First Rule is to Begin LeadLab by Sangeeth Varghese
What Would We Discuss Today?
Vision of LeadCap
Why are beginnings so difficult? Why is it so difficult to start something?
Sangeeth Varghese is an acknowledged leadership thinker, and the founder of LeadCap.
Is the author of the bestseller 'Decide to Lead' and writes a popular column in ET. His columns have appeared in Forbes, TOI and he has appeared in BBC and CNBC. Varghese guest edited the 2008 New Year edition of the TOI as a “young star making a difference”.
Feb 2008, Bombay Stock Exchange Journal rated Varghese as one of the most influential leadership thinkers.
Did his masters and research London School of Economics with a scholarship.
Building a Nation of Leaders
LeadCap is nurtured by thinkers from the Ivy League with a vision to build the first leadership democracy in the world; to build India as a nation of leaders.
LeadLab is created with a mandate of creating a million leaders: where we empower a million individuals in India with leadership opportunities, beyond their birth and living conditions.
Currently in the process of identifying 20 zonal leaders – who would take lead of their zones and build more leaders.
"Is there an Indian equivalent of the American Dream? LeadCap is striving to identify it": Forbes
We delve in to our minds and others hearts
Our approach is different
We approach leadership as a decision, not as a position or as a set of skills
A decision requires deep understanding of human psychology and motivation
A gentle push towards the decision
Leadership is not a destination, but a journey
The minute you stop learning, you are dead!
Eating bread with bread!
Life slipping into complete randomness
The story of a speech and a book
Why beginnings are so difficult?
Change is irrelevant
Now is not the time
Why do we fear to begin?
Tasks appear difficult from outside: Outsider’s perspective coloured by fear
Fear of unknown: Many things are strange and unfamiliar
Fear of risk: Familiarity with comfort zone
Fear of unpredictability: Not sure of the results
4 rules to help you begin
Switch off the TV
24 hours is more than enough
Get rid of distractions
Our senses capture only what is required
Sit back and think forward
Permission to begin
This permission could come as an endorsement from an outside entity that you look up to or from yourself.
Remain positive and affirmative
Do not focus on difficulties or failures, but on the positives.
Keep minds open. Discover new aspects of the task. Try to work out several ways of accomplishing the task.
Be in the company of likeminded and optimistic people.
Would create a positive rub off and in building enthusiasm.
Take encouragement positively and criticism constructively.
Bribe yourself to be leader
Appeal to the sense of adventure even as they are looking forward to beginning a task.
Motivate by imagining about the new learning and growth opportunities that it would open up and the impact that it would help them produce.
Start viewing the task they are about to start as the greatest growth opportunity in their life.
Seeing the end in the beginning
Most of us see the beginning in the beginning
Results can be the biggest motivator for a potential leader to begin a task.
Sustaining a level of enthusiasm is difficult, if leaders have no end in their minds.
Even before beginning, start thinking about the end results. Push to be excited about those possibilities.
Enjoy your journey
Leadership Takeaway There is magic in beginning something. Well begun. Half done BEGIN NOW!
Next week, “Setting the LeadCap network”
Another engaging, interesting and inspiring session
Till then spread the word about LeadLab, because every individual inspired is another leader won for nation building.