Stories about office

The taboo against ambition

When I was eight-years-old my greatest pleasure in life was spending Saturday afternoons in my father’s office. I would be allowed to sit at his massive oak desk with mountains of papers and neaten up while he looked at files or took phone calls. I was mesmerized by the sheer amount of papers he could read, the fact that he had a computer at his desk and a secretary outside his office. As my mary-janed feet dangled from his swivel chair I would think “Daddy must be smart”. The measures by which my eight-year-old self had determined that my father was successful were ...

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What brand are you?

If you fell off the face of the earth tomorrow what would people around you say about you – once they got over the fact that you were gone? Would they remember any particular aspect of you? Would you be remembered as the guy that kept people entertained at the office? Would you be remembered as the girl who wouldn’t quit talking? How about the guy that kept taking too many pictures with his cell phone? Or just an annoying brat that asked too many questions? Or the guy that immediately adds you on Facebook after a brief meeting somewhere? Like ...

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Welcome to the corporate jungle

All kinds of species dwell in a jungle called ‘the office.’ It is truly a miracle of God that coexistence of such contrasting creatures is possible. As we take a jungle safari, various kinds of creatures can be found busy in their rituals, often called “office life.” Some of these creatures are classified below. The hard workers These are usually the ones upon whom survival of the jungle depends. They are moderate in nature, mostly subtle in their approach towards life and mostly harmless to other living things that are around them. They prefer a calm, silent life without interfering in other ...

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A fool-proof plan to a promotion

Fresh graduates should remember that getting a promotion is easy but maintaining a new position is not a piece of cake. An oft-quoted line from Spiderman comes to mind whenever I get a promotion: “with great power comes great responsibility.” But how do you get that great power?  Follow a few easy tips and get an instant promotions in you organization. I did. Show your company the love Any organization you join, you join for a reason. Whatever the reason, the company has given you opportunities in terms of salary and career. In the current economical scenario, when the unemployment rate is 15 ...

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Monsoon magic in Mumbai

The monsoons have always been special for every Bombayite/Mumbaikar, and no matter how much the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) tries to make us hate the rains with the potholes, mismanaged traffic and water logging, one can’t help love the monsoon magic. The city looks the best during this season as the skyline changes colours from different hues of crimson to blue to grey. Those endless walks on Marine Drive, Carter Road and Worli Sea Face suddenly seem to have a different appeal all together. The wind blows through your hair and the waves kiss your cheeks during high tide and splash ...

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How to be a workplace super hero

Average people who work average jobs are easy to replace. They come in at 9, do the work that’s expected of them, and leave by 5. They cause no problems, they don’t raise questions, and they don’t threaten the status quo. They are good, dependable people. Unfortunately, because of their generic nature, there are too many of them. Sure, you got the job done. But there are thousands of people just like you being churned out of business schools at an incredible pace. In today’s economy, playing it safe could be your worst career decision. How to stand out and be a workplace ‘superhero’ The ...

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To be a leader worth following

The biggest problems exists in leadership and people rather than any other aspect of a business enterprise. Organisations usually try to sort out opportunities in their productivity and profitability but the real growth lies in attitudes. Organisations try to assess problems in their processes, machines, markets and technology but the biggest source of problem are the people. Weak top managers and decision makers fail to fire those who are not working. They cannot assess whom has the potential to work or not. If they are not working why aren’t they doing so? If leadership was all about monitoring who is working and firing those who are not – ...

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What is she wearing?

I recently joined a firm where most women dress well. But there is one particular girl whose dress sense is admired by many others. As soon as she enters the room all heads turn towards her just to see what is she wearing. Every day she wears something trendy which makes her look different from everyone else.  She wears unique kurtas with jeans, long frocks, shirts and complimentary jewellery. I often hear comments like “Did you see her shoes? They must be imported!” but some will hiss “Imported? Give me a break…I saw that in Sunday Bazaar!” While still others would stare in wonder and ask “Where is ...

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