Teachers Still Matter Despite EdTech

Teachers Still Matter Despite EdTech

Technology does not mean that we do not need teachers. They have to adopt tech to supplement their skills. Almost every effective method of learning involves having a teacher. The teacher can coach and motivate a student to go far beyond what the student believes himself or herself. Technology is impacting every sector of our lives. Education is no exception It still needs a human touch. A Portuguese study from […]

Why 2 Pizza Teams Work Better

A smaller team helps improve execution. Amazon’s stock has risen more than 36 percent this year. If you had invested $1,000 in Amazon in July 2002 — and had held onto your shares — that money would be worth $83,000 today. In real terms it would be $61,000. Can all this be attributed only to 2 Pizza teams or is there something more.

The right way to do a reference check

The right way to do a reference check

Before you decide to offer the job to the candidate, it is worth doing a strong reference check. It is a great opportunity to verify the facts and claims made by the candidate. More importantly, it is an opportunity to design elements of the job that can leverage the candidate’s strengths and coach the new hire to integrate into the company’s culture. Ask the candidate to share a list of […]

Virtual Reality is being used in business

Virtual Reality is being used in business

From using VR to design warships (it can’t get more serious) to having Realtors do virtual walk throughs. A friend from US mentioned recently that his wife (who is a realtor) has increased her sale because it lets a potential buyer do a virtual walk-through of the property. Try and buy is going to become the way we shop. Learning and development has huge opportunities to use VR in training employees not just on the product and services but to build more empathy with customers. Leadership training can use VR to build empathy – an elusive area so far.

How to Handle Underperformers on a Team You Inherit

How to handle underperformers in a team you inherit? The manager is responsible for the success of the team. It is not fair to top performers when the manager ignores the underperformers and lets the others pick up the slack. How can the manager help?

Who writes those forwards I get on WhatsApp

Who writes those forwards I get on WhatsApp

My problem is that I cannot remember if I have read the joke until I reach the punchline. It is only then resentment rises at the person who sent the joke that I have been receiving over the years. I sometimes believe that sending WhatsApp jokes to each other is a way of dealing with the future. That future when robots will do all our work leaving us jobless. Will we spend all our waking hours reading recycled jokes? Think of the kind of jobs we can create.

Just Post-It

Just Post-It

These yellow Post-It notes are an essential part of my life. I have used these yellow thingies to write welcome notes and bid goodbye. To share a word of appreciation for my team members. To say thank you for great work done. Several appraisals and many bosses later, my team members still have the fading thank you notes and cartoons on their desk.

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?

Introduction to Storytelling by Pixar

Introduction to Storytelling by Pixar

I am a fan of Pixar’s storytelling style. I don’t know if you have ever read their famous 22 rules of storytelling? If you have not, you must. Some of the tips are really super useful to newbies like me who are fascinated enough by the magic to want to be a magician. But for now one has to be grateful that I am getting to read the magician’s book of spells before he returns. I make a quick note of rule number 2 in the Book of Spells.

The secret of feeling motivated at work

The secret of feeling motivated at work

Mastery is an endless pathway that you can use to stay motivated regardless of the work you do. A barista could build further expertise by learning about different recipes of coffee. Or about the rituals around coffee in different parts of the world. And become a storyteller who tells a new story involving coffee to a customer. Maybe you could have storytelling sessions about all the interesting people who love coffee. The day you can discover that the opportunities for mastery in your field, whatever that might be, is really endless, you will stop dreading the beginning of the work week.

Who is your disruptor?

Who is your disruptor?

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.

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.