First impressions are corrupted.

They are tinted because of our prejudices, stereotypes and assumptions. Everyone in our culture has been trained to showcase their best self and game the first impression mechanisms of others. But, that rarely lasts, a facade is hard to keep up, it doesn’t reflect the authenticity in you and fails to strike a chord. As Malcolm Gladwell in his book Blink, pointed out that the biggest recent revolution in

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20 is plenty

Please, don’t measure what doesn’t matter. If 5 people listen to your podcast on entrepreneurship and 2 are Incubated at IIM Bangalore, One is a professor of entrepreneurship in Pune, one leads Nasscom and one is the founder of YourStory. It’s a home run! Don’t be greedy. 20 is plenty. Go, make some Galata.

Hijacking a group discussion.

Is not the point. A GD is less about overwhelming your fellow mates, racing to see who breaks the decibel scale! ( I’m right VS I’M RIGHT!), or mindlessly speaking to show that you are participating. It’s more about exploring the possibilities, discussing the alternatives and understanding others perspectives so you end up with a garden of ideas, insights and information. If you want to evaluate someone’s speaking abilities,

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A rant on device abuse.

The day we don’t exhaust our data-limits we feel bad. The day we exhaust it early we feel terrible. And then there are days we don’t sleep until we exhaust it. In every way, we are hooked on to it. Remember the time when we lasted 300mb for a month? Our appetites have gone way up and so have our consumption of content and screen time. What does it

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Less is lovely!

At times it’s removing, deleting, uninstalling, donating and discarding that makes you go forward. Till you are left with the essentials. What’s one thing you can do less of?

Why you need to be money-hearted

Those who are money-minded have a bad reputation. They are opportunistic, proactive and eager to make a buck.
Though it is in complete sync with the wealth maximisation philosophy that MBA’s teach it doesn’t help to build a better society.
We are taught in our formative years not to be money-minded. But nobody ever suggested to us what to be instead. (79 more words)

Nurture it in the bud.

Recognition in our culture has become predictable, regular and boring. Just another to-do task on the list of HR. This approach seems to lead to a motivated, driven and acknowledged team but it doesn’t. Instead, it so often ends up becoming a breeding ground for office politics and unacceptable approaches. Though there are few instances where regular recognition works. For instance, when merit trumps bias. A complimentary practice that

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Too afraid to pause?

The power of a pause mesmerises me. Timed correctly it creates tension amongst the audience. Placed properly it emphasises an upcoming word. Used purposefully it can drive home a point. A pause seems risky, makes our stomachs grind, feels awkward and maybe received incorrectly. You’ll need to find the rhythm of your pause. Just the right silence to kindle the tension, tug the strings of anticipation and keep your

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BIG picture or the pixel?

Where we stumble is when we hyper-focus on the blossoming tree and lose sight of the forest fire. The bigger picture and an individual pixel. They both matter. One builds the other and the other makes the one meaningful. But, what are you laser-focused on? Are you at 32,000ft or at 3cm? Both are required, recommended and relevant in certain situations. You need to decide which one to tune

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