10 Lessons You Can Learn from the TV Series Peaky Binders

I don’t pay for suits. My suits are on the house or the house burns down.

  1. Always Put Family First. At the end of the day if you have no one to share your success with, then it truly means nothing. Form a close family with those whom you trust and always put them first, as they will support you to the very end.
  2. Fake It Till You Make It. Always make sure that you are delivering on your purpose in every way possible. When your team expects something special from you, stand up and deliver on it even if you don’t know what you are doing. Learning along the way is critical for success, authority, and respect.
  3. Do Not Try to Control Everything. When push comes to shove, you’re not going to be able to control everything as unforeseen circumstances are going to arise. Trying to control it all leads to undue hardship in the way of stress. Delegate out the responsibilities and trust that others are going to get the job done but step up when you are needed.
  4. Never Let Success Pollute You. An exceptional leader will be able to take credit without forsaking accountability. Meaning, they will be able to take responsibility for all actions, decisions, performance, and behavior including the ones that deserve applause and the ones that deserve an apology. When a leader is accountable, employee engagement increases as responsibility and humbleness creates a culture of respect.
  5. Good Planning + Better Execution = Better Results. In order to create a good plan, one must first know what end they have in mind. This requires a leader to have three qualities. Passion or a drive/motivation, an initial vision of how to set this passion in motion, and a mission to make it happen. Furthermore, individuals that are able to create a mission statement based on the end that they have in mind will be better able to communicate this with their team.
  6. Always Make a Good Entrance and an Even Better Exit. Remember that having “enough” is never the end goal. When you begin as a leader, you may start small with a good, solid entrance but that will not be enough as you will want to make an even better exit. What this means is that starting off with a solid plan that is executable is great but reaching that end result that is a million times better than what you started with, is what you should be aiming for.
  7. With Great Power Comes Even Greater Burden. Keep in mind that the more your business grows, the more you will be responsible for. This may come in the form of having to manage more employees, or deal with miscommunication and mistakes and so the burden of doing everything properly will become great. Put measures in place to help you through this.
  8. Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew or You’ll Choke. Although not directly related to business, biting off more than you can chew will always cost you, no matter what business, situation, or circumstance you are in. Taking on too much will cause situations to turn negative real fast because you’ll choke, either on workflow stagnation, creativity, or motivational drive.
  9. The Lower Rungs of Society Hold Vital Decision Making Information. Always remember that it is your position within the company that will attract attention and not necessarily you as an individual. This means that even those who are at the top need to understand that it is those at the lower rungs who hold the vital information required for making important decisions. As Tommy Shelby shows, no one is so important that they cannot shovel the shit too and only when you do, will people buy into who you are and the vision you provide.
  10. A Strong Foundation Keeps Everything Else From Crumbling. Without a strong foundation built on core, uncompromising principles, your business will crumble as you will not have the pillars to hold it up. As Tommy Shelby does, sew together a foundation built on passion, vision, and a solid mission that all members of the operation can get behind.

7 Points Agenda I implemented to Build a Strong Multi-Location Company With Company Culture

Although there are advantages to working exclusively in a commute only company, the number of individuals who prefer to work remotely is on the rise. According to Gallup, a United States research firm noted that those working remotely rose to forty-three percent in 2016, up from thirty-seven percent in 2015. As these numbers rise, the misconceptions around remote work, such as decreased worker productivity, communication issues, and negative company culture, are being challenged. Companies are choosing to embrace the flexibility, mobility, and diversity that remote work offers, and are building strong multi-location companies as a result of this dynamic workforce shift.

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Micro Management vs Macro Management: An Entrepreneurs Dilemma

When it comes to business workflow, task delegation, and attention to detail, an effective leader is going to evenly spread out tasks with clear, concise, and efficient instructions without becoming too involved in the details of how the work is done. On the flip side, an effective leader must also be present without being too vague on expectations, and results. This creates a bit of a dilemma, as you cannot do one without the other and so striking a balance between these two stances can be incredibly difficult. Working with multiple remote teams, multiple startups has been roller coaster ride. I would like to share my point of view on what micro-management and macro-management are, why they create issues, and how entrepreneurs can find success between the two.

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The Ins and Outs of Lead Nurturing: Boost Sales & Foster Connections

One of the biggest hallmarks of a successful business is in the ability to generate new sales leads out of potential customers. Without the continuous growth of these leads, a business cannot expand or grow as there will be a lack of new customers buying their products and services. In business, a lead will create opportunities for new connections, and allow a business to keep tabs on their market competition. Although the majority of businesses view sales leads as “untapped” reserves of new customers, they can also be connections that a business already has and just needs to foster. Based on my entrepreneurial journey I have learned nurturing leads And here is summary on why businesses should use lead nurturing, what it consists of, what the benefits are of using it, and some tips on how to use it.

