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Last 100 Rs..

 

The app in my mobile was showing no cab for last 10 minutes and as a last resort, I reluctantly stopped a rick to go home. Reluctant, as I was aware of the fact that I have last 100 Rs. in my wallet and fare would be more than 100. I sat in a rick and opened my cards ‘bhaiya, I have Rs.100 and you can drop me, when meter shows 100 or give me change of Rs.2000.

 

Either my honesty or his belief (whatever is greater) the driver said “Madam, it’s ok, even if you don’t pay me. Aapko pata hai, ye sab hamare bhale ke liye hi ho raha hai, bas

Alignment in Leadership for Successful Change Management

 

 

Yesterday I was waiting at the traffic signal where  I saw a mother, her son and daughter next to me on a two wheeler.

 

Red light turned into yellow and mother started driving. Immediately the son said “No mom, you cannot start driving until you see the yellow light turned into green. The small daughter who was standing in front laughed at her brother and said “Bhaiya doesn’t know. Mumma always starts driving when there is yellow light.” “But dad always tells me that you should not do that untill it is green!” Son sounded

My Journey with Mr. Ratan Tata

Dear Friends,

This is my first blog.

Thanks to my association with various professional and not-for-profit organizations, I get opportunities to interact with many luminaries. I normally do not write or publish about those opportunities.

However, today when I received several birthday wishes, I got overwhelmed. Struck by their love & affection, I thought of sharing my most important wealth – treasure of learning from those opportunities.

The most recent opportunity was to be with Mr. Ratan Tata for 8 full hours on 1st December 2015 when he visited Vadodara to receive Sayaji Ratna Award. While his answers and speeches

Bullet Points


    Venue: Mount Abu, India
    Event: Outbound Leadership Training
    Activity: Rock Climbing and Rappelling
    Height: 40 Feet Granite Slab
    Target Achieved: Yes

After reading these bullet points I am sure we all can understand the story and its outcome, life would have been very boring and dull if we will use bullets to describe the events! Because lots worth sharing happens between those bullet points.

I was with group of high pots on an outbound training and was responsible to observe my team of 6 people. My task was to note their behaviour for two competencies decided to cover- Decision making and re

The Mini Me Syndrome

We all think that we are fair and objective. But the truth is we are governed by our biases and we as humans are inherently biased. The only difference is some people are biased consciously whereas some are subconsciously biased.


There is an unconscious instinct for us all to favour those who remind us of ourselves. This phenomenon is known as “MINI ME Syndrome”.  Many a times it is seen that the manager or the recruiter during the recruitment process selects and hires an employee who are similar to themselves. But, in the corporate world would this inclination of leaders to recruit mini – me’s going to help the organization?  The answer is “N

Leader's role In frustration minimization

Frustration is the most common feeling experienced by mankind. It is a strong feeling of disappointment which overpowers the positive affirmations within you and everything related to your work seem frugal.


Why does this happen?


You tend to feel frustration when you are blocked to achieve your desired goal.  In general, whenever we reach one of our goals, we feel pleased and whenever we are prevented from reaching our goals, we may succumb to frustration and feel irritable, annoyed and angry.


Typically, the more important the goal, the greater the frustration and resultant anger or loss of

Neophillacs

We live in a world where change is the only constant. We as humans have learnt to adapt to change but some look forward to change and thrive only to readily embrace it. If you glance around you’ll majorly find three kinds of people:


Neophobes – People who like their comfort zone and do not like anything new


Neophiles – People who somewhat like new things and are ready to explore new things


Neophiliacs – People who crave for new things and want to possess those things “NOW”.


Organizations face difficulties retaining the Neophiliacs an estimated 15% of us qualify. N

Factors Contributing to the Success of Coaching

s a coach who has conducted multiple coaching sessions for almost a decade, I have often thought about the factors that contribute to the success of coaching. I analyzed my various experiences and narrowed down the factors that determine a successful coaching session. The primary way to judge whether a session has been successful or not is to determine if the coaching objectives and goals were achieved for which the coach was engaged. To help the coachee achieve what he wants to see as an outcome – the coach, the sponsor and the coachee themselves play a very vital role and are the key contributors for it.


The Coach: A coach has a very critica

Challenge! Accept it and Deal with it..

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change. ~Wayne Dyer


This “new” way of looking at challenges is actually thousands of years old and was taught by Lord Buddha.  By learning this technique you’ll be able to deal with the most difficult challenges, while at the same time not letting them affect your inner peace.


