Q & A – Which one to Adopt Transactional or Transformational Leadership?

One college student asked me a Question – “Which between the two should be adopted. My lecturer says transactional leader is best 4 efficiency and effectiveness. How true is this?”

My Answer:

To best of my knowledge, I agree with the existence of both leadership styles in everyone. As we displayed & practiced transactional leadership for many decades – it was considered as the best approach, but there is no complete truth in that. One need to evaluate the situation and decide whether to go with Transactional or Transformational & should not stick on to one in all situations.

Your lecturer says so because he practiced transactional in many (appropriate) situations & found to be producing results. Also transactional is practiced by teachers a lot – “praise the student who gets high grade and punish the one who takes lesser. As they get good results from their class, they will get good name from principal”. They will understand the real taste of teaching if they start practicing Transformational.

Goals? Are you kidding?

After my new year wishes to my friend, I asked him about his 2014 goals. He replied me with a puzzling voice – “Goals? Are you kidding? Let the life go as it is.” He continued “Why should I unnecessarily burden myself with setting goals & resolutions? At the year end, I will surely have few unaccomplished goals left in my list which will make me feel bad about myself. So, no goals.. nothing”

Many of us have the same feeling like my friend. Some people like me have different opinion about goals. Type the first & foremost sentence that comes to your mind for/against goals:

1. I set goals because ———————————

2. I don’t set goals because ———————————

Wish You a Happy New Year 2014!

I can say, this year, 2013, is the best & great year for me as a blogger. I like to thank all of you in this occasion.

In one side, blog stats give me the details about the blog reach, most liked posts, most commented posts,etc, on the other side, I tried other social media like facebook, pinterest, linkedin and YouTube to share the knowledge to wide audience & succeeded to some extent.

Here is the gist of happenings in 2013 & what you can expect in 2014:

* Unlike previous years, I took enough time to conceive & shape my blog posts. This year, posted around 15 posts.

* I spent quality time in creating ITTO Process Driller excel tool for PMP aspirants. Still I have some improvement ideas & Android Mobile App for the same. I am positive in releasing them in first half of 2014.

* I am also in the process of bringing out Project Management Mind Maps for all 47 processes – This year, I published 10 mind maps till now – 2 overall (in jpg format), 2 multi-level drill ITTO maps (in pdf format) & 6 process mind maps with detailed item description for each one of them. In 2014, I am planning to publish a PDF book with all Mind Maps as ready reference.

* In 2013, I posted 200+ status updates through facebook fan page which now has 388 fans.

* In 2013, I created couple of YouTube videos on Project Management topics. My main focus in 2014 is on creating more video for PM/ Leadership knowledge sharing, tips & tricks.

The one and only reason which is leading me to contribute more is – YOUR SUPPORT!  Without your support & feedback, I don’t think it is possible for me to do so much of activities. I expect the same support from you in the years to come. Wishing you a Happy New Year 2014!


What to copy from your Role Model?

In most of the Gym, I see posters of Arnold showing his well exercised muscles. By seeing these pictures, surely I get inspiration to develop my body something like this. Gyms also have mirrors in every corner for people to watch themselves – It creates enthusiasm, self-motivation & encouragement. Many followed Arnold as their role model for body building. Okay, do you think everyone built their body like Arnold? No!! but why?



Most of us wants to copy Arnold in physique but we forget to follow the methods that he followed to build his body. Each activity has two ingredients – the way how it is carried out & the outcome. Most of the time, disciplined approach produces expected outcome. Whatever be the result of the execution, disciplined way of execution always creates credibility & respect.

We can copy behaviors from a Role model and not the act. Though problems looks similar, each one has unique situation which can produce different result even you apply same solution, so copying someone’s solution will not help us. At the same time, copying the behavior (example – determination, focused, calm, compose) it will surely help us in that situation.

Issue – Demystified


Every time when I encounter an issue – I think a lot about the issue, lose time, undergo lot of emotional change till I finish it. Once I move it out of my plate, I feel happy and wish not to get a issue like this in my life. But issues in life is not having any end to it and the cycle continues. Today I decided to write my thoughts about issue. Issue is something you feel disruptive when you expected to lead the life in defined routine.


An issue has a description, root cause, pattern, mindset, its time bound and have solution. Here is a single line explanation about each of those components.

  • For any issue clear description is the key. Well defined issue will get well defined solution
  • Issue is just an effect & every issue has a root cause for it
  • Patterns can be derived if the same issue occurs frequently. Pattern applies to solutions too
  • Size, complexity & situation depends on mindset and not in the issue itself
  • An issue is an issue only for a particular period of time which may diminish or vanish or resurface after sometime
  • Urgency & priority depends on time of the issue occurrence
  • Every issue has solution & there could be multiple solution options for single issue which may be suitable for different situation

Question your way to success

Asking the right questions at the right time will surely take you to a place where you like to reach. One might ask, how do I know which is the right question for a particular situation? I do agree with you in understanding the difficulty. This is a mandatory skill that gets developed over a period.

Questions are the keys to lead a successful life and by changing the questions one can change his life. Questions are creating ways to program our mind. It helps us to collect information and understand that for us to reproduce it when required.

Question your way to success

Question your way to success

Once we come to the earth everything is new and we don’t know about anything. When I saw a ball, i asked my mom “what is this?” and mom said “it is a ball”. I just repeated the word ball and asked again “where do we use it?”. “We use it to play” mom replied. “Oh, how to play with a ball?” i asked again and mom said “come let me teach you”. This is how we started learning about each item we see in this world. If we start talking about questions, we can talk for ages. Let me come to the topic – How to make questioning effective?

Here are some points that you can follow to master your questioning skill:

1. Get a quick grasp of the situation – the current emotional state of the person, current context, audience & your emotional state.

2. Frame the question in such a way that you get all the information required to move on with your next item. when we frame a question we always want the expected answer for everything is ‘preprocessed’ in our mind. sometimes the entire conversation is rehearsed in the mind before it happens. We will just ask questions to affirm with the expected answers that we have in our mind, but be ready if you hear a ‘No’ in case your expected answer is a ‘Yes’. Also, keep the questions simple and easy to understand and this saves a lot of time.

3. Avoid asking the same questions. sometimes we don’t accept that we don’t understand the answers and we try to ask the same question in different forms which irritates others.

4. Know when to stop asking questions to start processing them .Sometimes the person whom we question may not have the right information, or he may not want to reveal the information and we need to understand this from the body language or the sound modulation for he may not have an answer at that point of time. In those situations asking more questions is a waste of time. If you get all the answers from that person to proceed with your next item, you need to stop questioning and must start processing with the collected information.

Ask right questions, you will surely get success in all departments in life. Happy Questioning!

Project Charter – Video Tutorial

Project charter is an important document for every project. Understanding its use, what is required to created it, do’s & don’t of it is a key for a Project manager or senior management. Project Charter is the one and only output of Develop Project Charter process in Initiating process group.

Here is the video tutorial of my earlier blog post. It has rich source of information about Project Charter & has complete details about it. Not only for Project Manager or a PMP aspirant, this is useful to all employees working in any project and students. This tutorial is aligned with PMBOK 5th Edition.