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Have we got our priorities right about health insurance, health?
Have we got our priorities right about health insurance, health?

I was at a private life insurance company branch this morning. After I finished my work with them, the executive started hard-selling their cancer care policy!! I requested him not [...]

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Being Trustworthy, Being Regal
Being Trustworthy, Being Regal

Being #Trustworthy Trust and intimacy is an important International Coach Federation coaching competency. For trust is at the core of a coaching relationship, as it is for any [...]

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Coach Training Journey : “No-CC” to Mastery
Coach Training Journey : “No-CC” to Mastery

Learning to coach, adding coaching skills to leadership, and incorporating elements of coaching into life… These are all part of the journey of an aspiring, un-credentialed [...]

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Not Too Big To Fail: Why Lehman Had to Go Bankrupt & Lessons For Future
Not Too Big To Fail: Why Lehman Had to Go Bankrupt & Lessons For Future

Risk professionals, Leaders in banking, BFSI: Not Too Big To Fail: Why Lehman Had to Go Bankrupt (Lehman’s resistance to risk management played a major role in its downfall, [...]

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Eastern Wisdom & Coaching (#ICFconclave)
Eastern Wisdom & Coaching (#ICFconclave)

Chanakya Neeti – Dr. RK Pillai Chanakya’s lessons are applicable to one and all: me as in individual, my small organization, an SME, big organization, sports, to [...]

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Coaching is bigger than coaching
Coaching is bigger than coaching

Coaching is much bigger than coaching. It is a way of Being that the whole world needs to get to – where the core theme is compassion for all people and caring for all nature [...]

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Leadership Coach Training for Young Leaders
Leadership Coach Training for Young Leaders

Coaching is for leaders. Coaching is for development, to make us more effective at work, in life. Incorporating coaching as a leadership skill can have a positive impact on me, my [...]

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Will a $1 Billion Fine Change #WellsFargo?
Will a $1 Billion Fine Change #WellsFargo?

Will a $1 Billion Fine Change Wells Fargo? A mere fine may not be a deterrent. Wells Fargo needs a significant culture change that makes top executives more accountable. It is [...]

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The art of asking ‘powerful questions’, the ICF Way
The art of asking ‘powerful questions’, the ICF Way

The art of asking powerful questions – the ICF way: “Listen to Truth or Lies? How a Question Is Phrased Can Make a Big Difference from Knowledge@Wharton in [...]

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ICF Coach Training for ACC, PCC at Chennai
ICF Coach Training for ACC, PCC at Chennai

Coaching helps us to move from the current state to a more resourceful stateThere are multiple ways to sharpen our leadership, entrepreneurial and life skills. One of them, [...]

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Why ‘Sophisticated’ Leadership Matters — Especially Now
Why ‘Sophisticated’ Leadership Matters — Especially Now

Why ‘Sophisticated’ Leadership Matters — Especially Now! (Let’s be clear ‘sophistication’ is not for me as a leader but for others, [...]

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Hima Das
Hima Das

“What happened at the 400-m women’s final track at Finland may be an apt #metaphor for not just Indian sports but also the change in the way India looks at itself” — ET [...]

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Parent as a coach, mentor, guru

Today’s @ETPanache is full of coaching & mentoring inspirations: Parent as a Coach: Dads, like football coaches, have a thing about goals, and scoring them. Like, for [...]

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The Golden Buddha within me
The Golden Buddha within me

  The Golden Buddha (within me) By Swami Sukhabodhananda @EconomicTimes: An ancient statue of Buddha made of clay was being shifted to another place. During the journey, it [...]

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The Art of Coaching – Coaching from a state of Being: PCC (ICF)
The Art of Coaching – Coaching from a state of Being: PCC (ICF)

    I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else – Pablo Picasso Dear Coach, We start ‘with’ the process, science, tools, and other elements of [...]

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Embracing The Future Of Leadership And Coaching
Embracing The Future Of Leadership And Coaching

“Over the last 20 years, I’ve been focused on how coaches go from novice to good to expert. . . It’s easy to be a good coach; it’s very hard to be a great coach. How do we [...]

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The ethics of economic fairness are important – Treat people fairly
The ethics of economic fairness are important – Treat people fairly

– How well do we treat our employees, colleagues, stakeholders? – How human are we at work? – What is the excuse for not being human? #DYK 1. Sales of Karl [...]

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What is secret to financial freedom?
What is secret to financial freedom?

Want to Be in Control of Your Wealth? Un-clutter Your Investments? How? 1. Do it yourself? 2. Hire a financial planner? 3. Hire a trained, certified and registered financial [...]

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Following Your “Passion”? Don’t !
Following Your “Passion”? Don’t !

Are you an entrepreneur, coach, mentor, trainer, freelancer, consultant, therapist, healer….? A corporate leader? As entrepreneurs, we are all ‘following our [...]

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HBR: The Very Real Dangers of Executive Coaching
HBR: The Very Real Dangers of Executive Coaching

My 2 cents… Over the past 15 years, it has become more and more popular to hire coaches for promising executives: Not so much in this part of the world, APAC, including [...]

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Why we can’t lead if we can’t listen
Why we can’t lead if we can’t listen

“If you want to stand out as a leader, a good place to begin is by listening,” said Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, which controls over 400 companies, when asked [...]

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Inclusive Leadership: The “New Leadership”? Do you need it?
Inclusive Leadership: The “New Leadership”? Do you need it?

Inclusive leadership is simple. It’s about giving everyone the opportunity to be heard. More specifically, when people feel that they are treated fairly, that their uniqueness [...]

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Are all leaders coaches?
Are all leaders coaches?

Are all leaders coaches?   Sri Ram, on His way to the forest, was ferried across a river by a boatman. When He offered to pay the boatman the fee, the latter politely refused [...]

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How to be mindful? 5 tips to begin your mindfulness journey
How to be mindful? 5 tips to begin your mindfulness journey

Mindfulness- Is it going to change your life radically? Probably not. But, will it help you transform yourself with every small step to greatness? Absolutely. In the previous [...]

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Being a Coach
Being a Coach

Lehmann won’t stay: to step down after South Africa series ‘Lehmann as Coach’, says the image (PC @EconomicTimes) – He was not being a coach, a mere [...]

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Mindful leadership: Making work life better
Mindful leadership: Making work life better

It’s no wonder that Steve Jobs created “The Greatest Tech Company” after he visited a spiritual place in India where he learned to relax and to understand the [...]

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ICF Coach Training at Chennai
ICF Coach Training at Chennai

For Leaders, aspiring Coaches: Are you looking at adding coaching approach to your leadership? Coaching is very different from mentoring, delegating, training, telling, guiding, et [...]

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Millennial employees led a rebellion – and their demands are being met
Millennial employees led a rebellion – and their demands are being met

PWC’s millennial employees led a rebellion—and their demands are being met – Quartz at Work. This is not about PWC. It is about millennial, corporate culture, [...]

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#BeRegal – Take the first step
#BeRegal – Take the first step

DYK You can be happy at work? You can find fulfillment at work? Best places to work is not a mirage? Success at work need not come with failure elsewhere – family, health? [...]

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Happiest Places on Earth
Happiest Places on Earth

Had recently listened to a wonderful podcast on 2018 Best Countries on @WhartonBizRadio podcast by @Danloney21. There were a few surprises. Listened to another brilliant [...]

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Coaches Beware!
Coaches Beware!

Beyond Coaching Psychobabble: Let the Buyer Beware (Manfred Kets de Vries, INSEAD Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development & Organisational Change)   [...]

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CoachSutra: Nurture people, leader/coach
CoachSutra: Nurture people, leader/coach

Why do we ignore other sportspersons, esp non-cricketers? Do we need to have a league in every sport to make it remunerative for the players? Then what are sports ministries, and [...]

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Coach Training for Leaders, Aspiring Coaches: Transformational Journey & ICF credentials
Coach Training for Leaders, Aspiring Coaches: Transformational Journey & ICF credentials

Are coaches born or made? Are leaders born or made? #Hyderabad: Once the Qutb Shahi dynastic capital, now a major center for the technology industry. We completed facilitating a [...]

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CoachSutra: Being a SuperStar Client – Executive Coaching
CoachSutra: Being a SuperStar Client – Executive Coaching

More from my #RegalJournal. This happened during the release of ‘Kabali’…2017?Had a great coaching session, with a great client: Goal: A client asked me how can [...]

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#CoachSutra: Mindfulness as an Executive Coaching & Leadership Development Tool
#CoachSutra: Mindfulness as an Executive Coaching & Leadership Development Tool

#DYK mindfulness can be a #coaching tool? @NewbyCoachLive shares how Recently one of the clients expressed disappointment for not having continued with a meditation practice, [...]

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#CoachSutra: Leader as an Executive Coach  : The Magic, Manifest
#CoachSutra: Leader as an Executive Coach  : The Magic, Manifest

Greetings from Kerala…..ah! Yet another extract from my personal journal, #RegalJournal. Had spent the morning at a temple, re-charging my spiritual battery, thereafter with some [...]

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Handling Rejection
Handling Rejection

From my #RegalJournal: ‘On a day when a lot of small positive ‘coincidences’ happened, just got a ‘No’ message for a corporate. End of the day… (no coincidences, only [...]

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Band-Aid Approach to Banks’ Clean Up – Leadership
Band-Aid Approach to Banks’ Clean Up – Leadership

What is at the core of all issues faced by our banks? PSB & some private banks too? Many of them. BFSI? Mere capitalization is not enough. It is ‘band-aid’ approach. [...]

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Client, Coach
Client, Coach

Who is the coach in the pic – the plant or its reflection? A coach is like a mirror. Leadership/Executive Coaching Coach Training/Mentoring Leadership Workshops Healing/Life [...]

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Coach training, a new batch at Chennai
Coach training, a new batch at Chennai

A new batch started on 19th January at Chennai. we had corporate leaders, an industry veteran, a spiritual seeker from the US. (Aren’t we all seekers?) all on their ICF coach [...]

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The Art of Coaching : The Magic we create The Journey, ICF Credential & beyond
The Art of Coaching : The Magic we create The Journey, ICF Credential & beyond

I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else — Pablo Picasso. Our coach-training journey, ICF approved Coacharya ACTP Coach Training by Priya Ramesh & yours truly, [...]

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ICF approved ACTP Coach Training Chennai & Hyderabad
ICF approved ACTP Coach Training Chennai & Hyderabad

Become a Coach… Be a Coach… at work, home, and community. Being a Coach, Coach from a state of Being, which is true Mastery. The future of leadership is in coaching. [...]

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Managing with Purpose : ET Blog
Managing with Purpose : ET Blog

Master’s Voice: The Purpose of Life is a to live a life of purpose ‘Essentially, good daily management rests on a few basic disciplines: understand how people are [...]

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2018 Beyond Resolutions to Life Goals
2018 Beyond Resolutions to Life Goals

One week into the new year, ‘Happy New Year’ is almost forgotten. So when friends in the professional network connect for first time in the new year & start off with [...]

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Journaling, a Leadership Habit, Ritual
Journaling, a Leadership Habit, Ritual

Journaling, in different avatars, is gaining popularity. Quite comparable to adult coloring? I have been tracking the updates, online especially. A lot of fascinating insights. I [...]

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Coaching for Young Leaders, Millennial – Regal Coach Certification
Coaching for Young Leaders, Millennial – Regal Coach Certification

Every small change in life is like death & rebirth For example, deciding career stream, new job, marriage, move from executive to manager to leader, parenting, etc. For these [...]

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Blue Ocean Shift for Leaders, Coaches – a Transformational Shift
Blue Ocean Shift for Leaders, Coaches – a Transformational Shift

A brilliant @WBECS session with INSEAD Prof Renee Mauborgne (Author): DYK ? Coaching is a $2 billion industry, 2nd fastest growing industry in the US Coaching (not just life, but [...]

