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Season Three

Everywhere you look there is talk of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it will change all our lives. For the better or is there danger lurking behind the hype? And do we really understand what AI means in the many apps and tools we use? Are science-fiction movies defining our expectations or will the Metaverse really be our next holiday destination? If you are thinking about a career in AI, as a fresher or as a mid-career boost, you don't want to miss this conversation.

Whether you are building a professional brand or your personal brand, it can feel quite overwhelming to be on multiple platforms and create content and generate visibility. Can you stay true to doing more of the work you enjoy while also staying away from the daily hustle?organisation’s responsibility? A must listen for anyone building a business or trying to find their headspace in the constant hustle of the corporate world.

Subha chats with Jayna, a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India about litigating via Zoom, the challenges and satisfaction of working for social causes, and how other interests are key to having the mind space to be the best at what you do as a profession. 

Hybrid work has a particular penchant for being trickier than it sounds. Do we over-communicate when we aren’t all around each other? Can we leave a notification be and let it do its job? How do we talk to each other when one person is virtually available and the other wants to be in an actual room? These are some questions we try and answer in this episode.

 

A conversation on burnout is both relevant and necessary today. Where does the individual locus of control on burnout end, and what aspect of burnout becomes an organisation’s responsibility?

More importantly, what is and isn’t burnout? How can you tell if this is just a tough couple of weeks, or if there might be something more significant going on? And assuming that what you’re experiencing is indeed burnout, how can you ask for and find help from your organisation?

When was the last time you did just one thing? When was the last time you had a video call where you did nothing but watch the speaker and listen, without a silent toggle to another tab?

Subha and Hasita talk about why focus tools and techniques fail so often and think about guilt-free ways to focus, while also having fun.

Meeta works closely with artisans across India and her young team of product designers to create new and innovative wooden toys and kids products that align with her vision.

Today her venture is a brand that moms and kids love, largely because of how Meeta has grown the business. Her leadership style and entrepreneurial journey is insightful for every budding business owner and people manager.  

Very often ideas are bursting inside us and the urge is to start quickly and figure some stuff as you go along. Here is a deliberate attempt to acknowledge what you don't know and then get down to knowing it.


Yash, Founder, SuperBeings, talks  about his journey of discovering powerful concepts in neuroscience, positivepsychology, and best practices in #motivation to build a powerful people management platform that help leaders hit their goals. 
 

Subha speaks with fellow coach Sonia Saini to understand how to drive change in individuals, with a clear focus on empathy and positivity. Sonia generously shares her views and personal stories about the power of positivity (her superpower!) and how each of us can refocus our minds to give us joy and satisfaction in whatever we choose to do. 

We don’t always know what does or doesn’t maketh a person, but feedback certainly breaketh us. Why do we hate giving and receiving feedback so much? Why do we take it so personally each and every time? In this episode, we pick up everyone’s least favourite F word, and see how we can make it a little bit less painful and a little more productive for everyone.

Who am I? That’s a question that can be answered on the spiritual, philosophical, metaphysical, and practical levels. We are the product of what we do over and over again. We are also the sum total of our choices, the products of our pasts, and so much more. 

Subha and Hasita talk about deciphering your interests, your identity, and the ultimate digital-age goal of becoming a thought-leader! 

Small Talk with RainKraft is a pandemic project that outgrew its pandemic status early this year. Let's now look ahead to learning and growing with optimism. Challenge yourself to listen with an open mind and take away a whole lot (or just a little bit) that will get you thinking about your life, the work you do and what you can do to be better every day.

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Season Two

Ending the year and a season, on a high! For the last episode of season 2, we talk about the things that were and the year that will be. Give it a listen for hope, good vibes, and a bunch of recommendations, approved by the team at RainKraft.

An honest and brave Notes to Self, where Hasita shares her personal mental health journey. A journey that takes courage, compassion, and commitment, to know and understand that it's ok to not be ok. And in knowing that, you will be ok. 

How would we fare if we were asked to give a speech this very moment? 

A look at  the nuances of growth, building a team, and learning to let go too. Hiring better also means knowing the difference between long-term team players vs dipping into the gig economy to get work done. 

Everywhere you look there is a loved one in need of something that should be so fundamentally easy to get your hands on. It is also a time for personal grief. Grief that I, Subha Chandrasekaran, am channeling into a tribute for a man I loved oh so much. 

Productivity has been thrown around like party confetti, raining down on us and yet dampening our spirits. Own what works for you!

Have you ever juggled conflicting expectations in a new environment? Do you struggle with boundaries in the hybrid work world? How do you stay professional when the workplace is also the dining table or bedroom corner?

When building teams or solving a problem, what's the best set of people to have? Are you really looking at diversity from all angles?

A truly inspiring and insightful conversation with Kartik Hosanagar, a multipotentialite with careers in academia, entrepreneurship, angel-investing and now jumpstarting a new venture in movie-making. 

Royal dramas, Oprah’s ability to ask the right questions, and why we need to ask more and listen more in a world that’s connected, probably more than it needs to be.

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Season One

Going on a trip down memory lane, a few life lessons that hold everyone in good stead, but mostly just us talking to you about 2020, and our hopes for the future. 

Hiring a new employee or starting a new gig can feel much like jumping through virtual hoops, but here's how to make it worth your while.

Putting names, titles, reasons and other fancy stuff to the disembodied voices you'll now be hearing on your way to work or on the couch that's now office.

We welcome our first podcast guest Manoj Madhusudanan, Head of dunnhumby India, to talk about managing a virtual workforce,

In good times and pandemics, the job hunt is a challenging effort. But the document that's supposed to help us get land a job, is betraying us. Here's how to fix it.

So many social platforms to choose from, ideas to be detailed, creatives and content to be put out... and finally, no one seems to be seeing it. Let's start from the very beginning and simplify this for you. 

An ode to the many Zoom calls we've muted ourselves on. But also real tips to make meetings less painful and more productive.

 Here's how you can still keep connecting to the good side of LinkedIn, as a corporate cubicle-dweller or an independent soul.

To get warmed up, we start our podcast season with a podcast about podcasts! We didn't plan it this way but we just got chatting and turns out we have quite a few ideas and recommendations in this space.