It’s okay to be injured. Really.

Just don’t freak out because that’s what makes an injury so much worse. Akin to a popular saying somewhere in the west — “the snake bite doesn’t kill you, it’s the venom.” I’ve had my share of getting injured, rehabbing, combating muscle soreness and everything in between over the past one year or so. It [...]

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 [...]

Is sincerity all lost of us?

Turning 35 this past week was both satisfying and humbling. The former because I realised that I have friends and family who really care about me and want to see me succeed. Humbling because I realised that while I’m engaged in a handful of projects that are significant to my values and mission in life, [...]

Don’t work around it, fix it

Crises and injuries have one thing in common — they’re both painful experiences. And, yes, that’s an understatement for most cases but I’m constantly amazed by the level of creativity applied by the subjects in distress. They would go the extra mile to work around the challenges than address it head on and eliminate them. [...]

Ignorance won’t lead you to change

Delhi’s been under a lot of smoke (pun not intended) lately. And it’s been the topic of major discussions the past couple of weeks. What amuses me is how people have/are responding to the whole situation — not well, and that’s just putting it lightly. I see four major camps: Complainers — they like to [...]

Why extreme focus is going to set you up for life

Having choices are both one of our biggest assets and the greatest liabilities in 2019 and onwards. And while these choices are waiting to be made by us, we don’t have to make them. At least not a lot of them. Believe me, if there was a price attached to each of the choices we [...]

Leadership isn’t a popularity contest

One of the most profound lessons I’ve learned as a leader was when I was managing a tiny team in a previous organisation. I was not just good but one of those would would always go the extra mile for my employer and my team. And yet, I don’t think I showed up as the [...]

Don’t waste it on people who don’t respect it

This was has been remarkable — a handful of instances where I either got stood up or didn’t hear back from the other person a pre-arranged meeting. It’s infuriating. And for the first time in life, I didn’t feel like following up. Yes, I am aware there could be a genuine crises at the other [...]