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Being a Coach, Managing Coach Business Practice
Being a Coach, Managing Coach Business Practice

Forbes: This Forbes article says ‘The rapid growth of the coaching and consulting industry is staggering. According to a research study by IBISWorld, at the end of 2014, it [...]

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Life Purpose? Coaching Regal@60TM
Life Purpose? Coaching Regal@60TM

A friend said yesterday, ‘I keep wondering what is my life purpose?’ I felt he was in a beautiful space, as he is asking this question. In today’s busy world, how [...]

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The Academy at Regal is 3 Yrs Young – We coach leaders, mentor coaches
The Academy at Regal is 3 Yrs Young – We coach leaders, mentor coaches

‘Coaching Leaders, Mentoring Coaches’ The #Academy at Regal Unlimited is 3 years young. We started this journey in September 2014. – Conducted programs for [...]

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WBECS2017 – Jan Muhlfeit on Executive Coaching & Leadership
WBECS2017 – Jan Muhlfeit on Executive Coaching & Leadership

A great session for us executive coaches and leadership/business coaches on coaching, leadership, mindfulness & LIFE! Great to hear Jan stress on #LifePurpose. And Viktor [...]

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When a Cat reminded me an important lesson in Coaching
When a Cat reminded me an important lesson in Coaching

  When the student is ready, the Master manifests! Nature is the best Teacher For ‘Prakriti is a reflection of the Purusha’, the Divine, as Master would remind [...]

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Disrupt Yourself – Incorporate Executive Coaching to Your Leadership
Disrupt Yourself – Incorporate Executive Coaching to Your Leadership

How do leaders manage disruption? What makes a great leader? How relevant is disrupting self? What is role of coaching in leadership development? There several hundreds of [...]

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4 Essential Questions That Determine Whether You Feel Trust – Leadership & Life
4 Essential Questions That Determine Whether You Feel Trust – Leadership & Life

Trust is at the core of #leadership. Not for just banking, but for everything in life. Moreso, in a networked world.   I am a Leader. What is my #Trust quotient? What are elements [...]

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The One-Year Rule That Builds Credible, Effective And Self-Confident Coaches -Forbes
The One-Year Rule That Builds Credible, Effective And Self-Confident Coaches -Forbes

– ‘If a banker is overweight, it need not damage his or her credibility, as their business is money, not fitness‘ – A banker, who can not take care of [...]

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Global Launch Regal Coach Certification for aspiring leaders – Virtual
Global Launch Regal Coach Certification for aspiring leaders – Virtual

Global launch Regal Coach Certification (RCC) Program – ‘Everyone needs Coaching‘… Every leader needs coaching skills, for   leadership that gets results, [...]

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“Every business Is a digital business” – How geared leadership is?
“Every business Is a digital business” – How geared leadership is?

“Every business Is a digital business, But some just don’t know it yet”, says Nitin Rakesh, CEO of Bangalore, India-based IT firm Mphasis, in this Knowledge@Wharton [...]

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6 Steps To Become A Midlife Entrepreneur : Forbes
6 Steps To Become A Midlife Entrepreneur : Forbes

Midllife Entrepreneur is a must do, exciting proposition… 1. The only requirement is filling an urgent need for your customers – preferably aligned with your passion, [...]

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How to Support Employees’ Learning Goals While Getting Day-to-Day Stuff Done
How to Support Employees’ Learning Goals While Getting Day-to-Day Stuff Done

– First step is to have a learning goal for each of the employee, get them to chalk out, with help of line manager & HR. No transactional, ## man-days etc as the training [...]

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Why Jeff Bezos does the dinner dishes? Leadership
Why Jeff Bezos does the dinner dishes? Leadership

Month/Quarter-end inspiration for corporate leaders here. 1. Are you an explosive (even if ‘occasionally’) boss? 2. How is it impacting you? Your performance, emotions, [...]

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How Large should this circle be?
How Large should this circle be?

Very profound… for a #Coach too A coach’s responsibility is to create the safe space for the client to identify goals, co-create a future of his/her dream & enjoy [...]

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Why Impact Investing needs to go mainstream
Why Impact Investing needs to go mainstream

Why #ImpactInvesting needs to go mainstream Ms. Shahnaz is a Bangladeshi woman, studied in the US, worked with Wall Street and then with Grameen Bank and was picked up by [...]

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Why CEOs Don’t Want Executive Coaching – An evaluation
Why CEOs Don’t Want Executive Coaching – An evaluation

This post appeared in HuffPost in 2013. How has leadership, executive coaching, changed since then? How are we doing with regard to empathy in leadership? 2/3 of CEOs don’t [...]

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Coach Training for ICF credentials
Coach Training for ICF credentials

We started training/facilitating and mentoring aspiring coaches in September, 2014. It is almost 3 years. How time flies.. We have had participants from Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, [...]

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Quantum Touch Healing
Quantum Touch Healing

Regal Unlimited operates at the confluence of Coaching, Mentoring, Consulting, and Healing. This is one of the unique features of Regal Unlimited. Glad to share, we have added [...]

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8 Proven Fitness Marketing Strategies That Get Trainers More Clients
8 Proven Fitness Marketing Strategies That Get Trainers More Clients

8 Proven Fitness Marketing Strategies That Get Trainers More Clients (Simon Lovell is the founder of #Fitpreneurs and the author of The New Encyclopedia of Modern Fitness Business [...]

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Best ‘advice’ for a post grad student
Best ‘advice’ for a post grad student

For all friends, who are post grad students… On your last lap at campus/life as a student outside campus, try to do something different, if not magnificent, as #Twine A lot [...]

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Can corporations be held morally responsible?
Can corporations be held morally responsible?

“This book collects new contributions by leading business scholars in business ethics, philosophy, and related disciplines to extend our understanding of the “moral [...]

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Training aspiring coaches to ICF credentials — Day ‘0′ at Chennai
Training aspiring coaches to ICF credentials — Day ‘0′ at Chennai

Concluding session of ACC2PCC batch, on 10th & 11th June. At Chennai. Where it all began for me, professionally, in 1991. Going from Bangalore, every other city is hot. But I [...]

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3 Stone cutters — A forgotten story!
3 Stone cutters — A forgotten story!

A man came across three masons who were working at chipping chunks of granite from large blocks. The first seemed unhappy at his job, chipping away and frequently looking at his [...]

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Decisions that are hurting your career
Decisions that are hurting your career

Corporate leaders, executives: – Look at this and do a reality check — how many are “yes” or “no” for you ? Not only executives, applicable to entrepreneurs to [...]

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Live Life Purpse — Facebook’s Zuckerberg
Live Life Purpse — Facebook’s Zuckerberg

It is all about #LifePurpose The challenge is to identify the life-purpose, and then choose to live it.It is a matter of choice. It does not happen automatically! Keep checking, [...]

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CoachSutra #2: Career Success
CoachSutra #2: Career Success

What is the best way to start a day? One question I often get from my old friends/former colleagues is, ‘what keeps you going in the new role?’ The primary motivation is I am [...]

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Why Executive Coaching Is a Critical Part of the CEO Journey:Entrepreneur
Why Executive Coaching Is a Critical Part of the CEO Journey:Entrepreneur

“CEO – Journey” is the key. It is often a fight between journey Vs destination. For most of us, knowingly or unknowingly, it is destination. To ‘become’ CEO and that [...]

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World No Tobacco Day 2017 — What is my addiction?
World No Tobacco Day 2017 — What is my addiction?

Thanks to FM radio channels, a lot of sound bites on ‘No Tobacco Day’. India is #2 in tobacco consumption. We can do away with that distinction, for sure. Do you smoke, drink? [...]

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Learn from the brilliant minds in coaching, leadership
Learn from the brilliant minds in coaching, leadership

Dear Coach, Last one week has been intense learning, courtesy @ICFHQ’s#InternationalCoachingWeek2017. Eight days of webinars, by master coaches, on diverse topics, all related to [...]

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A Coach, a Lighthouse
A Coach, a Lighthouse

What do you look for in a life coach? Great question… My thoughts Humility Listening, at a very deep level — just attended a webinar on the ICF coaching competency, [...]

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CoachSutra #1: A Coach’s Role
CoachSutra #1: A Coach’s Role

Yesterday the first call in the morning was from a client (now a friend). He reached out literally out of the blue, ‘for a quick chat’. We were connecting after nearly a year. [...]

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What ails our hotel industry, hospitality sector?
What ails our hotel industry, hospitality sector?

Chose to stay in this property for its location/convenience, eco-friendly practices and some nostalgia…! I was greeted with a warm namaste by all staff. It was like going into an [...]

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Start with a mentor, then a Coach
Start with a mentor, then a Coach

Came across this article on @Entrepreneur ‘Put Your Experience to Work for Yourself and Others as a Life-Coach — Mentors with real-world knowledge to share can help others [...]

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Auto Dealers — customer experience
Auto Dealers — customer experience

1. It starts with the mindset — how much the dealers & their principals really care for the customer experience, beyond their P&L or market share? I have heard horror [...]

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Answer your calling — Live Life Purpose
Answer your calling — Live Life Purpose

It is never too late to be what you might have been : George Eliot If you missed this article & the quote above it, check out yesterday’s ET Panache. It is never too late to [...]

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Listen…. Silence
Listen…. Silence

Tom Peters tweeted ‘How to be good leader: LISTEN. How to be good salesperson: LISTEN. How to be good negotiator: LISTEN. How to be good parent/spouse: LISTEN’ In Search of [...]

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What does it take to create a happy workplace?
What does it take to create a happy workplace?

In one word what is your organization’s culture? On a scale of 1 — 5, how happy are you at work? How happy are your colleagues at work? What are the words that define your [...]

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Coach the Spider, not the web — RCC Coach Certification
Coach the Spider, not the web — RCC Coach Certification

Look around… solutions to a lot of common problems (and opportunities) lie in Leadership. Whether in Government, business, society, sports, arts, in all areas. ‘We get leaders [...]

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Appraisal : setting the standards
Appraisal : setting the standards

Interesting to see real innovation in this, often unprofessional. to i humane practice at our organizations instant feedback, mostly millennial, thru RPM at Delloitte 2nd chance [...]

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Vulnerability in Coaching, Mentoring, Leadership & Life
Vulnerability in Coaching, Mentoring, Leadership & Life

Handling emotions is key to coaching/mentoring, and also leadership. Or just life! Being authentic, vulnerable is key coaching/mentoring at the mastery level. It is from that space [...]

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The $100,000 Anti-Burnout Program for CEOs
The $100,000 Anti-Burnout Program for CEOs

‘Companies hate losing their star workaholics, so J&J is triple-teaming them with a dietitian, a physiologist, an executive coach, and $100,000 in special services.’.* [...]

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Coach Guru — Newsletter March 2017
Coach Guru — Newsletter March 2017

We are connecting through this newsletter after a gap of a couple of months. We are still trying to figure out what is the ideal frequency! But is there something like that it? We [...]

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2 fav quotes
2 fav quotes

‘The world is full of mysterious things waiting for my intelligence to grow’… I had read this when I was in my college. Would have (over-) used it, whenever I got a chance. [...]

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#IWD2017
#IWD2017

The world celebrated International Women’s Day, Holi (divine festival of colors), World Sparrow day, Happiness Day, Earth Hour and many more. #IWD2017: Recently in Hyderabad I [...]

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Spiritual Quotient (SQ) in Leadership, Coaching.
Spiritual Quotient (SQ) in Leadership, Coaching.

What is my client for me? The client sitting in front of me is for my transformation. I am blessed to coach, mentor & heal. But I am coached, mentored & healed by my [...]

