Happy Holidays Everyone! I’ve recently published an article on why vulnerability leads to success. It is featured in both Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today! Hope you find it inspiring.
One morning in Bangalore, South India, Archana Patchirajan, founder of a technology startup, called her entire staff in for a meeting. When they were all seated, she announced that she had to let them go because the startup had run out of funds. She could no longer pay them. Shockingly, her staff of high-caliber engineers who had their pick of jobs in the booming Silicon Valley of India, refused to go. They said they would rather work for 50% of their pay than leave her. They stayed and kept working so hard that, a few years later, Archana’s company – Hubbl, which provides internet advertising solutions – sold for $14 million. Archana continues to work on startups from the US and her staff, though thousands of miles away from her, continue to work for her.
What explains the connection and devotion that Archana’s staff had toward her?
Her story is particularly extraordinary when you consider the following alarming fact that 70% of employees are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work. As a consequence, they are “less emotionally connected” and also “less likely to be productive.” What is it about Archana that not only prevented this phenomenon in her staff, but actually flipped it?
Read on at Psychology Today.
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