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Stop wasting your team's time

Stop wasting your team’s time

Some years ago, with my previous employer, I was assigned to work on a project in Singapore. During my first week there, on a Friday, I casually remarked to one of the analysts who was working with me that it would be interesting to understand some market analogies for a particular issue that we were…

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Sitzfleisch

The value of having sitzfleisch

As leaders, we tend to focus on breadth and try to become more adept at multi-tasking our way through a wide variety of issues. However, over time, our attention spans can get distracted by this juggling. Left unchecked, some of us become less focused. Our ability to concentrate, our cognitive abilities and our productivity can…

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Monday-8Am-01Oct2018

Post 377 – our responsibility

On September 6, in a landmark judgment that many of us had long awaited, the Supreme Court of India scrapped Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalised homosexuality. “History owes an apology”, as Justice Malhotra so aptly summed it up. People across India celebrated the judgment. However, this is just a start. We…

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Monday-8Am-24Sept2018
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Judging others but excusing ourselves

Think back to the last time a colleague failed to meet a deadline or showed up late for a meeting. In all probability, you immediately judged them: “He is such a slacker. Terrible work ethic!” Now, remember a time you failed to meet a deadline or showed up late for a meeting. I’m sure you can think of…

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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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