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January 20, 2018

The skeletons in my cupboard:

During my engineering, my thesis compared the tensile strength of chicken feathers to steel, and recommended that steel helmets are better than helmets made from glued chicken feathers (obviously). You may think I am joking. I am not. I wor...

January 1, 2018

It's the beginning of a new year! It is the time a lot of us make resolutions. Of late, there is a lot of fun that is made about people who make new year resolutions, for we end up being unable to stick to them. Unfortunately, this has caused some of us to stop making...

December 1, 2017

One of the saddest things about India is that we have a whole lot of technical skills, but very poor communication skills. We can blame a hundred people, starting from our own parents, to the horrible teachers we had in school. But no matter who you blame, or don’t bla...

November 30, 2017

Fast work, is better than slow work, and is certainly better than no work. I’ve been reading a lot about speed-working, and it is beginning to improve how I work. As a proposal writer, I respond to plenty of business tenders each month, and sometimes have to deal with...

October 28, 2017

I started writing a beautiful article once about constructive meetings. But then, I realised that my meetings were not as effective either. Meetings started and ended on a good note, but there was often no great output.

So, I performed a 5 Y analysis to understand what...

October 6, 2017

I am reminded of a story of Alexander the Great. A great crowd of individuals surrounded him and sang his praises. It lifted Alexander's self-esteem so much, that he started getting lazy. A little slack, a little folding of the hands, and he realised that his winning s...

August 16, 2017

Empathy is the art of standing in the shoes of another person, viewing problems as they do and then, providing solutions. Very few people are capable of portraying empathy in their speech. Far fewer can portray it in their writing. In fact, science proves that empathy...

July 20, 2017

During my MBA and also during my Masters in Psychology, an interesting concept that I fiddled with was the concept of the Big Five traits. The five factors have been defined as openness to experience, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism, oft...

June 8, 2017

Back in the 1700s, one man set out to change the English language. His name was Noah Webster. The same gentleman who spearheaded the creation of the Webster's English dictionary. Webster was frustrated with the inconsistency in British English's pronunciation and spell...

May 18, 2017

When I first started writing proposals, I had to learn a lot of things on my own. Over time, I realised that it is important to be consistent with the quality of my proposals. And so, I created a basic checklist (that I added to over a period of time)

I noticed that the...

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