Four tips to succeed in ambiguity

“Gosh! This project is driving me nuts” cried Sonia. “Things seem to be constantly changing, I rarely have information to make a sane decision. Even my boss doesn’t have answers to most of my questions. What do I do?” For most people, ambiguity is not just frustrating, it is deeply frightening. What is ambiguity? In […]

Can employees shift corporate culture?

“I don’t agree, this is not the best way to solve the problem” “I know you want me to do it, but I don’t want to because ….” These are snippets of my conversation with my son. This is not unique! Similar conversations are happening between parents and children across families in India. There is […]

Why leaders can’t stop sharing?

How often have you sat in an informal get-together with your colleagues and ended up listening to your boss’s stories? Stories about his or her travel, family, pets, life incidents etc etc. If the boss is good at communication, the stories are entertaining. Still they run the risk of irritation after a while. It gets […]

When Everything is a Priority

“Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters” Margaret Peters It feels great returning to social media after 3 weeks of forced hiatus. I was so occupied with other things that social media and blogging became a distant dream. During these 3 week, I often wished for few more hours to fill […]

Go beyond the obvious

Early morning scene at airport security check: “I travel every week; no one has ever stopped me”; screams the agitated passenger. “I have been working for years, I know my job”; says the CISF person sternly. Argument continues! The passenger gets angrier with every passing second; he refuses to budge. This goes on, much to […]

No-no words in workplace: Superior-subordinate

The other day, I heard someone say, “I will check with my superior and let you know”. By superior, he meant boss. At times, team members are referred to as “subordinate” Aren’t these words – superior and subordinate – undermining equality; laced with assumption that manager is inherently better than the employee. Does being higher […]