KATHMANDU: Existentialists say that life is absurd. But whenever I have to go through the government process to obtain a passport, or a driving license and even to pay tax, I have found government bureaucracy more absurd.
Last week, I had to avail of a service from a government office. For it, I had to spend four days of the week and the ... More
KATHMANDU: There has been a lot of talk in recent times about HR and the way it needs to transform. In a way, most organisations
understand this need as this will help create more value for their business.
In the past, HR functioned as a department and has helped to make strong progress in the areas of retention, benchmarking, More
KATHMANDU: According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population are differently abled persons. At a worldwide population of more than seven billion people, this equates to at least one billion being differently able. The question boils down to how to create inclusion and provide more op ... More
LONDON: Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg jolted the gender debate when she invited more men to talk about gender, arguing that’s what it will take to make change at the top.
In an attempt to discuss the issue as a male and as global chairman of an organisation that employs about a 100,000 women, I
recently attended a session ... More
A group of business leaders is calling on 100,000 women to share their work experiences and life goals in an online survey in an attempt to unravel the problem of why women see their careers stall in their 30s. Opportunity Now, a business-backed campaign
for gender diversity in the workplace, hopes the survey will reveal why women are no ... More
BANGALORE: Language is an evolving phenomenon. If this sense is correctly offered to growing children, they would be much happier, more productive and shall lead their lives with greater rewards. The essence of most scripture is to embrace the present. Not past or future. While we definitely use the past mirror to speculate about the future, it ... More
Organisations operate in an extremely challenging environment with growing skills gaps and talent shortages in key areas. In this context, talent management and leadership are becoming critical capabilities. Yet many continue to struggle with these skills, which begs the question — what should they be doing differently?
A recent sur ... More
KATHMANDU: When training professionals and students on leadership, one query that never fails to emerge — is the case of leaders doing great jobs. Yes, they give you motivation to some extent but many trainees just get carried away by the deeds of great leaders and unconsciously copy what they have done. Finally they forget their core comp ... More
BANGALORE: You must have heard the term ‘Conflict Management’. In 15 years of my experience as a coach, I’ve thought and rethought about whether conflict is a matter that can really be managed. The answer, however, is still in the evolution phase. There are many levels to a conflict. There are those that can be managed and sort ... More
KATHMANDU: We get excited when given an opportunity to travel to a new place. Effort to attain success is similar to travelling to a new destination. When we travel we enjoy the journey from the very beginning. We keep the destination in mind but we experience joy at every step of the journey. We do not say — I will be happy only when I re ... More
KATHMANDU: I have lived most of my life in the tropics. The weather I know is always hot, hotter and hottest. Every summer, I yearn to be at a colder place and wonder how wonderful it would be to experience much pleasant weather.
Fortunately for me, being in Kathmandu allowed me to experience my first real winter. I must say it is great a ... More
KATHMANDU: In Nepal, malnutrition is a major underlying cause of mortality. Anemia among infants and children is very high, indicative of poor nutrition. Apart from insufficient intake of good quality and safe food, there is also the unbalanced intake of food or certain types of food. Together they are responsible for the main chronic nutritiona ... More
Workplace harassment is one of the most common issues reported to the Everyday Sexism Project — in fact, they have collected nearly 10,000 entries on this topic alone.
So it is no surprise today that a new study by law firm Slater & Gordon has revealed that one in six women have had colleagues look down their blouse, almost hal ... More
KATHMANDU: Election fever has gripped the country and Nepali politicians are facing yet another test. The coming election will definitely prove a battlefield where generations and political party leaders vie for power. With growing frustration among the general masses over failed delivery compared to what were promised, the elections will be a c ... More
BANGALORE: In the 1960s a professor at MIT and a meteorologist, Edward Lorenz introduced a theory called ‘The Butterfly Effect’ The term comes from the suggestion that the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in South America could affect weather in Texas, meaning that the smallest action can set off a chain of actions that can lead ... More
KATHMANDU: It is said humans are rational beings because they can think. But when we observe our thoughts, we find we
are most irrational. Absurd thoughts are like rusts on iron. Just like rusts grow on iron and destroys the iron itself, foolish thoughts arising in the mind weaken it.
Many times, we talk as if we could go ba ... More
KATHMANDU: The path of getting a strong competitive advantage, which translates into significant competitive gain, is the objective of operational excellence. Simply put, operational excellence aims at giving the best product offering to the customer at a well optimised cost structure for the organisation.
Most times, cost reduction and p ... More
KATHMANDU: Building partnerships and relationships, that is trust and mutual understanding, and working towards common goals takes time to develop. Reputation aside, ‘the proof is in the pudding’, that is, in how partners plan, work and actually implement together. As human beings, tied into our egos and ‘our’ institution ... More
KATHMANDU: You might have seen growing organisations suddenly failing to mark their presence when they grow. In the worst case, many organisations even suffer a close down. Why does it happen? Are leaders responsible for it?
Organisations, as organisms do, have their lifecycle. They have a startup, growth and decline phase. Many startup v ... More
BANGALORE: Once upon a time, there lived a wise old man named Sai Weng somewhere in China with his son. The only horse he had left him one day. His neighbours said what bad luck that was, and sympathised with his situation.
The old man did not know whether it was bad luck or good luck. A few days later, his horse returned, together with ... More
KATHMANDU: Humans are amazing beings. They have surprised in the toughest times in human history. I find it extraordinary that humans have discovered within themselves the power of freewill. They discovered it during the world wars, when life was under extreme threat and choices were limited. But what is astonishing is that humans discovered the ... More
KATHMANDU: Many times the smallest and shortest creative action occupies more of our attention than many of the regular messages that we see in our day-to-day world. Creative ideas are circulated, talked about and seem to have a viral velocity of their own. One
of the biggest thrusts that companies have is to increase creativity of actio ... More
As usual when coming out of my rented flat, I turn to the right to travel to the main road. Next to the flat, where my landlord lives on the third and fourth floors and some small business owners rent space on the ... More
KATHMANDU: Many people deal with conflict at the surface level. We deal with conflict by trying to sort out the results but not the root cause itself. I was facilitating an organisation’s review a month back with confusion between the board members and employees. Initially conflict looked like a mere communication and delegation problem; t ... More