3 things we can all learn from Mr. C —...

by Ashwin | Feb 28, 2020 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

The whole saga started with a freak accident. A relative of ours who we had invited from India had a…

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Did you do it your way?

by Ashwin | Jan 26, 2020 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global, Uncategorized,

Thanks to a good friend – Aldrin D’souza – I was transported back in time when he sent me a…

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7 things a Tanzanian vacation taught me about life

by Ashwin | Dec 31, 2019 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

This was one of the hardest vacations our family had undertaken. Why? Because we had lost our furry four-legged friend…

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My articles for TechTarget

by Ashwin | Nov 13, 2019 | Tech Target,

You can find links to all of my articles for TechTarget here: TechTarget Contributor, Ashwin Krishnan. 4 tips to ensure…

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Ashwin, you need very little to be truly happy

by Ashwin | Nov 8, 2019 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

An ex-colleague and friend reminded me of this today in a conversation. Mind you, this was not a normal conversation.…

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From “Best Before” to “Better After” — the journey of...

by Ashwin | Sep 20, 2019 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

Have you caught yourself staring at the milk carton or the salad mix in your refrigerator searching for that elusive…

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I want people to read my compelling (!!) blog. But...

by Ashwin | Sep 10, 2019 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

That’s how I felt when I first started writing regularly over a couple of years ago. I had such fantastic…

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Is the cloud lulling us into security complacency?

by Ashwin | Jul 31, 2019 | CSO, Tech Accelerator, Uncategorized,

The recent CapitalOne breach has certainly made lots of headlines in less than a day since the story broke out. And sadly,…

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7 life steps that led me to #lkigai

by Ashwin | Jul 29, 2019 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

There is no pause button in our life anymore. Even when we try to slow down, the ambient noise –…

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My journey from “General Availability” to “Beta forever”

by Ashwin | Jul 12, 2019 | Tech Accelerator, Thrive Global,

If you are a software geek (I was one a loooong time ago), you would have got the import of…

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I FAKED it to try and MAKE it. Then I...

by Ashwin | Jun 29, 2019 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

One of my favorite TV series – that ran for a short four years on NBC was The Pretender. Wikipedia…

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Are you prepared for your QPR?

by Ashwin | Jun 20, 2019 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

Its not a typo – I did mean QPR – not QBR. QPR aka Quarterly Person Review. While the title may…

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Are you making a living or just LIVING

by Ashwin | Jun 11, 2019 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

There are movies that happen to you. You stumble upon them and are left in awe. Long after the movie…

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The T A G ers, which one are you: T...

by Ashwin | May 22, 2019 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

Let me demystify my own self-fangled acronym first – TAG. T for Takers, A for Askers and G for Givers.…

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The 5 unexpected things that podcasting taught me.

by Ashwin | May 5, 2019 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

I will be honest. Podcasting happened to me. I did not go seeking it. But I am so glad that…

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I shared my 15-minute analysis of tech workers in Silicon Valley, explained why Pooh Bear has something to teach us…

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What is “real” success?

by Ashwin | Apr 19, 2019 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the…

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More lessons from Winnie-the-Pooh

by Ashwin | Apr 15, 2019 | Positivity Accelerator,

#lifequotes #education #simplicity #winniethepooh

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The learnings from the Hundred Acre Wood

by Ashwin | Apr 7, 2019 | Thrive Global,

Recently on a trans-Pacific flight, I happened to watch a memorable movie with five of my all-time favorite characters – Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet with Christopher…

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My journey from #PAC to #PAC

by Ashwin | Mar 22, 2019 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

I got an unexpected #LinkedIn message the other day from an ex-colleague with whom communication had tapered off years ago.…

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How many likes, shares, comments will you get when your...

by Ashwin | Mar 3, 2019 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

If we live for likes and shares and comments of our vacation photos, humblebrags, and trigger-happy tweets, shouldn't we also…

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The CSO and CPO role just dramatically expanded overnight

by Ashwin | Feb 25, 2019 | CSO, Tech Accelerator,

Two high-profile incidents from two of the biggest names in the tech business – Google and Facebook – should cause…

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Take time to think about security amidst the greatest gadget...

by Ashwin | Jan 8, 2019 | CSO, Tech Accelerator,

At CES 2019 every gadget seems to be claiming connectivity, AI, integration, but is anyone thinking about security?    Published…

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For some time, I have been wanting to collate my most popular LinkedIn posts here on the blog. The posts…

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The 10-second feedback survey that will blow your mind

by Ashwin | Dec 26, 2018 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

It is that widely despised annual ritual of the corporate workplace. The dreaded 360 review that weighs on every manager’s mind as…

