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Raising the bar

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Raising the bar in your field every time

The expression “raising the bar” comes from sport. To raise the bar indicates the setting of a new standard. What it often results in, is a new a new set of expectations. Every-time I hear that expression, I am reminded of Sergei Bubka, the pole vaulter who broke the world record 35 times! The story Read more

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New rules of the game

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New rules of the game are here. play them

A couple of weeks ago a Whatsapp group that am a part of, erupted in anger. This is not the typical Whatsapp group with partisan politics and repugnant nonsense. This was a group that informed each other on sports and fitness with a sane set of people. With a hurry and a worry on what Read more

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Going beyond the obvious

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go beyond obvious insights and think in first principles

I want to talk to you about two ends I have been struggling with over the last few months. At one end, there is the obvious. And at the other end, there is the “beyond obvious”. Repeatedly, the smokescreen of the obvious interferes with our understanding of the real. The obvious is an inviting substitute Read more

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Why are you happy?

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Many years ago, my manager, a very wise man, asked me a question: “Why are you happy?”  It seemed like a simple question. I quickly realised that the question packs a punch. Try asking yourself that question and wait for a while for the answers to emerge.  It always had deep answers whenever I was willing to Read more