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Articles and Case Studies

Here are some of my thought pieces on topics such as Strategy, Leadership, Creativity, Design, Career, Innovation Culture, Management, Life, and Emotions. 

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"Everyone may not be good, but there's always something good in everyone. Never judge anyone shortly because every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."

- Oscar Wilde 

Strategic Thinking 

  1. 15 revenue models for every startup (July 24, 2023, Medium)

  2. How enterprises can acquire startups in a meaningful way (Sept 8, 2021, YourStory)

  3. The Office of Strategy in the age of agility (Aug 26, 2021, Entrepreneur)

  4. Strategic Thinking versus Design Thinking (July 27, 2020, Medium)

  5. Five Strategic Insights from the US Navy SEALs (Oct 10, 2019, Medium)

  6. The mind of a strategist (April 11, 2019, Medium)

  7. The essence of strategic acumen (March 11, 2018, LinkedIn)

  8. A great mind is a simple mind (July 13, 2016, People Matters)

  9. Why strategists love 2x2s? (April 9, 2016, LinkedIn)

  10. Sehwag on Strategy (Oct 31, 2015, LinkedIn)

Design Thinking 

  1. When to listen to customers and when not to (Nov 20, 2022, YourStory)

  2. Design Thinking at Royal Enfield (Oct 14, 2022, Medium)

  3. How to make the most of your design thinking efforts (Sept 5, 2022, YourStory)

  4. 365 ideas in 8 minutes (Aug 29, 2022, Medium)

  5. The fourth dimension of design thinking (July 4, 2022, YourStory)

  6. A call for a customer-centric view of manufacturing (July 4, 2022, Entrepreneur)

  7. Design Thinking for Public Policy (Oct 15, 2021, Medium)

  8. Let’s move from ‘Make in India’ to ‘Design in India’ (May 10, 2021, Mint)

  9. How design thinking can be a go-to model for problem solving (Mar 25, 2021, YourStory)

  10. Maruti Suzuki: Addressing the end-to-end customer value chain (Feb 15, 2021, Medium)

  11. Indigo: Blending customer centricity with operational efficiency  (Feb 14, 2021, Medium)

  12. It is the time to 'Design Your Thinking' (Feb 13, 2021, People Matters)

  13. Infosys: Lessons on fostering a culture of Design Thinking (Feb 12, 2021, Medium)

  14. Paytm and its user-centric design practices (Feb 10, 2021, Medium)

  15. The best books on Design Thinking (Sept 17, 2020, Medium)

  16. 5 biggest myths about design thinking and why they persist (May 29, 2020, YourStory)

  17. Why design thinking is more relevant in the current scenario (May 13, 2020, YourStory)
  18. Design Thinking is to innovation what Six Sigma is to quality (Aug 16, 2019, Entrepreneur)

  19. Design Thinking is ‘not’ an old wine in a new bottle (July 15, 2019, Medium)

  20. What insights Scrum has to offer to Design Thinking (June 5, 2019, Medium)

  21. Be the customer you want to serve (Apr 2, 2019, YourStory)

  22. The original design thinker (March 22, 2019, LinkedIn)

  23. Design thinking is not about designing, it's about thinking (Oct 16, 2018, LinkedIn)

  24. Why design thinking fails (Aug 3, 2018, LinkedIn)

  25. Microsoft @ Speed of Design (July 16, 2018, LinkedIn)

  26. Why Design Thinking eludes Indians! (July 3, 2018, Medium)

  27. The greatest contribution of Mr. Sikka (Aug 23, 2017, LinkedIn)

  28. Design Thinking- 550 ideas in 60 min! (Mar 7, 2017, LinkedIn)

Spirituality, Parenting and Living   

  1. Remain spiritually anchored (Dec 21, 2023, Medium)

  2. Why you must run the race of your life at your own pace (April 20, 2023, People Matters)

  3. Tips to reclaim your work-life balance (Sept 19, 2022, People Matters)

  4. Why you need to break up with your pattern of sameness to survive the AI age (Feb 18, 2020, Mint)

  5. Life’s hack to cut the crap (May 14, 2019, Medium)

  6. The power of pause (Feb 28, 2019, LinkedIn)

  7. Thinking can't be an afterthought (Nov 20, 2018, LinkedIn)

  8. Is accelerated automation and AI stripping away what's human? (Oct 17, 2017, People Matters)

  9. Are you the biggest villain of your child's creativity? (Dec 29, 2016, LinkedIn)

  10. Taking the path less travelled (Dec 6, 2016, LinkedIn)

  11. Automation helps humans evolve (Oct 24, 2016, People Matters)

  12. How different is a woman's mind?​ (Sept 8, 2016, LinkedIn)

  13. Is purposelessness the new occupational hazard? (June 3, 2016, LinkedIn)

Leadership and Management   

  1. Maintaining a coherent organisational culture in the gig economy (Dec 6, 2023, People Matters)

  2. Some lessons in affirmative communications (April 28, 2023, LinkedIn)

  3. How to delegate effectively: 5 tips for managers (Oct 30, 2022, People Matters)

  4. How people managers can adopt Design Thinking to re-engage their distressed workforce (Sept 24, 2020, People Matters)

  5. The heady cocktail of creativity and cognitive bias in today's workplace (Nov 26, 2019, Mint)

  6. The Real Dude (Aug 9, 2019, Medium)

  7. Fixing corporate learning programs (June 26, 2019, People Matters)
  8. Effective leaders don't innovate, they protect those who do! (Apr 23, 2019, People Matters)

