Monday, April 24, 2017

Share and Care and the stories of Verona

Firstly, apologies for the delay in sharing ( might sound like a typical 'corporate parlance use case ' ). Hardly in Delhi these days.

Secondly, a big thanks for all your genuine shares/comments/emails/social media interactions for showering so much love, support and care for all my previous blog posts. I have received so many connects and hence taking this time and space to say a big ' thank you '. 

Thirdly, ( if that is a word ), as I usually say in my seminars / leadership lessons and industry forums, if you are not genuinely ' pursuing '  anything outside of your work, you are actually not growing. And this is true. 

I happened to meet an ex - colleague at a wedding function last week ( and weddings I tell you these days ...but that's for another day story telling ) and she told me she is an art connoisseur now. She quit her corporate life /space 4 years back, being a single mother;took her daughter and both of them are now based in Verona, Italy. 

Took sometime for me to actually believe that a person who once was slated to be a top corporate honcho actually shifted gears and took what I call  the ' best calls' and moved ahead. Wow !!

Not many can even think on these terms let apart doing something. Our stories are so much formatted and streamlined that we hardly have any breathing space. And yet, lucky are those, who find such people who at least for a moment inspire them. 

The colleague told me about Verona ( I never heard about it before ), the life , people and places and her little one. She is pursuing something which she loves , balances her life very well and her aspirations and dreams are limited and above all she is in a state of being content with all she has. That's the key. 



Verona , Italy

Being content is although a huge ask but if you can calm yourself and be happy and thankful for what you have, life is so much beautiful .

Coming to beautiful, kids these days have amazing names - Zira , Vahaana , Nirvaya and the likes. Creativity at its best I tell you. 

Speaking of creativity, I was having a quick ' hot chocolate'  ( my 2017 big fav. post cold coffee ) along with our creative copy head. Its amazing how people working on the same brand think so differently. Being a business and a brand person my thinking and focus is way apart from what the creative thinks. During the discussion, she was full of so many interesting ideas and thoughts that I for one moment thought we are talking chalk and cheese. 

Talking about cheese, please try to smile more often. No use being serious or as I call ' saddu '. Life happens and will continue to happen even when you are not around. So, no sweat ! 

#shareandcare #stayblessed #karansayz

You can connect with me via searching for @karansayz across the social media circuit. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

An 'Ex' makes a comeback !

During one of my recent corporate flights, I happened to connect with an e-commerce industry veteran and out of the many things that we spoke about, Shopclues was one of them.

While I try myself to be away from the stories or the controversies that surround Shopclues today, I couldn't help but think can two people, married or at one point seeing each other, be in a professional work space or a similar ecosystem. In the case of Shopclues, Radhika and Sandeep or Sanjay!

The flight was a new feeling and while the honorary leader went for an early sleep, I thought of writing and sharing my thoughts. The flight attendant was sweet enough to get me my hot chocolate.





Before jumping onto an answer, if I can put myself to the test, how would I react. This is fictional ;) , Karan I tell you!

Hypothetically, if me and my ex are in a similar work ecosystem or by the nature of our work again start interacting it will be a not so pleasant scenario. Deep down, a part of us has died and the other has moved on. For both. 

No matter what and where is our current relationship headed, its tough to be again in the same space. We are humans after all and not that easy to move on. 

But this is a personal side. 

If you are a professional, understand and appreciate that its the work that made you two come together and both of you should play to your strengths and get things moving and running at ease.

Whatever has happened is past and the present needs you two to work together for a larger good. At one point in time you may have had strong feelings for each other but its perfectly fine to be mature enough to move ahead and be happy for the other person.

Strong people rarely have an easy past.Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.

I have learnt, out of the many things, that never let your emotions overpower your intelligence. The same rule holds ground here as well.

The view outside of the night sky with shimmering lights is always a beautiful sight. The world is a nice place and your outlook can make your space and the world around you much better....


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