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What the recent Facebook exposé can teach security leaders

by Ashwin | Dec 20, 2018 | CSO, Tech Accelerator,

The biggest social media snafu of the year has lessons for enterprise security professionals. They need to learn them, our…

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What a hardwood floor contractor taught me about leadership, integrity,...

by Ashwin | Dec 6, 2018 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global, Uncategorized,

Imagine that you hear the phrase “It’s beautiful”, not once, not twice, but over a hundred times daily. How would…

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Data breaches — it’s time to find a better way

by Ashwin | Nov 30, 2018 | LinkedIn, Tech Accelerator,

We are rushing forward with ground-breaking technology that has impact on our lives and our loved ones, but the regulatory…

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A customized book or learning experience — what’s not to...

by Ashwin | Nov 25, 2018 | Tech Accelerator, Thrive Global,

Whether it is the analog library or the digital universe of learning, our interaction is arguably very similar. Published on…

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A tragic event – a gathering of grieving folks –...

by Ashwin | Nov 7, 2018 | Thrive Global,

Dramatic disengagement with our digital companions, albeit hard, is the only way to truly engage with each other. Published on…

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Tech and business for the soul — a call for...

by Ashwin | Nov 1, 2018 | Positivity Accelerator,

Moving from the vendor side of the tech world to the knowledge-sharing and education side reposes the question: How do…

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A day at Pier Sixty taught me more than a...

by Ashwin | Oct 18, 2018 | Tech Accelerator, Thrive Global,

Lessons in marketing with empathy at the Cloud Security Summit while taking UberKnowledge's message, "Plan, Practice, Prosper" to the crowds.…

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From CIA to #CIA

by Ashwin | Oct 15, 2018 | CSO, Tech Accelerator,

The evolution of our security journey using the three pillars of security. Published October 11, 2018 on

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Formula for articles that endure

by Ashwin | Oct 15, 2018 | Positivity Accelerator,

How to write articles of note; articles that truly resonate and make us better human beings. Published August 14, 2018…

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iPoP update

by Ashwin | Oct 11, 2018 | Positivity Accelerator,

The latest on my iPoP project. Published September 11, 2018 on YouTube

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Engagement in the workplace

by Ashwin | Oct 9, 2018 | Positivity Accelerator, Tech Accelerator,

A simple mnemonic for engaging with your colleagues in the workplace — CDC: Candor, Dedication, Competence.  Published October 9,…

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The home analogy – Hybrid security redefined for the hybrid...

by Ashwin | Sep 28, 2018 | CSO, Tech Accelerator,

What we can learn from our home security evolution in our cloud security journey. It's all about the perimeter... Published…

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Your gardener wants access to your house safe

by Ashwin | Sep 13, 2018 | CSO, Tech Accelerator,

What we would balk at in the real world, we give with impunity in our digital universe. Published on CSO…

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The art of customer delight

by Ashwin | Sep 5, 2018 | Positivity Accelerator,

How my old-school barber, David Lopez, showed me what every business should know: treat every customer like your only customer.…

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You are your own digital guardian

by Ashwin | Aug 31, 2018 | Tech Accelerator,

 Take ownership of the apps on your smartphones! Apps will demand your information but you can #No, as I…

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The unintended consequences of GDPR

by Ashwin | Aug 14, 2018 | CSO, Tech Accelerator,

This is not what the regulators had in mind. Business leaders, ignore at your own peril. Originally published on CISO…

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The best customer presentation ever

by Ashwin | Jul 25, 2018 | Tech Accelerator,

Do you recall the most mind blowing presentation that you have ever witnessed in your life? Here is mine

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There is so much vendor cacophony, sameness and inanity in the security industry, what does a vendor do to stand…

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The best way to connect with a distracted and time-crunched...

by Ashwin | Jul 23, 2018 | CSO, Tech Accelerator,

  Let’s face it. There is tremendous overcrowding in the security space. 6500+ cybersecurity companies at last count. And as…

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Crossing the border, purposeful presentation, residual positivity, out of gas

by Ashwin | Jul 16, 2018 | Positivity Accelerator,

  Flight — check, Hotel — check, Presentation — check, upgrade — check, Business cards — check. As a high-tech professional for the past two decades, there was a lot…

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Are you a trapeze artist? If not, learn the ropes...

by Ashwin | Jul 2, 2018 | LinkedIn, Positivity Accelerator,

There are a few impactful conversations that we all have in our lives that continue to resonate even as our…

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Our digital data is more valuable than our non-digital data....

