Back to blogging after a gap of a couple of weeks. One amongst the reasons was our break to attend the 155th Founder’s Celebrations at my alma mater, The Lawrence School. Lovedale. My compliments go out to the staff and students of the school for a wonderful display in all the events. There was an abundance of talent showcased during these celebrations for which Admiral Arun Prakash, former Chief of Naval Staff, was the Chief Guest. Continue reading »
You see before you a room full of children of different ages. They all seem to be so immersed in what they are doing. Their faces speak of their enjoyment. Some of them giggle as they play, others are engrossed in coloring their activity books, while some are totally absorbed in reading their books, their bright eyes hungrily devouring the pages. Continue reading »
The paintings are amazing!They cover a vast range of subjects and you are compelled to admire them for their beauty. They are arranged in various themes and some capture nature at its best. They are created by painters who sadly have disabilities sustained at birth or through an accident or illness that prohibits them from using their hands. Continue reading »
Yahoo was very much in the news over the last year, for all the wrong reasons. It hired Scott Thompson as the CEO and he left under very dubious circumstances after a mere four.months in the hot seat. He was shown the door for a cooked up resume, perhaps the first CEO of a high-profile company to be shown up like this. What next, wondered industry watchers. What was going on at Yahoo a one time iconic company that it was being jostled with such turbulence at the top? Continue reading »
This recent article in The Economic Times caught my attention. Huh? A company without bosses? More interestingly, without titles and without promotions? How on earth does this work? What kind of autonomy do they have which facilitates hundreds of people to work together without formal structures and egos coming into the picture? Continue reading »
I realize that this blog post won’t help to resolve my problem but it does get an irritation off my chest! It’s about the poor customer service from Bharti Airtel, the service provider for my landline. When I went to the US I had applied for the landline to be taken into “safe custody” for two months. This was done and that’s great as it saved me some money. My problem started when I got back. Continue reading »
All of us fantasize about what a perfect boss should be like. But you and I know that the “perfect boss” does not exist! Often the image we have in our minds is really the composite of many people. The grace and consideration of A, the professionalism of B, the ability to get the best out of us of C and so on. But what are the generic things that make for effective bosses? The tech giant, Google often highly rated as a wonderful place to be in recently did a huge exercise to Continue reading »
My friend, Rashmi Kumar invited me to a Workshop on Emotional Health Management being held in Delhi on March 12, 2011. This is being organised by Sumaitri, a crisis intervention centre which helps the suicidal and the depressed. The feeling of acute helplessness, loneliness and being misunderstood often drives some people, especially amongst the young to contemplate suicide as a quick solution to all their problems.
The strength of organisations are severely tested when their top talent leave. Years ago when MindTree Consulting, as it was then called was formed, it was largely made up of Wipro veterans including Mr. Ashok Soota, then Vice Chairman of Wipro. Today we hear that the Co-Founder & Executive Chairman is leaving MindTree at the end of March 2011. Newspaper articles aver that his move is to pursue other business interests which have not naturally been divulged just yet.