Office politics—the phrase usually invokes negative images, such as blaming, backstabbing, favouritism, resentment and jealousy. Like it or loathe it, professional success is not merely dependent on merit; being able to read people and their motives is what keeps one ahead. A large part of success in the corporate journey is defined by progress and getting the credit for it; some people excel at it, while others do not. How can you then navigate the corporate corridors without playing dirty?
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Storytelling has moved from granny’s lap and bedtime treats to the Board Rooms, Meeting Rooms, Sales Pitches, Business Interactions and Training arenas. We increasingly use story-izing to Influence, Engage and Inspire, to ‘Humanize Corporate Speak’. In the competitive world of today, we have the need to move ahead, be heard, accepted, bought-in. How do we make our voice heard amidst the crowd, and elevate our Impact and Influence? How do we become CAPTIVATING COMMUNICATORS, even as we pursue our professions such as Accounting, Law, Engineering, Medicine, Teaching, Consulting or Business? Does it have equal relevance to Child Rearing or Home Making? Welcome to the world of metaphors, anecdotes and storytelling. Use time-tested and proven techniques to get your points across swiftly, surely and seamlessly. Make your points memorable, sticky and convicing using the SCIENCE and ART of Story-izing Your Message. Padmakumar Ananthakrishnan is an International Story Teller with over 30 years of Corporate Experience in Business Development, Strategy and Execution Excellence. Padmakumar has travelled to over 20 countries on business and established country level teams and alliance partnerships as a part of Go-To-Market strategies for various products and services. His comfort with multiple cultures and the opportunity to experience those from close quarters provides him a unique edge in building long and trusted relationships.More info →
According to various surveys, two out of three people in the world are unhappy with their jobs. In the present day, this has more to do with the culture of their workplace rather than the job itself. What if this statistic could be flipped so that two out of any three (or maybe more) actually love their jobs? Is your company great to work for? Are people lining up to join your organisation? Does the hired workforce stay for the long haul? You need to ask yourself these questions before moving forward. One needs to come to terms with the fact that the employee-work contract has changed; as compared to the past, people are now operating more as free agents and this will only increase in the years to come. The balance of power has shifted from the employer to the employee.
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Change is inevitable and usually painful. A spoonful of empathic leadership, a smattering of new tools and a few sachets of foundational values boil together to create organizational transformation. However, not all change efforts are successful. Alchemy of Change shows that value-based institutions, which evolve from the wisdom of the soil, can bring about enduring change.
Introducing the Indian Model of Change, which is based on Indian values of leadership, dialogue, mutual respect, and goal setting, the authors explain how the nuances and distinctions of the Indian mindset and cultural backdrop can help to keep pace with today’s fast-changing world. Through real case studies and references from diverse literature, the book shows that change management cannot be treated as a mechanical exercise because change affects and is affected by human emotions, both at an individual and collective level. It is an insightful read for senior management and HR professionals, for all stakeholders who are entrusted with the task of facilitating or bringing about change in an organization, as well as students of change. For the general reader, the book can be a journey in self-awareness and growth.