Category Archives: Opinion

FAQs on politicians: a primer for all the wannabe politicians and their toadies.

I love politicians; they are the bestest, awesomest, wonderful-erest dude, dudettes and duderinos you can find anywhere on this planet. Heck, you wouldn’t find such fine people in this whole universe or twini-verse, tripni-verse or quadrini-verse; and that’s a lot of ‘verse’, right there. Basically, they are the supermen/superwomen of this planet. I look up… Read More »

Bag it all – The inspirational story of the Baggit founder

The book “Bag it all” is a story of Nina Lekhi who is the Founder, MD & Chief Design Curator, of Baggit India. This compelling story is a manifestation of how a simple belief in yourself can enrich you with enormous power to make things happen and run a successful business empire. “Follow your passion” and… Read More »

Leaders vs. Dealers: Who/what are dealers, and what are the key differences between leaders and dealers?

It always surprises me how people casually and flippantly exalt nincompoops to the position of a “leader.” The first time I witnessed such an event take place in the corporate world, it was during a town hall meeting I attended, eons ago. A so-called “transformational leader” was visiting us and there was a town hall meeting with him… Read More »

A few facts about abusive managers/bullying bosses, and how to “deal” with those individuals?

I like many people had the great misfortune of working for abusive managers and bullying bosses very early on in my career. The manager at my second job was a serial tormentor and a bully. She disliked/hated all her team members. I don’t want to go into elaborate details about what that particular manager did… Read More »

The Rube Goldberg machines of the corporate world

Have you worked or do you work in an organization that follows one or many over-engineered process(es), commonly called the Rube Goldberg machines? For those who aren’t aware of the term Rube Goldberg machines, let me refer to Wikipedia to introduce Rube Goldberg and Rube Goldberg machine. Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer,… Read More »

Security guards in India—the incompetent “protecting” the clueless

Do you work for a multinational conglomerate? If so, then, your workplace is probably a multi-storey building with a few entrances and exits. To protect those point of entries and exits, and to also provide a safe working environment, in your workplace, you’ll notice security guards stationed at various entrances and exits to monitor traffic—both… Read More »

Need fitness motivation? Find out how to have a workout routine.

In this modern-day status quo, we all struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and, more importantly, it is a strenuous effort to sustain the enthusiasm for fitness motivation. Given the hectic work schedules including the daunting travelling time, stressful jobs due to fierce competitions, unrealistic deadlines, horrible leaders, office politics, managing kids and home etc., perhaps… Read More »

The IT department in the corporate world—a case of the tail wagging the dog

In almost all non-Information Technology (IT) organizations, the IT department/functional area, like transpiration or friction, is a necessary evil. The IT Department, in those organizations, is a cost center, which means it doesn’t generate any revenue for the company but costs the company money to run it. Therefore, you would hope that it is imperative… Read More »

Why does the modern world under-appreciate late bloomers but worship young entrepreneurs and achievers?

This is an era of young entrepreneurs where people rave about the thriving culture of Start-ups. Everybody dreams to be successful at a young age now. However, are you someone who has still not found THE GOAL of life when you compare yourself with successful people of the same age? Are you still struggling to get… Read More »

Daring Greatly – How the courage to be vulnerable can transform our lives

The book Daring Greatly epitomizes a decade of research on vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame by Brene Brown, who is also a research professor at the University of Houston. The author describes vulnerability as uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure, but she further mentions that the biggest strength lies in accepting these things and daring greatly to… Read More »

What’s Facility Management got to do with the art of thievery?

What comes to mind when somebody mentions Facility Management? Workplace space allocation, catering, security, fire safety, operational, cleaning, business continuity planning, etc.? Yes? Then, you are correct; mostly, that’s all to Facility Management. Well, mostly, that is, until you pull back the curtain to reveal some ugly truths. Did it ever cross your mind that vendors have to pay… Read More »

What is the secret to my happiness, and why happiness is a privilege in our modern life?

To be happy is the ultimate goal of our lives; happiness is fundamental for our growth and survival. However, things have changed in our modern life. We prefer to do things which are expected from us rather than the things which make us happy. Why there is such an unwanted shift? Why are we inundated… Read More »

Is HR relevant anymore or is it a “dead” functional area walking?

HR is not relevant anymore; not as it currently stands and operates. To paraphrase a quote by Winston Churchill, “HR is a riddle, wrapped in incompetence, inside a dysfunction; but perhaps there is a key. The key is the self interests of the C-suite executives.” HR has lost its touch, the human-touch. Therefore, to regain its lost importance and rise… Read More »