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The one mistake I always make. I must have taken nearly 1k interviews in the last few yrs, maybe around 5k in my career. 1. When I was working in the initial years I used to look for SKILL 2. Then I started looking for WILL 3. Now

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I was so happy for him till he shared. His teenage son was into drugs, they had tried everything but nothing worked. His last health report showed his cholestrol and sugar levels were alarmingly high. He was only 42. He had no time for his

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Month 1: We started meeting up people, 10 meetings a day - phone/face to face/virtual. Some were people we knew. Some meetings lasted 5 mins, they were not interested, no one helped. We completed 300 meetings & no sign of a customer. We were

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How to recognise TOXIC people?

posted on December 7th, 2018

5 simple ways 1. They will think & talk negatively about people & situations, they are pessimists, they also spew anger at people around them 2. They will send long emails in response to things, and will continue responding, till they have

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Why do companies hire from IIT & IIMs?

posted on December 6th, 2018

It is because of the 1% rule The way the Indian talent market is today One in every 100 people is good enough to be hired. That is how tough it is to find talented people. Lets call it the 1% rule. Once these people are hired only 10 percent

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One of the best places in the world to visit I get so much peace when I visit the sea. My 3 biggest learnings from the sea 1. Keep going like the waves in the sea, dont stop even if you are going through bad times. The only way to the beautiful

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Work was getting stuck because he was sitting on approvals. He used to treat people badly, create rift & insecurity within the team. The business was going bad to worse. I waited for 6 months, when things did not change, I realised I had to do

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My Goa Love Story: The first time I saw her.

posted on December 2nd, 2018

She was so beautiful & lovely. As I strolled on the beach, I saw her swimming alone in the sea. Unaware she was being watched. Maybe if she knew she would not care. The very thought made me feel lonely. Her skin was gleaming in the warm

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My friend was elated, so was I. He had worked in the best firms for over 15 years before the startup bug bit him. He ran his startup for 2 yrs but then had to close it. It took him almost a year to get a job. He took a 75% pay cut, picked the first

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Simple steps 1. Follow your heart and passion- Do something no one has ever done before, your passion should speak 2. Work so hard that you fail everyday, die everyday to be born again, keep trying/learning each day 3. Help as many people around

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A young professional shared his story with me. It took him almost a year to find a job. He had to take a pay cut. This is the story of a large firm and several other firms today. No one is safe. Even the person who makes the layoff list is

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She becomes the first woman & equals the record as the most successful boxer (men and women's boxing) with a record 6th title Hailing from rural Manipur in India, born in a poor family it has been a tough journey for her Salute to her spirit

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4 stages of wisdom

posted on November 24th, 2018

This is what I experienced in the same order :) Stage 1: I am not good enough: underconfidence Stage 2: I can achieve everything:confidence/over confidence/arrogance Stage 3: Why am I failing again and again: fear and depression Stage 4: I am

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This is an important question I recently met an entrepreneur he hired 5 experienced people at 40k usd per year by the end of the first year he had burnt all the money, no business came, he had to close down. I asked him if he had hired 5 people at

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My long list of fears :)

posted on November 23rd, 2018

I lived with them every second of my life Till I faced them in reality 1. Losing my job 2. Getting bankrupt 3. Becoming unemployable 4. Failing in my startup 5. Losing my near and dear ones & becoming lonely 6. Being branded as a

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How to upgrade your skills for the future

posted on November 22nd, 2018

5 simple ways 1. Intern in the area you want to work in, that is what Steven Spielberg did 2. Job shadow in the area you want to in your organisation, go meet up with people who work in that area, start learning from them 3. Volunteer for

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A friend called me recently. He was doing well for himself, till he got fired. I had to tell him “It is not you but the job market” The context of the Indian job market has changed in the past few years The demand supply equation is

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How to do smart work?

posted on November 20th, 2018

3 simple steps 1. The most important step is hardwork, only if we work hard can we figure out what is smartwork. Humans are inherently lazy hence we dont want to do hardwork. And thus many of us are unable to figure out what is smart work. 2. Once

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I would say Just become so stubborn That you refuse to give up That you try harder each day That you dont allow anything to break you That you never run out of patience That you smile at every failure That you let other people laugh at

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In sales you have to try and convince the customer to buy. This is what makes it so difficult. No one wants to part with their money, and they have several options to spend their money. The Sales team gets work for everyone. Just like the bread

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I guess our fear is also our biggest attraction. We think of it so much that it becomes a reality. Now Imagine an insecure control freak who had big problems around money losing a job without having one. It is like the worst fears coming

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How to build your Personal Brand?

posted on November 18th, 2018

3 Simple Steps 1. Identify what you stand for, something you will not compromise on, or will give up everything for. It could be your values, purpose, vision or mission. Write them down. This has to come from within. These are your brand values

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#Metoo was hot #Wetoo is hotter

posted on November 18th, 2018

First a jeweller ran away with 2 billion dollars colluding with a bank, he never got caught Then it was a husband and wife colluding to get half a billion dollars sanctioned as loan for a large company, the money was declared as NPA Now its a

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Are you willing to lose everything you have? Are you willing to change everyday? Are you willing to do every small job on your own? Are you willing to do the boring things day in and day out with passion? Are you willing to let people laugh at

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What is content marketing ?

posted on November 15th, 2018

I was having this discussion with a CMO recently. He talked about attracting & retaining audiences through content to generate leads & drive sales. Interestingly the dictionary meaning is “a type of marketing that involves the creation

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A board member of a firm asked me recently. The first candidate is a 50 yr old people leader, honest, credible, hardworking. He has been there in the organisation for a decade now. People who work for him swear by him. He is a little slow at doing

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When I closed my first startup. The real reason I found was not being able to generate sales. It starts with finding a customer who pays. But why will a customer buy from you? Some reasons could be: 1. You have to have both an interesting and

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Professor P N Thirunarayana, I remember even the very mention of his class used to generate interest. He would make his class so interesting. Videos, cases, discussions, it was such high quality content one could not but sit back in awe. In one of

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Why do people work?

posted on November 11th, 2018

The most important factor is to make money for a living There are 4 different ways people show this in their work: 1. Working out of fear of losing a job, since they will be left with no money 2. Working out of humility/ gratefulness since this

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Indian job market is tough why?

posted on November 10th, 2018

Unemployment data for India this year shows 31 million unemployed people. The unemployment rates reached 7% the highest in years. Some reports suggest 5 million enter the job market every year. Others say it is 12 milion. The correct figure may be

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The 3 year journey of a Failed Entrepreneur

posted on November 8th, 2018

First year It went in trying different things, failing miserably. Time & Money both started to run out, so we had to close the startup. Learnt the tough lessons around why startups fail. Decided to start again. Second year Thought of a

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#metoo in the corporate world

posted on November 7th, 2018

I was interviewing a young lady working in a leading consulting firm, she shared many ladies who join are forced to sleep with their senior leaders for a fast track career Another lady professional I was interviewing shared with me that some hiring

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Maybe it is time to move out out Delhi to a place where one can breathe fresh air. Sadly we are all responsible for this and our next generations are already suffering for our actions. More than 2 million deaths are said to occur prematurely in

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We would like to help startups across India to help grow, scale. In return we would like you to help startups around you in whatever way you can. Pleased to share the launch of the Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program from Blew Minds Consulting to

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If you are a millenial who enjoys writing stories, creating high quality content/creatives, building brands. BlewMinds works with the best Brands around Personal StoryTelling, Employer Branding & Organizational Brand Stories creation. Content

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How good are you at managing time?

posted on November 4th, 2018

Answer these 10 simple questions in Yes & No 1. Do you have many pending things to do both at home & work most of the time ? 2. If you had to stop going to work for a week, things at work would go all wrong ? 3. Do you procastinate

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Important tips for Startups in India:

posted on November 4th, 2018

1. Apply for and register as an MSME & get your Udyog Aadhaar Number, your trademark and patent fees will get halved, it take a simple online application form to apply for it. Some companies will reduce their payment terms if you are registered

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Here is what I have seen: 1. Hunger & ability to learn & grow from every situation 2. Working harder than everyone around 3. Attention to detail 4. Failing fast and often 5. Focus on few things 6. Offering solutions not talking

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Years back we were interviewing a candidate; he had done a degree from a private university through distance education. One of my colleagues in the interview panel told me this university is fake. I decided to check, probed, called them, they

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Today continuity of employment is an important criteria for jobs, this was not the case many years ago. There may be a few reasons behind it: 1. There is a perception that the underperformers have employment gaps especially since there have been

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Step 1: start meeting as many people as you can across roles, industries and geographies, try and make notes on the challenges they are facing, cover at least 100 people Step 2: make a list of opportunities that come out from the 100 meetings,

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He has saved 8500 lives till date. Mr. O.P. Khanna is 82 years old & is still saving lives. Age is one of the several good excuses to give, but some people choose to walk the unbeaten path. They become true leaders. We all have choices to

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The baby has learnt to walk :) Thanks to the Millions of wonderful people on Linkedin who helped us in this wonderful journey ! Feel blessed to be a part of this endeavour to make a small difference in people’s lives. It has brought so much

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The best response I figured is to encourage them by creating new mistakes for them to find :) You will keep moving forward & they will be busy trying to do what they are best at. This way everyone will be happy :) Rudyard Kipling once

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Steve Jobs saw a half eaten apple The company Apple was born One gave us the reason why we are on earth The other gave us a good reason to stay on earth :) The apple was the same but they both looked at it so differently, and responded

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He attempted suicide once due to depression but failed. He fell terribly sick when he was 32 & passed away. Sounds like a sad story isnt it? This is the story of one of the greatest mathematician that ever lived on earth Srinivasa

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What is the favourite pastime of Millenials?

posted on October 22nd, 2018

I asked this question to thousands of students across colleges in India. I got only one answer “I love to sleep and dream ” It is an amazing answer, let me share why First and foremost they are not unfraid to say it, I am sure many of us

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I had filled up my performance appraisal form diligently with all my achievements. My colleagues told me if I do it well I will get a good salary hike :) I took my notebook, entered the room, my manager joined. He smiled & asked me “How has

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He was poor, had no friends, had a learning disability - dyslexia. His father lost his job when he was 12. He spent almost a year homeless with his family. He left his family at 17, to become something in life. But Life remained tough for him for

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1. Reading - Warren buffet recommends everyone should read at least 500 pages a day. Bill gates still reads 50 books a year. Reading helps think different perspectives, learn new things, evolves our thinking, helps us grow each day 2. Writing -

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Albert Einstein wrote in a letter to his family after he could not find a job after his graduation in 1900. He was contemplating to change his field & selling insurance instead. He was a day dreamer right through college, dreaming equations

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How I found my first job :)

posted on October 15th, 2018

I was a fresh software engineer hunting for jobs. I landed a few jobs but I was not happy. So kept looking. One day my roommate’s friend came looking for a house in our locality. After we helped him see the houses, we spoke & I shared my

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1. I never heard a negative word from them, they could see only positive things 2. They were so focused, probably because they had limited time/resources, I never saw them wasting anytime 3. They were neither too happy nor too sad ever, as if

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How to plan your career?

posted on October 13th, 2018

Here is what I did: I started my career as a software programmer. I loved to write creatively & help people. I always wanted to do something meaningful, like so many of us. I did not know how to get there. It seemed both confusing &

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I was seeking problems & I got problems in plenty in my life. This pattern continued for me for several years. One day I read what Rumi said “What you seek is seeking you” As I understood more I realised I was attracting negativity

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1. Does your cv have an interesting storyline which would interest the reader? Does your cv show what is unique about you? 2. A good cv takes at least 40 hours to build, how much time have you invested in it? When did you last update it? Did you

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Let us say someone is irritating you at work, or you are unable to solve a problem. Just dont react to the person or situation, experience the discomfort. Stay with what irritates you or makes you uncomfortable till it does not go away on its own.

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3 Steps: Step 1: Find a Strength of yours or something you love to do & start working on it till it becomes amazing, proceed to Step 2 Step 2: Focus on Developing focus, till you cant see or hear anything else other than what you focus on,

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1. Passion 2. Purpose 3. Patience 4. Perseverance 5. Preparation 6. Proactivity 7. Positivity 8. Perspective 9. Planning 10.Practice For me its “Purpose” And everything follows, even passion comes automatically I am really

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Here is where we used storytelling with amazing results: 1. Building brands for org & people 2. Touching millions of lives deeply 3. Added soul to Social Media Marketing 4. Transforming org culture/values 5. Coaching managers/leaders

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Is an MBA a waste of time and money?

posted on October 5th, 2018

Why is an MBA not hot anymore? USA MBA schools see a fall in applications from 5-25%, this includes all the top schools, it is a clear sign for the education system. The demand is finally falling. Spending 50k to 150k usd on MBA programs is not

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It is perfectly ok if you have lost your way It is perfectly ok if you dont know the purpose of your life It is perfectly ok if you have failed miserably It is perfectly ok if have made a big mistake Provided “You now Do something about

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The 5 Types of Thoughts I have

posted on October 2nd, 2018

1. Dreams - they paint a beautiful future for me & everyone around me, they make me the creator 2. Good Thoughts - they make me think good for myself & everyone around me, they make me the giver 3. Worrying Thoughts - they make live

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Here are ones I have observed: 1. They all work really hard, harder than all the people around them, hence they are always better prepared. They always put their best foot forward. They are always taking action. 2. They all spend 2-3 hours a day

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Does process kill creativity?

posted on September 30th, 2018

This was a question that bothered me for many years. When I started working I was an extremely creative person, but I slowly realised that I had to follow structure/process. As years passed I started to get less creative & more process

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Someone asked me this recently Interestingly an entrepreneur also contacted me at the same time “I have failed I am closing my startup, I got no sales” In both cases I found one thing common They both were chasing wealth They should have

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This is where I was stuck for several years

posted on September 28th, 2018

Yeah I was so stupid, time to share my stupidity My focus was on desire not on action Desire distracts Action attracts My desire was actually preventing me from achieving what I desired. Such is the irony of life Yes, What you seek is

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“I am poor at networking, What should I do”

posted on September 28th, 2018

A mid career professional asked me recently, He was getting stuck in his mid career He was working hard but no one was noticing it, especially his boss was not I asked him these questions 1. How many strangers have you met without an agenda in

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Everyone on linkedin is

posted on September 27th, 2018

1. Expert or Leader in the field 2. Top 5, Top 10, Top 50, Top 100 globally 3. Award winning expert 4. Best Selling author Welcome to the utopian world where no one has ever failed or is an average person. I sometimes feel I am the only

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A manager of a large team shared this with me in confidence. I am sure there are several other managers who must be thinking like this. Most jobs which have repetitive tasks will eventually go away - accoutants, auditors, programmers, customer

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4 Simple Steps Step 1: I never started with the intention to have so many followers, but to enjoy writing, discover myself, this is a must have Dont focus on results, but on the joy of the journey of finding yourself Step 2: I wrote regularly

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It is not because dreams are impossible But we put only our mind to it Not our heart When you put your heart into something We do it for the joy of doing The mind however does it only for the reason of achieving When we fail the mind

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Before a conflict I would think: What will others think of me? What if the relationship will go sour? What if I lose? Years ago I was in a conflict, I just expressed my feelings by mistake I thought the response would be more conflict But

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But “Everything that begins with a great idea may also end with that great idea” Execution is more important than the Idea! Now replace “organization” with human This unveils The biggest gap for humanity today Moving from thinking

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1. Focus on one thing without interruptions, start with one thing per hour, move to one thing per day, then to one thing per week, then one thing per month, then one thing per year 2. Focus on things which will make your life better after a month,

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The 4 PROGRAMS that run my MIND:

posted on September 19th, 2018

1. VIRUS Program - this program is designed to self destruct - example: worrying, doing the wrong things, fear, what will others think of me, insecurity, greed, anger, lust, finding faults, ego, blaming, negativity 2. ANTIVIRUS Program - this

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I asked him why, he said “My mind does not shut down, I keep worrying & thinking about things & before I know its morning” I remember I used to play this WOT (WOrying Thinking) game. I was losing the game all the time till I found 2

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As I grew up I realised the words continued to flow but the feelings vanished. I stopped being in touch with myself. The corporate world pushed me to become more logical & result oriented. I became the delight of organisations because I

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In the mid part of my career I was running after goals set for myself, I achieved them but after achieving them I realised several important things 1. Goals are all about the future & life is all about the present, goals restrict us from living

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He said: “I will give you my secret of ridding my mind of negative thoughts. When such a thought enters my mind, I visualise it as being written on a piece of paper. Then I mentally light it on fire & visualise it burning to a crisp. The

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1. Copy/observe what others are doing, do it so so well that you develop something unique or better out of it 2. Pick anything, do it so many times, that you do it more than anyone else, you will slowly reach a point where you will become the best