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Are you the bully or the bullied?
Are you the bully or the bullied?

Have you been bullied at work? I have been. (And I would like to believe I have never been a bully at work or elsewhere.) – The Bully-Proof Workplace — a new book Is [...]

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Emerging Business Models & Lessons – A Panel Discussion with Stanford GSB Prof
Emerging Business Models & Lessons – A Panel Discussion with Stanford GSB Prof

A Panel Discussion with Stanford GSB Professor Haim Mendelson: Emerging Business Models & Lessons from the Valley at The Hive, VR Bengaluru I went to listen to the Prof. He was [...]

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Being Entrepreneur, Intra-preneur : The Ambani Way
Being Entrepreneur, Intra-preneur : The Ambani Way

1. Manager Vs Entrepreneur: ‘if you are in a job, you are a manager. If you are an entrepreneur, you will figure it out’ 2. Find a Problem: ‘as an entrepreneur, [...]

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To Pixar & Beyond
To Pixar & Beyond

Just finished the book on audible: “To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History”  by Lawrence Levy I heard about this book [...]

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Being MessY
Being MessY

Being MESSY:   The Coachee said last evening, ‘my life is in a mess”.   Today’s discovery:   Some mess in life may actually be beneficial Good news for [...]

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Indian wellness industry likely to hit Rs1.5 trillion by FY2019-20: FKCCI & EY
Indian wellness industry likely to hit Rs1.5 trillion by FY2019-20: FKCCI & EY

If only we would spend a fraction of what we spend “on” ourselves “for” ourselves… Physical fitness to beauty treatments/enhancements is for looking [...]

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How, Why of Investing for Rockstar Investor
How, Why of Investing for Rockstar Investor

Why do we invest? I have been a simple, retail investor, investing as part of my overall financial planning. You could be a rockstar investor and still invest for a different [...]

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How, Why of Investing for a Rockstar Investor
How, Why of Investing for a Rockstar Investor

Why do you invest? I have been a retail investor as part of my overall financial planning. You could be a rockstar investor and still invest for a different purpose! How do you [...]

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Job to Entrepreneur — marketing basics
Job to Entrepreneur — marketing basics

How to manage the business (of coaching, consulting, change agent)? This is a question that is discussed in our Coach training programs to coaching with entrepreneurs, including [...]

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FMCG sector’s highest paid CEO is a 94-year-old school drop-out
FMCG sector’s highest paid CEO is a 94-year-old school drop-out

This article is trending on social media. – FMCG sector is just one small part of  the economy – Age is a mere number, he proves it (also a video shot in Singapore is [...]

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Managing the business of Coaching
Managing the business of Coaching

How to manage the business of coaching? This is a question that is discussed in our ICF Approved ACTP Coach training programs. Some random thoughts… Coaching a client and [...]

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How intimate are you with your clients? ICF Blog
How intimate are you with your clients? ICF Blog

Came across this post just after we had a virtual session, as part of ICF Approved ACTP Coach Training,  where we discussed ‘Discovery/Chemistry Session’ with a new [...]

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ACC2PCC Bridge ACTP Coach Training program
ACC2PCC Bridge ACTP Coach Training program

Inviting all ACC (ICF) coaches to join us for your PCC journey… thru Coacharya Advanced Program, an ICF accredited ACTP Program to PCC. The current batch at Chennai [...]

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Live Mint: We have to be idealists to be true realists
Live Mint: We have to be idealists to be true realists

  Man’s Search for Meaning: One book we should read at least once in our lifetime. Earlier better! Life Purpose/Meaning: “Everything can be taken from a man but [...]

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ICF enabled Reciprocal Peer Coaching
ICF enabled Reciprocal Peer Coaching

International Coach Federation (ICF) is the gold standard in coach-credentialing. ICF and their chapters, along with the coaches and others, are focussed on promoting the art, [...]

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The Mental Health Crisis
The Mental Health Crisis

This article is not about Obamacare, or President-elect or the United States. Looking at the mental health crisis just in the US would be being ostrich-like. It is as grave [...]

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 Divorce cases: File it, Forget it
 Divorce cases: File it, Forget it

Recently I got to interact with a trained psychologist & Counsellor at a workshop. She said, ‘if every couple met them before filing for divorce, almost all of them would [...]

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Culture Quotient
Culture Quotient

Master’s Voice: Culture, Love ‘Culture lies in seeing unity in diversity, with a deep-seated faith in the unity of life. Nourish faith in the feeling of the caste of [...]

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India.Com: Shah Rukh Khan plays a life coach in Dear Zindagi: What is a life coach?
India.Com: Shah Rukh Khan plays a life coach in Dear Zindagi: What is a life coach?

Is it so? Is @SRK a life coach in the movie?! Interesting! Is he a trained, certified, credentialed coach? Or one of those many “self-styled coaches” around who is [...]

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What are your dreams showing you? 
What are your dreams showing you? 

Attended a day long healing workshop on dreams! “What are your dreams showing you?” Everybody is dreaming. We dream every night! If we don’t remember [...]

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Add Coaching to your Business – Personal Trainers, Financial advisors, Softskill Trainers, Image Consultants 
Add Coaching to your Business – Personal Trainers, Financial advisors, Softskill Trainers, Image Consultants 

We had a guest participant at our virtual session yesterday. She has been coaching mostly internally, and a few externally for CEOs & CXOs, in the areas of On-Boarding, [...]

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Demonetization Drive
Demonetization Drive

India’s poor jumped from NoPhone to MobilePhone. They will find a way to handle this just as they embraced mobile tech. It is a “need” now. It is a great idea [...]

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Coach Guru Newsletter
Coach Guru Newsletter

We just released our November edition of our newsletter, Coach Guru. Hope you had a chance to go through the same. Let us have your feedback, thanks… Often the concept, [...]

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A new batch – ICF Approved ACTP Coach Training
A new batch – ICF Approved ACTP Coach Training

Feedback from the participants from month-1, at Chennai (Face2Face) on 12th & 13th November: Absolutely fantastic experience. I am thoroughly in it and enjoying every minute of [...]

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How one student struggles to become a good doctor 
How one student struggles to become a good doctor 

A medical student’s quest to become a good doctor and how he turned to #coaching for insights wapo.st/2fvSpak @Boundroid –‘he wants to be a doctor who integrates [...]

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How will Trump rebuild his brand
How will Trump rebuild his brand

How will Trump rebuild his brand: 1. He has to make a choice, on his brand. Then the direction he wants to take as POTUS 2. Select the best people for the job. Get the very best. [...]

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ICF Approved ACTP Coach Training
ICF Approved ACTP Coach Training

Feedback from the participants from month-1, at Chennai (Face2Face) on 12th & 13th November: Absolutely fantastic experience. I am thoroughly in it and enjoying every minute of [...]

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The Business of Coaching
The Business of Coaching

Great read for all aspiring coach-entrepreneurs. 3. Do I have a healthy, empowered relationship with money? This is a powerful question to ask oneself. It is just not enough bank [...]

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ICF Approved Coacharya ACTP Coach Training
ICF Approved Coacharya ACTP Coach Training

Be a trained, certified and ICF credentialed coach. A new batch starts in November, 2016 ICF defines  coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative [...]

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Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya
Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya

Master’s Voice: To light a lamp, you need four elements – a container, oil, wick and a match box. This lit lamp can, however, remove only the external darkness. How do [...]

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Dubai to Delhi – Mind full to Mindful
Dubai to Delhi – Mind full to Mindful

ICF, Dubai: Couple of years ago, I attended a two-day event organized by International Coach Federation (ICF), Dubai chapter. The keynote speaker on day-1, Janet Harvey, MCC, asked [...]

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Dependent LifeCoach
Dependent LifeCoach

TheMoth podcast – beautiful stories… love the sheer variety. ‘A woman dates a musician who has a dependent relationship with a life coach…. ‘ The [...]

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How quitting television saved her life
How quitting television saved her life

How quitting television saved Melissa Ambrosini’s life Got to meet & interact with an IT professional turned author yesterday. Anil Ananthaswamy – Science writer [...]

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DNA of a Coach
DNA of a Coach

What is the DNA of a Coach? This has been in my head for last few days. Here is an attempt to shift from head to here! C : It has to be ‘Coaching’. Not training, [...]

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Future of Healthcare business
Future of Healthcare business

Interesting podcast on the changing landscape of healthcare business!! – Design part of medical college program! – Hospitality in Hospital: “If you’re in a hospital [...]

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Leadership Coaching for Millennial
Leadership Coaching for Millennial

Preparations: The potential audience was students at a B-School. The millennial could really test me, with their curiosity, hunger for knowledge. As I went about preparing, to [...]

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ET Young Leaders 2016
ET Young Leaders 2016

Stand out strength of millennial leaders Morparia: Confidence & Swagger, with a bit of respect – articulate, Noshir: curiosity, to learn about external world & themselves [...]

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Being a Coach – 3 types of Coaches
Being a Coach – 3 types of Coaches

Just back from a visit to Delhi. Got a chance to introduce ‘Leadership Coaching’ to future managers, executive & leaders, at a B-School. During the trip had a chat [...]

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Being Resourceful
Being Resourceful

Coaching is also moving from the current state to a more resourceful state. A simple, but powerful definition. (Let’s uncomplicate) Dictionary meaning of being [...]

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ICF Approved F2F Coach Training in India
ICF Approved F2F Coach Training in India

‘Active Listening’ is one of the key ICF coaching competencies we cover in our coach training and mentoring sessions. That is one in which we struggle the most. All the [...]

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Livemint India’s e-com start ups are setting a dangerous precedent
Livemint India’s e-com start ups are setting a dangerous precedent

For all my young friends, esp aspiring entrepreneurs:’An entire generation of new business in India is being built on a model that defies gravity…’ ‘We [...]

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Dismantling The Myth Of The Self-Reliant CEO | Fast Company |
Dismantling The Myth Of The Self-Reliant CEO | Fast Company |

Coaching is for everyone… Not only coaching, even therapy, as per this post. If you thought it is not for me, read this! Dismantling-the-myth-of-the-self-reliant-ceo Some [...]

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Orange Squeeze
Orange Squeeze

Dr Wayne Dyer took an orange on stage, as a prop for his lecture. Asked a participant… Dr Dyer: “If I were to squeeze this orange as hard as I could, what would come ou [...]

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Non-profits get social media savvy Livemint
Non-profits get social media savvy Livemint

For all friends BLESSED to be in NGO space.   – Good examples of how some big names in the sector CRY, Akshaya Patra, Green Peace are using it effectively.   – It is [...]

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Is your job killing you?
Is your job killing you?

Your ‘job‘ may be killing you, not necessarily. May be your ‘work‘? And that can be working for someone else, or as an entrepreneur/SEP/artist. If I allow [...]

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Money Monster
Money Monster

Fans (not of SRK!) of – Pele, Azharuddin (still a few left?!), Geroge Clooney, Julia Roberts… – Indian Premier League ( nothing Indian about it, nor [...]

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Training Doctors to Manage Their Feelings
Training Doctors to Manage Their Feelings

Here is an important update. “Training Doctors to Manage Their Feelings”… Doctors, nurses and all others in hospitals need help. Younger doctors are more ‘prone to’ [...]

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How you are making Facebook a money machine
How you are making Facebook a money machine

‘What you do when waiting for the bus or avoiding work….’ tweeting (may be a few Bangaloreans?) searching on Google (students?) checking stock prices listening to [...]

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HBR Corporate Ethics can not be reduced to compliance
HBR Corporate Ethics can not be reduced to compliance

We have been ‘hit’ by some of biggest brands recently – VW Diesel engine, Nestle Maggi, Takata airbag, or Hindustan Unilever’s ‘Kodaicanal [...]

