Progress and Equality

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris at 2019 National Forum on Wages and Working People
U.S. Senator Kamala Harris at 2019 National Forum on Wages and Working People
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As I watched Kamala Harris’s speech the night she was declared Vice President-elect, I felt many emotions. Like a lot of women of colour, my feelings had a particular gravity. Here she was — a woman of Black and South Asian descent elected to occupy the second-highest ranking position in one of most powerful countries in the world.

As she spoke, I was both deeply moved and poignantly aware that, growing up, I had very few role models on a public stage. …


4 Powerful strategies businesses can adopt to grow during COVID19

Photo by Cleveland Clinic
Photo by Cleveland Clinic
Photo by Cleveland Clinic

COVID 19 is an unprecedented global pandemic. We are scared for our lives and the lives of our loved ones. While we are battling with physical and emotional instability, the world is also being taken over by a looming economic crisis. Economists are predicting this crisis to be more severe in its impact compared to recent global recessions. As a result, organizations are looking for opportunities to reduce spending. This is resulting in many organizations ramping down their teams by cutting workforce.

Warren Buffet has famously quoted

Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.

It…


Tried and tested tips to hire the best candidates

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I have dreaded interviews my entire life. Regardless of whether I am actively seeking an opportunity or passively looking for the next best opportunity that comes my way — Interviews have never been fun.

How many times have you walked out of an interview and secretly wished that the interviewers were less intimidating? Most of us can remember a negative and stressful interview experience.

Unfortunately, most companies don’t provide formal training on how to conduct successful interviews. If they do, the training is typically more aligned to old and archaic ways of conducting an interview. It doesn’t necessarily put the…


Narration of leadership brand evolution

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I was in Grade 6 when our school announced the dates for the School Captain election. We all knew it was going to be a tough year for the school as we were competing with our rival school in both athletic and academic events. We all agreed that we needed a Captain who would lead us with true conviction to succeed.

My friends introduced me to a tough and rugged boy from Grade 10 who was running for School Captain. We were mesmerized by his assertive and commanding nature. We believed that to be a…


Tips to make resolutions that will set you up for success

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? If you haven’t yet, that’s okay, there is still time. If you have, good job, you’re starting the New Year off on the right foot. But are your resolutions structured to ensure you keep to them?

In this article I will look at how successful people make and stick to their New Year’s Resolutions.

The internet is flooded with articles and blogs on the different types of New Year’s resolutions that people tend to make. However, regardless of what your…


Tips to make resolutions that will set you up for success

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? If you haven’t yet, that’s okay, there is still time. If you have, good job, you’re starting the New Year off on the right foot. But are your resolutions structured to ensure you keep to them?

In this article I will look at how successful people make and stick to their New Year’s Resolutions.

The internet is flooded with articles and blogs on the different types of New Year’s resolutions that people tend to make. However, regardless of what your…


Shit sandwich way or the Plain Loaf way

“man and woman sitting in front of each other” by rawpixel on Unsplash

How often have you dreaded giving feedback?

How often have you felt anxious receiving feedback?

Giving feedback and receiving feedback is a human chemistry.

Our academic curriculum does not teach us how to give and receive feedback. Growing up, feedback from our parents are considered as their wish lists and hence we don’t read between the lines. The culture of giving and receiving feedback becomes very formal when we step into the workforce. …


I recently had an opportunity to catch up with my friend. We haven’t met each other for a decade, but have been following each other on social media. After exchanging pleasantries, we started talking about our respective families. I was inquisitive about his wife — I have known her as an intelligent and astute Software developer who was passionate to use the power of computing to solve real world problems. She mentored young girls to take up STEM programs and encouraged them to be part of the computing bandwagon. I was curious to know how she was doing and if…


Technology has revolutionized the world. It has removed barriers between political and social boundaries. Technology has also enabled globalization and helped it thrive over the last few decades. One would expect that businesses that have a global presence welcome people from different cultures in their workplace. That’s what I thought until I faced the bitter reality that globalization on people and culture is a myth in workplace economics.

Given that countries have opened up their boundaries for foreign trade, it is natural to assume that global organizations would naturally welcome international talent. Attracting and hiring talent from different countries helps…


Technology has revolutionized the world. It has removed barriers between political and social boundaries. Technology has also enabled globalization and helped it thrive over the last few decades. One would expect that businesses that have a global presence welcome people from different cultures in their workplace. That’s what I thought until I faced the bitter reality that globalization on people and culture is a myth in workplace economics.

Given that countries have opened up their boundaries for foreign trade, it is natural to assume that global organizations would naturally welcome international talent. Attracting and hiring talent from different countries helps…

Lakshmi Baskaran

***VP of Engineering, Sedna***Passionate about building uber productive teams and organizations***

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