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“Maybe One day I will Maybe One day I will”

posted on September 13th, 2018

As the water flows by As I sit down I cry I remember the day I would dream “Maybe One day I will” So many doubts in my mind Only fears I could find The world around was moving fast But I was slow I was scared “Will I last” The

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Infact some of the core team members also expressed their reservations. Strangely today the same silly name has become a brand. We are told it is such an interesting & catchy name. There are 2 important learnings we got from this: 1. Listen

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Its simple, mobile phones are a distraction. And our mind is focused on distraction. This shows us that we all are born with great abilities to focus on anything however silly it may be. Another interesting example is failure. I remember when

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A professional I met recently shared with me. His only house is being auctioned by the bank to recover money against his debts. Infact I have spoken to several people going through the same in the past year. I remember my dad losing his job when

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This is the story of Power point Presentations in Corporates. In many organisations I experienced people keep everyone in the dark by making fancy presentations showing the messages they want the people to see. Hours and hours of reviews before

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Do we need HR in an organisation?

posted on September 9th, 2018

This is a question I asked myself for years before finding a surprising answer. As a manager I used to hire for my team, right from calling candidates, shortlisting, interviewing to compensation. We had HR but I thought who would understand the

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Will bots replace humans?

posted on September 8th, 2018

What will be the future of jobs? These are complex questions but if you look around you will find simple answers If you visit an automobile factory today, you will find bots doing jobs which humans were doing several years ago Similarly after a

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Not many know this is what Steven Spielberg did as an unpaid unofficial intern in Universal Studios at age 17. He showed up every day, sneaked into the studio several times, networked with everyone in every department. No matter how many times he

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“I want a 100 percent salary hike”

posted on September 6th, 2018

I asked him why & he said “I want more money” I was left wondering with his answer I remember a few years back one of the candidates I interviewed responded “I am underpaid so I need more money” Both these candidates were very

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(This is data as per a recent study) The corporate world has 2 kinds of people 1. Those who CONSUME but want to create also called employees 2. Those who CREATE also called entrepreneurs The only difference between these categories of people

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7 simple ways to control the mind

posted on September 4th, 2018

This has worked for me. 1. Talk to your mind, motivate yourself, use auto suggestion to guide your mind, reward yourself on small victories, treat your mind like a child, you become the parent 2. You may have several thoughts in your mind which

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Why am I unhappy?

posted on September 4th, 2018

The simple answer I found I was unhappy for these reasons: 1. Expectation gap between what I had & what I think I should have, could be things, people or love, or even how i should behave & how I behaved 2. When I had no meaning or

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How focussed are you?

posted on September 2nd, 2018

Take this simple quiz to find out: Answer in Yes or No 1. You have many things you want to achieve in life 2. You cannot focus for more than 8 hrs on one thing 3. You are doing more than one thing at a time many times in the day 4. You get

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The simplest way to motivate yourself

posted on September 2nd, 2018

This has worked wonders for me Each time I felt depressed or failed, I said this to myself “It is just a matter of time, I will get there one day” Initially I used to have doubts when I used to say this to myself, I felt I was lying, just

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How to remove confusion in your life?

posted on August 31st, 2018

Here is what I did to remove it from my life Confusion happens only because: We want everything we dont have (greed) and We dont want to give up what we have (fear) The first one can be resolved by simply Choosing ONE thing - commitment

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An interesting journey for our organisation has just begun. So excited to work with the future Leaders of corporate India ! Looking forward to creating some amazing success stories & making a small difference :)

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I completed 500 days of writing!

posted on August 30th, 2018

Still cant imagine how a fickle mind like me could sustain thousands of hours of writing, phew it was tough, but I loved it! Writing is the easiest tool in this world to clear all confusions in the mind, it helps empty the mind, you can reach the

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BLACK MIND or WHITE MIND

posted on August 29th, 2018

Which one are you using? I grew up using both these minds without knowing about them, till I found out BLACK MIND: Makes us think things will go wrong, makes us feel negative emotions - anger, jealousy, hatred, ego, sorrow, greed, power, failure,

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Someone shared this with me recently. I remembered so many times in my career when I felt the same. I remember even thinking about the same for the bosses, who I felt were incompetent & paid more. But then I also started to reflect on the

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An old lady I met recently, shared this with me: Improve yourself 1 percent everyday, at the end of the year you will be 3.5 times better. I thought it was a great thought. Here are 5 simple ways I follow to change everyday: 1. Keep a diary where

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WHAT IS WRONG IN ASKING FOR A JOB DIRECTLY?

posted on August 26th, 2018

I have seen this question asked several times. I am sure all of us 1. Receive calls from telecallers trying to sell something 2.Emails trying to sell something Many of us avoid these. Infact less than 1% of us buy through these channels. In some

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6 ways to find a JOB in 100 days

posted on August 25th, 2018

1. Meet 5 new people everyday, start with friends/colleagues. They will connect you with others. This will get you 500 meetings, these will give you at least 5 interview calls through referrals 2. Apply to 500 jobs a day, through job portals,

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The most unique way to interview people

posted on August 24th, 2018

I met this leader a few months back, he shared with me that for his senior level hiring he follows a unique process Round 1 Interview: He would request the candidate to come to a coffee shop, ensure through the HR that he comes in his own car.

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Blindspots, I had several over decades

posted on August 23rd, 2018

Here is the complete list: 1. Thinking that ideas can change the world, realised later only execution does. 2. Thinking that I have to fight the world, only to realise I was fighting myself, every 2 steps I took forward, I took 2 steps back 3.

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1. I learnt precis writing in school I started using that skill to write posts on linkedin 2. I used to be considered dumb, because I used to be honest, would share whatever I felt with everyone, not a great skill to have in life :) I realised

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First I blamed:

posted on August 22nd, 2018

My family/friends Then my school Then my college Then my company Then my boss Then the economy or govt or country Then circumstances Then my luck/destiny Then maybe God Only later I realised I was the one to blame :) This was the

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“Can I become an entrepreneur?”

posted on August 22nd, 2018

Take this simple test to find out Answer in Yes or No 1. Have you ever taken an idea to reality in your lifetime? 2. Has anyone ever come up to you and said “you have transformed completely since I met you last” 3. Do you enjoy failures

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I work on many things at one time, & fail, I change decisions quickly, make mistakes, what do I” A young professional shared this with me. I remember I was just like this in my initial career. The thrill of doing things the first time was

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He was an entrepreneur, trying for the past few years with little luck. I spent sometime with him over lunch. In the one hour I realised an interesting thing about him he would not make eye contact with anyone, the attendant who came to take the

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This left me with a question Why do people fail? Faced with failures so many times, I always used to wonder why do I fail so often. As time went by & the failures slowly started to convert to success I learnt a small secret. I used to

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The 5 Simple Steps to Success:

posted on August 17th, 2018

Step 1: Focus on one thing for an hour Step 2: Focus on one thing for a day Step 3: Focus on one thing for a month Step 4: Focus on one thing for a year Step 5: Focus on one thing for a lifetime It took me Years to move from Stage 2 to

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I experienced the “Bell curve” - 3 stages in my career: Stage 1: Working 18 hrs a day with below average output - Hardwork Stage 2: Working 9 hrs a day with above average output - Smartwork Stage 3: Working 18 hrs a day with amazing output -

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Good talent is so hard to find, why?

posted on August 16th, 2018

Every company we speak to says there is shortage of good talent. For every job there are 1k-5k candidates applying, yet ever after selecting the best hardly one percent of the employees do well. Millions of dollars spent in training, coaching,

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What does FREEDOM mean to you?

posted on August 15th, 2018

Freedom to me means: Freedom to be independent Freedom to pursue your dreams Freedom to walk the path you feel like Freedom to help who you want to Freedom to experience happiness always Freedom to truly be myself every second Freedom

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He said most people are perpetually on their phones, & they hardly work. Social media is the biggest culprit. He said work productivity is low, we are losing money, we are unable to find a solution. So we are planning to take strict action.

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Rashmi, her 2 sisters & grandmom rushed to the hospital only to see her mom breathe her last. Rashmi’s mom tried to stop 3 drunk boys in a car assault a girl on her scooter on the roads of Delhi. One of the boys pulled out a gun, shot two

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1. Work timings- employees work 9am to 6 or 9pm, entrepreneurs work 9am to 9am 2. Employees wait to get their paycheck to consume in the short term, entrepreneurs work to create value in the long term 3. Employees talk about problems/complain,

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I shared this with my coach several years ago, who asked me  “Which voice do you listen to more & why?” After I reflected more, I responded “I listen to the one that says things will go wrong, because I am not sure & fearful most

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There were dreams in his eyes, he was determined to go after them. He shared with me his schedule 9 to 5pm - day job 5 to 2am - his company 2 to 8am - sleeping On weekends he devotes 36 hrs on his company. I asked him how long has he been

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The Ascetic & the Prostitute story.

posted on August 9th, 2018

A beautiful story I heard. An ascetic lived near a temple. A prostitute lived in a house close by. Seeing men in the prostitute’s house everyday, the ascetic called the prostitute, warned her of her sins. The prostitute felt sorry, prayed for

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How I became a storyteller

posted on August 9th, 2018

This is my simple story ! 15 months back when I wrote my first story I was scared of what people will think. Many of my friends/family laughed at me. But I persisted. There were times when it would take me several days to write a story. But I

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Should I focus on my goals or my actions?

posted on August 8th, 2018

A bright student asked me this question. It was a simple question. As we went deeper we realised his goals were distracting him from his actions everyday. And he was repeatedly failing in the process, which further made him feel pressurised.

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The Two Golden Rules for Success:

posted on August 7th, 2018

(I wish I had learnt these back in school) Rule 1: Pick one thing you want to do in your life, this could be what you are good at or what you love to do, if it is both then you have a jackpot. If you cant figure out from where to start, start from

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There are 2 types of people in this world:

posted on August 6th, 2018

1. The Givers 2. The Takers During one long part of my life I was very frustrated I was only giving & not getting I wondered why? I got a simple answer I was not ready to even get. Let me explain. 1. My feeling was that once I give, I

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I used to experiment with mind programs for improving myself, am calling them AI because they were artificial. It did not come from within or naturally :) After many failed attempts I built my first succesful AI program to achieve my dreams. I

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Anyone on linkedin in Dehradun would love to catchup with you folks while I am there ! Look forward to some interesting conversations. www.blewminds.com

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My date with a Commando:

posted on August 4th, 2018

As a child I used to dream of becoming one, maybe because I thought I could never become one. When I happened to meet one recently I was overjoyed. As we spoke, he shared with me, he could run 70kms at a stretch. I was amazed, here was this

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I requested to meet his son alone. His son was a bright kid, with a spark in his eyes, he had big dreams. I asked him what happened. He said “I could not solve the first few questions in the IIT exam, started to panic, could never recover. When

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There are only 2 types of employees:

posted on August 2nd, 2018

1. Ones who take ownership 2. Ones who dont The ones who take ownership have to do the work of the ones who dont. I remember Initially in all meetings I was the most enthusiastic person, I would volunteer & I would get all the action items

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1. Start writing - Just write whatever you feel/think. As we write more, all our confusions vanish, it helps us empty our mind/heart to reach a nothing state, which is the starting point of nirvana. As a child I used to write to vent my emotions,

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All my work was getting stuck with my manager, he would sit on all the decisions. Business was getting impacted. This went on for almost 6 months. I tried hard with my manager but I was unable to get him to take decisions. I would do all my work

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What is the simplest way to be happy?

posted on August 1st, 2018

I used to be a pessimist, perpetually unhappy, who used to blame & find faults I never took ownership of my life. I wanted to find happiness but it never came my way. I was looking for it everywhere. Till I found a simple way It was to spend

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A sign for me to play the music within It is like hearing myself I know A sign for me to play the music within It is like hearing myself I know The doubts in my mind No answers are near I know My insecurities are there still When will

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Beautiful to see so many smiling faces in one picture ! Thankyou Pratima Vallur for making a difference & bringing a smile to these wonderful girls. If each one of us takes one small baby step in this direction. Imagine 7 billion baby steps,

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I was a bit surprised, because it is rare to find good companies, even more rare to find people who are happy. So many members of the leadership team had worked with the company for many years which to me was amazing for the organization But what

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Someone wise once said this: “For you to have an amazing life, You have to change in an amazing way” Simple to read but this is where I got stuck: 1. It took me years to figure out that I need to change, I always thought or at least that is

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I asked this question to myself several times over many years. Everything bad used to happen to me I would lose money, be cheated by people, I was stuck in my career as well. I used to have accidents I started to ponder why, I realised I did

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What was planned to be a short meeting went on for 3.5 hours. Was amazed to see what he has achieved in the last 9 years, not just building a multi million dollar business from scratch for his company in China but also building the Indian community

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I am unable to find a job The world is unfair I am stuck in my career There is no one to guide me I dont enjoy my work I have a bad boss My college did not help get me a good job All my friends are doing better than me I dont know how

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Why I lied in my First Resignation Email.

posted on July 26th, 2018

I got an amazing offer while in my first job. I was happy & excited like a child would be to get to go to a new class :) I quickly shared with my colleagues who congratulated me. They were happy for me but also sad that they had to stay back.

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Would you chase ideas or money?

posted on July 26th, 2018

A CFO asked me this question recently. When I was working in a job, I remember several times I would come up with amazing ideas, it would be turned down by my leadership because they did not sound logical, they did not think it would make

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GOOD HABITS DIE HARD !

posted on July 25th, 2018

I picked up a good habit last year to write, it was a simple habit. As I started to write I realised I loved to write but I was average at it. As I was writing, I realised my writing was average because clarity was missing within. I started

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What you run after, Runs away from you!

posted on July 24th, 2018

This happens frequently in my life :) Why? I am caught in the pattern of “wanting” When I stop running after it The pattern of “wanting” breaks My response is the same when I would have achieved it The universe receives this

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I faced this similar dilemma 3 years back when I started. Here is what I did. I tried everything for 1.5 yrs in the hope that I will find the answer. I started & worked on every idea that came my way. The results were a complete failure.

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When should you quit a job?

posted on July 22nd, 2018

This is a tough question that always bothered me. I made a simple rule for myself: Quit when the going is really good I followed this most of the time. When I got a good hike When everything was going good That was the best time to quit

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I called my credit card company the moment I received the transaction confirmations on my mobile & blocked the card. One of the transactions got reversed but there are several other transactions pending reversal. Has anyone here experienced

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We all have 2 simple choices in life:

posted on July 20th, 2018

1. Do an average job OR 2. Do an amazing job This could be personal or professional. As I reflected, I realised I always wanted to do an amazing job but most of the times I was just average in most of the things in my life. I got stuck at

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I moved jobs quickly only for money. It was the Dot com era, techies always had 2 offers in their pocket. I could speak good english, that made things very easy for me. Because back then good english meant good communications skills :)) After a

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I had never met a Pakistani ever in my lifetime till then. It felt a bit odd, I was hesitant to even say a “Hi” to him. I tried to avoid him. I guess it was because in my childhood we had always been told that India & Pakistan can never

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Tough choices: what will you choose:

posted on July 17th, 2018

1. Silly job with lots of money & no learning OR Awesome job with great learning & little money 2. Working with a horrible boss who makes your life hell but gives you learning OR Working with a good boss where there is little

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One thing to do before you die !

posted on July 16th, 2018

This was on my list for many years I am sure it must be on your list too It was to start and run an organisation. It was more a dream than anything else. Why a dream, because I never thought I could do it :) One half hearted attempt, one full

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I was shocked when my coach told me this years ago. I had always thought speaking good english was all that was required. But the reality was different: 1. My communication was complex- full of jargons, acronyms, theories, logic. I would

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We are all set to become larger than UK soon to enter the top 5. Wow isnt it ? Just to put things in perspective 10 years ago we were half of the GDP of france. Awesome news for India. A proud moment for all Indians. But in GDP per capita we

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My blood group is B Positive

posted on July 13th, 2018

But somehow since childhood I was always B negative I would always look at : What was missing What was wrong What I did not have What faults people were making How the world was unfair Arguing to prove my point I always felt: The

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A coach guides you to find for yourself

posted on July 12th, 2018

A mentor shares where he found it A counsellor tells you where to find it This is the simplest difference I found between a coach, mentor and a counsellor. Coaching helps gain wisdom Mentoring helps gain experience Counsellor helps solve

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Phase1: Not knowing what goals to set, doing stuff like a headless chicken Phase 2: Setting goals, not being able to achieve them Phase 3: Setting goals, being able to achieve goals Phase 4: Stopped setting goals, not able to

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He had been frequenting my office and was observing this strange phenomenon where everyone was getting into meeting rooms all the time. As I started to think of an answer, I reflected on the thousands of meetings I had in my career. I struggled

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Why do startups Fail ?

posted on July 10th, 2018

Startups fail when they start throwing money at every problem. So what is the way out? Just throw yourself at all the problems 2 things will happen 1. Either the problem will get solved OR 2. You will learn to find a solution This is

