Monday, July 16, 2018

One Minute Blog: Key Highlights from Citrix Synergy 2018

To Quote Tim Minahan, Chief Marketing Officer @ Citrix:

Citrix Synergy 2018 is all about showing the world how Citrix powers a better way to work. It’s about unifying our vision and providing creative solutions to give our customers the security, choice, and experience they demand.

Citrix Synergy 2018 was an awesome showcase of technology that defines the future of work. David Henshall, CEO @Citrix delivered a powerful, super-energetic keynote that was followed by cool demos aptly showcasing the future of work.

So, what were the announcements made ? Do catch-up my sketchnote summarizing the key messaging from Citrix Synergy 2018.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

One Minute Blog: Under the hoods- Citrix Workspace App

At the Citrix Synergy 2018, one of the most prominent announcements made was the unveiling of Citrix Workspace. Citrix Workspace provides the next generation user experience for accessing any application- SaaS, web, mobile, virtual and reliable accessing any content.

This awesome blog by Jeroen van Rotterdam explains the technical goodies behind Citrix Workspace.
Citrix Workspace: Embedded Browser vs Secure Browser Service vs Secure Browsing

If you want to catch-up with quick snapshot view of technical working of Citrix Workspace, here's my sketchnote:

Timeless Skills for the New World

Recently came across this wonderful podcast between Ravi Venkatesh (former CEO of Microsoft India) and Pankaj Mishra (CEO of This conversation revolved primarily around how careers of future will evolve.

Summary of conversation:

Rebooting the Core Career Principles:
New world requires core career principles to be rebooted. What are the new principles?
    1.      The reason we were born on earth is not to have a job; most of us are searching for the reason as to why we were put on the earth. The job is only a means to that bigger end.
    2.       The biggest obstacle to your success is you. Learn to get out of your own way.
    3.       Be the CEO of your own career.  You better take charge of your career because nobody else will.
    4.       Don't get fooled into thinking that you have a lifelong career. At any moment, you need to be able to prepared to be independent and stand on your own 2 feet. If you prepare yourself for that you are going to have much better ride.
    5.       The chances of you getting a great job by pursuing it are not so great. Its far better to make yourself attractive and let the jobs/opportunities come your way.
    6.       Stay away from the sense of entitlement: Nobody owes you anything.

What are those Timeless Skills that will sustain any disruption ?

#1 Learning Ability (Learning Agility):
If a person is thrown into a situation that they have never seen or experienced, how quickly can they figure out what it takes to succeed. Learning agility is a muscle, the more you practice, the stronger it becomes.
People who have learning agility
1. tends to be intensely curious about everything,
2. they tend to like to read,
3. they tend to like new challenges,
4. they don’t like predictable things,
4. they like ambiguous situations.
No matter what you know today, in 2 or 3 years it is going to be obsolete. The ability to forget and relearn new things goes a long way.
Each time you take a risk and put yourself out of the comfort zone, learning happens. That's how this muscle called learning agility develops. Repeatedly throw yourself in a completely new situation. This is one of those horizontal skills that you can see that will never be obsolete.

#2 Ability to lead:
Second skill that is going to be timeless is the ability to lead. No matter how much automation is there, there would always be people around and the ability to lead them to do amazing things is a very precious quality. What limits the ablity of an organization to grow- it is frankly the number of leaders it has. Leadership is not the same as position of people in authority.
Most people could be a leader, they have the latent potential but a very few end up harnessing it. The first step it takes to become a leader is to take ownership of something.

#3 Ability to manage yourself:
The biggest obstacle to your success is you. Sooner or later, we each become the barriers to other's success. We have to learn to get out of our own way.
It takes high degree of self-awareness.
Metaphor of a giant balloon: Think of a giant hot-air balloon which has a huge lift, thats your potential. You could be anything but this balloon is held down by thick ropes or chains. These chains are your weaknesses, your fears.
Don't create stories in your mind that are self-limiting.
People who are able to succeed beyond luck are the ones that are able to see whats holding them down and gradually unshakle themselves.

Here's a sketchnote summary of the podcast:

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

One Minute Blog: 2 Traits that Define World's Greatest Founders

Further to my last blog and continuing my quest to decipher the learning habits of most influential leaders, I stumbled upon this extraordinary article by Michael Simmons (Titled: 5-Hour Rule: If you’re not spending 5 hours per week learning, you’re being irresponsible.)

While i provide a brief summary below of what i learned from this as below in a few points, I would highly recommend reading through this article 

1. The founders of the five largest companies in the world—Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Larry Page, and Jeff Bezos— All have two uncommon traits.
  • a. Each of them is a voracious learner.
  • b. Each of them is a polymath.

2. A voracious learner as someone who follows the 5-hour rule—dedicating at least five hours per week to deliberate learning. When you become a voracious learner, you compound the value of everything you’ve learned in the past.

3. A polymath is someone who becomes competent in at least three diverse domains and integrates them into a skill set that puts them in the top 1% of their field. When you become a polymath, you develop the ability to combine skills, and you develop a unique skill set, which helps you develop a competitive advantage.

4. Three strong (and wrong) messages we've all been in taught in school, in college:
Lie #1: Disciplines are the best way to categorize knowledge.
Lie #2: Most learning happens in school/college.
Lie #3: You must pick one field and specialize in it.