  9. Here's why micromanaging oneself is important than micromanaging others (Feb 2, 2019, People Matters)

  10. Is your passion to blame for your company's failure? (July 12, 2018, YourStory)

  11. It's not the people but the routines that make up a company's work culture (June 25, 2018, Mint)

  12. Is your organization mutating enough? (June 24, 2018, People Matters)

  13. How leaders shape the culture of innovation (Apr 24, 2018, YourStory)

  14. What happens to quality in the pursuit of the 'next'? (Dec 6, 2016, LinkedIn)

  15. Is automation the essential step in human evolution? (Nov 11, 2016, LinkedIn)

Innovation   

  1. Innovation is a political process (March 22, 2023, LinkedIn) 

  2. The one thing about innovation that no one ever told you (Mar 21, 2023, Entrepreneur)

  3. Managing open innovation programs: Can blockchain be of help? (Sept 22, 2021)

  4. A FAB model of new product development (Nov 12, 2020, YourStory)

  5. To innovate better adopt the power of metaphors (June 18, 2020, YourStory)

  6. Open innovation can solve problems of the future (May 21, 2020, Mint)

  7. Fostering an innovation culture (May 12, 2020, People Matters)

  8. To innovate better, pay attention to your office space (May 7, 2020, Entrepreneur)

  9. The dark side of Hackathons: Why they are counter innovation culture (Apr 10, 2020, Inc 42)

  10. Why our love for jugaad can backfire (Mar 31, 2020, Mint)

  11. For innovation in the office, cut your team some slack (Mar 11, 2020, Mint)

  12. 5 counter-intuitive people practices from the world's leading innovators (Feb 12, 2020, People Matters)

  13. Co-innovation: The Wipro way (August 12, 2019, LinkedIn)

  14. Asymmetric incentives have the power to push for innovation (Dec 13, 2018, Mint)
  15. Robust routines impact company culture more than innovative talent (Sept 17, 2018, Mint)

  16. To innovate, get physical (Aug 28, 2018, People Matters)

  17. To shape an innovation culture, start with a 'problem bank' (May 20, 2018, People Matters)

  18. Competency comes first, when it comes to innovation (Jan 22, 2018, Entrepreneur)

  19. On being a product manager (June 5, 2017, LinkedIn)

  20. Why Innovation Management is not an oxymoron (May 8, 2017, LinkedIn)

  21. Every innovation starts with imitation! (Mar 31, 2017)

  22. The shifting battle field of innovation (Feb 17, 2017)

  23. The engineering and management of innovation (Nov 29, 2016)

  24. Building innovative teams! (Nov 1, 2016, LinkedIn)

  25. There is more to innovation than creativity! (Aug 3, 2016, LinkedIn)

  26. Why corporate frugal innovations fail and corporate frugal innovations succeed (Mar 1, 2014, YourStory)

Creativity 

  1. Anatomy of creative problem solving (March 9, 2023, LinkedIn)

  2. Creativity is more of numbers that you think (Oct 25, 2021, YourStory)

  3. A clear head, a deep heart and thick skin will help raise your creativity (Sept 1, 2021, Mint)

  4. Why brainstorm sessions don’t work and wow to fix it (Nov 8, 2020, Inc 42)

  5. Kalam and Creativity: 5 key insights (Oct 15, 2020, Medium)

  6. How to hire creative people, fix problems in a crisis (May 7, 2020, Mint)

  7. How being bored out of your mind can make you more creative (July 17, 2019, Mint)

  8. For creative solutions, slow and deliberate thinking is the key (Feb 13, 2019, Mint)

  9. How ideas are just like Lego blocks (Apr 25, 2018, Entrepreneur)

  10. The side-effect of creativity (June 14, 2017, LinkedIn)
  11. Are we developing human intelligence at the cost of creativity? (Aug 30, 2016, LinkedIn)

  12. Seven habits of highly 'creative' people (June 19, 2016, LinkedIn)

  13. 'The Facebook Effect' on Creativity (May 26, 2016, LinkedIn)

