Do you really know how to swim?

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

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

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...

Are you suited for a startup or a corporate job?

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!

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!

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...

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

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...

Time Management: FYI vs FYA

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...

Spotted: A Phantom in the room!

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...

5 tips to ensure you are paid equal

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

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

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

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

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...

2017 – Year it Was!

2017 – Year it Was!

365 days fly by.. A day by itself does not seem much but one day at a time forming one full year surely is time to pause and reflect, to look at our achievements and initiatives with pride and to be ready to work towards new milestones. 2017 would always be a very...

6 questions to ask at the end of your job interview

6 questions to ask at the end of your job interview

Most of us tend to think that an interview is all about fielding the many volleys and questions thrown at us, but that’s not so. In these times, asking questions is as important as answering them. However, this brings up the question – what does one ask? Interviews...

7 effective tips to build work-life integration

7 effective tips to build work-life integration

Today, is it possible to completely separate your work and personal life? David Solomon, global co-head of Goldman Sachs, believes that technology has made us all “available 24/7. And, because everyone demands instant gratification and instant connectivity, there are...

How to stop ‘stress eating’ at work

How to stop ‘stress eating’ at work

It’s 4 pm, your deadline is looming large, and the stress is overwhelming. What should you do? Your arm makes up its mind for you, reaching into your desk drawer and emerging with a chocolate or bag of chips. The treat consumed, you feel calm for a while but then the...

8 jobs for people who love to read

8 jobs for people who love to read

While certain jobs such as a lawyer, librarian or journalist may need specific qualifications like a degree in law, library science or journalism, most of these jobs are flexible when it comes to educational credentials. A bachelor’s degree in literature may be...