Thought Leadership Essays

Vikas Narula

George Floyd sailing

How I Met George Floyd

July 15, 2020

I know it’s been a long time since I last wrote. Since 2010, I have been blogging every other month with consistency until about 2 years ago, when my blogging just suddenly, unceremoniously stopped. You know I love to blog. I love it so much I wrote a blog about blogging. I promised that I […]

My Commencement Speech at Maharishi School

July 26, 2018

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?

March 15, 2018

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) […]

Would You Prefer A New Boss Over A Pay Raise?

February 15, 2018

According to research referenced by this recent HBR article, as many as 65% of us are in that boat. Yikes! It is difficult to deny the truth that how we feel about our managers and leaders has a direct impact on our well-being and performance at work. This is part of a bigger umbrella of […]

Amazing Humans – Our Hope for Humanity

November 25, 2017

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 […]

Stepping Outside the Bubble – The Case for Open and Diverse Networks

September 21, 2017

I grew up in a new age town surrounded by meditating, herbal tea drinking, liberals. It was all I knew. This oddity was compounded by the fact that I was a child of Indian immigrants. While I was living in America, my home and community life was quite a bit outside the traditional mainstream. When […]

Ode to Resilience – A Reflection on 2016

December 31, 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 […]

The Power of Connection – Bridging the Divide

September 12, 2016

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about Keyhubs’ evolving blueprint.  We have branched into new areas since we embarked on this journey in 2009, and I wasn’t sure if / how all these new hobbies / developments were going to fit together. Then, in April, I had an epiphany. I could see the puzzle […]

Keyhubs – The Next Frontier

June 14, 2016

I have a new talk. And, I am really AMPed up about it. Very. Uncharacteristically. Excited. Several months back I wrote a post about our “Evolving Blueprint”. Keyhubs has evolved – quite a bit – since we first launched as a hobby in 2007 and then as a real business in 2009. We’re coming up […]

Why Do We Fight With Ourselves?

January 16, 2016

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 […]

Keyhubs – Our Evolving Blueprint

October 24, 2015

Pollen recently wrote an exceptionally hip article about Keyhubs. Unlike many business publications, Pollen is an incredibly cool, artistic and creative medium for fostering community. I had been tracking their feature stories for some time and greatly admired how they integrated visuals and story telling to put together remarkably engaging content. When they reached out […]

Teaching – How the Students of MCTC Touched My Heart and Soul

May 29, 2015

Sometimes the best things in life happen by “accident”. You don’t really plan it – it just sort of happens – naturally, organically. I never really planned on becoming an entrepreneur. It just sort of happened. The same thing occurred with teaching. It all started with this blog. When I started blogging 4+ years ago, I […]

Trees, Fashion and The Circle of Life – The Magical Story of EcoJam

March 23, 2015

Stories are powerful. Especially when they are true. Sometimes amazing stories take a generation to unfold. I have an interesting one to share. A couple of years ago, I shared the story of Neighborhood Forest – my other passion, which budded in college and rekindled in 2009 as a result of a “death-bed” experience. Since […]

Honoring The Spirit – How She Changed Me and My Definition of Success

December 9, 2014

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 […]

How Blogging Changed My Life – Why I Blog and Why You Should Too

July 11, 2014

I have been blogging for over 4 years now and it has been one of the most enriching activities of my life. Like most great things that happen to me, the joy and magic of blogging unfolded somewhat accidentally – imposed by outside forces – triggered by a convergence of factors and circumstances. I went […]

People – The Greatest Books Ever

March 21, 2014

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

January 25, 2014

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!

December 21, 2013

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. […]