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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Is acqui-hiring right for your firm?

Is acqui-hiring right for your firm?

Firms that are targets of acqui-hiring are often a great talent pool of people who have niche technical skills. It is the fastest way of hiring several people with cutting-edge skills. It gives you access to the pool of customers of the acquired company. In some cases, acqui-hiring is a great way to remove competition for the firm that is buying out the smaller firm. Cash-strapped founders who do not have deep pockets often have no choice but to sell their firm to the bidders and make an exit. But is it right for you?

Careers in the times of perpetual beta

Careers in the times of perpetual beta

In the tech industry the people who have started a product line have rarely been the ones who have won the race. Archie was the first search engine but they lost the race to Google. Kodak invented the digital camera but had to make way for more nimble competitors who saw the digital camera as the future. The leaders of Kodak looked at the resolution of the awkward contraption called […]

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.

Robots or migrants – you choose

Robots or migrants - you choose

To be able to survive, these migrants have to keep moving. When the war for independence began in 1983, South Sudan had as many as 80,000 elephants; today the figure has plummeted to about 2,000. The sedentary species risk dying. In comparison, the antelope population has remained stable. They are always on the move. Migrants survive because they move out of their comfort zones.

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?

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