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Book review: The Score Takes Care of Itself

This book on leadership based on American Football (ഇടികളി) coach Bill Walsh is best read as a leadership case study. The book was gifted to me as an employee by my company.  The style of writing is slow paced and boring. The connection between the real life experience of Bill Walsh as a coach and his experiments is interesting to read. As a person who knows naught about American Football I could not relate or understand many of the American Football terms used, nevertheless the leadership idea could be derived from the context presented.

As the name of the book suggests, the leadership skills the writer sought to reveal is based on the practical Karma Yoga experience of Bill Walsh.

An addict to the game, he could have been unemployable in any other job unrelated to sports. That focus and sharpness of mind eventually made him develop, lead and achieve through the best team known as 49ers. The beginning of the book can hook a working professional onto it, since it talks on ‘how to know if you are doing your job’. Since the setting is USA, it talks about endless focus on work going beyond 9 to 5 (working hours). I feel this is an old era logic because now work place is not the same anymore globally. French have the right to ignore work emails after work hours.

India traditionally enjoys a lot of national holidays and paid holidays were you are not expected to work. This has been a tradition hence not a news like the French one. I had met President and CEO of a nice engineering firm in Boston who told me that productivity in Europe is less because of such schemes to disconnect from work. Deriving a global standard of performance from Bill’s book is not easy. It inclines towards USA and American Football , which is not a global game like real football (soccer).

This book re-emphasizes what Lord Krishna told Arjuna. ‘Stick to the work at hand and do not worry about the results’. This emphasizes another thought of prioritizing your time. Why ? Because, if there is a classic book and plenty of new books on the topic of leadership, which one to choose ? The time tested one. And what a reference Bhagavad Gita is ! It may take, reading a couple of other new books on stands to arrive at this conclusion. The earlier we fail, the faster we can realize that the most effort put on timeless classic can yield best cost-effective results. Of  course, the broader western world may take Bhagavad Gita to be a religious book, does it matter if the lessons learned from a religious or non-religious book are the same ? End result is a better human.

With the sloppy writing and occasional sentences of wisdom, this book is compiled in a good manner and better than certain John Maxwell‘s leadership books. The goodness of a person lives in what he leaves behind. The last chapter by Craig Walsh on his father was nice to know. The book then takes itself to another level where it is not just a leadership book but a biography within itself.

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Posted by on September 10, 2017 in Book Review, Uncategorized


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I quit watching Formula 1 did you?

I quit watching Formula 1 did you?

It had been some 4 years since I quit watching Formula 1 on TV. The reason being very simple. When I was watching it back when I was really crazy about high speed action I couldn’t stop wondering at the amount of fuel the car burned out in about one hour or so of the race. And the objective of the race? Nothing more than finding the currently superior technology and the crew that can manage it quite well. There are hartal and bandh on the issue of fuel price hike. The cost of daily commodities increase. But why don’t people stop using their motor vehicles?? Some are so crazy about theirs that they simply refuse to walk even a short distance. Whatever the mileage, howsoever efficient the car be, a drop of oil saved is an achievement.

All high octane and fuel hungry sports rallies, races, motogp, Formula- n races etc should be stopped. Best thing to do? Stop watching them. Consider them to be a wastage rather than entertainment. A little too hard a stance!? How about taking it with a pinch of salt.

Let’s consider some factors that increase the consumption of fuels. People use motor vehicles basically for mobility. The need for constant mobility is the consequence of the work one chooses. When all the offices are at one place then a single route of public transport may help. But right people and right businesses are always scattered. The need for mobility rises. Man has always kept on moving, from nomadic days to civilisation in search of one thing or the other. The movement is inevitable. It was always lack of resources at home that caused the motion. While the primary natural resources and necessities were permanently hunted, the new resource that people seek are jobs. So when the interesting job is away from home, there is nothing other than travelling that can satiate the passion.

How does one think of solving this unavoidable travelling and fuel consumption. Why should one drop-off those high speed thrills.

Advantages of moving less:

1) Reduced travelling hours increases the productivity of people.
2) Saving of natural resources.
3) Reduced carbon footprint. Good for our earth and the future who think so.
4) Walking ,Cycling etc are a good alternative for hard workouts and exercise. Walking is a basic human activity and should not be forgotten.!
5) More time for personal extravaganza, creative thinking, research!



Posted by on July 13, 2010 in Uncategorized


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The semifinals-Netherlands goes through

At the Quarter finals

# Netherlands got an expected win over Brazil . They’d been favorites. With the the lack of Ronaldinho in Brazil, what is fun in watching and cheering for Brazil. Of course occasionally we saw Kaka shoot. But the heart of team was not there on the ground. With Felipo Melo getting a card for kicking business the Brazil showed themselves that they are not for the cup this time. They dishonoured football and hence they are out.

# ESPANA should consider themselves lucky against #PARAGUAY . Missed penalties and lucky chances, both teams played their heart out…………It was a high action fast game. But ultimately it was the game of chances.

# #GHANA gets unlucky with URUGUAY. Suarez saved agoal for Uruguay. It was their day. The game of rules and the game of bending them. But Uruguay doesn’t desrve the win, as they have shown.

Finally in the first semifinal we see Uruguay going home without playing the finals.

Germany hopefully will win todays match if Villa doesn’t get lucky enough as in previous cases.

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Posted by on July 7, 2010 in Uncategorized


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World Cup wins over other programs

All the days before world cup, football world cup that is; The TVs loved to show only serials, movies and songs, n number of reality shows etc. So it was a long dark era of four years after which came the real show.
Someone poetically messaged that ” It was short and hung between Zidane’s head and Messi’s feet, dedicated to final years of college”. OK he must’ve been a Messi fan. But only thing that Argentina team does is to mess with the ball with hand, off sides, fouls and finally somehow get through the show as triumphant winners. (Sorry to fans!)
Now Star singer is replaced with world cup football in many houses. People have joined to “Jabulani” (Celebrate). Before the TV, the world unites. Thanks FIFA

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Posted by on June 28, 2010 in Uncategorized


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