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No investor, No sales team, no marketing team. We just made small baby steps to impact lives. We saved several people from committing suicide. We touched millions of lives in the last year. We built a brand which is valued at a few million dollars

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At 50 yrs, she had a daughter to marry, her aged inlaws to support. Her parents had passed away. She quickly tried to get hold of the bank accts & her husbands business. Only to find there was no money, the business was in debt. As she went

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It is about what/how other people want to hear from you More often than not we are so caught up with what is going on within us that we forget the world. I was stuck here only to realise that it is not about us. The other bit about communication

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“I am looking for career growth”

posted on July 6th, 2018

When I asked him what did he mean by that he said “better work, better money” I asked him “What do you mean by better work?” He struggled to answer that question and finally said “better designation” Most people I speak to struggle

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INSIGHT TO FORESIGHT

posted on July 5th, 2018

The simplest thought that can change our life Insight helps us understand what is going on better Foresight helps us to see the future How are they linked? Both are related to Our ability to see what is not visible to the naked eye. But

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1. Tell your unique story - how you got to here, it should be a real story people can relate to, should include your challenges and failures, bring out the uniqueness in your story. Bring in both emotion and passion. The first step to building your

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As I checked in to a hotel in Bangalore, went to have my breakfast. I noticed a young man with a flycatcher trying to keep the flies away. I had never seen any African working in an Indian hotel so that really intrigued me. Everyday at breakfast

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The wrong answer maybe entrepreneur :) Let me explain my experience of playing both roles, here is what I found: 1. An entrepreneur spends in cash/debit whereas an employee spends in credit, shows an employee is willing to take more risks 2. An

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Having dozens of amazing ideas is a recipe for failure, executing ONE idea well is the only way to success. This is precisely why I failed a few times. I learnt it the hard way. This holds true even in life DO ONE THING The simplest three

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How can a Manager become a Leader?

posted on June 30th, 2018

It was an AHA moment when I got this answer after years of working. But before I share that I must share my journey as a manager. For several years, I was the manager everyone remembered when a crisis took place. Just like a firefighter I would

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The 5 places I got Stuck for years:

posted on June 29th, 2018

1. Am I good enough or What will others think of me. Unable to LOVE MYSELF 2. Moving from Thinking to doing, or Doing to thinking. Unable to REFLECT on actions, UNLEARN and learn. Unable to focus on DO ONE THING 3. Fear of failure or losing what

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What will others think of me?

posted on June 28th, 2018

I struggled with this for many years. As I went deeper I realised I did not think I was good enough and hence I was looking for people to tell me I was good. I looked outside when I felt incomplete inside Am I good I am good The same words

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I just happened to notice I could hardly see any women in the airport checkin. Things were the same at the security. As I boarded into the aircraft I saw it was full but few women to be seen. The ratio was less than 10 percent women. Gender

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One day a thought occurred to me Why not look at a job as a LEARNING OPPORTUNITY rather than a job I started looking for Learning Opportunities I did 5 things: 1. Picking up new skills through certifications/trainings/workshops 2.

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Even when I lost my way Still I wanted to stay I was trying to find Maybe what I left behind A bit of hope, a little love The earth below, the heaven above All alone I struggled to find The fireflies came flying right behind The lights

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1. Week 1: Write down each time a thought comes to your mind. Empty the thought fully from your mind, put it down on paper. Put every small detail dont leave anything. 2. Keep doing this everyday & everytime by carrying a small diary with you.

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Everyday I die within To be born tomorrow

posted on June 23rd, 2018

It is so tough sometimes I wish someone else’s life I could borrow Maybe to escape the pain Of living today for tomorrow But then I realise I can also be wise To live just for today And not for tomorrow For once I feel I am clear

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Some interesting leadership conversations

posted on June 23rd, 2018

Vishwapriya Kochhar with Bollywood actor Shreyas Talpade, an amazing person ! Unfortunately he is not on linkedin so cant tag him, we have requested him to create an account soon ! Thankyou Rahul Wanchoo , Saikeen Salman and the team at

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Managers vs Leaders

posted on June 22nd, 2018

My view after playing both these roles 1. Managers often talk about PROBLEMS, Leaders talk about POSSIBILITIES 2. Managers talk about CONSUMING resources, Leaders talk about CREATING them 3. Managers MANAGE the present, Leaders CREATE the future

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When we start with nothing

posted on June 22nd, 2018

It is so easy We have nothing to lose When we start with something That is where the problem begins We dont want to lose what we have I would rather be nothing than something It is freedom to do anything If I am something then I have to

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Love and Money What is common?

posted on June 21st, 2018

This is what I found for Myself 5 things 1. Both can be spent, hoarded or donated. The more you donate them the more you get. It is like it refills itself automatically. The hoarder may keep hoarding forever and may never enjoy it. 2. Those

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I have a bad boss I have a horrible role

posted on June 20th, 2018

I dont like my organization There is no growth here There is too much politics here I have no career here The learning is limited I am doing the same thing I was one year back I am paid much less than my peers I dont get any increments

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An amazing meeting with a Soldier

posted on June 19th, 2018

It was one of the most interesting conversations I had. While we were talking he told me something beautiful. He said I long for human touch. I requested him to share more. He said he was posted on the border When I meet my commander I salute

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The greedy “ME”

posted on June 18th, 2018

I want everything for “ME” and maybe nothing left for “WE” Going deeper I asked why the greed Is it my need? No for sure I want more to maybe feel good As if I had less than I should Or maybe I think I am not good enough,

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The saddest thing today about India.

posted on June 17th, 2018

People are growing in salaries not skills. I have met so many people who are just the same they were when I met them years ago. They are doing the same job in the same way. Their behaviours are also the same. And then there comes a point when

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1. Start WRITING what you are going through it will help you clear your mind, the mind plays games with us, maintain a diary, this is how I found myself, spend QUALITY time with yourself 2. Focus on small actions/habits which will give you

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The 3 simple rules for a Startup:

posted on June 15th, 2018

1. You may make no money in the first few years, most people either dont know this or dont accept this fact, this is why several startups close down every year. If you quit your job to start up, compare the money earned with your first salary not

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Disappointed with Messi messing up

posted on June 14th, 2018

My son said to me: “Dad, It does not matter I still love Messi” I guess we all can have a bad day at office And life is a humbling experience. Dont know how the small man with a big heart would have slept. My heart goes out to him !

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The story of the sea Turtle

posted on June 13th, 2018

Years ago a meteor fell, all Dinosaurs died But the sea Turtle survived So slow, so small Yet the Turtle stood tall Maybe it hid in the water till time could tell Maybe it curled itself in its hard shell It needed little energy to live

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I had lived in a slum several years ago, I was scared I may have to go back :) I was operating out of fear. Till one day I went to my manager, told him I am resigning since I did not want to work anymore. I had taken a leap of faith. But deep

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Envelope 1: Letter from the bank which let my parents move into their own home, they finally had their own space, my mom cried that day Envelope 2: Offer letter to study in my dream school I checked it many times, just in case it was fake, I

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5 simple ways to make your startup work!

posted on June 10th, 2018

Our Experience: 1. Have a vision which you believe in, if you dont no one else will. You should be willing to sacrifice everything for it. - Strategy 2. Have a story to tell, this will get people to join you, customers to come, it should

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When all is lost What do you do?

posted on June 9th, 2018

Just sit and cry And think why? Or even think why me? Why cant I also be happy as can be? No one beside me All alone except me What do I do When no one is helping me Then I hear a voice “I am there” and it feels so nice I try to

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The journey of building our Startup:

posted on June 8th, 2018

There were months we had no money to pay bills. There were days when we did not know what will our future be. There were many moments of the sinking feeling that comes when all is lost. There were times when people fooled us and took our ideas

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This was the feedback I was given several years back after an interview. I was going through a clinical mental depression at that time and I was not even aware. I felt I was ok, but I was not. Sometimes we are not even in touch with what we are

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As I went deeper into myself I realised I was critical or blaming because I did not want to take ownership. And I was finding faults with things because I was trying to hide my faults, I was trying to distract both the world and myself :) I was

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“I want to be like you”

posted on June 7th, 2018

When this elderly gentleman said this to me, I was more shocked than surprised. He had been a CEO to multiple companies earlier and now consults with multiple companies. When I asked him why he said “I want to be well known, I want thousands of

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“I am confused, what should I do?”

posted on June 6th, 2018

How do I get to my dream? How can I change my role/industry? Should I quit my job and start on my own? Should I join a startup? Should I do an mba? Should I go back to work my startup is not working out? How do I raise money for my

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I was amazed to see the desire to learn and grow in everyone. Which made me question Why do we stop learning and growing? It is such a natural ability we are born with and we slowly lose it over time. Are you learning and growing

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Keep Ticking the Boxes :)

posted on June 5th, 2018

Yeah that is what I tried to do for many years. I slowly became an expert at it. There was one box however I could never tick. It was something to do with “Do what you love to do” Such a simple statement but so tough to even comprehend

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The Story of a Salesman !

posted on June 5th, 2018

My dad started his career as a salesman and that is how he ended his career. There was a sales contest in his company every year and he would always come first. One year his managers and colleagues who used to be jealous got him posted to East

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Question is where do we find people who are better than us or know more than us? This question haunted me almost 3 years back. I figured an easy way out. I decided to start meeting/speaking to people who I had never knew before. I started from

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The F word

posted on June 4th, 2018

Yes indeed the only word that separates the ordinary from the extra ordinary :) FOCUS ! Yeah, everyone knows it, everyone says it But few do it. Focus can be done easily through DOT Which is simply put “Do One Thing” But Why cant people

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5 simple ways to achieve your DREAM

posted on June 3rd, 2018

This is what worked for me 1. Write down your dream, there is great power in this, most people only think about it, the first step of moving from thought to action starts here 2. Break it down to a small habit that can get you there. If you want

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Why write?

posted on June 3rd, 2018

1. Writing gives clarity to thoughts which often confuse and cloud our thinking 2. Writing also helps us connect to our own self, something which we dont do often, this is where self discovery begins 3. Writing is a creation, we learn to create

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A part of me that stopped me A dream of mine that pushed me A battle between “You never can” And “I can” When things went bad I started feeling sad When things were good I felt that “I could” One moment too soon And I again

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Why am I confused?

posted on June 2nd, 2018

Ever wondered why? Only 2 reasons for me Either I wanted everything or I did not know what I wanted The first is like trying to hold the water in your hand and not letting it fall in the sand The second is trying to find the water after it

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Who am I?

posted on June 1st, 2018

I am the desire to grow I am the hunger to know I am the heart that does love I am the ground below and the sky above I am the mind that knows I am the eye that shows I am the water that flows I am the love that grows I am the nature

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As I spoke to this brilliant girl, she was really sad, she said most of her classmates who got less marks than her were all going abroad because they know they may not get admission in any school. Just to put things in perspective there are only

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I boarded a flight from Blr to Delhi last week. Everything was fine till we started to land after flying for 2 hrs. Outside the window, a storm was brewing, we were in the center of it. As the plane started to descend it started to shake

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Our mind is our biggest barrier sometimes. If I had a broken foot I think I would be complaining. But I have seen her travelling across the country, delivering talks/workshops on literally one foot for the past 4 weeks now. Truly inspiring ! We

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“His English is bad”

posted on May 29th, 2018

people whispered, when this Indian leader spoke in a conference in India. A chinese leader spoke next, his english was equally bad but no one said anything. I asked the same people about the chinese leader, they said he is an expat so his english

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The ANT’s DREAM

posted on May 28th, 2018

Pablo Picasso said “I do not seek. I find” It was as if the Ant’s dream running in his mind The Ant just keeps doing the little things even when others are flying on wings The Ant just never gets bogged down by failure Maybe because to

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An amazing team who could speak their hearts out ! A journey that began for me with 1300 characters on Linkedin taking shape magically. Thankful to the Linkedin team for inviting me for the session on “Story Selling”. Life has come a full

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The 5 kinds of tough managers I had

posted on May 26th, 2018

1. Control freak: wanted to control everything, felt insecure mostly, wanted to take all decisions, was frustrated/angry most of the time, would threaten firing people 2. Hard task master: was never happy, always kept pushing back, made life

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How to leave office early?

posted on May 25th, 2018

Here are 10 simple ways: 1. Check emails only thrice a day 2. Put everything on your calendar even personal meetings. Keep a separate to do list, prioritise urgent & important tasks. If you are firefighting all the time then there is

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We all have only 2 choices in life

posted on May 24th, 2018

1. Complain about things, be negative, be pessimistic, cry over our past, keep hanging out with the wrong people, keep getting hurt, be unhappy, feel stuck, feel sorry, indulge in bitching about people, try to pull other people down, be jealous,

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Every part of me Sometimes stops me from being me Every part of my failure Stops me from being now and here The past, the future? What will others think of me here? Will I fail or suceed? When will I get what I need? Why am I here?

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The only way to stop learning is when you think you know more ! This is what I learn when I meet people who have the hunger to learn and I am struggling to learn new things, and I so wish I knew less :) To get coached/certified join our long term

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I had 5 long years when everything went wrong. Nothing worked, however hard I tried. Everything around my life started falling apart. I was so frustrated, I started visiting temples, going to astrologers, but nothing changed. Finally I realised

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Offering my gratitude through 3 ways to make everyones dreams come true: 1. SHARE: Every saturday will meet/e-meet, share what little I have learnt with as many people across the globe. This will be completely free. I hope to share this with as

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One my my old colleagues said this to me. I was taken several years back in time. Back then my need to be appreciated was very strong. I wanted it badly. My actions were all done with the sole intention of getting appreciated. Why? One day

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Similar seeds sown at the sametime One seed grows up to become a tree which gives shade to other trees. Two people starting at the same place and the sametime just end up at different places. There is something unique within us that makes the

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I got this SOS message from Tajvinder Kaur Sra she was struggling to find her first job. She had good academics passed out from one of the good colleges but was unable to find a job to support herself. I shared with her how my first job was that

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My first job was a “small time job”.

posted on May 11th, 2018

That is how I would justify to explain it:) I used to go to customers, remove their faulty cctv cameras, bring it back to the office where they would fix it. I was riding my bike roughly 250kms a day, and in 45 degrees celsius. The moment I

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Help can be disabling as well ! I never understood this simple thing for several years. Kept looking for help and got disapointed when no one helped :) We dont need help all the time, There is someone who can help us better than anyone else in

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Yes, we found this after interacting with millions: 1. Those who think more of themselves than they really are 2. Those who think less of themselves than they really are Which type are you? What are you doing about it? To get coached or

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When I was stuck, I was doing something funny, I was not willing to let go. Strange but true I wanted to remain there even though I said - I did not :) I know you will laugh and say how can you want to be stuck ? Letting go- not just to be stuck,

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The fill in the blank challenge:

posted on May 3rd, 2018

You may be the only person in this world if you get this right! I will be the happiest person in this world if I get _______________ To get coached or become a certified coach join our long term coaching program, get coached by the worlds leading

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What she said is so relevant even today. No wonder there are so few great minds out there :) Each time you can check your actions using these 12 words. Brilliant isnt it ? I feel so average sometimes. Do you? Hope you are not giving up! I

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Give yourself 10 points each time you have 1. Changed your location 2. Changed your role (this is not necessarily a job change) 3. Changed your industry 4. Changed your skills (higher education, a certification, exchange program, done a job

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Step 1: Create your own content/style which is unique, dont copy, no need to tag people as well, dont write what other people are writing. Just keep experimenting till you find one. Choose the platform based on your type of writing. Try different

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1. People who work hard, live by the right values, give it their best shot, and do it the right way 2. People who are positive, are not critical of people/situations, look for solutions, take ownership and make it happen, we all look for them when

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1. Buying a house for my parents, (because we never had one) close to the mountains, where they could spend their lives peacefully 2. I wanted to solve the problems of millions of people in the world since everyone I saw was unhappy around. 3. I

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“I fear public speaking”

posted on April 22nd, 2018

I told a friend years ago, he gave me 4 simple steps to overcome my fear which worked. 1. Start with speaking up in team meetings, parties/trainings, dont miss an opportunity to practice, address the audience. Practice before a mirror and video

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Some run for cover, some use an umbrella and some simply enjoy the rain. The rain could mean amazing things or troubles :) What do you do when this happens? What does the rain mean to you? Looking for recruiters 2-4 yrs experience in hiring pls

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2 interesting conversations with Millenials

posted on April 18th, 2018

I asked a final year college student on what is the biggest challenge she sees with her generation. I was surprised with her response. “I think most of us are lazy and we want instant gratification” She clearly articulated her struggles as

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applying jobs, connecting to recruiters, sending invites to ceos, commenting on posts, getting more connections, the list goes on. Then one day I thought of using linkedin differently for 1. Creating and sharing original content 2.

