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Do not settle for anything but the BEST in life!

Fortunate are those who gain realizations throughout the process of life and am glad to be one of those.  Below is a snippet of one such realization – for you to read and let me know if you relate to it or even otherwise! Do not settle for anything but the BEST in life. Be …

Google Duplex AI Assistant to save time for an average person – to do what?

Google Duplex – an AI Assistant making calls for people, booking tables and making reservations! Wow, we are moving ahead in tech, aren’t we? The piece from The Verge cites all possible issues with a bot making calls and the person on the other end not knowing about it – might create serious social issues …

Heartcount over Headcount – that’s all that matters!

If we look back – it all started with ‘Hands to work’ in the Industrialization era. Workers were expected to perform GIVEN tasks and that would be it. There were a select people putting their heads into things. It was an apt thing to do at that age, maybe. Then the world moved on to …

Ball-tampering

Ball Tampering – look beyond the press conferences & video clips!

Following the recent ball-tampering issue in Cricket world, I have listed a few things that I call as lessons as they do qualify as learnings for everyone in the understanding of the subject and the game. These apply to every walk of life, even corporate and work.   1. Decision Making: There is a fragile …

Be ‘YOU’ – it’s easier than being someone you AREN’T!

If you do not voice your opinion due to the fear of being judged or misunderstood or not being seen in the right light (if you are bringing out shortcomings of something) – then your opinion does not matter at all. Think about it –  It does not take any hardship to be YOU, rather it …

Live life – to the fullest!

Charles Bukowski had once said (allegedly): “How the hell could a person enjoy being awakened at 6:30AM, by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to …

Steer your career in the new year!

People work as an individual as well as in different teams, do different things and explore new things in their careers. However, there always comes a time when everyone starts thinking – where am I going? What direction is my career going in? They might have some fantastic moments in their career in the past …

Everyday MUSINGS 5: ‘TRUST’ & ‘EMPOWERMENT’

  Major TRANSFORMATIONS can be brought about by CHANGING little things. Exactly two years back, I took up the most challenging job in my career – so far. It was a distress call as one of the very critical functions had suddenly lost the top guy – with immediate effect. The management, including my boss, …

“HOW TO” have Right People at Right Jobs?

In the last few years of my career, I have worked with the best of the professionals in very conducive organizational set-ups and the learning has been astounding. I have been on a fast track since the early days of my career, and due to the opportunities to work with very able leaders, my professional …

Everyday MUSINGS 4: ‘SHARE’ – It helps you GROW

  It was a usual start of the day for me. I was getting ready to leave for work when my aunt told me that two of her nephews were coming over to meet me. I was little confused as I didn’t know them and didn’t know what they want with me. Surprisingly, even my …

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