There Is a Revolution Brewing Inside of Everyone of Us.. Its Time to Own It & Lead It..

 

In this irreverent talk, creator, teacher and artist par excellence – James Victore shares his thoughts on Revolution. He believes that revolution is not something out there – Its Us. Its in us. There is a revolution waiting to happen inside each of us. This is exactly what Nilofer Merchant refers to in her book – Onlyness.

Both of them believe that it is us who keep this “Onlyness” and the “Revolution” oppressed inside of ourselves. It is time to not only accept and embrace it, but time to celebrate this and unleash it in its full creative strength in this world.

The world needs us, our onlyness and the revolution that only we can lead! It doesn’t matter if we are creatives, employees or entrepreneurs.. This applies to all of us!

So, what are we going to do about our “Onlyness” and our very own “Revolution”?

Enjoy the video!

Watch Nilofer talking about Onlyness.

PS: I would really like to host both James and Nilofer on my show, sometime soon.

Declaration of Independence – Here is to the Crazy One’s

 

One of my favourite ads of all time is the Apple ad – “Here’s to the crazy one’s“. This advertisement is a call to action to all of us who have a creative spark, an idea, the yearning to do something good, the frustration that we are wasting our lives the way we are living them. A lot of us are making a living not living the life that we truly want to live.

I am not calling all of us to leave our jobs or to start a company or to disrupt everything. No. That is not the idea. And yes, if that is what we want to do, by all means we should be free to do so.

The idea is that we should not restrict ourselves and our creativity but embrace and celebrate our creativity and be comfortable with our weirdness or our onlyness. As James Victore says – “What made you weird as a kid is what makes you great now”

The idea is not to conform to a specific stereotype, just because it is the safe thing to do.

The idea is to bring our full selves to whatever we are trying to do and allow or inspire others to do so as well.

The idea is that we allow our ideas to come to life in whatever shape, form or factor that they want to come out.

The idea is about bringing a lot of energy and having fun in whatever we are doing for the majority of our lives (work).

Declaration of Independence:

So, here is the Declaration of Independence for the crazy one’s:

  1. We believe that it is our fundamental right to have fun, be creative and be happy at work.
  2. We believe that it is our right to bring our ideas to table irrespective of our race, colour, sex, designation, experience or sexual orientation and get a fair hearing.
  3. We believe that it is our right to do work that is meaningful to us (as part of our regular jobs or outside of the jobs).
  4. We believe that it is our right to be treated based on the merits of our ideas and actions and not based on any other criteria.
  5. We believe that it is our right to question the status quo.
  6. We believe that it is our right to attempt to change the world – one person, one idea and one day at a time.
  7. We believe that it is our right to question & stand up against things that we believe are not right.
  8. We believe that it is our responsibility to create this culture ourselves and stand up for other creatives and crazy ones.
  9. We believe that it is our responsibility to promote other crazy one’s in their journey.
  10. We believe that it is our responsibility to spread the word and help every crazy one sign-up to unleash their creativity and craziness on this world.

This declaration of independence is as much important for each one of us, the crazy one’s, but also to every one of our family members,  friends, colleagues and the managers. If you know someone who wants to unleash themselves and their creativity in the world, allow them the freedom to do so. Instead of convincing them to take the safe and secure way and to conform to a sterotype, encourage them take their own path to their own future.

Lets go change things!

Lets go change the world for the better!

Most importantly, Lets start doing and being !!

What Keep us from Living Upto Our Potential and How to Overcome It?

What Stops Us from Living Upto Our Potential and How to Overcome the same by Mukesh Gupta

Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson are documentary filmmakers based in Gothenburg, Sweden, who have worked together since 2013. They created a short film where they recruited 67 people who have never jumped into a swimming pool from a height of 10m (by paying them an equivalent of 30 USD) and filmed these participants while they decided to jump or not and their actual jump.

Maximilien, on his website says,

People who have never been up there before have to choose whether to jump or climb down. The situation itself highlights a dilemma: to weigh the instinctive fear of taking the step out against the humiliation of having to climb down.

TEN METER TOWER is an entertaining study of the human in a vulnerable position.

