Are irritants weakening your business communication skills?

Written by Sameer Kamat

Business communication skillsIrritants or awkward pause fillers might be doing more harm to your business communication skills than you know. You may not know it, but your colleagues might be controlling their urge to shut you up!

As an ambitious professional seeking to carve out a niche for yourself in the higher echelons of the business world, self-improvement would be a high-priority item on your career growth to-do list. Apart from the technical skills that are so critical for your success, you’ve probably also been making a conscious effort to improve your business communication skills.

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My experience of working in a startup job in India

Written by Sameer Kamat

Working in startup jobs in IndiaEven the best startups in India and abroad, that are now on the cusp of taking off on a growth trajectory venture capitalists love, have struggled with the fundamentals at some stage.
The folks who bear the immediate brunt of these teething troubles are the startup employees. Those intrigued by the phenomenal growth prospects that the best new startups in India offer often ask ‘What’s it like working in a startup?

Religiously sticking to our predatory philosophy of inviting readers who make intelligent and insightful comments on our other posts, we requested Vikram Budhiraja to write a guest post for us about why he left a big company to join a startup and what his experience has been.

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10 signs that could mean an impending layoff in India

Written by Sameer Kamat

Layoff in IndiaGone are the days of job security. Layoffs in India have become a bitter reality for the brightest of employees with the best of qualifications.
Call them redundancies or down-sizing or right-sizing or layoffs, the meaning remains the same. Job cuts.
Sometimes it’s a one-off case, but increasingly lay-offs in India are looking very similar to those we used to hear about in USA, UK and other countries.
You may not get a layoff letter out of the blue. There may be early signs that you can watch out for.
If you can’t completely avoid the layoff letter, at least it may enable you to manage the process better.

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5 Lessons I got without a college education

Written by Sameer Kamat

Her nickname is Hotwheels (you’ll find out why soon) and she’s a celeb on Quora with over 13,000 followers.
While everyone is fighting hard to get into the best MBA colleges in the world, and hopefully learn life changing lessons, Virali Modi’s education took a different turn and it wasn’t out of choice.
Virali shares the lessons that she was able to pick up without a college degree.

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50 Self Improvement Tips for Success

Written by Sameer Kamat

Self improvement tips
You can stop searching for self improvement tips and articles on blogs spread across the web. We’ve collated the best tips so you can focus your energy on executing them rather than hunting for them. It’s a long list that’ll also test whether you believe in tip number 29. Over to Rohit.

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Management styles: Are you an autocratic manager?

Written by Sameer Kamat

Business Blogs IndiaWhether you are learning about management styles or supply chain management or strategy frameworks, in business schools much of the learning comes from your peers, many of whom might have had considerable experience in different industries, roles and functions. The case studies and management games that professors use in the class provide a good platform for MBA students to share their own experiences.
So we invited T V Srinivas Shenoy (TVS), a seasoned Sales & Marketing professional, to interact with our readers. With over two decades of varied experience, TVS understands the nuances of the corporate world and the inter-personal relationships that come with it. He sets the stage with a guest post on Management Styles.

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Choosing between being a careerwoman or a housewife and mother

Written by Sameer Kamat

Housewife and motherhood or Career-womanNo matter what your qualifications and capabilities are, if you are a woman, the roadmap is more or less pre-defined for you. After marriage, you’d be expected to settle down. Which indirectly translates to – give up your career and take care of your husband and kids.
Ranjini Shankar takes us through her thought process as she made a difficult choice – to pursue her career aspirations after becoming a mother. And she had a rock solid supporter.

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Career Counselling: How to deal with a mid-life career crisis

Written by Sameer Kamat

It’s only a matter of time before working men and women will start facing the heat of a mid-life career crisis in their job. It’s seldom an overnight development that you can quickly put your finger on. Instead it starts creeping up slowly but surely. Office politics, burnout, ego clashes, loss of management trust, self defeating feelings of self-doubt.
If you want to find out how you’ve been managing your career well, try out the free career planning tool on this –> Career Guidance page.

Listening to the frustration release song (can you guess who’s the singer?) can offer a few moments of solace, but no real solution. For many, a job change or an international MBA seems like a good escape route to reset the clock and start off afresh. But it’s an expensive & risky option and there’s no guarantee that the mid-life career problems you were facing will disappear. What if they resurface in the new company in a different form?

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Learn German language to access the non-English speaking world

Written by Sameer Kamat

Learn German language

Learning German, French, Spanish, Japanese or any other language can give you an advantage that no technical or managerial skills can replace. The ability to connect and interact with colleagues, clients and friends from another culture is a huge ice-breaker.
After completing my MBA, I worked for a German company (in India) for 5 years. This involved frequent trips to Germany. So in the first few months after I joined, I spent several hours each day to learn basic German from Anjali Patil, a highly accomplished German teacher from the Goethe Institut.
She has been one of the most patient teachers I’ve ever come across. It’s tough to manage a bunch of over-grown brats in the corporate class, but Anjali did it with poise and elegance. The end result was, after the course, we were able to manage not only our Germany trips well, but also the numerous email chains that would often shuttle between English and German content.

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Careers in Business Academia: How to get research and academic jobs

Written by Sameer Kamat

Academic jobs in business pay well, in fact, much better than ‘regular’ academic jobs in other (non-business) fields. But it’s a tough and long road to get there.
IMD Switzerland MBA grad Hari Raghavachari wraps up the 2-part series on academic careers by talking about how you get get the skills and qualifications needed for academic jobs.

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