A question that will get you the real story
You open your emails and you are excited that there is indeed an email from a client you were expecting to hear from. The email reads like this, Dear XX, Your proposal and ideas were really good but we have selected another company that is more suited to our needs.  Thank you for your efforts and we look forward to future collaborations…

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

Corporates Should Not Create Compulsory Courses!
At the start of each year, corporate organisations generally allocate a certain budget for learning and development. To ensure this budget is used effectively, a learning needs analysis is carried out. Workshops are designed. Learning partners and venues are carefully chosen. The courses are then rigorously socialised to get optimal number of participants. However, the most important thing seems to be amiss…

Can You Take A Selfie Of Taste?
A muskmelon purchased from Sembiyika, Japan’s oldest fruit shop, costs anywhere from 20,000 yen ($200) and above. A Sembiyika mango costs 10,000 yen ($100) per piece, and these high prices have caused many to shy away from purchasing these fruits, let alone consuming them. Unless one skins the fruit, cuts it to pieces and consumes it, he or she will not be…

When do I deliver my best work?
If I say, early mornings, you’d probably say, “I know that already!” because mornings are known to be the best time for most people to deliver their best work. However, I would like to dig deeper and share what most people don’t realize. I do most of my work that demands cognitive focus (what Cal Newport calls “deep work”) in the morning.…

Is process a single or double line?
A couple of weeks ago, a potential client and I were on a call. This client came to us via a blog post I had written back in 2015. The client is based in the United States of America, and we were on a call at an odd hour. The potential project we were discussing involves working with 10 country heads and…

Corporate culture and fish in the water
Look at this image, like a fish, when we no longer “see the water,” it’s a clear signal that we have assimilated into our surroundings or culture.
Back in 2005, when I was working in Australia, I remembered working so hard to fit in and be like an Australian that I had put a lid on the diverse perspective I could have …

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…

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