Maybe on average 90 percent of restaurants in your city fail in the first year. You can’t see all those failures because when they fail they also disappear from view. As Nassim Taleb writes in his book The Black Swan, “The cemetery of failed restaurants is very silent.” Of course the few that don’t fail in that deadly of an environment are wildly successful because only the very best and the very lucky can survive. All you are left with are super successes, and looking at them day after day you might think it’s a great business to get into when you are actually seeing evidence that you should avoid it.

I am having a habit of buying books about successful people reading biographies of great leaders and learning lot about the history of companies that transformed the lives of human beings. ( NR Narayan Moorthy, Ambani, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Winston churchill, Gandhiji, Self-help books like How to win friends and influence people, The Power of Positive thinking, The Law of Success etc.,).  This will lead to over-confident, strongly biased and in complete.

          Analyze about Winners and Losers, successes and failures, the living and dead.

According to Rolf Dobelli, “The Art of thinking Clearly”, People estimate their chances of success. We can guard against Survivorship Bias by frequently visiting the graves of once-promising projects, investments and careers. It is a sad walk but it will help us to make a wise decision.

Conclusion: – Taleb’s point is that survivorship bias is a chronic syndrome affecting most people. We naturally ignore the data we do not see, so we must work hard to counter survivorship bias.


Book Recommendations : –

          Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

          The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

          Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnmen

          The Art of thinking clearly by Rolf Dobelli

TED Video : Ben Goldacre: What doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe

Posted by: csdivakar | September 14, 2013

Confirmatory Bias and Me…

On September 5 (Teachers Day) , am blessed to meet Sukumar Rajagopal (  with a problem where am facing for a long time in my life. After I shared the problem, he listened with empathy and responded calmly as ‘Confirmatory Bias!’.

What is Confirmatory Bias?

Confirmation bias (also called confirmatory bias or myside bias) is a tendency of people to favor information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses.People display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret it in a biased way. The effect is stronger for emotionally charged issues and for deeply entrenched beliefs. They also tend to interpret ambiguous evidence as supporting their existing position.

Confirmation Bias is the tendency that influences all of us to put more faith in information that agrees with what we already believe, and discount opinions and data that disagree with our beliefs.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb author of “The Black Swan” explains beautifully in his book. In chapter 5 ( Confirmation Shmonfirmation ), he confirms by “ Cognitive Scientists have studied our mental tendency to look only for corroboration; they call this vulnerability to the corroboration error the Confirmation Bias

Examples :-

Before the discovery of Australia, everyone convinced that all swans where white, an unassailable belief as it seemed completely confirmed by empirical evidence.

A person will believe that if he invest money in Gold can yield more profit and find reasons for his argument by sharing the Gold Price Range from 1990 to 2013, “ how the gold price has shoot high and believing that other investments won’t yield money and over-confident about the investing in gold.

In organisations, we always try to make and validate the data( Vanity Metrics ) based on our belief and taking decisions through Surveys.

I was recently questioned by one of my colleague on “My Comment on Dress Smart in The Zone Blog” and am able to interrelate his conversation on his Confirmatory Bias by sharing me that productivity, culture may get affected because of his evidences by comparing the factory culture and started justifying the points how westernization is affecting the Indian culture.

Strategies for overcoming Confirmatory Bias…

Seek information that can falsify your beliefs

  • Helps you avoid the confirmation bias as you seek new information

Ask questions that lead to concrete answers

  • Helps you avoid the confirmation bias in interpreting information

Avoid conveying your beliefs and intentions when asking questions to your teammate or to consumers

  • Helps you prevent the confirmation bias in others

Few References on Confirmatory Bias to know more…

How Warren Buffett Avoids Getting Trapped by Confirmation Bias” – Excellent Article

Book Recommendation : The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Posted by: csdivakar | August 7, 2013

Leadership and Self-Deception – Germ Theory

Leadership and Self-Deception is an excellent book authored by Arbinger Institute. ( Group of person written together).

In Chapter 4, ‘The Problem beneath Other Problems’ . I would like to describe the theory short and it is a key for all our problems.

Ignaz Semmelweis is an European doctor , an obstetrician worked at Vienna’s General Hospital in 1800s. He was upset when he found that the mortality rate was one in ten in his ward and the mortality rate was one in fifty in mid-wives ward.  He did lot of analysis with patients in the both the wards and found everything is normal.  He standardised everything from birthing positions to ventilation and diet. He even standardised the way the laundry was done. He incredibly discouraged.

Semmelweis gone for a vacation for 4 months and found that the mortality rate decreased and matched with one in fifty in his ward.  Gradually, his inquiry led him to think about the possible significance of research done by the doctors on Cadavers.