Before we move on and I share my perspective about the experiment and the dilemma, lets first watch the video.

What is Happening here

In my opinion, the experiment not only captures the emotions of the participants really well, it also informs us of human behaviour, when confronted with a difficult choice.

This difficult choice could be about quitting a bad job, could be about starting a new venture, could be about getting out of a bad relationship or even about having a difficult conversation with someone we care about. Each one of these situations, puts us in a very similar position as the dilemma faced by the participants in the study.

And we typically react the same way that the participants react. Some of us chicken out and some of us are able to push through the fear and uncertainty and face the fear. It is easier when see someone do it just before we attempt.

This fear of unknown or ambiguity is the single biggest reason why most people never realise their true potential and many dreams are never fulfilled. There are myriad reasons why this fear is so crippling, not just psychologically but physically as well.

One way to explain this fear is something that Jonathan Haidt proposed. He argues that the human mind can be likened to the combination of a rider and an elephant that he rides. The rider is the part of the brain that is rational system. This is the part that can plan and decide based on evidence and data. The elephant is the part of the brain that is emotional. This system is geared towards survival and if there is a remote chance that this system senses any danger, it can and will override all other system and control our reactions.

Now, it was the elephant that was controlling the people in the experiment above. Their rider knows that they are not in mortal danger by jumping off into the pool from 10m height. They have seen many people do it and come out unharmed. However, their elephant is too strong and afraid. That is the reason why, one person even feels his knees go weak. This is a clear sign that the elephant is in control.

What can we do about it:

The question then is the following:

Why are some people able to go ahead and take the plunge, while others back off? And what can we do so that this fear doesn’t cripple us in the future?

The reason why some people are able to go ahead and take the plunge is because their elephants trust their riders a lot. This happens because in the past the rider has got the elephant to take micro-risks and the elephant remembers that it was not mortal and that it was ok. At times, it even felt good after having done what the rider asked it to do. So, when it comes to taking this risk or facing this challenge (or for that matter any similar challenge, where there is no mortal danger), the elephant is able to trust the rider (albeit after a bit of coaxing – this is exactly what happens when you tell yourself, common, you can do it or something similar) and hence takes the plunge with the rider.

This is also the reason why, even after having seen a friend of your’s take the plunge and come back up unscathed, there are some of us who will still not take the plunge. This is because, our elephant doesn’t trust our riders enough, yet.

Just like in any relationship, we can do work to build this trust. In order to do so, we need to take tiny steps, that the elephant is uncomfortable but not crippled and show that it is ok. Then as trust builds, continue to increase the amount of risk and ambiguity so that the elephant starts to trust the rider and his senses.

What this means is that in order for us to succeed in overcoming our fear of failure, we need to fail small. If we want to overcome our fear of public speaking, we need to do small public appearances. IF we want to be creative and original, we need to start slow and show our creativity and originality. If we want to be able to have the uncomfortable conversations,  we need to start small and start having conversations that are not necessarily pleasant and work on. If we want to write a book, we start by publishing on a blog. If we are worried about singing on stage, we start singing in front of our families and friends and train ourselves.

Conclusion: 

As someone wise has said,

The only way to overcome fear is to go through it.

We are living in a world where creativity and originality will become more and more important. We need to be able to build our capacity to be original.

As James Victore says in his Dangerous Ideas

Failure is Your Best Option

If we are to fulfil our full potential and live a life that we are capable of living, we need to get comfortable with the idea of failure.

What is critical here is that we go through the loop –

  • Try something new.
    • It worked
    • It failed
  • Reflect on what happened
  • Learn from the reflection
  • Repeat

This is what I call the TR/LR loop which is critical in learning anything.

As long as we are able to get our elephants to trust our rider, we will be able to move forward and take some of these risks and have a better chance of fulfilling our potential.

PS: This film, titled Ten Meter Tower’ appeared at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. It is part of a series produced by independent filmmakers who have received support from the nonprofit Sundance Institute.

PS: Here is a short video that in which Dan Heath explains the Elephant and the rider metaphor really well.

