A combination of health issues and a renewed focus on my old passion for writing prompted me to gradually switch off from my earlier work as a talent management specialist, lately engaged in executive coaching and take up writing almost on a full-time basis. When people ask “What do you do?” I haven’t got around to saying ” I am an author” yet as my debut novel “It Can’t Be You” is yet to be published! But I will seriously consider saying this after it hits the stands in December 2010. By then I would have worked in the field of talent management for over 36 years.
No, it has nothing to do with Talent Management or Executive Coaching, I am afraid! My first published book is a novel and a thriller at that. It Can’t Be You is being published by Cedar Books, imprint of Pustak Mahal, New Delhi, one of India’s largest publishers. The book should be out in the market towards the end of November/early December 2010.
The kids were sweet but oversize! The boy bulged in various places and had moved from being healthy to simply being plain fat! The girl who was younger to him, looked destined to follow her brother’s footsteps. She was pudgy and the puppy fat showed signs of permanence that should not have been there, so early in life. Seeing these growing kids set me thinking. In 2007, I remember reading that there were 97 million obese people in India. God knows what the figure is today. It’s worth thinking about particularly since today, October 26, is World Obesity Day.
Once again, People at Work & Play finds a place in Amit Agarwal’s comprehensive listing of the Top Blogs in India. Nice to know that it features amongst the most widely read Indian Blogs!
Even as I turn to a second career as an aspiring author, I continue to be passionate about blogging. It has enhanced my perspective, enriched my knowledge and made friends for me from all over the world.
I had blogged in the past about the tendency some of us have to attempt to be perfect- and lose out in the bargain! This was way back in 2007. I thought to myself that things haven’t changed when I saw this from Penelope Trunk, whom I have always admired for her in-your- face , direct communication. There are many cases where well-meaning people, with the best of intentions don’t succeed because they wasted valuable time trying to achieve absolute perfection, even where it was not required!
At top management level, the last thing a good CEO would want is to have a team of “yes” men, or women, as the case may be. To be really effective, top teams should have members with complementary skills. Shrewd CEOs have realized the value of avoiding the temptation of hiring clones who think like them and talk like them.