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5 Unconscious Ways We Limit Our Own Freedom

I still remember that morning of excitement. It was supposed to an relaxing long drive in my new car, but I had no idea how the day would turn up. As I started the engine and pushed down on the accelerator, I got busy admiring the posh interiors and the sophisticated dashboard of my car. As soon as I got on the highway, I turned on the cruise...

10 Powerful Questions to Understand and Connect with Others on a Deeper Level

Do your conversations seem artificial and meaningless? Do you find it difficult to go beyond niceties? What do you do when the answers you get are rote, scripted, and hide the “real” stuff underneath them? The innocuous “How are you?” at the start of a conversation often begets a rote and scripted response like “I am fine,” or “I am doing good.”...

7 Empathetic Questions To Ask At Work to Understand And Support Your Colleagues

One of the most important tasks of a leader is to support her people with the challenges they face. However, in the pressure-filled and fast-paced routine of everyday work, the challenges each one of us face might not be easily identifiable. Due to workplace culture and social taboos, people might be struggling with some very important issues but...

5 Research Backed Reasons Taking Regular Breaks Can Help You Get More Done

If you have a lot to do, take regular breaks. Find out about the counterintuitive advice of taking breaks to get more done. Are you surging ahead in life? Is your life becoming too fast for comfort? Why not take a break? What did I just say? Do you think you have a lot more to achieve and you just can't afford to take breaks? Does this sound like...

The 7 Most Powerful Investments You Can Make. They Are Not What You Think

What comes to your mind when you are asked about the most powerful investments you should make? Is it stocks? Is it bonds? Or a new house? Real estate is the safest investment, you might have heard. If you ask me, I would say, neither! Over the course of my life, with its few successes and numerous failures, I have come to see another type of...

Why Unreasonable Goals Are Better For Your Growth And Success?

Have you ever achieved something you aimed for still felt like "meh"? Do you feel "empty" on the inside despite being successful by usual standards? Here is how to achieve meaningful success by overcoming our deep psychological need to play it safe. If you have ever done any writing on a computer, you would have relied on copy and paste. It's...

Why Anger Is The Most Compassionate Human Emotion? And 3 Ways to Use it Productively?

“Anger is the deepest form of compassion,” poet and philosopher David Whyte wrote. Most people do not associate anger with compassion. In fact, at first glance, it looks and feels like the exact opposite of compassion. But as with most emotions, the more attention we pay, the more aware we can be of what our anger is trying to tell us. In this...

Do You Know the People Behind Your Colleagues? And 5 Reasons Why It Matters

I stood next to my car door, stunned and frozen in place. I had just walked out of my workplace to leave when a stranger walked up to me and casually handed me a large, white envelope. Divorce papers. My children were waiting at a friend’s house for me to fetch them. My mother was in the hospital, and I’d promised to visit that day. I also had a...

15 Timeless and Valuable Lessons Learned After 15 Years of Working Professionally

I started to work professionally in 2005, and very soon it will be 15 years. Over this decade and a half, it has been a wild journey working in over 8 different companies across 2 continents, including 2 companies that I started. I have seen ups and downs and worked with people and teams from all over the world. I also dabbled in social activism...