Semmelweis discovered that the only significant difference was that he, spent far more time doing research on the cadavers.  He developed a theory, ‘particles’ from cadaers and other diseased patients were being transmitted to health patients on the hands of the physicians. He immediately instituted a policy requiring physicians to wash their hands thoroughly in a chlorine and lime solution before examining any patient. This is called Germ Theory and it resulted in to Mortality rate to 1 in 100.

In same way, there is a similar germ we carry to one extent to another , a germ that kills leadership, a germ that causes a multitude of ‘people problems’, a germ that can be isolated and neutralised.

Let us self-introspect and discover our germs before we start identifying the reasons for challenges.

Posted by: csdivakar | April 10, 2013

What motivates us….

I was wondering how many of my colleagues, friends and team members are always motivated, energetic and bringing lot of benefits to them personally and also to the organization.

It triggered me to read a lot about motivation and found an answer through Fredrick Herzberg ‘s Two Factor Theory ( Motivation and Hygiene Theory –

Let us understand in detail about Motivation and Hygiene.This has revealed me personally the expectation from me to move from “What to think ?” to “How to think?”.

Herzberg’s Two-factor Theory

Hygiene Factors



  Job Security,
  Working Conditions,
  Level and Quality of Supervision,
  Company Policy and Administration,
  Interpersonal Relations

Nature of Work,
  Sense of Achievement,
  Personal Growth and Advancement


Most of the times, the decisions are taken based on the Hygiene Factors and not on Motivators. For example, when we are deciding to move from onsite to offshore or offshore to onsite, decisions are taken based on the Hygiene Factors to a large extent than Motivators.

If we focus more on Hygiene Factors, it doesn’t mean that we are motivated to do our job. However it helps us to work with the absence of job dissatisfaction. (As mentioned in How will you measure your life by Clayton M Christenen ) .

Integrating Hygiene and Motivators:-

Sense of Achievement is most important to feel at the end of the day and program is key motivator.

 I was discussing with my friend Thillairajan , where he has given a great insight about Small Business Owners who are having a deep sleep at the end of the day because of their sense of achievement by seeing a great impact in their day due to their success in their business by valuing their Sales. (Most important motivator for them in the initial days of their business not as a Hygiene Factor)

In the same way, are we identifying the sense of achievement?

For example winning a proposal, BES Survey to 4.5, Clearing a Certification, Taking a session in Academy, Finding a defect which has saved a great impact in the production, opportunities for Innovation etc.,

Let us integrate Hygiene and Motivators in our life and know your comments on what motivates you whether it is Hygiene Factor or Motivational Factor…

Source : – To know more about Herzberg’s Two Factor Theory published in HBR 1987

Posted by: csdivakar | March 23, 2013

No more Work-Life Balance ! It is Work – Life Integration

Based on my recent conversations with my friends ,colleagues and in internal survey with our team, most of us are having difficulties in Work – Life Balance due to various reasons like long time travel to office , late conference calls, tight dead lines, customer expectations etc.,

I got an opportunity to discuss with Sukumar (  about this challenge and he guided me  about “Work – Life Integration” which is the key part to succeed in today’s knowledge workers life.

I was doing  a research on this topic by reading few articles and sharing the links to understand more about this . It is very interesting for me …and am hoping it will be interesting for you also…




4. – Excellent Study on Work – Life by Boston College…


My Impressions :-

1. It is interesting for me to know about Work-Life Integration ( No more Work – Life Balance , which is not sensible going forward for anyone , especially Knowledge Workers  like us )

2.  I was surprised by Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer, the idea that someone could achieve a healthy work-life integration when having a baby seemed too hard to believe and back to work in short span .  If she is able to manage successfully her work, and I trust, we can learn effectively from her .

3.  Work – Life integration is a cultural change agent and will bring lot of benefits which lead to positive eustress .

4. Find ways to squeeze your work and life whereever applicable instead of spliting or divided. 

5. Capitalising the technology , Social, Mobility to a great extent to use it effectively.

6. As mentioned in Forbes article, let us  do not try to balance anything. Second, try to integrate instead, which requires some real awareness of our preferred behaviors, self-identity, and sense of control.

