Indispensable
I have known Sam ( not his real name )  for a decade now. He is a good friend. In many of our conversations, I have tried to allure him to work for me. He is that good! Last year for family reasons Sam took a year off. He is now in the process of looking for a job. He is clear…

Storytelling : Women in Boardrooms Part 1 of 5
Boardroom communication challenges for women, in a corporate setting is a less discussed topic. A lot has been written about ways women can find their voice on a stage. Prerequisites of an effective stage delivery are Credibility, that based on your track record and experience you are trusted to speak on the topic. Self confidence, that you yourself believe that you are …

Convincing and Credibility
You get an email, call or a message which states, “We are looking for someone to help us with XYZ. Can we discuss further?” You know you are the right person for the job. But then begins the process, the long process of convincing everyone that you are the right person for the job. The process of convincing, most likely will have…

The Digital Skill We Don’t Teach
I can’t possibly tell my 12 year old to not be on social media. Soon enough she will be there. But what I can do, is to teach her the best use of it as I am figuring it out too. One of the biggest downsides of social media, for young girls in particular, is this overwhelming pressure that comes from the…

Quick Tips and Techniques
Everyone wants quick tips and techniques. Subject matter experts are invited to events to teach quick tips and techniques. I am several times introduced as someone who can give quick tips and techniques on Storytelling. But here is the reality, quick tips and techniques are not the key differentiator between loser and winners. So when someone says to you publish a blog…

A WhatsApp Group is not a Team because…
Notification, you are added to a WhatsApp Group. WhatsApp groups have become a common way for teams to communicate. And being added to a WhatsApp group often gives us a sense of belonging. It fulfills one of the strongest human desires, to belong. However, a group can never be a team because quiet often it overlooks inclusion.And when inclusion is ignored, you…

UNTUCKit: A Brand Story in 47 Words
Your customers don’t buy a product; they buy a story. If they like the product, they’ll share the story with a wider audience. The two entrepreneurs behind the fashion retailer UNTUCKit understand the power of story to sell a brand. And they know the power of simplicity in telling that story. This week UNTUCKit announced its first overseas expansion. With more than…

Cost Saving Not at the Cost of Brand Experience
In an uncertain world, we seek for certainty. When managing business profitability, cost saving strategy brings that certainty and as result we latch on to it. And then we build tactics around the strategy of cost saving.  Here are some tactics of a 5 Star Hotel to live the cost saving strategy: Remove coffee and tea urns and replace them with sachets…

Trust in a Low Trust Digital World
This year, after many years of avoiding global expansion opportunities, I took a leap of faith and set up a couple of new offices. Despite great opportunities and offers, the thought of setting up new offices in new countries has never been exciting. Not exciting because it required developing new relationships. New relationships with clients, vendors, new team members etc. The foundation…