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Top 10 Qualities of a Good Manager

Loved this post by Taruna Goel where she asks if you are a manager by choice or by chance. Taruna nails it when she shares her view of top 10 qualities of a good manager. These are:

  1. It is about people.
  2. It is about management.
  3. It is about mutual respect.
  4. It is about work ethics.
  5. It is about being responsible and accountable.
  6. It is about letting go. Good managers never micro-manage.
  7. It is about communication.
  8. It is about thinking out-of-the-box.
  9. It is about developing yourself.
  10. It is about still being friendly.

Head over to her blog to read the whole post.

Is Free a Concept that Works Only in Abundant Economies?

I have been quite enamoured by the whole open source, free software concept, coming to believe that companies can make money by giving things away for free. So when Seth Godin wrote about two lemonade stalls applying different business models, it made perfect sense. There's one stall selling lemonade at $1 per glass and another giving it away free with a tip jar. And the little girl giving away free lemonade made a fortune in tips. But then I wondered what would the situation be for the two stalls if they were located on a roadside or on a street in an Indian city or town. Would the stall giving away free lemonade still make money? I am not quite sure if it would (it might be an intersting experiment to do though). Which makes me wonder if the whole "free" concept is primarily a concept that works in economies of abundance. Would this work where the primary customer doesn't really have cash? What do you think?

Where am I?

No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. Just moved into a new role and back in Delhi. And that’s what’s taking up a lot of my mind-space. New role, new team, new projects, new clients… Blogging has been slow and there’s been a recession of my online presence. Things are settling down and hopefully in the coming few months, I should be back on my online presence track.

A very interesting part of my role is that I am responsible for many employability projects in India. It feels great to be contributing to India’s growth and training youth to be more employable. From what I understand this has its own set of challenges, not just in terms of training but also in terms of motivating the youth and then finding them a job. I am looking forward to getting into the thick of things and do my two bits for the country.

And if you are still wondering what I am up to now, you can view my updated LinkedIn profile.



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