by Ashwin | Jun 21, 2018 | CSO, Tech Accelerator,

A framework to protect our digital data using a shared responsibility model based on data value. Published on CSO online…

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In defense of human fallibility

by Ashwin | Jun 19, 2018 | Tech Accelerator, Thrive Global,

AI will enrich our lives in many ways, but I do not want it as my life coach. Published on…

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What is your data worth over time

by Ashwin | Jun 15, 2018 | Tech Accelerator,

Have you ever thought about how your data - for the exact same google search for instance - gets more…

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#Empathy #Leadership #Courage

by Ashwin | Jun 13, 2018 | Positivity Accelerator,

Think AI and ethical decisions is a research topic –...

by Ashwin | Jun 5, 2018 | Tech Accelerator,

The only 3 questions that matter

by Ashwin | May 31, 2018 | Positivity Accelerator,

How has your behavior changed thanks to Uber?

by Ashwin | May 30, 2018 | CSO, Tech Accelerator,

Lessons in privacy and hygiene in the face of ubiquity and convenience. Published on CSO online on May 30, 2018

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From a vanity fueled website to a purposeful one –...

by Ashwin | May 29, 2018 | Positivity Accelerator,

I first got enamored about having my own website in the early 2000s and luckily the domain was available…

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The Very Strong Business Case for Complying With the World’s...

by WDPAdmin | May 25, 2018 | Tech Accelerator,

For the past year, a global network of Chicken Littles has warned that the sky will fall on May 25,…

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My rpm meter zoomed from 10 to 100 in a...

by Ashwin | May 7, 2018 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

Why the need for continuous improvement on myself eluded me for all these years. Published on Thrive Global on May…

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Are you going to meet your “Waterloo” in cyberspace?

by Ashwin | Apr 30, 2018 | CSO, Tech Accelerator,

Why the dependency on a single platform is a serious problem — and why consumers and businesses need to diversify…

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Can I have my Frappuccino with love, humility, and authenticity?...

by Ashwin | Apr 26, 2018 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

How Kevin Johnson and Starbucks demonstrated the power of #Values Published on Thrive Global on April 26, 2018

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OPINION Do you know who the new Guardians of the...

by WDPAdmin | Apr 18, 2018 | CSO, Tech Accelerator,

If you have no clue what I am talking about I promise to make amends in a minute or less.…

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When analog met digital

by Ashwin | Mar 9, 2018 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

The authenticity of the personal touch is, well, touching. Published on Thrive Global on March 9, 2018

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RTM in the age of Amazon Prime

by Ashwin | Jan 29, 2018 | Thrive Global,

Reputation, trust, and mastery in an age of consumerist impatience. Published on Thrive Global on January 29, 2018

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Mission accomplished? #Wait! What mission? I never knew I was...

by Ashwin | Jan 25, 2018 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

How can we define our own mission statement? Published on Thrive Global on January 25, 2018

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An offer and a request – the only two things...

by Ashwin | Jan 22, 2018 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

The two most important statements you need to know to improve every relationship you have. Published on Thrive Global on…

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The five-minute meeting is going to kill …

by Ashwin | Nov 21, 2017 | Tech Accelerator, Thrive Global,

The phrases we all love to hate in corporate America. Published on Thrive Global on November 21, 2017

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Seven quotes that jolted me and transformed by life

by Ashwin | Nov 11, 2017 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

Impactful phrases that resonate and transform. Published on Thrive Global on October 11, 2017

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Life lessons from good ole Charlie Brown and Snoopy

by Ashwin | Nov 1, 2017 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

How Snoopy taught me to disarm, dilate, and debunk. Published on Thrive Global on November 1, 2017

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How the awesome Capt. JLO demonstrated #Leadership, #Empathy, #Gratitude in...

by Ashwin | Oct 16, 2017 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

On a recent red-eye flight on United an interesting incident transpired that inspired me to write the blog. No, I…

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What the millennials taught an ageing Gen-Xer

by Ashwin | Oct 3, 2017 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

Empathy, perseverance, and devotion Published on Thrive Global on October 3, 2017

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The sound of silence

by Ashwin | Sep 29, 2017 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

The impact of silence. Published on Thrive Global on September 29, 2017

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The half a century journey for the 3 W’s

by WDPAdmin | May 19, 2017 | Positivity Accelerator, Thrive Global,

When we meet someone for the first time a common ice-breaker is ‘What do you do’ and the answer is…

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The Puris (puffed bread) story and the art of customer...

by WDPAdmin | Sep 21, 2015 | LinkedIn, Positivity Accelerator,

Seems like an odd ‘blog’ to write about Puris but if you humor me for a bit longer you won’t…

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