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The importance of teaming

The importance of teaming

Earlier this year, many of us watched with bated breath as a massive operation was underway to rescue 12 young boys and their football coach, trapped deep inside a flooded cave in Thailand. After two tense weeks, all 13 were successfully extracted through the four-kilometre-long underground tunnel. This superhuman feat was pulled off by a…

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Consider taking micro-vacations

Consider taking micro-vacations

For many of us, taking a vacation is a great way to recharge our batteries and feel rejuvenated. The challenge is that the benefits from a vacation don’t last long. The American Psychological Association (APA recently released a report (cited in an article in Psychology Today magazine) that suggests that the positive effects of a vacation dissipate…

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What if you don't have one true calling?
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What if you don’t have one true calling?

I recently came across a fascinating TED Talk by Emilie Wapnick, an author and career coach, who coined the term “multipotentialite”. Although the word sounds complicated, the idea is simple: a multipotentialite is a person with various passions and interests. Unlike specialists, for whom the perfect career choice is often obvious, multipotentialites don’t have “one true calling” – instead, they’re…

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Don't underestimate the value of small talk
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Don’t underestimate the value of small talk

The art of small talk has fallen out of favour: it’s often seen as superficial, boring and pointless, especially by many of us in the corporate world. How many times have you heard or made statements like “I don’t waste time on chit-chat” or “I prefer to get straight to the point”? The problem is…

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The myth of learning styles

The myth of learning styles

Are you a visual, kinaesthetic, or auditory learner? Are you better at learning new things through interaction with others or by yourself? You must have come across such questions more than once. For decades now, the concept of “learning styles” has been prevalent in schools, universities, and corporates. This widely-followed theory states that each person…

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Master your emotions

Master your emotions

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them…” ~ Oscar Wilde With several of our leaders, I find that their emotions get the better of them. While most of us have the occasional “bad moment”, left unchecked, wayward emotions can lead to dysfunctional behaviours…

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Being transparent

Being transparent

In theory, complete transparency in the workplace sounds like a great idea. If everything is out in the open, there are no ambiguities, no unfair surprises, and no skeletons in the closet. However, transparency can be a double-edged sword. Taken to an extreme, it can make people fearful, mistrustful, and less productive – ironically, all the things it is…

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Own your learning

Own your learning (Co-authored by Dhruv Talwar)

Last week, my message focused on the importance of becoming a better learner and why, in today’s ever-changing business landscape, learning isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity. Following on from that, this week, I’m going to share a great example of how you can actually put your learning journey into action. I am very pleased that Dhruv…

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Become a better learner

Become a better learner

Gianpiero Petriglieri, professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD, puts it well: “learning is the most celebrated neglected activity in the workplace.” Oh sure, we all agree it’s important to keep learning, especially for leaders. But when was the last time you actually invested time and effort into picking up a new skill or deepening your…

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Strive to be a thought leader

Strive to be a thought leader

In my conversations with various leaders, I’ve noticed a recurring theme. Despite their impressive track record and professional success, many leaders have a deep desire to do more – to stand out, to wield greater influence in solving the big problems of our time, and to build a lasting legacy. At Godrej, we are also increasingly…

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Nudge to change behaviour
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Nudge to change behaviour

As you know, getting people to change their behaviour is a big challenge. Nudging can be a great way through the use of small interventions, clever prompts or little incentives to encourage people to make better decisions. Developed and popularised by Professor Richard Thaler, who won the Nobel Prize for Economics last year, this method is…

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Seeking a sponsor (Co-authored by Tessa Tysome)

Seeking a sponsor (Co-authored by Tessa Tysome)

Many of us have benefited from mentors in our lives – who listen and provide great advice. Mentors can be very helpful in bouncing off things that you might not feel comfortable discussing with your boss or colleagues.  While having mentors can be very useful, having a sponsor can also greatly help you achieve your career…

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