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.

Hackathon – how to run it

Hackathon are not about tweaks. They are all about exponential thinking. This is about taking a moonshot within 36 hours or so. The teams get down to building prototypes and speed-coding. It is best if they can create a working prototype in 36 hours. That too about a goal that is crazily tempting simply because of the impact that it could have. And then again… it might fail. So what. Hackathons are not for the faint-hearted. It is race to complete an impossible task.

Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella

Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella

Hit Refresh (publisher: Harper Collins) is a book that is the blueprint Nadella has in mind as he tries to change the culture of Microsoft from know-it-all to learn-it-all. The new culture at Microsoft is all about listening, learning more and talking less. The book is a terrific study in changing culture. Nadella’s decision to launch Windows 10 in Kenya instead of Sydney was an effort to build a culture of inclusion. Both countries have educated and tech savvy customers as well as skill gaps. Building a culture that obsesses about the customer is not easy.

How to build more curiosity

How to build more curiosity

Curiosity matters. Human beings are born curious. The baby’s eyes wander all over even as he/she is a few days old. They are trying to make sense of the new environment that they have entered. This quest continues even as they grow older. They bombard the older people around with questions. Some questions are simple. “Why do the stars twinkle?” <see if your answer matches an astronomer’s> Curious people are […]

9 Strategies to Be a Star Employee

9 Strategies to Be a Star Employee

Every organization tries to hire the best candidate for the job. During succession planning discussions, only a handful of these hires get classified as stars. Every high potential employee does not live up to the expectations. This is what was puzzling Bell Labs. Robert Kelley and his team from Carnegie Mellon found 9 characteristics that star employees demonstrated. They did these 9 things everyday.

Want to Experience the Joy of Giving

Want to Experience the Joy of Giving

I have never met the team at Medha but I would like to support their work. You can donate any amount from Rs200/- or more. You do not have to be a millionaire before you donate for a cause you care about. That is what I liked about the philosophy of SmallChange the NGO that I am partnering with. You can contribute to Medha’s kitty by clicking here:
CLICK THIS: https://www.smallchange.ngo/fundraiser/teens-learn-life-skills/
If you donate Rs1000/- or more, please send me a mail at abhijitbhaduri@live.com & I will send you a signed copy of a sketchnote I made on Gratitude. I am no artist, but it is just my way of saying thank you for helping us build a better India.

3 Secrets of Hiring Effectiveness

3 Secrets of Hiring Effectiveness

What makes someone an effective hire then boils down to three characteristics. Do they have the knowledge to do the job? Are they motivated to work hard? Do they have social skills that will make it easy for them to work with others?
How can we assess for these during the hiring process?

The Humanities Advantage

The Humanities Advantage

Business education seems to leave gaps in skills that demand human interaction and working across geographies and diverse groups. The entrance examination of a B-School is such that it is hard for a non-engineer to compete. Hardly any Humanities graduates can make it past the entrance examination that is tilted in favor of quantitative skills.
It is no surprise that many of us struggle in the workplace to influence colleagues who do not report to us. Or to work with the matrix structures where power lines are fuzzy and influence lines matter.
This is just what Humanities teach us. How to interact with human beings. To deal with ambiguity and fuzziness.

The Talent Delusion

The Talent Delusion

Have you ever wondered how to define talent? In ancient times the word talent was referred to as a measure of silver that was paid in exchange of someone’s work. Better output by the person resulted in more payment – hence more “talent”.
We get fooled because we believe since we spend a lot of time with human beings we must be good at evaluating their talent and potential. There is a science of human behavior and a science to talent, just like there is science to astrophysics.

Will Amazon Prime & Netflix be Upholders of Free Speech

Will Amazon Prime & Netflix be Upholders of Free Speech

For the film makers, writers, lyricists and comedians, the streaming giants may offer a safe haven where opinions that are not palatable to the majority can be expressed. The stand-up comedians can do their routine without fear of a backlash other than the market forces. If viewers do not watch the shows or rate it poorly, the artistes will be taken off the air or at the very least not invited back. Free speech that challenges our worldview may thrive in the fringes while the mainstream cinema continues to dole out what is safe but bland.

Why You Must Write A Gratitude Journal

Why You Must Write A Gratitude Journal

Start by listing down five things you are grateful for and do that once a week. It could be the people who are or were in your life; the possessions that have meaning for you; the generosity of a stranger or a skill you have picked up and the sight of a sunrise that left you awestruck. Just writing a sentence about each of the five things once a week for two months can make you more optimistic and happier. Gratitude is different from indebtedness. Indebtedness creates a feeling of obligation to pay back. Gratitude makes you realize that you matter much more to the person than you ever imagined.

RIP Father McGrath

RIP Father McGrath

As you step into the world of work, you are bringing to it the freshness of ideas and the power to change things. And yet, there is the danger that all too soon you will forget why you came to a place like this.

NO, you were not here to understand the corporate sector or the intricate theories of management. You came here to understand yourself and your strengths. To believe how easy it is to make a difference. That is the power of higher education. To instil in you the belief that you can make the world a better place.