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Sumair Abro
Sumair Abro

Change the Narrative. Not the Brand.

Change the Narrative. Not the Brand.
Jane: 'A man's strengths flows from the same well as his weaknesses. You don't change the man to fit the narrative. You change the narrative to fit the man.' Jane is a Political Consultant, a character played by Sandra Bullock in Our Brand is Crisis (2015). And this line is apt for learning to craft a story around a person, a brand or a business. Very often I see people force fitting narratives which sound good but does not really tell the real story. As a result it almost becomes impossible to live the story, because if it's not real  - people will see through it, and you will be called out. Let's face it. It's hard to change a man. So work on changing your narrative - so its authentic. It's not easy, so keep working on your story, and it will evolve into the real representation of you,...
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It's not good enough!

It's not good enough!
It never was and it never will be. Nothing ever is…But that does not stop doers from getting things done, and moving on to the next thing. Being perfect is an illusion created by ourselves in the hope to bring our A game everytime. However, the truth is that what’s good and outstanding today, will most probably haunt us in the future as we will look back at it and say ‘ I did that/wrote that/painted that’. What a load of crap. I could have, should have done better. And that’s probably true. But the important thing is that I got it done. Again and again, and that way I will become better at it with time. So whatever you are thinking of doing. Do it, get it out there and move on to the next thing…over and over again – till you find your BIG THING which will eventually be...
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Think RE-TOOLING not Retiring

Think RE-TOOLING not Retiring
I know. The picture doesn't portray the retired life. There is no beach, sunset or cocktails. I got inspired to write this blurb after being interviewed on a TV Show about planning to retire..and in my view this is what retirement looks like. The journey continues till the last breath...So what come to your mind when you think of retirement or better yet...how do you plan for retirement...?!? To me there are three things... 1....Look after your health...Eat right and exercise...by exercise I am not talking about the 6 pack...just be fit enough to feel good and have a routine or habit to to workout 2 to 3 times a week.. 2....Have a piggy bank. Every month put something away in a pension fund, insurance policy. Depending upon your risk appetite - invest in dividend yielding stocks... 3....Last but not the least, think retool not retire. I bet you have special...
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'I miss you boss' - the lonely/loyal subordinate

'I miss you boss' - the lonely/loyal subordinate
It's an age old phrase 'When the cat is away the mice will play' - which is fine. But if you are not even playing, and just  being miserable, because the boss is not there to tell you what to do....you need help...not from someone else but from yourself. Last week I met two executives who face similar problems with their team. One of them is an advertising executive, and she got back from her annual leave and not to her surprise - the team didn't get anything done while she was gone.  The other executive is a CEO of one of the leading NGOs, and she was telling me that her team focuses more on her coordinates while she is out for meetings to raise funds instead of getting things done at their end. If you happen to fall into any of the above categories, and can't function without...
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