Abhijit Bhaduri

Digital Transformation coach to organizations and leaders. Keynote speaker, author and columnist.
Wrote: Don't Hire The Best & the MBA series.

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HR Brand Evangelist

HR Brand Evangelist

Jason Levine is an evangelist for Adobe. His tutorials make it easy for users to learn tips and tricks of the range of products that Adobe has. His tutorials on YouTube unlock mysterious features of different products. He is known to his followers as Adobe Jesus. He makes technical training so cool. Imagine if you had someone like him to evangelize your latest L&D offering. We have no problem when companies spend big bucks marketing a soap that costs fifty rupees. But we shy away from evangelizing our training programs that could make the company stay on the cutting edge.

If You Want to Ace Your Group Discussion, Don’t Forget to Listen

If You Want to Ace Your Group Discussion, Don’t Forget to Listen

While most people will elbow each other out to get more airtime, the one who listens to others, evaluates what they say carefully, and then speaks is often the one chosen for a follow-up interview.
Here are four tips on how listening can benefit you in a group discussion:

Fake followers are influencing you

Fake followers are influencing you

Governments, criminals, entrepreneurs, movie stars, singers and even the President of Ecuador are guilty of buying fake followers on social media accounts (YouTube, SoundCloud, Instagram etc). If you are a musician, your musical track could notch up millions of likes on Sound Cloud or get you a roaring set of followers on YouTube. And as a YouTube star you could earn a living. Because the difference between a million views and ten million views is a lot of money that you could make. That is what is driving people to buy followers.

Employment & employability: India’s dual challenges

Employment & employability: India's dual challenges

98.6% of non-farm businesses have fewer than 10 workers. Entrepreneurs create jobs for themselves and for others. We have to encourage them to scale up. Here are some ideas for Budget 2018:

Expand the definition of MSME to be Rs 50 crores.
Tax agricultural income beyond Rs 20 lakhs per annum. This can form the fund that can be given to entrepreneurs.
21% Indian companies with over $1billion in value have given more than 15% returns on capital. When companies have scaled up they have provided good returns. Getting our entrepreneurs to not just start-up but scale up may be the answer to employment and employability.

CES 2018 was like a sequel

CES 2018 was like a sequel

Last year Alexa created a stir with its novelty factor. Since then voice has become bigger and continues to grow. Google has the advantage of passing on its AI power through all its Android devices. But Alexa has had a two-year head start in the market. Plus, Alexa offers 10,000+ “skills”. Google’s marketing department was the clear winner having plastered Google Now everywhere. But this is the space to watch. My take on why CES 2018 was just lukewarm… not hot.

Can you thrive in 2018

Can you thrive in 2018

In 2016 I made resolutions that would help me improve my storytelling skills. Innovations that get implemented and go viral are the ones that have stories that capture our imagination. Ideas travel faster when they ride on the wings of stories. Here’s what I resolved to do:
a) Take notes when innovators and entrepreneurs tell their stories
b) Improve my visual storytelling skills by drawing something every day
c) Listen to podcasts of storytellers & screen writers

This year I turned to Arianna Huffington’s philosophy of how to thrive. I am going to adopt some of them.

What Do We Want From Tech Creators in 2018

What Do We Want From Tech Creators in 2018

Tech 2018 must pause and look at its impact – not from the lens of Silicon Valley but from the eyes of the third world. The creators of the technology must be held accountable for the damage they can unleash. There is no doubt that tech improves our lives immensely. Yet, there is no escaping the rising inequalities that tech automatically creates. The value of bitcoins has been rising. Whether it is a bubble or just a new form of banking is still being debated.

Equations will change in 2018

Equations will change in 2018

The new products and service will create new roles and new work opportunities. But they will need people to learn new skills. While talent is fairly uniformly distributed, opportunities are not. The impact of job redundancies impacts people at the bottom of the pyramid far more sharply than those who are well cushioned. Where do we begin to prepare ourselves for the future? Education is a good place to start. This time, education will have to be far more than a way to land a job. It has to prepare us to think of others and not just ourselves. The future of work has to be designed not just as a tech solution but also as an ethical choice.

Reading Socks

Reading Socks

Someone sent me a pair of reading socks the other day. I must confess that I had never known that there was a pair of socks designed specifically for reading. What would it do? Would it make me feel like reading more? Would it make me enjoy reading a book just that tiny bit more? I am just a sucker for experimenting with new ideas. So I decided to give […]

Silicon Valley’s Blind Spot: Talent Management

Silicon Valley's Blind Spot: Talent Management

If Silicon Valley’s data-driven approach to problem solving can be combined with an interest in organizational science—and an acknowledgment that there is a science to understanding and managing people—its key talent management processes may become not just more rigorous, but also cutting-edge. These firms need to invest equally in furthering people sciences to understand their employees, and scientific talent management practices without getting carried away by fads and hype.

9 Must Ask Follow-up Questions in Interviews

9 Must Ask Follow-up Questions in Interviews

According to a new research by Harvard Business School professors Alison Wood Brooks, Karen Huang, Michael Yeomans, Julia Minson, and Francesca Gino, people who ask follow-up questions are perceived as higher in responsiveness, an interpersonal construct that captures listening, understanding, validation, and care. Here are 9 follow-up questions you can ask.

Five principles of designing experiences

Five principles of designing experiences

Designers need to design with empathy. That means giving up one’s prior knowledge of the subject and looking at it with the eyes of a novice to understand the feelings of a user. This is easier said than done. Observing people in their natural surroundings is a good starting point. But don’t do it like a tourist. Instead immerse yourself in that world.

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