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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The “Assisted Economy”

The "Assisted Economy"

Our cultural traditions have always had a place for a sidekick. Our folk theater has had a jamura who acts as a sidekick to the main performer or madaari. Without the jamura, the madaari’s show is incomplete. From royalty to musicians, there is always place for a sidekick. That may be an opportunity for India as tech becomes Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva in the pantheon of jobs.

Business Line reviews The Digital Tsunami

Business Line reviews The Digital Tsunami

It’s useful not just for top management and HR practitioners, but for employees too, as it gives you tips on how to navigate the future office.

Posters don’t shape culture – leaders do

Posters don't shape culture - leaders do

Before the founding team makes their first hire, they must ask what behaviors the candidate must display and assess against them. Assessing for values impacts the culture of the organization. Strategy is on paper, whereas culture determines how things get done.

Career-Hopping: The Hot New Trend

Career-Hopping: The Hot New Trend

There are new trends at play now. We are moving from so-called job-hopping to actual career-hopping. People are throwing caution to the wind to pursue their passions and be their own masters. Most of us know someone who has spent some years in the corporate sector, given it up to pursue their passion for a sport or to travel, and then, a year down the line, become an entrepreneur by setting up a restaurant or some other business. That’s what’s fuelling the Indian startup dream. Then there are those to give up materially comfortable lives and high-paying jobs to work in remote areas for the uplift of people. Read more

Star CEOs: Do They Still Matter?

Star CEOs: Do They Still Matter?

Personal power is a barrier to be able to empathize. Today’s leaders need to be rubbing shoulders with their teams, talking to consumers and being accessible in real time. They can no longer stand at the top of the pyramid and survey their empire. Maybe it is time to ask if the cult of the star CEO is still relevant. Read on…

Weak Signals

Weak Signals

The digital shifts will see this getting played out once again. Until the other day, driver-less cars seemed like a page out of a science fiction novel. What made the news even more unbelievable was that the car was being built by a company known for its search engine. Baidu and Google are no longer the only ones making driver-less cars. Singapore, Helsinki and Perth have tested driver-less cars, buses and taxis. Uber is in the game. Yutong is running trials in China. It is no longer a weak signal. It is a digital tsunami that is going to disrupt drivers, auto manufacturers and insurers and many more. The disruption is just beginning.

Stop Celebrating Jugaad

Stop Celebrating Jugaad

The creative people treat constraints as triggers for innovation. Today there is a name for this. It is called frugal innovation or jugaad. Maybe it is time to stop celebrating jugaad and focus on being original creators of innovative products and services. What do you think?

Only Humans Need Apply

Only Humans Need Apply

Millions of educated knowledge workers—writers, paralegals, assistants, medical technicians—are threatened by accelerating advances in artificial intelligence. Shall we give up the race with machines?

5 Future Skills

5 Future Skills

Using a trans-disciplinary lens to solve complex problems will become the norm. Google uses anthropologists to understand how users think and behave. Anthropologists are used to making sense of the full sweep of complex cultures. Google’s coders work with psychologists to understand the emotions that their fonts create among users. Being able to understand others is an integral part of how work will get done. Routine, repetitive work will all get done with machines. So what skills will matter more in future?

The forgotten music of Rajasthan

The forgotten music of Rajasthan

What makes this festival magical is the way the sun and the moon are blended in with music to create magic. The Mehrangarh fort becomes like a giant movie set where the forgotten music of Rajathan is offered to a global audience. That is what the Rajasthan International Folk Fest is all about

When do we feel threatened by machines?

When do we feel threatened by machines?

When machines start doing our tasks, we hold them to standards that no human can match. We expect them to be perfect. Maybe we know that they are peering over our shoulder and learning to take over our lives. They better be perfect. That is the only way our lives will be perfect. But is it?

Artificial Intelligence – Is that a job killer?

Artificial Intelligence – Is that a job killer?

When the AI based virtual assistant in our smart phone helps us choose a restaurant or send a text message we enjoy the moment. We don’t want to turn the clock back to a time when we did not have AI based systems recommending to us what we never knew we wanted to buy. The machine is watching us and learning each move we make. Instead of augmenting brawn, machines are now augmenting our cognitive abilities. Understanding emotions of self and others will be the next frontier. When people learn to work with machines the possibilities are endless. But is there an invisible price that we forget?

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