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Interesting Opt-in Trick from Netflix For Email Marketing

This month I came across interesting Opt-in Trick adopted by Netflix. If you don’t tick the checkbox Netflix will keep sending newsletter. Which usually means by default Netflix will keep sending you it. So far I have seen people taking permission for sending offers ( not for not sending letters). I am not sure this is due to GDPR but this seems effective.

Random Act of Kindness

Your character defines your future. I am strong believer of Random Act of Kindness & Keep searching for smaller opportunities.

Here are few of Random Acts of Kindness which anyone can do at any time.

Pay Toll of your fellow driver
Collect Courier for Neighbor
Give Chocolate to colleague without any reason.
Give a Birthday Call to your facebook friend
Call on Natural calamities
Have a Tea with Watchman
Buy a bus ticket for school or college boy
Give Away Window Seat to new flyers
Show a direction to stranger
Give a Way to person who is in hurry
Help Old age people at Bank
Thank Traffic Police
Send Thank You Note to your boss.
Bring Water for your lunch mates
Give Blanket to Homeless People

Do you have your own list ?

Management Lesson From Kitchen

After my recent business trip for our company Lets Nurture & Karconenct, I & my wife had a plan to spend some time together. Due to rainy season we had to do it at home. We decided to get high by cooking. My wife is a wonderful cook for Gujju Cuisine.

The Muffin Experience..

Muffin is not that difficult thing to cook so we decided to play with it. Here we both had a great experience with each-other ( we had this encounter in past but at that time we did not put second thought on it).

Always good to be at receiving end sometime..

Whenever I am in kitchen it is kind of a yoga for me.. It gives me some detachment with the routine, gives me some mental exercise. But for my wife it is whole different thing & we know this.

I started preparing things for muffin , she started suggesting, I started doing as per my own.. She started arguing.. I kept following my way & she started yelling. Even though I am familiar with my Kitchen , I was struggling to get some tools. And it helped me to realize things look easy from far & even if you know it can take time sometime.

Then I revolted “ Have I ever asked you how you should be cooking everyday?” And She reverted “No”  & added but in many of the stuff which I dont know you and you tell me to do you act similarly. It was a pause moment for me :).

Know your end customer’s requirement

Then she started telling me to go out I did not know why she was insisting me to go out of kitchen initially. But when I did not she told me to add 1 tb spoon oil . I said “no” And She said then it will not be soft. I said you have to understand we have to stay low fat & I am absolutely fine with bad taste or bad experience. Here She learned a lesson ( And I too) that whatever we are cooking it is has to be in best of your end customer’s point of view.

Its not always like what you think

Next week I decided to help her in morning with Tea. Making Tea is a simple task but it also needs 100% concentration.I realized by forgetting closing lid , spoiling kitchen floor due to not focusing properly. In couple of days I realized it is really great activity to recharge brain in the morning but it is definitely not that easy to adopt new things. Willingness to change is a must for the improvement.

Following weekend we learned how to make Tacos & it was amazing 🙂

We learned another lesson of communication.. 🙂

 

 

 

Business Lessons from Game of Thrones

Are you in the “Game of Business”?

– Business Tactics to Learn From Game of Thrones

You might have already come by numerous posts, fan theories and spoilers on Game of Thrones. For the series’s fans out of there, it is obvious for your social account feeds to be flooded with posts, memes, articles on the show. Unlike other series where the most honorable and noble leading figure tends to win, GoT has a much more realistic approach to determining the victor in a scenario.

The reasons why this show has become so popular is because of various strategic approach by each character. Below I have tried to break down the strategies and how they can be applied in modern business.

Pay your debts.

 

“A Lannister always pays his debts.”

-House Lannister

The phrase that pops up, referring to the richest kingdom’s credo is “a Lannister always pays his debts”. There will be times, when you will need help.The most obvious ones are financial, but it can also be something as small as introduction to an important person. Be it a favour from a partner or a loan from a bank, it’s important that you pay back your debts as soon as possible

Kill with kindness

“The occasional kindness will spare you all sorts of trouble down the road.”

-Cersei Lannister

Certainly, The scenes in HBO series are violent and highly graphical. In between there are times of sacrifice and kindness. Showing kindness to business partner or customer/employee might seem unnecessary, but it will pay long-term dividends. “The occasional kindness will spare you all sorts of trouble down the road”-Cersei Lannister to his son-Joffrey

Let your competitors destroy themselves.

