You don’t give responsibility you take it
If you observed the trainings at the Badminton Training Academy, you will notice that there are two styles of training that are being applied. One group of kids undergo intense training and appear to be pushed harder by a head coach, while the other group of kids appear to experience less intensity in their training. Anyone observing this would perceive the first

Why Indra Nooyi ran 2 hrs sales meetings?
Last week, a client called and said, “I really need my sales people to be better storytellers. Can you conduct a one-hour storytelling workshop for them?” To help someone become a storyteller within an hour is a big ask yet not uncommon. Time seems to be a very important topic of discussion when it comes to our learning initiatives but not when …

Stories on Social Media
These days, we post almost any and everything on social media. When we attend a workshop, eat or work on a speech, we post our activities on social media. During the times of Circuit Breaker and now, the new normal, we post our Zoom call screenshots! The story we tell ourselves is the need to shape our narrative through the consistent posting…

Storytelling :Women in Boardrooms Part 5 of 5
Recently, Sarah (not her real name) told me that she had received feedback from her boss that she needed to demonstrate more empathy. She was perplexed because she considered herself to be someone, who was not only professional but had strong social intelligence. Feedback on personality traits and workplace demeanor can be a double-edged sword —women have been known to be penalized…

You spoke well but didn’t communicate well
While I was in high school, I lost a debate competition. I was devastated, especially because before the results were announced so many people had walked up to me and said, “You spoke so well.” I was quietly confident that the trophy would be mine but to my shock that didn’t happen. Perplexed, I went to my teacher. I was hoping that

Maya’s Memory Story
I was observing my 12-year-old daughter Maya incessantly memorise facts about the Opium war, and I was quick to say, “What for ?” I am a believer of what Seth Godin said, “Anything that can be looked up is not worth memorising.” Maya can easily look up such facts when she needs them. But I was wrong. Yes, she may not need…

We missed this about online learning
  I am reading an article in Her Words titled “I’m Teaching Into a Vacuum: 14 Educators on Quarantine Learning.” In this article 14 educators share their feelings, experiences and opinions about teaching online. There is one particular teacher whose words grabbed my attention. In particular, the line “Teaching is so nuanced – you get to know your kids well enough that…

Identity Story
I am Jane and I am 41 years old. is a very different statement than I am Jane, 41 years old and I am a runner. In the first case, there’s not a lot I can tell about your “am”. It gives me some facts about you and no real insight in to your character. In the second, I get to know…