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Leadership Lessons from The Recent Political Crisis in Tamil Nadu

Leadership Lessons from Recent Political Crisis in Tamil Nadu by Mukesh Gupta

Looks like the final curtain on the political crisis in Tamil Nadu finally came down, with Palanisamy being sworn-in as the chief minister.

There are two leadership lessons that we can all learn from the way this entire episode unfolded.

Importance of Succession Planning:

This entire incidence only goes to show that there was no clear succession plan in place, if something were to happen to the erstwhile chief minister Jayalalitha. Even if she had someone in mind, she did not make it clear to the candidate or her party cadre, either explicitly or post facto, in her will.

This is one of the most common mistakes that leaders commit. The reasons why they fail to invest enough time and effort in identifying and grooming a successor are:

  1. They assume that they have a lot of time to do this and that there are other priorities that are more urgent than this.
  2. They believe that no one in their current team is capable of being nominated as their successor.

In my opinion, this is probably the most important task that a leader is expected to do – develop more leaders.

What they fail to understand is that, it is in these moments of transition that organisations or teams go through a lot of chaos, uncertainty and ambiguity. These moments always bring to the front a power struggle, which always has a winner and a loser. This power struggle also means most people will end up taking sides and whichever side wins the struggle the team loses as it is extremely difficult to bridge any gaps that this power struggle creates. These scars heal slow. Also, the team that wins the power struggle may or may not be the best to take on the leadership.

This is also the time when the team is at its most vulnerable self. This is the time when competitors can disrupt the team and inflict maximum damage, if they are aware and agile enough to seize the opportunity.

Some ways that leaders can ensure this does not happen are as below:

  1. Develop successors rather than plan successors: Language matters a lot. When you define that the leader needs to develop his potential successor, they can then identify someone with potential. They can identify the gaps and give them projects and tasks that provide the opportunity to learn and grow their skills. This also gives leaders the opportunity to also find out if someone is able to scale up their skill-sets and mindsets to be able to grow into the role. All leaders need to understand that people grow in their roles and are hardly ever ready for a role.
  2. Developing successors as an Imperative: All leaders need to be measured on how many leaders they have developed in their teams who take on more senior positions. Once this is measured and has an impact on their growth and potentially their remuneration, this is taken seriously and progress made.
  3. Keep Things Simple: Anything that gets complex and involves too many people or too many steps starts getting procrastinated. So, instead of going through a complex analysis of all the potential candidates, it is easier to go with the judgement of the leader and identify two to three candidates who need to be tested and groomed for growing within the organisation.

As Stephen Covey stated, this is a Q2 activity, important but not urgent, until it becomes urgent. But by then, it is too late.

If done well, this process can yield not only stability to the team in times of transition but also create an opportunity to continue to produce a cohort of potential leaders.

Challenges with Larger than Life Leaders:

One of the characteristics of the erstwhile Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalitha, was that she was larger than life leader. In most situations, she was above everything else, above her party, above her cause and above everything else.

We also have leaders in businesses who become larger than life. They take on a larger than life persona of themselves. While this serves the business for sometime, these leaders then quickly start believing that they are above the businesses that they are serving and so do their teams.

The moment this sets in, the decline of the business is imminent. This is exactly what happened with Jayalalitha. She became this larger than life leader and now it is increasing more difficult for her successor to step into her shoes. The more difficult it is for him, the more he will strive to achieve that. This is an ever worsening feedback loop which results in the organisation becoming weaker and weaker.

The only way that leaders can avoid this trap is by staying grounded. Some ways to stay grounded for leaders could be:

  1. Meet with their front-line employees on a daily basis. This keeps them closer to the business and at the same time continue to learn.
  2. Identify someone who is their alter-ego. He is tasked with alerting the leader every time he/she starts to think of himself/herself as bigger than the business.
  3. No Extreme perks. The feeling of being larger than life starts to take root when the leader starts getting and even demanding extremely special treatment everywhere they go. If leaders make it clear that they will not tolerate overtly special treatment from their employees, they tend to remain more grounded than otherwise.

Conclusion: 

The question now is how stable will the new cabinet under the leadership of Palanisamy be? My experience says that the power struggle is not over yet and will continue for some more time, leading to much more uncertainty within the government. The losers are the people whom the government is supposed to serve.

