Exactly 25 years ago, on April 18, 1996, I was selected to join NDTV in the news production team as a Production Assistant. My decision then had baffled a few near & dear ones. Why would a Correspondent (which I was in my previous job) leave the editorial space to join production? The reverse wasContinue reading “How an ultimatum helped me overcome my handicap early in my career”
Life is strange. The best people you meet leave you early. Dr Surbhit Choudhary is one such example. I knew him for only a couple of years. However, the duration of my association did not matter. Every time I met him, our bond strengthened. He was both a very skilled doctor and an outstanding human. At first,Continue reading “When Gods Seek Your Company”
When I am looking to hire, talent is a key requisite in the selection of a candidate. But I pay equal attention to other attributes such as team-playing ability, honesty, integrity and stability. If I have to decide between a smug super achiever full of vanity and a moderate achiever who is a dependable teamContinue reading “Talent Matters But….”
Do not take the CoronaVirus too lightly or too seriously. Both are risky and can endanger your life.
Bosses come in all shapes, sizes and styles. But the majority fall in two categories – strict or liberal. The demeanour of the boss determines how the team conducts itself in the presence or absence of the boss. It also impacts the state of mind of the team and how it approaches its work. Last,Continue reading “Strict or Liberal Boss: Who is more Effective?”
Do you easily get disappointed in life? Over the years, I have observed in many cases, the cause of disappointment in relationships is usually on account of either expectation or comparison. Or both. Can you avoid it? You only need to resist the lure of expectation and comparison. Let me explain. 1. No Expectation, NoContinue reading “Two Ways to Prevent Disappointment in Relationships”
How many of us have been in a gathering or meeting where ideas are sought and amongst the first to speak up usually know the least about the subject? Confidence not always equals competence Irrespective of the quality of content, the confidence of the speaker is never in doubt. Right from school days we haveContinue reading “When Confidence Masquerades as Competence”
The recently announced Class X and XII results reminded me of my time as a student. Class X was the biggest examination in school. It was also the final school exam before I entered college. My school did not have Class XI and XII. Some of my dearest friends were the best performers in school.Continue reading “On Your Marks: Get Set, But Know How To Go”
While a lot of skills can be acquired on the job, it is the personality traits that are mostly congenital. Either you have them or not. Which is not difficult to find out in the 20 odd minutes chat during the interview. I have been lucky to have made the right choices more often than not. Choices which can make or mar a newsroom.
I have, for as long as I can remember, been a keen observer of people. Over the years, it has helped me to understand them better and later in my professional life, try and manage them effectively. I have had the opportunity to lead a team of 300 professionals and interact with different personality types.Continue reading “After Or Before SELF Defines Your Personality”