It may be time to heed the advice of Sun Tzu, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” That advice certainly holds true in the digital age.
Laurie Pickard (Twitter @NoPayMBA ) who now lives in Kigali, Rwanda, completed her MBA-level education using only MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). She is now telling the world how to do it through her website NoPayMBA.com and Fortune, CNN/Money, Financial Times have all talked about her idea. She created to document her studies and to serve as a resource to other learners, has been visited by readers from nearly every country in the world.
A “Purple Squirrel” is that person who fits the role, the culture of the new organization to the T. And can straight away start performing at peak requirement. Do they exist? How do we find them? In practice I have never seen such an animal. But then I have never seen a unicorn either. HRKatha.com is a website that has a tagline “Human Resources Simplified”. I suppose this is as […]
Originally educated as a chemist, Professor Teresa Amabile received her doctorate in psychology from Stanford University. She studies how everyday life inside organizations can influence people and their performance. Teresa’s research encompasses creativity, productivity, innovation and inner work life – the confluence of emotions, perceptions and motivation that people experience as they react to events at work. I spoke to her about creativity and finding happiness at work. Abhijit Bhaduri: […]
Learning a habit can lead to rapid and accurate responses, but it is inflexible. If you need to go to a new location, your habit may lead you astray, and you may have had the experience yourself of losing concentration and finding yourself following a familiar route (such as your daily commute) instead of going to the place you intended to.
I define Grit as having passion for a long-term goal and then working really hard consistently over an extended period of time. Gritty people work towards goals that would take years to achieve. If you are a person who is just working hard and don’t have a consistent goal to guide you, then you don’t have one half of grit. Likewise, you may have the passion for something, but not the resilience. Some people drop out of things they do and it is not because they had a serious setback or something terrible has happened but because of the slow progress.
Close your eyes and imagine growing up surrounded by magicians, puppeteers and acrobats. That is exactly what the children living in Kathputli Colony are doing every day. They are taught acrobatics, to play musical instruments and how to perform in front of strangers. They know no fear of trying strange and unknown things. That is how the children of the 2800 families of street artistes have seen their parents earn their […]
The next war will not be for oil. It will be for water. 780 million people still lack access to clean drinking water. The world celebrated Water Day on 22 March to raise awareness about the crisis that is waiting to happen. Just 2.5% of the world’s water is fresh water and 29% of it is underground. By 2025, there will be a billion more mouths to feed with a […]
Marshall Goldsmith has been voted as one of the top thinkers of our times. He is a coach to several CEOs and has several teaching assignments. Marshall has been recognized as one of the world’s leading executive educators and a prolific author. He has more than 30 books to his credit, including “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There”. In a world obsessed with copyright, here is one of […]
Imagine doing a PhD in three years and then becoming the highest-rated and tenured professor at Wharton at thirty one. He writes more than a hundred recommendation letters for his students, nominates colleagues for awards, responds to more than 200 emails every day, teaches at Wharton, consults with the most admired companies, publishes in top tier journals more often than any professor, has written a fabulous book called Give and Take, […]
Joy Bhattacharjya has a degree in Math and has a Masters degree in Computer Applications from Jadavpur University. He has been an integral part of the sport and media industry for over almost two decades having been the head of programming for both the History Channel and National Geographic channel for South Asia, and ESPN Star Sports’ first Indian Head of Production. He was one of the first Indian sports […]