Recent Posts by Radhika Subramanian

My Grandfather’s Feet & The Scientific Method

My maternal grandfather was a very scientific man. Surprisingly so, for a man who worked his way up the ranks from a young boy in hotel kitchens to a senior finance and accounts manager. Science and medicine may not have been a part of his career but were certainly an obsession in his personal life. He ...

The Dance Of Change – OD Reflections Part I

Peter Senge called it The Dance of Change. And I can increasingly appreciate why. As I observed a group activity at an OD class recently, my mind reflected on the nature of organizations and organization development today. Here are a few of my reflections. Balance, patience, reflection, perseverance, practice. Trust me. It really is a dance. Ambidexterity is ...

Gender Inclusion In The Workplace: Addressing Gender Role Expectations & Stereotypes

Ravikumar at work is a high-performing project manager co-leading the year’s most prestigious project with an equally brilliant female colleague. Ravikumar at home is a son, husband and father in a patriarchal family where he is the sole earning member. How does Ravikumar reconcile his personal and professional roles? How can he be an inclusive, empowering male colleague ...

What makes great things happen? Lessons on disruptive innovation from the story of Philippe Petit

I watched the movie, “The Walk” this week. And it shook me to the core. We live in a world increasingly torn between stifling innovation with tighter intellectual property, company policy, organizational culture and government regulations on the one side and raving about the power of disruption in entrepreneurship that can change the world on ...

Converting learning programs into sustainable learning platforms

Traditionally, all learning in organizations has been driven through training programs. Several organizations also offer elearning modules to facilitate, what one might call, learner-led learning. Now for those in the learning and development function, this brings up some common concerns: Uptake of elearning is low while investment on licenses is high ...

Simple secrets to making flexible work arrangements effective

NASA just released a statement suggesting there was once water on planet Mars and that ancient Mars was habitable for life. This got me thinking about organizations working across planets, intergalactic commute and people working on one planet while their “office” was in another. What would teams and their work arrangements then look like? Closer home, ...

Oh! Those Four Letters? – Using Your MBTI Type

So you’ve taken the MBTI instrument in some training program at work and it gave you this mysterious four letter type. Do you remember the combination? I’m sure the day at training was fun and there were a lot of laughs, people got divided into groups and it seemed like a fun “Us versus Them” ...

Energy Management: An Alternative To Time Management

One of my colleagues recently sat down to a detailed discussion with me around time management. “I know what needs to be done. I know why I don’t do some things. And I need a way to manage my time better so everything gets done. I see you and no one knows you are working but ...

Mental Alertness: Five Easy Tips

Being an entrepreneur or a leader is no easy task. It requires relentless decision making in a manner that most decisions will carry some form of short-term or long-term impact on your business, your customers, your product, your people and you. Decision making therefore, requires alertness and is a tiring job even when only mental ...

Collaboration: Three Practical Tips

In my work, I often get questions such as "How do I collaborate?" “I asked them what they thought. That’s collaboration, right?” Or, “We spent three weeks discussing this before I took a call. That’s definitely collaboration”. One such recent conversation made me think about what really is collaboration after all? Using the principle that collaboration must ...