We all face challenges in our lives that impact us. Sometimes, we shy away from them to protect our emotions and ourselves. But, what we fail to realize at this time is that challenges are paths to move away from our comfort zone and grow as a person.


O

True Success

Whose success are you living? Is it yours, or is it someone else’s? Someone else meaning your family, society, employers, teachers. If you are living someone else’s definition of success, then it’s not TRUE SUCCESS.


A friend I know wanted to be a General Manager of a company. All her life she did what she had to do to climb up the ladder of success. She did become the General Manager of the company. And, guess what? She was miserable, burned out and tired. She was missing out on the fun quotient. She realized later that she did not like her job. It struck her that the ladder of success was leaning up against the wrong building. She was not liv

Perfectionism and Procrastination

Whenever we work on something, we want everything to be just right. We want to get appreciated and long for people to say “You did a great job.”


Striving for perfection can be a hindrance in your way of success.The desire for perfection has the capability to convert your worries into fear such as, “I’ll be a failure, I’ll be criticized, I’ll look stupid, or I’ll succeed.” Having to do things perfectly can cause you get so blogged down that you end up procrastinating to the point where you never finish – or start. It is very evident that perfectionism and procrastination are very closely related.


I was supposed to wri

Its One Life

By virtue of my subject ‘Psychology’ and profession ‘Psychologist and Trainer’ I am fortunate to be seen as Mentor to many and feel completely humbled by this title.


Other day I got a call from (let’s call him) Udayan who is working for MNC and in salary bracket of 30-35 lakhs, and already identified by his organization as Hi-Pot candidate for next critical role in succession planning.  So what’s the challenge?


To my surprise, he called me to discuss career shift from present profile to training.


He answered my ‘Whys’:


I am 33 years old, married and father of a 3y

Appreciate! It will make someone's day!

This morning was really refreshing. Driving down to work on a cloudy morning gave a huge respite from the  humid and hot summer morning.


While discussing work with my Husband, I pondered upon how Indian managers shied away from writing recommendations for their subordinates on LinkedIn.


With the great networking opportunity that LinkedIn provides, I feel the act of appreciation for the people whom you have been associated with closely, would not just showcase their talent but would also speak volumes about your own observation skills and your genuine appreciation of people and their work .


"To be or not to be" is the real question?

“More heads make you wiser or too many cooks spoil the broth!!”


This weekend was not so eventful as I was nursing a shoulder spasm however some time away from my phone and laptop gave me some time to ponder upon my upcoming blog. I happen to train a group of young managers this week on certain aspects of management with decision making being a major chunk of the discussion.


While pondering upon whether decision making should be autocratic (where the management/boss makes the decisions) or collaborative (where everyone have a role to play in the decision making process), I felt a little bent towards the collaborative

Are you a Negaholic?

Do you often say “I can’t? Do you focus more on your failures than your success? Do you often find yourself expecting the worst? Do you think that when people praise you they have some ulterior motive behind it?


If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, you could be a Negaholic.


Negaholics are people who are addicted to thinking and behaving in negative manner. Negaholics believe that they will never be able to have what they want and convince themselves to kill their wishes, desires and dreams. They voluntarily mould their beliefs, attitude and perception that restrict them from happiness.


Discover your strengths - 5

It’s been long since I wrote on Strengths. In this blog, I will shed some light on vulnerability associated with Strengths.


Individual’s strengths are like filter – they influence how one takes in the information from world outside; make decisions/ choice; work with others; build relationship with others; get things done from others; respond to others etc.


Because they come naturally to an individual, one can get vulnerable to his own strengths by over using it (many times unknowingly). As a result it does not give the individual consistent, near perfect performance which it is supposed to provide. At times, it produ

Comparison Blues

Does any of this seem familiar to you? You see someone excel in a particular field and you immediately start getting the feeling that you should do more. You see someone in fabulous shape and you immediately feel like flab city. You are having a conversation with someone and before you know it you start feeling like a mental midget.  If the answer to any of these questions is “YES”, then you have been hit by comparison blues.


Watch out for comparison blues. They sneak up on you without even you realizing it. One minute you feel like the King of the jungle who can conquer everything and the next instance you’re in pits. You sometimes start to

Humility - A Leadership Virtue

At different points in time, we have all had an experience of being led by someone, we might have observed different kinds of leaders in various walks of life and, there might have be several occasions and opportunities where we might have led individuals and teams.


At various points in time, I have had the privilege of meeting and working with some of the finest of the leaders. Out of varied leadership styles and qualities, one of them that I have valued the most and have been positively impacted by is ‘humility’.


