The real problem with delegation: micromanagement or abdication


The ability and inability to delegate at a level that is appropriate to one’s position in the organisation very often figures as an acute development need for entrepreneurs, leaders and managers across organizations. Trainers and Coaches spend an enormous amount of time and effort in helping these executives develop the right skills and mind-sets so […]

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Is Coaching Effective?


Having been a practising Coach now for 4+ years there is no doubt in my mind that all human beings after a certain age and stage in their lives require a Coach. Someone who can truly, without any prisms, showcase to us who we really are. What mettle we are made of. What is going […]

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Nailing the Goal


One of the toughest challenges that I have faced in Coaching is to help coachees select appropriate goals for themselves. Faced with a bewildering amount of data and feedback, coachees often wonder what they need to work on and how to choose appropriate goals to work on. Many sensitive coachees tend to take every sentence […]

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Can Leaders be made to measure?


Here is a typical (but fictitious) discussion in a talent council meeting in a typical company: You see, Kavish is great at getting things done. His execution is flawless. He is also good with people. It is just that he is just not strategic. He is too immersed in the day to day. Let’s talk […]

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Making in India – the HR agenda


Our honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has issued a clarion call to Make in India – to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub. Several strategies and actions have been rolled out to make this initiative a success. My HR consulting work with manufacturing organisations has often led me to ponder about […]

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The future of class room training


The training room is ready, lunch has been organised, the trainer has arrived but the participants are missing, at least many of them. Ask any L&D professional and she will tell you that her biggest challenge is to get participants into the class room. Ask trainers and they will tell you that they have come […]

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Cause is the new leader


For several decades, management thinkers and others in the field of human psychology and leader development have led all of us to believe that it is an individual’s magnetic qualities that inspire followers to follow. They have led us to believe that it is an individual in the position of leadership who rallies his or […]

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What price a seven-course-meal?


Definitions of Coaching are aplenty; comprehensive ones are few. Most present-day definitions speak elaborately of the role of the Coach and of the Coaching (, but there is very little focus on the Coachee – the counterpart, nay, the main part, for whose benefit this exercise of Coaching is undertaken. Surface level interpretations of such […]

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the trouble with passionate people


Organisations love employees who are passionate about what they do or work with passion. In fact, passion often figures as a preferred value. The reasons for this are understandable. Passionate people love what they do and put their heart into it. Because they love what they do, they go out of their way and put […]

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Coach as a Sounding Board for the Sponsor and Senior Management


Coaching engagements involve periodic meetings with the sponsor, providing updates, and taking the sponsor’s perspectives on the progress of the Coachee. At various stages there are three way meetings, along with the Coachee, for reviews and approvals. In one of my coaching engagements I was invited to meet the senior management along with the sponsor. […]

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