Abhijit Bhaduri

Chief Learning Officer of Wipro, author & enthusiastic enuf to try anything.
Wrote: Don't Hire The Best & the MBA series.

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Remembering RD Burman

Remembering RD Burmanfrom Rajadhyaksh photo shoot

RD HarmoniumRD Burman (27 June 1939 – 4 January 1994) is an influencer in Bollywood even today. Reality shows dedicate episodes to him, channels organize special RD Music shows, his songs are part of recent movies like Aisha, Tamanchey, Race, etc, TV serials are using cover versions of his songs, not to mention the remixes of his songs. Yet the same RD had long spells towards the end when he was without work. Success and failure perhaps have to be measured beyond the life span of an artiste.

Employer branding in a crisis

Employer branding in a crisisEconomic Times, Employer Branding

When a crisis of trust hits the organization, the public relations machinery swings into top gear and tries to tame the media before they go on a rampage. In this mayhem, it is easy to forget that the bruises and dents also affect the employer brand. The most valuable employees of the organization may worry about future prospects and jump ship. Potential candidates may think harder before joining the firm. I was with a food and beverage company during such a controversy. That crisis taught me powerful lessons on how to protect the employer brand during a crisis. Leaders need to address this from two perspectives – the head and the heart.

Hidden Strengths

Hidden StrengthsHiddenstrengths

Your “strength” is a combination of your natural talent, plus the knowledge and experience and the skills needed to actually do it. Talent plus knowledge plus skills reflects your natural strength. Your weaknesses arise because either one or more of these three elements is missing. To develop your hidden strength you need to figure out opportunities to practice these skills. That will help grow the hidden strengths.

CSR in talent strategy

CSR in talent strategyCSR-color-w

Even a small connection to the people who benefit from your work not only will improve productivity, it makes everyone happier. The single strongest predictor of meaningfulness is the belief that the job has a positive impact on others. That may be a terrific way to rethink your talent strategy.

Tanu Weds Manu Returns: Movie Review

Tanu Weds Manu Returns: Movie ReviewTanu Weds Manu Returns, Kangna Ranaut, Madhavan, Pappi

Tanu Weds Manu 2 scores not for the storyline which is fairly over the top but the dialog really connects with the audience. Four years of marital life has done what marriage often does to couples. Manu (played by Madhavan) has fattened up like a sacrificial lamb and the four years of marriage have left no zing in the relationship. That seemed so realistic especially because Madhavan’s emotions remained visible under his adipose tissues. That verbal sparring session resonates with the audience and the film goes off to a rocking start.

Talent Communities

Talent CommunitiesTalent Communities, Sketchnotes, @AbhijitBhaduri

Talented people are like magnets. They attract other talented people. These talented people have their own hangouts. The Coffee House in Kolkata was a hangout for the poets, artistes, literati and people from the world of art and culture. Film makers like Ritwik Ghatak, Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Aparna Sen used to hang out there. The writers and poets like Sunil Gangopadhyay and Shakti Chattopadhyay used the coffee and cigarette smoke filled atmosphere to fire up their imagination through debates. The cafes of Paris have served to inspire many philosopher and intellectuals from Sartre to Simone de Beauvoire. The Coffee House is still not a talent community.

Piku: Movie Review

Piku: Movie ReviewPiku, Amitabh Bachchan

Piku is an endearing tale of a young lady in her thirties who looks after her seventy year old father who is a hypochondriac. Very specifically he is obsessed with his “morning ablutions”… What makes it so watchable is the ordinariness of the story.

Book Review: Work Rules by Laszlo Bock

Book Review: Work Rules by Laszlo BockworkRules-w

Imagine writing the biography of a sixteen year old. Could it be interesting to someone who is a stranger? Would the life lessons be useful to someone who is much older? What if the sixteen year old happens to be Google? If Eric Schmidt’s book How Google Works told us about the hardware and architecture of Google, then this one is about the source code.

Performance Management – why is it so hard?

Performance Management - why is it so hard?perfappraisal

It’s not just in the workplace that we judge ourselves generously. When the weighing scale tells us that our weight is more than what it ought to be, we blame the scale. When a psychometric instrument tells us something about ourselves that we are uncomfortable with, a person will question the design of the instrument. Performance Management is hard … very hard.

Margarita With A Straw

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The best movies tell stories that leave an aftertaste. Margarita With A Straw is that film. The taste lingers on long after you have watched it and mulled over the story again and again. That’s because Margarita With A Straw (MWAS for short) tells you so many untold stories.

Twitter Tips: What To Tweet

Twitter Tips: What To Tweetuseful-and-Interesting

You have an account on Twitter and use it to read stuff that people have to say. You look at their tweets and wonder how they can think of something clever and deep to say every day. Then you sigh and log off because you have never figured out what to say on Twitter. Then this article is for you. Useful or Interesting? There are two kinds of people on […]

LinkedIn Buys Lynda.com – what does that mean

LinkedIn Buys Lynda.com - what does that meanLinkedIn, Career, Lynda

The world will open up for the new learner who does not depend on being nominated to a corporate training program to beef up their skills. They are curious learners, who learn by trying out ideas. Those will be the most sought after in the job markets of the future.

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