What do you think – do you strive for work-life balance, or work-life integration? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments! Wish you great weak ahead …

Posted by: csdivakar | January 14, 2013

Knowledge Tweets – WK 2- Jan – 2013

My Top Reads for the Week 2 – Jan 2013


1. Why “ideas” are a Bad Starting Point for a Startup : Why Ideas are Evil by @vijayanands – Brillaint

2. Is Managed Innovation an Oxymoron – Story – Intresting from @kumarsachi

3. Creativity is Subtraction – via @brainpickings

4. Brain Training program – via @cpjay  – Vv interesting

5. Top 100 Tweet Accounts to follow in 2013 for Business, Technology, Leadership – http://  (via ) @ravi_narayanan


Posted by: csdivakar | January 6, 2013

Knowledge Tweets – WK 1

My Top Reads WK 1 – Jan 6,2013

1. Great advice for new year – 8 Things You Must Give Up to Find Peace via @kris_sg

2. Return of the Native relocating to India? via @priyaraju

3.Data Analytics Will Fail If Executives Ignore the Numbers  via @CIOonline

4.”The Anatomy of Consulting Firm” – by David Maister 




Posted by: csdivakar | December 23, 2012

Respect for the role or the person?

This is one of the interesting blog.

Meditations on Leadership

A friend called up the other day. He had recently moved to a semi-independent role from a managerial role for a large portfolio and he was surprised that the attention he had been garnering until recently had gone down significantly. “Are they ungrateful or am I not the leader I was anymore?”  he wondered.

We mused this over a pot of coffee and a few cups of tea (we had one of those uber coffee shops nearby). He really had been a good manager, so this wasnt about people acting up. Not at all – so what was happening?

My friend got it first – “looks like I missed the “parnephelia associated with the position” with my person. The oohs and aahs were really for the position huh?”

We had a good laugh as we thought about the fate of our politicians once they were out of power. Or the…

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Posted by: csdivakar | September 2, 2012

My Learning from Innovation Workshop

As Peter Drucker defines “Change that creates a new Dimension of performance”, this work shop made a change and shown me a path to a new dimension of Performance.

Key Learning from the Workshop : –

StoryTelling by Mr. Sankaranaryanan :-

  • Shared how he turned Sick a Company to 1000+ crores organization.
    • Identify the Key Problems in your organization. As a Chairman, he integrated the whole system and solved.
    • Burning problems of customers is an opportunity to innovate which can lead new business.  Interesting examples like educating a customer or vendor will help lot to sustain in business.
    • Show your product  or make your customer to visualize the outcome or “TO-BE State”
    • Interestingly he is aged 70+ and the way he exhibited energy is fantastic.

Creative Mindset:-

I was very much thrilled to know about Creativitywhack cards (deck of 64 cards with illustrations and strategies for stimulating creativity).

According to me , this is the best example of “Connect the Dots” . Roger Von Oech ( who connected his thought with brilliant 64 creativity strategies is the example of out-of-box thinking.

The four roles in the Creativity Process :-

The Explorer :-

The Explorer is always in search of new things. He is relentlessly curious and never limits himself to a particular area of experience and knowledge. To have ideas is to connect dots. First and foremost you need lots of dots to connect — you need fuel for the formation of new ideas.

The Artist :-

The artist has ideas. He takes the raw materials from the Explorer and combines them in novel ways.

The Judge :-

The Judge is all about “getting real”. His job is to analyze the Artist’s wild ideas and assess if they’re practical — in the real world.

The Warrior:-

The Warrior’s job is to make ideas happen. For that, you’ll need not only a strategy and plan of action but to put in the hours — fight the daily fight.

That means remaining productive, developing the resilience and courage to overcome obstacles and, of course, being able to sell your ideas — whatever’s necessary to materialize them.

Interesting Lessons from Ashish Rajpal (@ashishrajpal) : – ( Managing Director of idiscoveri)

Amazing session on How to build a culture:-

Ashish changed the culture of the workshop in a different way by introducing himself and also he motivated others to follow the same model. He started with his Big Bang approach.

Asish explained, “To Change the culture, underlying beliefs need to change” . A profound statement and he shared with a metaphor of Tree.

“Fruits are symbols of Culture”

“Trunk are Practices” or “Symbols emanates Practices”

“Root of the tree are Underlying Beliefs or Assumptions”.

If we need to build an innovation culture, we need to have an underlying belief to innovate.

He showed a video from IDEO to explain which shared the same belief system. (

Following are my top 5 key takeaways from the Video:-

To solve a problem:-

  1. Multicultural Team or Diversified people to be involved. ( Ex. Anthropologist, Biologist etc)
  2. One Conversation at a Time
  3. Stay focused on Topic
  4. Encourage wild ideas
  5. Not to criticize other’s ideas.

The framework he shared for building an Innovation Culture is remarkable. ( SIPA)


It was fulfilling and wonderful Saturday to learn more about Innovation from Innovation Evangelists.

About Inception Business Services: Inception Business Services (IBS – This is the first workshop of Inception and the founders arranged it in an innovative way. Thanks to organisers and their goodie ( Bookmark ) also very innovative.

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