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There are far too many people in the network who can make a difference I am sure you have been through one or more co-incidences where you meet a completely random person in a completely random situation and then find some connection through family or friends. Sometimes this happens at work...

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5 factors that will help you to draw the line between the two Having read my column on work/life balance, a client recently asked me: where does the line lie between encouraging employees to do things other than work and ensuring that hobbies don’t eat into professional duties? Thankfully, a...

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Cheer quotient is an important factor in team performance I just met an old friend who had gone away on a sabbatical for a few months and has come back totally rejuvenated and invigorated. His positive attitude and extremely excited demeanour were highly visible. I kept wondering if he was...

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Some dos and don’ts if you are a victim of workplace sexual exploitation Gender exploitation at the workplace is an established reality. This requires that we address it squarely. However, it has been commented upon so often that it has become clichéd. I am not going to write about the types of...

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5 ways in which the past can be a guide for the future In class seven, I wondered why it was important to study history. In class 10, I figured it was a good subject to score marks, especially if you are weak in maths. Now I realise that history, of any sort, is an important component of...

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5 ways to infuse merriment in workplace When I asked my three-year old niece what fun means, she looked at me as if I was asking a dumb question, and answered, “fun means play.” In order to get some more insight from her, I asked her, “what is happiness?” This time, her eyes warned me that she...

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What are you supposed to do if your peers behave suspiciously? The news these days is all about terror plots, identity theft and fake passports. It is alarming how many individuals who seemed like “guys-next-door” have been implicated in heinous crimes and terror attacks - both, failed ones...

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Anxiety and anticipation are integral to relocation. Here is how to get over them Whenever it pours in Mumbai, I wonder how many people think of going to live in another city. Moving to a new location can be overwhelming. It only gets compounded if you have never made too many geographical...

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Do you have what it takes to start out on your own? The Indian talent pool’s biggest strength is known to be its entrepreneurial spirit. Whether it is the ‘intrapreneurial’ moral fibre that employers look for in managers, or investors reviewing a multitude of revenue models, entrepreneurship...

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What does it take to lead those who you think are better than you? Try these five approaches Have you ever felt that your team is much smarter than you? Or that sometimes your subordinate knows what to do with a particular issue even before you do? Or that people you manage seem to have better...

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Assess the long-term nuances of alternative jobs Whether or not you are looking for a job or actively searching career alternatives, a headhunter’s call is usually welcome. And in case you are open to exploring options, then the abundance of available opportunities can be overwhelming. It is...

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Avoid some common mistakes that are made while talking to people of foreign origin I was sitting in on a business negotiation the other day. On one side was an Indian while the other was from the West. Things were great up to a point and everyone seemed to be on the same page. But at one...

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Ms Sheth visits her gym after many weeks and ponders about the relationship between fitness and job scene In this column, I have addressed issues like moods, work-life balance and managing different scenarios of the corporate environment. This time, I was motivated to take up the issue of...

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5 ways to react to colleagues falling in love It is said that people tend to fall in love with those they spend a lot of time with. If that is to be believed, then workmates make perfect candidates for becoming lovers. When managers spend most of their waking hours at work, it is possible that...

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A 5-point method of dealing with the problem of disappointment in promotion or salary hike Recently, I was invited by a client to talk to their senior management on how to communicate unpleasant information to individuals and teams. Be it telling managers about their bad performance,...

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Good managers can save themselves from the trials and trauma of sudden exigencies by following these principles Last week, I was made to sit in a dentist’s chair for much longer than I had anticipated and for many more times than I had ever imagined! The excruciating pain aside, I realised how...

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5 things to remember when you are in this awkward situation With changing times, it is not uncommon to find parent and child, siblings or husband and wife in competing positions. With increasingly dynamic ambitions, divergent ideologies and winding career paths, the closest of friends and...

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Consider these 5 factors before you do so I just read a news item about a senior executive shifting from company A to company B and 'poaching' people from company A. This is hardly front-page news since it has been a well-known phenomenon for a long time. Senior people who change jobs attract...

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Don’t allow your moodiness to get in the way of your success We all know that changes in moods are a result of internal turmoil and external dilemma. We also know that several factors impact continuous changes in our persona which are then reflected in our actions. There are various studies,...

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In any new assignment, it is as important to unlearn as it is imperative to learn A friend, who was recently promoted, called me with a difficulty that many professionals face, but probably do not address consciously. He was in a particular role for about three-and-a-half years. His new...

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