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If They Don’t Care, Don’t Waste Your Time! Dr Marshall Goldsmith
If They Don’t Care, Don’t Waste Your Time! Dr Marshall Goldsmith

This is one of his most popular blog posts & he asks us ‘why?’ As always, simple & nice story, very Thought-provoking post! It strikes a chord as often we are [...]

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Millionaire Mindset, Habit… Abundance
Millionaire Mindset, Habit… Abundance

1. It is great to be a millionaire. Don’t allow self-limiting beliefs to influence 2. ‘Self-made’ is very cool, achievable 3. Success depends a lot on habits 4. #HireACoach, [...]

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AHA moment
AHA moment

We start all coaching sessions by asking one ‘aha moment’ in recent past. Often coachees, esp in early stage of engagement, struggle to come up, quickly! Once they [...]

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Virgin Podcast with Dominic Frisby
Virgin Podcast with Dominic Frisby

One of the ways I motivate myself to stick to my morning walks is listening to podcasts. One of the favourite being #TheVirginPodcast by DominicFrisby. The sheer variety keeps me [...]

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Job Transitions – Dr Wayne W Dyer Podcast
Job Transitions – Dr Wayne W Dyer Podcast

Yesterday I was in a coaching conversation with a friend-client. The topic of discussion was on career: transition, legacy, fulfilment, ‘crossroads’, and all related [...]

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Messages from the Universe
Messages from the Universe

April 5: The desire to connect & receive the messages from the Universe is working well. I go to bed in that state of mind, which is better than all other emotions. The fact I [...]

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Being a Boring, Predictable Leader
Being a Boring, Predictable Leader

We have seen recent reports about the relevance of introvert leaders in organizations. That gave me a lot of joy, being a proud introvert. I am now trying to match the same ‘ [...]

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‘Good to Great’ Coaches
‘Good to Great’ Coaches

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is one of my role models in this space. (Just as Sachin is for Virat, though all comparisons end there, with ref to latter 🙂 ) Came across this [...]

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Watson’s natural mentoring traits emerging
Watson’s natural mentoring traits emerging

“Now there’s executive coaching that provides a bit of a framework around the things you’re naturally involved in within a team environment, so I’m starting to look into [...]

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We’ve forgotten what “greatness” really means
We’ve forgotten what “greatness” really means

We’ve Forgotten What “Greatness” Really Means, says author Dov Seidman “Make America Great Again!” Donald Trump has stuck a chord with American voters, at least a big [...]

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#GAP2016 at Sabarmati Ashram, Gujarat Vidyapith
#GAP2016 at Sabarmati Ashram, Gujarat Vidyapith

Random thoughts from Bapu’s Sabarmati… As a child, Gandhiji was ‘Bapu’, ‘Father of Nation’, leader of India’s freedom struggle, and the [...]

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My Inner Journey, yet again..
My Inner Journey, yet again..

Random thoughts from Bapu’s Sabarmati… Life is a journey… That keeps me focussed on the journey, instead of the destination! Is it also an excuse to ignore the [...]

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Mid-Life Crisis
Mid-Life Crisis

A new client in our intro call says, ‘I am going through what every man goes through in his 40s’! When I enquired ‘what was that?’ He said, ‘Mid-life [...]

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What is you #WhiteCoat?
What is you #WhiteCoat?

What is your #WhiteCoat? Google Doodle celebrates René Laennec’s 235th birthday- The man who invented the stethoscope. Was he inspired by the flute, an instrument he used to [...]

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Future Grooms Leaders to be a Biyani
Future Grooms Leaders to be a Biyani

This heading in business dailies and also in the business section of ‘normal’ newspapers is getting a lot of attention.  (nothing normal about the newspapers, [...]

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Building leadership unleash disrupters – Ravi Venkatesan
Building leadership unleash disrupters – Ravi Venkatesan

A thought-provoking article on leadership. Good market conditions create operationally competent executives and alpha managers, looking for short-term gains, not Level5 leaders. [...]

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Outlook: Read This Article, Change Your Life
Outlook: Read This Article, Change Your Life

I enjoyed reading the article, for the language and sense of humour! Nothing else. Author is entitled to her opinion regarding quotes & coaches. I occasionally forward gyaan [...]

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MSN.com: ‘Is Life Coaching a scam?’
MSN.com: ‘Is Life Coaching a scam?’

Thanks to MSN.com for flagging off this… “Life Coaches” have been the subject of jokes in pop culture for quite a while”: Should we, [...]

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The Guardian: $229 an hour to find your best self: welcome to the world of life coaches
The Guardian: $229 an hour to find your best self: welcome to the world of life coaches

I am also a Life Coach, along with a Leadership/Executive/Busines coach. At the core, all are one… just the profile of customer changes (deliberately avoiding ‘market [...]

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Nurturing Leaders with Spiritual Intelligence – Workshop at Mumbai on February 6, 2016
Nurturing Leaders with Spiritual Intelligence – Workshop at Mumbai on February 6, 2016

Are we ready to face disruption in a VUCA world? Are our leaders future-ready? Is your organization a learning organization? Presenting a one-day workshop on ‘Leading Life [...]

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Why teaching makes you more valuable
Why teaching makes you more valuable

‘If you really want to know something, teach it’ – S Covery. Just experiencing same! Author lists out some teaching options available out there. Grab it & try [...]

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Coaching Skills Every Leader Needs To Master – Forbes
Coaching Skills Every Leader Needs To Master – Forbes

Great post by William Arruda. “Powerful Questioning” is one of key ICF Coaching competencies. Here the ‘power’ is not crude power. And, not with the coach, [...]

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A peaceful mind is the abode of love
A peaceful mind is the abode of love

Master’s Voice: ‘A peaceful mind is the abode of love’ At the core, we all aspire peace, love, happiness, contentment, fulfilment…. or  bliss?! Master [...]

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LEARN TO LEAD… COACH TO LEAD…LEARN TO COACH
LEARN TO LEAD… COACH TO LEAD…LEARN TO COACH

LEARN TO LEAD… COACH TO LEAD…LEARN TO COACH – Be a leader in all your roles, at work, home & community. A Coach-Leader (not a mere manager). ‘A [...]

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‘A Four Hour Work Week’ or a ‘5-hour workday’ or Status Quo?
‘A Four Hour Work Week’ or a ‘5-hour workday’ or Status Quo?

Recently, at TEDx Bangalore 2015, I ran into a friend. Chatting up, he suddenly asked, ‘so, how many hours do you work a week?’ I was very pleased with the question, from a [...]

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World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day. The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day, observed on 10 October, is “Dignity in mental health”. This year, WHO will be [...]

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Be an ICF Certified Coach (Post#2) : Dravid Unplugged ET
Be an ICF Certified Coach (Post#2) : Dravid Unplugged ET

Dravid is one of my favourite sportspersons. Always admired the discipline, controlled-aggression, performance, character (on & off the field, experience briefly at the [...]

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Be an ICF Certified Coach Post 1: Should You Launch A Coaching Business? Forbes
Be an ICF Certified Coach Post 1: Should You Launch A Coaching Business? Forbes

30 days to go… Shift gears to become a certified, credentialed Coach. Post 1: Should You Launch A Coaching Business? Forbes Participants at our ICF Coach Certification [...]

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All or Nothing: TEDx Bangalore 2015
All or Nothing: TEDx Bangalore 2015

My first TEDx! Physical participation that is, after so many ‘virtual’ participation! – The theme was definitely, positively TED-type, ‘All or Nothing’. Why settle [...]

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Are You a Coach?
Are You a Coach?

Are you really Coach? Great question to start the day with… Personally too… Am I a Coach in all my roles, at all times? There are so many coaches around us.  Anybody [...]

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Fortis Healthcare cofounder Shivinder Mohan Singh set to join spiritual movement
Fortis Healthcare cofounder Shivinder Mohan Singh set to join spiritual movement

Very inspiring… Most of us work at either of the two levels – At a ‘victim’ level or at a ‘Control’ level. Both are not good enough. Very few are fortunate to move [...]

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Get an Executive Coach
Get an Executive Coach

“Everyone needs a Coach” Bill Gates & Eric Schmidt. Coaching helps us to move from current state to a more resourceful state. What am I waiting for? How is the [...]

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My Greatest Teacher Dr. Wayne W Dyer
My Greatest Teacher Dr. Wayne W Dyer

Just last evening, I read the chapter, ‘My Greatest Teacher’, from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer ‘s book, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’. Here I come across this movie [...]

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CV, it’s time to thank your mentors
CV, it’s time to thank your mentors

You would have received this mailer from LinkedIn. Love the campaign, kudos to Linkedin. 1. Be Grateful: Made me pause & think of all those mentors, over last 25 years, who [...]

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What keeps me awake at night?
What keeps me awake at night?

I was recently asked by an old, dear friend, who has seen me work at corporate & in my subsequent avtar as Coach/Entrepreneur. ‘What do you lose your sleep on?’ I felt it [...]

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Karma Misunderstood
Karma Misunderstood

Master’s Voice: “All the pain and pleasure people experience are the results of their own actions and not due to any act of the Divine. God is only a witness, a [...]

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Should You Get An Executive Coach? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions
Should You Get An Executive Coach? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions

Ask these four powerful questions. – Whether your organization or boss wants to invest in you. You are very lucky if answer is “yes“. – What else is the [...]

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Attracting Abundance
Attracting Abundance

I m beginning to be more mindful of my thoughts. Now, let me extend that mindfulness to my words and actions. To every thought, word & deed. From that, can I move to [...]

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4 Habits of Millionaires
4 Habits of Millionaires

Came across this interesting post, “4 Habits of Millionaires That Work for Everyone“. My thoughts: Aim to be a ‘millionaire’. Still better is to work for [...]

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Is Intuition relevant to business leaders, entrepreneurs?
Is Intuition relevant to business leaders, entrepreneurs?

Last week one of my coachees suggested we schedule a chat purely to discuss, ‘how to develop intuition?’ He is a high-flying corporate honcho. I was delighted! Such [...]

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Cusotmer Communication – one to one to anyone
Cusotmer Communication – one to one to anyone

Customer service is key to customer relationship management. Not mere ‘#CRM‘, much beyond that…Communication is at its core. Acknowledging, responding, and of [...]

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International Yoga Day
International Yoga Day

There is a lot of buzz around ‘International Yoga Day’. Many of yoga-practitioners, globally, are thrilled at this development. And, that includes some [...]

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2015 – A year of Manifestation
2015 – A year of Manifestation

A couple of days back, I got a message on Whatsapp. It was very different from all the usual forwards… It reminded me I was about to reach the halfway mark of this year, [...]

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IAC  @ WBECS
IAC @ WBECS

  A team of master coaches from IAC, Dr. Susan Meyer, Aileen Gibb, Natalie Tucker-Miller and Krishna Kumar. Topic: Ensuring Full Spectrum Growth: The Ultimate Coach/Client. [...]

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WBECS – How To Be An MVP: The Most Admired Person On Your Team
WBECS – How To Be An MVP: The Most Admired Person On Your Team

  Had joined the call few minutes late. I joined just in time to be hit by couple powerful questions (an ICF Competency!) by Mark (paraphrased here): Are you living the [...]

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Naming Feelings and Emotions
Naming Feelings and Emotions

• ‘How are you?’ • ‘How’s life?’ • ‘What’s up?’ • ‘Kaise hain aap?’ The funny way Siddiqui asks Irfan in ‘Lunch Box’! These are the common questions [...]

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Before Hiring a Business Coach (Don’t) Make Certain Their Skills Match Your Goals?!
Before Hiring a Business Coach (Don’t) Make Certain Their Skills Match Your Goals?!