Similarly, if leaders don’t develop their successors and stay grounded, the team suffers and eventually the organisation and the customers that it serves suffer. This is never a good thing.

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Think of it like the following – I will bring thought leaders to your door step and in return all I am asking is for you to spend just enough to get a cup of coffee for the expert that is in your home. 

I would like to keep this podcast ad-free and need your support regarding the same. You can also find some very interesting artists whom you can also contribute for.

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20 Insanely Interesting People I Came to Know in 2016

One of the things I do over time is to discover new people and learn from new sources. I had shared my earlier list of 25 insanely interesting people in 2014. You can find that list here.

So, here is a list of some of the insanely interesting people that i came across in 2016. I do hope you will find some of these people and the great work that they are doing interesting enough to start following them. I must say that I was fortunate enough to discover these people online and learn so much from them.

I do hope that you will spare some time and try and follow some of these folks and the insanely interesting work that they are putting out into the world. They are changing the world as we know it.

Here is my list of insanely interesting people I came to know in 2016 (in alphabetical order)

Adam Grant – Super Power – Being Prolific at Original Thinking

I was introduced to Adam through a podcast episode that Srinivas Rao put out on his show – Unmistakable Creative (BTW, it was also one of the best episodes of the show). Then I went on to listen to his book – Originals on Audible. Loved the book. Then I went ahead and bought his other book – Give and Take and loved that as well. I have been highly influenced by both his books and hope I am able to put some of the learnings from the books into practise.

Adam is THE top rated professor at Wharton and a leading expert on finding motivation, meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognised as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers and Fortune’s40 under 40.

You can buy his book Originals here and Give and Take here. You can connect with him on twitter at @AdamMGrant.

Anders Ericsson – Super Power – Expert on How to Become an Expert

He is the author of the book – Peak and the proponent of the concept of deliberate practice. I got an opportunity to read his book and have a conversation with him for my podcast and was blown away by the simplicity & openness of this expert on expertise & human performance. He had a significant influence in my thinking and understanding about how does one go about becoming an expert in any given field. So much so that I bought 25 copies of his book to give away to my customers, with the request to gift the book to someone they thought had the potential or the aspiration to become world class at their chosen field. You can find more information about him and his contact at his university page here. You can buy the book here.  You can listen to my conversation with him here.

Anthony Iannarino – Super Power – Inspiring Greatness – not just in selling.

I found Anthony through my search for good sales blogs. His blog is literally called The Sales Blog. This is one of the best sales blog that i have come across which doesn’t just talk about how to be great at Sales but also be a great individual. I had the opportunity to talk to him for my podcast. You can listen to the episode here.

He also has a YouTube channel and has started posting a video on his channel every day. He also launched his first book – The Only Sales Guide You’ll ever Need recently, which went on to become a best seller.

You can visit his blog here and find him on twitter @iannarino.

BJ Fogg – Super Power – Making Behaviour Change Happen

I don’t remember how I discovered BJ. He is a behaviour scientist and is an expert in behaviour design. Like so  many people, I participated in his online behaviour change workshop – Tiny Habits and was blown away by the results that I got from the same. You can look at his model of behaviour change here.

If behaviour design is something that you would like to explore, BJ Fogg is the person to go to. I do hope that i am able to get to talk to him for my podcast sometime soon (truth being said, I haven’t reached out to him yet).

You can find his work here and can reach him on twitter at @bjfogg.

Cal Newport – Super Power – Doing Deep Work

I came across Cal when I listened to him on every one of the podcasts that I follow and talk about deep work and its importance. Then I read (listened to his) book – Deep Work and my respect and admiration for him went up significantly. When Anders suggested that i should host him on my show, I reached out to him and he immediately agreed to be on the show. I am super excited to talk to him and get to understand him a bit more deeply :-).

You can find his book here, follow his blog here.

Dan Gregory – Super Power – Making the Impossible Possible

I came to know of Dan and his work through reading his book – Selfish, Scared and Stupid! He is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of The Impossible Institute™, a strategic think-tank that helps organisations understand what motivates the staff, customers and communities so that they can make impossible things possible.

