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Power BI for Office 365

Power BI for Office 365 is now available. It is pretty cool check it out at www.powerbi.com. Power BI allows you too

  • Quickly create collaborative BI sites – enable anyone to quickly create a collaborative BI site to share workbooks containing data and insights.
  • Keep reports up to date with scheduled data refresh – reports that have been saved to the cloud can now connect back to on-premises data sources to refresh the data and stay up to date.
  • Manage data queries for the team – share not only workbooks but also the data queries created in Power Query for Excel. Team members can now build and manage data queries for others to use when creating their own reports.
  • Maintain a Data Catalog of searchable data – IT departments can now use the Data Catalog feature to make it easier for everyone to find and connect to corporate data by searching for it from within Excel.
  • Ask questions of your data in natural language – with the Q&A features people can type questions they have of the data in natural language and the system will interpret the question and present answers in the form of interactive visualizations.
  • Stay connected with mobile access to your reports – stay connected from anywhere with new HTML5 support and the Power BI windows app.

Learn More at: Microsoft Blog Post or Power BI Team Blog.

Discovering Your Authentic Leadership

Discovering Your Authentic Leadership is a great read for people who want to improve their Leadership skills. I have read many articles on leadership and everyone of them focuses on different aspects of leadership.

Best part about this article is it tells you to focus internally to look at your own history and learn from that. Authors focus on following key aspects of your life to learn from

  • Learn from your own life story
  • Know your authentic self
  • Practice your values and principles
  • Balance your extrinsic and intrinsic motivations
  • Build a support team to learn and get guidance from
  • Integrate your life by staying grounded

Original Article: http://hbr.org/2007/02/discovering-your-authentic-leadership/ar/1

Authors: Bill George, Peter Sims, Andrew N. McLean and Diana Mayer

Synopsis:

During the past 50 years, leadership scholars have conducted more than 1,000 studies in an attempt to determine the definitive styles, characteristics, or personality traits of great leaders. None of these studies has produced a clear profile of the ideal leader. Thank goodness. If scholars had produced a cookie-cutter leadership style, individuals would be forever trying to imitate it. They would make themselves into personae, not people, and others would see through them immediately.

No one can be authentic by trying to imitate someone else. You can learn from others’ experiences, but there is no way you can be successful when you are trying to be like them. People trust you when you are genuine and authentic, not a replica of someone else. Amgen CEO and president Kevin Sharer, who gained priceless experience working as Jack Welch’s assistant in the 1980s, saw the downside of GE’s cult of personality in those days. “Everyone wanted to be like Jack,” he explains. “Leadership has many voices. You need to be who you are, not try to emulate somebody else.”

Leadership That Gets Results

This Article by Daniel Goleman is a great read on different leadership styles and how leaders can use them in different scenarios to get results. In this article Goleman explores which precise leadership behaviors yield positive results. He outlines six distinct leadership styles, each one springing from different components of emotional intelligence. Each style has a distinct effect on the working atmosphere of a company, division, or team, and, in turn, on its financial performance.

You have to read the article to get the full picture. You can access it at http://hbr.org/product/leadership-that-gets-results/an/R00204-PDF-ENG . Below is a preview…

  1. Coercive leaders demand immediate compliance.
  2. Authoritative leaders mobilize people toward a vision.
  3. Affiliative leaders create emotional bonds and harmony.
  4. Democratic leaders build consensus through participation.
  5. Pacesetting leaders expect excellence and self-direction.
  6. Coaching leaders develop people for the future.

Leadership Styles at a glance

 

Coercive

Authoritative

Affiliative

Democratic

Pacesetting

Coaching


The leader’s modus operandi

Demands immediate compliance

Mobilizes people toward a vision

Creates harmony and builds emotional bonds

Forges consensus through participation

Sets high standards for performance

Develops people for the future

The style in a phrase

"Do what I tell you."

"Come with me."

"People come first."

"What do you think?"

"Do as I do, now."

"Try this."


Underlying emotional intelligence competencies


Drive to achieve, initiative, self-control

Self-confidence, empathy, change catalyst

Empathy, building relationships, communication

Collaboration, team leadership, communication

Conscientiousness, drive to achieve, initiative

Developing others, empathy, self-awareness

When the style works best

In a crisis, to kick start a turnaround, or with problem employees

When changes require a new vision, or when a clear direction is needed

To heal rifts in a team or to motivate people during stressful circumstances

To build buy-in or consensus, or to get input from valuable employees

To get quick results from a highly motivated and competent team

To help an employee improve performance or develop long-term strengths

Overall impact on climate

Negative

Most strongly positive

Positive

Positive

Negative

Positive

The research indicates that leaders who get the best results don’t rely on just one leadership style; they use most of the styles in any given week.

UNC MBA: Graduation Ceremony

Finally after 2 years of rigrous MBA program we were ready to graduate yesterday. The whole atmosphere was filled with joy. J It was nice to see everyone again.

Exec MBA is a tough program to go through. There are so many priorities you have to balance. Between Job, Studies and personal life it is really tough. There are times when I was in college until 9:30PM and then went to office as we had to meet some deadlines. But I enjoyed it a lot. The experience was amazing; it is unbelievable how much you learn from the program. Forget about Marketing or Finance or Strategy stuff you learn. You learn a lot about yourself and I think that is the most important thing to take away. I think I have changed a lot in these 2 years and I hope I can keep learning and changing for better going forward. On that note, following are few snaps from the ceremony.

Left to Right: Chris, Vicky, Jenny, Harris, Me

Me and Swati.

New Job @ Microsoft

Few weeks back I interviewed for a position as Product Manager for BizTalk RFID team. This Wednesday I accepted the offer and I will be starting my new job on 1st of October. J I am really excited about this opportunity. I could not have asked for better opportunity after my MBA. It is a marketing role focusing on worldwide launch of BizTalk RFID Server. Marketing is going to be a new area for me but I think I am ready for the challenge and it would be lot of fun. J I love traveling and I will get to do a lot of it. J

Now I prepare for my graduation on Saturday 8th September. J

Entry into BGS Honor’s society

Today I had my induction into Beta Gamma Sigma honor’s society. When I started my MBA in August 2005 I knew I will do well but I did not know I will do so well. There have been many challenges on my way. On health front I had 4 surgeries; there were many times I had to take 2 Percocet (pain killers) to sit in class. Swati had to drive me to class and wait for 3.5 hours until the class was over. On career front I joined Samsys just before MBA started and then in a year I had an opportunity to work with Microsoft which I embraced. We bought 2 houses and 1 car in last 2 years. I am still trying to sell one of them. L Things have been happening at real fast pace. But I guess I love the fast pace of life.

I have to give a lot of credit of my success to Swati. She has always been very supportive in every aspect. Did I tell you she actually read few cases for me? JJ

As Swati says, I am more energetic at 9:30 PM after my class than at 5:30PM before my class. That is how I feel, I love the program and I am learning a lot. The best part is I enjoy it. J

BGS members from class of 2007:


 

More about Beta Gamma Sigma (From Wikipedia)

Beta Gamma Sigma or ΒΓΣ is an honor society for business students and scholars

The aim of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and to foster personal and professional excellence among its inducted members. A major emphasis of the society is to foster ethical business leadership. Beta Gamma Sigma members reside in over 160 countries. Beta Gamma Sigma also has 18 alumni chapters located in major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and Hong Kong which provide educational and networking opportunities for members.

Membership requirements include that a student must be in the top 10% of a baccalaureate business program or the top 20% of a masters business program. While membership is highly selective, Beta Gamma Sigma is the largest alumni group in the world for graduates of business programs.