Like us, you’ve probably seen the Eisenhower matrix several times in your life and never used it. It is possible that you may have tried and given up after numerous failed attempts.
Managing time is the single most powerful source of stress in our life and yet, paradoxically, it is something that we seem to be rather miserable at as a species.
A few years ago, one of Facebook’s core employees put out a post that went viral- work, home, exercise, sleep, friends: if you could only have three of these things, which one would you choose?
Ask yourself now and see how easy or difficult it was to choose just three. And the temptation to ask, why can't I want all? Do you have the time? Maybe. Do you have the energy??
Whenever we need a mid-week pick-me-up, whenever we’re feeling drained, all we really need to do is look at people who were, and are, so relentlessly in pursuit of what they believe in. These are people who we read about with longing, and more often than not, these are also people heavily criticized by their contemporaries.
Today, several organizations, big and small, take about a shared vision and the need for a collective driving force. It is interesting to note, however, that the concept of shared vision as developed by Peter Senge was first studied, theorized, and implemented at schools.
It is quite paradoxical that schools, which are considered temples of learning, are also often plagued by the same organizational issues as their corporate counterparts. Senge came upon something universal.
We have a favorite saying - “Starting up is an inside job, but scaling up needs a village.” As simplistic as that sounds, there comes the point in every leader’s journey where they discover that they simply cannot go at it alone. How do they take the village along and show everyone the greatness that must emerge from the shadows?
When we hear the word ‘resilience,’ we often think of it as a response to something else. Resilience is a trait that is often characterized as ‘despite’ rather than as something that can be exhibited under all circumstances. Yes, elasticity only comes to the picture when one is stretched, but how do different people in similar situations exhibit different responses to the same level of stress?
As an executive and a leader, it is everyone’s dream to achieve the impossible. Let’s just think about the start of services like Airbnb and Uber. What’s more surprising than their meteoric growth is the fact that no one had managed to come up with these exquisitely simple ideas before. What about visions that just aren't seeing the light of day?
Before the summer of 2015, it was very rare for C-suite executives to openly talk about personal loss and tragedy and how they recovered from it. And yet, when Sheryl Sandberg lost her husband, she found support on the very platform she works to market- Facebook.
Have you ever been part of a meeting where everyone comes out feeling good about the way forward? If you haven’t, we don’t blame you. From pitch presentations to negotiations, boardrooms across the world are famous for the pace, or lack of it, within those spaces. But, if you pause to think about it, do people get into meetings with the specific intent of being unproductive? No! Yet...
While it is absolutely true that anyone might be in a position of having taken a career break, we do notice that it is most often the women who do so. Hence, this guide is oriented towards women getting back after a break, but also has useful tips for anyone looking to explain a change of pace, work or even being let go from an earlier organisation.
We’re lucky that we live in a connected world. Unlike the earlier workforce that needed to go through acquaintances and job portals, and then wait endlessly for a recommendation, we today have powerful social media tools that put us front and centre in a hirer’s mind, or put that dream job right in front of our eyes. Make the most of it!
Ever been in an interview where you didn’t quite know what you were supposed to do? Have you ever conducted an interview only to realise later that you’d chosen the wrong cohort of people to talk to?
There is a huge cost to hiring wrong or joining a workplace that doesn't suit you.
Irrespective of whether you got a promotion this time around or not, you’re surely thinking of ways to up your game in the coming year. Knowing exactly where you feel short this year can help you set specific goals to move forward with.
Enough guides and then some have been written about what to do when you don’t get a promotion. Even we will write one! Sometimes, it does feel like having something to achieve is a much bigger driver than the act of actually accomplishing something.
A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. - Elbert Hubbard
It is hard to share that same view when you’re reeling from a freshly missed opportunity. Know that at such a time, it is natural to feel at a loss, and like you’ve been served up the short end of the stick.
Navigating a relaunch into the corporate sector can be challenging. At RainKraft, ReStart programs are a core area that we work on. Our ICF certified coach, Subha Chandrasekaran, actively works with women who have taken a break in their career journey and are now looking to better understand when and how they want to make their way back.
At some point in your professional career, you may find yourself needing to take a break. This pressure is higher on women, and while reasons may range from childbirth and family commitments to moving after a major life change, the fact of the matter is that a break is still seen as a gap in your career. How can you come out of the other side of this gap stronger?
For Anamika, 29, Delhi had been home for many decades. From her early years and right until graduation and work, she had gotten used to the many by-lanes and the sheer size of the city. When she got married to a Bengaluru-based tech professional, one of them had to make the move, and she decided it would be her.
Have you ever experienced the feeling of finally having ‘arrived’? That sense we get of knowing that a long-cherished dream has come true is the subtle line between building a career and going to work. And yet, that isn’t a journey to undertake in a day or even a year. Some things pan out the way they do because of the years of consistent work that preceded them.
For many of us, the idea of trying to take up a new course while engaged in a full-time job can be intimidating. But handling your work load as well as trying to upgrade your skills is not as difficult as it sounds, thanks to the numerous learning paths that are available to you.
For a process as focused upon the individual as coaching, we wouldn’t usually think of organizational coaching. However, corporate coaching is possible, and it works the same way as individual coaching- within the company setting, a small group of individuals within a team or key people in management roles can undergo coaching.
What can a hundred people do for an organisation? If you ask our client, with whom we partnered a learning journey, they can become the new leadership that all businesses struggle to build.
One myth that often surrounds coaching and associated work is that coaching leads to higher motivation levels almost instantly. At RainKraft, we’d prefer to replace the rather transient ‘motivation’ with a more consistent ‘inspiration.’ Coaching is an individual journey of transformation. It does not ‘fire up’ people. Instead, it works to change them fundamentally.