Oct 042015
 October 4, 2015  Tagged with:

Curiosity is the spark for creativity and innovation, the best long-term investment you can make.

Sep 232015
 September 23, 2015  Tagged with: , ,

This is so true about so many things in life, from measuring performance at work, measuring productivity, measuring ‘things’ that will make you reduce weight, measuring things that you have accomplished in a day or this lifetime, measuring learning at work and many other things. Before you start measuring and spend endless time in analysing those measurements, identify things that will really move the needle.

Sep 232015
 September 23, 2015  Tagged with:

About Apple Upgrade Program

In this way, the Upgrade Program allows Apple to better maintain the supply of iPhones on the open market, which means Apple has better control on resale value and pricing. Apple has more access to refurbished products, which it can sell to emerging markets at costs that may actually be lower than what third-party resellers would pay.

From cradle to grave: Vertically integrated efficiency

Finally, there’s huge potential upside for Cupertino if the the Apple Upgrade Program takes off: Recycling.

It takes a lot more work (read: resources, energy, money, time) to scout, mine and refine 7000 Series aluminum than it does to recycle it. Let’s get back to that logistical machinery. Tim Cook didn’t rise to the rank of CEO because he was some MBA that looked good in a suit. You may recall that Cook ran Apple’s worldwide operations for more than a decade; first as an SVP and then as COO, before assuming the top job at Apple. Regardless of his title, Cook’s role was to determine how to most efficiently build and source the necessary materials. The Apple Upgrade Program falls directly in line with that mission.

The convenience of getting everything done over the store or online will win over time for a lot of customers and the extra perks of the upgrade program will be an added bonus and will serve to move the needle in favour of it. Also, as the article mentions, Telcos will be pushed to add serious value and quality of network than before. I am no accountant, but this might also be more tax effective for individuals and businesses.


Sep 222015
 September 22, 2015  Tagged with:

“Due to the increasing number of security improvements and the effectiveness of exploit mitigations in place, Apple’s iOS is currently the most secure mobile OS,” reads the statement on Zerodium’s website announcing the bounty. “But don’t be fooled, secure does not mean unbreakable, it just means that iOS has currently the highest cost and complexity of vulnerability exploitation and here’s where the Million Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty comes into play.”

Article Link

Sep 212015
 September 21, 2015  Tagged with: ,

Last week I was fortunate to have an invitation of 99U Local [but unfortunate that I could not attend]. I was following the conversation online and these three info visuals by Lynne Cazaly summarises the content quite well.

  • Be the first one to do something and add a twist to it
  • Be consistent in showing up
  • Be Honest with yourself and others and show up your hands when a mistake it made

  • You don’t have to take everyone’s advice
  • Have a mindset of plenty and share what you got
  • Always have a plan
  • Make your important decision the first decisions of your day

  • Use self doubt to your benefit
  • Have a morning ritual
  • Choose a word for your year. Every year, one new word to focus on.


Aug 032015
 August 3, 2015  Tagged with: , ,

How is the culture of your team? Do you want to improve it or transform it all together? What would you do?

Let’s start with definition of “culture”. What is a definition of culture?

One definition that I like is ” A culture is a way of life of a group of people–the behaviors, beliefs, values, and symbols that they accept, generally without thinking about them, and that are passed along by communication and imitation from one generation to the next.
Culture in its broadest sense is cultivated behavior; that is the totality of a person’s learned, accumulated experience which is socially transmitted, or more briefly, behavior through social learning.”

If you are not happy with the culture around you and want to re-define it, start with defining your own culture and transforming yourself. Each thing that you do and perform should be a reflection of that culture. Culture both good and bad are infectious. Create a culture that infectious that it propagates at the pace of fire without you having to tell people in your organisation that you are trying to change it! Be passionate about it. Immerse, live and breathe the culture you want to spread in your house, your team or your whole organisation.

Culture is a very personal thing and should not be copied from other teams or organisations just for the sake of it. Like many things copy and paste strategy will not work. Things that work well elsewhere will not necessarily work at your organisation because the people and the story is different.

Stories and actions stick. Long agendas and meetings don’t neither do empty promises. Also “You” define the culture not just fancy Power Point decks or beautifully decorated posters.

Jul 082015
 July 8, 2015  Tagged with:

Have more people around you who ask better questions. Train your staff to ask better questions. Answers [I mean the right answers] will automagically appear sooner than later.

May 172015
 May 17, 2015  Tagged with:

When we make promises to others, there is an expectation and pressure from the other parties and from us that they are kept. It is out in the open, and hence accountability comes into picture too.

Whereas when we make promises to ourselves, although in the moment there is an internal expectation and a desire to fulfil it, often times we cloud our mind with excuses for why we can’t keep up the promises. No one knows about it hence there is little shame or guilt in breaking the promise. Accountability can be less to none.

In school we are taught to keep promises made to others but hardly do we talk about importance of keeping the promises made to ourselves.  Keeping promises to yourself is as important if not more than keeping promises made to others. It will improve your self respect and self trust. It will make you more disciplined and more accountable. It will make you more focused.

Keeping promises to yourself will help you to be on the same page as you mind.

Some ways to make it easy for you to keep your promises are:

  • Only promise things to yourself that are extremely important
  • Write down your promise (this becomes your goal)
  • Be specific and design ways to measure the progress
  • Make it your number one priority
  • Start small – achieve it and promise some more
  • Reward yourself on achieving the promise
May 042015
 May 4, 2015  Tagged with:

We all complain. Some do little, some do too much of it. Some about everything and some about specific aspects that they dislike.


When you complain’s constantly just because you can (and one thinks that it is their God given right) , it can get annoying for others and frustrating for you as they never seem to go anywhere. Don’t blame if others start completely ignoring you and your complains!

But complaints get more attention when they are meant to lead to improvement, both for you and other parties involved. What I call win-win situation! Part of your complain should also include message on how resolving it will benefit the other party and many other people like you and provide a long lasting effect.