If business owners/entrepreneurs are hiring coaches ‘for receiving key advice & shortcuts to success’, then take a deep breath and ask yourself… ‘Am I looking for a [...]

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Blink
Blink

Google Facts : We lose 6 seconds of visual information every minute from blinking. In a 2 hours and 30 min long movie, our eyes are shut for about 15 mins. This may be something [...]

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Firstpost: Untold story: When Ratan Tata took a sweet revenge on Ford for his ‘humiliation’ in 1999
Firstpost: Untold story: When Ratan Tata took a sweet revenge on Ford for his ‘humiliation’ in 1999

Mr. Ratan Tata would have felt bad about it. But to term it ‘humiliated’, we may be over-reacting. That may be coming from Mr. Kadle’s perspective, mind-map?! In the same [...]

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From Paperboy to Coach
From Paperboy to Coach

Glad to share this inspiring story of what a Coach can do…  “Nazal was unemployed, living in his mother’s basement & struggling to support his newborn son, worked as [...]

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The fad of everyone being a coach easy to fail – Chicago Tribune
The fad of everyone being a coach easy to fail – Chicago Tribune

‘Everyone needs a coach’, say Eric Schmidt to Bill Gates. But they don’t say ‘every one is a coach’!!  The selection of the coach is very important. Whether it is done [...]

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Leadership Coach for a Cricket Team
Leadership Coach for a Cricket Team

“I don’t think we have had a psychologist with us for the last 8-9 months,” he said. “I wouldn’t say we have had a psychologist travelling with us all the time. I don’t [...]

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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT thru ‘Coaching, Mentoring, Healing’
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT thru ‘Coaching, Mentoring, Healing’

Recently I was given an opportunity to facilitate a group of middle-level leaders at one of India’s blue-chip companies. A global brand in technology space, Tata Consultancy [...]

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Being Experienced Doesn’t Automatically Make You a Great Mentor – HBR
Being Experienced Doesn’t Automatically Make You a Great Mentor – HBR

‘Coaching & Mentoring are gaining popularity’, for various reasons. At the same time, both terms are used without understanding the deeper meaning. While Mentoring is [...]

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CoachingForMe? Independent Banking/Financial Services/Insurance (BFSI) Advisors
CoachingForMe? Independent Banking/Financial Services/Insurance (BFSI) Advisors

CoachingForMe? BFSI Advisors – Successful/aspiring financial advisors. – Insurance/ LIC agents – BFSI business leaders – Bankers facing the ire of [...]

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A Relaxed Mind is a Productive Mind – Daniel Goleman
A Relaxed Mind is a Productive Mind – Daniel Goleman

A relaxed mind is our natural state (of mind). Child-like! Somewhere we lost that. We chose not to be in a relaxed state, knowingly or unknowingly! Now we have the awareness [...]

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#YourTurnChallenge Day 2
#YourTurnChallenge Day 2

Not sure if it was the continued influence of writer’s block or something else. Kept waiting for the inspiration to write, post…. It did not happen! After picking up [...]

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Day 1: Why am I doing the #YourTurnChallenge?
Day 1: Why am I doing the #YourTurnChallenge?

Blogging is one thing I always enjoyed. One, it is almost like a personal journal, with all its therapeutic benefits! Then, it is on public domain, but not intrusive. I am an [...]

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Being Authentic
Being Authentic

Prof Ibarra suggests to ‘talk & think like a leader’. Or, ‘walk the talk’! That is to Lead from a State of Being. At that state, authenticity is [...]

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Purpose of Life James Ray
Purpose of Life James Ray

Inspiring podcast on The Coaching Show, featuring James Ray: – The purpose of life is TO LIVE !  – How can we live our purpose by utilizing our innate abilities and [...]

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Regal Unlimited – Corporate Film
Regal Unlimited – Corporate Film

Glad to share our corporate film, to celebrate second birthday! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxUIHZHUimQ

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Good to Great Career
Good to Great Career

Some of us wait for luck to smile on us… Some of us work hard for a good career. Some others work harder for a great career (that is a #belief, from healing perspective. And that [...]

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Blissful – 4 Simple Steps
Blissful – 4 Simple Steps

This post is for all my friends, who have appreciated my obsession with signing off, ‘blissfully’! It started off as a destination (to be in ‘bliss’). Somewhere, it [...]

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The Art of Stillness
The Art of Stillness

Back from a very refreshing trip to Dubai. Was a delegate at #ICFME2014, Dubai. Met up with my mentor-coach, Janet Harvey. Got to re-connect with Coach-Guru, Dr. Marshall [...]

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Win-At-All-Costs
Win-At-All-Costs

“It’s become a win-at-all-costs culture” for parents, coaches, teachers, administration and also supporters! We often forget children play for just having fun. Winning was [...]

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Inner Game of Cricket
Inner Game of Cricket

Reading Timothy Gallwey’s ‘Inner Game of Tennis‘, again… Not to pick up the racquet 🙂 But to facilitate next module at Chennai! I wish had read it in [...]

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Blog Action Day 2014
Blog Action Day 2014

#Inequality is the theme for #BlogActionDay 2014! We have made great progress in all aspects of our lives. But, we have not covered sufficient distance in the journey to within [...]

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Co Creating to improve the world – The Coaching Way
Co Creating to improve the world – The Coaching Way

“Many of the ICF’s core competencies have applications outside of coaching and can better both your world and the larger world. … co-creating relationships by [...]

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Time for BFSI to explore Coaching, most powerful leadership development tool
Time for BFSI to explore Coaching, most powerful leadership development tool

EY is doing it. Why are banks/finance/insurance sectors are resisting? But then, are they ready to ‘invest’ in their manpower?  Great to note more sectors and key [...]

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Good Bye, Organization Man
Good Bye, Organization Man

I have observed (even before reading this article) how the entrepreneur is able to deliver customer service, compared to an organization-man! Whether it is property-search to [...]

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Customer Service
Customer Service

Taught CRM today, as part of my visiting faculty assignment.  There are two types of organizations: Customer centric Non customer centric Examples galore, in both categories.  [...]

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Life coaching not well known in Turkey
Life coaching not well known in Turkey

Great write up, captures the essence of Coaching. As the practice of Coaching (Life or variants thereof) is gaining popularity in this part of world (MENA region), the need for [...]

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Management Tip – By HBR : Become a Creative Leader : Just Coach
Management Tip – By HBR : Become a Creative Leader : Just Coach

Yesterday’s leadership skills will not work in today’s fast moving and evolving world. Only creative leaders who are visionary and empathetic will succeed. Here are five things [...]

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Authors don’t compete. Also Coaches.
Authors don’t compete. Also Coaches.

Inspiring post by Seth Godin, Why don’t authors compete? Reason? The universal recognition that there’s plenty of room for more authors, and that more reading is [...]

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Three Levels of Work, Worship
Three Levels of Work, Worship

India is celebrating… long weekends! Twice in this month! Long week-end, and a looooong post ☺ August 15th to 18th – Independence Day to Janmashtami (Sri Krishna’s [...]

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NHRD Talent 2020 Summit Post#2
NHRD Talent 2020 Summit Post#2

Millennial as a group is still being looked at as mere talent, human resources, and workers! As such the way we look at their skills, aspirations, preferences. Another element that [...]

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NHRD Talent 2020 Summit Post#1
NHRD Talent 2020 Summit Post#1

Interesting day-1 at NHRD Summit . – ‘Talent is everyone’ was a very powerful message (very spiritual). Managing talent is indeed beyond ‘bell-curve’ and other [...]

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The Future Workplace
The Future Workplace

We all know technologies are disrupting traditional work patterns, both in positive/negative ways, depending on the choices we make.  For example, the opinion is divided on [...]

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ICF Certification @ Chennai, India  (through Coacharya & ICA, Australia)
ICF Certification @ Chennai, India (through Coacharya & ICA, Australia)

International Coach Federation (ICF) approved ACSTH Portfolio Program, and International Coach Academy (ICA), Australia-partnered ACTP Leading to credential: Associate Certified [...]

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Happy Friendship Day
Happy Friendship Day

International Friendship Day is a day for celebrating friendship. I always looked at Krishna & Arjun as the best examples of friendship. Blame it on grandma’s stories, not [...]

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Top 5 Professional Coaching Myths
Top 5 Professional Coaching Myths

Came across this article “Debunking The Top 5 Life Coaching Myths”. Coaching, as defined by #ICF is a ‘thought-provoking and creativeprocess that inspires them to maximize [...]

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4 reasons why you may need an executive coach – The Business Journals
4 reasons why you may need an executive coach – The Business Journals

Great post. The author lists out the benefits of Executive Coaching for a business leader (at all levels, not just CEOs, I may add) in simple words.  – None, just no one, [...]

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This Surfing Lesson Can Pump Up Your Career
This Surfing Lesson Can Pump Up Your Career

This Surfing Lesson Can Pump Up Your Career: Imagine being so driven by your love of success that you do not even notice your failures. How different would your life be? How much [...]

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“We Want Coaching”, say high-fliers.
“We Want Coaching”, say high-fliers.

The previous post was inspired by HBR Blog post, ‘coaching-physicians-to-become-leaders‘ Just came across a similar inspiring article on the evolution of coaching (much [...]

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Sachin Tendulkar’s 3rd Innings – The Coach’s Perspective
Sachin Tendulkar’s 3rd Innings – The Coach’s Perspective

Post #2: Timing  One of the biggest discussion around Sachin is about the timing of his retirement. Many ‘experts’ feel, he should have quit immediately after [...]

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Prevention is Better than Cure Physical or Mental Health
Prevention is Better than Cure Physical or Mental Health

The heading may sound cliched… But then, lot of things in life are….!Came across this article in Forbes India Magazine – Apollo Munich: Healthy profits from [...]

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4 reasons why you may need an executive coach – The Business Journals
4 reasons why you may need an executive coach – The Business Journals

Great post. The author lists out the benefits of Executive Coaching for a business leader (at all levels, not just CEOs, I may add) in simple words. – None, just no one, can [...]

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The Interesting Link Between Yoga and Executive Coaching
The Interesting Link Between Yoga and Executive Coaching

Indeed, Mind, Body & Spirit can not be separated… I am into Yoga, as it was part of my bucket-list! Why it was on the list, because I thought that will help me [...]

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Seth’s Blog: Burning bridges
Seth’s Blog: Burning bridges

A bridge well-crossed gets better over time.” This line and rest of the post by Seth Godin touched my heart, to say the least. Very often, we are so focussed on the goal, [...]

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Indra Nooyi on Why Women Can’t Have It All
Indra Nooyi on Why Women Can’t Have It All

This topic has been trending in the media & social media. Nooyi’s candor is very inspiring, as she does not sugar coat the difficulty to ‘balance’ work/life [...]

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Want to Be a Better Manager? Get a Dog. | Entrepreneur.com
Want to Be a Better Manager? Get a Dog. | Entrepreneur.com

Can’t agree more: ‘If you’re good with domesticated animals – and probably children, as well – I bet you’d make an effective manager with leadership potential. [...]

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Chennai Traveler
Chennai Traveler

@ Chennai! My new Karmabhoomi! New?! Or is it back, ‘home’? Where it all started, professionally, on 1/1/91. At #21, Patullos Road! ‘Took the road less travelled’! Drove [...]

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Life Coaching Is Not Weird | Michael Feeley
Life Coaching Is Not Weird | Michael Feeley

What is not coaching? And why we all benefit from a professional, certified coach… Well summarised Life Coaching Is Not Weird | Michael Feeley

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Anyone can be a life coach, so is it time to ask: who is really coaching you?
Anyone can be a life coach, so is it time to ask: who is really coaching you?

