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Fear of failure

Fear of failure

The single most universal internal block that supresses our growth is fear of failure, lack of confidence, self-doubt, and lack of self-belief

However, it is also true that in a safe environment people tend to tell the truth about themselves and when they do, it is the responsibility of the leaders to help them cope with the shortcomings. But building others self-belief demands that we release our desire to control them.

Is crying at workplace unprofessional?

Is crying at workplace unprofessional?

Yesterday, a senior leader of Congress, Ghulam Nabi Azad officially retired from Rajya Sabha and our Prime Minister Narendra Modi bid farewell to him with teary eyes. No one expects a country’s prime minister to cry in the Parliament, but he did choose to display his emotions without worrying about what the world would think. We all get emotional in our workplaces and tend to burst out in certain situations, while at the same time believe that crying in a professional setting is just about the worst thing one can do. Why is crying at work such a taboo? Anthropologists claim that crying violates ‘display rules,’ or cultural norms for self-expression and socialization. Fortunately, more people (including employers) today are recognizing that crying is part of human nature, and crying at work isn’t a denunciation of your professional abilities, nor it’s only a woman thing. Rather than telling your co-workers not to cryRead More

Corporates need to encourage diversity of opinions along with other forms of diversity

Corporates need to encourage diversity of opinions along with other forms of diversity

Slowly and steadily, corporate institutions have risen up to embrace diversity in workplaces. Diversity helps in fostering innovation, creativity and empathy, which is practically impossible in workplaces that are homogenous. Diversity in workplaces are more about gender, race, ethnicity, social cultures and even disabilities. However this makes only part of the overall pie of diverse workplace. One important element is allowing diversity of thoughts, thinking and opinions. Different backgrounds and thought processes bring unique viewpoints that helps the organization to take a broader views and decisions that are inclusive and well thought through. In 2004, Anthony Lising Antonio, a professor at the Stanford had said, ”When we hear dissent from someone who is different from us, it provokes more thought than when it comes from someone who looks like us.” But often, organizations and its employees fall into the trap of ‘Yes Boss’ culture, where employees tend to agree withRead More

remote working

Is work from home making you invisible?

There are many perks of working remotely – but enhanced visibility isn’t one of them, you can easily fall into to the trap of anonymity. Here are 5 tips that can help you retain your visibility and ensure you remain relevant and respected

saying no

Saying ‘No’ is not always negative

We always wish to be the ‘Yes Person’, always positive, available for others, role model, mentor, guide etc., but sometimes these additional tasks leave us stretched and stressed, impacting our core productivity. When your productivity drops, you get dropped from other roles as well, making you feel marginalized and neglected. Hence here are some thoughts on when you have to say ‘No’, and when it is appropriate to say ‘Yes’. Would love to hear your views in the comments below