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Millions of kids would have been disapointed, a great opportunity to transform brilliant and curious minds lost. Creativity is a beautiful experience of creating something out of nothing. Every second we have an opportunity to create something

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1. The first year was confusion, I did not know what I should be doing, so I tried to catch all the birds. But all the birds flew away and I was left complaining that the world is horrible. My savings went and I achieved nothing. Success rate was 0%

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1. The hardest thing is to focus on one thing, this differentiates the average from the amazing. Both greed and fear prevent us to do this. This is the secret of success. 2. Most relationships that begin with money, also end over money. 3.

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Or shall I say repaint our minds with different colors. Recently our apartment got painted It suddenly felt brighter, felt positive, though the apartment was the same. If we paint our minds then life would look and seem so different. Change

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Do it so well that its a masterpiece

posted on April 6th, 2018

Put in so much effort that you dont sleep in peace ! Dont give up till it arrives Keep living each day without fearing something dies ! Push yourself so much each day Till something within cries ! Work harder than anyone around you Till it

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What will the future be?

posted on April 4th, 2018

Your new boss arrives and he is a BOT :) The BOT sends an email the night before on what you need to do the next day and how, also lays down both qualitative and quantitative parameters of evaluation. He changes salary rules it will be based on

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Shit I am slowly becoming a BOT

posted on April 3rd, 2018

I cant change my behaviours, my skills as fast as I used to when I was a kid I am programmed not to learn What do I do? I dont want to be a BOT” This is what someone asked me the other day As I reflected I realised We just need to press

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GET IN TO GET OUT

posted on April 1st, 2018

Does this sound familiar? When we start something with the sole purpose of leaving it someday. Its like a starting point we need, the first step to where we want to be. Since we think we cant go there directly. Yes the direct way will be

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We all want to achieve amazing things. We all start from somewhere and want to go to the top. But our baggage prevents us or rather constrains us. And we remain in the quest without achieving it. We have to become “Nothing” first. How do

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Why do I find faults with people?

posted on March 30th, 2018

Because they are not good enough :) OR is it because I feel I am full of faults :) Yes thats the most plausible answer. Why? Since the focus shifts from my insecurities to someone else. Now lets look at it the other way Why dont I

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Jaskaran Singh was an engineer from IIT who had already received an all india rank 7 for his masters. But the spinal cord injury did not allow him to study further. After a year of treatment he landed a job, started to work, even though he could

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“I hate my job !

posted on March 28th, 2018

Then what are you doing about it?” This was a conversation I had with my friend several yrs back. There were only 2 answers to this 1. I do not know where to start 2. I have tried a lot but with no luck Interestingly my answer was number

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We are truly humbled ! We learnt 5 lessons in the process: 1. Think big but act small, move from thinking to doing, you dont need hundreds of ideas but just one small idea which has to be implemented well. 2. If people laugh at or criticise you

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When you are failing, You are still progressing When you dont know which way to go, You still have options When you are feeling alone, You still have your company When you are at a loss of words You can still be silent When you see

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Should you Fake it to make it?

posted on March 25th, 2018

Someone asked this question recently. It is indeed a tough call to take. In some cases when we are low on confidence, self esteem, it works well to help us come out of it. Sometimes to develop a new skill like public speaking it can help us pick

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“Which Car do you drive?”

posted on March 24th, 2018

I told him “the same one I used to drive 3 yrs back”. I wondered what would someone infer from my answer. Maybe I have not moved on in life :))) Another meeting I had 2 yrs back. We both were struggling entrepreneurs. I asked him “Have

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My short story on networking.

posted on March 23rd, 2018

Our family was travelling to a small town in east India sometime ago. We went out for dinner to a place which was packed on a saturday evening. As we waited for a long time for a table, a waiter came over to me. I found his face familiar but could

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Mandatory Criteria 1. Making revenues and been in the market for NOT less than 1.5 yrs 2. Clear audited balance sheets and legal papers in place 3. Areas - AI, VR, IOT, Deep Tech, healthcare, energy, water, coworking, legal tech, fintech,

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“Why dont you try flying this plane”

posted on March 21st, 2018

As I took the plane from him and started flying in the air, it flew really high. Once I was done my son said to me. “Did you feel amazing after you flew your paper plane, did the plane fly really well? I am sure you did not feel much when I was

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The eyes that follow me

posted on March 21st, 2018

At home its my son At work its my colleagues In a public place its the people around In school/college it was my juniors,seniors, teachers When I am Talking its the people who are listening On linkedin these are those who are following

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“I am not allowed to visit my past”

posted on March 20th, 2018

Someone shared this in one of the workshops we did. There was a lot of pain this person was avoiding. As a result it was impacting his behaviours at workplace. He was stressed at work and at home. As I invited this person to open the cupboard. I

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When I talk more I know I know less

posted on March 20th, 2018

When I use more words I know I am confused When I justify I know I feel insecure When I interrupt I know I feel small When I find faults I know I am hiding my faults When I want to be with people I know I feel lonely When I want everyone

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I saw another hand It was my shadow in the sand It followed me around The shadow on the ground Slowly I did not feel alone anymore With my shadow on the shore I started to run fast The shadow followed me fast I went into the sea The

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Everyone wants to laugh but no one wants to cry ! Everyone wants to become a millionaire but no one is willing to lose all what one has ! Everyone wants to become an entrepreneur but no one wants to spend years toiling hard without sleep and

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Why I used to bitch, blame and criticise ?

posted on March 17th, 2018

This was early in my career, we (my colleagues) used to meet often over coffee in office. Our conversations used to start on a positive note, then one of us would say: “what are we doing after spending 4 years getting an engineering degree-

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How to deal with difficult people.

posted on March 16th, 2018

I must confess I struggled with this for years. Here is what I did which worked. 1. Learn as much from them, because they may have some qualities we dont have. This also helps in changing the way we see them. Also when we start learning from

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To be a good leader what is the most important trait we need? I guess the one trait leaders need is - being a good human being :) Yes strange but true our race has stopped being human. Emotional Intelligence is all about being human (empathy

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He said “People are intelligent they remember things said once in a whisper, than when you say repeatedly or loudly” I was attending an investor forum meeting last year. One of the participants lets call him John, kept harping on his idea. So

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This was a question asked at the Linkedin Local event in Mumbai. My simple answer was to create a better world. Small positive difference - better life - happier family - happier community - better world :) And a better world would mean I will

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1. Moving from thinking to doing 2. Moving from doing to thinking I remember being stuck in both these traps. The other stories were around fears 1. Fear of failure 2. Fear of loneliness 3. Fear of what others will say I was trapped in

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The simplest secret of networking

posted on March 11th, 2018

It is NOT just Who you know, How many you know, How well you know your connections, How well they they know their connections BUT how long this chain continues The key lies in building a chain that goes on forever, maintaining the chain

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How do you make eye contact?

posted on March 10th, 2018

Its so interesting to see everyone has the same pair of eyes but we choose to use them differently. Here are the different ways in which people use eye contact: 1. Look at a person while speaking to some other person (avoidance) 2. Look at

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What will others think of me?

posted on March 9th, 2018

Societal pressure was the biggest fear of participants in a workshop we did recently. It just plays out a bit more in India where society is given a lot of importance. One of my uncles everytime I meet him he starts with “you have become very

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Lucky to have this opportunity to share a laugh and be in the same frame as him. Thankyou Dr. Marshall Goldsmith He invested time in everyone who wanted to speak to him. He is a genuine person, who wants to truly give to people around him. I

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My tryst with anger!

posted on March 7th, 2018

There was a time I used to get angry often. It was more my weakness and feeling of loss of control which got me angry. I wanted to control people, situations. When outcomes did not go the way I wanted, I felt angry. At another level when I was

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A part of me

posted on March 6th, 2018

A part of me wants to change fast A part of me wants this change to last A part of me wants me to forget the past A part of me wants to step into future fast A part of me wants to be as happy as I can be A part of me wants to achieve what

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She saw this idea implemented succesfully across the world. Linkedinlocals are professional networking events organised by volunteers. But what works across the world seldom works in India. She found volunteers across India who agreed to be

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Linkedin Local Lucknow was amazing !

posted on March 4th, 2018

Linkedin Local Mumbai Mar 17 is next ! One of the participants of Linkedin Local Lucknow mentioned his biggest fear was “Fear of being labelled by friends/family” As he shared his fears, everyone shared deeply their fears. I recollect as a

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His family struggled for breakfast, he walked miles to go to a school. His parents were not well educated, life was a struggle for his family. Mustafa P. C worked hard & got into engineering. It was a dream for him. But he did not stop there.

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The leaves fall for a purpose To give way to new ones to grow there So do we fall to learn new things here The smile often follows a tear When things are tough dont give up Its just that spring is here :) You may feel that things could not

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The Story of a Super Woman I know.

posted on March 1st, 2018

Born in a conservative Tamilian Brahmin family in India, her childhood was spent in a small 400 square feet home where she saw her mom working/managing her home along with her dad. She picked up high EQ from her mom. She was the brightest and

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This shows the state of women managers/leaders in india. Between 1990 & 2005, the percentage of working Indian women in the workforce rose from 35 percent to 37 percent. In the last decade, however, the country has reversed course, with female

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Either say I have no more connections left or remove the passive connections, not contributing to the network and add new connections instead. If I remove passive connections they may feel bad? Any thoughts? Are you cleaning up your

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When you are pushed to a corner You just need to hug the corner When you are about to fall You just need to hang on to a thread When no one is helping you You just need to help yourself When you are all alone You just need to become

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1. What if I will fail ? 2. What will others think of me ? 3. Greed to achieve more 4. Thinking more and doing less Each one of these made me 25 percent less effective. I was operating at 50 percent most of the time. What is holding you

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Only 2 things happened to me 1. I started feeling insecure OR 2. I learned like crazy Whenever I felt insecure I never learnt because I was blocking it. So in some ways they were both mutually exclusive for me. How do you feel when you work

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There are 4 types of employees I experienced:

posted on February 25th, 2018

1. Want more after doing less: greedy 2. Want more after doing more: sincere 3. Want less after doing more: content 4. Want less after doing less: disinterested My journey as an employee: 0-4 years- I was greedy 4-8 years - I was sincere

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I had 3 types of managers in my career

posted on February 25th, 2018

1. They told me what went wrong after it happened- perfectionist 2. They told me what would go wrong before I started - expert 3. They worked with me to make it happen - collaborator I realised I did best when I worked with collaborators.

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Are you stuck in the wrong job?

posted on February 24th, 2018

Easy way to find out - answer these questions in yes or no 1. Do you hate to go to work on monday mornings? 2. Are you completely exhausted by the time you reach home from work? 3. Do you rarely learn new things at work? 4. Do you dislike or

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My relationship with money has been strange

posted on February 24th, 2018

Phase 1: When I had none I wanted it badly Phase 2: When I had some I wanted more, greed :) Phase 3: When I had more I was scared I will lose it, fear Phase 4: When I lost it all I realised this is all there is to it Phase 5: I started

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The one minute that changed my life

posted on February 23rd, 2018

This is my secret Going through several failures and feeling stuck I was feeling low and reflecting Why me? Suddenly a thought came to my mind How can l change it? I started something I call "The one minute change" I stepped out of home and

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I was fearful of failure Till I failed miserably I was fearful of people judging me Till they all labelled me as a failure I was fearful of losing myself Till I lost myself I was fearful of being alone Till I became lonely I was fearful

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By late career (10-15yrs) I became underconfident After 15 yrs I started to become confident again :) The strange cycle of confidence not driven by external factors as much by my own self. Both overconfidence and underconfidence happen because

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“Looking for a job”

posted on February 22nd, 2018

Would you hire someone with this status? Why am I asking this is, well there are several people who keep this status. Most recruiters look for people who are happy with their jobs and doing well. The ones looking for jobs are never their target

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Sole to Soul story !

posted on February 21st, 2018

"My shoes are torn but I always wear them. They define me" he began his story. His eyes sparkled like the river in the shining sun. It was as if he was telling a story of his soul through the sole he wore. His black and white shoes, had gone

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This is what several leading digitial marketing and personal branding experts told me several months back. I never listened to them. Infact I even added a line on my profile "I am average". Which is the truth. The response I have received has

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Crush me into nothing But I will form back again Make me fail a million times But I will not stop trying again Make me cry everyday But I will still smile again Hurt me as much as you can But I will still love again Break my trust as

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“Sorry but you are LAID OFF”

posted on February 20th, 2018

"But why" I asked my manager shocked ! He said "I have failed, you have to go". I was speechless. I realised that I had tried hard but I could not change the system. I had failed as well, but nothing was in my hands. I felt it was a judgement

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I found my childhood friend after 13 years.

posted on February 19th, 2018

He shared his amazing story with me. After his Hotel Management, he joined a leading airlines as cabin crew. Back in those days an airlines job was a dream job for someone from a small town. But his father was never happy. He let his son to leave

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I have done both so I just know the difference :)) When it goes to your head it makes you fly in the air, and you can fall flat anytime. Gone through this a few times :)) When it goes to your heart it can humble you, you only grow, because you are

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This is a question asked by an entrepreneur. In response I asked him a question "What is your objective?" He fumbled for a while and then said "To make money" There was silence for a while and as the moments passed by, he slowly said to

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This has been my learning as I look back over the past few years. This thought came to me in a meeting today with Dr. Jasmine R. Gercke . Sometimes our entire life can be experienced through a second. Sometimes we cant experience our life in an

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This was a question asked by an mba student in a talk I was giving. As we went deeper into the conversation he admitted "I was not serious in my life hence I moved jobs frequently". If he lied most experienced interviewers will find out, if he

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Do you find faults with things around you?

posted on February 17th, 2018

I used to find faults with people, things, everything. Infact I did well as a quality engineer, I could find faults with anything that was seemingly perfect. It was only later in life I realised, this was a smart way of moving the focus from myself

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The simple way to find your calling in life.

posted on February 16th, 2018

Just put down 10 items each under 1. Things I am good at 2. Things I love to do If you find something common between these lists then you have got it, but thats rare. If you have not then see combinations across these lists, start exploring

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My Linkedin job hunting experience :

posted on February 16th, 2018

3 years on linkedin: roughly 100k jobs applied. I landed one offer This was many yrs back, I used to apply on linkedin for jobs regularly. Roughly 100 jobs everyday. I would keep applying. I may have received 15 calls, converted one offer. Here

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She explained in detail the real reasons. They rejected her saying "You are a poor listener". I know her well, so I was surprised. I remember a year back we had fwded the candidature of a skilled lady who had taken a 3 year career break. Her

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An amazing story of change: Mukund Trivedy

posted on February 15th, 2018

After working for several years he quit for the right reasons and decided to make a change to workplaces. I met him a few months back, I saw character and passion to make a difference. Above all he was honest and straightforward. Hence the name

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Do you remember making paper planes?

posted on February 14th, 2018

Yes, kids still love to fly them? Why? It was an awesome experience to create paper planes, then see them fly. The joy of creation was amazing. No one would tell you "dont do this". It was a quick, easy, cheap way of creating something that can

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Interestingly I had been stuck in the same phase for almost ten years of my life. Moving from thinking to doing. Yes it looks so easy but we all get stuck in it. We had some deep conversations and he started to make a shift in this thinking and

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My biggest fear while I was working was:

posted on February 13th, 2018

"I will lose my job". When I look back it sounds so funny. Its like fearing the sky will fall down one day :) Strange how our fears drive us and make us behave in a particular way. The person who has no job he has no fear of losing it, because he

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Yes there was amazing learning that came out from it, but it was very painful. I went through a clinical depression and did not seek medication because I never knew what I was going through. It almost killed me. It took me a few years to come out

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This is an important question asked in one of the entrepreneur forums by someone who found out that his employees were moonlighting (working on another job on the side) and he has initiated legal action against them. Freelancing on jobs after work

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Am I good enough?

posted on February 12th, 2018

A question that has haunted me since childhood. Its a great question to ask yourself. The answer reveals our deepest insecurities. Growing up in india as a kid, i was always trying hard to change my answer. Yes, the answer was mostly NO, else why

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How can I find out what I am really good at?

posted on February 11th, 2018

This is a question I have been asked several times. There are 2 answers to this 1. Sorry we cant find out because we are all average at everything when we start off, at least when we are asking this question. 2. Only way you can find out is by

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Why do people cheat, lie or commit fraud?

posted on February 11th, 2018

My son asked me this question a few days ago Amazing question in todays business scenario. I think it all goes down to the values of a person. Some people are okay with doing things the wrong way. It all starts with having a bad thought -

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I experimented with myself

posted on February 10th, 2018

Just recently I was giving a talk at a college. I have given so many talks in the last 6 months that I was beginning to get bored of talking the same stuff. So here is what I did. I said to myself let me convey the same message differently. So I

