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    ...It is completely unfair to expect anyone to be able to exercise “informed choice”. For a generation of Indians, career counselling in school meant helping the person deciding choices based on job opportunities. People benchmarked successful careerists in the family and in the neighborhood. The children were then told to work towards that. When we grow up in a world of scarcity, the bets that we take are also conservative. The focus is on choosing subjects where we cannot go wrong. Hence opting to study science in the final years of school meant having the flexibility to choose Commerce or Liberal Arts in college. Choosing to pursue humanities meant a point of no return. All other paths were closed. Do we inherit our preferences for work? The New York Times ran a study on the jobs we are most likely to inherit from the mother or father. ...

    TOI on Nov. 24, 2017, 10:59 p.m.

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    ...These are great ways to innovate and build a culture that encourages chasing crazy ideas. It is a popular method in Silicon valley not just to innovate, but also to find talent from schools and colleges. Let the Hackathon begin People troop in to a large hall on a Friday evening and gather around in their teams (there are always a few solo coders as well). They settle down on the floor, around the desks or on the bean bags that are available. Some get their sleeping bags. No one goes home until Sunday. The bell announces the start of the hackathon at 6pm. The sprintathon starts… It has the frenzy of a sprint and the audacious goal of a marathon. There is a large timer that is showing the countdown. The excitement is visible. Hackathon are not about tweaks. They are all about exponential thinking. This is about taking a moonshot within 36 hours or so. The teams get down to building prototypes and speed-coding. It is best if they can create a working prototype in 36 hours. That too about a goal that is crazily tempting simply because of the impact that it could have. ...

    TOI on Nov. 14, 2017, 4:42 p.m.


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    ...The country has more than 19,000 technology-enabled startups, led by consumer Internet and financial services startups. According to reports India now ranks third globally in number of incubators and accelerators. With 140 incubators and accelerators, India has inched past Israel, whose count stands at 130. When we compare these numbers with China and US, who have over 2,400 and 1,500 incubators and accelerators, respectively, it is clear that we have a long way to go. Finding our own rhythm What is this mystical thing called The Founders Mentality that entrepreneurs have? Having an inspiring mission, detail orientation and spending every rupee as if it is your own seemed to be common to many founders. <read this> Cut the Crap and Jargon contains the wisdom culled out from the world of startups in India. The authors have their own stories from the trenches that are also interspersed with the insights from successful people in this ecosystem. ...

    TOI on Oct. 27, 2017, 7:04 p.m.

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    ...The baby’s eyes wander all over even as he/she is a few days old. They are trying to make sense of the new environment that they have entered. This quest continues even as they grow older. They bombard the older people around with questions. Some questions are simple. “Why do the stars twinkle?” <see if your answer matches an astronomer’s> Curious people are inquisitive If you clicked on that link, you displayed the first quality of a curious person. They will explore and research any question. They check facts. They will read about subjects even if they do not need to use it. They will be curious to know why. Leonardo da Vinci was as inquisitive about engineering as he was about art. The BBC describes it perfectly. “He wrote and drew on subjects including geology, anatomy (which he studied in order to paint the human form more accurately), flight, gravity and optics, often flitting from subject to subject on a single page, and writing in left-handed mirror script. ...

    TOI on Oct. 26, 2017, 2:41 p.m.

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    ...Inside Edge also has the highest completion rate of any show on Amazon Prime Video. I started by watching one episode on a weekend. I liked it and wanted to come back to watch another episode the next week. The next evening I found myself watching two episodes. I was hooked. The next day happened to be a holiday. Guess what I did. You are right. I binge watched the entire series. Several other serials like Game of Thrones and House of Cards to name just two have had their share of cult following. Several Mondays have been ruined because people have binge watched the entire season of a serial. They spent long weekends and vacation days getting bleary eyed doing this. They told their office they were too sick to come to work just so that they could complete some more episodes. There are sites <like this>that let you calculate exactly how much time it will take to watch the full series of your favorite show. So what leads to this fanatical behavior? ...

    TOI on Oct. 23, 2017, 7:57 a.m.

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    ...Every high potential employee does not live up to the expectations. This is what was puzzling Bell Labs. They had no problem hiring the brightest engineers from the top universities. Yet, most of them became only average performers. They never lived up to their potential. Robert Kelley was given the task to figure out what separates the star engineer from the average hire. Kelley used several techniques from paper-and-pencil tests, direct observation, work diaries, focus groups, and individual interviews, to sophisticated statistical tools. Kelley and his team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University discovered 9 characteristics that star engineers shared. These 9 work strategies can be equally useful for you to know. 9 Strategies to be a Star Employee Show initiative: Go beyond the job description. Do your core job well and also do some more. Stick to tasks tenaciously and ensure completion. Undertaking extra efforts for the benefit of co-workers. ...

    TOI on Oct. 6, 2017, 11:34 a.m.

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    ...There are a handful of institutions that are terrific. These are the ones which compete with the very best across the world. And then there are the rest where the students get by with rote learning. It is not surprising that the majority of the students are not employable. This is especially ironical because children are put into these “coaching classes” when they are ten years old. The parents believe that the coaching classes will ensure that their child gets admission to one of the elite institutions. Coaching classes get the student immune to performance-anxiety. But they also instil a deep rooted belief that all learning comes from rote learning and doing well in exams. It kills curiosity and love for learning. It is the anti-thesis of the “growth mindset”. The result is that most of them develop no love for the subject. They hate the very subjects that they are proficient in. Any employer will tell you about the falling rates of “employability”. ...

    TOI on Oct. 3, 2017, 8 p.m.