Power of boring execution

How did Obama win so easily in what was predicted to be a close election? Some fascinating lessons for any business #1. Overnight success built over 8 years Obama's victory is a lot to do with the power of execution than with vision and great speeches like last time. Democrats out organised and out reached …

Learning from Obama – Part II

Back in 2008 I wrote a post about learnings from Obama's election for startups ... I am now compelled to write the second part of that observing what appears to be dissapointing presidency of Barack Obama. Here are some lessons for startups ... Long term vision, scalability are all great but with out short term tactics …

Great speech … so what?

Great speech by US President Obama receiving the nobel prize. Something like ... "I believe in peace, but need to wage war when it is just" "I closed Guantanamo to uphold values" "Reducing n-arms is center piece of my foreign policy" "US will lead the way for climate change" YAWN. YAWN !! Except for the …

Yes … No … Mu

In his 1974 novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig translated mu as "no thing", saying that it meant "unask the question". Having grown up in India and being raised a  Hindu ... the shades of GREY are part of my thinking. There are no simple YES-NO answers to complex questions. …

My predictions for 2009 …

Every TV channel now has people predicting the future, so I can't resist doing that myself ! Here are 5 things that I predict will happen in 2009. #1. America will shut itself from inside - President Obama will re-institute an inward looking and closed to world politics American foreign policy ... like it was …