I was born happy and playful like any other baby. My experiences camouflaged that natural instinct and my ability to be happy became conditional upon events and outcomes. A life threatening incident triggered the need to rediscover the source of happiness. After a few years of tribulations and explorations, I realised that source and path way was within me — my inner voice. This was my eureka moment. From thereon I committed to the mission of sharing this reality with others.

We all have the key to happiness within us because we are all manifestations of the same life force…


Listening to Olympians Neeraj Chopra and Bajrang Punia, I was inspired by their single minded dedication to achieving excellence in their sports. Maintaining a fit body and mind are basic requirements for pursuing their passion. Years of sacrifice, disciplined lifestyle and consistent practice has helped them win the medals at the Olympics.

Excellence in any sphere of life requires an attitude of single minded focus towards mastering the art.

The most common question that I come across is, ‘how to be successful?’ Students, entrepreneurs, professionals, homemakers…most equate success with happiness. I was no different till I sat back and asked…


I have always enjoyed new experiences — travelling to new places, trying new assignments, new activities, sports, crossing an emotional barrier — every year I try something new to push my boundaries. I am driven by the thrill of exploration.

We are born explorers. Till I did not understand this inherent need in myself, I would judge my performance rather than celebrate the courage to explore, learn and grow. Now, I use this attitude to unleash my potential consciously. Also, learning new subjects helps me connect with people from diverse walks of life. …


The ability to look at the brighter side of life is a gift. Many people get engulfed with what’s missing and forget to enjoy the abundance of life. Living with trust in life was innate to me. Being simplistic and innocent, it would not even strike me to be cautious. Many falls and bumps later, I tipped to the other side and became cynical, where I could only see the faults.

When I was fed up with myself, did I start to reflect and realise that I had lost sight of my ability to see goodness in everything.

Life is…


When I wrote the title, the sheer possibility of being in control of my life was totally inspiring. I used to blame circumstances for my pain but, I was happy to take ownership of my successes. All the frustration, anger and disappointments was dumped onto the world, while all the joy was accepted with a sense of entitlement. Complete hypocrisy!

When we take responsibility for our choices, we realize that life is an outcome of our thoughts and emotions.

This is where the road to mastery begins. Till we expend our energy externally, we are unable to harness the energy…


It’s lonely at the top, is a common cry of leaders. This perception is not limited to just leaders. The fear of aloneness is common to all human beings. This fear makes us step out to build relationships, have children, get married, acquire a home, form communities.

We spend our life trying to fit in to feel stable and have a sense of belonging. In our endeavour to feel accepted and understood, we accumulate emotions of anxiety and anger because the irony of life is that all relationships and objects are transient. We are left feeling rudderless time and again…


Authentic leadership’s key purpose is to develop a sense of belonging, shared values and success with a high level of self-awareness. Authenticity creates enthusiasm and eliminates uncertainty. Thinking ahead, making
courageous decisions and, more importantly, implementing them creates a framework in which the team can take on greater responsibility. The challenges are being true to yourself (present and future); maintaining strict
coherence between what you say / do and making values based choices.

Shared leadership has a positive influence on the way an enterprise operates. … “The best examples of shared
leadership are when decision making gets spread across multiple individuals.”…


My entrepreneurship journey and my life can be summed up in this one line — The Roller Coaster Ride of a Purposeful Journey.

I could not make sense of a series of events in my life when I started out on this journey. In the initial part of the journey. I was like that child who would get excited to get a new toy and would throw tantrums, when the toy would break. This was because I did not have a clear purpose. But, as I moved on and reflected on the ‘Why’ of my life, my purpose evolved. …


Does Coaching really work in organisations and help transform the business?

AK: Yes, I can say with utmost confidence that coaching works! The rapidly growing coaches community globally and engagement of coaches by more and more organisations is proof of its power and effectiveness. Over the last 15 plus years, I too have personally experienced the transformational impact of coaching and worked with many leaders from Indian and multinational organisations, NGO’s, entrepreneurs, family businesses, students etc.

An offering of the West, Coaching has gained momentum in India over the last decade or so. Coaching is actually the guru-shishya parampara of…


Mentoring at NCSI is a finite programme. The intense weekly calls during the on-boarding and mentoring phase of six months comes to an end. But a strong relationship continues and the mentee’s journey is not over. It evolves to what we call the post mentoring phase. This article focusses on the post mentoring phase.

After an entity that has been mentored into a steady state of being, it has to be supported to be a going concern. In the mentoring stage, the critical success factor (the idea that is working) has been identified and harnessed. …

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