DO surely get a coach… Only one who – has the certifications/credentials, from a reputed agency like #ICF (International Coach Federation), or #ICA in Australia. – has the [...]

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What is your Legacy?
What is your Legacy?

Legacy is anythinghanded down fromthe past, asfrom an ancestoror predecessor. For, what I do for myself is gone when I am gone, but what I do for others remain my legacy. As we [...]

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Lessons From Leading 20,000 Soldiers In Iraq To Coaching Corporate America | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
Lessons From Leading 20,000 Soldiers In Iraq To Coaching Corporate America | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Inspiring lessons from an army veteran-turned Leadership Consultant/Coach: An interesting perspective on Work-Life Balance. This is one thing that deserves lot of positive focus, [...]

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Transformational Leaders, Sikka & Mulally
Transformational Leaders, Sikka & Mulally

Infosys is a hugely successful start up. An inspiration for an entire generation, now passing out of India’s universities. One more case of an iconic founder returning, but not [...]

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Why cos hang on to the bell curve
Why cos hang on to the bell curve

It is appraisal time!!! So many friends in corporate world (senior) are sad about its impact on team dynamics and personal confidence. Bell Curve is more like The Duckworth-Lewis [...]

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Top 5 Professional Coaching Myths – Need for right Coaching certification/credential
Top 5 Professional Coaching Myths – Need for right Coaching certification/credential

Came across this article “Debunking The Top 5 Life Coaching Myths”. Coaching, as defined by #ICF is a ‘thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize [...]

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Source of Music and everything else
Source of Music and everything else

ILAYARAJA On not reaching saturation point even after scoring music for thousands of songs… “ The reason is simple. It is not my property. It is not my mental concept or [...]

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#ICF Coaching-Certification/Training@Chennai
#ICF Coaching-Certification/Training@Chennai

To choose a doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation… – Yann Martel #ICF Coaching-Certification/Training@Chennai

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Coaching celebs for life
Coaching celebs for life

Celebrities are hiring coaches…. YOU are a celebrity too, are n’t you? Every one of us is a celebrity. We may not be ‘visible’ like some of other contemporary [...]

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Life coaching business to cross Rs 1,000 crore mark in FY15 – Economic Times
Life coaching business to cross Rs 1,000 crore mark in FY15 – Economic Times

Wonder how did ET arrive at value of industry at ‘Rs. 1K Cr FY15, from Rs, 200 Cr a few years back’! The life coaching community is scattered & fragmented. Hence, difficult [...]

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AmI ready to take the first step ?
AmI ready to take the first step ?

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140429160324-8416598-am-i-ready-to-take-first-step?trk=object-title

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Seth’s Blog: Deconstructing generosity
Seth’s Blog: Deconstructing generosity

Just brilliant… Seth Godin at his best… Must read (sharing the entire post below.. Highlights are my take-aways!) The connection economy is based on generosity. After all, why [...]

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W-A-T-C-H
W-A-T-C-H

Master says, “Watch your Words, Action, Thoughts, Character and Heart” Words : We often discuss the current affairs, stories we read, soaps we watch on idiot box and sheer [...]

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Crucifying Yuvi – An Armchair Cricket Expert’s Perspective
Crucifying Yuvi – An Armchair Cricket Expert’s Perspective

India failed to make it a triple win of world cups. ( Columbus!! It is almost 24 hrs since the disaster hit us!) Extending one of the pre-game What’sApp messages to the [...]

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health – Prevention is the key
health – Prevention is the key

‘…”The health industry is essentially a sickness industry …. My prediction for the near future for those interested in health and well-being is that physicians, [...]

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Why It’s So Hard to Turn Fickle Millennials Into Leaders
Why It’s So Hard to Turn Fickle Millennials Into Leaders

The millennial want face time. Is that not essence of leadership? Total communication, through active listening & empathy? They are fickle, in the right way. The leader got to [...]

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Pricing Dilemma
Pricing Dilemma

Came across this post on ‘Pricing’…. Pricing is an art & science… Seth Godin puts it beautifully. My ‘pricing strategy’ is more than my banking days, it is question [...]

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One Habit that will Guarantee Success
One Habit that will Guarantee Success

A client recently made a beautiful point. All of us are either ‘givers‘ or ‘takers‘. While most of us are hard-nosed ‘takers‘, very few are blessed to be ‘net [...]

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5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder BY JEFF HADEN
5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder BY JEFF HADEN

Cutting vs Sharpening the saw is very popular. A nap, or a meditation, very powerful. A walk in Nature… Must do ! [...]

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Meditation
Meditation

Master’s Voice: If you start practicing meditation, it must become an integral part of your life. You cannot assume you are meditating by merely closing your eyes. You must [...]

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Best Advice: Always Do the Right Thing, Every Time
Best Advice: Always Do the Right Thing, Every Time

Got this from a friend, located the link here. Had attended a discussion on ‘Corporate Governance’ last evening. At the end of the session, I walked out wondering, where/when [...]

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How to Get a Job at Google – NYTimes.com
How to Get a Job at Google – NYTimes.com

14 % of staff in some of teams, has no big degrees. Degree is important, but it does not give an automatic advantage, as it happens elsewhere. What matters is not grades or what we [...]

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How Negative Energy Affects Your Life and How to Clear It
How Negative Energy Affects Your Life and How to Clear It

“Nobody likes to hear that. It takes courage to accept that you create your life experience!” Must read… How Negative Energy Affects Your Life and How to Clear It

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Change of heart – challenge | Appetite for life | theguardian.com
Change of heart – challenge | Appetite for life | theguardian.com

‘William Cook was sceptical about receiving life coaching, but it hasn’t taken him long to discover the benefits.’ He is a normal guy, like us.. Check out benefits of [...]

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Life Coaches for the Entrepreneurial Set – NYTimes.com
Life Coaches for the Entrepreneurial Set – NYTimes.com

Even a successful ‘type A entrepreneur’ (Ali spoke his search tech firm to Microsoft) can benefit immensely from Coaching (Life/Career/Leadership/Entrepreneur, whatever we [...]

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The Mindful Revolution – TIME
The Mindful Revolution – TIME

Great that ‘being mindful’ is going mainstream, slowly, but surely… The world badly needs it. Also each one of us! Next time when I pick up raisins, I will be lot more [...]

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This Surfing Lesson Can Pump Up Your Career
This Surfing Lesson Can Pump Up Your Career

This Surfing Lesson Can Pump Up Your Career: Imagine being so driven by your love of success that you do not even notice your failures. How different would your life be? How much [...]

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Inspiration by Dr Wayne Dyer
Inspiration by Dr Wayne Dyer

One of the most beautiful books I have read. Most inspiring.. The impact was such, recently on my morning walk, I had a ‘butterfly moment’, myself! As I took my morning walk, [...]

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4 Ingredients for Successful Mentoring Relationships | Entrepreneur.com
4 Ingredients for Successful Mentoring Relationships | Entrepreneur.com

To grow PR firm, he consulted a ‘bug’ guy – not a ‘big’ guy, as we often reach out to guys who we think are ‘big’ and successful. But instead opted for a guy from a [...]

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What Makes a Good Mindfulness Coach? | Daniel Goleman
What Makes a Good Mindfulness Coach? | Daniel Goleman

A few months ago, I did a single (laser) coaching session with a friend. He specifically was interested in meditation. I shared a simple technique with him. Couple of months later, [...]

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Hrithik Roshan Hires a Life Coach?
Hrithik Roshan Hires a Life Coach?

According to press reports, “Hrithik Roshan has employed the services of a life coach to tide over his recent separation from wife. Hrithik has hired life coach to keep him [...]

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Zappos’ 11 Company Culture Aspects That Win Over Millennials
Zappos’ 11 Company Culture Aspects That Win Over Millennials

Great read. Zappos’ focus on community, evolution of their mission, development,  are very powerful, best-practices. #1 is my favourite, Coaching. Worth emulating, for [...]

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Promoters’ role changing, says Ram Charan
Promoters’ role changing, says Ram Charan

The role of a company’s promoter is starting to include helping in drawing up leadership succession plans and generally evaluating the talent of a CEO One cannot generalist [...]

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Want a promotion ? Then get a coach
Want a promotion ? Then get a coach

Don’t get misled by the heading! For, Coaching goes far beyond getting a mere promotion! Indeed, it has a far greater impact than training and 360 degree feedback. Coaching [...]

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Mis-management? How most B-Schools have lost their plot in India – NDTVProfit.com
Mis-management? How most B-Schools have lost their plot in India – NDTVProfit.com

Many business schools ( not all, of course) forgot ‘Management was essentially manage-men’. Not chasing jobs ‘Education is for life, not for living’ – but if the system [...]

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Push Boundaries, legally, ethically
Push Boundaries, legally, ethically

We are bound by rules/regulations, norms (explicit or otherwise) and other external boundaries in all activities we undertake. In sensitive areas like defense, government, banking, [...]

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Countdown to 2014 – Being Compassionate 2
Countdown to 2014 – Being Compassionate 2

Saturday morning… very pleasant. Was feeling blessed, as I stepped out for my 20-minuteworkout. Shocked to see the ground covered with dead and also, dying honey-bees (entire [...]

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Countdown to 2014 – Being Compassionate
Countdown to 2014 – Being Compassionate

What & Why? I want to be more compassionate – at personal level, as a member of my family and as part of all different communities that I belong to.. Be compassionate to [...]

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Automatics gain traction as traffic worsens – Livemint
Automatics gain traction as traffic worsens – Livemint

The general feedback from the market has been the average customer looks for ‘maximum features, at minimum price’. Increased value for money, which is considered to be [...]

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Meditation
Meditation

Early in the day, got a call from a friend. He called to share the blissful experience he had this morning, while meditation. This friend is a very ‘normal’ individual, a [...]

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Time@Work Counts – Study
Time@Work Counts – Study

We all know the eternal conflict of quality vs quantity @work ! It is obvious more working hours do not usually translate to improved output. But we conveniently ignore the truth. [...]

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The Hindu : Sport / Cricket : Lack of planning affects domestic schedule
The Hindu : Sport / Cricket : Lack of planning affects domestic schedule

Wonder why ‘control’ is part of a sport’s body!! Time for re-christening & also change in the controlling element in functioning, surely. BCCI should have [...]

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Ten ways coaching can help your organization
Ten ways coaching can help your organization

Glad to share this article on ‘How Coaching can help your organization’. Goal Alignment – In a typical top-down business approach, lack of goal clarity can hamper the [...]

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Random Notes from Kerala
Random Notes from Kerala

Reached Kerala, via Coimbatore… Very nostalgic…. Remembered my alma mater respectfully. Full of gratitude for parents. Dad rated my 2 yr stint, very unaffordable then, as one [...]

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My car – Final Choice
My car – Final Choice

Here is an update… As I tried out various options and kind of short-listed few of them, the confusion remained. I did not want to spend a fortune, but wanted the safety, comfort [...]

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IIAS against TVS scion’s board entry | Business Standard
IIAS against TVS scion’s board entry | Business Standard

This is an interesting development. Mr Sudarshan Venu, being a member of TVS group/family ( fourth generation?) would be more than qualified to handle the role. Worth much more in [...]

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What makes a good bank? | Guardian Sustainable Business | Guardian Professional
What makes a good bank? | Guardian Sustainable Business | Guardian Professional

This interesting write up starts off… “After all that has happened over the past few years……”. I would say, ‘still very much happening’, sadly. While symptoms appear [...]

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Confessions of a Bank Customer
Confessions of a Bank Customer

I am ‘fortunate’ to be client of two of the leading pvt banks in India. “Why not just one”, you may ask- good question ! “Neither of these two big brands are able to give [...]