I had the chance to talk to him for my show and was blown away by his calm, thoughtful and brilliant answers to my questions. You can listen to the episode here.

If you are running a small/medium sized business and want to explore how to significantly grow your business, Dan is the man to turn to.

You can follow his blog here and connect with him on twitter at @DanGregoryTII.

Daniel Burrus – Super Power – Connecting Present to the Future

I first came across Daniel when I read his book –  Flash Foresight. In the book, he talks about Hard Trends and Soft Trends and how if organisations that understood the hard trends can then align their strategies with these trends and benefit immensely.

He also runs a research organisation called Burrus Research and blogs every week. I have followed his blog keenly and have found that he is insightful and extremely well articulated. He has this uncanny ability to predict the hard trends and apply it to the current day-to-day strategy. You can follow his blog here and connect with him on twitter at @DanielBurrus

Dilip Soman: Super Power – The Power of Nudge

Dilip Soman is a Professor of Marketing. His research is in the area of behavioural economics and its applications to consumer wellbeing, marketing and policy. He is also the director of the India Innovation Institute at the University of Toronto.

He is also working with the Nudge team being created by the Indian government to implement nudge strategies in the policy making in India.

I had the opportunity to host him for my show (to be published shortly) and was super excited and influenced by his thoughts.

You can connect with him on twitter @dilipsoman.

James Victore – Super Power – Insanely Creative & Igniting Greatness

I found James Victore through his YouTube channel. He was introduced to me via Seth Godin in one of his interviews. James is a creative and hosts (used to host) a show on YouTube called – Burning Questions. He would take questions that his followers sent to him and answer them.

He was funny, personal, insightful and would push people to not settle for mediocrity and go for greatness. He just launched a channel on Patreon to allow people who need his advice to go to and get deep, long and insightful commentary.

You can find James’s work here and register to attend his workshops here. His YouTube channel is here & his patreon page is here.

If you are a creative person, I would strongly recommend that you follow and interact with him on twitter @JamesVictore.

Jessica Hagy – Super Power – Morphing Emotions to Charts

Jessica runs an immensely popular blog – This is Indexed. She is an award winning creative and has a very easy way to pick complex topics and show them in a simple chart. She has been doing this on a daily basis for a long long time. He has also illustrated – The Art of War, the quintessential book on strategy and living. She is another person whom I have not had the chance to talk to yet but would love to connect and host on my show to talk about her super power.

You can find her blog here and can reach her on twitter at @jessicahagy.

Richard Thaler – Super Power – Nudge You to do what is Right for You

Richard Thaler is the co-author of the seminal book on behavioural economics – Nudge. This book changed how I saw influence and started questioning a lot of my decisions. He recently released his book – MisBehaving which went on to become a best seller as well. He is probably the one guy who understands nudging and how can one design products or policies to help people do what is the right thing to do through choice architecture.

I think BJ Fogg is the guy for personal behaviour change and Richard is the guy for bringing about mass behaviour change. If you have ever seen a pricing structure with three options and where two of the options seem absurd or one is highlighted as the best option, you are seeing his work being put in action.

He has worked with the British government to set up their nudge unit which is a shining example of how governments now understand that just providing options doesnt move the needle when it comes to doing good – they need to nudge the people to do what is right for them and for the government.

You can find his books (Nudge & Misbehaving) here. You can follow his blogs here & connect with him on twitter at @R_Thaler.

RJ Shraddha – Super Power – Insanely Insane

Shraddha is a RJ at a radio station (104 Fever FM) in Bangalore, the city where i live. Her show – Mad mornings is one of the most popular shows in the city and she has a cult following among her listeners. To say that she is funny, hilarious, super smart, a bit mad, extremely creative and alive would be an understatement. She is just amazing.

I had the opportunity to speak to her in her studio and loved the interaction, warmth and the energy she brought with her. You can listen to my episode starring her here and connect with her on her Facebook page here.

Robert B. Cialdini – Super Power – Building Influence Through Presuasion

I first came to know of Robert when his book was referred by not one but many people who were on my list of 2014 insanely interesting people. I read the book and got to know why he is so revered in the marketing circles.