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I was the shortest in school in my class

posted on February 10th, 2018

I remained the shortest in my mind even when I grew taller. I always felt others were better than me. I was not good enough. Have you grown tall in your mind? Do you feel you are good enough? Make that shift in your mind ! Allow yourself

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My 4 am routine

posted on February 9th, 2018

The world is sleeping, my mind alarm rings I wake up with pure thoughts and pen them down, infact most of my thoughts and ideas come at that hour. As a student i had a tough time waking at 6am for school. I was a night bird. Truly speaking I

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The rabbit story.

posted on February 9th, 2018

I loved animals as a kid and my favourites were rabbits. We had loads in common. Being curious and persistent, and eating carrots :) I somehow convinced my mom to get me rabbits as pets. Dont remember how my dad agreed :) I used to give them

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I feel so light. Its so strange. Which made me wonder Why do we carry baggage? Its taking something from my past to have a comfortable future. The irony of life there is no past and there is no future. Life is now. Only Now Exists :) Have

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I failed miserably over the last few years.

posted on February 8th, 2018

My dream was to make a difference in the lives of people around me. But I could not. Over the last year I realised why I was making little or no impact, why I was failing I was missing an important step I had to "Make a difference to my life

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The 3 of them joined me a while back

posted on February 7th, 2018

I did not know how to tell them to leave. Finally they left on their own. Their names were ego, insecurity, and greed. Is this a familiar story for you? How did you make them leave? To rediscover yourself attend our storytelling workshops

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Blessings in disguise

posted on February 7th, 2018

Only later we realise What we went through Which we never knew Its like the raindrops Showing us the rainbow Its like the drought Showing the cracks in the earth Its like the pain Of giving birth Its like the sorrow Showing us the

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Story of a Mumbai Taxi driver

posted on February 6th, 2018

Manoj moved to mumbai for a better future. He took a loan, bought his own auto rickshaw (tuk-tuk) to make Rs 30k every month. He had 2 small kids, wife not working, his parents back in his village where he had some land. He bought a taxi paid Rs

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They all ran faster than me.

posted on February 6th, 2018

They all were stronger than me. I knew I could never win. But then I figured out a way. I never stopped running :) Happy to announce Linkedin Local Mumbai Pls connect with Preeti Chaudhary to reserve your seat today. To rediscover yourself

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Trollers are horrible :)

posted on February 5th, 2018

I hated them, I felt helpless. Till one day I realised I am because of them. They helped me work on my insecurities. They made me question myself. They made me learn and grow each time I was trolled. Not to mention the likes/comments

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Just imagine someone steals your purse on a day to work. Yes hard luck. So now you have 2 choices 1. You want your money back OR 2. You want the thief punished If you had one choice to make, what would it be and why? Thankyou for the

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Can I have some water, I asked

posted on February 4th, 2018

Sure give me sometime , the airhostess said. I waited, asked one more airhostess again when no water came. The passenger sitting next to me said "Why dont you take mine till yours arrives" So thoughtful of him, I thanked him. As I had the

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She walked He talked

posted on February 4th, 2018

She listened He heard They worked well together happily ever after ! These stories are unheard. Stories depict the real culture of the organisation. Stories are powerful. Whats your story at work? Happy to share we will be doing a session on

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From smart to stupid !

posted on February 3rd, 2018

Yeah thats been my journey A few years back i would have laughed at this. Why would someone want to become stupid? Being stupid gives us the liberty to fail Being stupid allows us to experiment Being stupid allows us to be obsessed Being

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They came they stole my ideas and left

posted on February 3rd, 2018

But they forgot, a part of the idea was me ! And they could not steal me :) I will become a new idea soon ! Dont ever let people put you down Dont ever think you are not good enough Dont ever let failure become your destiny Dont ever let

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I took my boat out to the sea

posted on February 2nd, 2018

It was just the boat and me I knew where I came from But I dont know where I am headed now? The sun is playing hide and seek But I have nothing to give, everything to keep ! Maybe he likes my company, he is lonely too. I am alone I cant

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He put a bag full of notes in front of my dad.

posted on February 2nd, 2018

It was a million indian rupees which was a lot of money back then. He then smiled, picked the bag and put it in my dad hands and said "hope you will help us now" I was all of 9 years then and luckily accompanying my dad on his office tour. This

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Why do we block people on linkedin

posted on February 1st, 2018

Linkedin gives a few reasons 1. I think it's inappropriate for linkedin 2. I think its Scam or a fake account 3. Some other reason Infact why do we block people at work? 1. We dont like them 2. We are protecting ourselves It would be

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English is not my mother tongue

posted on February 1st, 2018

My mother tongue is Punjabi A beautiful language like any other language. When I was a child I was told I have to learn to speak in english else my chances of success in my country are slim. When I grew up more, I was told I have to think in

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Post # 350 : My 9 months on Linkedin.

posted on January 31st, 2018

35 Million views, 1.75 Million likes, 200k comments, 20k connection requests. All thanks to the 74,268 people who trust me. I had 1000 when I started. How did I do it? 5000 hours effort, loads of courage, only me writing, posts reviewed by my 9

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When I was born:

posted on January 30th, 2018

I was crying Everyone around me was smiling I must have been wondered. How strange these people are, I just lost my home, almost got killed, I can barely breathe, and these guys are celebrating :) Happy Birthday ! This is what happens when

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Whats the sexiest thing in this world?

posted on January 29th, 2018

I dont know what it is for you but for me: It was wearing that army uniform my uncle wore. I would quietly fantasize going to war wearing that uniform as a kid. The whole idea of dying for the country would give me goosebumps. It was for a cause.

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My deepest insecurities:

posted on January 28th, 2018

I have always had several of them for several years A short list: 1. Losing my loved ones 2. Losing all what I have 3. Being branded as a failure The more I went deeper into them, I realised they all came from my childhood. I went through

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A box of chocolates landed at my home !

posted on January 27th, 2018

There was a cute little thank you note. It was from someone who used to work for us, she said she was missing us. It was so overwhelming, I felt I had achieved the moon. An entrepreneurs life is a lonely life. You dont have very many people

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My friend asked me this. I told him at least you have half remaining. And you can exit now. He said but if I wait will it grow? Fear and greed is driving bitcoin today. Its the new stock market which is 100 times faster. Its like driving a

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Why may I ask ? Is our past so important to determine our future? If this were the case then no progress would happen ! People can change ! Past is Past ! To rediscover yourself attend our storytelling workshops contact: 1. Mumbai- Feb

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I boarded a mumbai cab

posted on January 25th, 2018

The driver Anil Kumar said "Sir, can you call a number" I asked him why He said "the last passenger forgot his wallet in the cab I cant reach his phone, all his credit cards and Id cards are there. I need to give it to him" We tried for 10 mins

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He has flunked several interviews because of this question. Here is his story: He joined a startup and was part of the founding team in year 1 He quit the startup in year 2 The startup got funded just after he quit Year 5 the second round of

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I was avoiding seeing a video of mine. Why?

posted on January 24th, 2018

Is this me? Who is this person? Do I know him well enough? What if I made mistakes? What if I was not good enough? Finally I saw my video, beginning to accept Who I Am :) What about you? To rediscover yourself attend our storytelling

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The earthquake today

posted on January 24th, 2018

I was on the ground floor I came to know only when I saw my neighbours rushing down. Those at the top could feel it more. Strange isnt it the further we are from reality. The more the problem. To rediscover yourself attend our storytelling

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The joke of the century:

posted on January 23rd, 2018

I went to one of the large company stores of one of India's leading Telecom providers. They asked me to download their mobile app. The network was very poor to download so I asked them "Why is the network so poor" They said "sorry sir, the

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I was living in a slum

posted on January 23rd, 2018

He was living in a mansion The year was 1997 He had everything, he was unhappy I had nothing, I was happy He asked me how? I asked him why? He said I also want to be like you I said I dont want to be like you , thats how :) My short

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Amazing isnt it? I am proud to say I am one of them. I am proud to say I am part of a miracle called India. India is the 6th largest GDP economy in the world today. The GDP will double in the next few years and India may soon become the top 3

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What is your purpose in life?

posted on January 22nd, 2018

This is the question I asked a billionaire at the IIT e-summit recently. As he started to speak, his first few words were: "As a child I used to do things what made me happy. There was a pause as he searched hard for his life purpose since many

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My first day at work decades ago:

posted on January 21st, 2018

I met my manager I felt- "Am I good enough?" 5 years later I became a manager I met my team I still felt the same :) Inspired by the talk by Anuj Gosalia at e-summit IIT Bombay 2018 Thankyou Anuj Gosalia. To rediscover yourself attend

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The need to add value to things all the time !

posted on January 21st, 2018

Oh yes I was guilty of this for most parts of my life. I know you would be thinking whats wrong with this. Just think about this for a few seconds. Why would a person want to add value to everything and everytime. Let me be honest here, I dont

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The 3 second cv SCAN we use to shortlist cvs.

posted on January 20th, 2018

We recently put a job post and guess what we got 6000 cvs in a few days. Remember only 1 percent or even lesser will be good, yes thats the real ratio. Now just imagine if we even take 3 mins to go through a cv of a few pages it will amount to a

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Why we should commit SINS ?

posted on January 20th, 2018

Yes, This is the secret of success of all millionaires & billionaires. They all commit SINS and many dont even tell us about it. Lets face it the normal approach in life cannot get us there in life. You can spend your lifetime & you wont

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How to find your calling?

posted on January 19th, 2018

Here are some steps I followed: STEP 1: Find what is unique about you? If you dont find anything unique. Start from what you are good at? There must be something you can do really well. I know there are millions who may be better, but you have to

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I recently met a friend who shared this with me. He shared how his career was not going through a good phase, he might lose his job soon. He felt responsible for his kids & wanted to give them a good future. As he started to give interviews he

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I have lived in these fears

posted on January 18th, 2018

Fear of what will happen tomorrow Fear of will I fail again Fear of losing all what I have Fear of things going wrong Fear of what others will say The list is endless The fears came from a deep insecurity "I am not good enough" So I

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What is your dream?

posted on January 18th, 2018

This is a question I was asked so often when I was a kid. I enjoyed answering this question several times, never got bored or irritated. As I grew up people stopped asking me this question. The question changed to: "Where do you see yourself 5

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Eyes of a child !

posted on January 17th, 2018

I was speaking to a 10 year old girl, and was asking her what does her dad do. She said he stays at home. I asked her he must be spending a lot of time with you then. She said "not really he is busy on his laptop" Everyday I see him doing

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What is Groupthink ?

posted on January 17th, 2018

I heard this term from Dr. Richard Claydon recently and it triggered a memory from years ago! I was part of a leadership program a few years ago. It was an amazing 3 day workshop where the facilitators used music to help us get a new perspective.

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The Darkness around the Oil lamp !

posted on January 16th, 2018

Back in the eighties in India we used to have many power cuts in the city I used to live in. I remember the first time the oil lamp came to our house. I was excited, finally I would not have the flickering candle light but the steady oil lamp

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Do you remember studying set theory in algebra: 'A complement' was a topic. 'A' complement meant 'Not A' I personally struggle with change. One of the easiest ways to change that I found is so simple that anyone can implement it. Here is how it

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Where has all your aggressiveness gone?

posted on January 15th, 2018

This was a question I was asked recently from a close friend of mine who has known me for years. It was a surprise to me, because I never realised I had changed. Yes I was extremely agressive as a person, that translated to anger, impatience, worry

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It was wonderful how over 55 strangers met for the first time and it led to amazing conversations for over 4 hours. After the speakers finished their talks. A courageous 25 year old came to the stage and shared how he felt he was stuck in his life,

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Think Fast & Act Slow !

posted on January 14th, 2018

This was one of the things I struggled with, I was always Thinking Fast and Acting Fast. Yeah at the face of it, looks perfect. I used to think I was cats whiskers :)) But acting fast many times proves dangerous. In a hurry to keep pace with my

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These are 2 perspectives of networking. The second one sounds so loose & frivolous. I must confess I used to think like this for so many years. Only a year back I realised my stupidity the second one actually includes the first. Let me

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“I hate to go to office & work”

posted on January 13th, 2018

This is what a senior leader in a global company told me in a candid meeting yesterday after a drink. He said he does not enjoy his work at all & he just goes to work for money. He said the work culture is toxic. Its feels horrible to work.

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This is the story of not just me but millions in India. I remember I used to study 18 hrs a day buried in books. I would buy every book on every subject that someone would recommend. I had roughly 50 books I was referring to at one time. All my

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Yes I was so stupid, here is what I did. I added all influential people, & started to grow my connections. Then I started to try & make my first degree connections work for me. But nothing happened. The reality is one rarely does get any

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I am not scared !

posted on January 12th, 2018

I am not scared to lose all what I have I am not scared to give all what I have I am not scared to start from scratch again I am not scared to build it all again I am not scared to fail one more time I am not scared to give it years of

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From Ordinary to Extraordinary!

posted on January 11th, 2018

Its a lifelong quest for all of us isnt it? But the moot question remains do we need anything extra to become extraordinary. This is a question I asked myself a year ago. An interesting thought emerged "We dont" I realised there were 6

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What happened after I went viral on Linkedin:

posted on January 11th, 2018

1. My neighbours started saying a 'Hi' to me for the first time. 2. I got thousands of requests to endorse/like/share/review/comment 3. People who never responded to my connection requests started accepting them after years 4. I met/spoke to

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This is a message I got over a year back. The lady who wrote to me shared with me how the male manager was using suggestive language all the time. Despite she telling him politely several times he kept continuing his indecent behaviour. The other

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“He is a Fake”

posted on January 10th, 2018

My colleague John told me this about our colleague Ram. I listened to all what he said. This was my first job and I did not know how people should behave in a professional environment. So I kept quiet. In a few minutes Ram happened to come to

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This is what my coach said a few years ago. I was shocked to hear this. This is what I had read, heard as I grew up. His next statement was even more strong "Do you want to be saying this statement even after 20 years" I soon understood what

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The Last Leaf by O. Henry !

posted on January 9th, 2018

One of the most beautiful stories of hope, I read as a child. The story of how a painted leaf saved a life. It was a masterpiece. I read this story again after several years. My perspective had changed, I decided to live my life differently after

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One was a Ghost of my Failures. Second was a Ghost of my Relationships. Both these Ghosts haunted me for several years. One made me feel I will fail again. The second made me feel I will hurt again. These played out at work as well. All my

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I was shocked to hear this from my coach a few years ago. All the self help books I had read said otherwise. But I was definitely struggling to come out of my failures. This is what my coach said "If you start believing in yourself then its

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This is what someone commented on my post recently. One of the most interesting comments I have received. A few years ago this comment would have bothered me, made me fearful - "what if this comes true. What if I actually run out of stories?" I

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My 9 months in the womb !

posted on January 7th, 2018

I cant remember much, however I do go through the feeling each time I sleep with my legs curled up. I cant describe it, however I do go through it when I swim each time. I cant hear it, but I do feel something when I hear faint sounds in the

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The easiest way to become 1000 times better !

posted on January 6th, 2018

The first time I failed I felt worthless. I wanted to run away from the situation quickly. I wanted the failure to end soon. This pattern continued for several failures across several years. Then one day I asked myself after a failure. "Till

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I got a message from Anil, he was sitting at home without a job after being an IIT+IIM grad. He got in through the reservation quota in IIT, struggled to pass, not because he was not good enough. But because he felt he was being given something he

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“You will be fired soon”

posted on January 5th, 2018

This is what my ceo said to me in one of my earlier jobs. I always used to wonder why do people play politics till I landed in a political organisation. People would talk ill about the organisation/mgt that no change was happening. Most would

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I was so surprised! A strange thing happened after my MBA, people started treating me differently. I looked at myself in the mirror to check if I was looking any different. There was no change in my appearance. But they all started to listen to

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I was so poor at decision making!

posted on January 4th, 2018

This was a while back when I was a novice at decision making. I remember my process of decision making used to be based on my feelings or on my logic. When I went by my feelings it was an emotional decision and I lost in the bargain. I ended by

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What is “Networking”?

posted on January 4th, 2018

Its a word I never understood properly even after doing my mba :) I thought for very long that networking is using our contacts for our benefits. I was so stupid. Later I realised that was just being opportunistic, those remained as transactions

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I cant forget 2017! I want to go back !

posted on January 3rd, 2018

So stupid to remember the past isnt it ! But what a year it was! It was painful , I was pushed, I was uncomfortable, I hated it, I resisted, I struggled, I died a million deaths. Only when 2018 began I realised how amazing 2017 was. I must

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Can Good Human Beings be successful ?

posted on January 3rd, 2018

A question that is often talked about. I can answer this very easily. Must mention an amazing human being and a dear friend Anupam Sen Gupta. A creative musician, and a Limca Book of records holder who has taken his creativity to the next level

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“You have a fickle mind”

posted on January 2nd, 2018

This is what my grandma used to say to me. As I grew up I realised something interesting it was not me but it was the mind. All of us have a fickle mind :) The struggle is always how to fight the fickle mind. My mind would waiver all the time and I

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I was a bad loser !

posted on January 2nd, 2018

As a kid, be it sports or studies I always wanted to be first. I used to compete like no one's business. I never wanted to lose in anything. I had a lot of insecurity within probably because I was a single child. I used to compensate my insecurity

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Shining darkness !

posted on January 2nd, 2018

As a kid I used to be scared of the darkness. I used to feel something evil will come out from the darkness and eat me up. As I grew up the darkness was replaced by other fears like failure, losing my job, losing all money, and the list was

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Are you MAD in your life ?

posted on January 1st, 2018

Yeah in a sense of MAD : Making a Difference :) We keep hearing it, Make a difference to the world. I remember I tried several times to Make a difference to the world both as a child and as an adult. I failed. Its only when I started to be MAD

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Are you posting for the sake of posting?

posted on January 1st, 2018

This is a question I ask myself each time, before I make a post. Initially when I started to post on linkedin I used to just post for the sake of it. I continued this for a long time. The result was it was not impactful. Thankfully the one good

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Clarity of Thought!

posted on January 1st, 2018

Yes, It is the most important ingredient for writing well and for a soulful life. I remember both as a kid and later as an adult I was a confused soul. Why? I wanted everything in life , hence I was not clear in my thinking. As a result I achieved

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In all the years I made a new year resolution to start exercising I failed. 21 days to form a habit did not work, I did not last till even 7 days:) Most people like me infact can never change their behaviours. In 2017, I decided to do an

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The Devil or the Angel ?

posted on December 31st, 2017

STEP 1: As a kid I always used to wonder "Who am I, the Angel or Devil?" Most of the time I felt I was the angel but there were times when I felt like the devil, especially when I lost my temper or when I was doing something wrong. As time

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White noise !

posted on December 31st, 2017

I studied this in my engineering. In simple language, white noise is a special type of sound signal which is used to mask background sounds. A practical application, It can actually help you fall asleep amidst disturbances ! The other way to

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The story of a Wannabe !

posted on December 30th, 2017

When I first joined linkedin ! This was several years back. I used to see these amazing profiles on linkedin. They were all picture perfect I wanted to be like them, someone who has all the skills, all the accomplishments, doing well in life.