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I was briefly on air this morning on FM Radio
I was briefly on air this morning on FM Radio

Was on a long drive with son, this morning. Monday, late morning, not to office/work! Was listening to the interesting discussion on ‘how to handle [...]

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Employee Motivation | How to Really Praise Employees | Inc.com
Employee Motivation | How to Really Praise Employees | Inc.com

At work or at home, or beyond, we need to master the art of giving feedback. Giving a general feedback, ‘you are good, you are doing great job, keep it up, you are [...]

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Master’s Voice
Master’s Voice

When walking along the road, you can watch your shadow, falling on mud, dirt, thorn, sand, wet or dry patches of land. Has anyone ever worried or is affected by the fate of their [...]

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Midwayfilm Must Watch
Midwayfilm Must Watch

Got this from couple of friends… This video is about an island in the ocean at 2000 km from any other coast line.Nobody lives there, only birds and yet ……………You will [...]

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Be A True Business Leader
Be A True Business Leader

I have not been blogging much, of late… Was busy with other things. Surely, less with work….! For me, writing/blogging is a matter of ‘mood’! Moreover, I did not come [...]

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Honey Bees – RIP
Honey Bees – RIP

Back from a refreshing short break. It is great to just step out of the urban jungle and be closer to nature. Increasingly tempted to get-away from P-T-P’s, pollution (all kinds, [...]

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150th Birth Anniv of Swami Vivekananda
150th Birth Anniv of Swami Vivekananda

‘We are not human being going thru a spiritual experience… but, spiritual beings, going thru human experience” Rituals are the kindergarten of religion – Swami Vivekananda [...]

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Your Own Website
Your Own Website

In this era of internet and social media, it is imperative to have our own websites, over and above presence on social media. Came across this very interesting & useful tip on [...]

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Master’s Voice :  WHO AM I?
Master’s Voice : WHO AM I?

The greatest defect today is the absence of Self-Inquiry (Aathma Vichara), which is the root cause of all restlessness. If you are eager to know the truth about yourself, then you [...]

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Seth’s Blog: Heroes and mentors
Seth’s Blog: Heroes and mentors

Heroes live their lives in public, broadcasting their model to anyone who cares to look. The real heroes got to live in public and be universally acceptable, inspiring and at the [...]

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Sports Coach Vs Life Coach
Sports Coach Vs Life Coach

Came across this interesting news item, though I must admit the first reaction was, ‘a mild shock’. Two reasons, ‘They were axed for failing to obey team [...]

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Master’s Voice
Master’s Voice

Detachment (vairagya) is a result of the Lord’s Grace; it needs years of yearning and struggle. Meanwhile begin today with the first step, which is cleansing of your mind and [...]

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Plan for your second innings : ICICI Direct
Plan for your second innings : ICICI Direct

ICICI Direct mailer says, ‘Plan for your second innings’ I am on my “3rd innings” 🙂 ‘Third’, to break out of the cliche. At a higher level, [...]

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Eat as you LIKE, Pay as you LIKE : At Annalakshmi – Innovative Business Model
Eat as you LIKE, Pay as you LIKE : At Annalakshmi – Innovative Business Model

One of the key advantages of hotel business is no ‘credit‘ business. All payments are instant, cash or card. Very few other businesses can claim this unique advantage of [...]

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Pricing dilemma | Apple’s Pricing Strategy : Business Standard
Pricing dilemma | Apple’s Pricing Strategy : Business Standard

The article rightly points out much of the stupendous success of Apple in the recent years, courtesy Steve Jobs‘s innovation backed with leadership. He was spot on what kind of [...]

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7 Ways to Be a Stress-Free Workaholic | Inc.com
7 Ways to Be a Stress-Free Workaholic | Inc.com

The author has summarised how do we handle stress at work, esp if we are workaholic. My favourite is the last one, pick one or two healthy outlets : Exercise, Meditate, get [...]

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Master’s Voice – Judgement
Master’s Voice – Judgement

A renunciant couple were once proceeding through a thick jungle on a pilgrimage to an inaccessible shrine. The husband saw on the footpath a precious stone, shining brilliantly [...]

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Tata Motors introduces 4-year warranty on heavy truck range – Economic Times
Tata Motors introduces 4-year warranty on heavy truck range – Economic Times

This is great news… coming from Tata ( and not from Ashok Leyland, Eicher, Volvo etc) not known from excellence in product, but just ‘good enough’ technology [...]

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Banker to Car Mechanic
Banker to Car Mechanic

Met a former banker. It is great to meet ‘former‘ bankers ???? I feel very connected with them. Glad to note there are many more like me who left bank-jobs …. to pursue [...]

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Five Secrets To Life From The People Who Have Lived The Longest – Business Insider
Five Secrets To Life From The People Who Have Lived The Longest – Business Insider

No surprises here, at all. But useful reminder for us ! Also, backed by some good research : a piece in Harvard Gazette/ Karl Pillemer of Cornell University learned/ studying [...]

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What is your New Year Resolution ?
What is your New Year Resolution ?

It is one week into the new year… The hype is behind us. The resolutions are staring at us.. Did you make a resolution, this year ? Not surprisingly, the most popular new [...]

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Your Elevator Pitch Stinks. Here’s How to Fix It | Inc.com
Your Elevator Pitch Stinks. Here’s How to Fix It | Inc.com

Some valuable insights: An elevator speech is a pre-planned 30-second-to-two-minute response to the question “so what do you do?” Cliff Suttle, author of The Anti-Elevator [...]

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Use Questions to Build Your Case – Management Tip of the Day – March 01, 2013 – Harvard Business Review
Use Questions to Build Your Case – Management Tip of the Day – March 01, 2013 – Harvard Business Review

Got this gem y’day: ‘Powerful Questions & Active Listening are like Yin & Yang of coaching practice’ The key is to handle questions with care! [...]

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Schmidt Everyone needs a coach Video Fortune – YouTube
Schmidt Everyone needs a coach Video Fortune – YouTube

Delighted to share this video… many of us have this doubt, ‘DO I NEED A COACH?’ Every needs a coach… no exception! Check out Schmidt Everyone needs a coach [...]

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Tata inaugurates flagship showroom | News | Autocar India
Tata inaugurates flagship showroom | News | Autocar India

This is interesting for two reasons – Tata Motors is ‘investing’ in Indian car operations, which is long over due… Indian ops should catch up, at least to some extend, with [...]

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What have we done to our environment ?
What have we done to our environment ?

Tried a new ‘route’, outside the concrete area within our compound, for a morning walk. Had heard about this stretch from others, hence had planned to try… Just ‘five [...]

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And… I Danced With My Client
And… I Danced With My Client

The coaching journey, over the last few months, has been a beautiful experience! First it was blissful ignorance of the art of coaching ???? Then it was the thinking ‘I knew it, [...]

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A World Without Work – NYTimes.com and Times of India
A World Without Work – NYTimes.com and Times of India

Came across this catchy head-line, even though a long one, with a good accompanying image:‘People are dropping out of work & finding ways to live without a permanent job’! [...]

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Hate valets? Not to worry, help is at hand – The Times of India
Hate valets? Not to worry, help is at hand – The Times of India

Valet parking is the fear of every car-owner, wealthy or not. ( ‘Being Wealthy’ – is it not just a state of mind? ) I have always felt a bit worried, ‘how would he handle [...]

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SMS Alert at 03:57 AM – Customer Service at Banks
SMS Alert at 03:57 AM – Customer Service at Banks

Bank -1: There was a time when a telegram came home, elders would get jittery. The worry was it invariably carried urgent, negative news!! These days we don’t get negative news [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving – Out of Media Influence
Happy Thanksgiving – Out of Media Influence

Master’s Voice: (second post starting with Master’s Voice. Blame it on Thanksgiving… just gratitude!) Start the day with love, Fill the day with love, End the day with love, [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving

Master’s Words: Sharing this beautiful thought, which kind of hit me with blissful awareness… ——— “Often we aware that there is something behind and beyond all the [...]

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Sachin Tendulkar’s 3rd Innings – The Coach’s Perspective
Sachin Tendulkar’s 3rd Innings – The Coach’s Perspective

Post #2: Timing One of the biggest discussion around Sachin is about the timing of his retirement. Many ‘experts’ feel, he should have quit immediately after India’s world [...]

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Seth’s Blog: Every presentation worth doing has just one purpose
Seth’s Blog: Every presentation worth doing has just one purpose

“No change, no point. A presentation that doesn’t seek to make change is a waste of time and energy. “ Have always been confident about making PPT’s. Now this will surely [...]

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Executive Coaching Expert Alan Weinstein: Three Biggest Executive Problems that Require Coaching
Executive Coaching Expert Alan Weinstein: Three Biggest Executive Problems that Require Coaching

Executive coaching tries to address and remedy the gaps in traditional executive development, according to executive coaching expert Alan Weinstein. He lists out three important [...]

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Power Men Of Yoga – HuffPost Live
Power Men Of Yoga – HuffPost Live

My previous post was a share of how a life coach includes fitness into her coaching practice. I shared because fitness is integral to a coaching-intervention. Coaching has been on [...]

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Physical Fitness in Life Coaching
Physical Fitness in Life Coaching

Combining life coaching with fitness is a great idea. Unless worked on physical, mental and spiritual level, the intervention may not be holistic, which is life coaching. I usually [...]

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Emperor Akbar tries Perpetual Position NLP
Emperor Akbar tries Perpetual Position NLP

Here is a different post ! But surely related to Coaching Practice… Happened to watch part of the episode of a popular tele-serial on Indian television – on Mughal Emperor [...]

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Don’t Trust Anyone Who Offers You the Answer – Neil Bearden – Harvard Business Review
Don’t Trust Anyone Who Offers You the Answer – Neil Bearden – Harvard Business Review

Delighted to share this. Thanks Neil Bearden for the post.  Intellectual corruption seem to be rampant among those in ‘power’, even now! Honesty is a rare commodity! Huge [...]

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Competition’s Healthy: India’s banking sector
Competition’s Healthy: India’s banking sector

Competition’s Healthy: India’s banking sector is inefficient and customers pay the cost, making reforms imperative (TOI 16 Oct 2013) Excerpts & Comments: RBI governor [...]

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Blog Action Day 2013
Blog Action Day 2013

The theme for #B A D 2013 is ‘Human Rights’. The acronym may be ‘bad’, but it is such a great initiative ! Is it not an irony that such an issue needs to be selected in [...]

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“We Want Coaching”, say high-fliers.
“We Want Coaching”, say high-fliers.

The previous post was inspired by HBR Blog post, ‘coaching-physicians-to-become-leaders‘ Just came across a similar inspiring article on the evolution of coaching (much more [...]

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Coaching Physicians to Become Leaders – Richard Winters – Harvard Business Review
Coaching Physicians to Become Leaders – Richard Winters – Harvard Business Review

One of the links on coaching I have shared with many is Eric Schmidt’s advise, ‘everyone needs coaching‘, one of the best advice he received! That ‘everyone’ includes not [...]

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Two legends, but only one perfect finish | Cricket News | Champions League Twenty20 | ESPN Cricinfo
Two legends, but only one perfect finish | Cricket News | Champions League Twenty20 | ESPN Cricinfo

Two legends playing against each other, for the last time. Will tune-in purely for that. I have been a huge fan of both Sachin & Dravid over years…decades. These two players [...]

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Had His Top Execs Read These Three Books | LinkedIn
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Had His Top Execs Read These Three Books | LinkedIn

Reading a book was an integral part of our growing up and later on, self-development…. Till TV, internet, social media and other distractions came in! (No excuse, just a [...]

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The Ethics Coach on Practicing What You Preach | Entrepreneur.com
The Ethics Coach on Practicing What You Preach | Entrepreneur.com

Very Interesting Q & A, relevant to our day-today lives. My own thoughts: Gaming prima facie may not be unethical. If the content is too aggressive, vulgar and show-case [...]

