Instilling a Culture of Curiosity through Storytelling

At just the age of 15, Sir CV Raman had completed his BA degree and won gold medals in English and Physics. And at 17 he received an MA degree while being a topper of his batch. Many of his college professors allowed him to skip classes as they knew he didn’t need them.  But what makes Raman a great scientist is not because he was a brilliant student but because he was extremely curious …

​​Storytelling Wisdom from Pixar

Pixar Animation Studios’ latest animated film, Lightyear, a spin-off of the Toy Story series, will be released this week. The first Toy Story film was released in 1995, and since then, Pixar has released many successful films, both in terms of commercials and enthralling audiences. Pixar films such as Wall-E, Up, Toy Story, and Monster’s Inc. appeal to people of all ages and have a timeless quality. Have you ever wondered why the majority of …

How individual values build up the company culture

Top management typically establishes organisational values. These values are intended to guide people’s actions when carrying out company activities. However, each individual is also driven by their own set of personal values. Understanding how individual values influence work culture and performance is extremely beneficial for organisations. How do you know if someone’s personal values are influencing their work? Well, by simply paying attention to how people interact with one another at work and what they …

How the founder’s story guides Starbucks

Almost every company’s history includes a story about “how it all started.” The origin story of the company reveals the core values and philosophy upon which the company was founded. At the heart of most such stories is a founder who was motivated by passion and a desire to make a difference. The Story of the Coffee Retailer One such founder story is that of Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks.  Schultz writes in his …

Great leaders are also the best guides

It’s natural to imagine a leader as someone who is in the spotlight – someone who is seen and heard. Most of the time, leaders who work quietly in the background go unnoticed until a crisis puts them into the spotlight. While many leaders limit their role to managerial activities, what sets a great leader apart is their ability to operate with a clear purpose. A leader is anyone who takes ownership, takes action, and …