KATHMANDU:What makes you jump off the bed for the day? During training programmes, we often ask people when they remember waking up the earliest. Most of them have similar answers — when catching an early ride for a vacation or an interesting venture. Do we feel motivated at the same level every day? The answer — rarely as compared t ... More
It has been argued that successful female entrepreneurs have many qualities that they share in common. Incidentally, some may not be generally shared by males. According to Susan T Spencer, “All of these qualities are important, but there are several other talents that are ‘critical’ if women want to grow their business and ach ... More
KATHMANDU:The process and functions of a human resource (HR) department are highly tricky because it should be both management and employee friendly. There can be many challenges that an HR manager has to face: managing change, work culture, restructuring, et cetera. But apart from these, the HR manager
in Nepali organisations also face ... More
KATHMANDU: Many people complain that there is no joy in their job. It seems ‘job’ and ‘joy’ are polar opposites — a lifeless activity they carry on only for their livelihood. Is this an unchangeable reality of life? I believe employees lack joy in their job when work systems are too dependent on extrinsic motivation ... More
There are three sign-ificant ways women entrepreneurs are using internet resources better than men in business:
• Networking: E-mail lists are a free, easy, and powerful way for women to socialise. Business women recognise the networking and marketing power behind offering online newsletters, discussion boards and forums. They also p ... More
KATHMANDU: From May 10 to 12, Wheelchair Athletes Worldwide (WAW), a small American NGO, will be partnering with a variety of Nepali NGOs — including Nepal Wheelchair Rugby Association, Nepal Spinal Cord Injury Sports Association, Nepal Physiotherapy Association, Bikash Nepal, VSO Nepal, ENGAGE, Community Self-Reliance Centre (CSRC) in acc ... More
It is important to know firsthand what works and what does not when it comes to running your own business. These practical tips will help women entrepreneurs who are just starting or already in business to grow: Be a self-starter: As a woman business owner, you need to be a self-starter. Hav ... More
KATHMANDU: We generally believe a person is not a leader if he or she does not engage in daily management. Then we see some leaders managing multiple and diverse projects at the same time. But is it only about multi-tasking? What makes them different from
others? If you want to meet an organisation’s ... More
KATHMANDU: One often forgets the impact of negative comments and how it can affect the whole business team. How often have you been in a productive business meeting and had to change the entire decision just because of some negative comment someone said? It happens most of the time. A negative comment or a pessimis ... More
Goals help us map out events so that we can achieve what we want in life and business. They can also help us focus, which increases our chances for success. When we achieve one of our business goals, it empowers us, giving us the momentum to become more successful. Momentum is a key element for women in achieving t ... More
KATHMANDU: When we talk of leadership, we often talk about exceptional characteristics great leaders possess. Sometimes we talk about leaders as directive or participative. There are also times we talk of awakening the leader within. Every time we talk about leadership, we are knowingly or unknowingly referring to ... More
KATHMANDU: Nepal has made considerable progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with a strong likelihood of achieving the targets under MDG four and five: reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. The progress reflects significant advances in addressing social, economic and political d ... More
KATHMANDU: Many will disagree to the claim that followers are equally responsible for leadership failures. A recent training programme for teachers and administrators of a reputed college gave me an insight on how the power differentiation among leaders and followers affects one’s mindset. One of the administrators, who subordinated the ac ... More
A woman who works, whether inside or outside the home (or both), deals with difficult decisions every day. No matter what she decides, or even if the decision is not hers at all, there are plenty of people to tell her she should feel guilty and that she should do things better or differently.
When her workplace is unsupportive, this only ... More
KATHMANDU: Having a grateful employee in today’s world is in demand in most business houses. In the long term a company needs trustful employees who have stuck with them through their highs and lows. As a matter of fact,
it takes a lot to recruit and maintain top talent. It is only once in a while that one gets hold of such great t ... More
KATHMANDU: The first Young Women Entrepreneurs’ Summit was recently held in the country.
Organised by Nepalese Young Entrepreneurs’ Forum (NYEF), the summit promoted the spirit of entrepreneurship.
The event, with the slogan ‘Networking to embolden women entrepreneurship’, wit ... More
KATHMANDU: A diplomatic agency in Kathmandu recently approached me to conduct a session on conflict management. I suggested rephrasing the title to ‘Co-create and co-evolve’. You may wonder about the significance of changing words, but words have power. So, when I am asked to conduct a training on ... More
KATHMANDU: My role at VSO Nepal and Community Self Reliance Centre (CSRC) is that of partnership builder, primarily in the corporate and media sectors. But these partnerships are not enough and must include many others, like the government, individual NGOs or INGOs, civil society in gene-ral and people who hav ... More
WASHINGTON: As countries in the Middle East and North Africa adjust to profound political changes and economic difficulties, development experts on the region have increasingly turned their attention to the social and economic potential of incorporating more female workers into the labour market. Not only would mor ... More
KATHMANDU: You might have realised how deeply a leader impacts an organisation or a community. From a national hero to a vegetable vending contractor, they have certain patterns that help the organisation grow. What really surprises me is that their
unprecedented organisational learning is not transfor ... More
KATHMANDU: As Nepalis, what is our national identity? What is it that we are known for? What is our unique selling proposition and is it competitive enough? As a nation can we create associations that allows us to compete better in this strongly competitive global environment?
Our current best seller is ... More
WASHINGTON: More American women are feeling pressed to work a greater number of hours even as the country emerges from its economic doldrums. Pew Research Centre Report released found nearly one third American mothers last year said they would prefer a full-time job, up from one in five in 2007.
Lead resea ... More
KATHMANDU: Motivational speaking is a worldwide happening. Now it is becoming popular in South Asia as well. When we think of motivational speaking, the picture that comes to mind holds a speaker jumping all over the stage, speaking at the top of his voice in a dramatic way.
The picture also includes the au ... More
KATHMANDU: From April 2009 to February 2012, I worked as a VSO volunteer for the Indian Government at the National Trust (NT), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, in the field of developmental disabilities. NT took a holistic approach towards working with
disabled people and had a range of schemes and programmes from early interv ... More
KATHMANDU: For thousands of years our thoughts have been guided by the myth that men make better leaders than women. Even the
traditional leadership approach is called Big Man Theory. It was only around 1980 that scholars started examining the taken-for-granted opinion. Now leadership journals and business ... More