I wanted to reflect on 2018 and write a whole picture story. I wanted to bullet point the brilliant things I did and things I messed up. I wanted to write a story about things I achieved, those things I thought I would never be able to do in this year.

I wanted to do a photo collage. Share it in this blog. I wanted to cherish it with some inspirational quotes from some big names. I wanted to really pat my self in the back and motivate for the next year.

Instead I am so contented to say ‘thank you’.

( To all who believed in me. To all who doubted me)

Yesterday I completed Digital Transformation, my 9th course online. It is on LinkedIn Learning. 

It is an amazing journey. With in last few months I was able to get tutored by world class experts with in my own terms. That is, whenever I had free time, from the comfort of my home, at an insanely low cost. Learned from Ram Charan ( the leading business coach in the world) about how to coach high potentials. Learned from John Maeda ( a world authority in design and tech) about business, design, and inclusion. Learned from Tony Schwartz why managing my energy is far more better perspective than managing my time.  

All of these courses have been life changing. It helps me and the people I work with in organisations. It gives me better insights and helps me to  build enriching relationships. It trickles down in to happiness of my family and other communities I interact with. 

Also this keeps me at the edge at all times. That I need to get updated. That I do not know everything. This isn’t just about getting a certificate tagged in to the linked in profile. (Of course it helps to be motivated and showcase my skills), it’s about using that knowledge in everyday practice. I can use that knowledge today, right now. This is the most liberating thing about internet for me. 

I am a fan of note 9 stylus and apple pencil. It makes my life easier with getting notes on the go and creating eye catching diagrams. Sharing them is so easy because the notes are already in digital format. I do not lose the notes and no need to carry note books to meetings. I have everything with  me when I open my phone. 

But lately I’ve found out for creative long haul work, like writing a book, is better on real physical note books. Real pencils and pens are therapeutic tools in situations I need long time duration focus. It is obvious because when I am on real note books I keep my phone away. And that is a good thing because when working on phone, some notification pops out and even for a fleeting moment I will lose focus. Getting focus back is a strenuous activity. The more disturbances, the more it gets harder to come back to the work at hand. That is why we cannot get creative work in an office, because there is so much distractions going on. Our attention gets divided in to small time chunks. 

I had a hard time understanding discipline as a leadership value all my life.

It was shown and demonstrated something in the lines of : obey, patience, obedience, aligning, code of behaviour and punishment for disobedience.

Then I saw this explanation of discipline by Jim Collins. ( the world famous author of best sellers like ‘Good to great’ and ‘built to last’)

Discipline is not the same as regimentation. Discipline is not the same as measurement. Discipline is not the same as hierarchical obedience or adherence to bureaucratic rules. True discipline requires the independence of mind to reject pressures to conform in ways incompatible with values, performance standards, and long term aspirations.

That is discipline I can work with.