Nirmal's Blog

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Google Project Oxygen findings

Google Project Oxygen is their internal mission to build better bosses.

The findings showed that a high-scoring manager:

1. Is a good coach 

2. Empowers team and does not micromanage 

3. Creates an inclusive team environment, showing concern for success and well-being

4. Is productive and results-oriented

5. Is a good communicator – listens and shares information 

6. Supports career development and discusses performance

7. Has a clear vision/strategy for the team 

8. Has key technical skills to help advise the team 

9. Collaborates across Google

10. Is a strong decision maker

Taken from re:Work with Google


You prepare. You take action. At times, the results do not come out as you hoped. Realization of what you could have done better is a very important skill. Failure is a great teacher. It teaches us so much more than winning (not to say winning is not important).

When the results are not good, do you look around for someone/something to blame or do you do a self assessment and realize what you could have done better?

A future beyond traffic gridlock

Kathmandu faces an acute traffic congestion problem. As thousands of people face this problem on a daily basis and more vehicles being added to the capital’s roads, I’m researching how cities around the world are managing their own traffic congestion. I found a related/useful video on Ted which is worth listening to: Bill Ford talking in A future beyond traffic gridlock. Bill Ford’s great-grandfather was Henry Ford.

teaching is art

To teach is to learn twice – Joseph Joubert

I had a wonderful opportunity to listen to an experienced teacher share his experience on teaching. It was inspiring to hear his perspective on teaching. He talked about the importance of stories to get students interested in the subject matter, how to get started in the beginning of class, and engaging the students.

I also learned that it’s very important for teachers to be very prepared for each class. It’s important to make sure the teachers are not just dumping information to the students but helping them understand the concepts/ideas along the way.

Celebrities speaking up

When celebrities speak up on contemporary issues, is it good or bad for their “personal brand”?

Do all celebrities have the luxury to speak up on contemporary issues and voice their opinion(s)?

What current or potential sports endorsements would be affected for the athletes if they speak up (or not speak up)?

Do consumers today believe that athletes should be more responsible and use their platform for the greater good of society? If they don’t use their platform “properly”, would we support them any less?

What topic(s) should the athletes stay in or can they comment on issues related to global events?

Seize the day

Maybe good things come to those wait, but the best things come to those who seize the moment and make it their own.

Taken from No Limits But the Sky

The discomfort zone

Overtime, we build a comfort zone to a lot of things-from the books we read, to the people we hang out with to the sports teams we support etc. That’s the easy way to do things. We don’t have to battle within ourselves and choices are pretty simple. Yet, I believe the “real” growth, learning, challenge, excitement, and most things in general is best to be in the discomfort zone (most of the time). The discomfort zone is where you challenge yourself to be the best and to be the best, you have to push your own boundaries. Instead of “I can’t do this” to “I’m looking forward to doing this.” You become a lifelong learner and constantly seek knowledge/wisdom. The world becomes that more beautiful around you.

The show goes on…

Once you climb up a hill, there is a moment to soak it all in. Take a deep breath and appreciate the journey to get here.

Then it’s time to climb up another hill on the horizon.

Far Out: an ongoing read

Far Out Countercultural Seekers and the Tourist Encounter in Nepal by Mark Liechty is a comprehensive read on Nepal’s tourism experiences in the postwar era, hippie counterculture in the 1960s, and adventure destination in the 1970s.

I picked up Far Out when I attended its book launch at Martin Chautari. Having read about 100 pages so far, I’ve learned about how Nepal opened its doors to tourism in early 1950s, influential characters that shaped the early tourism crowd and much more. It’s quite interesting to learn about Nepal’s tourism history and whose identity has now been shaped by tourism around the world. I especially enjoyed reading about Boris Lissanevitch and Jung Bahadur Coapsingha – two important and pioneering characters of Nepal’s early tourism years. I can’t wait to read more.

Choices and customers

In a good business environment, the customers have a lot of product/service options to choose from. Whether customers are shopping for groceries, fashion, gadgets to cars, houses, boats, there are a plethora of product/service providers. As choices become abundant, the customers make decisions based on many things. Some things that make customers choose your brand are price, service, reputation, availability to name a few.

Other factors that are less than obvious which make customers choose only your brand are how much does your brand seem to care about the customers, how is the overall customer buying experience, can the customers trust you, can you deliver what you promised in your marketing, what is the first interaction like with your brand. These are some things to consider as choices are aplenty for the customers.

Soft skills never go out of style

57% of senior leaders today say soft skills are more important than hard skills. Strengthening a soft skill is one of the best investments you can make in your career. Plus, the rise of AI is only making soft skills increasingly important, as they are precisely the type of skills robots can’t automate. LinkedIn

Soft skills that are very important in 2019 according to LinkedIn are: creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability, and time management. Learning or honing these soft skills will pay huge dividends in the long term.

Fresh college graduates

Fresh college graduates would go further in the job market/career with these qualities: a hunger to become the best in the field, a strong work ethic, and people skills.

By having a hunger to become the best in the field, the individuals would need to continuously learn, take feedback and will grow. Complementing the hunger would be a strong work ethic which can take the individuals farther than their counterparts. Hunger alone won’t take you anywhere. Lastly, having excellent people skills will take you the farthest.

A learning organization

To stay relevant in the market, be ahead of the competition, and to attract/keep talent, the company’s members’ need to be continuously learning. If the members are not learning, they are not growing.

Most companies know that the employees are its biggest asset. What they know and how they act can differ greatly. Learning has to become a core part of a company’s DNA. It has to be embedded so strongly in the company that employees themselves are proactively learning new things and staying updated. The management needs to provide the right environment where learning is encouraged, incentivized, and acknowledged. Just a few people here and there sent off to a corporate training won’t move the needle.

Travel to me…

Travel to me means to discover

Discover new food, places, people and culture

Cultures of people, customs, traditions, and how they live

Lives of people in different places makes me interested and curious

Curious to learn more about the new destination and myself

Myself is an evolving body and that’s why I love to travel