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New Year Resolutions… getting it right

New Year Resolutions are often expected to be broken and broken they are! I have not done an empirical study of this phenomenon but anecdotal data suggests that losing weight is one resolution which millions must be making only to break it. And for this people often blame it on themselves and their willpower. Having worked with people on performance management I only know that the mistake lies in the quality of the goal setting people do for themselves. Let me illustrate. You are a Sales Manager and you manage a fleet of feet on the street to sell carpets in rich neighborhoods. You have to set targets for your new sales staff. You've had a history of enthusiastic sales people joining and then leaving in a month on...

How to get out of the "Nothing is Working Out"​ abyss

We have good days and we have bad days! And when bad days unfold they don’t come alone - they come with their friends … more bad days. It could be your gadgets failing you or your memory or your people or your clients or your <name it> ….. misery seems to just cascade down. In a situation like this what do you do? I will tell you what I do and it works! When it seems one of those days when the entire universe is conspiring to keep me away from what I want I consciously take ten minutes out of my schedule to "think, recollect & remind myself". I give myself the task of "counting my blessings".Not all just five of them. I tell myself, "this useless...

Does your cafeteria serve Chocolate Mousse?

I know of a friend who works with an MNC which has HSSE high up on their agenda of priorities. They do a safety moment at the beginning of every meeting - their employees have a comprehensive health check done every year - they have a company doctor - their employees are encouraged to participate in marathons - and after all this I hear they serve samosa, jalebi rabri, strawberry mousse as a part of their meal in the cafeteria. Doesn’t' add up...

Good Lifestyle … meaning cars? posh apartment? or what?

Yesterday I met one person who has stepped out of a cushy job to follow her entrepreneurial dreams and the ride presumably is not being an easy one. In the course of the conversation she said "I have had a certain lifestyle which I can't compromise on". And when she said 'lifestyle' it seemed to indicate the "expensive things in life" In fact most of us interpret lifestyle as things which wealth gets us. You have a big house, an expensive car, branded clothes translates to a good lifestyle! Right? Not really it seems! Lifestyle is defined as a way of living of individuals which gets exhibited by the way they cope with their environment on a day-to-day basis. And environment means the physical, psychological, social, and economic environments. Let me explain...

Parenting Teens – 2

Oft heard comment from teen parents - "I have stopped saying anything - it falls on deaf ears any which way - why waste words! " "Maine to kuch kehna hee band hee kar diya hai - karni unko wahi hai jo unke man me aaye !!: ………and this is often followed by one loooooong sigh of helplessness! I write this post to only tell you - You are not helpless - there is a lot you can do….. not with your child but with yourself. Here I share another tenet of teen parenting which I have discovered after having made umpteen number of mistakes myself. Your teen will not do what you want her to do - she will do what you expect her to do. Let me explain… Scenario 1 You want...

Parenting Teens – I

When i say teens it doesn't indicate the age i.e. 13 to 19 only. It means all kids (these days upwards of 10) who show signs of what teens behave like. In my years of parenting and watching umpteen number of teens and their parents around the first lesson that i took was. Its NOT about managing the TEEN - its about managing MYSELF ! Whenever faced with a disastrous (as shown in the info graphic) opening to a conversation, a shouting match would not be something which would be the end you would be looking for. I always remind myself "Whichever I react - I am modelling a behaviour -a behaviour which my kid would interpret as being "correct" That prevents me to react sharply sarcastically angrily disgustedly and helps me be more ...

Recipe for "A Healthy Workplace"

“Good investors are always looking to find ever more sophisticated ways to understand the underlying strength of a company. Health and well being are powerful indicators in assessing the businesses ability to attract, retain and motivate top performing employees. In fact there is increasing evidence that a healthy workforce provides a competitive advantage" With years of experience in prompting and promoting wellness in organizations - here is what we set out as ingredients and a recipe for "Building Healthy Workplaces" at HCS Wellness Leadership Commitment Haven't we heard culture has strategy for breakfast and culture more often than not is modeled from the top. Some indicators to leadership commitment are Is there a specific budget for wellness initiatives? Is there a specific team devoted to driving wellness initiatives...

It's your Pin code & not your genetic code that your lasting good health depends on

Gene tests are the latest to be offered by diagnostic labs to predict your pre-disposition to develop some kind of ailment. And if celebrities lead the way should we be surprised if this turns out to be the latest fad of this decade? But I could tell you without batting an eyelid - that’s a lot of money wasted. Check with your family physician i.e. if you still have one who you still trust will not to prescribe a MRI scan of your brain for a headache - Your genetic make-up is something you can't help - so why even bother. Good health has many social determinants too……… one of them being your PIN code (read where you live!) In fact according to the WHO Report on the...

Building Healthy Workplaces .… Building Learning Organizations

HR professionals have really come of age in most organizations. I find young people often daring to do things which we could only imagine. There is no dearth of talent, ideas and dash. But when it comes to putting a strategy to build a healthy workplace we find the same bright lot harried with what to do and what not do. Probably since the concept of Wellness has yet to mature, or it is still a 'nice' and not 'need' to have fare. Whatever the reasons are I thought I would write a piece that helps. As we go about 'prompting' and 'promoting' wellness in organizations the distilled knowledge that we as an organization have acquired over these years is that "Building Healthy Workplaces" is about...