Showing posts from June, 2014

Launch Objectives

Most of my time is occupied thinking about a big product/service we are launching in a few weeks. In the last few days in trying to prioritize focus, mindset, and goals, I have come to realize three key objective to launching a new product/services (order by priority):

1) Excellent Product/Service Delivery: It's critical that priority on is around quality. This cannot be scarified for anything. When you are a new player in the market, your customer's don't have much faith in you, and you have to gain their trust through delivery of quality. 

2) Money: Second priority is making money. If you have happy customer, money will continue flowing through retention and recommendations. Poor delivery will never lead to money, so it's better to get the quality to a standard, then focus on making money. 

3) Efficiency: Third priority is doing the above two efficiently. Delivering good product/service in a cost-effective manner. This relates to automating workflows, reducing timeline …

Emotional Equations by Chip Conley

I bought and read this book a while back, but I ponder around it every once in a while. I really like the concept of emotions turned into logical equations to define them and help us understand the underlying reasons behind certain emotions. The author uses Emotional Equations to create insight and perspective as well as happiness and success.
Some highlights from Part 1 of the Book:
Chip Conley is a CEO of a company called Joie de Vivre (French for Joy of Life), boutique hotels in California. If you are going through hell, keep going (Winston Churchill) We all need to come to understand that we can use our seasons of darkness as means to find new reservoirs of strength -- strength we didn't know we had. We all want a fully functional heart and mind.  The most successful business leaders are often experts on emotions. Humanity's common currency, emotions, is how we connect, even when we have little else in common. Our emotions even preceded our ability to put them into words. The emot…

Identity - Revisited, Again

There are many times that  I think about how my life has evolved, the choices and decisions I have made, and how it's impacted me.
Essentially, I have always think about who I am with this questions: "What do you want to be known as, What do you want to be an expert at or be known for as a person, What is it that should make someone come to you for advice because you are the best in that field?"
I originally wrote a blog post on identity in March 2009. At that time, I answered it with three main points: 1) Graphic Design 2) Dance 3) Volunteer/Fundraising Event Management
I revisited this topic in April 2012, and the answer at that time was: Business executive who can manage a business from inside out with focus on corporate strategy and development (M&A, Business Expansion / Growth, Organization Development and Management). 
I am revisiting this again today, and although it has not drastically it has changed, it has been modified a bit. Earlier this year, I wrote out a f…

Dance... Love... Sing... Live...

I have always been into quotes, and the very first quote I learned and really resonated with is the following:

Dance as though no one is watching you.  Love as though you have never been hurt before.  Sing as though no one can hear you.  Live as though heaven is on earth.  - Souza 
I just notices that I have two items in my room with this quote: 1) My music book and 2) Wall art I received as a present (pictures coming soon).
Looking back at my blog posts, I have written at least one or more time about each one of these items:  Dance - My dance journey and commitment to dancing  Love - Valentines day Sing - Choir songs from school Live - Create your life, then go out and live it

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to's learning to dance in the rain.

Ever since I was a child, I have enjoyed dancing. It has always been one of my passions and hobby. Unfortunately, I didn't stay committed to continually dancing throughout my life. I don't think dance would have been a career for me, but it definitely is my primary hobby. 

My dance journey has been very fragmented:

I took dance classes and did performances as a child in school. I always did Garba, which I really enjoy as part of the Indian festival. In high school, I really wanted to join the dance club / class, but I didn't because I was too busy studying.  In my undergrad, I took few dance courses at BSU, which included multiple performances. In addition, I took a hip-hop dance class at the Meridian Dance Academy, which also involved some performances. As part of socializing and going out in college, I learned Latin dances, with main focus on salsa dancing.  I tore my knee caps and was on physical therapy, so I had to stop dancing for a long time. A year or so ago, I took …