The book was a practical guide on how to influence people and their decisions systematically and definitely. Then he came up with his next book Pre-suasion. I got my hands on the book as quickly as i could and read it cover to cover – twice.

I was familiar to the concept of psychological framing but this book took this to a different level. He shares strategies about what one could do to create an environment which stacks the deck in your favour to influence decisions. I strongly believe that if your work involves you influencing people around (upwards, sidewards & downwards), you MUST read both his books. I do hope that i am able to convince him to talk to me for my audience sometime soon.

You can follow his work here and connect with him on twitter at @RobertCialdini.

Rohit Bhargava – Super Power – Finding a needle in a Haystack – Futurist

I discovered Rohit through his book – Non-Obvious, where he shares his method to curate trends. He calls it the Haystack Method. He also updates his book Non-Obvious every year and shares information about trends that he sees playing out in the near future. What makes him more interesting is that he also reviews how his predictions in the past year have played out.

He also has a weekly news-letter Non-Obvious insights, where he hand picks 5-6 stories that point towards a trend and are worthy of our attention.

You can find his blog here and he can be reached on twitter at @rohitbhargava.

Roman Mars – Super Power – Craft and Share Powerful Stories

Roman is a podcaster and hosts the immensely popular 99% Invisible podcast. Seth Godin introduced me to Roman Mars via one of his rants. Since then, not only have I not missed a single episode that he has put out, but I went back in time to listen to every single podcast episode that he ever released.

Even my 12 year old son loves listening to this show – probably the only podcast that we both like listening to. He picks his stories with care and is amazingly great at weaving the story in a way that you would want to immerse yourself in the story.

You can listen to his podcast here and sign up for his newsletter here.

You can listen to some of Roman’s favourite episodes of his show here. You can connect with him on twitter at @romanmars

Sanjay Manaktala – Super Power – Making You RoFL.

I came across Sanjay’s YouTube channel when someone sent me a link to his parody song –  IT Guy 2.0. Since then I have watched every single video that he has put up on his channel, including the senti Sanjay. I find him to be extremely funny and uncannily current.

You can find his YouTube channel here and connect with him on Twitter @smanak .

Stephen Dubner – Super Power – Story telling Economist

Stephen is the co-author of the Freakonomics series of books and hosts the hugely popular podcast – Tell me Something I dont know. The amount of trivia I have learnt on his show is just something I never thought I will ever know. His show definitely made me smarter.

He has the uncanny ability to weave a story out of any economic topic and captivate the audience. I do hope that I am able to meet him sometime and host him on my show sooner than later.

You can find his books (When to Rob a Bank, Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics and Think Like a Freak), podcasts (Freakonomics Radio & Tell Me Something I Dont Know) and connect with him on twitter at @freakonomics.

Team Film Bilder – Super Power – Building Animations That Speak to You

I stumbled onto one of their videos through an email I got from Open Culture (you should so sign-up for their daily newsletter). This team based in Germany releases short animated films which have inspired me for sometime now.

The award winning team is extremely creative and use animations to share universal stories that have the potential to speak to each one of us in a very different way, based on our own mental make-up at that exact moment.

You can follow their YouTube channel here. My favourite video among them all is here.

Team Maati Baani – Super Power – Creating Collaborative Music Magic

I generally dont like to listen to songs and music with very few exceptions. One of the exceptions is when team Maati Baani (Karthik Shah and Nirali Karthik) put out one of their songs. What fascinates me is that not only do they release music that is mind-blowing, but are able to do so by collaborating with other musicians from around the world (like Michael Jackson Tribute or Jao Piya here).

I know from experience that it is hard work to produce high quality music, even more to do so by collaborating with other musicians, and sometimes from across the world.

You can follow their YouTube channel here and connect with them on twitter at @maatibaani.

Tim Harford – Super Power – Making Economics Make Sense to commoners.

He is popularly known as the Undercover economist and is the author of the book Messy. I had the opportunity to talk to him for my podcast (to be published sometime soon). He hosts a popular radio show – More or Less. The best thing about him is that he is able to pick complex economic concepts and make it simple enough for non-economic folks can understand and make sense.

You can find him on his website here and on twitter he is @TimHarford.