Thought Leadership Essays
My Commencement Speech at Maharishi School
When you think of your high school or college alma mater, does it conjure up images like this? If you look up the meaning of “alma mater” you may be surprised to see that the definition is “nourishing mother”. I was recently invited to address the graduating class at my high school alma mater – […]
Are You Listening To The Whispers Of Your Heart?
Over the years, I have used this blog to evangelize the merits and virtues of purpose-driven entrepreneurship and living. Early in this journey, especially as things started to pick up and grow, I viewed entrepreneurship as a powerful way out of the daily grind of corporate life. It was a ticket (if not THE ticket) […]
Amazing Humans – Our Hope for Humanity
Humans are amazing. Really, they are. Our news outlets have a tendency to glorify the monsters and celebrate the darkest and deadliest aspect of human behavior, but when we search our hearts and reflect on our own observations and experiences, we cannot deny that most people in this world are good. Many are great. If […]
Ode to Resilience – A Reflection on 2016
John Oliver, comedian and HBO show host, recently shared his thoughts about 2016 with a big, fat expletive. Yes, 2016 was a doozy. We lost legendary artists. Countries are at war – with themselves and others. There is a refugee crisis. Temperatures are rising in more ways than one and there isn’t agreement on what […]
Why Do We Fight With Ourselves?
I teach and often ask my students to do a lot of reflection. Many times, I start my class with a reflection question, like “What did you want to be when you were a kid?” or “When were you the happiest in your life?” I hand out 3×5 cards and ask each student to write their thoughts […]
Honoring The Spirit – How She Changed Me and My Definition of Success
This blog has been a very important platform for me. Through it, I have been able to openly share about my personal and professional life, which has been greatly enriched by the practice of entrepreneurship. As I have progressed in this journey, I have often felt compelled to honor those individuals that have made this […]
Pathways – The Future of Education?
My parents were seekers. They immigrated to Canada from India in the mid-1960s in search of a better life – broader professional opportunity, wealth and comfort. Still unsatisfied, having attained many of the trappings of western life, they shifted their attention to metaphysical pursuits. Ironically, after coming to Canada, they discovered Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and […]
People – The Greatest Books Ever
A lot of people ask me what books I read. To be honest, I don’t read very many books. I have never been a prolific reader, although I spent 7 seven years reading this book – not exactly what you would call “light reading” – 2000-plus pages of fine print. Maybe that sucked the reading life out […]
Meaningful Work Starts With Love
I have given a lot of talks in the last few years – mostly about Keyhubs and the business applications of social network analysis. About a year ago, I was invited to address the Entrepreneurship Club at the University of Minnesota. If you have been following my blog, you know that I like to write […]
Oh, the Places We’ve Been!
It is that time of year again – holidays, end-of-year, family gatherings, business reflection and planning. It is a time of convergence, a time when generosity, winding-down and looking ahead all meld together in a flavorful, festive spirit. This time of year often gets me thinking about Dr. Suess – playful rhymes mixed with meaningful wisdom. […]
Active Disengagement – Is the Spirit of Commerce at Odds With the Human Spirit?
There has been a lot of buzz lately about the alarmingly high percentage of actively disengaged employees in the workforce. There are many factors that affect employee engagement – job fit, company culture and manager / employee relationship to name a few. When I reflect on my own career and the times I felt more […]
Entrepreneurship and Spirituality – An Unlikely Combination?
When I first embarked on the entrepreneurial journey 3 years ago, all I could think about was “surviving”. Will it work? Can I make it? What if I fail? In 2010, I had about a 7 month runway to get Keyhubs off the ground. By month six we still had no revenue. There was interest from potential clients, but nothing to […]
Why I Need To Thank My Enemies – Confessions of an Entrepreneur
Becoming an entrepreneur has been one of the most thrilling adventures of my life – certainly the most fulfilling of my professional career. I am not sure I could say that two years ago when we were still in the dark aftermaths of the recession and had no revenue. At times, I definitely felt like […]