Fascinated by habits and patterns, I started to observe and pay attention to find value in my day-to-day activities — the ones we always do but don’t think about as much.
Little did I know, the practices that I brought into my work over the past few years have been researched and proven techniques in Cal Newport’s book Deep Work. It brought joy to know that I’ve been taking the right steps toward a meaningful career and to remove “busyness” from my work dictionary.
This is a good place to be — to know what your day is worth and focus on the one thing you must do to call it successful. One day at a time, one mindful moment and a step in the right direction. …
As we wrap up 2020, many of us have a lot to be thankful for and have come to understand what truly matters. We have also seen some amazing examples of innovation and disruption amid the pandemic across customer and employee experiences.
Innovation has ranged from curbside pickup to contactless payment at restaurants and grocery stores to e-learning in schools. Some of the businesses that were able to adapt even thrived from the opportunities in these uncertain times.
The reality is, customer experience (CX) is not a standalone experience. CX and employee experience (EX) go hand in hand. Each customer engagement leads to adapting the employee engagement. With remote work, we transformed our day-to-day schedules and are finding balance across work and home priorities. …
Why do we get excited about some opportunities, and other times we look for a place to hide?
When I read Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, it brought back memories of my learning habits and patterns. We have both a fixed and growth mindset — it’s a matter of nurturing the right mindset.
As a student, I loved mind-mapping. It was my way of visualizing everything I learned, from high school to graduate college. I enjoyed capturing ideas and concepts visually, and it helped me remember for tests.
In a recent manager training session, we learned new ideas and growth mindset concepts with DiSC management style, constructive feedback and performance management. DiSC stands for dominance, influence, steadiness and conscientiousness. …
Old patterns creep in. It doesn’t take much time. You can fall back into them before you know it. When was the last time you listened to your emotions and accepted your feelings? How can we be more mindful at work?
After a few weeks in my newest role, I was determined to start new patterns, continue the practice of mindfulness and stop old, counterproductive habits. With that in mind, here are my top tips on promoting mindfulness and finding your balance while working from home.
Work can feel overwhelming, and we may forget to send ourselves messages of kindness and compassion. This year has been tough for everyone. So, how do we change our thinking and mindset? How do we make room for open conversations in order to be truly heard and free to be ourselves at all times? Psychological safety and trust go a long way. Each one of us aspires to be part of something bigger than ourselves — to belong. …
I first felt my heart skip a beat when I learned about belonging, along with diversity and inclusion, from Pat Wadors. Her DIBs course changed my world.
You might be constantly asking the question: “Do I fit in on this team and in this company?”
Now, a better question to ask is: “Do I belong on this team and in this company?”
To “belong” is a simple word, but it has grown to mean a lot more. In every team, workplace and community that you are a part of, ask the question “Do I belong?” versus “Do I fit in?”
I look back to my childhood days when the first group of friends helped me to realize that I belong even though we were in an international Indian school with students from around the world. I never asked what belonging meant in a team or a workplace or a community. …
Product Marketing comes in different flavors. I like to think of it as a culinary experience — the same ingredients with a few secret spices can change the flavor and taste. I heard about a genovese ramen yesterday and I couldn’t imagine the flavors until the host mentioned its creamy and delicious and brings together the culinary worlds of Japan and Italy.
As part of a mentorship program, I had a few folks ask a million-dollar question: “How do you trust your leader?”
What gives someone the confidence to take that leap of faith?
I set out to find some answers.
Reflecting on leaders who have inspired me, I asked myself the following:
Trust and credibility are interconnected when you are charting your own path, and I believe an inspiring leader is often someone who will support you no matter what lies ahead. …
A QUESTION CAME INTO MY INBOX TODAY:
What keeps you optimistic in the face of unknowns?
My answer: HOPE
We cannot always plan for the future but time and again that is what we were taught to do and is sometimes expected in our society to follow the norms.
You are graduating from college, find a good job. You got a new job, find a partner, buy a house and so on. you get the point…
We always planned for things we couldn’t control until we asked the question: Why? Building resilience didn’t come from the uncertainty, I believe it comes from being ok with the unknown. When things don’t go as planned, we let fear creep in and it destroys our dreams. …
Have you ever wondered:
Why is the resume or CV just a list of jobs and titles with descriptions?
We attribute our growth and success to career-ladder progression. But is that truly success or career growth? Are we really learning?
What if our resume wasn’t just a list of companies, titles and years in each role, but instead, we pivot our resume into an experience portfolio, sharing our wins and challenges in each role? How can we be authentic and true to ourselves and measure what truly matters? Our benchmark is not the next title or comparing our level of seniority to a co-worker or a friend. …
When we all started this amazing year of 2020 to kick off a new decade, no one saw what was coming but now that I look back over the past 8 months, I have learned a lot about the work environment I thrive and self reflection about myself and my family. I learned what really matters and need to be better at taking care of my health and embrace uncertainty at all times.
Asking this question always adds clarity with a brighter lens.
What’s the worst that can happen?
The pandemic and unrest in the world has shown us perspectives on how people respond and care for each other. It’s easy for us to focus on the numbers and conclude that things don’t seem to be going right. But at the same time, there may be things that are moving in the right direction that we just didn’t take the time to notice — we are more empathetic and caring. …