Browsing MonthJanuary 2021

Lessons we can learn from GameStop fiasco

Lessons we can learn from GameStop fiasco

#PR consultants of #hedgefund managers and institutional investors had no clue what had transpired when their leaders were hosted on Fox News Media — all they appeared was emotional, without any technical understanding of how #Reddit operates, they could have better prepared them before the interview. #PRpractitioners scan the news but largely from traditional channels, platforms like Reddit are completely out of radar, the world is changing but we are not. What happened with #Gamestop was that thousands of small individual #investors did concentrated buying using sites like Reddit & #Robinhood to drive up the #stocks addressed as “meme stocks”. The lesson here is to move beyond pink papers to understand what’s actually happening in the #market, new age as well as traditional digital platforms are being actively used by investors. I am sure market experts will have more insights to teach and I want to encourage everyone to come forward andRead More

Don’t be like Kalia

Don’t be like Kalia

Kalia was a dreaded multi-hooded poisonous serpent, who had made the Yamuna his home, near Vrindavan. His presence had made waters of Yamuna poisonous. One day while playing Krishna jumped into the river and ordered Kalia to leave the place, but Kalia refused and attacked Krishna. In a fierce fight, Krishna overpowered Kalia, climbed atop him and danced on his hoods until Kalia reluctantly agreed to leave the place. On inquiring about his resistance, Kalia informed that this was the safest place for him as anywhere else Garuda would attack and kill him. Garuda apparently was cursed to stay away from Vrindavan and hence Kalia found Vrindavan to be the best hideout. Kalia had no intention to fight his fears and had grown comfortable in the waters of Yamuna, however over time, he had started poisoning the place with his venom. His deep desire was to move out but fearRead More

What type of loser are you?

What type of loser are you?

In this hyper-competitive world, we are obsessed with winning. We are taught to strive to win. All the books available teach us why #winning is important, how to win, how to stay on top, how to win new business/customer and how to keep striving for more. Rarely, we are taught how to accept our loss. There is no curriculum in school that teaches us how to deal with #adversities. Recently #startups came up with the concept of #failfast and encouraged #entrepreneurs to share their #failure stories because each had at least one and others wanted to learn from their mistakes. But when one actually fails, most established leaders will be overwhelmed with emotions such as grief and anger. There are hundreds of stories of leaders, who crossed the lines to win at any costs. Remember #Enron, #WellFargo and more recently the presidential #elections of US. The point I am trying to make is everyone loses in some point in life, it can be in our professionalRead More

Don’t take success for granted, it needs proof each time

Don’t take success for granted, it needs proof each time

The lesson – after experiencing success in any endeavor, we cannot rest on our laurels. Success can lead to arrogance and mental and physical laziness. Many organizations fail after they succeed because they think assume they own success and forget that it needs proof each time.

Are you addicted to self-help content?

Are you addicted to self-help content?

Are you an avid consumer of self-help content – books, podcasts, ted talks, videos etc.?

Do you look forward to reading or hear something that will help you become better than what you are today?

Do you compare yourself with others and feel that you lack something and you need to work on yourself to get more socially accepted (and you really don’t know what that more means)

If you answer to the above is yes, then my friend you are not alone…

Who will solve your problem?

Who will solve your problem?

In the Hindu mythology stories, you must have observed when Lord Indra (God of Heaven) is in trouble, he reaches out to Brahma (God of creation). When Brahma cannot solve Indra’s problem, he takes Indra along and reaches out to Lord Vishnu (God of preservation). If the problem is grave and even Vishnu does not have a solution, he reaches out to Lord Shiva (God of transformation). But when the problem is graver, he along with all other Gods reaches out to Goddess Mahakali. This is an upward escalation of a problem. The problem is if the Goddess solves the problem, next time all the Gods will directly reach out to her. So the Goddess has to solve the problem of Shiva, why is he not able to solve Vishnu’s problem? Shiva has to solve Vishnu’s problem, why he is not able to solve Brahma’s problem and so on, soRead More

Do you believe in ‘Fake it, till you make it’?

Do you believe in ‘Fake it, till you make it’?

This is nothing but exuding confidence in something that you are not sure of and acting like you know what it takes to do it. But there’s a fine line between that sentiment and a flat-out lie and you had better be on the right side of it if your business or career can be at stake. On the other hand, you may very well know how to do it but do not come across as confident enough. Even if you may be producing amazing results at your job or in other areas of your life, yet others may still not see you as being competent. Here are 3 tips that can help you exude confidence in what you do and appear more competent 1) Memorize your success – when someone asks what’s new? speak what you were able to achieve in the recent past2) Master body language – thisRead More

Everyone should be a sports fan!

Everyone should be a sports fan!

Yesterday was a euphoric day for Indians when our team beat #Australia in a Test match held in Australia. #Cricket fans joy knew no bounds but at the same time, even non-cricket fans joined the celebrations and congratulating the team across social platforms. #Sports has something that unites, binds people into one big community and each member of the community experience a kindred spirit and feel closer even to the stranger. Sports fans have a common language, which makes conversations and understanding easier across generations and various backgrounds. You always have something to talk about. Fans feel ecstatic when their team wins, upset when a player is hurt, and sad when the team loses. Sport is great for mental health too as it boosts your testosterone and oxytocin levels. Sports help you get that short escape from your daily routine, even if it is for few hours, you are awayRead More

Spot the turnaround specialists in your team

Spot the turnaround specialists in your team

Turnarounds are heroic, which is why they can never be predicted. What the Indian lower order did today is one of the finest examples of a turnaround in the world of cricket. Looking at what happened, wise people can say that it’s not a rookie job, if you closely look at the guys involved in the turnaround in this test, you will realize that most of them have scripted a turnaround story in their real lives too. The 29-year-old Thangarasu Natarajan, born in a family with a daily-wage worker in the weaving industry for a father, Thangarasu and a roadside meat seller for a mother, Shantha, Natarajan comes from Chinnappampatti, a tiny village near Salem, Tamil Nadu. He never had enough money for luxuries like cricket gear and shoes. For many years, Natarajan had to think a hundred times before investing in new shoes. His mother cried when she sawRead More