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Daily Gratitude

Kendriya Vidyalaya Gratitude

What are you grateful for today ? Am grateful that I was educated in Kendriya Vidyalayas. Each KV is a mini India and no KV produced a terrorist ever!!!

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Day 4 – Ring Tram and Soaking in Yves Netzhammer’s work

Sept 4, 2019 – Vienna, Austria We decided to take the Ring Tram ride today. Its an interesting 20 to 25 minute ride that our walking tour guide had mentioned yesterday. It starts from Schwedenplatz and goes around the ring road with an audio guide calling out all the important buildings. We reached the Schwedenplatz … Read more Day 4 – Ring Tram and Soaking in Yves Netzhammer’s work

How Fearless Organizations Succeed

As organisations go through change in tune with the external environment, or based on changes in the internal context, driven proactively or reactively, there is always fear amongst the employees. Fear of their uncertain future. The style of leadership combined with the culture in the organisation adds to the fear brought in by the organisational … Read more How Fearless Organizations Succeed

Thoughts on the “Six Foot Bonsai”

Dear Stacy, I completed reading your book a week back… and I had several emotions running through my heart. The first one was of an overwhelming desire to give you a tight hug and say “you are so beautiful”. We have a saying in my mother tongue Tamil that “The beauty of your heart will … Read more Thoughts on the “Six Foot Bonsai”

देशवासियों, मद्रासियों से सीखो !!

For four days now thousands of people have been at the Marina Beach, protesting the ban on “Jallikattu”…. whats so great about the protest ? People keep protesting everywhere for different things ! True, BUT, this is the first protest where huge crowds have gathered and there is no violence, no women have been groped, … Read more देशवासियों, मद्रासियों से सीखो !!

Miss-Understanding :)

Sept 17, 2016, Villa Lotus, Luang Prabang, Laos We just finished eating our breakfast at the garden cafe downstairs. We had asked the manager Oscar yesterday that we wanted fresh spring rolls for breakfast because the last time we had it here, the chef had outdone himself!! Then we also asked for a couple of … Read more Miss-Understanding 🙂

The Work Conversations We Dread the Most, and how to handle…

Conversations at work, at times, are tricky. Sometimes they can land you in serious trouble, jeopardising all that you have accomplished thus far.

These conversations could relate to the dreaded performance reviews, optimal sizing of units or divisions, promotions, unilateral decisions getting communicated, firing someone, mergers and acquisitions leading to downsizing, one on one conversations with your notorious boss, office politics, exit interviews, the list is endless. Many of these leave you sleepless, full of stress and bearing the brunt of undesired consequences. 

Welcome to the VUCA world. A world full of Volatality, Uncertainity, Complexity and Ambiguity. If the earlier generation knew and understood why certain things happened and did not happen at a slower rate, the current generation faces challenges and changes at the speed of light leaving them no time to fathom “why” and they end up just facing the music.

Personally, I did face such challenges in my career and business. Informing bankers and financiers that we cannot return their money or interest, telling my boss directly that his assessment of my work was way off the mark, refusing my boss politely but firmly that I will not agree to a change in my role, being in the collateral damage in the fight between two international leaders of the consulting firm, disagreeing with a celebrity CEO of a glocal firm on his strategic views of a firm where he was a board member….a fairly long list.

Did my views prevail or succeed in all these situations leading to favourable outcomes? Most times yes but many times not. Except in exceptional circumstances, you can do your homework and prepare for your conversations so that you can swing the decisions in your favour. Preparation, practice, patience, persistence..all help. The learning that you would have from such conversations and experiences are invaluable. 

Am sharing the link to an article that provides insights into managing difficult conversations at work. Please do read. 

The Work Conversations We Dread the Most, According to Research