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Building Alignment

In an executive management role like CPO, COO, or CEO, you spend a lot of time aligning people you work with. How much time you spend aligning depends on the organizational structure, organization size, complexity of the product, growth rate of the company, and, above all, the culture of the organization.  Let's take an example of a dysfunctional organization, i.e. everyone is doing their own thing and there is no clarity on what the organization is trying to achieve in the short term. To a new person, the situation might seem like chaos. How do you bring order to the chaos?  From chaos to order  With the breadth of my experience over the last two decades, I have developed and practiced an alignment methodology with five steps:  1. Understand why the dysfunction exists 2. Build trust  3. Create a shared vision  4. Execute on the shared vision  5. Establish an operating rhythm   The methodology assumes that you are aligned with the board. Implementation of the methodology varies dep

Mulberry Picking

Mulberries ready to leave the tree are sweeter. 


Money might not be able to buy love but it will definitely help you lease it. 

My Management Philosophy

As a business manager or business executive, I have been managing teams for over 20 years and have developed a simple management philosophy. I and everyone I work with should have fun, learn, and contribute to the growth of the organization. These three cultural attributes are defined as follows:  Joy of working (image credit: Canva AI) Have Fun Enjoy your work Enjoy problem solving together with your teammates Enjoy sharing your knowledge Opportunity to work on things not directly related to the job but still good for the organization Maintain balance Learn Learn what is necessary to do the job better Learn about the topics that interest you Feel safe to make mistakes and learn from them Learn how to collaborate better with your teammates Learn how to communicate more effectively Contribute to the growth of the organization Deliver results based on your goals (that can be changed with new data) Understand how your work is contributing to the growth of the organization Offer new ideas


France is complaining about government subsidies contained in the Inflation Reduction Act. 


Why are low corporate taxes not considered as government subsidies? 

The Grid

This morning, I finished reading The Grid by Gretchen Bakke . It is a fascinating read about the past, present, and the future of electricity.  Following are a few excerpts from the book:  ------ The subtle-seeming transition in the structure of circuitry, from series to parallel, was the grid's first revolution. Though we tend to give Thomas Alva Edison the credit for having invented the lightbulb (he did not), he did devise something just as remarkable - the parallel circuit, one of his greatest, if least lauded contributions to technological underpinnings of our modern world.  ------ By 1990, California had become home of 85% of the world's capacity of electricity powered by the wind and 95% of the world's solar power electricity.  California might have been the planetary center of wind energy in the mid-1980s, but their turbines were more machines for churning out visions of greener futures than actual watts.  America's first turbine engineers were aeronautical engi

Children And Thinking

When do children start thinking? What is happening in their brains before they start thinking? How does one think without language? 


A nice lunch can cost more in Palo Alto than in Saint Tropez.