Tweets of Wisdom

June 21, 2011

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Here are some of the tweets from the people I follow on Twitter.  These tweets are incredible pearls of wisdom that we can use to direct our thoughts, actions and reflections.

1.  Mediocrity asks “Is it profitable?“. First, try asking: “Is it worthwhile? Will it matter? Is it meaningfully better?@umairh

Profound questions one can ask! Questions we ask ourself are the key to our success. If we change the questions we ask, we can change our life.  Recently watched HBR video called Wise Leadership [video] on similar topic. This interview asks – Is profitablity the  result or ulimate goal of our business?  Check out keyword Phronesis.

2.  Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. @Billy_Cox

Our actions are guided by our thoughts (as well as profound questions) and eventually we become what our mind dwells upon most of the time. Isn’t it questions posed by @umairh in (1) a perfect fit to initiate great thoughts?

3.  All the wisdom in the world isn’t worth a dime if it doesn’t produce results. @BrianTracy

My favorite Brian Tracy has influenced millions & millions with his wisdom. As managers, we enjoy some nice talking  to us but all talking won’t do it. We got to get results.  Wisdom does mean action or inspiring others to take action and manifest quality products that add value.

4.  A person’s character is best judged when he is in power & how he uses this power in the daily walk of #life @rlalita

This is very timely thought, we all are given authority/power in our life and work. See this quote with the perspective of 1, 2 & 3

5. Try & try again is a great philosophy so long as you use a different plan for every try. @LeadToday

This quote tells about perseverence and keeping mind open to new ways of doing things to get to the desired results.  It might be pushing the particular item to back for some time. You know some times we got to inentionaly delay the things because environment is not ready to thrive.  Remember planning also includes if things do not work out the way we expect what are our options and how would we pursue them.

6. Enlightenment is not an escape from pain but an understanding of pain & in spite of it -living with a never-ending feeling of love for life. @tonyrobbins

Its all how we define pain (or problem). Its our paradigm. Not there yet, but whatever I have grasped from reading – at a certain juncture in life, a time comes in life when one realizes that pain is medicine while comfort leads to suffering. And again, its all how one defines pain and comfort and what are thresholds per our paradigms.

7. You weren’t put here to polish up PowerPoint decks, sell disposable junk, or glad-hand. You were put here to matter, serve, and love. Start. @umairh

Finding purpose or discovering our ‘Ture North’ is what we need. We are put here to matter (do significant things that make world a better place – even for one individual), serve (without any strings attached or expectations – otherwise its business not serving) and love (without ego and selfishness). Last word is even more powerful that is  START!

If you like these tweets, please follow them on Twitter.  If you are new to Twitter, then start here http://twitter.com/ and watch this video for more info http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0xbjIE8cPM

My twitter handle is @KulveerVirk

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7 Quotes for Achievers

May 5, 2010
  1. Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. Many people like to think that they’ll find balance AFTER they find success. But in reality, achieving balance IS success. — Brian Koslow
  3. Success always has a price; success, with integrity, is the real bottom line. — Denis Waitley
  4. The greatest natural resource in the world is the spirit that resides in every unstoppable person. — Cynthia Kersey
  5. Believe you can and you are halfway there. — Theodore Roosevelt
  6. A great attitude is not the result of success; success is the result of a great attitude. — Earl Nightingale
  7. Life is either a grand adventure or it is nothing. — Helen Keller

Here is a collection of 7 quotes for achievers; I collected these from an electronic newsletter called ‘Seeds of Success’ –  by Success magazine.   Quickly reading a quote either from a great philosopher or anyone anonymous is not justice to the wealth hidden in the words.  Take a moment and imagine why would have this person said or wrote these words. 

What do you think? 
Thank you for reading and reflecting on these quotes, and have a great time.


7 Quotes for Leaders – When The Going Gets Tough

April 25, 2010

We  all face tough choices each day and feel disheartened sometimes by the way things are going.  Taking the right decision with the best of our ability and integrity is the required component of life.  We limit our actions by thoughts of fear and sometimes we give up on the idea or thought that once inspired us.  We all know that every new action has some inherent risk, but we need to manage it and move forward.   

