My foremost identity has always been that of a poet and a dreamer. I spent nearly a quarter of a century writing poems, practicing yoga, reading books, creating flower arrangements, climbing trees, making deep friendships and having fun. Somewhere between these life sustaining activities I qualified myself professionally with the degrees of a BTech in electrical and electronics engineering at IIT Madras and a PGDM at IIM Ahmedabad. After that I spent around 4 years working in the corporate world with some big names like ICICI, Infosys, and Citibank. What I gained most from these years was the growing clarity and intensity of a fundamental question that would take over my life from that point onwards –‘Why do people work’? This simple question took me on an intense personal and professional quest where I simultaneously studied organizational behavior, psychology, philosophy, and theology. Six years later, equipped with the formal degree of PhD in Organizational Behaviour from London Business School, and the informal degree of ‘Parent’ bestowed by life, I decided to start sharing with others what I had discovered (and continue to learn more about) related to the nature of work and the various ways in which it can influence our individual and collective experiences. What better place to do this than in a Management Institute since the ‘person-work’, and ‘person-person’ relationships are the building blocks of any management principle.
Although in spirit still a student of life, in formal designation I am a faculty in management with IIM Bangalore. Before coming to IIM Bangalore, I had taught organizational behavior and negotiations at the London School of Economics and had mentored participants during the global leadership assessment for managers at London Business School. At IIM Bangalore, I have designed my flagship course titled, ‘Personal Values, Goals, and Career Options’, as well as a doctoral seminar in Positive Psychology which I have been teaching since 2010. Each year I find the demand for these courses going up and the heartfelt appreciation and feedback that I receive from students only serves to reinforce my belief that these courses are addressing themes that are becoming increasingly important to people as they navigate the terrains of the corporate world. I also conduct seminars and workshops for working executives in which I cover the topics of ‘personal mission and vision’, ‘redefining work’, ‘leveraging strengths’, ‘nurturing excellence’, ‘work-life alignment’, ‘personal reinvention’, ‘stress management’, ‘leading with joy’, ‘right brain at work’, ‘appreciative inquiry’, ‘emotional intelligence’, ‘integrative thinking’, ‘conflict management’, ‘motivation’, and ‘finding flow’. These programs are very close to my heart and I am grateful to be able to share what I am learning with others. At a personal level, I am committed to making a difference in people’s lives by encouraging them to discover their unique strengths and personal passions and use those to find meaning in their work.
My non-academic accomplishments include having represented my state in Basketball, being a Rashtrapati Guide, Yoga teacher (certified by SVYASA), level-2 Reiki practitioner, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) practitioner, and a Vipasanna meditator . I love trekking and nature related travel and am also passionate about dancing. My personal mission (which has been a beacon of strength and guidance ever since I put it into words) is: to allow myself to be free to explore and share different ways of communing with inner and outer nature.