PBTO53: Deep Work: How to do work that Matters with Cal Newport

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/pushingbeyondtheobvious/53_PBTO53__Deep_Work__How_to_do_work_that_matters_with_Cal_Newport.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | RSS Who is on the show: In this episode we host, Cal Newport. He is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work. Why is he on the show: His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace and that the ability to concentrate without distraction is becoming increasingly valuable. He previously wrote So Good They Can’t Ignore You, […]

Ideas about Building a Great Company and Being a Great Leader from the book – The Republic of Tea

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Philosophical & BusinessWisdom from The Republic of Tea by Mukesh Gupta I picked up and started reading the book “The Republic of Tea“, based on a recommendation by Seth Godin as a must read book. I am an avid Tea lover and so reading a book about Tea and a business around tea was an interesting proposition by itself. The book is a collection of fax messages that were exchanged between the people discussing the idea of starting a business selling Tea in the US with little commentary by the players giving some context when needed. I read the book as […]

The Importance of Leisure in Improving our Productivity

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The Relationship between Leisure & Productivity by Mukesh Gupta  Premise: We live in a world where there is a relentless focus on improving productivity and efficiency. We want to do more of everything and do it quick. There is a spurt of books on how to improve our productivity. There are numerous blog posts about hacks to improve productivity. Despite all of this, we are living in a world where there is a minuscule percent of people who are able to accomplish much more than the rest of the population. There is a dearth of good leaders – both in […]

Three Questions that matter the most for a Leader

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Questions that matter the most by Mukesh Gupta When we look at all the aspects of leadership, there are three core and fundamental questions that matter the most to the people whom we intend to lead. Do You Know What You Are Talking About? The most important aspect of leadership, then is competence. Do we know what we are talking about? Do we know what the ground reality is? Do we understand the process enough to make sense? Do we know where we are going? And why? This competence creates a level of respect for us as leaders, without which there […]

Guest Post: Three Mindsets of a Great Sales Coach

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3 mindsets of a great sales coach by Mukesh Gupta Intro: This is a guest post by Kevin F Davis. Kevin is the founder and president of TopLine Leadership, Inc. which provides customized sales management development programs and services. He is the author of “The Sales Manager’s Guide to Greatness: 10 Essential Strategies for Leading Your Team to the Top”. I had the opportunity to read his book and was impressed with the thought process and the approach to sales management that he shares in the book. I was so impressed that I thought it would be best if I ask […]