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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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Being mindful
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Being mindful

Let’s admit it – most of us get distracted quite easily. Our minds keep on drifting. We worry needlessly about seemingly unimportant things. And even though we might be working longer hours, we feel that we are not being productive enough. In fact, research shows that people spend at least 47 per cent of their…

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Being civil at work

Being civil at work

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~ Maya Angelou Across the globe, rudeness seems to be on the rise – be it in politics, on social media, or even on news panels. At such a time, is…

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Dealing with a bully at work

Dealing with a bully at work

We mostly associate “bullying” with playgrounds and high schools – but this is an issue that continues well into adulthood. In fact, it is pervasive in the corporate world. You know that leader who manipulates his team using fear and intimidation? Or the rude colleague who constantly puts down other people? These are classic workplace bullies,…

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