“Your enemies hate each other as much as they hate you.”

-Tyrion Lannister

Letting your “combatants” fight each other through marketing campaigns gives you a chance to build up your own storehouse, and attract more customers. As Tyrion Lannister-The dwarf-prince says,”your enemies hate each other as much as they hate you.

 

Unity builds power.

“Choose people that are passionate and focused on a singular goal–your goal,”

-Robert Baratheon

A united team is always more powerful than a group of individuals working independently. The King of Seven Kingdoms – Robert Baratheon, once explained how power of an army can work. He held up one finger, and then held up five fingers; asing the queen which number is greater. She guessed it wrong – Power comes in one unified approach

Don’t be afraid of failure

“Every flight begins with a fall.”

Everybody gets knocked down but it’s how each of us react to that failure or blow that determines the outcome, Like Three-eyed raven and Arya. Fall down. Get back up. This is the only way to make it in the business world.

Know who to Trust

“You don’t need to make formal alliances with people you trust.”

Knowing who to trust is critical, especially when a company first launches. Eddard Stark chooses to trust Littlefinger and gets his head chopped off for his efforts. If he had trusted Renly instead, things would have turned out differently.

Sound a little dramatic? Sure–but a good lesson for anyone trying to build a company.

It’s about the Journey

“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some, are given a chance to climb. They refuse, they cling to the realm or the gods or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.”

-Petyr Baelish

Petyr Baelish – One of the most cunning characters of GOT, keeps most of his wishes to himself. However, with this rare advice, we see real motivation of his character. When there is chaos, he is always looking for how he can advance himself.

So if you’re a Game of Thrones fan I hope you enjoyed this blog and I hope you’re enjoying the latest series as I certainly am! I have a question for you now……

Which character in Game of Thrones would make the best sales person in your opinion? Add it into the comments box below and let’s see who would be King or Queen in the Game of Business!

Optimus-Prime-Transformers

5 Leadership Lessons From: Transformers’ Optimus Prime

Movies are not only meant to be a source of entertainment. Few movies leave an impact over the course of your life. Over the years I have watched a lot of Transformers movies and they have taught some valuable leadership skills from doing so. While it sounds a little strange Optimus really was the first leader I studied under.

Here are 5 leadership lessons I have learned from Optimus Prime.

1. Be Humble

Optimus have been honoured as ‘Prime’ but he did not start that way. His original name was Orion Pax. Orion has been described as a; librarian, warehouse worker, data clerk, and dock worker. His previous job has changed the story of a well spoken, humble and wise person rising to power never has. Very few of us are born into leadership, keeping humility parallel. Remembering where you come from will help to keep us grounded no matter how high we rise.

“Optimus Prime is constantly trying to make sure his followers are OK, and that human beings aren’t harmed in the fights between robots,” Spain notes.

This taught me – compassion and integrity are vital traits of a leader.

2. Admit It

Optimus Prime knows that he can not directly handle every key project in his group and as such, he knows he must delegate some things to his team members. He gives the authority and the power to accomplish a given task and trust them to know what they need to do and how it must be done. The micromanagement is highly avoided here for betterment of the team members. He doesn’t baby sit them.

3. Ethics

One of the makes Optimus Prime stand out from his peers, is his commitment to his values. Optimus uses his values to guide his decision making. Moreover, he stands by that decision. As a leader, people need to know what your ethics are and the manner with which you plan to follow them.

4. Collaboration is the key

There talent of the Autobot team is abundant and Optimus Prime has the ability to see each team member’s strength and talent. He has the knack to collaborate with the strength and talent of each team member. From the weapon expertise of Ironhide or the healing skills of Ratchet, Optimus Prime uses those benefit the team. Optimus Prime employs each of those skills to get the most productivity as efficiently as possible.

The Lesson Here: You have to know how to identify each team member’s talent and learn how to capitalize on those. You should bring out the best in each member, and find a way to use the strength each member has to offer.

5. Teamwork

Optimus has many formal and informal advisors. Some were soldiers like Ironhide and Ultra Magnus, some were scientists like Perceptor and Ratchet, and some were human like Spike and Sparkplug. Whenever decisions had to be made Optimus collected the viewpoints of a diverse group of trusted advisors. I know I make better decisions when I check with a number of people who see the issue at hand differently.

Many movies has inspired me to become a better leader and Transformers, the last knight is no exception. This movie has taught me a prime lesson ‘To let your leadership qualities shine, you must be able to identify and capitalize on the talents that each team member possesses.’