The Leader's Mind

On good writing

June 15th, 2021 · 5 Comments

Good writing is good thinking. This is why good writing is not easy, particularly when a situation calls for more prose than poetry. In the field of research, we are taught to reconsider every word we dared to put on a paper and so to change our approach to thinking. Our writing is the mirror of our minds. Nowadays we often showcase our virtuous minds in misspelled messages, emotional blurs, and ad-hoc confusing remarks. Let’s be mindful of the effect of reciprocity. The effort to write well elevates our thinking. But neglect to write well can corrupt our minds. What we want our thinking to be? Keep reading →

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What outliers can tell about diversity

June 8th, 2021 · No Comments

Many might agree that numbers tell a story. Often there is a different story even behind each data point. While differences can cause mixed feelings, outliers often unveil more about the data set than the analysis itself. What outliers management can teach about diversity and inclusion?

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Falling for the beast of statistics

June 4th, 2021 · 1 Comment

The term statistics often evokes the feeling of anxiety and aversion in many of us. Yet those who found the courage to learn it, swear by its beauty and often call it art. Undoubtedly, understanding of statistics shapes our view of the world and a surprise often awaits in the detail. But like any art, statistics provide room for interpretation and challenge not only our thinking but also our intellectual humility. Keep reading →

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‘Studying alongside working’​ and its colors

May 8th, 2021 · No Comments

Struggling to fit my ambitions, some time back I walked into a place where any ambitions hardly stood out. Harvard and my journey as a psychology student and researcher created a precious world parallel to those of my professional and private. Living the experience showed that ‘studying alongside working’ evokes questions about its purpose and possibility. While many would agree that studying is challenging and pricy, only a few would acknowledge that the currency is life itself. Keep reading →

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On selflesness

April 8th, 2021 · No Comments

It indeed takes a village and a person is a product of society. Maslow in his work A theory of human motivation (1943) describes the five levels of needs: Physiological, Safety, Love and Belonging, Esteem, Self-actualization. While Maslow’s pyramid has been challenged by many (e.g. Gao & Taormina, 2013), the basics construct remains largely relevant. Considering the description of these levels, it becomes obvious that a single person as a unit would struggle to fulfill them by their ‘self’. The social connection and attachments seem inevitable in survival. Keep reading →

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About the concept of Grit

March 8th, 2021 · 2 Comments

Angela Duckworth in her book Grit (2016) defines grit as a personal characteristic, which has two components: passion and perseverance. She builds on different performance theories and the work of various researchers. The construct of grit emphasizes the importance of effort as essential for success. While Duckworth provides some empirical support for her claims, she makes her claims vaguely. She does not take into consideration the importance of emotional intelligence, and she focuses only on a growth mindset.  Keep reading →

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On finding the words

February 8th, 2021 · No Comments


Not being able to express what we feel is confining. Do we have the words to express what we feel in today’s world? Keep reading →

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What do we get to see?

January 8th, 2021 · No Comments

Bias is created by the flow when information enters our system and courses through the filters of our plural personalities, knowledge, and experiences. What is left at the end of this process is intelligibly unique to us, credibly varied from the input or the factual reality. Unless we consciously choose thinking over knowing, our brain comforts us with acceptable collective alchemy about “why things are the way they are”. Keep reading →

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About focus, performance, and the concept of Flow

December 8th, 2020 · 1 Comment

In his book Flow (1990), Csikszentmihalyi describes an intrinsically rewarding state, called flow, in which the body and mind are in perfect harmony and a person can fully immerse in a specific task with seemingly inexhaustible energy and focus. Although the pop-psychology audience received Csikszentmihalyi’s work well, the practicality and implementation of flow remain controversial. Csikszentmihalyi positions flow as a secret to happiness, which is unsupported and idealistic.  Keep reading →

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