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Ramya Ranganathan
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Crying
Yes I am crying today I am crying and I am alone But guess what, I am not afraid And I am not feeling lost or forlon It feels so similar to my past Days when I would cry like this But then I was scared and confused Not understanding what it is Now I am cryi...

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Dancing Leaves
Delicate leaves basking in sun So much ease, so much fun As I begin to play with you I see our shadows playing too Here comes along a gentle breeze Each of you to lift and tease Now you gently begin to dance Calling me to join the romance

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My article in Hindu Business Line that got printed today. No comments on the title (or subtitles) of the article though - because they were changed without my knowledge and now it's too late to change it back. The main text of the article still holds so you can question me on that...! :-).

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As a Researcher and Faculty in Management, the one question I have found us looping back to again and again is ‘How do we get our employees and ourselves to be more productive’. How can we work more and procrastinate less? How can we create and generate more and do it with excellence? How do we take our performance from good to great to fantastic?


In this video blog I don't claim to have found any answers to these questions, rather I humbly propose that perhaps we have been looking at an incomplete set of levers to productivity and excellence all these years. What if our productivity and excellence depends far more on our interest and excitement levels than we have been acknowledging? Would that change the way we hire people for work? Would that change the way we choose our own work? Would that change the way we approach the so called jobs we have labelled as ‘chores’? Would that change the way we plan Our days? Our careers? Our Lives? Career

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Come Judge Me
Come Judge Me I am standing in front of you I hold no barriers up I can, but I do not wish to Come Judge me for my colour Judge me for my looks Judge me for my knowledge For my certificates and my books Come Judge me for my actions Judge me for my choices J...

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For a Large part of my life I have hated my academic degrees. I know hate is a strong word, but yes, I have hated them. So what are these degrees I am talking about? I have a B Tech in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering from IIT Madras - probably India’s best engineering college, and a PGDM (or MBA) from IIM Ahmedabad - probably India’s second best management institute ;-) . I also have a PhD from London Business School, but we can leave that one out of this post because I never hated it - for reasons that will become clearer soon.
So why did I hate my IIT & IIM degrees? There are three broad categories the reasons fall under
a) I felt like my degrees were holding me prisoner and keeping me from experimenting with my life and my work. Me (and everyone around me) was afraid I would ‘waste’ my degrees.
b) I was privately ashamed of the reasons that had driven me to pursue and ‘collect’ these degrees. My reasons had mainly stemmed from insecurity and competition and not a desire to acquire knowledge.
c) My IIT-IIM Stature had made me a part of a very elite peer group and comparing myself with others in this peer group used to sap at my sense of self worth.
In this video blog I elaborate on each of these points and share what has helped me move beyond these ‘hate factors’. I am now at a place where I don't hate my degrees anymore and I don't feel my body cringe when I look at my CV or my certificates. I am able to gladly accept these degrees as important parts of my life’s journey, am able to draw upon them to contribute to myself and others, and have even found ways to leverage them in the work I currently do.
I hope you find this video useful, and if you do please do share it with others who might be struggling under the weight of their degrees. Lets try to transform that burden into something that is a contribution instead.
https://youtu.be/qDzV7ETXg_g
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View my Video Series on https://goo.gl/zaxgfv
Read my poems at www.sharingmypoems.blogspot.in
Read my essays, video lectures and online resources at www.craftingourlives.com
Listen to my TED talk at https://goo.gl/D94pUK
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