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…

Open your mouth, hahaha – Lessons from the woodcutter’s life

It is not just Johnnies-come-lately who rush to all and sundry to gush about the minutest of their accomplishments. Even the most seasoned of us cannot keep our gob shut in moments of elation. Or despair, but that I have already dealt with earlier in “Make an ass of yourself, but don’t let the world…

Re-inventing self after an Appraisal? – Learn from the stricken snake

The Appraisal Pandora envelope brings with it many plagues – “Meets expectations”, “Extend probation / Defer promotion”. Those are the early pests that fly in your face, the moment you step into the claustrophobic and asphyxiating cabin of your boss. The unkindest bite of all, though, is delivered by “Needs to improve on people skills”….

Pray for just rewards – But choose your god well!

It’s an annual ritual. Bleeding hearts, burnt dreams. Cursing tongues, thunderous snorts. All troop out beating retreat. A handful of smiling visages, whistling lips; follow suit a little later. A passerby (who’s making two trips one coinciding with the march past of the majority and the other with the motley minority) can be excused for…

My 2 bits 4 OD – Giving the new team a leg-up

Sarcasm. Cynicism. Escapist. Defeatist. Deserter. Growup. Wakeup. I decided to turn a new leaf. For once. And show all those who showered such encomiums on me, see me for what I am. A sucker. One who easily caves in. And wants to do the right thing, once, just once in life. And then hopefully, life…

7Ps of Power – How the “Blue-Dyed Fox” won the career war

“I am done. We are half-way through and I realize that I am a spent force. I can now kiss goodbye to “young achiever”. Even “late bloomer” seems to be a distant dream” smiled the NPE weakly. “Don’t give up so easily and early in the game. Nothing is lost yet. It is true that…