Farewell to qualms – Or how beggars can be choosers

Forget about the blue-eyed boys or boss’s pets. Or people who network better than you, look smarter than you, or have superior social skills. What I have seen is that most of the times we fare worse than some of our peers who are more or less in the same boat as us. We start…

More is less – Over communicating in Japan

Felt overwhelmed by abundance of communication, multiplicity in messages all around you? You are not alone. Japan leads the world in that. In case you come from a culture or society that thrives in starving its people of communication, may be you can feel further wretched by knowing about a culture or society where its people are…well..fed (up)!

Of cabbage salad and the importance of attention to detail

Friday nights are usually the most educating and illuminating times in Tokyo, for people keen on developing their cultural understanding. After stoically and methodically dispensing off with one’s duties through the whole working week (Japanese are the world’s hardest working with only 33% of employees availing all their allotted paid holidays – Ipsos/Reuters survey) most…

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats. A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed…

Five things to know when marketing to an ALIEN Culture

Alien is not necessarily a group/tribe that is completely different from me. It could even be a sub-group of an otherwise similar group to which I belong. I am an Indian male and married, but an Indian senior citizen or a single mom in India is an alien culture to me. So to understand them and to communicate with them (or any other group that i don’t belong to), is as good as dealing with an “Alien Culture”.

What is your favorite quote? And why?

A seed of inspiration sown nearly 6 months ago, became a fully blossomed talking tree; with over 3200+ inspirational quotes contributed by diverse individuals from across the globe. It has been my earnest endeavor for nearly 2 months to pick nearly 500 contributions, both quotes and perspectives, to bring to you this bouquet of which…

Making of a mentor 2 – If Summers is here can winter be far behind?

(This is the 2nd article in the series, “Making of a mentor” where we are trying to figure out what it takes to be one, for our collective benefit. By “we”(and “us” and “our” which follow in the body later), I meant the not-so-successful-yet, middle-aged, PowerPoint-adept dwellers of the cubicles. Rest can read it as…

Making of a mentor – The perils of unsolicited advice

Mentoring is the highest form of self-actualization in the hierarchy of needs of executives. Especially for those of us who have failed to earn our glory through our guts, or stripes through our sweat. But alas, we confuse mentoring with advising (Our English teachers, dictionaries and Roget’s thesaurus have to share the responsibility of this…