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Be your whole self

Managing emails

Managing your inbox

Yesterday, as I was boarding a flight to the US, I was making a mental note of some of the things to do on the flight. On the top of the list was to make sure that I caught up with emails that I had fallen behind on. The long flight would provide the perfect…

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Catching time

Everyday pauses

Over the last few months, I have been writing to you about becoming better and more inspiring leaders, family members, friends and colleagues. To be able to wear these many hats, we need to get more comfortable with who we are as individuals. And identify what it is that really matters the most to us….

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Managing across

Over the last couple of years, we have reorganised our organisational structure to better capitalise on our growth potential, as a global company. We have created separate geographic clusters, to sustain the agile and entrepreneurial spirit of our business. At the same time, we have established global functions to leverage the benefits of scale and…

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Rainbow Godrej

Rainbow Godrej (Co-authored by Parmesh Shahani)

Two days ago, Ireland made history by becoming the first country in the world to enshrine same-sex marriages in their constitution, through popular vote. Last year, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, sent a powerful message when he wrote an essay for Bloomberg Businessweek, saying, “Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider…

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How to 80/20 your life

A common refrain that I hear from many of you is that you feel inundated with multiple demands on your time. Apart from your responsibilities as a leader, there are a host of commitments that many of us have to grapple with – as parents, as spouses, as children and as friends. Many of us…

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Being a questioning leader

Recently, over a weekend, my eighth grade daughter was writing a paper using the Socratic method and asked for some help. In the fourth century, Socrates had pioneered the approach of learning through questions, uncovering assumptions and getting to the heart of the issue. Frankly, while I had learnt about this method in college, I…

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Be your whole self (Co-authored by Subha Iyer)

In my message this week, I want to focus on why investing in yourself and pursuing interest(s) outside work can make you a happier and fuller individual and in turn, even better at what you do at work. I am very pleased that Subha Iyer, who leads media planning and buying for our India business, has…

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Stretch yourself

This is the time when many of you, along with working hard to ensure a strong finish to the year, will also be busy defining the longer term priorities for your business or function and your plans for next year. Soon, you will use this as input for the goals for your functions, for your…

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Today we are celebrating Republic Day in India. For our colleagues in other geographies, this is the anniversary of when the Constitution of India was officially adopted. Godrej, as you know, has a proud history, closely intertwined with the evolution of India.  And through this 117-year journey, what hasn’t changed is the fact that in…

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Unlimited Vacations

By now, I am sure that those of you who took time off during the end of the year are back in the thick of things and that all of us are working hard to ensure that we make a strong finish to FY 2015. Speaking of time off, some of you may recall a…

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Making meetings more effective

A couple of weeks ago, I had written to you about the frequent checking of email and messages during meetings. Thank you to those of you who responded to the brief survey. Key highlights of your feedback include: More than 70% of you feel that checking emails and messages has become pervasive in our meetings….

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How connected is too connected?

A couple of weeks ago, I had written about how applications on smart phones or tablets can enable us to become more productive. Certainly, these applications and tools such as email and messaging, have completely transformed the way we stay connected. But while the benefits of being connected are undoubtedly tremendous, is there something such…

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