• Greedy mind, grateful soul, hoboist, happiness, gratitude, beautiful, joy, sad
    Culture

    The curious case of fleeting happiness

    In today’s fast-paced world, on the completion of every achievement, we are, already, half-way into our next achievement. But, here is a big problem: our mind craves quantity, while our soul craves depth. As a result, it gets left behind while trying to “assimilate” each and every achievement. As a result, it, constantly, feels neglected. And, we feel empty. Click here to find the prequel to this article. A similar situation arises when we keep on reading new books or consuming from online media without pausing a while and learning from them; or, when we enter relationships and fail to learn about human behaviour, and instead, play the game of self-centeredness. We, then, sense a strange feeling of incompleteness filled with misery. This is…

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    Productivity,  STARTUP

    Ever got stuck on an unsolvable problem? Not, any more.

    During the course of operating a business, we may come across various problems, like employees at each other’s throats, a product release taking longer time than expected, an angry client ready to eat us for breakfast, lunch and dinner, etc. What do we do during such hard times? Well, the answer is hidden in this popular course: “learning how to learn”. It helps us understand how our brain works and thus eliminates frustration about how we learn. Recently, when I was stuck with a major problem, the ideas shared, here, actually helped me to solve my problem, quickly. And more importantly, without frustration! Traditional problem solving When you find yourself stuck on a problem, you try hard to maintain focus on it…

  • workplace for greatness
    Design,  STARTUP

    Design a work environment for greatness

    Almost half of your team’s life is spent working (either from office or remotely). Don’t your team deserve to get a great experience from their work environment? What if you found out that a major portion of their productivity is dependent on it? The good news is, you can design such a work environment without much expense or effort. Allow people to move around Begin work with a light exercise. People who work at desks should stand or walk around for at least two hours a day to avoid health risks related to too much sitting, according to a 2015 British study. Just provide your team with a portable desk with arm support (in addition to a fixed work…

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    Marketing,  STARTUP

    How marketing affects your beliefs

    How many times have we experienced this (comment, below): we find something interesting on the internet; we get smitten by it; we buy it; finally, when we possess it, we realise that we’re not as happy as we believed we are going to be. And yet, the next time we are on internet, the same thing happens, all over again. Congratulations, we got tricked by some well-crafted, marketing content. We all have certain set of beliefs: Some set of beliefs related to culture: It is okay to make mistakes but unacceptable not to learn from them. Never tolerate dishonesty. If we help people in their times of need, we will get help in our times of need.…

  • organization design
    Design,  STARTUP

    How you design your organization will determine your success

    According to the Blessing White 2008 Employee Engagement Report, fewer than one in three employees (31%) in North America are fully engaged in their work. (The number is 37% for India and 17% for China.)  This translates to enormous loss in productivity and revenue. Interesting point to note: almost, all of these employees, surveyed, are a part of the traditional, hierarchical form of organization. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular metaphors of organizations. A. Organization as Machine  Each person has a specific task to do. (An office assistant gets all the stationery, an HR manager takes care of hiring and payroll, etc.) All these parts (staff) form the machine (company). Staffs can be easily replaceable (just like the parts of…

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    Art of Travel,  Culture,  Travel

    Lessons from a hike to Rajmachi fort

    Once, when I was younger, I rode my bike for over 200 kms, non-stop. And then, a strange thing happened. My bike stopped, without a warning. I had managed to overheat it! My only option was to wait until it cooled down. I did not learn much that day, except, that vehicles do overheat, and I would have to wait for it to cool down before riding it, again. Now, years later, I, finally, learnt the intended lesson. As soon as I saw an ad for a group hike to Rajmachi mountain-fort, I booked it in a hush; I wanted to escape from the panic attacks that had been eating my sleep…

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    Service,  STARTUP

    A better way to retain your employees?

    The way you deal with your employees is the way your employees deal with your clients. If your employees are not shown trust, care and empathy, there is a very slim chance that your clients would ever experience these from your business- your employees. Besides, if a client develops a strong relationship with an employee that leaves your business, the client may leave with that employee to her new business. So, essentially, Employee retention = Client retention. Employee Acquisition Cost (EAC): You may be aware of the term, Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC). Similarly, there is a cost associated with acquiring your employees, e.g., training and ramp-up cost (ramp-up = time period taken by a new hire to hit full…