The Squid Game is a dark complex narrative, at times to too violent and horrifying to watch, but compels the viewer at several levels to remain glued and addicted to how this gory narrative unfolds. …


A Still from the film Nightcrawler

Introduction

The movie, Nightcrawler, was released in 2014, and terrified US and other audiences across the world, revealing how sensational and bigoted journalism thrives on its equally bigoted, racist, classist, and terrified middle class audiences — in many ways the two feed on each other. Nightcrawler pays homage to the middle…


Introduction:

The Overwhelming 996 Culture

In 2018, I had the opportunity of working with the management of a carbon manufacturing company in quite literally, the middle of China. My colleague and I were there — anchoring a global intervention — focused on the themes of self-reflexivity, meaningfulness, and well-being. …


A few weeks ago, I had a breakfast meeting with Rashmi Putcha, who has been a dear friend for several years since we first met at an INSEAD program.

Rashmi has recently founded a new enterprise known as Inaari – and listening to her was extremely fascinating and deeply insightful…


The Covid Pandemic & Hybrid Working Models

Picture from MIT Sloan Management Review

Introduction

A recent paper, “Work from home & productivity: evidence from personnel & analytics data on IT professionals”, by Michael Gibbs, Friederike Mengel and Christoph Siemroth, that studied more than 10,000 employees of an Asian IT company, between April 2019, and August 2020, brought out interesting highlights:

· An average employee…


Introduction: The Rise of the Hybrids

Traditionally, most organizations, if not all, were classified across two buckets:

The first class or type of firms were ‘for-profit organizations’ that embellished the values of market capitalism, and steeped in Friedmannian ethos and ideology, existed and still exist — to maximize wealth for their shareholders.

The second class of…


Introduction

In the past 12 months, some of my clients have searched for, and actively recruited senior managers and leaders for critical roles within. Unfazed by the pandemic and its constraints, several companies have grown exponentially, and by recruiting aggressively. There have been leadership teams that I have encountered where…


About the Blog

This blog reviews a beautiful film written and directed by Chloe Zhao, and based on a recent non-fiction book — Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder.

I would like to begin with a note of gratitude to Gouranga Chattopadhyay, a teacher and a…


The Context

Organizations are besotted with the Gig economy and how it ‘simplifies’ business and delivery models today. The Covid-19 pandemic has only accentuated the significance of the Gig — the Gig is a platform that becomes a virtual arena for experts, independent thinkers, and problem solvers to ‘perform’ from home and…


The Mad Mad Mad World of Market Capitalism — Integrating Luc Boltanski’s Polities with Ashok Malhotra’s EUM

Let me begin by confessing that I did not know the following, till NYT revealed Donald Trump’s abysmal tax records, a couple of days ago:

a) 91 companies in the Fortune 500 group did not pay any taxes for the year ended March 2019 — these included giants such as…

Gagandeep Singh

I work in the realm of Organization Development and focus on transformation, alignment and culture. I am doing my doctoral research on Identity

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