I AM – The WIL Second Edition : Key take aways from our Panel discussion today

Our key take aways from today’s Panel discussion were insightful and deep. Yet familiarity of shared thoughts reinforced the thought that Women regardless of their roles can positively impact their growth & development.

Stepping up and Asking
Many of us women share experiences around the push and pull, that often stops us from getting to the next step.
As much of a task as it might seem to be, the success is in the action.

Embracing Discomfort
Its not uncommon for both men and women to experience hesitation to explore newness and do or try something not done before.
But this is fairly counterintuitive. The more we explore and try, the better ate our chances of growth and effectiveness.
This doesn’t have to be limited to work, but other areas of our lives.
Live a little. Let go of the need for everything to be perfect. Enjoy the process.

Having a Mentor, or Two
Finding a mentors can be a fairly organic process with those at our work space, that we can seek honest feedback and valuable shares on experiences, learning and temperature checks.
Apart from authentic temperature checks on how we are doing, there a depth of information offered from a core competency perspective to gain too.

Our endeavour to build awareness and confidence for Women continues.

Here is the video :



Stay tuned for our next interview.



There’s a bias that implies that we have a tendency to want to be around people whom we find ‘ Just like us’, in some way or another.

Unconscious bias and creating a sense of belongingness at work ( & everywhere ) :


‘Oh…. I dont see any similarities between you and me, therefore, I can’t work with you . spend time with you / etc etc’.
( you get my drift )

I must admit, that in some way, if I look at my work, I do like working with folks I like.

Yesterday one of my tenured mentors gave me a very different perspective on this.
On return from a project overseas, the realization of a cosmopolitan, diversified culture , he shared, was an optimal environment for the space he is into.

This led me to think that ‘Just like me’, is not largely optimal, if my intention is to serve value meaningfully.

To allow me to create more value, I have to allow myself to open up to newness and what’s not ‘Just like me’.

Today I intend on practicing the sense of ‘Belongingness’

I belong to you
You belong to me

This intrinsically breaks barriers we might be unaware of ‘ Unconscious biases’, that stop us from opening up, and living fully.

Practicing the sense of ‘Belongingness’
This not only encourages curiosity but allows me to explore spaces and concepts I have no knowledge, let alone wisdom, of.

I am going to make a conscious effort to go beyond the ‘Just like me’ space, to the space that is new, uncomfortable, unfamiliar too.

#unconsciousbias #belongingness

Strategy for Startups – An Upcoming and Insightful Mentoring Session

Is your product compelling enough to solve a real problem ?
Do you have enough users who care about what you have to offer ?
What problem are you solving for today’s users of your product
What in your product is truly differentiated in the market to solve this problem. Does it solve deep issues for your potential customers ?

– How is it different from what is already existing in the market ?

If one or more of these are part of what you are asking yourself OR you are looking for clarity, then join us
March 18th to triggert thought and have an insightful interactive discussion with one of our mentors Rakesh Mishra, Co- Founder and Director of Excubator

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Rakesh Mishra, Co-FOunder, Excubator



Rakesh Mishra is Co-Founder & Director at Excubator.org, an organisation that assists entrepreneurs and enterprises to multiply their business value and build world-class businesses. His area of specialisation are incubating advance technology based businesses, innovation portfolio management, technology research and delivery scale-up. Rakesh is also the co-founder of the PAN IIT nation building program ‘IIT Mentors’. He has been engaging with various IIT institutions and IIT alumni community as part of this program to develop the mentoring hubs across the country.

Rakesh brings 20+ years of industry experience that cuts across wide spectrum of industry verticals, technology platforms and geographies.
Rakesh is heading the HackSpace (AI-ML-IoT incubator) program at Excubator. He works very closely with Technology focused MNCs to help them evaluate and engage with innovative startups. Rakesh is advisor to SIDBI for their startup ecosystem development program and also leads SIDBIStartupMitra.in platform initiative to collaborate with various central and state government bodies and industry bodies.

As a professional coach, Rakesh has touched lives many senior executives for assisting them with their personal development, job satisfaction challenges and corporate-to-startup transition readiness. Rakesh is recognized as one of the top Gamification experts in India. Rakesh is a graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

We are very happy to have Rakesh lead this discussion on March 18th, and open it up to you all to engage.

See you

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People wonder what is the ‘right’ book or the right way to give them readymade solutions.


The nature of a business or a challenge itself aren’t sufficient to give anyone the ‘right’ solution.

Look around you and you will observe that any hard and fast formula has never worked.
In fact it won’t even work for that same person at a different point in time.

Many factors including time, knowledge, right people ( can you think of any more ? ) all culminate to unfold what will happen.

But being inspired by another’s journey, reading case studies, asking insightful questions, attending networking events and building your own ecosystem are some meaningful ways to enable to u to find your OWN way.

Don’t expect a mentor to spoon feed you. After all they are chasing their own dreams. When they give their time, value it. Go prepared with information and asks. And be clear of what it is you are looking for.

Networking has always been very valuable because bring selective about sessions and your need help you know when you have seen a match.

Build relationships. Credibility and ownership are intrinsic to sustainable partnerships and collaboration.

