GBM Thoughts Blog

Stop smoking and get upgraded to a suite @StRegisMumbai

April 30, 2018

The concept of ‘un-intended consequences’came alive for me last week as I stood at the check-in desk of the St. Regis Mumbai at 11.00 pm at night. Smiling person at check in desk:“We have your usual smoking room for you sir”. Me:“But I specifically asked for a non-smoking room, please check my booking again” Person […]


You have 6 minutes to reach me, so teach me…. a lesson or two

April 23, 2018

I had the opportunity to go back to university this week. A marketing seminar organized by the GD Goenka University where I had been invited to speak, took me into an auditorium on a lovely campus. I happily got into student mode, as I listened to a host of other speakers before it was my […]


Take a day off from work, to learn what works.

April 17, 2018

There are so many ways in which we can change the world By now the results are out and winners of the ABBYs PR awards have been celebrated, so it’s safe for me to share my learnings from a day spent as part of the jury. This post is not about who won or lost. […]


Giving, is as good as it gets

March 26, 2018

“For it is in giving that we receive” Francis of Assisi. Not a new thought for sure, but one that life has woken me up to in the recent past. Lesson #1 : Give your time. I spent an entire Sunday with my son, reading aloud the Merchant of Venice. It was one of the […]


How to be a ‘LEARNING LEADER’ ? Give away the good stuff !!

March 12, 2018

An hour and a half into the conversation and I had to tear myself away. Elise was inspiring. No slides. No sermons. Simply a fascinating story and lots of lessons to take away. Lesson # 1: Stay on the ride. Elise had lots of motorcycling metaphors in her talk and they work well. The most […]


How to be happy? (at work)

March 6, 2018

I attended a session by Jennifer Hancock, Founder of Humanist Learning Systems where she shared her recipe for a happy life. Three things that she tries to live her life by (and also evangalise, as the secret to finding happiness) seemed to make a lot of sense, so I’m sharing them forward. 1.    Live life fully […]


The best time to go for marriage counselling is when your marriage is doing well

February 27, 2018

The value of preparedness and how to sell that proposition to internal stakeholders was so beautifully captured by this thought. In fact, the anecdote shared by one of the participants at the summit was that after reading an article about marriage counselling, which basically said that when things are going well working to strengthen the […]


Lessons from Last Sunday @TEDxGateway

February 27, 2018

Dr. Saurabh Rana, talked about his battle with TB and how he struggled to find a support system to fight through. As a result of this ordeal he has started a called ‘Survivors against TB’ But what has stayed with me was the simple but ever so powerful thought, that we should all be […]


Make luck your strength, not your weakness

January 11, 2018

For the longest time, I had a lucky tie. It was blue with yellow tweety birds on it. Every big pitch or important meeting that I wore it to somehow seemed to go in my favour. Soon it became a must-wear part of my attire on all important occasions. My team members would even ask […]