The importance of letting people know how hard you work

Actually, it’s not that important. Yup, you heard that right. It’s not. Even if your career is on the line. Or perhaps you’re screaming, shouting and showing off your work has been a core part of your professional growth strategy that it’s giving you heart palpitations as you’re read this… I get it. Embrace it […]

On gifting at the workplace

I think I’ve mentioned this elsewhere in the blog, but it’s bears yet another mention — I suck at gifting. And I don’t even try, which isn’t a great thing to be boast about as my family, friends and colleagues at the workplace would agree. One aspect that confuses me the most is the culture […]

A ‘yes’ is great, a ‘no’ is okay too… what’s not is a version of “I’ll think about it”

It’s the worst place to be in particularly if you’re into sales, recruitment or staffing. Nothing wastes more time than being “in-between” a decision when one has all the information that’s needed to make one. (I’ve spoken about it at length previously but this keeps coming back to me every now and then.) No, I’m […]

They ask, you answer… redux

I still think answering the most pressing questions on your website is a great idea for small (yet busy) companies to create valuable content. I’ve talked about this before and there’s a great book about it too! More people are consciously putting out content in the name of content marketing. Right now, I believe that’s […]

Growing and scaling aren’t the same thing

Had a casual chat with a bright and energetic young entrepreneur working in the blockchain space. Till yesterday, I’d been fascinated with the concept but never made the effort to actually get into the ‘weeds.’ The conversation helped me learn a chunk more about blockchain, cryptocurrency and the whole enchilada than what I would learn […]

Why workshops aren’t an answer to skills development

The golden age for learning and development (L&D) professionals was perhaps the 90s, the 2000s and perhaps the early 2010s. The industry has done pretty well for itself (multi-billion dollar!) and so have the trainers and facilitators (multi-millionaires). And the best of them may have delivered tens of thousands of workshops over these years. I […]

We don’t need no motivation… but education

And so should you. The infiltration of (wannabe?) trainers, motivational speakers and employee ‘engagement’ experts has been an overwhelming experience for professionals (folks like me) who don’t have the need to scream, shout and jump up and down from the chair or on the stage. What’s crazier is that organisers and decision makers now thing […]

Why be a unicorn when you can be a phoenix?

We know there’s a start-up boom everywhere. Particularly in developing countries like India. But then there are some who’ve either been part of it or have observed/studied the trends for quite a while now. And while the VC world’s looking for the next big unicorn (like the Ubers, AirBnB, WeWork, OYO, Ola and a whole […]