The Interview That Never Ran

A primary function of PR agencies that are hired by companies is to feed journalists with stories / questions that will reflect poorly on the other side. Last week, I received one such set of gotcha questions from a senior journalist of one of India’s leading newspapers. For some reason, despite the tight deadline given…

Just Fired, and Moving On

An old school friend advised me that in the Indian context, it is better not to mention I have been fired to anyone as it would have a deleterious impact on my reputation and job prospects. Better, he said, say “resigned”. As all of you now know from last week’s blog “I just got fired”,…

I Just Got Fired!

“Calling all the people here to see the show Calling for my demons now to let me go I need something, give me something wonderful” As someone who almost opted to become a professional DJ, it’s fortunate that my favourite song of this year is Love and Hate by Michael Kiwanuka, with the lyrics above….

Brexit: “The Negativity Effect”

UK voters chose Brexit and from the comments on my Facebook and Twitter feeds, it seemed that the reaction of my friends was one of shock and disbelief that anyone could have voted “leave”. Not a single friend on the Facebook feed supported the leave campaign as far as I could observe. When one of…

Sinking Skill Ladders

This week, I would like to share the concept of “sinking skill ladders” developed by my co-author Phanish Puranam. It is a very smart idea. Since it was published in our joint work, India Inside, the concept fortunately for me, also has my name on it. I will briefly describe it but for those interested…