Why should appraisal only be top down?

People join or leave an organisation for its own sake or due to a boss. What do you think? There is no right or wrong here. Each experience is unique. To generalise would be a fallacy. The overall work culture in the company, how it looks after its employees, plays a big role in shapingContinue reading “Why should appraisal only be top down?”

A Leader should know when to let go

‘Hello Boss, when is a good time to speak to you for a few minutes?’ Most exit conversations start like this. Leaders are often tested when a subordinate broaches the issue of leaving the team. In such cases, there could be two types of exit. One, when a team member decides to quit. And two,Continue reading “A Leader should know when to let go”

How an ultimatum helped me overcome my handicap early in my career

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”

When Gods Seek Your Company

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”

Talent Matters But….

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….”

Strict or Liberal Boss: Who is more Effective?

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?”

Two Ways to Prevent Disappointment in Relationships

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”

When Confidence Masquerades as Competence

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”