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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 23 April 2022
Does one have to be unpleasant, and appear brusque, in order to save time? This is a question we have to ask many times in our personal encounters. Often you are only guilty of being firm - and are guarding that most precious and un-storable resource – TIME!   Some years ago, I was...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 16 April 2022
Ramesh was the senior-most officer in the branch where I was operations manager, 40 years in service and counting.     His childhood ambition was to join the army, but (un)luckily his colour blindness was spotted in the medical examination and he was rejected. His uncle got him a...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 09 April 2022
Courtesy and grace are not only seen through what is said and written, but also in the way the manager carries himself, carries his position, and resists the temptation to flaunt his perquisites— especially in the company of those who have not been as lucky to garner such...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 01 April 2022
Himmat Singh had been a pahalwan (wrestler) in his youth, and even now nobody could beat him at panja (one arm wrestling). His 6 foot plus frame, 42-inch chest and walrus moustache lent credence to his claim to fame as a strongman.   Himmat-ji was the king of the nether world, in more...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 19 March 2022
In football, the goalie is the last line of defence. If the defenders blunder and the opposing striker gets the ball near the goal, only the goalie can prevent it from landing in the net. Sometimes, the only way the goalie can save the goal is to bluff.                                 ...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 04 March 2022
If you happen to be the new boss, you may have to turn detective to unearth the misdeeds of your predecessor —ASAP. Otherwise, your 'honeymoon period' of three months might get over, and then you will not be able to pass off these misdeeds as someone else’s creation, and will have to carry...

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IANS 28 February 2022
Every year thousands of students from India go to Ukraine for medical education. A big reason for this is the facilities and cheap medical courses offered to the students in Ukraine and the recognition given to Ukrainian universities across the world.   The cost of medical education...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 25 February 2022
While we need to hold our peace and refrain from spouting inappropriate and irrelevant comments, we are also enjoined by all management texts to encourage transparency in our operations and communications. Then the question arises: Does transparency in communications mean brutal...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 18 February 2022
Ahhmmm…….that is me! Let me explain.   The executive assistant to the chief executive officer (CEO) arrived in Kolkata on a tour around India, explaining the new organisation structure to the management team.   The organisation chart included a hitherto non-existent box –...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 11 February 2022
Today, in the 21st century, we talk more and more about networking than we ever did in the past. There is much said about opportunities for networking, the benefits of networking and training oneself for networking. Many of the successful people I have met have been those who have been able...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 04 February 2022
I was given a tough assignment: set up non-resident Indian (NRI) banking in the Middle East.   Our bank was already three years behind Citi, Grindlays, and StanChart plus several nationalised banks, which made the task quite daunting.   I developed a marketing plan, complete...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 28 January 2022
I was looking back at a foreign company that had started in India in the 1960s. They had a few well-known brands but had only a notional presence in India. They were keen to come into the country in a big way. They were careful to select an outstanding executive to be their first chief...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 21 January 2022
One of my first tasks, as branch manager, was to make courtesy calls on the most important corporate clients of the branch to introduce myself and establish good connections. My main point of contact with these clients was the head of finance because he was the person who dealt with banks and...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 07 January 2022
I was the manager of the BBD Bagh branch in Calcutta, reporting to the manager - eastern India.   I was always on the lookout for some new business so that I could increase the profits of my branch.   In the process, I came across a non-customer who was importing timber on a...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 31 December 2021
There are times in life when it pays to pretend ignorance, when you pretend to know not – but actually, you do know! Especially when it comes to managing your boss – whether in the world of commerce or in politics.   Here are 8 basic rules that have always helped people survive and...

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Moneylife Digital Team 24 December 2021
Given the pervasive impact of technology in education, many education-technology (ed-tech) companies offer courses, tutorials, and coaching for competitive exams online. However, the Union government has warned parents and students to be careful while opting for online content and coaching...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 24 December 2021
On my first visit to the Calcutta main branch, after taking up my new posting, I was surprised to find great stacks of large cartons lying on the verandah just outside the main door. I was told that they contained the computers, printers, and terminals that had been sent ahead of the...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 17 December 2021
It is amazing how much communication takes place, even before a person starts speaking. From the gait and the smile, from the clothes and the shoes. For some people, the dress becomes the trademark – a part of the personality!    Jawaharlal Nehru and the Nehru jacket with a red rose,...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 10 December 2021
The apartment assigned to me in Calcutta was No 12A, 10 Judges Court Road, located in the posh area of Calcutta – Alipore. Why 12A, you may ask. Actually, it should have been flat 13, but 13 was an unlucky number, you see.   The building had come up in the 1930s to house high-ranking...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 03 December 2021
Recently, there was a report on how rules are set after long and detailed thinking while framing a nation’s constitution, setting up a small or large institution; or for an organisation of professionals—all enterprises expected to last for generations.    However, over time, one finds...

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