18 Sep 2020

Finding time for big picture thinking
In my last job not so long ago, I was managing marketing for a Tech marketplace and time was a scarce commodity. I always found myself juggling between meetings, events, deadlines, completing proposals, turning in status reports and project reports and was barely able to ‘think’. I had thought to myself several times, would it be easy if I had 4 hours extra every day. Now, some years ...

21 Aug 2020

Chapter Two Blog - Invest in what you are becoming
As a coach, I work with my clients to enable them achieve their potential. I often ask the question, ‘What are you becoming?’, and I hear answers like I am becoming tough I am becoming a better person I am becoming more aware of my nature etc The question seeks to probe into the long-term vision that a person may have for his or her life, but, surprisingly, most people d...

18 Jun 2020

Hacks to improve emotional intelligence
Staying indoors away from office colleagues, friends and the resultant lack of social interactions at this time has resulted in anxiousness among people in all walks of life, across strata. Even the most sorted out people seem be a little disturbed at the moment. How do you manage in a situation when you are stressed about an outcome of a certain initiative? How do you manage a situat...

14 Sep 2017

Our Stories Define Us
We all have stories. Stories of how we got a scar, came into our line of work, got married, and chose our home and so on. We tell these stories to parents, friends, supervisors and lovers. We also tell them to ourselves. When we meet someone new, we introduce ourselves with a story. Our stories define us. They help us find and restore our place in the world. So what rea...

09 Feb 2017

THE ONE EQUATION THAT CAN NURTURE OR DAMAGE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
Today I want to talk to you about an interesting equation. It’s not scientific. But its effects, when played out in relationships, can be as predictable as science. The equation is this: Assumptions + lack of communication = interpersonal conflict Have you experienced this? It happens to me a lot. It happens to people I know too. A friend recently narrated an incident from work. ...

02 Feb 2017

Chapter Two Blog - Importance of Being on Time
I was waiting on a client. We had to discuss a few things about a new campaign I was developing for her. My client was late, as always. I was getting slowly but steadily annoyed. I realised then that I abhor people who come late, who make me wait. It seems reasonable enough. But it also got me thinking. I thought back to my corporate days. Instantly, I recollected the times when I had...

23 Dec 2016

This is a year-end note to everyone who’s taken the road less travelled. It’s that time of the year when you must be thinking “Ok what next?” and “How much longer do I go on like this?” Being an entrepreneur or someone who does things differently is great but it’s also hard. You are your own boss and that means you are not answerable to anyone. But that also means you miss out on norm...

22 Nov 2016

10 things to stay motivated
“Beginnings are easy. But midway I am demotivated.” I hear this all the time. I face it too. The dream is exciting until it starts to get rocky or it starts to malfunction. People don’t turn out the way we expect. Work doesn’t turn out the way we expect. Soon, the euphoria fades. In no time, you have tuned out of your dream. You wonder how to go on. You even start asking, ‘Is this wo...

15 Nov 2016

How to win hearts and minds in times of change
How to win people’s hearts and minds during a period of change in your company   The rise of Donald Trump as President-elect has caused a furore in the US and sent shock waves around the world. But many election commentators and celebrities have said they are not surprised by the outcome. They believe Trump delivered an important message to the people who needed to hear it, something ...

11 Nov 2016

Ten things to do right to get your team to love you
They say people don’t leave their companies, they leave their managers. If that is true it means employees leave their jobs because they feel let down by their managers. Team members are tricky assets to manage. Sometimes, someone may seem alright from the outside. But on the inside, they may be struggling with issues. And they may be finding it hard to communicate these issues with y...