Author - Makarand Vaidya

The ultimate guide to making good decisions

Yash was very quiet today. He was engrossed in some deep thoughts as we entered the coffee shop. It did not look like a normal Saturday morning. “I am having second thoughts.” As we settled at the table, I waited long enough for Yash to gather his thoughts. “It looks like I am trying to do something more than I can. I am...

The importance of family support in a successful entrepreneurial career

“Hello Geeta, Nice to see you after a long.” It was good to see her along with Yash. “What brings you here?” I could guess, still, I wanted to hear from her. “Yash has been talking about quitting his job and starting on his own. I am a bit worried about this. He asked me to talk to you. I don’t know how...

Why would you solve a problem that does not exists?

“Makarand, I am so excited. As I discussed with you last week, I have been busy all week thinking about the solution I would like to build.” Yash was bubbling with ideas as we walked into our favorite coffee shop for the breakfast. “My new year resolution has given me great strength. Now there is no one stopping me.” “Sounds like a plan Yash. Good that you...

Why I don’t make new year resolutions: The Truth

“I am flooded with new ideas.” Yash and I were having our Saturday breakfast at our favorite place along with a very large cup of coffee. “My new year resolution is to take the plunge, get over the fear, and start something of my own.” “Wow, Yash! I am with you. Finally, you made up your mind. I am so...

How to plan your work before going on vacation

“Makarand, I am curious to see your post next week. I read your advice about not working during the holidays. I want to see whether you follow your own advice.” Rajesh was challenging me over the coffee break. “Yes, off course. You will definitely see something.” “Let me guess, I have understood a few things from your work style. You will finish some of the...

Dealing with a heavy workload at work

“I am not able to sleep at night. There is too much work in the project, please move me to some other project.” As Dhanesh was complaining I could hear the frustration in his voice. Obviously, there was something wrong. “Can you tell me something more about it?” Proposing a solution without hearing the problem, can make the situation worse. Also, many times...

Keeping track of Non-Tangible Things

  “Makarand, this new development work I am handling is very delicate. I think it is going to break at several places.” Ritu was a new entrant in the delivery team. Great that she was very enthusiastic and willing to drive for perfection. “Yes, you are right, anything that can fail will fail. That is exactly why we need someone like...

Emotional and Logical decisions- how to make effective ones

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” -Anonymous “It’s like a dream come true. I was waiting for this opportunity for years. However it is a very big change, and I am not sure how to decide on this one.” I was talking to Dinesh, a senior leader in a large multinational, who was thinking of starting...

Solve the problem before it even occurs

  “All work is the avoidance of harder work.” ? James Richardson “The website was down after the automatic update, Ramesh jumped in as soon as he saw the problem and the site was up again within minutes. This saved us a potential loss of revenue.” We were in the process of nominating team members for the employee of the month award. The...

How To Delegate A Work Efficiently?

  “I know I have to do it, I mean I have to give it to someone. I am overwhelmed by the work that needs to be done. And I just can’t do everything.” Sameer sounded quite frustrated. Well, it looked like he had the right answer. He just needed some help to actually do it. “That problem has been solved many times before, and...