6 Reasons Why Forgetting The Bitterness of The Past Will Make Your Life Better

The article was first published in The Huffington Post on Feb 9, 2017   We often struggle to heal the wounds in our lives. These are hurts and bitterness from the past that continue to haunt us. There could be myriads of reasons for these hurts—you felt left out in the last promotion, someone you held dear deserted you, you…

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5 Management Lessons From The Samajwadi Party Imbroglio

The article originally published in The Huffington Post on Feb 2, 2017   The recent developments in the Samajwadi Party are much like a Bollywood pot-boiler, engaging the audience and also requiring suspension of disbelief! No one ever thought that the strong man of Indian politics and a powerful regional satrap would be challenged by his own son, but there…

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5 Lessons For The C-Suite From The Wells Fargo Banking Scandal

This article was first published in The Huffington Post on Jan 16, 2017 Wells Fargo had been a darling of sorts in the financial services world. It was one of the few American banks which reported a profit increase the financial crisis. Until the news of the scandal broke out in the first week of September, Wells Fargo had been…

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How Coffee—And Cafés—Improve Productivity At Work

  This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post on Dec 12, 2017 Disclaimer: I have not been hired by any coffee brand to extol the virtues of the beverage or of cafés—I’m only writing about what I observe and experience! It’s so true that a lot can truly be achieved over coffee. But why? That’s the question I want…

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7 Reasons Why Donald Trump And Narendra Modi Should Not Be Compared

Originally published in Huffington Post on Nov 11, 2016   There have been reports in the media highlighting how Donald Trump and Narendra Modi have similar traits, ideologies and ascents to power (see, for example, here and here). To me, this looks like a gross oversimplification. My view is that they are two different leaders who came to power under…

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3 Tactics That Helped Donald Trump Win Hearts And Influence People

[ Originally published in Huffington Post on Nov 9, 2016 ] The US election is finally over, and Donald Trump is going to lead the world’s most powerful nation beginning 2017. While a close fight was expected, his win stunned many people—but the signs were there all along. Trump had successfully tapped into the emotions of blue collar workers who…

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3 Leadership Lessons From Tata’s Boardroom Coup Against Cyrus Mistry

[ This article was originally published in The Huffington Post on Nov4, 2016 ]   Anyone who reads/watches the news is aware of how Cyrus Mistry was made to resign by the board as chairman of Tata Sons. The dramatic ouster created headlines—the Tata group is one of the most respected companies of India and this sudden change has surprised…

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3 Aspects Of Workplace Culture That CEOs Should Make Their Business

[This piece was originally published in Huffington Post in April 28, 2016] A CEO has a lot on his or her plate. They not only have to steer the strategic agenda of the company but also have to work towards making sure expectations of all stakeholders–shareholders, employees, board members, regulators, the community– are met. They are expected to be on…

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The One Value That All CEOs Need To Enshrine In Their Organization

[This piece was originally published in Huffington Post in April 26, 2016] Most companies have corporate values. These are principles that guide the behaviour of employees. They spell out the dos and don’ts for employees and how they should behave internally and with external stakeholders such as customers, vendors and others in the community. Globally, many companies are making an…

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