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Season Four

Do you find yourself doing a lot yet feeling like the work never ends? Are you still doing things that you mastered a few years ago or in your previous role? Learn how to delegate better.

Your career and your passion can be two very different things!

Welcome back to Season 4! We're starting with one piece of career advice that can derail the best of us!

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Season Three

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For far too long, in the corporate world, we’ve glorified what now seems like the wrong ideals. “Keep at it”, “do or die”, “there is no trying”,… and the list goes on.

But what about the virtues of stepping away, taking a break, or just knowing when we’ve outgrown something. One of the worst things we can do to our careers is to keep at things which don’t agree with us anymore. Using the post-pandemic world as a reference point, we’re using the last episode of season 3 to discuss what it means to know when to stop.

If you’ve substituted the making of aamras and panakam this past summer with Paper Boat’s beverages, this episode tells us the story behind building and scaling a business. 

What does the true journey of an entrepreneur look like? It isn't always gold and glitter. The courage to follow an idea, be willing to learn from the consumer and deliver what the market wants while staying true to your core. Neeraj very candidly shares his journey, from ideas that didn't work to how a pandemic surprisingly brought them closer to their core. 

For many of us, there’s a fundamental challenge in identifying the difference between a job and a career. Should we commit to one field and become the best in it? Should we go wide and learn as much as possible? When is a good time to switch careers? And most importantly, when we’re ready to switch, just what do we do?

In this episode, we address all of these questions about planning how to live out your work-life for the next few decades. Give it a listen!

When you don't define yourself just by your professional qualifications or limit yourself to one job/one hobby, the possibilities are endless. Author, much-loved food blogger, columnist, and a medical doctor by training - Nandita Iyer  (@Saffrontrail) wears many hats in the digital realm. How does she keep up with herself? How does she decide what to share and what to keep to herself? In this episode, she answers all of these questions and gets us thinking about how we want to show up. 

The ability to turn down things we’ve outgrown, things we don’t want to be doing, and things we never wanted to do but got cajoled into, is one of the most underrated skills of our century.

In this episode, we discuss healthy ways to say no without sabotaging our careers and work-life and talk about the many stunts we pulled because we just couldn’t utter the magic word. 

We all have fears and these fears save us from doing something dangerous. Some fears turn into limiting beliefs. Are you saying yes to a new role at work? Are you saying yes to trying something that tests your abilities? Or is something holding you back? Are you able to spot the signs and get your team member to explore limiting beliefs that are holding them back?

Meeta's toy venture shumee is a brand that moms and kids love. Her leadership style and entrepreneurial journey are insightful for every budding business owner and people manager.

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?

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 more.

Challenge yourself to listen with an open mind for ideas that will get you thinking about your life, the work you do and what you can do to be better every day.

To turn around one business is a big deal in itself, but what do you do when you find yourself in situations where you need to turn several businesses around throughout your career?

In this episode, we talk about the core of what marketing really is, what business turnaround looks and feels like, how to build a team that works, and consuming content in a way that works for you and enables you to be a leader who learns and delivers. 

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? 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.

Yash, Founder, SuperBeings, talks about his journey of discovering powerful concepts in neuroscience, positive psychology, and building powerful people practices.

S3E6 - How to hit your goals out of the park - with Yash Mishra

Yash, Founder, SuperBeings, talks about his journey of discovering powerful concepts in neuroscience, positive psychology, and building powerful people practices.

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.

Some of us have started working with new companies during the pandemic and are only now beginning to see our colleagues in a real-world environment. Maybe we enjoy the luncheons and drinks; maybe we don't. Whether you're a manager, a director, or an executive, there are some ways to make the first few days at your new workplace or your new physical environment worthwhile. So tune in and find out!

Hybrid work has a particular penchant for being trickier than it sounds. Do we over-communicate when we aren’t all around each other? How do we talk to each other? 

Yash, Founder, SuperBeings, talks about his journey of discovering powerful concepts in neuroscience, positive psychology, and building powerful people practices.

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

Subha speaks with fellow coach Sonia Saini to understand how to drive change in individuals, with a clear focus on empathy and positivity.

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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.