  14. Anonymity breeds creativity (May 13, 2015, LinkedIn)

  15. Creative firms are variance-seeking, and not mean-centric (Apr 20, 2015, LinkedIn)

  16. Creativity and Women (Mar 2, 2015, LinkedIn)

Entrepreneurship, Startups, and Family Business 

  1. How startups disrupt for innovation: Insights from the Indian market (Sept 18, 2023, Inc 42)

  2. Is starting with a startup the right choice? (June 6, 2023, People Matters)

  3. Should every startup scale? (Apr 6, 2023, YourStory)

  4. A simple model for entrepreneurial risk taking (Nov 7, 2022, Entrepreneur)

  5. Why startups going out of business is not necessarily a bad thing (Aug 8, 2020, Inc 42)

  6. Should entrepreneurial success come at the cost of empathy? (Aug 7, 2020, Entrepreneur)

  7. Why entrepreneurs should invest in building a brand, and not chasing sales (Aug 3, 2020, YourStory)

  8. Real businesses do not start with B-Plans, but instead with ‘Plan-B’ (July 6, 2020, Inc 42)

  9. Entrepreneurial lessons from Howard Schultz and Starbucks (June 15, 2020, Entrepreneur)

  10. Why every entrepreneur starts as a David but ends up becoming a Goliath (Mar 10, 2020, Entrepreneur)

  11. The most defining feature of entrepreneurship is not risk taking (Feb 28, 2020, Inc 42)

  12. Five cognitive biases every entrepreneur must get over with (Dec 16, 2019, YourStory)

  13. Five blunders that could doom your start-up even before it takes off (Nov 16, 2019, Entrepreneur)

  14. What special forces can teach founders about creativity and discipline (Oct 23, 2019, Mint)

  15. On crafting a go-to-market strategy for your startup (Jan 23, 2019, YourStory)

  16. Entrepreneurial success is also about getting the boring stuff done (Dec 18, 2018)

  17. The paradoxes that drive Marwari businessmen (May 29, 2018, LinkedIn)

  18. The 3 habits your must own before deep diving into your startup (Jan 19, 2018, YourStory)

  19. Co-founder model: A de-risking strategy or investor’s mirage of success (Dec 1, 2017)

  20. Entrepreneurial insights from India (Feb 18, 2017, LinkedIn)

  21. Seniors by the incubator: Can retirees help scale startups? (Jan 16, 2017, LinkedIn)

  22. Why teach kids entrepreneurship? (Dec 24, 2016, LinkedIn)

  23. Entrepreneurial insights from Marwaris (Oct 19, 2016, LinkedIn)

  24. Infusing 'science of management' in family businesses (Aug 21, 2016, LinkedIn)

  25. On momos and tattoos! (July 5, 2016, LinkedIn)

  26. What makes Wipro an entrepreneurial powerhouse? (June 24, 2016, LinkedIn)

  27. Seven useful frameworks for a startup toolkit (Sept 24, 2015, YourStory)

Career Management  

  1. What has 500 days of online teaching taught me? (Oct 15, 2021, People Matters)

  2. Is relevant work experience overrated? (Oct 5, 2021, Entrepreneur)

  3. What the arts and sciences bring to India's innovation table (Aug 27, 2020, Mint)

  4. Why the best of the Indian IT industry is truly behind us (Sept 23, 2019, People Matters)

  5. Hello Mr. IT manager! Are you feeling the heat (July 23, 2019, LinkedIn)

  6. On surviving a PhD program (Dec 20, 2018, LinkedIn)

  7. Every superman needs a day-job to fulfil his other ambitions (Nov 9, 2018, YourStory)

  8. What has my 13 years of teaching MBAs taught me? (Sept 7, 2018, People Matters)

  9. The Wipro I knew (May 1, 2018, LinkedIn)

  10. Don't plunge (Jan 22, 2018)

  11. Content versus contacts (Oct 4, 2017, LinkedIn)

  12. Uday Kotak shares the 5Cs of success with the graduating students (Mar 24, 2017, LinkedIn)

  13. Should I do an MBA? (Mar 16, 2017)

  14. Will the future of education be hi-tech? (Oct 6, 2016, LinkedIn)

  15. On choosing your PhD advisory committee (Sept 4, 2016, LinkedIn)

  16. Never take an idea to your boss! (April 7, 2016, LinkedIn)

  17. Why does the future belongs to specialists? (Mar 9, 2016, LinkedIn)

  18. Has the IT industry made an entire generation of Indians dumb? (Mar 4, 2016, LinkedIn)

  19. An employee's search of meaning! (Sept 14, 2015, LinkedIn)

  20. There are indeed multiple pathways to success: What is yours? (May 19, 2015, LinkedIn)

  21. Power of role models (May 7, 2015, LinkedIn)

  22. Confessions of a struggling PhD (candidate) (Apr 27, 2015, LinkedIn)

  23. Crafting a Career (Apr 3, 2015, LinkedIn)

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