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Playing favourites at work
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Playing favourites at work (Co-authored by Ryan Mascarenhas)

A colleague recently shared with me how he was told that he was singling out a few people, praising them repeatedly and not spreading the compliments. He was a bit surprised by this because he thought that he was being fair and recognising these team members for good work.  Like it or not, as leaders,…

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Don't let FOBO paralyse you
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Don’t let FOBO paralyse you

Have you ever been to a restaurant and seen someone at the neighbouring table (or it could even be you) examine the menu in exhausting detail, with the waiter patiently waiting to take the order? “There are so many great dishes, I don’t know which one to choose”, you hear the person exclaim.” What if…

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Don't let motivated reasoning distort your decisions
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Don’t let motivated reasoning distort your decisions

In 2016, Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year was “post-truth” – defined as “denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.  The choice is a telling sign of the times. “Fake news” has spread through the world with alarming speed over the last few…

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Overcome negativity
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Overcome negativity

Did you know that a majority of employees waste 10 hours or more per month complaining or listening to complaints about their managers? And one-third spend 20 hours or more! This obviously goes far beyond healthy venting – it means many people spend a considerable portion of their professional life engaged in pointless negativity. Negativity at…

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Challenge the Status Quo
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Challenge the Status Quo

In 1998, Nokia became the best-selling mobile phone brand in the world. In 2007 (the same year Apple launched the iPhone), it boasted a 49.4 per cent share of the smartphone market, was valued at US$ 150 billion, and counted among the world’s top ten brands. Yet, by 2013, its market share had declined to just…

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How anchoring bias affects the way you make decisions

How anchoring bias affects the way you make decisions

Here’s a math problem for you. No calculators – just take a couple of seconds to do it in your head and come up with your best guess. Ready?  Multiply the following numbers: 8 x 7 x 6 x 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1  If you’re like most people, your guess…

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Lead with compassion

Lead with compassion

When you think of successful leadership, what qualities come to mind? Decisive, ambitious, passionate, objective?  It’s not surprising if “compassionate” didn’t occur to you. Compassion is usually classified as a “soft” skill, which makes people think it’s optional. Yet, as growing research shows, compassion is a key requirement for leaders today.  So, this week, my message…

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Avoid the traps of safe thinking
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Avoid the traps of safe thinking

At our Mumbai head office, we have a sign that greets everyone at the entrance – “KEEP SAFE IDEAS OUTSIDE”. To succeed, we need to be bold and agile. However, the further we go into unknown territory, the more we crave stability – because uncertainty makes us uncomfortable and scared of failing.  Leaders are especially prone to…

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Did you really know it all along?
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Did you really know it all along?

The meteoric rise of a stock. The surprise victory of a political candidate. The instant success of a new product.  Sometimes we say – “I knew it all along”. But did we really?  Memory is a tricky thing. We think of it as linear and well-organised, but it’s fragmented and incomplete. And that makes it…

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Making it work as a working parent (Co-authored by Neha Parekh)
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Making it work as a working parent (Co-authored by Neha Parekh)

The demands of both work and parenting are rising. People are working longer hours. More women are entering the workforce globally. There is constant pressure to spend quality time with your children. So, how should we manage our careers and parenting responsibilities? I am very pleased that Neha Parekh has written this week’s message, sharing…

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The lure of instant gratification can lead you to make the wrong choices

The lure of instant gratification can lead you to make the wrong choices

Live each day as if it were your last.  I’m sure you’ve come across this statement often, be it on inspirational posters, during talk shows, or even from well-meaning friends. Forget about tomorrow, we hear; just enjoy today. It sounds profound – but if you really think about it, this might not be the best…

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Monday-8Am-05Nov2018
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Don’t be a rambling leader

We all complain about people who talk too much, but few of us think we fall in this category.   If people become restless while you’re still speaking or don’t have much to say when you’ve finished, then you’re probably guilty of rambling. But don’t beat yourself up! The reality is that most people have a tough time being…

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