Imminent, Immanent, Eminent – The Differences


Though these three words may sound exasperatingly similar, they have three very different meanings. When something is imminent, it is destined to happen e.g. “the imminent sunset.” Eminent can refer to a person of high rank or repute: “an eminent king,” or anything that noticeably pokes out like “an eminent nose.” But when something is immanent it is inherent or inborn. Will your immanent linguistic eminence shine through when you use these words correctly? Of course, it’s imminent!


A breakthrough in the peace talks is imminent.

The eminent senator was greeted by a standing ovation upon his return.

The protections of liberties is immanent in constitutional arrangements. 


Management vs Leadership

This is one of the best pieces about Management vs Leadership that I’ve read in a while. The article,  ‘Management is (still) not Leadership’  from The Harvard Business Review by John Kotter makes quite a clear and concise distinction between the two roles. Here is an excerpt:

…Management is a set of well-known processes, like planning, budgeting, structuring jobs, staffing jobs, measuring performance and problem-solving, which help an organization to predictably do what it knows how to do well. Management helps you to produce products and services as you have promised, of consistent quality, on budget, day after day, week after week. In organizations of any size and complexity, this is an enormously difficult task. We constantly underestimate how complex this task really is, especially if we are not in senior management jobs. So, management is crucial — but it’s not leadership.

Leadership is entirely different. It is associated with taking an organization into the future, finding opportunities that are coming at it faster and faster and successfully exploiting those opportunities. Leadership is about vision, about people buying in, about empowerment and, most of all, about producing useful change. Leadership is not about attributes, it’s about behavior. And in an ever-faster-moving world, leadership is increasingly needed from more and more people, no matter where they are in a hierarchy. The notion that a few extraordinary people at the top can provide all the leadership needed today is ridiculous, and it’s a recipe for failure.

Serendipity on the Social Web

On 5/26/2011 I was honored with the opportunity to speak at Long Island’s first 140 character conference – Exploring The State of Now. Each speaker had 5 minutes to speak about a subject that they’re passionate about. My speech entitled “Serendipity on the Social Web” reminds us that surprising opportunities exists all around us, even on the social web. It is important however that we remain fully engaged in the process in order to reap its benefits.

My Reach Always Exceeds My Grasp

Legend has it that author Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” In 2007, SMITH online magazine re-ignited the idea and started a reader contest: Your life story in six words. The magazine was soon flooded with thousands of entries from readers submitting their own six word memoirs; some bittersweet and inspirational and others funny, thought provoking and hilarious.

The idea flourished and became the premise of a new book recently published by the editors of Smith magazine entitled “Not Quite What I Was Planning – Six word Memoirs by Famous and Obscure Writers”.

In an age where micro-blogging and text messaging has become the norm; six words can indeed tell a story.

Not Quite What I was Planning: Six Word Memoirs from Writers Famous and Obscure collects almost 1,000 six-word memoirs, including additions from many celebrities including Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, Dave Eggers, Richard Ford, Deepak Chopra, Moby, and more. A New York Times bestseller and subject of hundreds of stories from The New Yorker to NPR and hailed as “American haiku,” SMITH’s book of six-word memoirs is both a moving peek at the minutia of humanity and the most inspirational toilet reading you’ll ever find.

My six word memoir was chosen to be a part of this collective effort. ‘My reach always exceeds my grasp‘ – is my contribution and can be found on page 51. Of course there is a huge story underlying my chosen six words and that will be the subject of a future article. The inspiration I’ve derived from this serendipitous opportunity is being used continually as motivation to pursue other goals as I reach beyond my grasp towards future possibilities.