14 Sep 2017

Our Stories Define Us
We all have stories. Stories of how we got a scar, came into our line of work, got married, and chose our home and so on. We tell these stories to parents, friends, supervisors and lovers. We also tell them to ourselves. When we meet someone new, we introduce ourselves with a story. Our stories define us. They help us find and restore our place in the world. So what rea...

09 Feb 2017

THE ONE EQUATION THAT CAN NURTURE OR DAMAGE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
Today I want to talk to you about an interesting equation. It’s not scientific. But its effects, when played out in relationships, can be as predictable as science. The equation is this: Assumptions + lack of communication = interpersonal conflict Have you experienced this? It happens to me a lot. It happens to people I know too. A friend recently narrated an incident from work. ...

02 Feb 2017

Chapter Two Blog - Importance of Being on Time
I was waiting on a client. We had to discuss a few things about a new campaign I was developing for her. My client was late, as always. I was getting slowly but steadily annoyed. I realised then that I abhor people who come late, who make me wait. It seems reasonable enough. But it also got me thinking. I thought back to my corporate days. Instantly, I recollected the times when I had...

23 Dec 2016

This is a year-end note to everyone who’s taken the road less travelled. It’s that time of the year when you must be thinking “Ok what next?” and “How much longer do I go on like this?” Being an entrepreneur or someone who does things differently is great but it’s also hard. You are your own boss and that means you are not answerable to anyone. But that also means you miss out on norm...

22 Nov 2016

10 things to stay motivated
“Beginnings are easy. But midway I am demotivated.” I hear this all the time. I face it too. The dream is exciting until it starts to get rocky or it starts to malfunction. People don’t turn out the way we expect. Work doesn’t turn out the way we expect. Soon, the euphoria fades. In no time, you have tuned out of your dream. You wonder how to go on. You even start asking, ‘Is this wo...

15 Nov 2016

How to win hearts and minds in times of change
How to win people’s hearts and minds during a period of change in your company   The rise of Donald Trump as President-elect has caused a furore in the US and sent shock waves around the world. But many election commentators and celebrities have said they are not surprised by the outcome. They believe Trump delivered an important message to the people who needed to hear it, something ...

11 Nov 2016

Ten things to do right to get your team to love you
They say people don’t leave their companies, they leave their managers. If that is true it means employees leave their jobs because they feel let down by their managers. Team members are tricky assets to manage. Sometimes, someone may seem alright from the outside. But on the inside, they may be struggling with issues. And they may be finding it hard to communicate these issues with y...

02 Nov 2016

Focus: A success story 10,000 hours in the making
The other day I went to a party where I met a lot of interesting though intimidating people. When asked about what they did, they invariably said at least three things.  “I am a writer, an actor, a wanderer and a romantic.” “I am the CEO of a start-up software company. I am also a theatre practitioner. I also run an NGO with my wife.” “I am part of an experimental learning organ...

26 Oct 2016

Chapter Two Blog - What to do when you hit rock bottom
We have all been in this situation. The shit has hit the fan. Our lives, personal and professional, are spiralling out of control. We feel little or no motivation to make it work. We may say that it is sudden and unfair. But sometimes, the truth is some of these incidents are predictable. We knew it was coming and either didn’t take note of it or didn’t take it seriously. All of a sud...

19 Oct 2016

It’s a fact. A lot of mothers find it hard to get back to work after a break. In her book Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg says, "43% of highly qualified women with children are leaving careers or off-ramping for a period of time." If we could put it all down to a strong maternal instinct, that would be OK. But it’s not just that. The socio-cultural landscape we live in doesn’t seem encouraging ...