Dream Big and Achieve

The resignation of PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi in early August was kind of unexpected and this leaves us with a huge void which can’t be filled up. This takes the count of Women CEO’s leading Fortune 500 companies to 23 which is less than 5%, down from 32 female CEO’s...

Kick Off – First Batch L.E.A.P. 2018- Women Mentorship Program- Reflections and Insights

“Mentoring is the biggest tool which can support and step up women in their professional aspirations” L.E.A.P. @ BD Mentoring At BD Foundation, we are guided by the same philosophy and believe that mentoring is a critical path to leadership. Mentoring becomes an...

Do you really know how to swim?

I love swimming. I love it to the point of arrogance and to a point where I observe other swimmers. I am not shy to make strong judgements about their swimming. Every morning, I mentally identify each of the regulars into good, bad, sloppy, funny and sometimes a good...

Here’s how to write an effective Cover Letter

A good resume can score you a job. But a well-crafted cover letter can help your CV get noticed. In today’s era of online job applications, many candidates choose to forgo sending this introductory letter. A grave oversight, when you consider most employers claim a...

Build a team of Avengers to win at work

  In the smash hit Avengers: Infinity War, a team of superheroes comes together to defend the world from a threat they cannot tackle alone. If we had to draw a real-life parallel, it is kind of like building a successful team consisting of a group of people with the...

Are you suited for a startup or a corporate job?

There was a time when scoring a first job in a big corporation was considered an early career triumph. Today, times have changed, and so have perceptions of success. “I want to promote those who have the courage to fail,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the...

Networking: Be Spiderman!

Once again, I found myself at a day-long conference where corporate HR leaders, consultants, learning and development professionals and executive coaches mingled and shared ideas and opinions. Before the event commenced, I was in a conversation with the HR Head of a...

Retirement: 50 is the new 60!

  “Why is no one offering me a job? What do I do next as I don’t want to continue doing the same thing? Can I do something entirely different from what my career has been focused on so far? Why can I not be hired for my strengths and not based only on my past roles?”...

Thinking: Don’t Divide (and rule)…Multiply!

  “Boss, we have an issue…what do we do?” A familiar conversation played out daily in a Manager’s work day. Empirical evidence shows that, 9 out of 10 Managers go pat with “I suggest you do this…” or even more directly, “Just call X and ask them to….” These are some...

Time Management: FYI vs FYA

    A senior technology leader recently lamented, “I am tired of routine meetings and pointless discussions. In many cases, I realised I was adding no significant value to most of these FYIs. I seem to have no time left for doing strategic work.” Leaders today are...

Spotted: A Phantom in the room!

  Ever been to a meeting lately and wondered why a few attendees never spoke a word? Ever been to meetings and wondered why these attendees never speak at all? Ever wondered why some of these attendees are there in the first place?! Worse still, ever wondered if you...

5 tips to ensure you are paid equal

Looking forward to that day when men and women are paid equally at work? You may be waiting a while. According to reports, no country in the world has closed the gender gap when it comes to salary. In India, the Monster Salary Index (MSI) on gender for 2017 revealed...

Short cut to Coaching Millennials

“He must be 30-35 years of age…” I pondered, as I got chatting with a young pilot seated beside me on a recent evening flight. He was busy preparing for a flight simulation examination the following morning. When I dared to confirm it, he responded, “No! I am 26 now...

Time is NOW

This year, we saw an unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Whether it was in the form of global marches and campaigns, including #METOO and #TimesUP. Echoing the same sentiments, UN Commission called out for a new Action - #TimeisNOW....

Here’s what to look for in your First Job

Your first job is an important stepping stone in your career, and can lead to better, more and greater opportunities in the future. This makes it imperative that you don’t jump at the first offer you receive. Nicole Williams, founder of WORKS, a New York-based career...

4 ways to create small inclusion moments at work

  Creating a culture of inclusion at the workplace is just not a nice thing to do; many studies and innumerable examples prove that it makes business sense to do so. While much has been said about investing in the well-being of employees, fostering an environment in...