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What the Best Mentors Do?

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I was recently invited to speak on, “What best mentors do?” to a group of mentors / facilitators from Argentina who had come for a training program at School of Social Entrepreneurship India. 

The session was organized at the scenic Zorba The Buddha, which is an oasis in itself in the Delhi NCR region.

I divided my session into six parts viz.
Mentoring StylesUnderstanding ExpectationsAsking Powerful QuestionsDeeper EngagementMonitoring Mentee PerformancePillars of Mentor Mentee RelationshipA) Mentoring styles

I began with a discussion on the five major mentoring styles:-

1) Challenger- The mentor pushes the mentee and asks hard questions.

2) Cheerleader- The mentor encourages and even in case of a mistake points out to the mentee the learning from the mistake

3) Educator- The mentor teaches/ trains the mentee after understanding the mentee’s deficiencies.

4) Ideator- The mentor encourages and pushes the mentee to ideate, dream and brainstorm.

5) Connector- The mentor helps …

Application of Gaming in New Media Marketing

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Application of Gaming in New Media Marketing

Publisher, IGI Global, USA

Global Release- September, 2018

Editors : Dr Pratika Mishra and Dr Swatti Dham 

I am honored to contribute a chapter on "Understanding the psychology of new media audiences from a marketing perspective" in the upcoming book by IGI Global entitled, "Application of Gaming in New Media Marketing". The book will be released globally in September 2018.

The Story Behind the Book

Advergames lie at the intersection of interactive games and digital advertising. It creates a win win situation for the advertiser/ marketer who gets a chance to promote the products and the game player who gets a chance for entertainment and fun. Gaming is also potent as it creates a competitive spirit in the player and its high level of engagement makes it a powerful marketing tool.

The book takes a deep dive into the application of gaming in new media marketing. It has contributions from both academicians and practitioners an…

Murtaza Ali Khan- Biryani With Blogger II

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"Biryani with Blogger" is a series on blogger interviews where Chief Blogger, Enlarge Excel Evolve Dr Amit Nagpal chats with prominent bloggers of the world over a plate of Biryani. 

The second interview in the series is with leading film review blogger of India Murtaza Ali Khan

Dr Amit Nagpal -After doing an MBA in Marketing, how come you decided to be a film review blogger? Please share your journey in brief.
Murtaza Ali Khan -I got introduced to the world of cinema during my second year of engineering. Soon I started reviewing movies on IMDB.Com. After completing my graduation I joined a leading IT company which took me to Chennai. While in Chennai, I got to watch a bunch of newly released Hollywood movies like Inception, Salt, Knight and Day, among others. It was during this time I started toying with the idea of taking up film reviewing as a full-time profession. It was quite tough managing time in Chennai as I was not only working full-time as an IT professional but I wa…

"A New Dictionary" and Other Stories on Wisdom and Life

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Mini Stories on Wisdom, Love and Life

"A New Dictionary"

"Stop using these terms viz. scarcity, office politics, Monday blues, pain, pressure, mind games and so on. Throw away the old dictionary as I am going to gift you a new one", he told her.

"And what terms are there in the new dictionary?", she asked inquisitively.

"The new dictionary will have a completely different set of terms. Abundance, collaboration, Unconditional love, healing, passion, soul, serendipity and so on", he replied.

And together they began a new journey into a new world.
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"Single Child"

"Why are you lost in thoughts so often?", he asked her.

"You can never understand me. You have never experienced the kind of loneliness I have been through as a single child", she replied.

"Human story is a story of loneliness. Everyone experiences It, be it for hours, days or years. Yet the only solution is to move from loneliness to alo…

“The Vibes in the Photo” and other Stories on Vibes

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Mini Stories on Wisdom and Life


"Vibes"

"Your vibes are so positive and calm. In fact I get conscious about my vibes in your company", he complimented her.

"Thanks for the compliment. But why should you get conscious. I didn't get that", she asked.

"Your vibes make me wonder how positive my vibes are. That's it. That is the second compliment in fact", he replied.

"Oh really?", she grinned with a wide smile.
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"The Vibes in the Photo"

"Ehhh, just look at this photo.
Your friend on your left has a really beautiful smile.", he told her.

Surprisingly she was not getting jealous, so he continued, "Oh she has a smile almost as beautiful as yours."

"Ahaan" was all she had to say. He had failed to make her jealous inspite of all the sincere efforts. Or may be she was good at hiding her feelings.