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My worst boss !

posted on December 29th, 2017

1. He would micromanage my work 2. He would never accept any of my suggestions 3. He would put me down in front of both my colleagues and the management 4. He would talk behind my back 5. He would argue with me endlessly In a nutshell he

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This is the feedback an mba student gave his senior who had passed out from the same school several years ago, as he happened to find his profile. After this casual chat over linkedin they were not in touch for several months. Till the placement

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Can I help you ?

posted on December 27th, 2017

Yes, I get several messages everyday which state this ! When I needed help no one came forward to help me ! But now suddenly everyone wants to help me :) Strange ! Such is the irony of life ! But what is the irony in organisations ? Are we

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My New year resolution !

posted on December 26th, 2017

Its a simple one. I would want to Imagine as if I just got started in this world ! I have no past baggage. I am free to learn and grow in any direction. Just imagine if you were going to be born again. Yes born on Jan 1, 2018 What is it

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“My dog is jealous, let me show you how”

posted on December 26th, 2017

This is what a thirteen year old said to me. She had two dogs an Alsatian and a Pug. She got both the dogs, started to pet the alsatian and ignore the pug, in a few minutes the pug started running outside & barking vigorously. She said

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My School Reunion after decades !

posted on December 26th, 2017

Just recently we had an amazing school reunion. Around 15 of us met at our school after a couple of decades. Lawyers, politicians, doctors, businessman, working professionals, we had them all. We all sat in the same classroom we studied in. It was

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Completing Imperfection with Perfection !

posted on December 25th, 2017

This is what I call Kintsugi: the Japanese art of reparing broken pottery by filling the cracks with gold. The idea is to highlight the cracks and not to hide them :) It is a celebration of imperfection. Just spend a minute to realise the

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“I dont want to change my school”

posted on December 25th, 2017

This is what a young teen from a small town in India said to me. When I asked her why, she said "How will I make a good farewell speech?" Her answer went over my head so I requested her to explain more, to which she said "My seniors last year

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Two amazing conversations this year !

posted on December 25th, 2017

I had a conversation with a successful global businessman. As he had a few drinks he started to open up. Me: hows it going He: business is growing, its quite busy, i travel a lot, but dont get time to spend with my family. I feel bad about it. I

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“My seat no is 1-D”

posted on December 24th, 2017

This is what my old friend said to me. We met at the airport, we were travelling in the same flight. I had booked an economy ticket. I tried for a free upgrade but my points were not enough. I did want to spend more time with him in the flight. My

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How to become a brilliant storyteller ?

posted on December 24th, 2017

This is a question I was asked by Kavya Nair and by so many others ! Here is my humble attempt to answer it. 3 simple steps in my view: 1. Connect to yourself first (this was the toughest one at least for me) - I took a few decades to do this, I

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Who is your Santa Claus?

posted on December 24th, 2017

As a kid Santa Claus showing up one day was not just a dream but a hope ! A hope that never diminished infact it grew stronger each day ! When I started to work I always wished of a Santa Claus at work who would give me amazing hikes/promotions,

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The best New Year Gift I gave myself !

posted on December 23rd, 2017

This was a few years back ! I gave myself a gift that changed my life ! No its was not an Iphone :) Or another car :) Or a house :) Or a holiday :) It was a year of freedom to achieve my dreams! I had given myself only one year, but I

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“You have Myopia!”

posted on December 23rd, 2017

This is what the doctor told me when I was hardly 6 years. I felt as if I was turning blind and started to cry :) I got a fat pair of glasses soon. I used to feel really bad as if something horrible had happened to me. Several years later just

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A year back: Mr ToBe- How is business? Mr NotToBe - I am enjoying it   Mr ToBe- Are you making money? Mr NotToBe - No   Mr ToBe- Concentrate on the money, thats the key Mr NotToBe - Ok!   Now: Mr Tobe - How is

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My Secret !

posted on December 22nd, 2017

Pls share and copy ! "Give Before You Get!" I started this year with this simple thought ! I started to write to make a difference to this world. In a few months miracles started happening in my life. My life changed forever. More

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The strange Interview !

posted on December 22nd, 2017

Years ago I entered an interview room for a leadership position in one of the best institutions in the country. I was unnerved to find 25 leaders from across the country there, I was one of the youngest. As they started to talk about things I

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With no offence to the amazing Daniel Goleman this is what I used to think, frankly I had no clue. My EI must have been the lowest around. Why? Simple, I was just so full of myself :) Then it happened one day me & my wife were going for our

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Why a poor perfomer started performing !

posted on December 20th, 2017

A friend of mine called me and told me about a person in his company who was not performing well, for almost a year now. They were planning to fire him. Then one fine day he put in his resignation. After which something strange happened. He started

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Are you ducking ?

posted on December 19th, 2017

This is what my coach asked me years ago when I was actually running away from having a tough conversation with a colleague who was not supporting me. I was feeling uncomfortable on how will I begin the conversation. I still remember my coach

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Congruent Triangles !!

posted on December 18th, 2017

I used to love them in geometry, it was so exciting to find the congruence. But most of the time I was not able to find congruence. I wondered why as a child. As I grew up, my insecurities grew. But on the outside I was arrogant at times, showing

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When no one is watching !

posted on December 17th, 2017

When I started my first job I saw this pattern how people would behave differently when they were not being watched. Behaviours and performance both would change especially when the manager would move out of office. It reminded me of my school

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What would you do ?

posted on December 15th, 2017

Years ago once one of my direct reportees went directly to my boss without keeping me in the loop ? This happened once and then it began to happen frequently. Everyone in the team started talking about it. If you were in my place what would you do

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Frustrated with your job?

posted on December 14th, 2017

I started my career as a Quality Engineer. I was full of energy, wanting to change the world. I did not even want to go back home from work ! It was as if I had decided this is my passion & I wanted to make a difference to the world around me

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“My career may be over”

posted on December 12th, 2017

This is what a student from one of the best business schools in India said to me recently when we began talking. He said the job placement season was ending, & he did not clear any of the interviews he gave. The result being he still has no

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The Power of Silence!

posted on December 11th, 2017

This was almost a year back I was having a conversation with a business leader running a large organisation. As he started to talk about his challenges and achievements. He went on for almost an hour non stop. I was trying hard to put my points

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BE THE CHANGE!

posted on December 9th, 2017

Can there be an organisation that can bring meaning & purpose to the lives of people? Can there be an organisation that can transform you to become a future leader? Can there be an organisation where everyone can be their own boss?

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What binds people together?

posted on December 8th, 2017

Its a simple word called TRUST. But it means the world to us. ts like a shoulder to cry on. Its like the shade you lie on. Its like the light when its dark. Its like a beautiful walk in the park. Its faith that you will be there for me.

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My first Love Hate relationship!

posted on December 7th, 2017

This has been amongst the first few relationships I have had. I have had several relationships with people like everyone :). But here I am talking about my relationship with change ! When change would come into my life the following used to be my

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I was shocked to receive this phone call!

posted on December 6th, 2017

This was a person we had placed in a company a few months back. The person said "Its a horrible place to work, my boss is really bad, my role is sad, I am quitting." Since I had met the leadership team in the company I could not believe what I was

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Who should we hire ?

posted on December 5th, 2017

This was a few months back, we shortlisted 3 candidates after several interviews, we were hiring for a client for a junior level consulting role: 1. Candidate 1: His goodness and people skills were something one could not miss. However his

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Meeting strangers through Linkedin !

posted on December 3rd, 2017

The last 6 months I have met and spoken to hundreds of amazing people spread over all over the world. Each time this happens I discover some part of me in them and some part of them in me. Thats where the conversation begins. And by the end of the

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HOPE

posted on December 2nd, 2017

A beautiful word, to me it means Holding onto Parts of my Existence Hope is also: When we lose our way Only to find it again ! When we make a mistake Only to find a better way ! When we lose a job Only to find a better one ! When we lose a

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Working on saturdays ?

posted on November 27th, 2017

I remember one of the companies I worked for had only the 2nd and 4th saturday off. After a long week no one would want to come to office on a sat. People came in late, some hardly worked, others were unhappy coming, we all knew we were not

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on December 10th, 2018

She walked in everyday later than others & left earlier than everyone else. She picked work off her desk & threw it on my desk. Sometimes, she called me into her office & threw papers on my face. She was loud & her voice would fill

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on December 5th, 2018

Difficult people exist everywhere & in varying degrees. At workplaces & in our own families - dysfunctional difficult people erode our confidence, bully us, disturb our core, take our peace away. I remember a friend of mine at work. I

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on November 30th, 2018

How can we influence if we cannot tell our stories powerfully? How can we convince another if we cannot convince ourselves first? How can we achieve our goals if we dont have enough mindfulness? How can one impact another if we dont deploy

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on November 26th, 2018

Entrepreneurship is overrated as a career option. Each one of us has an opportunity to demonstrate 'entrepreneur' skills in anything & everything that we do. As a parent, at work, with our colleagues, in our personal lives. We just dont think

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on November 24th, 2018

A dear friend shared this info-graphic with me & this made so much sense to me. For many years of my life I was caught up in : -Seeking external validation -Wanting acceptance from others -Being in the Comfort Zone so clearly stated as

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on November 23rd, 2018

What kind of Co workers do we meet at work? Spineless - Willing to sell themselves for money, roles & promotions. Sugar Syrups - All sweet, lovely & sugary on the outside. Snakes - Plotting devious jerks but do well at work (: Socialites

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on November 20th, 2018

I am often asked, how do you find time to do this? Answer is simple - If you really want to do something then you will find time to do that thing. Period! What's worked for me in managing my time better? 1. I organize myself ahead of time. Its

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on November 19th, 2018

Have you ever wondered what makes one toxic? I feel you are better than me & I cant handle it. That makes me toxic. I am afraid that you will judge me. So I judge you before you judge me. That makes me toxic. I have huge expectations from

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on November 13th, 2018

I was afraid to be alone. I am a single child. Universe has its own way of teaching us & preparing us around exactly the same thing we are fearful of. I am super happy to be a single child today, but I was awfully sad about it while I was

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on November 12th, 2018

Gran picked me from my school coach station every day after school. While I was in Grade 3, I assumed I was old enough to walk by myself from coach station to home. So we decided I will walk back home by myself that fateful afternoon. As my Coach

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on November 5th, 2018

I have met some interesting bosses in my life. Some I have worked with, some I have heard of, but interesting for sure they are. -They have a problem approving your leave -They approve your leave, but have a problem letting you go when your leave

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 30th, 2018

Big Launch for us! Super thrilled to be announcing the launch & invitation for the First Cohort of the much awaited BlewMinds Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program (EMP). We are all unique & have brilliant ideas. However due to want of

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 28th, 2018

There was a phase of my life when I was miserably low on confidence. Anything I did turned to dust. I was rejected by jobs, rejected by someone I was stuck up with all through my childhood, my grades fell & I lost myself. It was an abyss of

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 28th, 2018

Red Carpet Launch Super thrilled to be collaborating to launch TLR Talks, an intelligent forum for StoryTelling, learning, growing & evolving across various walks of life. A platform for diverse personalities to share perspectives, their life

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 26th, 2018

Entrepreneurship is an interesting journey. An entrepreneur is born every single day & dies every single day. There is so much to learn being in this world filled with ups & downs. I have had so much growth & evolution being an

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 25th, 2018

X was anxious. Her Appraisal Rating was due. Her Line Manager indicated that he was not too thrilled with her performance but would 'protect' her for another year. She did not understand what that meant. Her Manager did not have a Feedback &

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 23rd, 2018

Entrepreneurship is not for the fainthearted. I remember universe inviting me to follow this path years ago but I was too chicken to bite the bullet & give up a steady career. Today, I am glad I made the decision to follow my heart, there were

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 22nd, 2018

I always referred to myself in jest that I was a borderline OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) case. - I need to have that wall artifact hanging straight up, cant stand it being slanted - I need to finish my errands list in the same order, I

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 21st, 2018

I dont think today is mother's day, sister's, daughter's, wife's, nor any other woman's special day. Today is just another day when most women are sacrificing their days to take care of families which are resting on a sunday (In India). Sheets get

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 18th, 2018

Person A, done ok in life, not been in great global roles, offered himself probono to many people to help, gave up many things in life for his loves ones. Invested time with his kids while they were growing up to make them emotionally & career

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 17th, 2018

She rang me. She said - he called. You remember right, I told you how he troubled me in my first job. I was young, new to the city. He was unkind & a tyrant. Work never seemed to end with him. He made me stay back late, never gave me closures,

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 16th, 2018

Lessons from my fractured foot I fractured my foot severely in April this year, 5 months of a tough recovery & a wiser me. - Unpredictable Life. I fell off a mere one inch elevation & was laid up. Enjoy life while it lasts, one never

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 15th, 2018

My memories of festivities while I was growing up. During Diwali (Indian festival of Lights) ma would ensure I had new clothes to wear & simple crackers which we could afford. We had a small pooja (workshop) room which would be cleaned,

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 12th, 2018

I was a little girl & had trouble making friends. I had moved into a new grade section which already had adapted to each other. I was new into that section & was very fearful. I did not even try making friends into a certain girl gang cause

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 11th, 2018

We hear this so often. I did my best, but boss did not favor me, so I missed a promotion. I am stuck now. I worked so hard, but my scores were bad. Hence, I am not finding admission in the University I want I applied to every other job, but I

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 10th, 2018

A lot of us have misconceptions & an inflated sense of self when we mentor or coach. We assume that Mentees & Coachees are a 'little less' than us. This is conceited & impractical. Successful Mentors & Coaches are very humble, hungry

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 9th, 2018

Life is not about what is 'handed down' to you. Life is about grabbing it by its horns, working so hard that things start happening. Life is about growing, evolving, renewing ourselves every single moment. Great learning working with a large

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 9th, 2018

Last few weeks have been busy. It is good to be productive putting together worldclass Leadership Content, Experiential Learning, profound simulations-based Design & partnering with bravehearts who give it their all. Great learning working

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 4th, 2018

Kids teach us the most, they surprise us with their kindness which we adults lack most of the times. Our 10 year old is a big teacher. One day, he returned from school & mentioned that he was summoned at the School Head's room for something that

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on October 3rd, 2018

I notice a Security Guard at our society. Comes from an impoverished family, has to slog it out to earn his bread, works nights, talks of hardships that his family had to go through to fetch him this job. He displays gratitude, toughness yet

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 30th, 2018

You are short, wear heeled footwear to look taller You are tall, wear flats to blend in You are thin, eat better You are fat, eat less You are dark, don’t go out in the sun You are fair, you are lucky You are pretty You are ugly

