The news says that countries are beginning to relax lockdown guidelines and while the debate on whether this is the right move continues to rage, lockdown as we know it may change. Before it does, (though honestly I think we will likely learn that it was a wrong move and we’ll be locked back indoors … Continue reading 31 day Challenge: Lockdown Lessons
It has been just a week and surprising things have begun to happen. I get bored, pick up my phone and realize that it can no longer entertain me. My gaze then falls on the book I have been neglecting, the little keyboard I haven’t played in a while and the clothes that need fixing. Suddenly, I am writing more, my house is cleaner; I have read more pages than I have in a long time, and long pending tasks seem to vanish off the to-do list.
Lately I’ve been spending a fair bit of time reading and writing about working less (watch out for those pieces here). It all began with me stumbling upon the book by Jenny Odell called ‘How to do nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy’. Curious about the content, I watched the Talks at Google session by Odell … Continue reading 31 day challenge: Do nothing
The HR team has a large number of responsibilities, but by far, the most important is likely creating a workplace where employees can deliver their best with minimal friction; including managers. However, the last time I counted the number of internal tools in my organization that managers needed to work with for managing talent, I … Continue reading Manager Tax
Do you remember the music video request shows from the 90s? I loved them! You would find me glued to the idiot box every weekend watching video jockeys read out long letters that looked more like pieces of art and play their song requests. I loved these shows to the extent that I sought my … Continue reading 31-day challenge: Write a letter
I dedicated the last two posts to machines, AI and technology and I have barely scratched the surface. This past year I have learnt more about the world of technology than I have in the last decade. I also learnt just last evening that there are HR courses that exist that make you an expert … Continue reading 31 Day Challenge: Getting closer to Technology
I had heard of burnout. I had been warned about burning out. But, I had never experienced burnout…...until I did.
I am a big fan of radical transparency; always have been. I believe it solves more problems than it creates. Multiple corporate gurus encourage embracing radical transparency, however, this month I will focus on one particular aspect that I value most. However, let me begin by narrating a recent incident. In my most recent 1:1 … Continue reading 31-day challenge: Radical Transparency
This entire week, I have been entering work at 8am, one of the consequences of the ‘wake up before 6am’ challenge. The early hour is nothing short of magical - the floor is still empty, my colleagues from halfway across the world have stopped sending emails and the ones here are yet to begin. I … Continue reading 31-day challenge: Sacred Hour
The past two months have slipped between my fingers. I realized I had been doing the exact thing I advise everyone not to do. I had let work take over my life.