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Why The Feedback Your Senior Leadership Is Getting May Not Be Good Enough!!

June 26, 2012 by Shweta Handa-Gupta

Feedback is a common topic of discussion with most top leaders. Most are happy to get some unbiased straight talk about themselves but there are also those who are reluctant to question their self-concept.  However, when provided real examples, many embark on a self-realization journey.  In the Indian context, in fact in a lot of other places too, honest improvement feedback is rarely forthcoming for people who’ve reached a significantly high position. Juniors don’t want to offend you and seniors, if any, don’t really supervise your activities that closely.

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Dealing With Difficult People

March 1, 2012 by Shweta Handa-Gupta

“In the school of life, difficult people are the faculty. They teach us our most important lessons, the lessons that we would be most unlikely to learn on our own.”

~Mark I. Rosen

Dealing with difficult people is, perhaps, one of the biggest challenges of our lives – be it when establishing yourself at a new job, leading a team, managing a business or in our personal life.  Almost always a time consuming or emotionally draining prospect, it’s a common practice for us to avoid it till it becomes inevitable.

But when you are able to manage these situations, or more appropriately manage yourself and your responses in these situations, you can make life less stressful and also begin to build new possibilities.

The art of handling difficult people can be mastered by focussing on three aspects – the other person, the self and the response.

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Building Effective Teams

February 28, 2012 by Shweta Handa-Gupta

“I don’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on a field and be prepared to play a good game.”

~Tom Landry (American player & coach, ranked as one of the greatest, most innovative coaches in National Football League)

How many of you have held your breath as you saw a trapeze artist let go and fly through the air only to be caught deftly by their partner? That split second when you thought they might miss… only to be followed by a sigh of relief as their brilliant teamwork shines through.  Have you had those moments in your work team too?  Those times when everything seemed to come together in a beautiful symphony to help deliver outstanding outcomes and you wished you could capture that synergy and make it work everytime. Teams don’t really happen naturally and you can’t force teamwork.

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Driving Personal Change in 2012

January 2, 2012 by Shweta Handa-Gupta

New Year Resolutions!!! Just a cliché? Another ritual you go through knowing it won’t matter? Or something you do with full earnestness? (even if you aren’t always able to stick to them)

New Year is one of the few festivals that celebrates the passage of time, and makes us think of the year that presents itself before us. I like to use this opportunity to revisit my commitment to personal growth and set up a framework to ensure I utilize the New Year effectively to drive my goals.

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Coaching Mentoring for Excellence

by Shweta HandaGupta

“Till you spread your wings, you will have no idea how far you can fly”

 Coaching and Mentoring are being increasingly recognized as important for the overall development of individuals. These terms are often used loosely and interchangeably but are very different from each other. While there are overlaps, each has its own value and it is important to understand which one we need before we embark on a mentoring or coaching relationship.

Mentoring is the download of knowledge, skills, information and perspective on a particular topic or area from a typically more senior/knowledgeable person to another and is useful in the following situations. If you are:

  • Seeking to learn from someone else’s existing knowledge or expertise
  • Seeking area/topic specific guidance
  • Seeking to learn and take guidance from someone successful.

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