How to make best use of our “signature strengths”

Eric Barker in hos book Barking Up the Wrong Tree makes a mention of Harvard Professor Gautam Mukund and his two pronged rule to help a leader gauge as to which context he/she fits in. “Signature Strengths” are innate strengths that an individual possesses and any work based on such strengths gives fulfillment and happiness.Continue reading “How to make best use of our “signature strengths””

“Filtered” vs “Unfiltered” leaders

Eric Barker in his book “Barking Up the Wrong Tree” makes a mention of these category of leaders. When playing by the book is expected , environment is stable & predictable and where a franework is already in place the leaders who are best suited to take charge and steer a ship are known asContinue reading ““Filtered” vs “Unfiltered” leaders”

Who are “Unfiltered” leaders – Takeaways from Eric Barker’s “Barking Up the wrong tree”

As per the author research shows that visionary leaders like Steve Jobs who have changed the world , have significantly high psychopathic characeristics lesser than psychotics that give them just the sufficient amount of weirdness to do something revolutionary. These are the leaders who are absolute misfits in predictable & stable situations/contexts where playing byContinue reading “Who are “Unfiltered” leaders – Takeaways from Eric Barker’s “Barking Up the wrong tree””

Playing “Infinite Games” to make your competition irrelevant

Over the past few months I have had the good fortune of watching numerous Simon Sinek videos on “Infinite Games”. One such talks about the merit of playing “infinite games” to make competition irrelevant. A player of “infinite games” tries to make oneself a better version by the day without being fussy about what theContinue reading “Playing “Infinite Games” to make your competition irrelevant”

“Intensifiers” – The insanity exhibited by individuals to achieve something inhuman

In “Barking Up tbe Wrong Tree” the author Eric Barker makes a mention of this term coined by Harvard Professor Gautam Mukunda. The term “intensifiers” is used to explain insane achievements such as the one by RAAM(Race Across America) winner Jure Robics.RAAM by the way is a gruelling cycle marathon spanning from San Diego toContinue reading ““Intensifiers” – The insanity exhibited by individuals to achieve something inhuman”

“Physiological” vs “Social” Needs – modern day changing equation

Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs put Physiological needs as the basic survival needs for humans. Right towards the top of the pyramid sit the social and self actualization needs. Keeping in mind the modern day cases of depression due to loneliness and lack of a sense of “belonging” , the “social” need has now becomeContinue reading ““Physiological” vs “Social” Needs – modern day changing equation”

Why “loneliness” is inherently stressful?

Our human brains right from the caveman times , have longed for social connections. Being in the company of like minded people whom we can trust makes us feel safe and secure. Had this not been a biological constant , how could have societies , countries & even organizations formed with like minded people. ThereContinue reading “Why “loneliness” is inherently stressful?”

Sense of “Status” as a factor in emotional arousal of the brain

David Rock in his book “Your Brain At Work” makes a mention of “Status” as a key factor in the SCARF framework for emotion arousal of the human brain. A sense of “Status” has been found to release neurotransmitters such as “dopamine” , “serotonin” as well as testosterone to make a person feel “at ease”Continue reading “Sense of “Status” as a factor in emotional arousal of the brain”

Why “face to face” conversations have more impact than “virtual” ones

Face to Face conversations lead to more engagement since via noticing body language and because of physical presence , the “mirror neurons” in our brains are activated. When there is a wavelength match during the face to face conversation the  “mirror neurons” actively participate in the flow of positive emotional energy and a “toward” emotionalContinue reading “Why “face to face” conversations have more impact than “virtual” ones”

Why accepting “unfair” judgement is very stressful to the brain

David Rock in his book “Your Brain At Work” makes a mention of the fact that human brain emits negative responses when subjected to “unfairness“. Especially noteworthy are those situations wherein we accept “Unfair” judgments since during this time our natural negative emotional arousal of the limbic brain(conveyed via insula) would be overriden by theContinue reading “Why accepting “unfair” judgement is very stressful to the brain”