Book Review: How We Learn

Book Review: How We Learn

Every family will have that one cousin who does everything right. In my case, that cousin had a study routine that she followed every single day throughout the year. She had that calendar pasted on the wall and her study hours were allocated. Unlike the rest of us she never put the radio on while she had her nose buried in the books. The rest of us did. When she […]

Building Leadership Development Programs

Building Leadership Development Programs

BCG estimates more than 4,000 companies with formal corporate universities across the world. The former Chief Learning Officer (CLO) of BBC, Nigel Paine’s new book explores what it means to choose a high-investment option like GE did. What makes Crotonville relevant even today? If a company wants to invest in leadership development is it necessary for them to invest millions of dollars and build a clone of Crotonville? Is that the only approach to leadership development?

a16z interviews Yuvi Harari

a16z interviews Yuvi Harari

The podcast explores more provocative questions. With all the data that we are giving freely to Facebook and Amazon etc, one day they will be able to predict our tastes better than loved ones and maybe even better than what we can. What happens then?

We have to look at the issue of job losses not from one country’s perspective but from multiple perspectives. If the technology developed in say US, leads to job losses of factory in Bangladesh, who should compensate whom and by how much? Who will determine the level of compensation? How will AI impact the way schools are designed and structured? And of course, what happens when techno-religions gather more followers?

Half Pants Full Pants

Half Pants Full Pants

If you have read Malgudi Days, you will love reading Half Pants Full Pants. It will make you think of your childhood. In retrospect, those wonder years were truly magical. This book captures the magic of wearing half pants and the exasperation of dealing with adults who wear full pants. He says, “The book is set against a backdrop of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Apart from the excesses of childhood madness and adventures that we indulged in, the book captures nuances of social mores, traditions and mindsets of South Indian Brahmins in a small town.”

Dangal

Dangal

The father is obsessed with vicariously representing India at an international event (not Olympics) and will not let anything come in the way. He gives them a crew cut and makes them wear shorts and wrestle their male cousin. When his neighbors in the village mock him, he just digs his heel in. This is the bit that Aamir Khan does well. He depicts grit and determination that can inspire anyone. In a state which has battled with female feticide and low levels of women’s literacy, Dangal breaks the stereotypes and does it well.

Book Review: Talent Is Overrated

Book Review: Talent Is Overrated

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”
The answer: Practice, practice, practice.

If you have not heard that one then you have certainly been told as a child, “Practice makes a man (or woman) perfect.”

What if I told you that both the sayings are wrong? Maybe I should say that they misguide you to believe that if you practice, there is no reason for you not to be at the top of your vocation. The reality is that practice does not help you achieve perfection — “deliberate practice” does.

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.

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?

Film Review: Pink

Film Review: Pink

The film opens with three girls Minal, Falak and Andrea (played by Tapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea ) taking a cab back home after a rock concert. The story is set in Delhi. There is tension in the air. It is very late. They need to get home safe. The cab driver narrowly misses hitting an approaching vehicle. One of girls asks the driver to stop the cab and […]

The Rise and Fall of Nations: Book Review

The Rise and Fall of Nations: Book Review

For me the most valuable insights came from the chapter titled People Matter. The trigger for economic growth lies in a 2% increase in working population. In the next decade from 2020-2030 only one will grow at that rate – Nigeria.

The political leaders have to create the economic conditions necessary to attract investment and generate jobs. The recent influx of refugees may actually be an answer to Germany’s depleting working-age population. But is it enough to have people without their having the necessary skills? A dropping population does not bode well for the world says Ruchir.

I Have A Voice: Book Review

I Have A Voice: Book Review

Leadership Development experts often talk about going through a “crucible experience”. One of the most reliable indicators and predictors of true leadership is an individual’s ability to find meaning in negative events and to learn from even the most trying circumstances. The skills required to conquer adversity and emerge stronger and more committed than ever are the same ones that make for extraordinary leaders.
My review of I Have A Voice by Tyler Williams

The Digital Transformation Playbook

The Digital Transformation Playbook

The Digital Transformation Playbook talks of the five domains which need to be transformed if the organizations have to succeed in the digital world – how the businesses view customers, their competition, how they leverage data, innovate and create value for customers. 1) customers are part of a network, 2) competition comes from platforms more than products, 3) data is a strategic asset, 4) innovation is driven by small experiments and scaling, 5) value is dynamic and adaptable. That makes these 5 areas very different from what they have been traditionally. This shift is hard for leaders in the analog world to fathom.
My review of The Digital Transformation Playbook by David Rogers