Have you ever looked at your employees on a Friday evening and seen people scampering around to submit their deliverables for the week? It is common across many organizations. That deliverable they are about to submit will tell the organization the work they did over the last one week.

But things are always not straight-forward. It is common that people miss deadlines. It is also not uncommon to have some problems in your deliverable, whether it is a presentation or a software or even a piece of cloth. Perfection is a hard thing for humans to attain.

This is not…


Have you ever used a product which is too complex to use, has a plethora of functionalities, and leaves you disgruntled and sometimes disoriented? I have — most of the banking apps that I use are so complex that it leaves me with a headache. Some of the news websites also leave me confused.

Many companies get confused over simplicity. Simplicity is not just a great user experience. It is about how the user sees and uses the product and gets output from the product. Companies need to understand that simplicity is the foundation of product thinking.

Simple products not…


Being humane is the simplest thing humans can do. Humane is the characteristic of having or showing compassion or benevolence. It is the most basic part of being humans. Yet, organizations, of which humans are the most fundamental building block, do not act humane.

Let me give some examples. Most of the organizations have an entry system through which they monitor the time their people spend inside the organization. And when people spend very less time inside the office, someone talks to them and puts them in their spot. …


Bill Gates has done so many good things to the corporate world and Microsoft Office is just one of them. I bet there is no single moment in the world where people are not using a product from the Microsoft Office product suite. In fact, Microsoft Office has made life so simple. Gone are the days when people had to spend a lot of time creating content. It is now type, draw shape, or edit.

But one thing that Bill Gates created may have become too much of a good thing. …


Do you know the funniest thing that happens in most of the organizations at the start of every year, and sometimes before the beginning of every year? It is a circus called the annual planning session.

Come on, no one can foretell winning a lottery or meeting with a disaster. Even Nostradamus has had his share of failures. And even after all of this, several wise leaders still around a table and plan for the year ahead and sometimes for ten years ahead.

All this can be a sham. As 2020 dawns, it is funny to see how many roadmaps…


Every organization loves a great pipeline. A great pipeline, hopefully, drives more sales. There are a lot of ways to increase pipeline, but there are three proven ways to increase the pipeline in an ethical way.

You need to know more about the business you are in. You need to know about the way products are made in your business, the way products are sold in your business, the way people are engaged in your industry, and the way organizations work in your industry. But more importantly, you need to understand the details of the market you operate in.

Many…


Everyone wants to be a Google, or in other words, everyone wants to be as successful as Google. And the one way they try to do it is by copying what Google does, or copying what ‘they think’ made Google successful.

The OKR framework for goal-setting is one such thing. A wildly (put in as many ‘wildly’ as you want) popular, and even more crazily sold framework. It is not just Google that follows this framework. Lots of companies claim that they follow it. Many of the world’s most popular companies including Amazon, Google, Facebook, Uber etc. use OKRs. …


How many times have you heard the term — we pay in line with the market. Or this line — we are in the top five percentile of the companies when it comes to pay. I have a problem with that — when organizations want people to go over and beyond in their performance, they should also pay over and beyond.

Salaries, or rewards, are the most important part of a job. It is one part of the contract that is made between organizations and its people. People do their job, and organizations pay them for it.

When the salaries…


Many organizations hire for cultural fit. Many organizations hire for the knowledge the prospective hire brings. Many organizations hire because they simply need to backfill a position.

Ever heard of a football club which hires only the A-Level footballers by paying them a huge amount of money, but still is not able to succeed? Have you ever watched the movie “Moneyball”, which apart from promoting data-based analysis, also promotes learnability or the ability and openness to learn?

In short, it is important that organizations hire for learnability and integrity.

Only people who possess learnability can help organizations grow by growing…


Have you ever observed the difference between the training they provide in schools and the training they provide in offices? In schools, the teachers teach us so that we get promoted and leave the current class. In offices, they teach you so that you excel in your current job. There cannot be a bigger anomaly than this after we spend a lot of money in education for getting a job.

Many organizations do not even bother to teach their people. Even if their organizations take an effort to teach them, their managers are not bothered. …

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