Netflix Company Values : Spoken vs. Actual Values of a Business

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery Over the weekend I was doing some research on retrospectives and found a very enlightening presentation from the founder of Netflix. It’s 127 or so slides, which seems a little long by about 100 slides; still the content was more…






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Book Review: “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni

I read “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Lencioni. It is very readable, even entertaining… and it takes about 45 minutes to read through the “good parts”. (Like with all business books, the author knows how to use stories to spin 1-2 pages of content into a 150-page book!) Here’s my take. Absence of Trust – This stems from unwillingness to be vulnerable, not being genuinely open about their mistakes and weaknesses. Fear of…






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Engineering and Business

Well, since its the middle of exams, most of the work has been grounded for now. But knowing me, I’m still hard at it, trying to keep things moving forward! A few months ago, the project took a dramatic turn into a completely new direction and to be honest, this was quite difficult to cope with. Adaptability Well, remember the township caterers, cooking food using treated wood that was potentially making them really sick???  …






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5 Practical Ways to Check if a Website is Legitimate or Fraud

With the high penetration of integration in our daily life, it is becoming riskier to maintain our online identity. It is equally risky to share our details with websites or online business that we come across and may find useful. Online communities are full of useful portals that make our life easier. But there are certain illegitimate websites that may adversely affect you. They can steal your passwords, your banking details, and credit card details or may install…






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Situational Leadership : “Not the Same” Old Leadership

When I was in graduate school at San Jose State, we had a rather passionate discussion in an instructional methods class about “to which student do you gear your class?”.  Many opted on the side of targeting the higher achievers as it would challenge the rest of the class. Others, in the spirit of “no child left behind” thought that the class should be geared so that no child was lost in the subject matter.…






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Organization Trust: What It Means & Why It Matters

Organizational Trust: What it Means & Why It Matters Organizational trust, like personal trust, is based on a person’s experience with repeated patterns of behavior. This concept, coupled with concerns (and in many cases, unfounded fears) about legal compliance in the workplace, has led to a prevailing belief among many HR practitioners and line managers that you must treat all employees the same. This is observed in many organizations where HR assumes the role of…






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Do NOT Treat Your Employees As Customers

No, I’m not touting leadership blasphemy!  Let me start this off by explaining with how my sometimes seemingly counter- culture philosophy came about.  I’ll justify from the start! I first heard the concept “you must treat your employees as customers” when I was attending a public board meeting in the early 1990’s.  A fellow board-member and businessperson explained over lunch how the key to her success was that she treated her employees as customers.   I…






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