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A.G. Lafley will be taking the helm once again as CEO of consumer-products giant Procter & Gamble.

He retired from the company four years ago and is replacing Bob McDonald, the person he identified as his successor. As a P&G alumnus, I got a note sent by Lafley to the employees of P&G. Here is his note; it reminded me of all the reasons I am grateful for having worked at that company.[…] Continue Reading »

On May 9, 200 women leaders gathered at the Forbes Women’s Summit. This wasn’t a conference about advancing women. It was a conference about women advancing the world, and in doing so, redefining the rules of power. With video appearances from Oprah Winfrey and Sheryl Sandberg and live discussions with Janet Napolitano; designers Donna Karan and Tory Burch; Helene Gayle, CEO of CARE; and Ellen Kullman, CEO of Dupont, among others, we heard stories of how women are redefining power.[…] Continue Reading »

Want to be more productive? Daydream.

When I was 6 years old, I remember my grandmother saying I was going to be a philosopher when I grew up. Apparently, I would spend hours happily looking outside a window daydreaming. One caveat to point out: This was in Pakistan in the 1970s, and there wasn’t anything good on TV![…] Continue Reading »

Do you want to be able to influence others better? Want to make your sales quota? Want to motivate your team? Try practicing empathy.

In my executive coaching work, one of the biggest differentiators of effective leaders I’ve observed is how they practice empathy — being able to put themselves in the shoes of others. It is a critical part of our emotional intelligence, or EQ, and unlike IQ, we can actually increase our ability to be empathetic.[…] Continue Reading »

If you’re a workaholic like me, you wake up rearing to dig into your to-do list every day (this includes weekends). Secretly you know that you can’t possibly get it all done that day, but no harm in trying, right? Wrong. There is an old Zen saying:

“Practice not-doing and everything will fall into place.” — Lao Tzu

I know what you’re thinking: “I’m getting paid to produce, get things done, make things happen.[…] Continue Reading »