Do you have a winding-up ritual at the end of the day, when it comes to your work? Something like closing all the files and open windows on the laptop, shutting down the laptop and clearing your desk? This was an activity that was inevitable in the pre-pandemic days when you were working out of the office. It signified a closure — in a physical and mental sense. In a mental sense, the activity usually allowed us to reflect on the day (things done and not done, and things lining up for the next day), as we unplugged the laptops…
This French phrase means “putting everything in place”. Wikipedia defines ‘Mise En Place’ as: “It refers to the setup required before cooking, and is often used in professional kitchens to refer to organizing and arranging the ingredients (e.g., cuts of meat, relishes, sauces, par-cooked items, spices, freshly chopped vegetables, and other components) that a cook will require for the menu items that are expected to be prepared during a shift”.
Mise En Place is one of the critical steps in the culinary process followed by all chefs. There is a lot of value in it because:
In this final part, I draw upon some of my experience to share some of the challenges and success factors that come with the role.
In general, organizations have teams that have a pyramid structure of reporting. In the case of a CoS, he/she might be out of the pyramid, reporting directly to the Executive and yet, having an eye on the layers of the pyramid, to identify the best people to…
This is the 4th article in my 5-part series on Chief of Staff (CoS) role. Here are the links to previous articles: Who exactly is a Chief of Staff?; CoS — The 2nd Brain of the Executive; The 3 things they don’t tell you about a CoS Role.
While a Chief of Staff’s singular focus is the success of the Executive, success doesn’t happen in isolation, since an Executive always relies on a strong Leadership team to drive the results for the organization. So a CoS role ends up as someone helping the organization also, in addition to supporting a…
To be successful as a CoS, a CoS has to discover 3 significant things about himself/herself:
The is the 2nd part of my series on Chief of Staff role. In the first part, I provided a mathematical illustration to the role of a CoS as:
CoS = Executive Assistant + PMO + Strategic Thought Partner + Operations Manager + Communications planner + Meeting/event design/coordinator + Research expert + Liaison + Executive’s Proxy
What are the functions of a CoS?:
Each component in the equation could be broken down into the role’s functions. In my experience, some of the core functions of a CoS that I could execute are:
I have been in a Chief of Staff role (abbreviated as CoS) since the last1.5 years. A lot of people ask me — “so what exactly do you do?”. I agree — a CoS role is not as broadly understood as UX Designer or Financial Analyst or Content Marketer. And then, there are also people who have a misinformed understanding of what CoS role is all about and assume that it is an Executive Assistant role. If you search on the internet, you will see dozens of different descriptions for this role. It is indeed ironic that very little has…
Author: David Epstein
Synopsis: Range challenges the long-held orthodoxy that the path to excellence is through specialization. Recent success stories in the public sphere have lopsidedly put the spotlight on the “quantity of singular effort/focus” and further literature by the likes of Malcolm Gladwell (the 10,000-hour rule) have turned specialization into a success mantra. Range presents strong evidence that tells a different story — that the world tends to reward those who sample and experiment with multiple disciplines early on.
The 5 big ideas in the book:
Synopsis: The Ride of a Lifetime is an autobiography by Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney. The book tells the story of his ascent from an upstart in ABC Network to some of his successful accomplishments as the CEO of Disney. The author demystifies Leadership and interprets many Leadership mantras and principles from a common vantage-point, thereby making his lessons and advice, very accessible and digestible by everyone.
The 10 big ideas covered in the book:
On finding your compass:
Atomic Habits became a best seller and I reluctantly picked it up after seeing multiple reviews. Reluctance because the title signaled at that “self-help” as the underlying theme, overtly. All the self help books I have come to admire, have actually been more of covertly self-help — they have either been some fiction or philosophy books. I picked Atomic Habits (on Audible) because the reviews have been super high, with almost all of them stressing on the practical and powerful tips presented in the book. I must say I haven’t been disappointed at all.
The author — James Clear —…