Humility is defined as a quality or a condition of being humble, modest opinion or estimate of one's ow

Emotional (Un)awareness - Dealing with Alexithymla

Do you have difficulty in identifying feelings? Do you find it difficult to find an appropriate term to describe your feelings? Do you have few fantasies and very few realistic dreams? Do you rely on more factual information? Do you always think logically? Do you find it difficult to empathize with people?


If you answered to most of these questions as “YES”, you might be suffering from Alexithymia.


Alexithymia means the difficulty in identify your feelings and expressing them to others or fail to understand the intricacies of what others feel and think due to lack of self awareness or emotional awareness.


Keeping them alive...post lunch!

Food is comforting. Comfort leads to relaxation. Relaxation could induce sleep.


As a trainer, I have always dreaded post lunch sessions. Not because I doubt my capabilities as a trainer but I never doubt the effect appetizing food could have on my audience.


During my initial days as a trainer at Infosys, I used to utilize the time immediately after lunch by asking my participants to work on a group presentation however later I realized that the activity became very repetitive and predictable and I wondered if I could utilize this time in an effective manner.


Google being a constant companio

Study Anywhere, Anytime

Distance education has been around for a long time, although its form has evolved in a number of ways.


However, Open learning is a more recent phenomenon and its definition varies from country to country and is evolving in recent years.


Another more frequently used word is Open Learning Systems. This is a provision of education and training though open access, without barriers. This implies that there is no educational prerequisite. To sum up, it can be said that a correspondence course is a subset of distance learning and can be a part of open learning system.


Characteristics of Open Learn

Four lessons to learn from Jack Ma

Jack Ma is the CEO of the company Alibaba. Alibaba is the world’s largest  e - commerce company. It's IPO must be biggest in the world’s history. Jack Ma started his company with $20,000 that his wife and his friends helped him raise and today he is the richest man in China and 18th richest man in the world.


Ma spent hours studying western culture, management concepts and failures of successful business. He consumed the knowledge needed and combined that with his love and understanding of China’s culture and consumption habits to give birth to an all encompassing technology success that is positioned to become the first truly global Chinese br

High Performing Individuals - What is unique about them?

Who is a high performing individual? What is unique about a high performer? What are the competencies or qualities that one exudes when he/ she is a high performer? What differentiates a high performer from a low or average performer? Questions such as these cross our mind when we think about high performing individuals.


Organizations seek and strive to have such individuals working from them. Organizations adopt various approaches during recruitment and selection, succession planning, performance rewards, employee development, etc. to identify, develop and recognize high performing individuals as these individuals significantly contribute tow

Leader's Role in Frustration Minimization

Frustration is the most common feeling experienced by mankind. It is a strong feeling of disappointment which overpowers the positive affirmations within you and everything related to your work seem frugal.

Why does this happen?


You tend to feel frustration when you are blocked to achieve your desired goal.  In general, whenever we reach one of our goals, we feel pleased and whenever we are prevented from reaching our goals, we may succumb to frustration and feel irritable, annoyed and angry.


Typically, the more important the goal, the greater the frustration and resultant anger or loss of conf

Coaching "The not ready or the resistant"

Coaching assignments during these ten years have offered me opportunities to work with professionals who could be described as “Ready” to “The Not-Ready or The Resistant” types. While working with “Ready” types is rewarding, experience in handling “The Not-Ready or The Resistant” types has been enriching.


I have observed a pattern demonstrated by “The Not-Ready or The Resistant” type of professionals. These individuals may not show enthusiasm and drive to work on focus areas and/ or may be passive; may procrastinate or unwillingly draw action plan, invariably fail to act on actions planned; turn in late to coaching sessions or keep reschedulin

To lead, you must follow

In the corporate world today, companies believe employees can do so much to propel their businesses to greater heights with the right push. Companies strengthen the capabilities of their employees by investing in trainings and programs to bring out the best in them.


Leadership development programs are one among many given to employees to empower them and give them the confidence to maximize their potential and always aim for the top.


Leadership development programs work for everyone across all ages and regardless of job assignment. It is essential in any company because it hones employees’ skills, programs their mind

Are you ready for 360 Degree Feedback?

In the series of self-awareness and inspired by one of the comments on my previous post, this in the next one I thought of writing about – 360 degree feedback. Past few months and weeks, I have been working on assignments related to individual assessment and 360 degree feedback is one amongst them besides assessment/ development centers (coming up next).


360 degree feedback is one of the many assessment tools that organizations use as a part of talent management. It is used during performance appraisal, succession planning, identification of training needs, developmental initiatives, etc.