He added, "And your other friend on your right, it seems she has faced…

Interview with Meenu Mehrotra, Relationship Coach

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Meenu Mehrotra is a Relationship Coach. Her coaching style is based on empowering souls to grow & deepen enriching relationships with self & others. She is based in Gurgaon, India. 


Dr Amit Nagpal-How can a person improve his or her intuition?
Meenu Mehrotra- Intuition is NOT a gift as perceived by most. It is an inner guidance system which all of us are blessed with but it has to be used to be made strong- just like any other muscle in the body.

The best way to improve intuition is to start listening to your inner voice and act on it, even if it defies logic and reasoning. Intellect has no role here. It’s all about being still and listening to that small, feeble voice that guides you to act in a particular way all the time. Intuition is a whisper and to hear it, one has to go within and be in silence.

Meditation is a great tool to be more intuitive.

Being mindful is another powerful tool to strengthen one’s intuition. Just being aware of what’s going on inside and outside of you…

Media Laws and Ethics- An Introduction to Legal and Ethical Issues in Journalism

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"Media Laws and Ethics-An Introduction to Legal and Ethical Issues in Journalism" is a compilation of chapters by renowned media academicians and journalists. Dr Vartika Nanda is Editor of the book (HOD-Journalism, LSR College for Women) and the Foreword has been written by renowned media expert K.G. Suresh, Director General, Indian Institute of Mass Communication / IIMC, New Delhi.

The Story Behind the Book

As Dr Vartika Nanda points out in ‘My Word’, the book has been compiled with special focus on the varied dimensions of media ethics and also the complex world of law pertaining to the issues of media. It is an attempt to clear the cobwebs and create a platform where one can open new windows for discussion. 

Collaboration and Co-creation are the new norms of digital society. The book is a pioneering attempt in co-creation by bringing academicians and students together. As she points out in the end, “The purpose was to bring the academicians and the students together in th…

Are You the Leader You Want to Be

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8th March is celebrated globally as International Women's Day and I thought of celebrating the day by celebrating women leaders. 

"Are you the leader you want to be?" is a book by two women leaders who are inspiring hundreds of women by their own example and also earning accolades especially from the leaders in information and technology industries. 

Manbir Kaur is an Executive and Leadership Coach based in India and Kathy Mitchell is a Certified Professional Coach currently based in Malaysia. 

In this tête-à-tête with Dr Amit Nagpal, Manbir Kaur shares the purpose behind the book and why storytelling is woven in the whole book. 


Dr Amit Nagpal-How is leadership in technology sector different from the other sectors?

Manbir Kaur- I have experience working for technology companies and I can definitely say that we in technology get conditioned in a certain way over the years and our brains and styles are greatly influenced by this. Some of us who have been into technology for de…

Cultivating a Digital Mindset

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Dr Uttara Pattanaik on Digital Mindset
Digital mindset it a set of behavioral and attitudinal patterns which are purpose and value driven, connect people and aim for excellence. The digital transformation calls for a culture that is based on equanimity, collaborative & co-operative approach, open mindedness, gratitude, trust and appreciation.
Defining values and role modelling the same in a consistent manner will build trust, ownership and allow people to walk the extra mile to make the transformation successful.

(Dr Uttara Pattanaik speaking on Digital Mindset at Digital Transformation in Context of New India -The Summit held at NDIM, New Delhi)

In a digital transformation initiative, while technology is the key enabler, the actual critical success factor is culture. It is all about people’s mindset and behaviour.  This must be led from top, enabled by HR and constantly reinforced by leadership behavior.  Continuous communication at all levels is crucial.  It is important for people …

Top 10 Blog Posts of All Time- Enlarge Excel Evolve

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Ten Years of Digital: 2007- 2017
I began my digital journey in 2007 and recently completed ten years in the virtual world. I had started blogging in 2009 and decided to collate Top 10 posts on my blog since the begining of the journey. Here are the All Time Top 10 posts on my blog. Happy Reading.

1 PM Narendra Modi is my inspiration 
The blog tops the charts with 5,000+ views. In a previous post, I had talked about how PM Modi’s inspirational storytelling approach had inspired me to create 7E model of Storytelling. (7Es of storytelling include Empathy, Emotional connect, Edutainment, Evocation, Eloquence, Energy and Engagement) Read More

2 Personal Branding as an Empowerment Tool
Life is unfair”, we all would have uttered these words at some point of time in our lives. In spite of being equally competent, many of us lose out at the workplace because we are/ were :-

- not educated at a premier b-school or
- educated in a small town or
- gentle/ unassertive nature or
- introvert or
- are phy…