Vishal Awtani

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Take A Risk: The Odds Are Better Than You Think

As you look back on your career and life to date, where do you wished you’d been a little braver, trusted in yourself more, and been less cautious in the chances you took?<p>Anything come to mind? When speaking to people in their forties and beyond, many tell me that if they could do their career over …

Why Men Work So Many Hours

How many employed American mothers work more than 50 hours a week? Go on, guess. I’ve been asking lots of people that question lately. Most guess around 50 percent.<p>The truth is 9 percent.<p>Nine percent of working moms clock more than 50 hours a week during the key years of career advancement: ages 25 …

Stop Work Overload By Setting These Boundaries

Why is it that when your friends, your significant other, and especially your mom tell you, <i>You need to stop working so much!</i> — you hesitate? On the one hand, you know they have a point. It’s unsustainable to pull 12- to 14-hour days on a consistent basis, and you feel burnt-out and cranky. But when …

Who Should Actually Have Say on Pay?

It’s say-on-pay season at American corporations. What shareholders have been saying, in overwhelming numbers, is <i>yes!</i> At 74% of the 1,471 companies that have voted so far in 2013, according to Equilar’s say-on-pay tracker, the “yes” percentage exceeded 90%. That’s up from 69% in 2012 and 2011. Only …

Twelve Rules for New Grads

What advice would you give new college graduates about launching themselves into the workforce? Beginning May 12, 2013, I facilitated a discussion around this question on LinkedIn. The hundreds of responses offered a wealth of advice and insight about what it takes to make a successful transition …

Sleep-Deprived People Are More Likely to Cheat

Good managers focus not only on bottom-line performance, but on the means by which their people achieve that high performance. Unethical behaviors can be damaging to a broad variety of stakeholders, and are often the cause of organizational crises. Ethical behavior not only keeps consciences clean; …

The Great Sino-Indian Alpine Tent Party of 2013

On Sunday, May 5, several dozen soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) pulled down their tents and withdrew from disputed territory …

The Geopolitics of Oil

<b>The Geopolitics of Oil</b><p>It is a sad fact of life that many of the world's leading oil producing countries are either politically unstable and/or at …

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The geopolitics of passions

<b>Two extreme passions - the religious and the worldly - shape the Middle East [AFP]</b><p>Being neither an Arab nor a specialist on the Middle East, I can offer only a few hesitant and provisional suggestions on the topic of the geopolitics of passions in the Middle East.<p>They revolve around three themes:<p>1. …

The elephant in the room

<b>Will there ever be a seat at the negotiating table for Ismail Haniya? [EPA]</b><p>Sidelining Hamas in any process to craft genuine peace between Israelis and Palestinians is a glaring omission tantamount to ignoring an elephant in the room. Whether it is Obama's or the UN's negotiating room, pretending …

The Muslim Brotherhood in flux

<b>Under new leader Mohammed Badie, centre, the Muslim Brotherhood has not shied from political participation, partnering with other groups under slogans such as 'Preventing Fraud is a National Duty' [AFP]</b><p>Egypt is on the cusp of dramatic change. For the first time in three decades, the country will …