"It’s important to teach to the problem, not to the tools. Let’s say you’re trying to teach people about how engines work. A more traditional approach would be to say, ‘We’re going to teach all about screwdrivers and wrenches, and you’re going to have a course on screwdrivers and a course on wrenches …. That’s a very difficult way to do it.A much better way would be to say, ‘Here’s the engine. Let’s take it apart. How are we going to take it apart. Oh. We need a screwdriver. That’s what the screwdriver is for. We need a wrench. That’s what the wrench is for.And then a very important thing happens. The relevance becomes apparent.": Elon Musk

Do catch my sketchnote on this article below:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

One Minute Blog: How To Learn Anything In Half The Time

I read these 2 things recently that resonated quite well with me in the midst of the world being redefined rapidly by technological forces:
1. Technology usually takes away professions, not jobs.
2. We won't run out of jobs, We will run out of trained people.[Credits: Abhijit Bhaduri]

I found the second statement profound majorly for the reason that it is progressive. It does gives confidence that with right kind of (and timely) training and learning strategy, it is possible to approach the future with great vigor.

Learning is no longer a tactical function or should i say organizations that take learning as tactical stands to reach obsolescence sooner than later. The organizations that treat learning as a strategic function stands a great chance to beat the multiple forces (technological and beyond) organizations are dealt with.

In my quest to figure out learning strategies for the future, i ran into some wonderful content by Jim Kwik,  founder of Kwik Learning, is a world expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, brain performance, and accelerated learning. 

This blog is a sketchnote presentation of one of his popular YouTube video on the topic: How to Learn Anything in Half The Time.

Enjoy the learning and please do share your feedback.

Monday, May 7, 2018

What Type of Goals are the Most Effective: Performance Goals or Results Goals?

India’s athlete Neeraj Chopra recently came 4th at Javelin event at Diamond League. Diamond League is a world cup of sorts for athletics. He is a small-town athlete from India. India has never been known for its athletics prowess at the world stage. And this very fact makes Neeraj’s performance beyond commendable.

An ESPN author, Jonathan Selvaraj,  recently wrote an article on Neeraj which included some conversations both of them had. While most of the article rightly reflected the pride Neeraj felt at this moment of triumph but there was another part of their chat that caught my attention. And before I tell that part, let me explain something about the sport of Javelin.

As Wikipedia explains, Competition rules in Javelin throw are similar to other throwing events: a round consists of one attempt by each competitor in turn, and competitions typically consist of three to six rounds. The competitor with the longest single legal throw (over all rounds) is the winner.

At the Diamond League event, Neeraj threw 87.43m in the second round and his throws in all other rounds were either fouls or the distance less than this. A Javelin throw of 87.43m also happens to be a new national record for India, with Neeraj beating his own record by more than 1 cm.

Below excerpt from the article explains the gist of the conversation:
"I was hoping to do a personal best and so when I got it in just my second throw, a little part of me felt satisfied. That should not have happened," he says.However, with his focus suddenly shot, Neeraj fouled his next three attempts. "I was trying too hard. I was running in too hard and when that happened I lost my technique. I tried to control myself for my last attempt but when you start thinking about your throw it never comes the way you want."
The mention of “trying too hard”, “lost my technique”, “when you start thinking about your throw” made me tweet to Jonathan the following:
[Anuj] Interesting how mastering softer aspects is so important in a physical sport like Javelin. Neeraj's mention of his trying too hard and overthinking about the throw really tells how keeping things simple is one of the most complex things to master in sport, and in life.

[Jonathan’s response] It was interesting to me that once he achieved his personal best in his second throw,he wasn’t sure how to motivate himself in a competition. Very honest to admit that.

[Anuj] Got reminded of what @bhogleharsha 's book talks about goals. The difference between performance goals and results goals. More focus on result goals, adds pressure. Wonderful to hear about him being honest to admit. Future looks compelling.

In their book, The Winning Way: Learnings from Sport for
Managers, Anita and Harsha Bhogle emphasize the difference between performance goals and result goals. As they say, winning a gold in Olympics is a dream, but you cannot really control how others are going to perform. A swimmer, for example, rather than swimming for gold (results goal) swims for timing (performance goal), which is in his control.
Small, precise, performance-related goals can produce extraordinary results.

Both performance goals and result goals are important. Without result goals, end objective is not clear. Without performance goals, the end may become more important than the means and it may become more difficult to replicate success.
In Neeraj’s case, apparently, more focus on results goal seem to have add that extra bit of pressure  that didn’t let him reach the peak performance after he had achieved world record in the earlier rounds.
At work, what works more for you- performance goals or results goals ?
Do leave your insights in the comments.
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Sunday, May 6, 2018

One Minute Blog: 8 Standout Learnings from the Book: “The Innovator’s Dilemma”

Recently got to read the “Summary of The Innovator’s Dilemma”, a book that has acquired cult status in Innovation circles and I have seen this being quoted in many Innovation discussions I have been a part of in my professional life.
Have shared 8 learnings, that I reproduce from this book, read on:
  • New Technology Improvements: Improvements to a new technology are easy at first but become more difficult to achieve over time.
  • Categories of Tech Innovations: Technological innovations can be divided into two types: sustaining innovations and disruptive innovations.
  • Price Point Plays a Role: Disruptive innovations are often able to earn a place in the market by focusing on price point.
  • Listening to Customers not Always Helpful: Listening to customers and responding to their wishes can actually be counterproductive. Disruptive innovations create their own markets.
  • Conducting Market Research not Always Helpful: While market research is a key point of product development in large firms, it is impossible to do market research with customers and clients of new technologies.
  • New Entrants Often Have More Advantage: Market dynamics can favour new entrants into a business’s sector at the expense of well-established firms.
  • Bureaucracy is an Innovation Killer: Large companies are bureaucratic. Innovation within them is often difficult as a result.
  • Make Special Effort to Retain Top Talent: Defectors who leave successful companies to start rival firms can be a serious challenge to the position of established firms in the market.

If you have read The Innovator's Dilemma, please share your thoughts in the comments. If you haven’t read it, would highly recommend reading it.