ON BOARD – How To Use Board Games to Build Corporate Skills

16 years ago, working in Silicon Valley, I was invited for a backgammon party. Visions of the Bangalore Club card room, where I would peek in to call on some severe   looking aunt or uncle, as a child surfaced. Yikes. What was I in for? I tentatively accepted. I had never played the game in my life and I was quickly inducted into the rules by my teammate. It was a great evening, with folk from different disciplines and companies. There was bonhomie, drinking and civilized arguing. (no one can call a cheater a cheater like we Indians can) And best of all, there was laughter, lots of it. I was intrigued. Done to death with Monopoly and Pictionary, I went on a board game hunt. It was a revelation when I cracked open the then recently launched Cranium and several bottles of red while entertain ...

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Of Socks & Squares, or How Traditionalists can take Baby Steps out of Comfort Zones

I attended a conclave where a large part of the audience were males in their mid fifties. Impeccably dressed. I tweeted. “Never seen so many pocket squares in one room.” I was fascinated, for as people passed by me, the elegantly folded, severe squares that were matching colours, belonged to the older brigade, the nonchalant styles, that were carefully yet carelessly tucked in in contrasts were worn by the younger lot. I was reminded of a twitter conversation, where someone asked what the norm was for socks for business meetings. Some came back with the acceptable – “darker than suit” answers and some, happily, responded with brights, and even went to the lengths of saying Mickey Mouse, Superman and such, Thankfully no one said white. <shudder>. The discussion veered rapidly to accep ...

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HARD HABITS TO BREAK

My friend PP has a really annoying habit. She bites her nails to oblivion. Whenever I look to see her engrossed at work or with a nose in a book, her hands are at her mouth and she is chewing her nails. Everytime I see that, I whack her hand like an irritated grandma. And she sheepishly nods and puts her hands down…for all of 20 seconds before she is at it again. I read a fascinating book a few years ago by Charles Duhigg: The Power of Habit. So did PP. I grabbed said book and read out the paragraph to PP. In the book was a case study about a girl called Mandy who used to bite her nails. (You are going to have to read this book to find out how they helped her break this habit) Needless to say it the technique involved being aware of the habit and then moving to what they call ”habit revers ...

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OF CABBAGES…AND CORPORATE KINGS.

This morning while checking my Facebook page, I saw a post by someone on a gardening group I am part of. She had posted a picture of a cabbage in her garden, which weighed 1.5kgs and her post said. “feeling elated and humbled.” On a regular day, I would have blipped over this post, but her words caught my attention. Feeling elated and humbled? Its not like she climbed Everest right? Further reading showed that she had been trying hard to grow cabbages for months, but pests always got to them. This was a testament to her tenacious effort. It took her three months to harvest one head of cabbage.   That got me reflecting. One of the practices I recommend to many of my high stressed corporate clients is to get planting. Whether in a garden or just with a few pots. And to be the gardener. ...

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ON FINDING YOUR PURPOSE ~AND THE MAGICAL VENN

  Two months ago, I had dinner with fellow Integral Master CoachTM Ellen Sprenger, who was in India for meetings. Being in India, away from an ICC community can be isolating and I welcome opportunities to “talk shop” with ICC-ers in real life. Over dinner, we spoke of our own visions, learnings and our interest in the power of somatics and other jargon.  I shared my plans for new business models and offerings that I felt I needed to venture into.  It was all rather nebulous and I was looking to brainstorm. Ellen spoke of a Integral based, business model course she attended which she said provided her incredible clarity. I looked it up later. It was a course in building a new business model from scratch – but a conscious business model. You could be someone who is starting off a new bu ...

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