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 28th, 2018

You are a short person - another kid said this to my little son who is indeed small for his age. Our little man is a secrets-keeper & he mentioned nothing about this to me. I happened to bump into a mom who watched this entire exchange between

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 28th, 2018

She said, I have so much to do. I am troubled. Everyday work keeps mounting, everything has to be done as of today, things change every second, I need to realign all my priorities again, so many people & their expectations to manage, I am

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 27th, 2018

My maternal grandma raised me. She passed away around a decade ago when she was 92. She has always been an inspiration for me, someone who braved the odds, raised 5 children after her husband passed away, the sorts who would ask you - how are you

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 26th, 2018

We are all products of bullying of some kind or another. The trauma one undergoes as a victim of bullying is unimaginable. Being a victim of bullying is a life changing experience both personally & professionally. It causes a victim to lose

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 24th, 2018

Dont let that one incident determine your worth. I remember the times I missed a gold medallion by a whisker. I thought my life had ended. But it did not. That incident where I goofed. That incident where I was not valued. That incident

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 23rd, 2018

She called. Down, anxious, beaten by life, sad, upset. A large contract she was banking on, tanked. She had slogged her *** off for this, done a great job & client seemed happy. Her team had put in so much efforts for last 6months on this,

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 20th, 2018

We meet all kinds of bosses in our lives. I refrain from using the word Leader here since we all know a boss need not be a leader & of course, a leader need not be a boss ever. A Leader can be any hero in the real sense. For me, a boss is a mere

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What’s a real shame in organizations today?

posted on September 19th, 2018

It’s a shame when your most engaged staff become the quietest! Culture is not what’s on bulletin boards & culture statements. Culture is not Values placards displayed everywhere. Culture is simply how your staff behaves in your presence

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 19th, 2018

Humility is in your action, not in your words I am humble, but I throw my title around I am humble, but I talk big **** about my achievements I am humble, but I treat people with an air of arrogance I am humble, but I respect you basis the

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 19th, 2018

Be Brave, nevertheless! They will judge you, be brave nevertheless They will have their own opinions of you, be brave nevertheless They will want to change you without appreciating your strengths, be brave nevertheless They will want you to

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 18th, 2018

Interesting conversation with a friend, asking me, why should life be hard, why cant it be easy? Why cant it be nice, happy & good all the time? Why do I have to sacrifice so much to gain something? Well, this got me thinking. Every thing has

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 17th, 2018

Have you ever asked yourself, what are your top 3 strengths? Mine are: 1. Resilience ability to bounce back from adversity & terrible situations to emerge stronger those who know me, know that I can turn an awfully negative situation

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 17th, 2018

Over the years I have figured mindfulness is a big virtue & is extremely scarce today. Today we are engulfed with a lot of distractions. We are there, when here. Or here when there. Staying in the present helps focus our thoughts better &

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 14th, 2018

What do you hire for? For skills? For experience? Cause the person is from similar background, organization, city/country, family circumstance as yours? Cause they seem to appeal to you? For similar ideologies? Someone, who looks similar

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 13th, 2018

A pothole on the right & car on the right swerved towards us to avoid it. We had no choice, but to swerve a bit too. Car on our left was offended big time, he assumed we were taking his space, he honked loud, glared at us, rolled his window down

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 12th, 2018

Engagement is a big tool today for organizations in Talent Management. I have seen this going high & low in people through my Human Resources career. I see it even more now as an Entrepreneur. Visible signs of disengagement: 1. Reduced

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 11th, 2018

She rang me, upset. She said, maam, this person chased us a long while. Tried convincing us that he wants to work with us, had multiple conversations, seemed eager to join us, agreed to everything about the role. It was a critical role. She added, I

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 10th, 2018

Founder & I in an interesting conversation. How were we years ago when we started our lives? When we began our careers? When we were making important choices of our lives? He asked - are you proud of yourself, when you look back at your life? I

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 8th, 2018

I often wonder what defines people, what defines who we are & what we have managed to do? What really defines our success, how well we do, how well we have done & what journey we have clocked so far, how much we have achieved, how far we

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 7th, 2018

I felt very polarized. I was adapting to different workplaces & different cultures. People were very diverse from how I was. I was the reticent one afraid to ask questions, young, new kid on the block, worried about impressions I am making,

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 6th, 2018

There are people we meet all the time. They are such snobbish, weird, harsh, rough & impractically impolite people. Corporate world has a lot of such people (well, all walks of life do too). They take their roles seriously & think these

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 5th, 2018

Spoke to an interesting candidate yesterday. In our conversation, she said something which struck a chord - She said, I made mistake of quitting my previous company for a few thousands & after I joined the new organization, I realised what a big

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 4th, 2018

What is our issue with feedback? I had this issue all my life. I hated feedback. It mattered to me when others said they felt disappointed or let down by my work. It mattered to be when I was told I did not perform to my best potential. It hurt me

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 2nd, 2018

While I was growing up, mom was busy working hard to help dad make ends meet. If they did not go to work & earn money, we had no access to our next meal. Given mom's juggling of work & home, I was handed off to my maternal grandmom who

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on September 1st, 2018

Corporate world is harsh at times, can become less Performance Management & more Perception Management. Then, we end up managing 'boss' more than managing 'work'. People do all sorts of things for Brownie points to look good in front of Boss/es.

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 31st, 2018

She rang me. She said, I messed up. She was anxious, almost reduced to tears. We met. Her eyes were sunk, hurt, shamed, she had not rested well for nights. She said, I made a very costly mistake at work. No one found out, but I owned up since it

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 29th, 2018

We meet this awesome 92 year old during our walks. Bright faced, positivity radiating from him, reed thin, agile, calls himself a 94 year old some days, then a 92 year old on some days. This is our romance-routine with him every day. We see him

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 28th, 2018

Over the years, I have heard some wonderfully creative excuses & lies to miss meetings, closures, timelines, discussions or around emails. My mom is unwell I am sick My uncle passed away. Can be grand mom, grand dad, relative, anyone I had

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 27th, 2018

It takes years for an organization to transform 9 months for a healthy baby Longer for an elephant baby to arrive It takes some of us 4 decades to get wiser Eons to change habits A long while to heal a broken heart And longer to love again

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 26th, 2018

Honored to have a super opportunity to share insights as a Speaker on the eclectic Women Entrepreneur Summit (WES) in Delhi, India. Thanks to Sonali Shah Preeti Chaudhary. I loved the energy in this thought through day long activity focused on

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 26th, 2018

The eternal dilemma - To copy (email cc) your boss or not? Friend rang me. Troubled. She says if I copy (cc) my Line Manager, he finds faults & picks on me. If I don't, then he takes it otherwise. What do I do? She narrated an incident where

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 25th, 2018

Some patterns when people apply for jobs. I get addressed as Dear Sir. Not personalised, arbit emails. I got one which said Dear Concern. (concern - really?) Previous forwards of Resumes - 'Fwd' written in subject. No Cover note, just

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 24th, 2018

Signs that you have an Innovation mindset: - you change your exercise forms often - you often move things around the house or office, say, furniture setting - you are able to change your habits easily - you like experimenting with food

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 23rd, 2018

Advice! I see a surge in advising others, today. This is good only if the individual who hopes to guide & advise others follows this himself or herself. I met a dear client. This was his woe. He says, maam, all Consultants come in, have strong

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 22nd, 2018

A dear friend. Well educated, has a caring & loving family, in an intellectually rewarding corporate role, travels a lot & loves travelling, knows how to carry herself & is a constant seeker. Midst of our chat, her sad eyes look into

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 21st, 2018

Giving, Taking, Asking, Receiving Life is a big run amidst these 4 elements. Some of us cant give, some can only take, some cant ask & some cant receive. Can & Cannot. All categories exist in this combination :)  I started the initial

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 20th, 2018

Lakshmi was born in a poor Bengali (East of India) family. Her mom is a house maid. Lakshmi started in her mother's foot steps as a domestic help. Lakshmi always nurtured a keen interest in making people look pretty.  While she continued being a

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 19th, 2018

I was down with a fractured foot which set me back by 4 months. My back, my feet, my legs suffered the most. For someone who brisk walks 10kms a day & does a variety of fitness frameworks, not doing this affected my core.  It affected my sleep

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 18th, 2018

We all go through this feeling of being 'Jaded'. Life does not always work out the way we want it. We make mistakes of choosing the wrong people, of goofing up, of being too nice which people take advantage of, expecting too much, of being

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 17th, 2018

I met this inspiring kid. Visible fire in the belly, passion, willingness to work hard, clear in the head. Unassumingly dressed, not someone who would grab eyeballs for appearance yet some unspoken inner confidence radiated from this girl. Even

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 16th, 2018

We are growing & last few weeks have been getting to the drawing board for the Founder & me. Given that we are very humble, values' driven yet very assertive set of folks, we end up looking for such high value systems when we get people on

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 15th, 2018

Today is India's Independence day. I understood its significance a lot more as I turned into an entrepreneur. What does being independent really mean to me? Being an empath, I struggle with insensitive, negative, hurtful, fake people. I move away

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 14th, 2018

Appreciation is a double edge sword. Sometimes we fall short of it, sometimes we over-do it. How much to appreciate, when, why, how, whom & where! And, its supposed to be authentic & spontaneous! Phew. We struggle with this all the time:

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 13th, 2018

I am the blacksheep of my orthodox family. Fortunate for me - it brought out the rebel & helped me drive myself ahead with grit. And unfortunate for my parents - they struggled with me :)  When I moved out of our caste-heavy culture by

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 12th, 2018

Recent event. Someone wanting to join us, connected with us, relevant background, we met up & spoke a couple of times. Issues of authority, ego, arrogance screaming out loud. Discussion with Founder, should we go ahead with this person? It

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 10th, 2018

Have you ever wondered why some people talk so much?  There was this colleague back at work who loved talking. Being chatty is alright, but he could not stop. It was like he was struggling with verbal diarrhea. In meetings, stakeholder

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 9th, 2018

Our 10 year old is contesting for his school Vice Captain Senate roles. There's been a flurry of activity at home around this election. Lots of speeches being written up & torn down. We loved our creativity flowing through. I was pretty

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 8th, 2018

Have you ever watched people in a Gym or Fitness Centre? -There are all kinds of people who arrive.  -The watchers who only watch what exercises others do. -The doers who dont waste a single moment of their precious time.  -Those who huff,

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 7th, 2018

I have had the privilege of experiencing all kinds of bosses & leaders in my career. Some treated me so well that I bloomed & grew with them. Some treated me so bad that I withered, struggled, quit & emerged stronger at the end of it.

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 6th, 2018

I awoke this morning with the chatter in my head screaming out loud - Think Big. The feeling is powerful; moves me into a different direction of thinking & doing. I have been in this space all my life & there have been moments when this

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 5th, 2018

Something I have always so so believed in.  There is space for every single one of us under the sun.  No one can take anyone else's share away. We don't understand this. We are all filled with insecurity cause, One, we don't do the right

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 4th, 2018

Life is filled with paradoxes, loads of them We say follow your heart, but we say be logical We say take risks & then we say be careful We say one can do anything, then we say know when to let go & move on We say learning is

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 4th, 2018

Wonderfully meaningful session with a large, energetic & hungry to learn audience. Very fulfilling to delve deep into the framework of Leadership Within & how not externalize locus of control while embracing change. Memories &

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 3rd, 2018

How can I lead another if I cannot lead myself first? How can I understand another if I cannot understand myself first? The Leader Within Honored to be part of this eclectic Speaker Event today.  Excited - looking forward to it.   

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on August 2nd, 2018

I have failed, I have succeeded, I have been mixed up, I have been sorted. I have fallen, I have risen. I have played the victim card too. I was at wonderful sessions at MDI, Gurgaon, India (a renowned BSchool) which got me thinking. How much we

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 30th, 2018

We go through setbacks & disappointment. I have learnt that positivity is a Gift. While we go through hard times, it is baptism by fire. But once you have crossed it & fought it, it makes us such better human beings. I chin up during low

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 29th, 2018

I was at my hair salon. It took me back to my Uni days when I had a dear friend I shadowed all the time. She was everything I was not. I was short, she was tall. She was fair, me dark. I was plump, she reed thin. I was a tomboy with boys as my

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 27th, 2018

One foot down for 3 months & currently bouncing back, I was returning from my local grocery store carrying errand-bags. My hands were full & I still have a slight limp. I met many people along the 5-7 minute walk way. Some smiled, some

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 27th, 2018

I met him recently after a few years.  Earlier - he was fidgety, unsure of his words, lacked conviction, slouched & complained of regular migraines, eyes were sad, no focus in thoughts nor any air of positivity.  Now - he had transformed

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 26th, 2018

I was watching these young things playing soccer last evening. Come rain, bad weather, scorching heat, anything, they are here. Almost at the same time, every single day. They drag each other out of their homes to make a game happen. It got me

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 25th, 2018

There are a lot many theories & tools around whether to be driven by speed, swiftness, sharpness or to be more sorted, slower, thought through. This is such a dilemma, isnt it? Too much speed leads to impulsiveness which is not healthy. We make

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 24th, 2018

Over the last few months, I have been bombarded by fake profiles. I got a Brad Pitt, Anjelina Jolie, Indian celebrities, young boys wanting to say 'hello' to me, someone complimenting me on my smile (never met him before, am I being a prude?) &

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 23rd, 2018

I was trying to recharge our Tatasky (Cable connection on Television). I realised from Subscriber id to account holder, mobile numbers registered, account email id, every small detail was being managed by my spouse. I had no clue of facts to even

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 22nd, 2018

I came across a powerful saying (credits to the owner). It said, if you take things for granted, things you take for granted will get taken. It got me thinking. Like they say, everything new becomes old. There are very few of us who are grateful

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 21st, 2018

Over the years, I have met millions of deep people from whom I have learnt a lot. I have experienced life in various forms & autoset some healthy & unhealthy coping mechanisms which help me wade thro pain, failures, struggles,

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 21st, 2018

I hear this all the time. He did this. He did not give me this opportunity. He was vindictive. You said so, hence I did it. You did not ask for it, so I did not inform you about this. I was not told about this. I was not guided well. My parents

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 20th, 2018

We are all so engulfed with fears. Fear of judgement, failure, performance anxiety, fear of leaving our jobs & following our passion. Fear of emotional loneliness, financial insecurity, public derision. Endless lists. I remember when I was

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 19th, 2018

You cant do this. This is not possible. You are from the South of India, you can only be like this. You are a girl, girls are not so ambitious. You have to give up your career once you settle down. You cant shed weight or tranform your body.

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 18th, 2018

There she was. Afar. Seeing her after so long; a few years; brought back my terrible memories with her while she line-managed me. I scooted across the hallway in the other direction. There he was. Shopping with his little child. I smiled. My spouse

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 17th, 2018

Understanding or Changing? The eternal dilemma we all face. If we understand where someone is coming from, changing them or yourself might be hard. If we are less accepting of status quo, then changing a context, a habit, a state of mind gets

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 16th, 2018

My ma’s a rockstar. She is just a graduate who comes from a poor family with rich spiritual lineage. My maternal grandmom raised her & her other siblings when her father, my maternal granddad passed away. Mom was just 13 then. She is a rebel,

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 15th, 2018

I awoke this morning feeling lonely. It happens right - something makes you nostalgic & low? Its not about not thinking positive, its not about being negative, neither it is about being ungrateful with that life has given you. But I just did

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14 July 2018 Today, 6:30pm onwards Oxford Business Alumni Networking Event, Families Welcome  

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 14th, 2018

My House Maid comes from a small, caste heavy, hierarchy, man-woman biased society of India. She was cheated by her own male sibling of their property cause she is younger & ofcourse a female. He was violent with her. I asked her, did you

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 10th, 2018

You dont know this? This was one phrase I was dead scared of while I was younger. People thinking I am not enough cause I dont know something.  Corporate life did not help much either. I remember 2 bosses of mine who ensured they always said this

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 8th, 2018

Meet Archana. My capable massage therapist. Young, nubile, with magic in her hands. When I met her for the first time, she reminded me of Dr Strange, albeit in a positive sense. She left her small town village in Kerala, South of India. Certified

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 7th, 2018

Hurrah event coming up. Sign up dear Oxford family. Inviting interested members with families to join us for our fun & bonding Oxford Alumni Networking evening. Save the date 14 July 2018 AntiSocial Hauz Khas, Delhi Links/Code attached

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 4th, 2018

We have been getting a lot of messages & calls from distressed folks on how to handle anxiety & stress. Today is a world of peer pressure, managing bullies/toxic people, negativity, rejection & inadequacy. Both Sandeep Kochhar & I

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 2nd, 2018

I met this person almost 2 years ago. Huge chip on his shoulder, lots of discussions around global travel, cars, houses, money. The energy person in me quickly picked up on his lost eyes & incongruence between his internal / external

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on July 1st, 2018

We launched Alcoholic Leadership this year. One of our flagship products around Executive Impact & Executive Presence. Very powerful commandments. We conceptualized a very bohemian & deep product working across a positive spin to a so called

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Save the date 14 July 2018, 6pm onwards, Delhi (Venue to be announced shortly) Sign up Links https://lnkd.in/f_JTKv3 https://lnkd.in/fzuPK4Z Sandeep Kochhar

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 30th, 2018

How to deal with a difficult boss? 'Shark' - it out. I have been through this situation umpteen times. Rude, troublesome, loves conflicts, uses authority, sexist, insecure, high ego, megalomaniac, tyrant. Here are a few tips that worked for me. 

