The 3 Rs of a Great Employer Brand
For all the Ponzi schemes and absolute debauchery that Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Jordan Belfort in the Wolf of Wall Street is involved in, one of the remarkable aspects of his organizati...READ MORE>
Walking the Talk: Employees living your #Brand
While all companies create and articulate a set of stated values, vision and mission (the #brand that the organization wants to be known for), ensuring that these translate into the company...READ MORE>
“How YOU Doin’?”
This September will be the 25th anniversary of a show called “Friends”. Even after all this time, and practicall...READ MORE>
What Does it Take to Build a Strong Employer Brand?
It is important for organizations to invest in building a credible employer brand that employees can identify with. When you watch Meryl Streep’s iconic performance in The Devil Wears Pr...READ MORE>
When Personal Aspirations don’t Align with Organizational Goals (Part 1)
At the start of their careers, most people only have a vague idea of what they want out of their careers. It is only when they progress in their job and gain hands-on experience that they be...READ MORE>
We’re Running Out of Water! Can we Wake Up and Act?
Ramchandra Guha recently wrote this evocative piece that talks about Bangalore’s water s...READ MORE>
Knowing When to Ditch Your Plan is Key to Success
With the ICC Cricket World Cup in full swing, it seems to be the subject that dominates all conversations and discussions. One of the most awaited matches of the tournament was the India Pak...READ MORE>
Don’t Let Funding Take Out All the Fun
Everyday other day, we hear news of yet other start-up getting funded in millions. Just in the last few days, READ MORE>
The Rise of the Female Sultan
Last week, Disney launched a new live-action remake of its animated ‘Aladin’ movie that was first released in 1992. While the storyline is almost the same as the original, there was one smal...READ MORE>
When Executive Leadership is Not Aligned
Indigo Airlines, the most successful airline in India currently, has recently been in the news for all the wrong reasons. READ MORE>
How Do you Scale Culture During Growth Phases?
Each organisation has its own unique culture that defines and differentiates it, even at the start-up stage. It could be the camaraderie among team members or a strong family culture or a ce...READ MORE>
How do you Fight Fake News in the Office?
We are online 24x7, connected 24x7 and information is just a click away. But what about the authenticity of information?
- The Digital Civility Index report by Microsoft says out ... READ MORE>
What Makes Champions Bounce Back?
55 wins, 5 losses. Last Sunday, Kento Momota made history again, becoming the first Japanese men’s singles player to win the All England title. You don’t need to understand badminton as a sp...READ MORE>
How to Keep Pace with Rapid Growth
Sustaining growth isn’t easy, especially when it happens rapidly. During the course of its existence, every organisation goes through different phases of evolution. Each phase, in turn, b...READ MORE>
A ‘G-Local’ approach to building Global Capability Centres
This is not another piece about the ‘India Technology’ journey. While the initial drivers for the growth of capability centres in India were cost arbitrage and operational proficiency, th...READ MORE>
Through the Looking Glass for 2019
2018 has been an interesting year for all of us. As we step into a new year with new excitement and anticipation, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on the year gone by and see what le...READ MORE>
Above N Beyond Turns 3!
And just like that, it has been three years! We officially launched Above N Beyond in November 2015. Since then, we’re proud and humbled to see how we’ve gone from strength to strength in te...READ MORE>
What Does it Take to Drive a Successful Transformation?
We live in a competitive, dynamic age where change is the only constant. All around us, we see organisations that are in the race to transform so that they are prepared to survive and thrive...READ MORE>
How do we Challenge the Norm?
A few days ago, India watched with bated breath as the spirited quartet of Hima Das, M R Poovamma, Saritaben Gayakwad and Vismaya Velluva Koroth sprinted their way to a gold medal in the 4x4...READ MORE>
Data, Data Everywhere, But How do we Use it?
Today, each organisation produces a humungous amount of data. Companies today are also more tech-savvy than ever before and are investing in data analytics and business intelligence solution...READ MORE>
The Key to Effective Communication – Understanding ‘Their’ View
We always stress on the importance of communication within an organisation. Unless you constantly communicate your goals and values to your team, they are unlikely to align with the company’...READ MORE>
The Bane of ‘Business as Usual’
Consider this: the Indian arm of a software MNC was a few years old in India. The company had seen phenomenal success during the first few years – sales growth was through the roof, attritio...READ MORE>
How to be a Self-Aware Leader
In today’s dynamic business world, today’s leaders are consistently being challenged to achieve organizational business outcomes. As technology evolves at a frenetic pace and the millennial ...READ MORE>
The ‘Winning at All Costs’ Culture
In September 2015, Volkswagen, the highly respected auto giant was in the news for all the wrong reasons. The US Environmental Protect...READ MORE>
Employee Motivations Evolve as they Progress in their Careers
People management is one of the primary concerns for companies in the knowledge economy. Hiring the right people is only the first piece of the puzzle. The bigger challenge is around creatin...READ MORE>
Are Boys and Girls equal? A question to ponder upon…
Diverse Minds, But Shared Values
Often, when we think of diversity, we tend to view it through the extremely narrow lens of gender, race, language. While these are certainly valid, the kind of diversity that truly matters f...READ MORE>
What Will it Take to be a Successful Leader in 2018?
