And let it lead you
To your purpose
For it knows the way!
Success follows the action
In intention to completion
In engagement to fulfillment
In planning to execution
In confusion to clarity
Simply dreaming is not enough
Simply thinking is not enough
Simply wanting is not enough
Success follows the passion
Success follows perseverance
Success follows patience
Yet success doesn’t just come.
You go to it
And make it happen.
Success demands effort from you
And consistently so!
Soon you will find yourself
Staring at success right in the eyes
Whoever thinks being slow is a weakness
Has not understood its power
In being able to slow down
The propensity to think carefully
To pay attention to detail
To be mindful & cautious
To work with precision
Steadiness and thoroughness
In slowing down, nature teaches
Great lessons in letting go
Like time cannot be contained
Moments are meant to flow
It’s own course
Yet the strength of the slow
Is in the ability to live the now
Recognizing the value of life.
There is an art of the slow
Where the senses activate
And creativity enhances
In thinking and reflecting
In careful consideration
Slow is challenging for some
Yet slow can be earnest practice of mindfulness
Slow begets a response than reaction
Slow can be about building up gradually
And exploring the possibilities
Of the potential in this now.
Slow can be a deliberation
In patience & perseverance
With an effortless grace
Such is the art of the slow.
To dance is to know
The feeling of being alive
To this now in your life
Being present with all of you
Listening and moving
To your own beating heart
For the music and rhythm
Is yours to own and sense.
To dance is to let go
Of the spurious and irrelevant
And reclaim the energy
That is yours to own.
And in that owning
You create moments
Worth living for…
Hope you dance!
Opportunity does not just come to you
You walk to it
And when you do
Remember, you are on a new trajectory
There are new challenges in the changes
Know the strength of your spirit will be tested
Your balance may be tilted
To extremes of possibilities.
Yet, your patience perseverance & passion for your purpose
Will guide you through
And somewhere along the way
in fleeting moments
You will feel that gliding, waltzing feeling
Sensing harmony in the synchrony
To that which you truly love ❤️
What are you waiting for?
Breathe deep in trust
Breathe well in faith
Breathe in peace
Let go uncertainty
Breathe in connectedness
Own your every breath
It’s yours to inhale & exhale.
Sense your breathe in balance
Reach out with confidence
Stay grounded in rootedness
In this now, witness
The present moment
For it makes all the difference
You may try to aim for success
You may strive for your success
But success that really matters
Is the one that lifts up another
The one that changes lives
Where humanity thrives
Because every step, every action
Speaks louder than words.
In the circle of life…
Success stories are interweaved
In the tapestry of time
In life and living
Looking back at life’s challenges
If you were to see things
With the element of time
Yesterday it may have mattered a great deal.
Today things are different
Perceptions change altering our perspectives.
And we learn to see the bigger picture
And then we give and take.
And learn to receive and let go.
And life goes on!
Self mastery is art of life living
In self control and self discipline
In discerning for the self
In dedicated focus
In balancing and regulating thoughts and emotions
On what matters most!
In the continuing battle
Between the heart and mind
Between feelings and logic
Of thoughts and emotions
Between expression of emotions
And restraint in rationality
Between thinking and doing
Often creating extreme experiences & situations.
If one can practice self control consistently…
One can master anything.
Life presents new paths at every turn
Every now has new learnings.
The trick is to be present in this moment
To understand the evolving perspectives
To be one, with the changes that manifests
Be present. Be adaptable. Be receptive!
Irony Of Middle Management
One of the common concerns of any scaling team is that while the stakeholders ensure themselves with a great set of leadership and they in turn recruit a battalion of teams under them to do the work,there is one lacuna…
The chaos and confusion in the middle management!
The frozen middle management scenario is a result of widening gaps in communication and connection between the managers and themselves.
Often great work done by the team goes without credit buried under the hierarchy structure and lack of appreciation.
Second inspite of ability in the teams and readiness to accomplish good work there is a lot of confusion about what to do as there is no clarity passed on to them from their managers.
It’s clearly indicative of how important it is for the leadership team to share the purpose of why they are doing what they do…and how the message needs to be passed on with the same passion to every member of the teams no matter the number of layers adding up in the middle.
This is how you reinstate ownership and accountability which is paramount to the efficiency of the teams.
