The disgusting lazy (bell) curve

GE’s Jack Welsh popularized it. The bottom 10% need to go. Every year, employee appraisal would bucket people in terms of their performance and the bottom 10% were asked to either shape up or ship out! This philosophy of people management later caught on the fancy of few others. I have personal experience with this […]

Life lesson #27

Why 27? What about the previous 26? Too many questions.. I chose 27 carefully. After much deliberation. I could have made it #1, then the argument would be if this merits #1. Another argument would be – isn’t it too late to learn life lesson?. I could have made it #100 but it sounded like […]

Leadership Signs

An interesting morning. At my place, we drop our kids at the gate till the school bus. About 10 kids go in the same bus to the same school. Most days many parents are around and they ensure that all kids get on the bus. Sometimes (infrequently), I go there to drop my daughter. This […]

4 things for today’s world

As everyday, I got an email from a startup which claimed to change the way I get “informed” of the world. And when I clicked on it, again as usual, I got confused and underwhelmed. Its yet another portal trying to get my eye ball. Deja Vu. The whole world and my neighbor’s dog is […]

Engineering Experience vs. User Experience

I had the most bizarre user experience today. After the last service, my Toyota Altis came back with the clock reset. It was showing a diff of 2hr 15min. For about a month I went along lazily with it. I would not have bothered to fix it but the 15 min calculation was getting on […]

Giving up optimism.. but not faith

I am coming back to my blog after more than an year. Apologies for the long pause in my writing (close to abandoning). There are reasons. First, I couldn’t take the (self-imposed) pressure of writing consistently. Writing comes to me in bursts and if I am in front of the computer, I write. I rarely […]

Pushing the limits

It has been quite joyful to learn from my 7 yr old the past couple of days. As with autistic children, he outsmarts us in learning complex things but basic things can be quite challenging for him. Such is the case with swimming. He loves water but its been a challenge to get a trainer […]


Belief is a powerful force and is always underestimated. We do things because we believe in them. You can try to convince me of anything but I act only if I believe it. I don’t have to necessarily believe in you. As long as I believe in the thing that you stand for, its  OK. […]

What is customer paying for?

For a long time, I drank the coolaid and salivated about how cool my product should be to tempt customers to open their wallets. When it wasn’t working, I got a bit wiser and thought about what problem I am trying to solve. Until I burnt my own fingers (and a lot of money) it […]

How do you look at the problem?

Over years, I have learned a lot of things but one of them that I consider as the most important is the way I look at the problem. I see this as a critical leadership quality. (I am clubbing “How do you define the problem” into the word “looking at the problem” as well) This […]