As the countdown to 2018 begins, we can look back at 2017 as a year of some fairly dramatic trends, especially around technology. We saw some strong strides made in automation, robotics, mac...READ MORE>
The Fuss About Ownership and Rightly So
Some common questions that leaders ask us:
- I just hired a very senior person with the hope that s/he would make changes. But, this person is just not taking ownership
Hands Open or Fist Closed Leader?
Over the last few months, the ongoing developments at Tata and Infosys have shed light on the very real challenges that organizations face in bringing in new leaders and enabling their succe...READ MORE>
Do Your Employees Live Your Core Values?
For the past few days, Corporate India has been buzzing with news of a leaked conversation recording where an unfortunate tech employee was asked by HR to put in his papers by 10 am the next...READ MORE>
Leadership in the Age of Automation
To say that we live in uncertain times is an understatement. From Artificial Intelligence (AI) to robotics to Supercomputing to the ubiquity of the Internet, technology has been revolutionis...READ MORE>
Why Integrating New Leaders Well is Crucial for their (and the Organization’s) Success
In an earlier blog, we’d written about why it makes sense to consciously build a leadership pipeli...READ MORE>
Execution: The Secret Ingredient for Scaling Successfully
The most difficult part of a start-up is not the starting up, but the scaling up. This is because a start-up is a different organizational entity than a large established company. As the org...READ MORE>
Start Building Your Leadership Pipeline Much Before You Need them to Deliver
In the early days of an organisation, building a leadership pipeline isn’t top priority. The focus of the founder/s is on growing the business, on getting things done. As the organisation sc...READ MORE>
Performance Management needs to keep up with the times
A few days ago, the NASSCOM HR Forum hosted a very thought-provoking session on the changing face of performance management. The event, titled ‘READ MORE>
Diversity beyond metrics
A few interactions I have had over the last month: Interaction 1: My daughter plays football (soccer). She started going for football classes about a month ago and is one...READ MORE>
The Devil Leader
There is a small tailor shop in our neighborhood. After staying in the locality for over 25 years, I heard the story of the ‘Devil Leader’ for the first time a few weeks ago… A story that th...READ MORE>
Investor-Founder Relationship – Finding the Right Balance
For a start-up, getting an investor is an important milestone. It gives founders some reprieve from the persistent cash-flow issues that start-ups seem to struggle with, and provide the impe...READ MORE>
Technology Adoption is Tricky, but Hugely Valuable for Business Growth
A few days ago, we heard a very interesting talk by an industry leader who said that technology is no longer just an enabler for businesses, rather it is a driver. Essentially, this means th...READ MORE>
Why Reskilling is the Need of the Hour…And so is Responsible Growth
Given the rapid rate of change that we are witnessing, there is a good chance that the job you’re doing today may not even exist 20 years later. A report by CBRE has predicted that nearly 50...READ MORE>
Why Emotional Intelligence Deserves more Attention in the Corporate World
The term ‘Emotional Intelligence’ has been around for close to three decades now. From a scient...READ MORE>
What my Yoga Class Taught me about Leadership Styles
I go for yoga classes to a studio near home. There are two teachers who take the classes and it is interesting to note two very different styles of teaching for the same style of yoga. On...READ MORE>
Execution May be Unglamorous and Tedious, But it’s What Brings in the Results
Most discussion on management is heavily skewed towards aspects such as approach, strategy, concept and other ‘cool’ management jargon. But in all of this, ‘execution’ usually gets very litt...READ MORE>
Structured Change Management Aligned with Business Goals is Crucial for Success
A couple of years ago, Adobe made a major corporate shift from perpetual licensing to a subscription-based model. To make this transition successful, the company made several strategic struc...READ MORE>
Introducing the Above N Beyond Blog
The why, what and how of a balanced approach to organisational consulting It’s been over three decades since Arthur N. Turner wrote his defining piece on consulting titled ‘Consu...READ MORE>
Sikander, The Tourist Guide, The Guide on Customer Experience…
We were in Agra a few days ago and as we were entering the Agra fort, a gentlemen walked towards us and asked if we needed a guide to show us around. He mentioned that he was one of the cert...READ MORE>
Business Recruiter or Postmaster?
Hiring is exciting, challenging and plays a significant role in an organization’s growth. In my mind, it is one of the most complex and interesting aspect of people practices. After all, the...READ MORE>
How to Create a Great Day 1 at Work…
One of our friends recently moved into town. Their child goes to the same school as ours and is in the same class. She called a couple of days back asking if our daughter could help her daug...READ MORE>
About the Golden and Platinum Rule…
‘Knock, knock, knock’… and it grew louder. I sprang out of my bunk to check what the time was and it was around 1:30 AM. This is back in my shipping days and on that day I was the duty engin...READ MORE>
About Offers and Counter Offers…
PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmarkar – Thank you. You make us proud. You fittingly deserve all the accolades and rewards coming your way… This blog, however is not about them, but a...READ MORE>
Celebrate and Celebrate in Absolute
I was speaking with the founders of a company that has done very well and grown fairly rapidly over the last few years. They, like many organizations, are going through the challenges of sca...READ MORE>
Better pay yes, but what about experience?
‘The person gets paid well, and hence should get the job done’, is a statement that I get to hear fairly often. This is said with very little thought on the experience that the individual go...READ MORE>