Sunday, June 28, 2020


One of the first economic causalities of the ongoing pandemic was the cinemas which lost audience almost overnight. INOX, one of India’s largest multiplex chains chose to respond with a public letter ( expressing extreme displeasure at one of the production houses choosing to release first on OTT platform rather than a 'traditional' release. INOX's action reminded me of ignorance/arrogance shown by the likes of Blockbuster, Kodak. Nokia etc. before they were disrupted.

One more story- Harsha Bhogle, the ace cricket commentator recently shared a light-hearted tweet
"Hey @ashwinravi99 leave some conversations for us too!! I mean, we don't take your wickets, do we! "

This tweet was in reference to Cricket players turning as broadcasters and conducting interviews thereby disrupting trained media people like him.

The fact that the companies and the jobs are going to be disrupted is a given, but the question is- Is there a playbook that allows us to stay ahead of #disruption curves ?

In this context, i quite liked Whitney Johnson's book "Disrupt Yourself" in which she applies #disruptive innovation's S-Curve theory to career disruption.

#sketch summary below

What is your playbook to deal with #career #disruption ?


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Legendary Sunil Gavaskar made his Test Cricket debut in 1970-71 against the mighty West Indies. He didn't play the first test match and a player named Kenia Jayantilal made his debut. Kenia was rated higher than Gavaskar at that time. Kenia got to play one innings in that match and was caught out in slips when Garry Sobers took a stunning diving catch. As a result, Gavaskar got a chance in the 2nd match. While batting early on, he nicked the ball and that went straight again to Garry Sobers for an easy take but due to a momentary lack of concentration, he dropped it and Gavaskar survived & scored 2 half centuries in his debut & cemented his place. Recently, Gavaskar recalled his debut on a podcast with Gaurav Kapur & described the turn of events with one word- LUCK. He says- had Garry caught him, he might have never been selected again.

We normally are generous in recognizing our skills,abilities for success but we often do not give enough credit to the role luck plays in our career & our lives.

Can you really influence your luck?

I found the perspective shared by Vala Afshar in his tweet relevant to this question, included my #sketchnote summary.

Whats your take on #luck & the role it plays in #career #success ?


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It's been exactly a week since the news about the untimely demise of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput broke out. It remains to be proven whether #depression led to the his passing away but this tragedy has opened the conversation around the subject yet again.

Last year at Citrix Synergy I had the privilege of hearing Michael Phelps (23 Olympic Golds, the highest ever) speak about his mental health issues. He shared that he struggled with anxiety and it wasn't easy for him to admit that he wasn't perfect. But opening up took a huge weight off his back and made life easier.

One of the phrases that he used then stayed with me, it was "IT'S OK NOT TO BE OK".

I recently read through a book that i found apt on the subject of #mentalhealth , aptly titled "Reasons to stay alive". Have included my #sketch review (based on

Some nuggets from the book:
1. Depression makes you think things that are wrong. But depression itself isn’t a lie. It is the most real thing I’ve ever experienced.

2. Depression is not you. It is simply something that happens to you & something that can often be eased by talking.

3. Hang on in there. Life is always worth it.

What's your take on the subject of mental health ?



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Postman, an API development platform, was recently in news for achieving $2 billion+ valuation. It started as an open source tool that was meant to simplify API testing workflow, but now addresses the various phases of API life cycle.

Postman deservedly got a lot of press recently. Most of the articles that i read assumed that people knew what an API is.

How would you explain a technical term like #API to an non-Tech audience ?

Learning by and communicating with relevant analogies is an impactful way to pass on the message. Analogies foster learning by applying prior knowledge to new concepts.

As an example,here is an analogy (credit: Taija Bj√∂rklund) to explain what an #API is:

"If you go to restaurant as a customer, After looking at the menu, you make an order to a waiter, who passes it to the kitchen and who will then deliver what you have asked for."

How does that relate to an API? The waiter is the API. You are someone who is asking for service, the API consumer. The menu is the documentation which explains what you can ask for from the API. The kitchen is a server.

(more API analogies: & #sketchnote)

What are your strategies to #simplify & dejargonize your work areas ?


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2 stories that i learned from 22 Yarns podcast between Joy Bhattacharjya & Gaurav Kapur

John Buchanan was IPL Cricket franchise KKR's coach during 2008-09. One of the ideas that he floated was the multiple captaincy theory where he said- rather than having a single captain,the team will have a separate fielding, bowling & batting captains. It backfired big time as the team ended at the bottom of the table. One of the greatest leadership outcomes is to return clarity to the team, which could not be achieved.

Later on, Gautam Gambhir was made KKR captain. In an IPL match,he top-scored & his team won the match,he won the man-of-the-match award. During the award ceremony, he called a lesser known player who had hit quickfire runs towards the end & handed his award to him acknowledging that the team wouldn't have won without his late contribution. Gautam clearly put the team before self, the hallmark of a true leader.

#Leadership is never a one-size-fits-all phenomenon having a single, sorted playbook. Hence, it is important to understand & learn from those who have been there, done that.

In this context, I liked the thoughts shared by Ankur Warikoo here- and sharing my #sketchnote.

What are some of your leadership learnings ?


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An #insightful #story that i came across while reading the ageless book on #creativity- "A Whack on the Side of the Head":

Frank Morrow got his #business education while attending Graduate School of Business(Stanford) but not in the usual way. He says-
“I took all of the required courses in marketing,finance, accounting,but I learned more about business from a drawing course taught by the artist Nathan Olivera"

What Olivera taught was:

'All art is a series of recoveries from the first line. The hardest thing to do is to put down the first line. But you must.'

Thinking about it, exactly the same is true in business.

One can safely argue that the enlightenment occurs at the intersection of diverse industries, cultures, & disciplines.

We become richer in knowledge, comprehensive in building our point of views & more productive in idea generation only if choose to expose ourselves to different fields.

I recently read & liked David Perell tweet- on the subject where he diligently wrote one line #lessons from various fields, some of which i drew via the #sketchnote

My favorites:
Cooking- Your outputs are only as good as your inputs

Surgeons- When in stress, use a checklist

Which fields did you #learn most from ?


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I recently read Matthew Walker, PhD #book "Why We Sleep" & it led to some stunning discoveries about sleep that i share via #sketchnote & below:

-#Sleep is not a dormant state.There are some parts of your brain that are up to 30% more active during sleep relative to when you are awake.

-There are two stages of sleep that we cycle- Non Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) sleep & Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep.

-If you get up 2 hours earlier (~8 hrs sleep), you may think that you have lost 25% of sleep, in reality, you may have lost 70-80% of REM sleep.

-REM sleep can increase your problem solving capacity. In REM sleep, there is an information alchemy where the brain starts to collide all the things it recently started learning with the pre-existing knowledge.

-NREM stage 2: Important for learning and memory.

-NREM stages 3,4: Important for keeping immune system healthy, help with our cardio-vascular system. It is the best form of blood pressure medication.

Sleep is not an optional lifestyle luxury. Sleep is a nonnegotiable biological necessity,something that needs as intense prioritization as does our work & family time.
If managed well,for all it's benefits,it can be your greatest competitive advantage and a true super power.


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