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Focus on Frontline

Pushkar Sane Thursday, 13th November, 2008 Tags: , , , , , , , , , People No comments

Yesterday I spent 30 minutes with Rishad Tobaccowala and as always he had 2-3 very interesting things to say. One thing that really made me think is Rishad’s focus on frontline (it was refreshing as most people are just talking about topline or bottomline). He said: “I want to talk with the youngest people in organization. I want to focus on them and give them a platform to raise questions and express their ideas.”

I thought it was interesting because most senior leaders want to meet other senior leaders or mid-management staff when they visit a particular country or city or office. And that is true for both internal as well as external talent. And even if people talk to them… its more about just speaking at them rather than providing them a platform to interact & express freely. We’re in people business but as an industry (advertising) we don’t really invest time in frontline staff.

Rishad will be coming out to India & China over next couple of months and I’m looking forward to learning more about his approach & start practicing it in the near future.

Typhoons – destruction or holiday opportunities?

Pushkar Sane Saturday, 4th October, 2008 Tags: , , , , , Life, Thoughts No comments

Typhoon Higos is headed towards Hong Kong. This is probably the 5th or 6th Typhoon of the season. Hong Kong Observatory usually issues Signal 8 when the Typhoon is in the destructive range of Hong Kong. Most of us – who get the benefit of staying under a protected roof look at Signal 8 as a holiday opportunity. We actually sometimes make references like – “I wish the Typhoon lands in Hong Kong on Monday” – at times I’m guilty of it.

But today it struck me that there must several thousand people staying in villages (New Territories as well as in Southern China) whose lives would turn upside down because of the destruction that a typhoon brings. It made me sad and I have decided never to wish for a Typhoon Signal 8 to come. And when it comes wish for the well being of those who are not as fortunate as I’m. I do hope that Typhoon Higos weakens & the damage is minimal.

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