Plus minus and equal

So, I decided to take a break from listening to podcasts for a couple of weeks and instead just do audiobooks. All the time. And boy, I’ve accumulated a lot of hours over just the past week. Instead of going for the newer titles in my library, I’m focusing on the books that I’ve already […]

Close the loop, always

Picture this — you’re out there in a sub-Saharan desert or some country thousands of miles away from home or just at your home in your study working hard to make ends meet, to make it matter and to make a difference in the bigger scheme of things. Everything’s fine until you think of a […]

Hard to stay motivated when you’re not appreciated

Every organisation big or small should give a considerable thought to a rewards and recognition program. Every HR professional out there out to think, propose and evangelize about it across the board. Ignoring this key element of people is anathema! And it surely beats the purpose of having a human resources department or even being […]

Guidelines, not policies

Can you recall how many times have you heard the ‘its our policy,’ or ‘it’s against our policy’ (or a variant thereof) comeback? Countless times I’m sure. And if you’re like me you can’t help but feel your blood boil each time your hear it. Of course, it makes me wonder if it has ever […]

Want to break free?

Dumb question? Sure, it sound like. Who doesn’t want to break free? But if you’ve noticed we are all in some way or the other chained to prisons of our own making. I call them ‘chains of consequences.’ Because we’re responsible for it whether we like it or not. Yes, there’s an antidote and like […]

Perhaps a little planning would make it better

It always does. That’s precisely why some people (including some of my deepest friends) are obsessed with it. And like most hard and boring things, nobody likes to plan but sure enjoy getting things done the planned way. I’m a big believer in planning the big picture and let the little details take care of […]

Why 81% of Indian start-ups die?

An Economic Times reports that Indian ecommerce ‘e-tailers’ have collected racked up $400 million in investor capital! And yet, most of these ventures are failing. I liked the snippet that showed up in my LinkedIn feed this morning. Source: LinkedIn Read up the comments for fascinating insights. One gentlemen even cited the 7 reasons why […]

Sometimes a rough week is exactly what you need

The past four days have been utterly frustrating. Couldn’t accomplish the big goals I had planned for the week. There were surprises, emergencies and pivots I had to either act on or consider. For someone who’s ultra careful about planning and productivity, it’s scary! It’s also a great reminder that things can’t be perfect at […]