Thinking Framework

Reflection as a leadership tool

Long work days are a daily feature for many. These include fire-fighting escalations, several meetings, conversations with team members, dealing with issues that crop up in different parts of the organisation, addressing client queries, working with external partners, answering emails from people who don’t seem to have a clue about what you are responsible for, …

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Sun, soil and water for ideas to thrive

Every morning when I head out of home, I spot this broken and abandoned vehicle. It is parked in front of the local police station, where vehicles that have troubled history are parked. They mostly have a bleak future too, being abandoned, unused and slowly rotting. Amidst this gloom, in one of the broken vehicles, …

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Best Practices- they don’t work!

As part of the consulting work I do, I sit through leadership meetings in many organisations. Sometimes these meetings can run for a few days. In most meetings, there is always a section on “Best Practices”. Someone from the organisation makes a presentation on practices they have been following and how it has created a …

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How do you maintain yourself?

I often encounter this statement these days “aapne accha menten kiya hai”, which loosely translates into “you have maintained yourself well” or how the English speaking world would say “she has preserved herself well”. These statements are supposed to be compliments to a woman, but to me they are loaded with sexism, ageism etc. But …

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What is the language you speak?

Over the past few weeks we have been reading about the people who are entering Europe seeking care, food and shelter. The European nations are overwhelmed with this human crisis. This situation has triggered a debate – what to call the people who are arriving by the thousands. Some believe they are refugees- meaning people …

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