Most of all be genuine with yourself. Know your self . Understand what it is you really really want.
And ask yourself – What can I offer you that can benefit you ?
An attitude of a win-win always takes you that much farther. This is your mature, mindful self letting others know you’re considerate enough to understand that relationships are at the heart of every long term system of progress, growth and success.


The author is a Social entrepreneur and Executive Coach.

#iamvibha #vibhawomen #carolinevibha


We all want to be happy. And science shows that happiness not only feels great but also predicts better physical health and even a higher paycheck.

Prioritizing Positivity:
A study led by Iris Mauss, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, found that people instructed to feel happier while watching a pleasant film clip ended up feeling worse than people instructed just to watch the clip. Findings like this are echoed in the popular press: Writer Ruth Whippman argued in a recent New York Times piece that the pursuit of happiness is a “recipe for neurosis.”
– Can you think of someone who overdoes positivity ?
You might ask if it’s fake and unrealistic.
– What happens when we drag up experiences that were positive and negative for us from the past ? What does it do to you for that day ?
No emotion is built to last forever.
Under the study of “prioritizing Positivity’ – there’s a recognized process of
Current reality -> Appraisal -> Changes in oneself -> Response
This means that at every step of this above process, we can CHOOSE to prioritize and experience Positivity AND Nurture it too.
People who score high on Prioritization have
– a better life satisfaction
– more resources
– higher resilience
– better relationships
– better appreciation ability
– you choose to savor positivity
The point is, it can be DEVELOPED.
If you were to bring in youthful, playful attitude towards your life can you consciously check what happens through your day ?
How will this Prioritizing Positivity, choosing your attitude serve you ?
What will be some results of this conscious choice for you ?
Be Kind to yourself ❤
The author is an Executive Coach and Social Entrepreneur. #iamvibha #vibhawomen #carolinevibha
Caroline Fernandes

Resilient people don’t wallow or dwell on failures; they acknowledge the situation, learn from their mistakes, and then move forward.

The Importance of Resilience


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Resilience (or resiliency) is our ability to adapt and bounce back when things don’t go as planned.

According to the research of leading psychologist, Susan Kobasa, there are three elements that are essential to resilience:
Challenge – Resilient people view a difficulty as a challenge, not as a paralyzing event. They look at their failures and mistakes as lessons to be learned from, and as opportunities for growth. They don’t view them as a negative reflection on their abilities or self-worth.
Commitment – Resilient people are committed to their lives and their goals, and they have a compelling reason to get out of bed in the morning. Commitment isn’t just restricted to their work – they commit to their relationships, their friendships, the causes they care about, and their religious or spiritual beliefs.
Personal Control – Resilient people spend their time and energy focusing on situations and events that they have control over. Because they put their efforts where they can have the most impact, they feel empowered and confident. Those who spend time worrying about uncontrollable events can often feel lost, helpless, and powerless to take action.
Another leading psychologist, Martin Seligman, says the way that we explain setbacks to ourselves is also important. (He talks in terms of optimism and pessimism rather than resilience, however, the effect is essentially the same.) This “explanatory style” is made up of three main elements:

Permanence – People who are optimistic (and therefore have more resilience) see the effects of bad events as temporary rather than permanent. For instance, they might say “My boss didn’t like the work I did on that project” rather than “My boss never likes my work.”
Pervasiveness – Resilient people don’t let setbacks or bad events affect other unrelated areas of their lives. For instance, they would say “I’m not very good at this” rather than “I’m no good at anything.”
Personalization – People who have resilience don’t blame themselves when bad events occur. Instead, they see other people, or the circumstances, as the cause. For instance, they might say “I didn’t get the support I needed to finish that project successfully,” rather than “I messed that project up because I can’t do my job.”
In our Expert Interview with Dr. Cal Crow, the co-founder and Program Director of the Center for Learning Connections, Dr. Crow identified several further attributes that are common in resilient people:

Resilient people have a positive image of the future. That is, they maintain a positive outlook, and envision brighter days ahead.
Resilient people have solid goals, and a desire to achieve those goals.
Resilient people are empathetic and compassionate, however, they don’t waste time worrying what others think of them. They maintain healthy relationships, but don’t bow to peer pressure.
Resilient people never think of themselves as victims – they focus their time and energy on changing the things that they have control over.
How we view adversity and stress strongly affects how we succeed, and this is one of the most important reasons that having a resilient mindset is so important.

The fact is that we’re going to fail from time to time: it’s an inevitable part of living that we make mistakes and occasionally fall flat on our faces. The only way to avoid this is to live a shuttered and meager existence, never trying anything new or taking a risk. Few of us want a life like that!

Excerpt from an interesting article connected to Principles of Positive Psychology.

The author is an Executive Coach and Social Entrepreneur.

#iamvibha #Vibha women #resilience #keepgoing #Carolinevibha

It’s usually a whole lot easier to point out failure and reprimand when things go ‘wrong’.

What about all the many many times when things are going ‘right’ or the way we want them to ?
What would it be like and how would we feel if we were to genuinely take the time to appreciate one another.
Today, take a moment to pat yourself on the back for something anything
And then for someone else.


#gratitude #appreciation #iamvibha #vibhawomen

The author is an Executive Coach and Social Entrepreneur.