So, what do you do?

Every now and then I would bump into someone who would eventually ask me, “So, what do you do?” It’s one of my least favorite questions. The worst of all scenarios, however, is introducing myself in public settings. I hate it. And that’s just putting it mildly. Yet, I end up sharing a rambling of […]

8 workplace trends

We’ve known this for some time now — the corporate world is undergoing major transformations across the board. The most significant of these changes is in the human capital management front fronted by the following 8 workplace trends (or the 8 habits of highly progressive workplaces) identified by the good folks at Corporate-Rebels.com. 8 Workplace […]

Staying creative in chaotic times

Listen, everyone’s creative because “creativity” is synonymous with being cool. I shouldn’t have said that aloud but there it is… the cold hard truth. It’s like those two guys I saw in an Apple ad (or perhaps it somewhere else?) years ago: Guy 1: “I’m creative. I need a mac.” Guy 2: “Dude, you’re a […]

Sometimes taking the matters in your own hands could be your best move

I’ve been seeing a physiotherapist for over 3 months now — thankfully for different injuries. The latest is tricep tendonitis I developed, ironically, while squatting heavy instead of the usual suspects — the bench and barbell overhead press! Now, getting an appointment at the rehab center is hard and the best I manage is a […]

Lowering the price is for amateurs

Would you ever go to a doctor and ask if he could lower his fees? How about your accountant? Your college or the school you’re sending your kids to? Starbucks? You’re a regular there, aren’t you? If you’re in your right mind, you wouldn’t because no professional wants to do business with bargainers. Their time […]

You don’t always get to have your way

Had an interesting exchange with a potential candidate a few months back. She expressed interest in an open position and we were very much hiring. I asked her to send me some work samples. She sent me a password-protected PDF with some of her ‘best work.’ The password was set to expire in 1 day. […]

When you’re working on Sundays…

… you’re simply doing what a professional does — be accountable to the duties and following through on what’s expected of you. And yes, this is different from #hustle though the essence of it is all over the place. I was 22 when one of the human resources professionals in my company told me this: […]

If ‘they’ aren’t ever up to the mark, it’s probably you

Everyone’s got that one boss/client/teammate/acquaintance or two that are basically a pain in the ass. They will test your limits, patience and perpetually question your worth as a human being. Think I’m kidding? Well, you probably haven’t been around much lately. Just ask! While I seriously don’t have a clue how I would deal with […]

Here’s some feedback on feedback

I’m big on giving and receiving feedback. But only the ones that are genuine and actually helps the other person get better. Now, I know what you’re thinking — “Sunil, there’s something to gain from all or any feedback that’s shared with you.” With great love and respect, I disagree. The challenge with most “constructive” […]

It’s not about the 18 minutes…

One of my favorite songs and music video (from the MTV era…) was Van Halen’s “Jump!” If you haven’t heard the song (well, shame on you!) here’s how the lyrics go… I get up, and nothin’ gets me downYou got it tough, I’ve seen the toughest aroundAnd I know, baby, just how you feelYou got […]