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LEARN TO WIN FROM P V SINDHU

Hard work..Determination.. New strategy PV Sindhu achieved her dream of becoming a world champion in Badminton after missing out often in the finals. What did she do differently to become the first Indian World Champion? She remained determined in her pursuit of gold.. never gave up on her dream to be champ. How often do…

GET ALONG WITH YOUR NEW BOSS

Shalini groaned – her boss of over ten years was moving on. The new boss had sent out an email, saying, among other things, that meetings would last no longer than 30 minutes and that he wanted short data-based reports. Shalini’s first meeting lasted exactly 30 minutes.  There was a ton of adverse feedback on…

TAKE THE LONG TERM VIEW

Recently I read “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon” by Brad Stone, where he talks about why and how Amazon survived and thrived while so many companies crashed and burned in the dot com bust of 2000 and the Lehman crisis of 2008. He talks about Jeff Bezos’s long-term thinking.  Bezos…

MANAGERIAL LESSONS FROM RUNNING RELAY RACES

I started off as a runner in relay race teams in the early years of my schooling and went on to represent my school in sub-district, district, and mini-state level competitions.  I have participated in sprinting competitions too, but it is my experiences running relay races that have helped me most in my work and…

IF YOU CAN’T COUNT IT, YOU CAN’T MANAGE IT

The importance of setting measurable targets Peter Drucker the guru of management-gurus said, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure”. Simple words but profound truth. How did so many Japanese companies, with modest beginnings become so successful? Systematic measurement of every parameter at every step of the design, manufacture and delivery process. How did Gates…

THE ART OF NEGOTIATING

Five Habits of Effective Negotiators  We are in the “negotiating mode” during a surprisingly large part of our role as managers. Be it a simple task of persuading a subordinate to do more or a complex business deal; we are “negotiating”! Here are five habits that effective negotiators practice. Try them out and see the…

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