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Making resolutions stick

I hope that you managed to take some time off and are fully charged up for the New Year! Last week, I had written to you about reflecting on the year gone by with your family and/or friends. I hope that some of you were able to try it out. Aaron, the head of our…

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It’s that time of the year again

As the year draws to an end, it’s the time when many of us make resolutions for the New Year.  Many of us resolve to lose weight and exercise more – others resolve to give up smoking, spend more time with their family, control their anger, become more organised etc. Frankly, I have been lukewarm…

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Owning our relationships (Co-authored by Roopika Saran)

This week I want to talk to you about sustaining the most important relationships in our lives – with our spouses, significant others, children, parents, colleagues and friends. Relationships need time, attention and nurturing. Sustaining any relationship is an ongoing effort and we have to constantly work at it. In the corporate world, we have goal…

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Offer everyone a seat at the table (Co-authored by Farah Nathani-Menzies)

This week, I want to share some thoughts on becoming an inclusive leader. I am delighted that Farah Nathani-Menzies has co-written this piece. Farah, as many of you know, spearheads Diversity & Inclusion for Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies. Have you ever felt like an outsider? More like a spectator than part of the…

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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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Thank you!

Last Thursday, the US celebrated its annual Thanksgiving holiday. Since the early 1600s, this holiday has been associated with expressing thanks and appreciation to near and loved ones. Today, it is among the busiest weekends for travel; highways get clogged with traffic as people head home for the holiday weekend. And of course, the Thanksgiving…

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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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The Magic of Stories

It is amazing how stories can change our perspectives – the way we think, act and feel. The magic of stories can inspire us in a way that perhaps cold, hard facts cannot. For many years now, my wife, Roopi and I have been trying to instil the love of stories in our kids. One…

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10 things I’d tell my younger self

Make your bucket list Learn Spanish. Write a book. Climb Everest. Put it all down. And then do it. Don’t sweat the small stuff There is more coming your way. Things will get tougher and that’s ok. Let the little things pass by. Save your energy for the bigger battles. You won’t realise when you…

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My list of top productivity apps

In my recent interactions with our regional sales teams in India, I have been amazed by how actively our teams are using WhatsApp to constantly stay in touch and share information. Today, apps such as Facebook and WhatsApp have become such an integral part of how we connect with our friends, family members and colleagues. So,…

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Why we need to get feedback right

As a leader, you have the greatest ability to impact the growth, performance and engagement of your team members. Many studies indicate that the number one factor that influences a person’s intent to stay on or leave a job, is their satisfaction or dissatisfaction with their supervisor.  It is our responsibility to keep our team…

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