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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4 Questions Indian Manufacturing Should Ask After The US Bedsheet Scandal

The piece originally appeared The Huffington Post Dec 1, 2017 As the India media got engrossed in demonetisation, the Tata boardroom battle and the US elections, a certain rather scandalous bit of news about a leading Indian textile company, against which class action suits are being filed in the US, seemed to have been largely ignored. This manufacturer had apparently…

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You’re Wrong If You Think Donald Trump Is ‘Authentic’

[ This article was originally published in The Huffington Post on Nov 13, 2011 ]   Before the US elections many writers talked about the “authenticity” of Donald Trump. They averred that while he may not be politically correct, at least he spoke his mind. A poll also found that a vast majority of Republican voters felt he “says what…

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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 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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Do You Feel Incompetent And Shaky At Work? You May Have A Toxic Boss

[Source – Originally Published on Mar 28, 2016 in Huffington Post] Every workplace has myriad types of leaders. Each of them has different ways of functioning, engaging and influencing those around them. In my experience, if you look at it very broadly, there are three types of leaders. There are those who make their interactions truly memorable and one looks…

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3 Fatal Traps That Can Trip Up The Best Leadership Teams

Source – Originally Published on Feb 21, 2016 in Huffington Post Every organisation – whether it’s a manufacturing company or a bank or a hospital — has leadership teams. For me, every person who works in an organisation is a leader, but those who play a decisive role in charting an organisation’s future have a particularly great responsibility to steer…

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4 Communication Lessons That Business Leaders Can Take From Donald Trump

Source – Originally Published on Jan 29, 2016 in Huffington Post The hot topic of discussion just about everywhere these days is Donald Trump. Until a few months ago, everyone knew him as a flamboyant billionaire, a successful institution builder, a TV personality. When he decided to enter the US presidential race, no one took him seriously at first. They…

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