Category: culture

The Power of Us

Summer in India brings not only juicy mangoes but also the prospect of frequent planned and unplanned power cuts. The euphemism “load shedding” tries …
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Mother Pious Lady

Mother Pious Lady: Making Sense of Everyday India* is an amusing yet thought-provoking, insightful yet confounding, and relentlessly introspective, with hints of self-flagellation, book. The …
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Obama's Nobel Prize: Lessons for Business

To say that all hell broke loose on Twitter, when the annoucement came in on late morning on October the 9th, is to euphemise. …
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Creativity in the time of recession

Or, why the brand should never take a back-seat (pun unintended, but why miss the glorious chance anyway?). In June 2009, Mercedes Benz launched …
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How to use "process" to destroy goodwill and lose revenue (1)

Recent experiences with some well-known businesses have made me wonder if managers know how their organisations suffer from their employees’ interpretation of their “process”. …
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The client-consultant relationship

Over the years of being an independent consultant, I have enjoyed good relationships, characterised by camaraderie and mutual respect, with most of my clients. …
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Unanswered questions: The manager in the firing line

Pink slip or P-45. Redundancy. Job loss. Head-count reduction. Downsizing. Right-sizing. Many words, the same meaning.  While much attention is paid to the laid-off, …
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Satyam, corporate governance and emerging markets

Perhaps the most tragic thing about the Satyam saga is the name of the company. Satyam means ‘the truth’ and the company’s fortunes have …
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Technology news from India?

Nikhil Pahwa, formerly editor of ContentSutra (or more like the one-man-army who ran CS in India) and a good friend of mine, has launched …
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Trust in the Internet god, but...

The definition of “essential” is essentially transitory. When I was growing up in a medium-sized city in India, ours was one of the few …
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