Does your strategy needs a strategy? Apparently, Yes. If your are interested in strategy frameworks, you will know that there are quite a few popular ones. Here is a tool that the authors created to navigate the history of strategy frameworks — History of Strategy.

I was intrigued about this when I read the HBR article written by the authors a few years ago. So I decided to pick up the book recently.

The authors propose a meta framework classifying all the strategies that they could list from the beginning of time :) They list the following types of strategy…


I read Radical Candor sometime back and recently did a re-read. This is something that has really influenced or reinforced my leadership style — caring personally and challenging directly which makes up the top right quadrant of the radical candor framework that Kim Scott proposes in this book. The book aligns very well with one of my philosophies — “If there is an elephant in the room, grab it by its tails and bang it repeatedly on the table (metaphorically speaking of course. I love elephants). But do it nicely :)”

If you are a people manager or a mentor…


Even though the book “The CIO Paradox” was written almost 8 years ago, its still very relevant and describes the challenges that are facing IT and technology leaders today.

Martha Heller has captured some of the key challenges of the being in a leadership role for a IT / technology organization. …


Another great book by Prof. Amy C. Edmondson (who formally introduced me to the concept of psychological safety in her book The fearless organization). Though I have not read “Teaming” on which the book was based, this was a very engrossing and quick read and you don’t need any pre req reading.

While Bruce Tuckman’s model talks more about how a team comes together long term in their journey from forming to performing, Teaming is a model where the teams come together instantly (or have to come together) as in an emergency room. …


In my experience and research, I have come across 7 dimensions of a modern digital transformation. Each of the these dimensions play an integral role in achieving a successful digital transformation. In this post, I will introduce these 7 dimensions.

7 Dimensions of Digital Transformation

But first, lets define what digital transformation means in our context. Or rather what is the outcome of digital transformation?

Digital transformation seeks to create a long term digital capability in the organization that enables it to stay competitive, profitable and relevant in the market.

Digital Transformation is not a finite effort. Its never done. It is a continuous state…


Black Box Thinking is a great read on failure. Or how to learn from it. A string of failures. How to turn a string of failures into repetitive testing and translate that into a string of marginal gains.

Matthew Syed delves into many examples of failures across different fields, how failure is inevitable and how you can embrace it and learn from it.

The book reminded me of “Drift into Failure” by Sidney Dekker. The concepts are similar. …


If you are an IT leader or in Product Management, Marty Cagan’s Inspired is a must read. And so is his follow up book — Empowered which he has co authored with Chris Jones.

Similar to Inspired, his new book is a lot of chapters (80+). And similar to Inspired, its a quick read because each chapter consists of few pages but is also engaging since its full of information, advice and experiences.

The book is also divided into 10 parts and Marty covers various aspects of Product Management in each of these parts — product leadership, empowered teams, coaching…


I typically don’t do reviews for memoirs. That too for a celebrity. But I will make an exception for PC or Priyanka Chopra. And now I have to be really careful as to what I say next (my wife is a die hard fan) :)

I am not a huge fan of all of Priyanka Chopra’s acting roles but she is definitely one of my favorite celebrity personalities. She is smart, an accomplished actor, very versatile talent and very very strong female role model.

Her memoir is a little premature and she realizes it and thus has aptly named it…


I have always been a great fan of Bill Gates. Both as a technologist as well as a philanthropist. His latest book touches on a subject that has me worried like many of us. I will be honest, being a parent, its hard not to worry about the planet that my kids and their kids will be growing up in.

But Climate Change seems to have become a contentious topic for some reason. With that said, Bill Gates’ latest book was a pleasure to read. Its a book that’s balanced, skeptical and biased. Balanced in its approach, skeptical of opinions…


And Adam Grant does it again. His book “Originals” is one of my favorites and he has come out with another winner. “Think Again” is the book that you need to read right now. It’s the book that will resonate with our personal lives, social life, political life and professional life.

We are all at a crossroads where everything around us is changing at incredible speed and we are adapting to those changes. Yet we cling to our beliefs/opinions/mindsets and defend them even though the context around those have completely changed. …

Vivek Gupta

Avid Reader, Senior Tech Leader, Strategist, Architect, Engineer experienced in leading large scale Digital Transformation for global Fortune 500 corporations.

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