Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fake WikiLeaks against India: Pakistan media apologises

It has been quite some time since I blogged a note. The delay is simply on account of the incredible amount of work at hand these days, especially as our teams grow.

I did however wish to share a thought about this whole WikiLeaks thing which seems to have rocked the world. It seems it is also being misused to malign countries.

For instance, earlier this week Pakistani newspapers carried articles that purported to detail shocking American assessments of India's military and civilian leaders.

The Guardian which first published the cables have now proved that the reports in Pakistani dailies are not accurate. The Guardian did it own searches and found that there was no evidence to support the validity of these purported claims.

It is indeed sad to see Pakistan stoop so low for propaganda purposes.

By the way, on a related note, I also thought of sharing with you a brilliant piece of analysis on this Wikileaks incident. A former Microsoft Security expert recently provided an analysis of this whole affair from an IT security pro's perspective, and you can find it online at the Identity, Security and Access Blog.

The piece is actually titled "The WikiLeaks Security Incident – A Warning and a Wake-Up Call to Organizations Worldwide", in case you wish to Google it, and it really made me think hard about the value of IT security.

It is one of the most unbiased yet objective pieces of analysis I have enccountered so far, so I thought of sharing it with one and all. If you have a minute, do consider checking it out.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Management demands Empathy

Have you ever been in a situation where you were trying to explain something to your manager but you felt like he/she was just not be getting your message?

Well, many a time, the converse it true as well, in that many a time a manager may try to communicate a specific task, challenge or deadline to you, and find that you may not be receiving his intended message.

In so many such situations, it can really help if both parties just practiced some empathy and received the message with an open mind and by looking at it from the other party's perspective.

Empathy can play a pivotal role in taking your relationship with your manager (or your team) to the next level, and to the extent that you embrace it, it can substantially help you improve not just your working relationships but also your productivity and effectiveness.

I would encourage everyone to give this some serious thought and a serious shot!

Kind Regards,

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Three Essential Virtues at the Core of Successful Management

If you practice Buddhism, you know the value of patience, empathy and balance.

In many ways, these three simple virtues are at the core of successful management as well.

I'll leave you to reflect upon this for now, and pen in shortly with my take on it.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Management is an Art

Visit any bookstore and you're bound to find an entire section devoted to the topic of management. Some view it as a science, others as a gift, and still others as an art.

I for one do firmly believe that it is truly an art, for it demands great agility and empathy on your part, and it usually requires a different stroke of the brush in most situations because the dynamics of no two situations are ever the same.

As an art, it can be mastered, but doing so takes time, effort, commitment and a willingness to look at situations from all perspectives, not just one's own. It is also an art in the sense that once you're good at it, like a good painting, it speaks for itself, in that its recognized, appreciated and valued.

In posts to follow, I shall shed light on some specific examples and observations, aimed at illustrating some of the most essential aspects of management.


Monday, March 8, 2010


Namaste, and welcome to my little shack on the Internet. I'm Rajiv, a proud and aspiring Indian, whose had the good fortune of working with and managing some of the most hard-working and motivated individuals, here in New Delhi, India.

Over the last few years, I've had the opportunity to manage quite a few young and vibrant folks, and in the process I learnt a thing or two about the fine art of management. In this blog, I plan on sharing my 5 paisa with you, with the hope that it can help you too.

Every now and then, I'll drop in and share a few thougths and observations, so please feel free to tune in :-)