Institute for Strategic Leadership

As I stand on the threshold of new beginnings and set forth a roadmap for my personal and professional growth, I want to take a moment to reflect on the invaluable insights gained, having immersed myself in a week-long leadership training with actionable insights from the Institute for Strategic Leadership at Millbrook, Queenstown, New Zealand. I am just recovering from this transformational experience along with 20 other attendees from NZ Defence Forces, NZ Police, Hospice NZ, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment NZ, UNICEF, and C-suite executives from NZ, Australia, and the UK.  There is so much to process and reflect on in the coming weeks. The journey to becoming the best version of ourselves is not without its challenges, but it is undoubtedly worth the effort. I wouldn’t have endured the week without the remarkable support provided by my syndicate, .

No other executive development program in New Zealand can boast such an illustrious roster, including a Governor-General, Prime Minister, 2 Mayors, the founding CEO of New Zealand’s largest company, 5 Chiefs of Defence, 2 Commissioners of Police, 3 Vice Chancellors, and several leading CEOs of large New Zealand enterprises making strides on the global stage. These programs stand unrivaled in New Zealand and have garnered comparisons to those offered by prestigious institutions like Harvard, Stanford, and INSEAD.

I am grateful and would like to thank the following people for supporting and sponsoring me in reassessing my leadership potential and what holds significance in my life.

Here are a few snapshots from this enriching experience.

Leadership Insights Interactive Session

I am thrilled to have been part of an enriching session today with the bright and promising students of VIT-AP, delving into some fundamental leadership insights. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing conversation on leadership excellence. Let’s continue embracing growth, fostering innovation, and championing positive change in every endeavor!

With a 100-acre campus in the heart of Amaravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, the institute provides a comfortable and vibrant campus life for more than 14000 undergraduates, postgraduates, and doctoral students. I was told that the management had spent nearly 1100 crores on the infrastructure of this private research university, and it is still expanding big time.




TEAM :: Together, Everyone Achieves More

Together, Everyone Achieves More

One is too small of a number to achieve greatness. Nothing of significance in this world was ever achieved by an individual acting alone. Look below the surface, and you will find that all seemingly solo acts are really team efforts.

Alone, we can do so little; together, we can achieve so much. 🚀 Embracing the power of collaboration with the mantra – Together, Everyone Achieves More! 💪💙

👥 Why Teams Outshine Individual Efforts

1️⃣ More Minds, More Power: Teams bring together diverse minds, ideas, and energy, unleashing a torrent of creativity and innovation.

2️⃣ Strength in Unity: Teams help leaders harness their potential while minimizing weaknesses. Strengths and weaknesses are more evident in individuals; teams provide a harmonious blend.

3️⃣ Diverse Perspectives: A team offers multiple viewpoints, ensuring a well-rounded approach to solving problems and achieving goals. It’s all about devising alternatives for every situation.

4️⃣ Accountability Matters: Teams keep leaders accountable for the shared goal, fostering a sense of responsibility and commitment.

5️⃣ More is Achievable: Simply put, teams can accomplish more than an individual. The synergy of collective efforts amplifies success!

🤝 Traits to Look for in Teammates:

1️⃣ Believers: Success is a collective effort, and having a team of believers propels everyone forward.

2️⃣ Achievers: Surround yourself with high-achievers; the collective strength of a team lies in the excellence of its members.

3️⃣ Concievers: Embrace change and innovation. Good ideas are the building blocks of future success. Break the mold for continuous growth.

4️⃣ Relievers: Many hands make light work, but gifted and complimentary hands make teams work. Success is a shared journey!

#teamwork #collaboration #successtogether #borra #leadership #dontcoast #getleaderized #bluebirds

Global Leadership Summit, Business Edition Hyderabad 2023

Leadership is a complex role that comes with its own set of challenges. Navigating the complexities of leadership requires acknowledging and overcoming challenges. Leaders must grasp potential pitfalls for effective growth and resilience. By engaging in open dialogue and learning from shared experiences, leaders can develop strategies to overcome these pitfalls, fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

I have had an opportunity to speak and shed light on a few leadership pitfalls he confronted during his leadership journey and explain how he navigated those challenges at the Global Leadership Summit, Business Edition Hyderabad, at T-Hub.

The summit was truly enjoyable, with outstanding facilitators, speakers, and an engaged audience.



The Three Box Solution


Strategy isn’t about dwelling on the past or present; It’s all about leadership in the future. As the world continues to evolve, aspiring leaders must embrace change. Another word for embracing change is innovation. Thus, strategy is synonymous with innovation. Therefore, leaders must consider all the projects they execute inside their organization and put them into three boxes.

  • Box 1: Manage the present – Projects meant to manage the core business, improving efficiency and profitability.
  • Box 2: Selectively abandon the past – Projects that are meant to abandon ideas, practices, and attitudes that could inhibit innovation in our organization;
  • Box 3: Create the future – Convert breakthrough ideas into new products and businesses.

Unfortunately, many companies prioritize box #1 and mistakenly believe they excel in their strategic efforts. But the strategy has nothing to do with the past, nothing to do with the present, and everything to do with the future. In other words, it has nothing to do with Box #1 and everything to do with Box #2 and Box #3

  • Box #1 is all about competition for the present, and Box #2 & #3 are all about competition for the future.
  • Box #1 is about efficiency, and Box #2 & #3 are about innovation.

We must realize that strategy is about creating the future while managing the present. Strategy is all about how we simultaneously manage efficiency and innovation.

Let me know how many of you think your company is focussing on Box #2 and #3, not just #1.

Source: The Three Box Solution Book by Vijay Govindarajan (VG)

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