I have experienced that one can successfully rearrange the thought process by reading positive quotes and get over the imaginary fear of tough situation.

Here are 7 motivational quotes to keep spirit uplifted in challenging times, because tough experiences make tough leaders.

  1. When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going – Billy Ocean
  2. The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.   –  Unknown
  3. When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.   – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  4. There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them. – Phyllis Bottome
  5. Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. –  Theodore N. Vail
  6. Remember when you see a man at the top of a mountain, he didn’t fall there. – Unknown
  7. A leader, once convinced a particular course of action is the right one, must have the determination to stick with it and be undaunted when the going gets tough. – Ronald Reagan

Thank you for stopping by and have a great time.


Quotes for Managers

June 24, 2008

Quotes are powerful words to stir thinking process, give new perspective on things, motivate to take action.  Here are some quotes on planning and strategy that I collected from book Strategic Management by Fred David.

  1. Like a product or service, the planning process itself must be managed and shaped, if it is to serve executives as a vehicle for strategic decision making. – Robert Lenz
  2. Strategies for taking the hill won’t necessarily hold it. – Amar Bhide
  3. Great spirits have always encountered vioulent opposition from mediocre minds. – Albert Einstein
  4. A firm that continues to employ a previously successful strategy eventually and inevitably falls victim to a competitor. – Bill Cohen
  5. Planning is often doomed before it ever starts, either because too much is expected of it or because not enough is put into it. – T. J. Cartwright
  6. Planners should not plan, but serve as facilitators, catalysts, inquirers, educators, and synthesizers to guide the planning process effectively. – A. Hax and N. Majluf
  7. Don’t recommend anything you woul not be prepared to do yourself if you were in the decision maker’s shoes. – A. J. Strickland III

Leading Creative Employees

February 1, 2008

There are always some special people in teams who are very much techie, creative and loaded with specific knowledge.  Lets call these employees creative people in this post.

These creative people provide tremendous value to organization through application of their knowledge and expertise.  These really smart and creative people need nurturing environment and motivation. When leading these creative people, keep in mind that they may

  1. think they know more than anyone (or know everything);
  2. do not want to be led (know what, how and why);
  3. do not want to follow the process (think its bureaucracy);
  4. want to discuss the solution with higher authority (by-pass chain of command);
  5. expect people to come and ask for help (until then they keep quiet);
  6. show their exceptional knowledge in group meetings;
  7. become poor listeners and jump to solution (feel they know problem already);
  8. dislike to say thank you for any assistance;
  9. feel attached to the solution they offered (won’t accept alternate);
  10. stop contributing if ignored;
  11. want praise and recognition (not always care about position);
  12. want challenges and new things to work on.

Leading creative people require smart leadership.  Smart leaders will help these creative employee contribute by creating environment where they feel valuable while making sure that other employees also flourish. 

Smart leaders demonstrate their expertise and authority over creative employees quietly by not pushing them or by not showing them who is the boss.  Smart leader also makes sure that they know what organization’s strategic goals and objectives are; but does not dictate how to achieve.  These creative people can contribute beyond expectations when their leader becomes their coach-cum-mentor-cum-guardian.

Not all the points may apply in any given situation and there might be other examples as well.  I am interested to hear your thoughts on this.  Please leave comments.  Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!


Good Bye 2007

December 31, 2007

Its been a wonderful year for me, and I hope the ditto for you all the readers. 

When I look back and see the things that happened; I believe that I have learned a lot, accomplished a lot and I am a better person today. 

Things that looked major challenges turned out to be minor things that I could handle very easily; the things that I thought were distractions proved to be stepping stones for success.  I had opportunity to read many good books of personal development, leadership and management.

New year comes with some resolutions that we thing should be accomplished in the year.  My take is to have your goal accomplished –

  1. Write down your resolution on paper and method explaining how will you do it.
  2. Must be realistic.
  3. Must have dates associated such as 20% by March.
  4. Read your resolution and review the success often.
  5. You must believe firmly that you will accomplish it.
  6. And start doing it …

I wish you all very happy and prosperous 2008.


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