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Some stories about Nilofer and the path she’s walking.

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The Value of Perspective

I switched to doing meetings with leaders as hikes — giving us the space and oxygen to get perspective. A friend and I have been trying to plan our next one. The last time we did this, we figured out a big-ass issue on the business he had just started to lead. It led to  More

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Is My Work Important?

I’ve been helping someone. And helping. And helping. And now I seriously want to stop. You might think, Nilofer, girlfriend — this is easy: Say NO to the next request, and be done. But, you see, I’m in conflict.   I like seeing myself as a generous, helpful, and kind person. There have been times  More

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Fearless Learning

To learn, we must be willing to not yet know. And that means we need to stop silently criticizing ourselves and others for not already knowing the answer. When we think we “should” already know, then we spend energy eliminating seemingly conflicting data, information, opinions and stories. Only to never see what we need to  More

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Living the Dream

An entrepreneur & CEO wrote me an email around the holidays that sounded just a bit desperate; enough for me to take time out of family time over the holidays to take a meeting. It took her nearly an hour to unveil her dilemma, slowly revealing what she no longer wanted and then, finally, sharing  More

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Why. I. Am. Doing. This.

A name. I start January with the desire to name this humble blog. Which begs the question, “what is this blog about? What will I write about? Would I go deeper on the theme of “win markets”, which is what I am most known for? Will I continue to wander about as I have for  More

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Rogues, Misfits Or Heroines?

Moments define, or rather they let us redefine who we are. We are all familiar with the story of Rosa Parks and how it contributed to the civil rights movement. She refused to obey the bus driver’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. At the time, Parks was secretary  More

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