The motivation puzzle

One of the things I often hear business founders/leaders say is that they don’t feel others are pulling their weight for the salary they are paid. They expect responsible, accountable team members who can foresee what is required, jump into action, please customers, and also be extremely grateful and positive about everything in the company. They […]

Reset Period

April and May have been focused primarily on family and friends – short spurts of family functions, quick getaways to nearby places, exploring nature, coffee catch-up with friends, and long drives to hill stations and forests. Watching the river, sea, sky, forest, leaves, trees, and animals, gave me a chance to refresh, reset and rejuvenate. […]


Whenever someone wants to dismiss a possible candidate or successor to a position, in recent times, I have heard them use the word gravitas, or rather the lack of gravitas. This led me to think about what is gravitas and whether it can be developed. And do I have gravitas and what are the things […]

Original thinkers?

Adam Grant’s TED talk explains a concept called quick starter-slow finisher. It’s based on a lot of research and is definitely worth watching a couple of times as a reminder. I would recommend once a quarter Adam Grant’s TED talk explains a concept called quick starter-slow finisher. It’s based on a lot of research and is […]

Manager, manager on the wall

As a manager you are responsible for your team members’: Selection 2. Induction 3. Performance 4. Performance support 5. Learning and development 6. Growth 7. Recognition and reward 8. Employability 9. Engagement Some of these are easy to measure. The danger is that you are not held accountable for any of this. Nobody can say […]


When I attended the first training on anti-sexual harassment, I was upset on how the Bill was only women centric and harassment of men was not even considered. Being a woman who has been fortunate to be given strength and confidence I always thought it should not be that difficult. However, more I read about […]

The Art and Science of Coaching

A gush of thoughts overwhelm the mind Bones try to remember the limbic, visual and more Hold your space they told Creating confusion in our brain that was already sore As students, we all began that journey anew Letting the murky water run its course stilling our minds to create a new brew like the […]

Sometimes first impressions are wrong…

I have often believed in trying my best to give a great first impression. I have even supported this view when engaging young career makers or leaders who are stuck. However, I have also noticed that the pressure of making a great first impression sometimes brings out the worst in us. On reflection I noticed […]

The Personal Career Experience Map

An experience should describe a meaningful business outcome — open a new production facility, lead a large team through a business turnaround, or close books for a business unit. It should be a significant building block of your functional or leadership capability; your accomplishment of it should mean something to others in your field. The […]

Adventurous migration

August 1989, we were relocating to Malaysia. My dad had decided enough was enough in Air India, and took up an expatriate role with Malaysia Airlines. A very important turning point in all our lives. We packed our bags, boxes, suitcases; gave away loads of stuff; pushed a few valuable boxes of books and more […]