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Foolproof ways to add value to you organisation

While there many ways if you can think creatively, there are two time-tested strategies leaders can employ to add value to their organisations. Developing people and driving organisational learning. I see them as two sides of the same coin. Yes, I’ve gone at lengths to harp about developing people but that wouldn’t stop me from […]

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The three tenets of work

Just finished Timothy Gallaway’s The Inner Game of Stress. It’s a fantastic read and if you’re a busy professional or an entrepreneur, give it a read and it might change the way you look at work and stress. Besides the great gems that I discovered in the book, the one that truly stood out for […]

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It’s not about those ping-pong or foosball tables…

Each time I bring up “culture” into my conversations with my peers, friends, and industry experts, I get to hear a list of facilities and equipments on offer to the employees. That’s like trying selling me on features and benefits. I’m just not going to buy it! Of course, they also talk about the values […]

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Cultivating independent thinking

One grave challenge among smaller teams is the lack of clarity on whom to follow. This is quite prevalent in teams with multiple figureheads (aka directors or co-founders). People are always confused about whom to follow despite a clear team structure, as in, they know who they report to for their work. Of course, there’s […]

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Do the work before you’re ready to show it…

The one aspect that stuns me while reviewing resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles of potential candidates is their portfolio. Most don’t have it and when asked they need “some time” to pull everything together. The ones who do have a portfolio share samples that are from 2014, 2015, 2016, along with their most recent […]

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How does Starbucks hire the best?

The lunch hour (1-3 pm in India) is almost always the busiest in any restaurant. We Indians tend to be picky about what we eat and want to be absolutely sure about our orders. So, we spend hours “deciding” what to order! Only to change it completely or partially a minute later. I only wonder […]

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A word on professional courage

We know that courage isn’t the lack of fear but acknowledging it doing what needs to be done regardless. For most of us, it’s a personal quest add a little more courage as we mature. In the professional world, particularly at the workplace, courage often translates to giving and receiving feedback as they’re directly responsible […]

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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 […]

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About those reference checks

How many times in your career have you been asked to provide references? Or be one for someone? My guess is plenty. Enough for you to take this seriously. Particularly, if you’re the employer/recruiter. I, however, question the veracity of a reference check. Nobody seems to be giving anything but glowing references. Even if they […]

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It’s not about the talent pool but your research

While I do think ‘value creation’ is slowly becoming a throw-away word, clarifying or conveying the value proposition is still a matter of perspective. You can draft up the most compelling values statement for your clients to see and still may not be able to move the needle. The decision makers don’t give a hoot […]