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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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.

2018 – The Year of HR Data Theft

2018 - The Year of HR Data Theft

The pattern is clear about data breaches. The hackers sneak in to the databases. Since they are in stealth mode, their presence is not detected for months. Could it be that your employees’ data has been compromised and you are blissfully unaware?

McKinsey Jobs Report for 2030

McKinsey Jobs Report for 2030

Automation is inevitable to drive productivity and growth. 60% occupations will see 30% automation by 2030 says McKinsey’s latest report. This means a lot of people will need to make mid-career transitions.

Did you inherit the job from your parents

Did you inherit the job from your parents

The New York Times ran a study on the jobs we are most likely to inherit from the mother or father. In their study they found that males are 2.7 times likely to share dad’s profession. Males are two times likely to share their mother’s profession. Daughters are 1.8 times likely to follow dad and 1.7 times likely to follow their mother. Parents certainly shape our view of work. It is no surprise that the children of parents who were unemployed are more likely to be unsure of the profession they would choose.

Millennials Love Makeup & Influencers

Millennials Love Makeup & Influencers

The media consuming habits of millennials is heavily tilted in favor of visual communication – but not every form of visuals matter. #Millennials get bored watching a 30 second commercial but can spend hours on YouTube video tutorials for make up. They spend hours on Instagram. Learning to communicate on Instagram (it has a different grammar, trust me) will be useful.

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