Abhishek Valaboju

My mission is to lead and inspire people to live in congruence with a deeper understanding of themselves and the universe.

Hiking Safety

June 3rd, 2011

Hiking is a very enjoyable and healthy activity, however trails can pose many dangers for people who are not properly prepared.

Bring enough water and food
Make sure to bring lots of water on your hike. A lot of trails are longer than 3 hours with steep, uphill climbs and on a hot day, that may mean your body requires several liters of water. Also, contrary to what most believe, the running rivers, including those from glaciers, do not provide fresh water and you can become sick from various bacteria that breed in these waters.

A Happiness Framework

November 23rd, 2010

On weaving together a “happiness framework”, Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO from his book: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose.

The components are:

1. Perceived control, having some say in your work and advancement.

2. Perceived progress, an ongoing sense of career and job progress.

3. Connectedness, the number and depth of your relationships at work (Tony references studies that positively correlate the number of real friends at work with the degree of employee engagement).

4. Vision/meaning, being part of something bigger than yourself (and in business terms, “bigger” meaning something beyond money, profits and market position).

The above points can be tailored to apply to any and all endeavours including business, volunteerism and relationships – friends and family.

How would you change the above framework? How do you incorporate the above into what you do that involves others?

What Makes an Effective Executive – Peter Drucker

November 22nd, 2009

What made them all effective is that they followed the same eight practices:
• They asked, “What needs to be done?”
• They asked, “What is right for the enterprise?”
• They developed action plans.
• They took responsibility for decisions.
• They took responsibility for communicating.
• They were focused on opportunities rather than problems.
• They ran productive meetings.
• They thought and said “we” rather than “I.”

The first two practices gave them the knowledge they needed. The next four helped them convert this knowledge into effective action. The last two ensured that the whole organization felt responsible and accountable.

• Get the Knowledge You Need
• Write an Action Plan
• Act
• Take responsibility for decisions.
• Take responsibility for communicating.
• Focus on opportunities.
• Make meetings productive.
• Think and Say “We”

Full article at http://hbr.harvardbusiness.org/2004/06/what-makes-an-effective-executive/ar/1

Ten Vital Traits of Leaders

May 29th, 2009

I read a concise article online on the Harvard Business review: Ten Fatal Flaws That Derail Leaders
by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman

I reversed the language and came up with the following: Ten Vital Traits of Leaders


Have energy and enthusiasm. They embrace new initiatives, volunteer a lot, take a leap of faith.

Do not accept mediocre performance.

Have clear vision and direction.

Have excellent judgment. – They make decisions that colleagues and subordinates consider to be in the organization’s best interests.

They collaborate. They welcome peers, act interdependently, and view other leaders as collaborators. They realize that these other people are the very people whose insights and support they need.

Walk the talk. They set standards of behavior or expectations of performance and stick to them. They’re perceived as having high integrity.

Embrace new ideas. They constantly evaluate suggestions from subordinates and peers. Good ideas are implemented, and the organization creates greater momentum.

Learn from mistakes. They strive to use setbacks as opportunities for improvement.

Have interpersonal skills. They are socially gifted; They’re thoughtful and well-mannered; They’re personable, available, and ready to praise.

Succeed at developing others. They develop their subordinates, causing individuals and teams to engage and unite.

Abhishek Valaboju

My mission is to lead and inspire people to live in congruence with a deeper understanding of themselves and the universe.