Culture

January 17, 2014
Have you ever seen a school of fish? In the ocean a large group of fish move together, as if they were one entity. And they moved fast. And when a new fish joins it, it doesn't really think about moving fast; the school just takes it along and the new fish moves as fast […]
January 16, 2014
That’s obvious right? I mean, who wouldn’t want an iPad. But the point I’m trying to make here is bigger. As a HR professional, how often have you been faced with a situation where you’ve had to reward a resource for their outstanding work, outside of appraisals. If your company has been doing well for […]
January 15, 2014
The last twenty years or so has been a testament to individuals or a small group of individuals looking at a way particular thing is done and saying, ‘I can’t believe that we still do it this way. I/we’ve got to change that!” Take ex-investment banker Bobby Youakim. He found the process of going to […]
January 9, 2014
When someone talks about company re-orgs, you remember this man above. Going from a divisional organisation structure to functional organisational structure for a company with so many products, sounds so, Ballmer-esque. (more on that here, and here) Amen to the retired legend. But recently, there has been another kind of company reshuffle, which is mind […]
November 28, 2013
The way in which something as brick and mortar (quite literally!) like real estate has converged with technology has been quite remarkable. In the last few years or so, we have seen some very innovative technology solutions enabling real estate owners to reach potential buyers and interested buyers to find the right properties at attractive […]
November 25, 2013
A business based on missed calls? Well, for anyone who’d start something like that, most people would have said, ‘good luck’. But when Valerie Wagoner, Amiya Pathak and Sanjay Swami started brainstorming about the idea, they felt a huge potential in this market, which was untapped. Four years on, with a clientele which includes Disney, […]
November 25, 2013
It is the age of the millennial. Mere monetary benefits are not enough to lure the best candidates. What were once considered dream jobs don’t make the cut anymore, because of a lack of interesting work, a bad work culture, or simply a lack of a brand. Lets admit it; kids today want to work […]
November 21, 2013
The most practical times to start up is either before you have children and after they’ve left home. However, in the past few years or so, we’ve seen quite a few middle aged people leave their cushy, high paying jobs to start their own companies. The risks are much higher - you probably have children […]
November 10, 2013
About two years ago, David Heinemeier Hansson, founder of ruby on rails and partner at 37Signals, wrote a really strong worded piece on the merits of remote hiring. According to him, he had no sympathy for companies that complain about lack of developer talent which also have stringent rules against remote working…