FIFA World Cup 2014: My Take

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The frenzy of the finals is over. Germany, deservedly in my view, won the recently concluded FIFA World Cup 2014 played in Brazil. The first thing I did as we approached the dates for the World Cup dates was to find out the difference in the time zones between Brazil and India, where I live. I watched most of the matches on TV, they being played, as per Indian Standard Time, at 7.30 p.m. ( which was fine), 9.30 p.m. ( which was fine, too) and 1.30 a.m. (which was fine, depending upon who was playing!). Continue reading

Trends in the Corporate World

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Interested as I am in keeping an eye on trends in the corporate world, here are a few published items which caught my attention:-

  1. Increased collaboration between the CFO and the CHRO is a must for organisations to succeed in present times. Rising costs of labour and the scarcity of talent are but two of the reasons why this has become crucial. This piece from EY gives fresh insight.
  2. Satisfied employees make a huge difference to the bottom lines of organisations. What makes companies like Google feature year after year in the list of organisations which are most sought after. Here is why Google is named “India’s Best Company To Work For” in 2013.
  3. Sharad Verma, Senior HR Director at SunGard Global Technology submits his assessment of the trends for HR in 2014 in SHRM.

As the world around us becomes increasingly competitive, the only way to survive is to learn from the best. A study of the trends mentioned above could help keep us on track to stay abreast.

 

Food & Drink: What’s Good For You

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Over the last year or so, my wife has been busy with her cooking blog called, “Cooking With Shobana.” I first encouraged her from a distance and as time went by saw myself getting more attracted to matters cooking, which was something that never interested me in the past. I also discovered the challenges of taking attractive pictures of dishes rather than just eating them. It was perhaps natural therefore that I found myself reading more about food though my knowledge of cooking stops with making a rudimentary cup of tea or coffee. I was fascinated that some of the things I enjoyed were supposed to be good for health.  Continue reading

TAPAS : An Excellent Initiative

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It is the ambition of many of India’s youth to seek admission to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology. For the average aspirant, the numbers are stacked against him. I don’t have the figures readily available for this year but find that in 2013 over 1.4 million students attempted the JEE. Ultimately, just 9647 of them will get admission as that’s the number of seats in the undergraduate programs in the IITs. There is no denying that passing out of the IITs definitely give you a good start to your career and often considerably improve the economic and social position of your family. Continue reading

Re-Engaging Employees

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This article from Forbes highlights the fact that more employees are prone to “disengagement” than perhaps ever before. I quote from the article, ” Research claims “disengagement” (burnout, boredom, lateness, lackluster performance and workplace conflict) affects as many as 9 in 10 employees. Turning the equation around saves millions of dollars, to the tune of perhaps as much as $50 million for a company of 500 employees.” Continue reading

The Modi Government At Work

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Yes, it’s early days yet as after all the NDA Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office only two weeks ago. What’s been encouraging is that they seem to have hit the road running as they say. Today addressing the Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee laid down the economic approach of the new Government. This is summarized in this article in the Economic Times. Continue reading

Toilets First, Temples Later

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When in October 2013 the BJP leader and Prime Ministerial candidate at that time, Narendra Modi said, “Build toilets first, temples later” it created quite a controversy. I now understand how significant the current Prime Minister’s words are. I saw an article in the DNA newspaper today which had some startling figures. Continue reading

Education is the Key

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From time to time, one comes across stories of ordinary folk who overcome life’s obstacles and succeed despite the odds being against them. In some cases, they have done what was never done before in their families or immediate society. In many cases, the lack of education and skills is what keeps them in poverty. For a large country like India which has its share of the poor, education is the prime driver for social and economic advancement. There is no other option. Doles won’t help in the long run. The Government must help people help themselves by increasing their skill levels and making them more employable. Continue reading

General Elections in India: Resounding Victory for the BJP

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Yesterday was a momentous day as we watched with excitement the results of the long drawn out General Elections in India pouring in. The results astounded many supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) including me, which fought the campaign under its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. I had expected the BJP to do well predicting that it could get 265 Lok Sabha seats on its own and about 320 seats with its allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA.) Continue reading

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