Grit by Angela Duckworth


Earlier this week I finished listening to the audiobook Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. This is a very thought provoking book with full of enthusiasm. Like many I have always admired talent too much in my childhood and youth, while at times I myself have been admired the same way. But I started… Continue reading Grit by Angela Duckworth

Twin Health US Engineering Social Event


We had a nice social event for US Engineering event yesterday in our Mountain View head quarter of Twin Health followed by a hiking in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve which is within 10 miles of our office. I was part of team dragon; we were 3rd out of 5 teams while fullstackers won.… Continue reading Twin Health US Engineering Social Event

Guest Speaker at WeWork Engineering Meetup


Today I attended monthly internal engineering meetup of WeWork as a guest speaker. I was invited by long time industry peer NHM Tanveer Hossain Khan who is a Principal Software Engineer there. I spoke about Engineering Teams & Individuals in relation to organizational health and team structure to an audience of 90+ software engineers. It… Continue reading Guest Speaker at WeWork Engineering Meetup

My Journey with Marqeta Ends… For Now…


3 years back I joined Marqeta from Roku as an Engineering Manager lacking any Fintech / Payments experience. At that time Marqeta was as a Series D startup with less than 250 employees valued at 450 million dollar. Today is my last day at Marqeta as I am joining Twin Health, a Health Tech startup,… Continue reading My Journey with Marqeta Ends… For Now…

The Culture Map by Erin Meyer


Today I finished The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business by Erin Meyer. This book has been in my to-read list for a long time but finally I finished as this was the topic for discussion in our monthly management book club reading at office. This is a very valuable resource for anyone working… Continue reading The Culture Map by Erin Meyer

Crucial Confrontations: Tools for Resolving Broken Promises, Violated Expectations, and Bad Behavior


Earlier this week I finished Crucial Confrontations: Tools for Resolving Broken Promises, Violated Expectations, and Bad Behavior by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, David Maxfield. These same authors also wrote Crucial Conversations – Tools for Talking when the Stakes are High that I read earlier this year and consider one of the best leadership and management books.… Continue reading Crucial Confrontations: Tools for Resolving Broken Promises, Violated Expectations, and Bad Behavior

Truth from the Valley by Mark Settle


Last week I finished Truth from the Valley: A Practical Primer on Future IT Management Trends by Mark Settle. This is thanks to Wali bhai and Asha bhabi who gifted me this book. This is the second book from Mark which is better than his earlier one The Truth from the Trenches. He brings up how Silicon Valley… Continue reading Truth from the Valley by Mark Settle

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Leadership


Last week I finished HBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadership by Harvard Business Review featuring a good collection of leadership articles from renowned business leaders. Here are the articles from the book Daniel Goleman - What Makes a Leader?Peter Drucker - What Makes an Effective Executive?John P. Kottner - What Leaders Really DoRonald A Heifetx and Donald L. Laurie - The… Continue reading HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Leadership

Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey


Last week I finished Immunity to Change:  How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey. I got the reference of this book in a leadership development program that I joined from my company. The authors talk about how strongly we resist changes personally as well as organizationally… Continue reading Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey

The Attributes by Rich Diviney


Last week I finished The Attributes: 25 Hidden Drivers of Optimal Performance by retired Navy SEAL commander Rich Diviney. In this thought provoking book, Rich argues the difference between Skills and Attributes in humans. Skills can be taught but attributes are more inherent and show up under conditions of uncertainty, challenge and stress. I recommend reading this book for anyone in… Continue reading The Attributes by Rich Diviney

My Talk on How to Manage a Technical Team in Managed Coder


I got to know Shahed Islam via LinkedIn when he commented on some of my leadership posts that I shared in my wall. We found common interest and enthusiasm in the area of leadership and management theories and practices. Hence we synced up in a zoom call one day and talked about why we are… Continue reading My Talk on How to Manage a Technical Team in Managed Coder

Liminal Thinking by Dave Gray


I finished Liminal Thinking: Create the Change You Want by Changing the Way You Think by Dave Gray. Liminal thinking is the art of creating change by understanding, shaping and reframing beliefs. It is the in-between space that defines two things while at the same time being neither one nor the other. In this book the author talks about… Continue reading Liminal Thinking by Dave Gray