Archive for June, 2020

15 Things that requires Zero Talent

Have you ever wondered why you are stuck where you are?

You are not getting the promotion you deserve.

You are not getting the dream job that you have been only dreaming about.

You are JUST not progressing.

Here is a secret that I’m going to reveal.

If you do these 15 things, YOU WILL GET WHAT YOU WANT.

Here they are:

1.Show up on time

2. Dress for the job you want

3. Positive energy is undeniably infectious

4. Passion is key ingredient for success

5. Being non judgmental

6. Work Ethic

7. Giving Effort – Give an “A” for effort.

8.Make sure the first words you speak are positive ones

9.Think of the Extra mile as the First mile to Advancing

10. Preparation is the Holy Grail of Sounding Intelligent

11. Half of the Battle is Won by Showing Up

12. Attitude is the Key to the Kingdom

13. Change is as good as a Holiday, so make your whole Life a Vacation

14. Pay attention to Details

15. Most Underrated Golden Rule- Listen 16. Do what you say you are going to do

And, the one that top’s all the above is “DO WHAT YOU SAY YOU ARE GOING TO DO.”

If you need coaching on the “HOW TO” of the above, you can reach out to me at

I’m a Life/Career/Leadership coach who helps individuals and organisations to be at the top of their game.

Agility during Covid Times

If you look around what’s happening today, it might seem like it’s all gloom and doom and there is no sight for a quick recovery. You may have been betting “big” and betting “small”, but this may not yield the result that you hope for. If you are not decisive now, the sun might not shine again. There is a way out though, and it’s having an Agile mindset, and working towards gaining agility in your businesses and operations.

In my book, “Tilt The Iceberg – 9 Modern Leadership Success Strategies Revealed”, (available in Amazon), I talk about the importance of leaders having an Agile Mindset while navigating in the rough waters in today’s VUCA environment. Carol Dweck, the author of “Mindset” talks about the Growth Mindset in the context of achieving success in personal and professional endeavours. Agile mindset, on the other hand, pushes you to think differently so that you are in a position to transform any complex situation into a proactive opportunistic situation focusing on a long term solution and not looking at quick-fixes. I also talk about Agile leaders being good story-tellers. When faced with situations such as we are in today, leaders with an agile mindset can articulate their thoughts and strategies and communicate them in a way that every individual in the organization clearly understands it. The need of the day is strategic agility.

Strength without agility is just mere mass - Fernando Pessoa.

Strategic Agility as defined by Stephen Denning, is the ability to generate innovations that create an entirely new market by turning non-customers into customers.” It is the next frontier of Agile Management. It is the by-product of operational agility that focus on developing products and services faster, better and cheaper. You can achieve strategic agility by generating market-creating innovation and market-creating value propositions.

Apart from having an agile mindset, leaders need to be flexible and respond quickly to the demands of the situation before your competition does. For that, you need to transform the culture of your organization and de-centralize decision making and do away with the old systems of planning and approvals, and you need to be bold and courageous to make these changes happen. This is all about transformational agility. This is another dimension of Business Agility.

I would like to conduct that as leaders you have a duty to not just get things going, it’s more about doing things differently with courage, being creating, innovating and developing an agile mindset that will put you towards the path of stability and growth with markets open up.

P.S. Vasanthan Philip is an author, a Leadership and Business Agility coach who helps business leaders/owners, entrepreneurs and senior executives in enabling change and transformation. He does 1-on-1 coaching, mentoring and works on an advisory role. He can be reached at +91 9003075368 or you can email him at

How Broadening Your Range of Thought Leads to Prosperity

John Maxwell is one of the few mentors whose writings have made a great impact on how I think and live my life.

Recently I read about his 11 types of thinking that takes one on the path of prosperity. Here they are:

  1. Big Picture Thinking: The ability to think beyond yourself and your world in order to process ideas with a more holistic perspective.
  2. Focussed Thinking: The ability to think with clarity on issues by removing distractions and mental clutter from your mind.
  3. Creative Thinking: The ability to break out of your “box” of limitations, with the goal of experiencing a breakthrough.
  4. Realistic Thinking: The ability to build a solid foundation on facts to think with certainty.
  5. Strategic Thinking: The ability to implement plans that give you direction for today and increase your potential for tomorrow.
  6. Possibility Thinking: The ability to unleash your enthusiasm to find solutions for even seemingly impossible situations.
  7. Reflective Thinking: The ability to revisit the past in order to gain a true perspective and think with understanding.
  8. Questioning Popular Thinking: The ability to reject the limitations of common thinking, in order to accomplish uncommon results.
  9. Shared Thinking: The ability to include the heads of others to help you think “over your head” and achieve compounding results.
  10. Unselfish Thinking: The ability to consider others and their journey in order to think with collaboration.
  11. Bottom Line Thinking: The ability to focus on results in order to gain maximum return and reap the full potential of your thinking.

According to Maxwell, we can inculcate these thinking patterns by surrounding ourselves with people in these various areas of thinking, particularly with the ones that we struggle with. “Where your own abilities may fall short, a trusted advisor could provide much needed insight“, he says.

He also asks us to be active participants in our own thinking. We need to constantly be aware of how our circumstances may be influencing our Thinking and decisions. It’s important to take responsibility for our own thinking and avoid blindly following the suggestions of others without reasoning through the logic for ourselves.

He goes on to suggest that we need to practice intentional thinking on a routine basis like setting aside the time to think each day as an important discipline. He also suggests that we record our thoughts and take the initiative and to put ours thoughts into action quickly.

So lets’ ensure we capitalize on our brains fullest power and potential by embracing these 11 thinking types.

P.S. Vasanthan Philip is a Leadership, Personal & Business Growth Coach helping individuals and business owners grow exponentially. He can be reached at and +91 9003075368. Contact him for your coaching/mentoring requirements.

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