Apart from organizations rea

Where are you from? The cross cultural issues and HRD

Culture is the way in which each of us has grown up to behave in our familiar environment.


Cultures are like icebergs; where the behaviour of an individual is just the tip of an iceberg and the root cause of the behaviour is not seen. Above-the-surface features include overt behaviours: how people – dress, eat, walk, talk, relate to one another, conduct themselves during public ceremonies and also includes our social distance. What is hard to recognize is what lies beneath the surface.They are hard to define even for our own culture because we take them in with our mother’s language.


Change is difficult. It is very e

6 Reasons why org should have mentoring program

It started with the Ancient Greeks; Mentor was Odysseus’ trusted counselor and advisor. Mentoring is one of the oldest forms of people development. Mentoring is when one individual actively and willingly passes his/her knowledge and wisdom onto another person.


Today, mentoring is a tool that organizations use to nurture and grow their people. They want to utilize valuable experience of their senior most employees to develop their employees for sustainable success and growth of organization. It is becoming popular day by day.


Here are six reasons why every organization should introduce Mentoring as people development

Self Awarness - A step towards Self Development

Someone approached me today to seek help regarding career guidance and planning for her sibling. While we were discussing about what can help that young lady in gaining clarity towards what career would be best suited for her, a perspective came up about knowing oneself / self-awareness. This prompted me to put across my thoughts around self-awareness, ways to increase self-awareness and how it can be uselful.


Self-awareness and personal insight play a vital role at various points in individual’s life. The question then is, how to be self-aware and increase self-awareness.


There are many ways that can help an individ

Discover your strengths - 4

Taking it ahead from where I left, to the theorists of positive psychology who propagated that human beings can achieve their best success when they are happy.


Being happy is the core value of theory of positive psychology. It propagates that one needs to focus on self and others’ positive traits i.e. STRENGTHS for achieving the best in life. Interestingly, it also guides us on how to manage things that we might get vulnerable to.


Before talking about vulnerabilities (coming up next), let me share some technical information with you all on StrengthsFinder 2.0 and its journey.


Gallup® group

Discover your Strengths -3

It’s been long since I wrote blog… various assessments projects kept me busy. Though I strongly felt the need to write, I chose not to write because I felt I was not in the right frame of mind. I wanted to sit and write my blog peacefully. But believe me, I missed my writing so much and today when I am writing its working for me as a stress buster.


So taking it further from where I left last time, what this strengths philosophy is all about and what does Woo, Communication means? Let me give you all some technical gyaan on Strengths to get our basics clear on StrengthsFinder tool.


If I look and refer back to my schoo

Tryst with language

Growing up in a serene town like Udaipur, back in the 90s seemed to be fun, because if you spoke English, you were looked upon as a smarter kid.


My fascination for  English language was definitely inherited with my parents fluently conversing about Shakespearean plays or the record playing Abba or Elvis Presley songs every Sunday Afternoon.


In school, grammar tests became a cake walk and being the English teacher’s pet also fired the infatuation for the Queen’s mother tongue.


Unfortunately, throughout my entire education phase, English language was always taken for granted as I felt it woul

Discover your Strengths – Part 2

I am sure some of you must be also wondering and little curious to know that what StrengthsFinder is all about? What is this Woo, Communication, Strengths report? How it can be helpful? I shall elaborate on it and give you all the details soon.


Now going back to where I left – How has Strengths helped in my life?

It has helped me both – personally and professionally. It rather gave me an idea about why certain things are so obvious for me.


Like going & talking to everyone and anyone, I just love breaking the ice. Many a times it has happened that I am traveling in a Mumbai local train, there is

Accepting Challenges

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change. ~Wayne Dyer

This “new” way of looking at challenges is actually thousands of years old and was taught by Lord Buddha.  By learning this technique you’ll be able to deal with the most difficult challenges, while at the same time not letting them affect your inner peace.


We all face challenges in our lives that impact us. Sometimes, we shy away from them to protect our emotions and ourselves. But, what we fail to realize at this time is that challenges are paths to move away from our comfort zone and grow as a person.


Only

Discover Your Strengths – 1

Strengths –what does it mean????


When I first got to know that as part of my training intervention I was supposed to use StrengthsFinder 2.0 as tool, I was like “what’s this”?


Anyway, being a psychologist, I was happy that I will be using a new psychometric assessment tool in double quotes. My boss then called and asked me to study the book, take the test and understand the report it generates. He gave me time of a week to study the tool in and out completely (that’s what he said) and then take him and our Assessment & Coaching lead through it.


It was evening 6 pm in January 2010, I called

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