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HBR's 10 Must Reads

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HBR Case Studies are one I read a lot during my MBA time, but lately, I miss reading HBR content. This past weekend, I bought “HBR's 10 Must Reads Boxed Set with Bonus Emotional Intelligence (7 Books)”. It’s basically a collection of articles on: HBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadership: Ways you can transform yourself from a good manager into an extraordinary leaderHBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself: The path to your own professional success starts with a critical look in the mirror and what you see there--your greatest strengths and deepest values--are the foundations you must build onHBR's 10 Must Reads on Strategy: Will help galvanize your organization's strategy development and executionHBR's 10 Must Reads on Change: 70% of all change initiatives fail, but the odds turn in your company's favor once you understand that change is a multi-stage process--not an event--and that persuasion is key to establishing a sense of urgency, winning support, and silenc…

Female Founder's Conference 2017 by Y Combinator

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I recently attended Female Founder’s Conference 2017 hosted by Y Combinator, one of the top seed accelerators. I really enjoyed listening to the speakers. Here is a live stream of all the inspirational talks:



I really enjoyed the first talk about unicorns:
Be lucky - timing Right motives Hit a big need Do something basic Be willing to work on dubious idea Not be afraid of big idea (be ambitious) Be driven and resilient Focus: life's work Evolve into a manager

Matthew McConaughey Inspirational Speech: Look Up, Look Forward, and Chase

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There’s a few things, about three things to my count that I need each day. One I need something to look up to, another something to look forward to, and another is someone to chase.

Now first off I want to thank God, because that’s who I look up to. He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or of any human hand. He has shown me that it is a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late Charlie Laughton, who said “When you got God, you got a friend, and that friend is you” To my family, that’s who and what I look forward to. To my Father who I know he is up there right now with a big pot of gumbo. He has got a lemon meringue pie over there, he is probably in his underwear and he has got a cold can of Miller Lite, he is dancing right now. To you Dad, you taught me what it means to be a man. To my Mother who is here tonight, who taught me and my two older brothers, demanded that we respect ourselves. And what we in turn learned was t…

Demystifying Business Operations — A Radio Talk with Maitreyee and Honey on KZSU Stanford

I had the opportunity to do a radio talk for KZSU Stanford on Business Operations. I really enjoyed doing this and sharing my passion for Business Operations. With that, I launched a medium publication to bring ideas and insights, stories, and resources for building and managing a business operations functions. I am really excited about this building this with a community of Business Operations professionals.

Business Operations Journey and Forward

A typical a conversation that happens frequently: Some curious person: What do you do?
Honey: Business Operations
Some curious person: Cool.. that sounds interesting..what is that? (Scratching head and some sort of this response):
Honey: [provides some long winded answer and it varies] Honestly, Business Operations is not a very lucid field. It’s been around and a lot of people do it, but it’s not relatively mature in terms of a function. 
In my experience, Business Operations is conglomerate of many aspects of a business. There is no formal industry framework for Business Operations like there is for Sales Operations, Marketing, Engineering, Product, etc.
When it comes to Business Operations, I have been in one of these scenarios: Spearheaded building a Business Operations group at an organization Was doing Business Operations without it being called Business Operations, rather was labeled Corporate Development, Chief of Staff, or Strategy & PlanningUnit/Product based Business Operat…

Week to Myself!

For the first time in my career, I took a WEEK (5 business days, 4 weekend) off in between jobs! Usually, I end on Friday and start the new job the following Monday. 
The only exception was between Safeway and Internet Brands when my birthday was on the Monday I was suppose to start, and so I moved to start on Tuesday and spent my birthday enjoying the city, eating tons of amazing food, and partying with friends. 
So, this time I took a week and like all things I planned to do a LOT of things, but didn’t get a lot of it done. Nonetheless, I enjoyed my time off - it was relaxing and productive in some ways. Here is a high-level of of how the week went: 
Saturday - Dance Performance for Canvas Dance Company and fiends potluck  Sunday - Cleaning, meeting someone to give them internships and drinks with friends  Monday - Cleaning, shopping all afternoon/evening with friends Tuesday - Lunch with old coworker and shopping pretty much rest of day with friends  Wednesday - Relaxing and cleaned our w…

Next Venture in Career: Uber!

To a lot of people’s surprise, my new venture is Uber and of course doing Business Operations.  
Some background here, and if you don’t believe in the energetic world and spirituality, you can skip this section. 
March 27 is my Ex-Boss’s birthday (who is almost like a brother to me) and is my father’s death anniversary. This year, on March 27, Bart trains were down and I got stuck in Oakland where my boss lives. Instead of going back and working from home, I called him and took him out for a birthday treat. We decided to avoid talking about work and mostly talked about personal and career stuff for both of us. He asked me what I wanted to do next, and without thinking much, I said ‘I want to work for a consumer company, like UBER, next’.  I had few opportunities in works, but for some reason, I made that statement. Literally, two hours later, an Uber recruiter connects with me about the Business Ops role. The whole interview process was FAST, and its was a very pleasant and easy proc…