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 29th, 2018

Top 5 tips to succeed in life 1. Spot opportunities. Keep innovating constantly. Keep learning. Update yourself regularly & continually. Be hungry. Be thirsty. Be famished. Stretch yourself. Take that jump, that leap, that untouched territory.

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 28th, 2018

Top 10 recipes for failure 1. Be arrogant. Think you have achieved everything. That you are god’s gift to mankind. Have a big fat ego. 2. Be hung up about money. Refuse partnerships & relationships cause you don’t find them fetching

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OBA Networking Evening

posted on June 28th, 2018

The OBA Community is super thrilled to be unveiling the star studded Networking evening Invite with some amazing eclectic Speakers. Look forward to hosting all our Oxford University Alumni in wonderful numbers. The gateway link & actual venue

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 27th, 2018

Yesterday brought in a very interesting perspective to me.  Can organizations really motivate people?  Can I motivate someone who is not centred from within? How long will bursts of such inspiration last? Coaches, Training, Succession

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 26th, 2018

Such great pleasure being a part of the SheLeadsBiz Panel Discussion today. Entrepreneurship is close to my heart, being a Woman is even closer. What better honor to bring both of my favorite worlds together to chat about Women

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 25th, 2018

When at age 3, my most important thing is my favourite toy. When 10, it is asking questions & questioning the way things are done. When 15, my most important thing is my crush. My aim then :) When 20, it is my education, the choices I

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 17th, 2018

I have been through some rough patches & pulled myself out of this abyss, successfully. Some things which worked for me while I struggled listed as the 10 Commandments I swear by.  1. Write down how you are feeling - keep a journal  2.

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 16th, 2018

Habits help us move ahead. These routines give us discipline.  They ensure we give up today for a brighter tomorrow. Habits are hard to develop. Right ones move us ahead.  Wrong ones drag us behind. Watch your company, they become your

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 16th, 2018

-Tell your Stories to the World -Tell your Stories powerfully to your stakeholders - Move beyond boring powerpoint decks - Talk 'with' your audience - Look 'In' to Look 'Out' - Heard of the Shark Tank, ever gotten baked in it? - Created

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 15th, 2018

I have heard of some real miracles over the last few days. A struggling friend finding a super Leadership role, a large contract, a win over a disease of a loved one, a windfall gain, missing a fatal accident by an inch, sheer serendipity bringing

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 15th, 2018

My friend's daughter's story. As much my story as yours. Bright youngster of today. Class topper. Well spoken, good value systems, has the tenacity to work hard & make something out of herself. One of my favourite kids. Life comes in ups &

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 15th, 2018

A big learning for me through my life events. We are all fearful of exercising our thoughts, perspectives & opinions. I was too. I was quite a pipsqueak - scared of consequences, afraid of whistle blowing, fearful of saying this was wrong, this

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 14th, 2018

My life has been filled with struggles, happy moments, unexpected joys, losses, thrills etal. I remember the times I had to move cities - from being a protected child to moving to a very challenging, dog-eat-dog world. I struggled, I came close to

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 13th, 2018

A very fascinating experience shared by a dear Coach friend. She was referred by a client to a sister concern of this client to catch up with their HR person for some deep Organization Culture building work they needed done. She arrived promptly at

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 12th, 2018

4 weeks into my very painful foot fracture, I tried getting off my Air Walker. I was struck hard - so much for vanity, titles, hierarchies & banal carnal life pleasures. I could not recognize my foot. It was dry, scaly, reddish bluish, swollen,

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 11th, 2018

Excited friend - hey, I really did not think I am capable of this. I was so frightened of giving this a shot. I am glad I tried. It's made me such a new person, helped me move beyond my own biases & fears. Its helped me grow. But it was indeed

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 10th, 2018

We are filled with various fears. While I was growing up, I feared ghosts. Then, feared people perceptions, failure, not being appreciated, depending on others, rejection, getting hurt, being unattractive or unloved. Then came another stage of

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 9th, 2018

A wonderfully enriching conversation with my domestic help who shared the struggle of her sister's daughter battling unhappiness & despodency. She said - so many people are unhappy today, they are sad & they dont love themselves at all. I am

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 8th, 2018

She rang me. I got an amazing opportunity, she said. This is like a dream job, dream location & everything that I wanted rolled into one. I tried telling them that I was not a complete fit. Many things that they are looking for in terms of

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 7th, 2018

Proud to be part of the Dainik Jagran-Manav Rachna University Panel Talk addressing a large gathering of enthusiastic students & loving parents. Such a honor being able to touch & transform lives - I was there this path once earlier, may

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 6th, 2018

Conversation with a Coachee who had been given some hard feedback by her boss - she is not too structured at work, is sporadic, needs to be more focused, 'popcorns' with ideas too much, needs to be more process oriented towards results &

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 5th, 2018

A good client, intellectual stimulation, open to ideas, wants to learn, discusses challenges openly & acting as equal partners for great many collaborations. A renowned CEO with a positive social standing, pedigree & been in complex global

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 4th, 2018

I love humility. It is rare. Humility helps stay sane, not let my roles get to me, keeps me very grounded, stay hungry to learn, connect with people, appreciate my gaps, build credibility & accept my very lower middle class roots. I practice the

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 3rd, 2018

I have always been an analysis-paralysis person. I am hugely fascinated with Mentalists & how they work. Trying to dig deeper is both a blessing & a curse. Understanding the motives behind a person's behavior, a context's manifestation &

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 2nd, 2018

My fellow Coach & I. He's much more experienced & in his late 50s. My  view - everyone is capable of change, everyone who has the intent can bring about required impact. His view - albeit harsh, his own words - Priya, the bitter Truth is

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on June 1st, 2018

My friend who we placed in a Leadership role in one of our network-organizations rang me. Her organization is a young, fast growing & competitive outfit. She dissected with me an important Leadership meeting she had with her Global counterparts

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 31st, 2018

I work on my goals & I keep the goal post flexible. I work on milestones & skills I believe will help me in that current situation & for next 1-2 years. Goals help me continually change, work on myself, grow & learn. I fear

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 30th, 2018

I have experienced very many ups-downs in life. Sometimes I have won something which I thought I would lose. Then there were times, when I assumed I would win this for sure till universe decided to humble me.  I have met someone, thought of a

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 29th, 2018

I am often asked how I stay happy. Thanks to my genetics, I am an eternal optimist. I also practice techniques to stay happy which are simple yet powerful, shared below. I focus on long term, not short term I dont compare myself with others I

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 28th, 2018

All through my life at different stages, I have longed for different things. When a child, I longed for my family to have a car which we could not afford. I longed for a gold medal which eluded me at times. I longed to belong to a certain 'gang of

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 27th, 2018

I have worked across diverse industries in my HR career. I have seen surplus of competencies & deficit of skills too. Something that I have never negotiated on is Ethics which is a rare competency today. I have seen people talk big, but slip

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 26th, 2018

My friend rang me a few months ago. Distressed & hurt. He rattled - I gave him an opportunity when he was down in the dumps, treated him as family, gave him access to my networks, mentored him & helped him grow wings to fly. And worse,

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 25th, 2018

When I look back at my life, I often reflect on what has got me to the stage that I am in. This is just a bit of my journey covered, lot more ground to be experienced. I see that very many things brought me here. I slogged it out. I continue to

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 24th, 2018

Another gratifying Leadership Group Coaching intervention with a Beer giant. Great Leadership participants, high thirst for learning, open for powerful 360 Feedback, wanting to grow, renew themselves, willing to stretch to receive discomforting

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 23rd, 2018

When I started my journey as an entrepreneur, I connected with people & evaluated collaborations. I did not have the confidence to start out on my own solo. Decades of Corporate life had made me a frog in the well. I had never had the time to

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 22nd, 2018

Have you ever paid attention to what annoys you? Or who/which kind of person annoys you? It says a lot about you. People who are unstructured, disrupt my peace or my schedule annoy me. People who dont value another's nor their own time annoy me.

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 21st, 2018

I have been through umpteen struggles in life while I was growing up. I still continue the process of growing up. I broke various parts of my body many times :) One of my roles got redundant & I was asked to pack my bags I missed a Gold

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 19th, 2018

We had shared our eclectic Brand Video earlier. On popular demand, sharing it again. It was a goose-bumps experience putting this together.  It's been a nourishing & enriching last few years of inception for us at Team BlewMinds. An ode of

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 17th, 2018

Don't make permanent things temporary or temporary things permanent. Understanding what is what in life & what 'place' to offer to which thing in life is very critical. Sometimes we mix this up & regret heavily later. I made this mistake

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 15th, 2018

I had a Leader I worked with. A complete shark & continues to remain so. He would make us feel ashamed of what we do not know. He would find opportunities to quiz us on those areas we as beginners had no clue of & make us feel small. He

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 14th, 2018

Such great pleasure being a part of our prestigious client's Leadership Growth Journey. Moving the needle from 'I' to 'We'. Amazing bunch of enthusiastic audience, curious to learn, grow & share. Wonderful moments invested together in building

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 13th, 2018

I was at a dear cousin's wedding recently. I noticed folks all around. I see that when parents raise their children to be supportive siblings without jealousy, be there for each other come what may, not compete with each other but collaborate,

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 8th, 2018

I belong to the South of India which is pretty understated. I moved to North of India 12 years ago & battled with the difference in cultures including eating habits, professional behaviour, value systems & of course, way people dressed. I

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 7th, 2018

An aggrieved Coachee asked - how can I handle dysfunctional people? They rob me of my peace of mind & mess with my head.  Yes, all kinds of people exist. I have had friends who stabbed me in the back, gossiped about me, spread negativity,

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 5th, 2018

I am often asked what should one focus on - Actions or Results? Tough call actually. I have had situations where I did not enjoy the journey of creating something but sprinted to achieve some final results. Then, once you are there, you wonder what

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 4th, 2018

I am often asked how do I stay positive amidst challenges. Here are a few tips which have worked for me: -Nothing lasts, problems nor success. I accept that everything changes. I try to enjoy whatever hits me. -I have everything to lose by

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 2nd, 2018

I met my friend after a long haul. He had discouraged me to quit corporate world & start our own work. The first question he asked me when we met again is - Are you getting clients?  Well clients are not to be 'gotten', clients are not to be

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on May 1st, 2018

Regular day. Went shopping after eons. A silly slip, I fell & experienced searing pain. I blacked out & when back, found my little guy holding my hand next to me. I ended up in a hospital where an action-body like me prayed like crazy that

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on April 28th, 2018

She rang me - Can you help me? I am struggling with my team - She is a capable Leader, has a good idea for talent, nurtures, does things right. She manages a bunch of bright young ambitious driven men in the team. She wants to balance pushing &

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on April 27th, 2018

We met. Great 2 hours conversation. We discussed about anything & everything. Our lives, our pasts, our fears, what all we have been through, what we want to do ahead. Her eyes gleamed when we left. Felt like long lost souls reconnecting again.

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on April 26th, 2018

What if you fail? I used to ask myself this question over & over again. I ask myself this every single day even now. What do you think will really happen if one fails? -you can make a fool of yourself -you will lose face -you will become

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on April 25th, 2018

I was born with a deficiency, yes that's what I thought. As a child, I was terrible at details. I had absolutely no attention to details. I missed things, I could not see the broader picture, I made silly goofs, I got very overwhelmed with

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on April 22nd, 2018

No big talk, action is the way No grandiose, keeping at it is the way We so often come across gas-bags who talk a lot, of their accomplishments, of their honors, their badges, of their success, of putting other people down & celebrating it, of

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on April 20th, 2018

I paid attention to a very fascinating phenomenon. Have you ever noticed how when we receive an empty table drawer or even a new empty bowl-artifact, over a period of time we start putting things into it & it gets filled up. What is

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on April 18th, 2018

Raise yourself first? Child in the Adult or Adult in the Child? What does being a Parent actually mean? Hardships of Parenting? Or Joys of Parenting?   Deeply insightful intervention on Parenting with BHEL.  Gratitude to

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on April 17th, 2018

Adult, Child.  Parent, Kid. Adult in a child. Child in an adult. Roots & Wings. How much of a parent are you, really? Parents with a stronger child within, make better parents? Or parents with a stronger adult within, make better

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This colleague of mine at work. Good human being, intent was right, big people pleaser. He got all his career moves through a lot of people pleasing. Capable, but concentrated on managing people over adding value to his work. He got immense career

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Lifes Little Lessons #LLL

posted on April 14th, 2018

Sandeep Kochhar

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on April 12th, 2018

Scene 1 X - Hard working youngster, always the dump yard. Does his best. He figures his Boss rated him poor cause X managed only his work, not his boss. In Performance Discussion, X pushes back, says he's disappointed & feels let down by his

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on April 10th, 2018

He sent me a connect request. I did my initial pruning, accepted it. He liked my posts, commenting. We connected further. Then decided to speak on the phone when we found synergies. I run back to backs every single day & I like to be mindful

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My client rang me - happy & ruffled at the same time. We have been working on a confidential Merger (Growth) plan & it was time to begin work on Culture alignment, Change Management & larger decisions. We had been curating this for

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on April 7th, 2018

Sandeep Kochhar  

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A very insightful conversation with an ex boss of mine. We went back to Leaders in our circles who are capable, accomplished, intelligent, but so called 'success' still eludes them. We mapped it together. He said something magical which shook me up.

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Life’s Little Lessons – Fast or Slow?

posted on April 4th, 2018

For a second, let's not consider words like fast or slow as labels & just try to understand the behaviours/behavioural indicators which birth them. I like fast, agile, swift people at work. Sharpness of the mind is also connected to 'Fast'.

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Scene A A well established Leader. Figured right buttons of staff. She says - I have realised, I need to let people go. We find all sorts, aligned, cheaters, under confident, seekers, loyalists, learners, messed up ones. Over the years, I have

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Life’s Little Lessons – Why do you lie?

posted on March 31st, 2018

He's a hard worker. Smart, capable, been in roles where he's turned things around, Leader, agile, competitive, can crack the whip when required, loyal, committed, skilled & willed too, makes things happen. But as his CEO articulated to me - I

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on March 30th, 2018

Everything is connected. Then why do we fret, why dont we see the plan for us? Then why dont we move in the direction of messages coming our way? Why are we blind when we can see? Why are we challenged, when we can challenge ourselves? Can you

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I know of this character. Accomplished, sharp, done the right things in terms of adding value to himself over the years, hitting his 50s, knows how to manage & keep good relationships, hellish bitter, finds faults with others, loves calling

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Life’s Little Lessons

posted on March 28th, 2018

Fake it to make it? I hear this term so often. It’s used & abused. My SME client CEO who comes from a simple background, is still finding himself, who is as human as anyone else - gets rattled with situations, who has his own tentativeness

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He said, I work best when I have just a Plan A. I dont want to keep an option. I dont want to have a Plan B. Having an option makes me laid back, lackadaisical, feeling that if my Plan A fails, I always have a back up plan. I work best when all my

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Blew Minds is an eclectic Leadership Consulting practice which operates across geographies in the space of unconventional learning in different areas of people consulting, coaching & leadership. Started by the dynamic team of Sandeep Kochhar,

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When you decide to jump out of the box and explore the route of entrepreneurship, you can’t follow the same path just as someone else did. Every entrepreneur’s story is different and so will be yours. An entrepreneur is someone who converts an

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Every progressive entrepreneur realizes the role a good and motivated team can play in maneuvering successful business outcomes. People clearly assume an indispensable role in any organization, a much more important one indeed than any kind of

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Executive Presence. How many times we hear of this phrase? What does it actually mean? Does it mean externalities – being tall, good looking, fit & well proportioned, well dressed. Or does it mean internalities – being strong from within, being

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Scripting Social Media Successes

posted on June 12th, 2018

Linkedin is serving as a great hiring resource and the responses to Sandeep’s posts has been phenomenal. Our inboxes are flooded with job applications and referrals. People reach out to us saying that they were moved by what they read and even if

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A business comes into existence when thinking converts into execution on the ground and operations are accelerated towards problem-solving solutions. At the incubation level the gap between thinking and doing remain static for longer periods of

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