Unfortunately much of what is conveyed to the managers from the top in terms of the purpose is often withheld from teams, for the manager may not personally value the significance of the message for teams reporting to them to understand. It becomes less and less important in their discussions. And that is where a gamut of internal communications issues show up.
What will you do
When you do not have a purpose
You stop steering ….
As there is no winds of motivation to sail your course.
In the case of the middle managers sandwiched in between, they soon have no sense of purpose, they are often found working in circles without direction.
They may seem busy doing mundane chores to fill their work days and go back home every day a little more disengaged and disconnected with the system.
In my professional career as a Consultant & having been involved in the organisational development up close, I have encountered such scenarios where the value of transparency in teams in their shared work as well as the vision & purpose of the leader is often lost in the daily rut of routine. Between filling forms and answering mails much of the work today has become impersonal.
I believe the role of the middle management is crucial in managing change for they can bridge the gap between expectations from the strategic objectives and key results set from the top to match with the speed and efficiency actual day to day activities integration .
An engaged, informed, and knowledgeable middle management would mean a lot to the stability of a growing organization. It is a huge balancing act between manging to sustain through the changes and managing policies practices and procedures ensuring compliance and come away stronger.
It is important for the key stakeholders to have conversation that sets clarity on the value for the middle management in the system and expectations from them.
They need to know how much interweaved they actually are in driving changes. They also need to become more self aware and understand the intricacies of working beyond biases and prejudices that may come along while they understand the power structure of their respective organization.
Beyond good communication skills they will need to develop their expertise in networking with their seniors as well as their teams.
The responsibility on the middle management is demanding as the role is expanding to include the implementation of changes in the system as well as managing the cultural changes.
This can happen best when the senior management is aware of the challenges faced by the middle management, like time in planning to execution. They can best help fasten this process by direction support and feedbacks while realizing the strategic value of the middle managers.
Every level of management is intrinsically interweaved and important to the whole. In recognizing their individual strengths as well working in the spirit of collaboration, teams begin to evolve.
What do you think of the prevailing practices at work?
There is always a reason
For things as they are
For people to be who they are
For time to be as is
So dont worry!
Just be happy…
A poignant tale of a little child sensing the favoritism by her own father was shared by my friend Ali Anani in his post….
Here are my reflections on this post… which I had initially shared with him privately but then realized that perhaps it needs to be read and understood in the larger context of the trials and tribulations in life and living..
Truth has a way of baring open the wounds of the heart and mind on its path of healing the hurt.
For truth is on its own path of self correction in this world.
For unfairness and
Injustice has to somedayfind justice
Exclusion to inclusion
Doubts to clarity.
When truth speaks
In one way or another
It is important to listen
In empathy without judgements
Truth speaks as it is
In all of innocence
Or in wisdom of awareness.
Innocence can be daunting to handle . But addressing the truth one way or the other
Leads to discoveries of how little we know or of what is sensed & perceived.
In the story that my friend shared…here are instances of lack of inclusion in a family
Where in one day there is marked difference in the way the father speaks,
When the child says
Why are you speaking to me…
Interesting to note that you perceived the young child as witty
Whereas another may perceive it as defiance,or even an evidence of an awareness of lack of inclusion and discrimination at this household in the young child’s mind.
And that she is voicing it in all of innocence.
What would be of significance is how the father addresses this brewing disconnect.
Lack of love can be a difficult phase at any age especially for a child.
Let’s trust the universe to show the way for this child to receive what she is yearning for one way or another.
May every life be able to sense love and live life lovingly.
The soul knows the truths…
Yet the spirit is untamed.
To understand the wisdom.
It is important to create space
To allow learning to take place.
Humility is dormant
When ego is dominant.
Humility is patience in waiting
Invoking wisdom in humility
The river of time is ever flowing
Where are you in this now?
Are you adrift for a reason or flowing along in purpose?
Are you sensing there is more
For you to do before you arrive
Where you want to go…
Are you feeling you are rushed
Carried through without a say
Or are you fighting alone
And wishing for some support and strength
Know wherever you are in this journey
You are meant to be and do
All that you deeply intend
For the river courses through
And finds its way to the sea…
Trust time to deliver all I’m good time
Trust yourself along the way
For you are not only in the flow
You are the flow