Ali Khan
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Are you a planner or a doer?

Don’t get me wrong. Planning is important. Smart people felt even a good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow — BUT, and this is a big bold ‘but’ — the key question is: what do you do after making a plan? Or, do you feel motivated to draft a plan but then struggle to execute it?

This is what I call ‘planning porn’:

  1. Making a beautiful project page in Notion to plan your day/week/quarter/year
  2. Drafting plans in Asana with detailed tasks with all the dates, tags etc
  3. Googling ‘best planning app on Android or iPhone 202x’ every few months and trying out new…

Written for startup founders, but generally true for anyone going through a challenging phase of ‘building’ something, this highly readable article by Sari Azout talks about how to cruise through the journey.

…they also need emotional capital — good energy, positivity, and resilience. The best way to control your emotional capital is to fine-tune your internal monologue and replace your hunger for approval with a desire to grow.

Jeff Bezos has a wonderful quote about this:“Invention requires a long-term willingness to be misunderstood. When you do something that you genuinely believe in, that you have conviction about, for a long period of time, well-meaning people may criticize that effort. To sustain yourself over this time, you can’t look for accolades, and you can’t rely on being understood.”

The only remedy I know is patience.

Read more here.


How far you go depends on your approach and how early you start

This journey has different stages. If you’ve just started reading and thinking, maybe you’ll be in wonderment stage. Then perhaps stoic and then maybe hyper-rationalist. And once you have soaked in all of that, you may become post-rationalist to connect all the dots from the depth (history) and breadth (knowledge areas) of collected data and see where you fit in.

Also, above stages may not happen in the same sequence but the key point is:

  • Those who never read, question or explore, are nowhere in this journey
  • Those who start late or lose interest, remain in in early stages only and their entire life’s philosophy, interests and thought patterns reflect the stage where they are stuck…

Thinking how to introduce yourself in GitHub, Reddit, Twitter, Instagram?

Profiles are not about who you are, what you know and what you like. Your profile should be about:

  1. how the community should know you,
  2. what you bring to the community, and
  3. why the community should be interested in you

Ask these questions to yourself and then draft your profile.

PS. What is community? Every social media platform has its own community and expectations, engagements and interactions of community members differs. Identify these communities and tailor your interaction accordingly.


Chris Voss’s Never Split the Difference is one of my all-time favorite non-fiction book. It is not just relevant to Negotiations but gives great ideas and practical tips on overall communication in life — both at your work (talking to your team, colleagues and boss) and at home (interacting with kids and spouse).

A very interesting insight Chris shares in his book is the following:

If someone uses We, They, Us a lot, you’re not talking to someone important

On the other hand, if someone uses these words scarcely, that person is a leader or someone who call the shots

Keep this in mind when you talk to salesman, customer or supplier next time. This is counter-intuitive but is almost always true in my experience.


In CRM (or any other technology practice, per se), PMO (Project Management Office) plays a pivotal role in projects and consultancy engagements delivery. This is not essentially called PMO in lot of places but overall function of this department/team/organization is to ensure quality and on-time delivery to customers to ensure customer satisfaction and repeated business. In my experience, I have seen PMOs working in various ways in delivery practices and below I have tried to categorize them (with the risk of stereotyping) using analogies. These example analogies (different types of towers) are inspired from William Casey and Wendi Peck’s article.

PMO Type 1: Weather Station

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Ali Khan

Solution Architect. Maker. Productivity nerd. Interests: Microsoft Cloud, 📚, ☕, 🏃& 🔭. https://akhan.me/

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