Week 13 – Agility: The New Currency of Growth

Agility: The New Currency of Growth
Don’t get furious get curious
Happy Birthday, Brain Pickings: 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living
Cultivate the capacity for negative capability
How To Keep Your Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive As The Company You Work For Grows
Minimize the rules
What’s the Best Way to Motivate People?
Be Aware
Five Paradigm Shifts To Align Work And Passion
Move from “Find Passion outside” to “Move Passion Inside”

Week 12 – Look ahead at 2014!

Harvesting Winning Ideas
Raise the accepted level of ambition
What Is The Most Important Thing You Have Learned About Leadership?
Allow your subordinates to tell you that you are wrong
Are You Asking The Right Question?
What difference would people love?
Jump-Start Your 2014 Plan!
What do you want?
The Disruption Formula
Networks Trump Hierarchies

What does it means to be a disciple?

Three Lessons from Sufi Mystic Hasan
(Adapted from ‘Who is your Guru by Dr M.G. Bhaskar in September 2013 edition of ‘The Ramana way’ a Monthly Journal published by Ramana Maharishi Centre for Learning Bangalore)
When the great Sufi Mystic , Hasan, was dying, somebody asked “Hasan, who was your master”
He said, “I had thousands of masters. If I just related their names it will take months, years and it is too late. But three masters I will certainly tell you about.
One was a thief.  Once I got lost in the desert, and when I reached a village it was very late, everything was closed. But at last I found one man who was trying to make a hole in the wall of a house. I asked him where I could stay and he said ‘At this time of night it will be difficult, but you can stay with me – If you can stay with a thief’. I stayed for one month! And each night he would say to me, ‘Now I am going to my work. You rest, you pray.’
When he came back I would ask ‘Could you get anything?’ He would say, ‘Not tonight. But tomorrow I will try again, God willing.’ He was never in a state of hopelessness, he was always happy. When I was meditating and meditating for years on end and nothing was happening, many times the moment came when I was so desperate, so hopeless, that I thought to stop all this nonsense. And suddenly I would remember the thief who say every night, ‘ God willing, tomorrow it is going to happen.’
A bias for Action
My second master was a dog. I was going to the river, thirsty and a dog came. It was also thirsty. It looked into river, it saw another dog there – its own image – and became afraid. It would bark and run away, but his thirst was so much that he would come back. Finally despite his fear, it just jumped into the water, and the image disappeared. And I knew that a message had come to me from God: One has to jump in spite of all fears.
And the third master was a small child. I entered a town and a child was carrying a lit candle. He was going to the mosque to put the candle there. ‘Just joking,’ I asked the boy, ‘have you lit the candle yourself?’ He said, ‘Yes sir.’ And I asked, ‘There was a moment when the candle was unlit, and then there was a moment when the candle was lit. Can you show me the source from which the light came?’ And the boy laughed blew out the candle, and said, “Now you have seen the light going. Where has it gone ? You will tell me!’ My ego was shattered; my whole knowledge was shattered. 
And that moment I felt my own stupidity. Since then I dropped all my knowledge ability.
It is true that I had no master. That does not mean that I was not a disciple – I accepted the whole existence as a master. My disciple hood was a greater involvement that yours is. I trusted the clouds, the trees. I trusted existence as such. I had no master because I had millions of masters I learned from every possible source. To be a disciple is a must on the path. What does it mean to be a disciple? It means to be able to learn, to be available to learn, to be vulnerable to existence. With a master you start learning to learn. 
Stay Tuned and Have fun.

Week 11 – Don’t Fret Over Your Mistakes, They Make You More Likeable

Don’t Fret Over Your Mistakes, They Make You More Likeable
Messing up draws people closer to you, makes you more human.
When The Internet Isn’t Awful: What You Can Learn From The Heartbreaking, Inspiring Messages From CaringBridge
Success can be redefined. Life can, Too.
Product Managers: Who are these ‘mini-CEOs’ and what do they do?
The Unsung heroes of the Industry
The Secret Key to Success and Failure – “You”
Mysteriously, the self is self-created.
How to Be an Educated Consumer of Infographics: David Byrne on the Art-Science of Visual Storytelling
Flowcharts [are] a form of poetry. And poetry is its own reward

Week 10 – To look back with pride and to look forward in peace

Classic Leadership Skills You Should Apply to Your Social Life
Be yourself – “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – Max Lucado
The Work-Life Strategies that Really Matter
Meaning comes from the ability to look back with pride, and to look forward with peace
The Filter Bubble – What the Internet is Hiding from you
Your life now is an ‘Open Book’ :). Get the book and read it as well.
A Map of Internet Freedom Around the World
Interesting Stuff
8 Leadership Lessons From Apple And Samsung
No amount of passion and commitment should blind you to pragmatic decisions.

Down the Memory Lane – Appa’s Poetry

About the Author 

M.V.Lekshmanan (1939 – 2008) was born in Mayanoor a remote village in God‟s Own Country, Kerala, India. From a very modest beginning he went on to retire as Marketing Manager from State Trading Corporation (STC) of India Ltd. He has traveled widely within India, Europe and Asia. He was full of energy and life. After his retirement he took up his hobbies with such passion and zeal that left us gasping. He enrolled on a Carnatic music class, wrote four short novels, a collection of poems and a script for an English Movie. “Down the Memory Lane”  a collection of his poems was released in print to few of his family and friends,to preserve his memory amongst us for generations to come.  I went through it repeatedly last five years and thought it might just probably have a wider audience than his close circle and hence releasing an e-book version. He was probably close to giving his first stage Carnatic Music performance at the age of seventy when the will of GOD snatched him away from us. His all time favorite quote was “You have right to actions alone not to its fruits” from “The Bhagavad Gita”. I have few copies of the print edition available with me and I would be more than glad to send it across to anyone who like the e-book version. If you like, please spread the word. In case you do not like, all mistakes are mine!
The epub version can be download from the following link
The kindle version can be download from the following link
I have tested both in epub readers and kindle readers across a variety of devices (PC, Android devices. Drop me a note if you have any difficulty in getting in onto your reader on any platform.
Stay Tuned and Have Fun