Storytelling : Correct Versus Connect
Make your messages correct. Since we were in school we have been taught to do so. But correct is a given, our key differentiating factor is  in how we make these messages connect. Understand this, Telling a child,  “Do not eat too much sugar” is a correct message Telling an employee, “If we do not change our ways of working, we will…

Storytelling : The curse of loyalty to experiences
“A leader supports her people during an organisational change” says a leader I am working with on building an organisational change narrative. When I hear this, I say to the leader, ” The fact that you make this assertion with confidence in your voice, tells me that there are sediments of experiences layered in your memory forming this assertion.” We are loyal…

“I have COVID- 19 symptoms”
“I have COVID-19 symptoms and I won’t be able to get on the call today.” This is what a Switzerland based client wrote last week. Just an hour later, another client wrote informing me that she will not be able to conduct the project update as per the scheduled because her grandmother has passed away due to COVID – 19 and three…

A Mirage of Relationships
A kitchen that is used, gets messy. A baker who bakes, gets burnt. A foot that runs, has scars. A mother who cares, disciplines. A wife who loves, gives feedback. A teacher who is passionate, pushes harder. A friend who is sincere, speaks truthfully. None of the above, a messy kitchen, being burnt, having scars, disciplining, giving feedback, pushing harder, speaking truthfully…

Who will I work with?
Its 11.30 PM, I am lying on my bed and thinking through the week this has been so far. We have delivered a lot of work this week which has required us to collaborate with vendors, partners and suppliers. These interactions have shaped my views about the people we work with. When you are time pressed, you notice more, say less and

Why Do We Need To Say It Like That?
Sure we get disappointed with things in life but does that level of disappointment justify our choice of words? When food doesn’t taste good, our reaction is, “It’s awful!” When a student doesn’t do a good job with her homework, our reaction is “It’s terrible!” When there’s traffic on the road, our reaction is “It’s horrendous!” The words we use to express…

The Power of Amor Fati
Up until a month ago I knew nothing about Amor Fati, what it meant, what was the origin or relevance but over the last one month I have  tried to build a meaningful relationship with this term which is centuries old. It is one of those terms the power of which is witnessed when practiced not when explained. The great German philosopher …

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…

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…

Trust in a Low Trust Digital World
Despite great opportunities and offers, the thought of setting up new offices in new countries has never been exciting for me.Not exciting because it required developing new relationships. New relationships,  with clients, vendors, new team members etc. The foundation of every relationship is trust and trust is earned overtime, that is why we have to take a leap of faith in new…