The Tyranny of Positive Thinking in Indian Corporations … Manipulating Optimism within, but without Faith

This blog explores and critiques the impact of positive thinking and its many derivatives on leaders and managers in India. I believe that the ideological stances and axioms behind positive thinking, positivist psychology, and its cruder interpretations by consultants, management gurus and coaches, create a set of complex defense process that not just isolate and alienate the human being, but obfuscate various ways in which corporate capitalism manipulates, and oppresses all its stakeholders.

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The Terrifying Potential of Social Innovation & Yet the Heart Aches …

Last week, I was privileged to be invited as a part of the staff for the Group Relations India’s 10th annual conference in Mumbai on a theme – “Meeting the Other, Meeting Ourselves:  Fear and Longing in working with difference.”   If I were to look at the theme itself – the recruiting of members […]

Personality Testing: Caveats & Provisos to Consider when using Psychometrics (Part II)

   Preamble   If you are reading this blog, chances are that you may have read Part 1 and are curious to know about the other three themes or caveats that you must consider while using personality testing.   Part I and II of this series exhorts you to mull over the following, before you […]

Personality Testing: Caveats & Provisos to Consider when using Psychometrics

Have you taken a personality test recently and are somewhat dissatisfied with what it reveals about you? Does your Boss seem to trust the findings of your psychometric profile more than his experience of you when it comes to your growth and that promised promotion? Are you a HR leader seeking a tool which may […]

The Phantasy of the Asexual Workplace: What lies beneath?

The Phantasy of the Asexual Workplace: What lies beneath? Introduction   One of the oft repeated lines I get to hear from my clients is – “We don’t allow the firm to be influenced and or affected by sexuality – we are a professional organization that endorses values, norms, boundaries, and with a working culture […]

Ferdinand: A Manna of Hope and Love today …

Ferdinand: A Manna of Hope and Love today …   The Context Last night, I saw the 4-D version of Ferdinand – an animated film adaption of a classic story that refuses to die down in a world that is besotted with achievement, success, greed and masculinity. On one hand, there have been a series […]