7 Questions with Biren Parekh

This sure made my day! Here is a link to my latest interview – 7 Questions with Biren Parekh. Jonno White is a highly effective and experienced leadership coach. He has transformed several large and medium-sized corporations through his leadership coaching. 

One can read answers to the following 7 questions in my interview


  1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
  2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
  3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
  4. What’s the most recent significant leadership lesson you’ve learned?
  5. What’s one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
  6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
  7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?


Grateful to my company Intellect Design Arena Ltd for the opportunity and freedom to showcase my leadership strength over years. 
Waiting to hear your thoughts!






It was nice to see “Thank you Note” from Agile Network India. 👌

It was an interesting panel discussion with eminent panelists (Sandhya Vasudevan and Ashutosh Dabral) and moderated by Yashasree Barve.

I have been speaker/panelist 🎤of Agile Network India conferences multiple time and I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part as a speaker/panelist due to two reasons

1 – Unique topics
2 – Well organized

Kudos 👍 to Priyank DK PathakNoopur PathakPrashant M J and team for advocating Agile mindset through such conferences and webinars.

#agilenetworkindia #agilemindset #agileleadership #speakers #panelists #agile #thankyou

Cybersecurity Tips for Startups and SMBs

It can be argued that startups are the future of business.

These smaller companies have perfected the idea of identifying a unique concern and working hard to solve it. Unlike the more prominent companies, most startups excel in not wanting to do it all at once. They would instead take one concept and work around it, making life easier for people on that front.

With the growth of the technology industry, we have also seen the emergence of many startups. More of these businesses are also coming up in other sectors.

If the cybersecurity concerns that they face are not adequately addressed, we might see them going out of business faster than they came in.


Why Startups Should Stay Alert

When hackers strike, they are going for the biggest payday that they can manage. This is why it is not uncommon to see them go after the more significant companies most of the time.

However, this is where it is easy to get things wrong.

When Yahoo lost the details of over 3 billion accounts to hackers, it made the news. The same was true for Uber, caught in the middle of a messy business where about 57 million details of riders and drivers were exposed.

It can be argued that we only heard about those because of the sheer size of those companies.

However, every day, there is a small company experiencing a breach that we do not hear about. The data supports this, too, showing that 43% of all cyber-attacks are targeting small businesses.

That number is not as gloomy as knowing that 83% of small business and startup owners do not even have the funds to deal with the after-effects of a cyberattack. It is, thus, little surprise that 60% of small businesses will go out of business within six months of suffering a cyber-attack.

If nothing is done, we might lose more of these small businesses than we can get back.


Staying Safe

All small business and startup owners should know that staying safe is not just the role of the IT staff. Everyone on the payroll should understand what they have to do to ensure they are not the weak link to make the breach happen.

Poor password habits are usually to blame in most cases. Passwords should not be shared indiscriminately, and they should be as reliable and secure as possible. Do not forget to enable additional measures like two-factor authentication.

Businesses should also consider downloading a VPN, antivirus, antimalware, and other security-oriented software for increased protection.

The former provides quality encryption against network snooping and data hijacking. The later will step up security against malicious files that would have been downloaded over the internet. Antimalware will also keep internal networks safe from infected external drives.

Finally, everyone should know about phishing attacks. Since they account for 90% of all data breaches, they are not to be taken with levity.

Dunbar’s Number

Have you heard about Dunbar’s number?

💡 It is 150.

Recently I read the story about it and awestruck by the research about this number.

This number was first proposed in the 1990s by British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, who found a correlation between primate brain size and average social group size. It is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. He found that the number of social group members 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 a primate can track appears to be limited by the volume of the neocortex which is 150.

Some analysis suggests that even in the age of social media we can’t be friends meaningfully with more than that number of people and humans can comfortably maintain 150 stable relationships (100-250 is range but 150 is commonly used).


In addition to Dunbar’s number, anthropological research shows that the type and depth of relationship we can have with people has clear limits:


🔹 Around five people—limit of people with whom we can hold close personal relationships and working memory
🔹 Around fifteen people—limit of people with whom we can experience deep trust
🔹 Around fifty people—limit of people with whom we can have mutual trust
🔹 Around 150 people—limit of people whose capabilities we can remember

Some companies create offices based on this rule. As soon as they reach around 150-200 numbers, they might prefer to open a new floor or new office to ensure cohesiveness among the working group.

Dunbar’s number has attracted a great deal of attraction over the years and Dunbar’s number yields many papers on Google Scholar and hits on Google.