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BMW Group outsells Fiat in Europe, signaling a new trend
BMW Group outsells Fiat in Europe, signaling a new trend

This is good news for Indian auto industry. This segment will become more important for global manufacturers and will ensure innovation, new launch and hopefully lower prices ???? [...]

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RBI now against 0% EMIs for consumer goods, banks withdraw finance schemes; festive sales likely to be hit – The Economic Times
RBI now against 0% EMIs for consumer goods, banks withdraw finance schemes; festive sales likely to be hit – The Economic Times

This may not be appreciated by banks/card-issuers and consumer durable manufacturers. Many who favour market-driven policies & procedures also may criticize, including some [...]

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Luxury sales satisfaction not different from mass-market
Luxury sales satisfaction not different from mass-market

This is surprising… a confirmation that luxury brands are not giving the customer-experience different from mass-segment. In line with the feedback from owners of the top [...]

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Seth’s Blog: The GIGO buffer
Seth’s Blog: The GIGO buffer

“There will always be garbage in. It’s up to you as to whether or not there will be garbage out.” I am tempted to add, there should never be garbage-out. We should take [...]

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Sachin has always kept it simple – To be a Coachee like Sachin
Sachin has always kept it simple – To be a Coachee like Sachin

After several posts on Coaching, from the perspective of the practice (art, science and lot more!), here is something on how the coachee (client) makes the whole difference. Any [...]

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I have a habit of being the best in class for customers: Is that your habit ?
I have a habit of being the best in class for customers: Is that your habit ?

“I do not have a religion of market share, I have a religion of being the best in class for customers. I have the religion to be profitable. ” (response to the last question [...]

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Games executive coaches play | Business Line
Games executive coaches play | Business Line

When a patient goes to a doctor/dentist/ortho, a hair-dresser, a spa, a guru or even a movie/play, he should have made preliminary checks before making a decision & plan. The [...]

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NASA Renews with Cambria for Executive Coaching & Organizational Development
NASA Renews with Cambria for Executive Coaching & Organizational Development

NASA has renewed the contract to provide executive coaching services across the national space agency. Have you got a coach ? Has your organisation started looking at Coaching as [...]

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CRMnext to help ICICI Group revamp consumer strategy | Business Standard
CRMnext to help ICICI Group revamp consumer strategy | Business Standard

Initiatives such as these to integrate all relationship, across product & services within the bank will immensely help. It would be still better to integrate also the [...]

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Don’t Inflict Help, Provide It – Ed Batista – Harvard Business Review
Don’t Inflict Help, Provide It – Ed Batista – Harvard Business Review

At work and home, we tend go beyond extending help to inflicting help. The emotional angle is very thought-provoking. If we are able to raise self-awareness, listen actively, be [...]

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Prevention is Better than Cure Physical or Mental Health
Prevention is Better than Cure Physical or Mental Health

The heading may sound cliched… But then, lot of things in life are….! Came across this article in Forbes India Magazine – Apollo Munich: Healthy profits from Unhealthy [...]

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6 Things You Thought Wrong About Introverts
6 Things You Thought Wrong About Introverts

Interesting post on common misconceptions about introverts… In just my previous post, I mentioned even corporate success/failure is partly a question of ‘perception’. Pls [...]

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Dubai-based Life Coach Dares Corporations to Rehumanise the Workplace
Dubai-based Life Coach Dares Corporations to Rehumanise the Workplace

How many organizations, leaders, managers really ‘allow’ a culture of failure and imperfection. In today’s world when business leaders are evaluated quarter to quarter or [...]

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The Two Biggest Distractions – And What to Do About Them | Daniel Goleman
The Two Biggest Distractions – And What to Do About Them | Daniel Goleman

Author’s thoughts summarised: Distractions are the enemy of FOCUS SENSORY & EMOTIONAL are the two varieties of distractions Chose between Hopeless Rumination & Useful [...]

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Rock Star CEO
Rock Star CEO

Steve Ballmer and the Problem With Rock Star CEOs | To build a Great company, Rock ON To be or Not to be… A Rock Star CEO. For old fashioned corporate honchos, Rock Star & [...]

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8 Ways to Improve Your Attitude | Inc.com
8 Ways to Improve Your Attitude | Inc.com

Recently a management student asked us (a panel, I was part of), ‘How do we develop the right attitude?’ Some of these were discussed. This is a good list. As I had shared with [...]

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Definition of Success
Definition of Success

Master’s Voice: It is the internal bliss that should matter to any person, not the external, sensory, objective and the worldly temporary joys. If you can develop the inner poise [...]

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After selling Hexaware, Atul Nishar longs for nothingness – Power of NOTHINGNESS
After selling Hexaware, Atul Nishar longs for nothingness – Power of NOTHINGNESS

After 30 years in corporate world, the chartered accountant who was behind Aptech & Hexaware, is hanging up his boots, with Rs 1,000 crore cheque from sale of the latter. [...]

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Zen and the Art of Staff Morale Maintenance & Coaching Perspective
Zen and the Art of Staff Morale Maintenance & Coaching Perspective

An article in Economic Times, ‘Auto cos go the extra mile to keep employee spirits up – zen & the art of staff morale maintenance‘ reported how auto companies are trying [...]

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Seeking Philosophers for Corporate World
Seeking Philosophers for Corporate World

Wow, we may actually have some philosophers working at state govt’s animal husbandry & fisheries dept!! Poor animal/fish!! Unfortunately, the purpose of education (at least [...]

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No morning walkers today, being a holiday or holy day ?
No morning walkers today, being a holiday or holy day ?

Very early in my career, a good friend helped me to re-define my life goals. He would often say, the real proof of financial freedom is when we have the luxury to go to a [...]

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A coach for an MBA? – The Hindu A Coach’s Perspective
A coach for an MBA? – The Hindu A Coach’s Perspective

Very insightful article, for all budding MBAs. Agree, MBA is a big decision for a candidate, and his family. Wish all pursue same after some years of work-ex., to make it more [...]

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Life in A Volvo, Metro, ‘Local’
Life in A Volvo, Metro, ‘Local’

Got this from a Coach-Mentor/Trainer, with the title Bodhisattva in metro (This is one of the beautiful aspects of my Coaching Experience). Don’t miss. I have re-christened as [...]

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Dominate Your Industry: How to Become the Best in Your Field | Entrepreneur.com
Dominate Your Industry: How to Become the Best in Your Field | Entrepreneur.com

Very inspiring post. Must read…. # When you have some experience, select a mentor. My suggestion would be, when you are at the start of your career, get a mentor. When you have [...]

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5 Keys to Making Your Internal Coaching Service a Success | Jenny Garrett
5 Keys to Making Your Internal Coaching Service a Success | Jenny Garrett

Getting an accredited (#1) Coach and, continued learning (#2) are very critical. Reputation (#3), track-record, coaching outcomes, coaching experiences (#4) are very important to [...]

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A tiger, A Hunter, A Bear And A Fear
A tiger, A Hunter, A Bear And A Fear

“Once in a forest, a hunter, on being chased by a tiger, felt tired and climbed up a tree. There was a bear sitting on the top of the tree. The tiger was waiting under the tree [...]

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Coaches in the game of life | The News-Press | news-press.com
Coaches in the game of life | The News-Press | news-press.com

“A coach bridges that gap between knowing and doing. It’s not about willpower; it’s about priorities. It’s about peeling back the layers to find out what your priorities [...]

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CEOs Just Want To Get Coached – Forbes
CEOs Just Want To Get Coached – Forbes

Study by Stanford & The Miles Group… It makes a huge difference to hire an external, accredited Coach. Must read… all CEO’s, potential CEO’s CEOs Just Want To Get [...]

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7 Sleep Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs | Inc.com
7 Sleep Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

Good Morning ! Hope you had a great sleep last night & fresh for a beautiful day ahead…. Sharing something simple & very basic. Some of you may feel it is a bit too [...]

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Get the Most Out of Executive Coaching – Steven Berglas – Harvard Business Review
Get the Most Out of Executive Coaching – Steven Berglas – Harvard Business Review

Great post… Indeed, unless the coachee is ready to commit himself to the coaching intervention, the effort will have no effect. Also, ‘when a person acts in response to [...]

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Beating auto slowdown: Rajiv Bajaj, Pawan Munjal and other CEOs give their prescriptions – The Economic Times
Beating auto slowdown: Rajiv Bajaj, Pawan Munjal and other CEOs give their prescriptions – The Economic Times

Agree with & glad that Mr. Rajiv Bajaj is not seeking any short-term measures to artificially provide temporary ‘life’ to the automobile market. Indeed Government needs to [...]

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Dilemma of Pricing: Purple Cows and commodities
Dilemma of Pricing: Purple Cows and commodities

Reading the blog-post by Seth Godin, this line caught my attention: “If you tell me that price is the only thing that matters to customers, I respond that nothing about this [...]

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Apple Apps
Apple Apps

The Calendar on Apple products (iphone, ipad & Macbook pro) has several options to give reminder before event (at event, 5 mts, etc) , or after the same [...]

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I Am Living My Dream Right Now
I Am Living My Dream Right Now

Random Thoughts… I get very autobiographical, when I start a blog-post, ‘Random Thoughts’! When several thoughts get crowded in my system (don’t bother which part of myself [...]

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Future of Banking : Boring to Exciting !
Future of Banking : Boring to Exciting !

MBank And The Future Of Responsive Banking | TechCrunch “Banking is boring… “ One of the last innovations to come out of banking ?? ATM 🙂 Lot of innovation has [...]

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Tell the Customer’s Story, Not Your Story | Inc.com
Tell the Customer’s Story, Not Your Story | Inc.com

So very true, very often we are clouded by what we want to give and not what the other person wants. The other person my be a customer, client, partner, business-associate, [...]

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Uttarakhand Tragedy My Karma
Uttarakhand Tragedy My Karma

Ever since Uttarakhand tragedy happened, I have been thinking more of Karmic implications. Though not ‘directly’ impacted by the tragedy, it has left a huge impact on me, just [...]

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Customer Service The Flipkart Way
Customer Service The Flipkart Way

Flipkart – Sachin Bansal, CEO/Co – Founder, suggests five ways to ensure Customer Delight in E-commerce – Source: Outlook Business/22 June 2013 Discussing Customer-Service, [...]

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My Mid Year Evaluation :  Light-weight, Bright-Green Running Shoes
My Mid Year Evaluation : Light-weight, Bright-Green Running Shoes

Celebrated my birthday, recently. For a long time, I never believed in personal celebrations. We all rather focus on our kid(s)’ birthday or others, don’t we?! (May be not a [...]

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The 4 Smartest Things You Can Do Every Morning | | The New OPEN ForumThe New OPEN Forum
The 4 Smartest Things You Can Do Every Morning | | The New OPEN ForumThe New OPEN Forum

Interesting thoughts – practical and very useful. But I would rather re-shuffle the same in the following order: Do something for yourself (#2 as per author). Here, I would [...]

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Ek garam chai ki pyaali ho :) | ibelivetoday
Ek garam chai ki pyaali ho 🙂 | ibelivetoday

Ek garam chai ki pyaali ho 🙂 | ibelivetoday “Wonder why all romantic movies are about falling in love!! Why aren’t they about staying or continuing being in love? [...]

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Karma of Customer Service : Automated Mail Responses and Delayed Action at TataSky and Club Mahindra
Karma of Customer Service : Automated Mail Responses and Delayed Action at TataSky and Club Mahindra

22 May 2013: #Karma of Customer Service. I am an unlucky customer, I guess. I had three problems, shall share on last-in-first-out basis: 1. TataSky has gone dead. I logged on to [...]

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