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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...

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...

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...