One can claim relations with a large number of persons beyond this but they should understand that many relations beyond this number will be more of acquaintance and no meaningful relationship.

Modern world Marketing technology proposes to beat this number using Marketing automation, CRM & referral automation.

While some may argue that this might be applicable to early-age hunter-gatherers and the human brain has evolved now over the years, but I agree that this number (150) is a realistic number.

What are your thoughts!!!!

Hall of Fame Award

It was a ✨Happiest✨ and Proudest moment of my life as my project won TWO prestigious awards at the organisation level (Intellect Design Arena Ltd)

🔹 – HALL OF FAME Award – This pioneering award category, announced from the current year for the project that has created biggest impact on customer and organization perspective because of successful project delivery. And I am proud and humbled that they declared my project as the winner of this award – ONLY One project in the company.

🔹- D-3 OTIF Excellence award – This award is given to the project that demonstrates delivery excellence in the project execution. This is second time I have received this award because of the excellence in the project execution.

This achievement was simply impossible without team who has unwavering trust, faith and confidence in my project management capability. And of course leadership team who has been supportive, all the time while guiding me on critical junctures. Thanks to Design Thinking Culture imbibed into the organisation..

I have won few awards in past at Intellect, but I am really humbled by receiving TWO prestigious awards at the organization level in a single year where many projects competed from several LOBs, geography and office locations.

Thank God for showering the blessings on us. Thanks to my family for providing unflinching support in my professional journey.

My team is one of the best project team – Nizamuddin Shaikh Prasad Narra Trupti bhambid Ashok Vedartham Jaya Wadhwani Shashikant amin Nishtha Ahuja Sushanta Majhi among others

#awardwinner #awardsforexcellence #intellect #projectmanagement #leadership #team

High Productivity Practices


📢 This is one of the most exciting moments of my life, as I share my productivity tips and tricks in Dr. Ravindran KA‘s second book 📖 ‘High Productivity Practices -From Successful Leaders’, along with twenty eminent and successful senior leaders from diverse domains, countries, industries, and cultures.


This management book truly unravels the secrets 💡of top leaders’ success and ways to transform oneself into a more PRODUCTIVE person. This book is not just a theoretical paperback but offers practical life advice from successful people about how they became more prolific in their lives.  It is for everyone who craves to move from ordinary productivity standard to extraordinary.



Congratulations 👏 Dr. Ravindran KA on the release of this fantastic 📘book, which has become the #1 bestseller in just a week’s time. This is a great honor for the author Dr Ravindran KA and as one of the leaders featuring in the book. Heartfelt gratitude and tons of good luck to you. 🙏


I am what I am because of God’s blessings and support from my family, friends, colleagues, managers, and loved ones. Thank you all for always being there.


You can purchase the book and share your valuable reviews. The book is available on Amazon (, Flipkart, and other platforms.


LinkedIn Workshop


I get a good number of messages on having good profile and sharing engaging content. My LinkedIn connections have soared from 5000 a year ago to 15000+.  So, I have organized a paid webinar in coordination with graphy to share secrets on how to create an impressive personal profile (5-star) and develop a personal brand on LinkedIn.

Do register at URL given below to learn nuances of creating a master profile and develop personal brand.

First few registrations will get Amazon gift voucher. Register fast.

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Manage your time

Stephen Covey’s famous 4 Quadrants.🟦. This reminded me of concentrating your efforts on 💎 MVP (Most Valuable & Profitable) activities.

The time should be spent in each quadrant as per this:
📌 Q I when there is crisis, pressing problems, deadlines, ad hoc meetings, Firefighting
📌 Q II is normally for vision, planning, discipline, Empowerment
📌 Q III is primarily because of interruptions, mails, Short-term focus
📌 Q IV refers to trivial work, social media, binge watching, “Escape activities”

As per this quadrant, excellent organisation should ensure that their human resources spend
–       20-25% of their time in Q I (Quadrant of Crisis)
–       65-80% of their time in Q II (Quadrant of Quality)
–       15% of their time in Q III (Quadrant of Deception)
–       1% of their time in Q IV (Quadrant of Waste)

However, many organisations’ swaps time of Q I & Q II and they feel that this is the Normal way. That means such organisations feel that if less time is spent in Q I, employees are not productive and they do NOT reward those who work with meticulous planning (Q II).

Q I is also one of the key reasons for high attrition… Agree or not??

So, identify you most ✨MVP ✨ activities and spend more and more time in Q II which means you will spend less time in Q I.

Where do you spend most of your time – Q I, Q II, QII or Q IV??

Biren Parekh