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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How do we find our way around?

How do we find our way around?find-our-way

How do babies learn new words? How do we form first impressions based on the way people look? I spoke to Dr Tom Hartley, a neuroscientist and lecturer in Psychology at the University of York. He studies some of the questions I mentioned above and more. His research lies in the area of spatial cognition That deals with questions like: How do we find our way around? How do we […]

Book Review: The Musical World of SD Burman

Book Review: The Musical World of SD BurmanKishore Kumar, SD Burman

Writing a biography is a tough task. It cannot be a simple collage of photos and anecdotes culled out from authentic sources. It has to reflect on what makes the person unique. It should not get colored by the writer’s admiration or dislike of the protagonist. In crafting the biography the most difficult phase is to find a way to understand the rationale behind the choices the protagonist made. But […]

The heaven of freedom

The heaven of freedomIndia, Flag

Happy Independence Day! The Prime Minister walks up to the flag post, looks up at the flag lying tied up like a loosely shaped ball at the top of the flag pole, pauses for a moment before giving it a firm tug. That tug sets the flag free. The petals that have been hiding in the folds of the flag suddenly get wings. The national flag is unfurled and on […]

Book Review: Code Halos

Book Review: Code HalosCodehalos

Code Halo is the term Malcolm Frank and his two coauthors use to describe the digital footprint that we create every day as we click, surf and explore the net. The book starts with the example of the six companies that have leveraged Code Halos to grow into a trillion dollar club. They are Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Pandora and Netflix. These six companies had a combined value of $34 […]

Proficiency – a defining trait

Proficiency - a defining traitproficiency

Technology is driving a massive shift in the away we work. Whether it is wearable technology or a simple app in your mobile, it is giving people information that enables them to make choices. What these changes are doing in almost invisible ways is to shift our approach to decision making. Every app provides us the base level of information that a specialist can use to make decisions. A fitness […]

The Skills Pyramid

The Skills Pyramidskill-pyramid

I looked at the puzzled expressions on the faces of the 200 MBAs we had hired from the campus. This was day one at work. I was going to talk to them about “reinventing careers”. Isn’t it too early to think about reinvention on the first day at work, they ask me? Careers are not built on aspirations. Not anymore. They are built around the portfolio of skills we have. […]

Culture can make a company succeed or fail

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There is this much publicized story about the online retailer Zappos. When they hire new employees, they are put through an intensive four-week training program to immerse them in the company’s culture, strategy, and processes. A week later the new hires are given the option to quit if they were uncomfortable with what they experienced the culture to be like. The firm offers them money to quit. They don’t just […]

Book Review: The Alliance

Book Review: The Alliancethe-alliance-w

The Alliance is a book by Reid Hoffman, one of the founders of LinkedIn and two co-authors Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh. The book begins by stating that when an employer refers to the employees as “we are a family”, he or she is being dishonest. The employee is constantly looking out for the next opportunity and the employer will  also happily downsize (and call it “rightsizing”) when the going gets […]

Working in a ‘Wirearchy’ World

Working in a ‘Wirearchy’ WorldWirearchy-w

Changes in our world can be triggered for many reasons. Political decisions can sometimes affect a whole industry overnight. Passing a no-fly regulation by a country can seriously affect the profitability of an airline and drive it into bankruptcy. A growing or stagnant economy may open or shut markets and affect business opportunities around the world. Social norms change and that impacts how businesses operate. Community norms may discourage overseas […]

What Should We Do With a Budget of Rs25000 Crores

What Should We Do With a Budget of Rs25000 Crores25000cr

No I have not won a lottery. This just happens to be the budget of the newly formed Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry. Getting a budget and a leader to execute the budget in most cases is a good starting point for most projects. This problem is different. Before the Ministry can get going it needs to untangle a mesh of ministries and departments each one with a different army […]

Digital Match Making

Digital Match MakingCollegefeed.com, Job Ad

Just open the matrimonial ads in the newspapers and you will see what people in any culture believe to be the basis for a happy marriage. That could mean flaunting one’s salary or the name of the employer or the profession of the potential mate. Some will state what kind of a horoscope, caste or even skin color they seek. Some will talk about how well placed the family members […]

RD Burman and Raga Khamaj

Maruti Rao, Pancham & Badal B

Happy birthday Pancham. You would have turned 75 today. Being the son of SD Burman was the biggest barrier that RD had to overcome for a long time. When a composition was good, critics often passed it off as SD’s craft. This was when SD’s gave some sage advice and told his son, “Whatever you compose sounds like a Madan Mohan or Roshan melody. You need to have a style […]

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