Apple and Samsung trade charges of intellectual property infringement. But you have never heard of anyone stealing the culture of another company. Culture is a proprietary secret that is hard to hide because every employee knows what it is. Yet, even after you know everything about a company’s culture, it is impossible to replicate.
His caricatures always made a statement. Indira Gandhi was always shown with her nose in the air. Sanjay Gandhi was the “enfant terrible” in the pram wheeled by his mother. When Rajiv Gandhi came to power, Laxman was worried. After all if politicians did everything right, the satirists and cartoonists would be jobless. He said much to his relief very soon that Rajiv Gandhi did not disappoint the cartoonist. And Laxman remained a part of our lives.
In 2017 you can safely walk up to a kid and ask if they have a friend names Aarav or Vivaan. And if you are adventurous try asking if there is a Saanvi or Aanya in their class. You can expect to find several of them playing in the park. How can I be so sure? According to the BabyCenter the ten most popular names for boys in 2013 in […]
With so many millennials entering the workplace, one thing is very clear – their view of a career is very different from what the world has been used to. We will see the rise of people who specialize in helping millennials craft careers. It will be all about speed and agility. Here are my predictions for talent in 2015
I would like to see conferences invite the freshly minted HR professionals to run entire conferences. Call them Reverse Mentoring Conferences. Attendees should be people who have had more than 10 years of HR experience. No speaker in these conferences should have had more than 3 years of work experience. Why should conferences only invite speakers who have decades of experience?
Look at the ranking of the top ten companies in the Fortune 500 list. Then compare it with the list over the last few years. You will find that some companies that were among the most successful in the world have either disappeared or withered away. Many have been dislodged from their rankings. So when viewed over time success and failure look different. Celebrating failure is a necessary lesson to be learned. Failure is liberating. Success shackles.
Raju Hirani has directed Munna Bhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munnabhai, 3 Idiots and now PK. With Munnabhai and the sequel he made it cool for the youth to follow Gandhi. With 3 Idiots he took a pot shot at parents obsessing forcing their kids to pursue career choices that left the kids cold. Hirani is back. This time with PK and he is taking a pot shot at a theme […]
It is funny how our view of what it takes to succeed changes over time – especially if you are at a B- School. In the pre-liberalization era, people who planned to pursue Human Resources would start their career on the shop floor. The job interviews would inevitably focus on testing the students on their depth of knowledge in labour laws. Trade Union leaders like Datta Samant would hit magazine covers as often as the movie stars – even if it was for the wrong reasons.