Effective self-development – Stepping out of your comfort zone

Stepping out of your comfort zone For effective self-development and for realizing your full potential, you must develop the habit of stepping out of your comfort zone. When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone, feared that what you were getting into would be a failure, or nervously considered that you …

Extreme Self-Motivation to Achieve your Goal

Extreme self-motivation The other day I was watching “Koun banega crorepati” (KBC), the 2014 season Hindi edition of “Who wants to be a millionaire”.  With viewership well into the tens of millions, the biggest draw is undoubtedly Amitabh Bachchan, the Bollywood icon and the show’s compere. From a leadership and self-development perspective, the first candidate …

Six Activities that develop effective leadership qualities

Jungfrau, Switzerland The best way to learn is by doing and one can develop effective leadership qualities by taking on certain activities.  Activities that need you to step out of your comfort zone, work with people, put a plan together and then executive systematically are ones that help develop effective leadership qualities.  These activities must …

Effective leadership qualities – leadership self-regulation

Trishit Banerjee This post marks the culmination of the first year of Kay Leadership Academy.  On this occasion, I thought of publishing an interview with Trishit Banerjee, a budding “young” leader.  All of 16 years, Trishit is an accomplished poet, a board exam topper and  a school captain.  His book A little bud learns to …

How to successfully build and deliver an election speech

An election speech is a very valuable, important and powerful communication tool.  All other things being equal, a stirring election speech has the power to shift a large section of the electorate in favor of the candidate.  Alternatively, if the candidate botches up the speech, the opposition can gain ground without delivering their speech.  The …

The 10000 hour rule for measuring effort

Outliers For effective self-development, two concepts stand out.  The first is over-preparation as a key to extreme success.  And the second is appropriate quantification for measuring your efforts: since only what can be measured, can be controlled and then improved.  Once you recognize that over-preparation is necessary for self-development, the next step would be to …

How to prepare for a solid career in a dynamic environment

Preparing for a career At a recent prize distribution ceremony for a math competition, I had the privilege of speaking on leadership.  In addressing the audience on the topic of leadership and how people engagement skills must be developed to complement the technical mathematical skills, I briefly touched upon the topic of future careers.  Thinking …