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Small Talk with RainKraft - Career-lifting Conversations

Small Talk with RainKraft - Career-lifting Conversations

By RainKraft
Small Talk with RainKraft is a pandemic project that outgrew its pandemic status early this year. Let's now look ahead to learning and growing with optimism. Subha, a leadership and executive coach and Hasita, a marketing strategist, invite guests for conversations that will inspire you to know more about a person or an idea or the work people do. Challenge yourself to listen with an open mind and take away a whole lot (or just a little bit) that will get you thinking about your life, the work you do and what you can do to be better every day.
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S3E21 - It's OK to Quit, Right?
For far too long, in the corporate world, we’ve glorified what now seems like the wrong ideals. “Keep at it”, “do or die”, “there is no trying”,… and the list goes on. But what about the virtues of stepping away, taking a break, or just knowing when we’ve outgrown something. One of the worst things we can do to our careers is to keep at things which don’t agree with us anymore. Using the post-pandemic world as a reference point, we’re using the last episode of season 3 to discuss what it means to know when to stop. We’re excited to see you in season 4 (we just cannot believe we got here!), with a recharged mind, fresh ideas, and more ways to make your career work for you. Hosts: Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF-certified leadership coach with over 21 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. Hasita is a marketing strategist who dives deep to create sustainable, results-oriented B2B marketing wins. #careerchange #careerswitch #careerpodcast #careers  You can find us on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/hasita/ _____________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts.
21:46
July 26, 2022
S3E20- Small Talk with Neeraj Kakkar- Drinks, memories, and selling a story at scale
As the CEO of Hector Beverages, Neeraj Kakkar has created one of the most iconic beverage brands to come out of India in recent times- Paper Boat. If you’ve substituted the making of aamras and panakam this past summer with Paper Boat’s beverages, this episode tells us the story behind building and scaling a business.  What does the true journey of an entrepreneur look like? It isn't always gold and glitter. The courage to follow an idea, be willing to learn from the consumer and deliver what the market wants while staying true to your core. Neeraj very candidly shares his journey, from ideas that didn't work to how a pandemic surprisingly brought them closer to their core.  Host: Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF-certified leadership coach with over 22 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. As always, you can find Subha here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ #paperboat #entrepreneurs #careerpodcast #buildingabusiness #resilience #careers _______________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft and @subha.coach on Instagram and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth while helping you stay true to who you are. Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
37:49
July 19, 2022
S3E19 - The Challenge of Building and Changing Careers
For many of us, there’s a fundamental challenge in identifying the difference between a job and a career. Should we commit to one field and become the best in it? Should we go wide and learn as much as possible? When is a good time to switch careers? And most importantly, when we’re ready to switch, just what do we do? In this episode, we address all of these questions about planning how to live out your work-life for the next few decades. Give it a listen! Things we mention: 1. Cal Newport - So Good They Can't Ignore You 2. Want to Advance in Your Career? Build Your Own Board of Directors - Susan Stelter Hosts: Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF-certified leadership coach with over 21 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. Hasita is a marketing strategist who dives deep to create sustainable, results-oriented B2B marketing wins. #careerchange #careerswitch #careerpodcast #careers #calnewport You can find us on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/hasita/ _____________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts.
22:23
July 11, 2022
S3E18 - Being a multipotentialite and curating your digital presence - with Nandita Iyer
When you don't define yourself just by your professional qualifications or limit yourself to one job/one hobby, the possibilities are endless. Author, much-loved food blogger, columnist, and a medical doctor by training - these are just some of the many hats Nandita Iyer wears in the digital realm. Known by many as Saffrontrail, Nandita follows every passion with just the right amount of love and intensity so that it stays a passion and doesn't turn into a chore. How does she keep up with herself? What makes her tick? How does she decide what to share and what to keep to herself? In this episode, she answers all of these questions and gets us thinking about how we want to show up.  (Multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits.) Where you can find her and all that she does: 1. Saffron Trail - A Vegetarian Blog  2. Newsletter Sattva 3. Books - This Handmade Life: 7 Skills to Enhance and Transform Your Everyday Life - Everyday Superfoods - The Everyday Healthy Vegetarian: Delicious Meals from the Indian Kitchen 4. Also @saffrontrail on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter Host: Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF-certified leadership coach with over 22 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. As always, you can find Subha here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ #digitalpresence #freelancelife #careerpodcast #foodblogger #author #careers _______________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft and @subha.coach on Instagram and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth while helping you stay true to who you are. Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
34:43
July 04, 2022
Bonus Episode - WeCrashed, Work Cultures, and where the best-laid plans go awry
Have you had a chance to watch WeCrashed on Apple TV+ yet? If not, we’d strongly recommend that you do, definitely for Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway (and Apple’s insane production quality). Also because the story of the rise and fall and eventual consolidation of WeWork has a lot of lessons for us in culture, vision, founder personas, and when a dream begins to turn into a nightmare.  This bonus episode of Small Talk with RainKraft is inspired by our weekend binge sessions. Would you like to see more like this? Do tell us! Things we talk about: 1. WeCrashed on Apple TV 2. The 4 Deadly Sins of Work Culture: WorkLife with Adam Grant 3. The Shrink Next Door podcast and miniseries on Spotify and Apple TV Hosts: Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF-certified leadership coach with over 21 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. Hasita is a marketing strategist who dives deep to create sustainable, results-oriented B2B marketing wins. #wework #workculture #careerpodcast #founders #wecrashed #toxicworkculture You can find us on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/hasita/ _____________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts.
17:12
June 27, 2022
S3E16 - Do you know how to say No?
The ability to turn down things we’ve outgrown, things we don’t want to be doing, and things we never wanted to do but got cajoled into, is one of the most underrated skills of our century. We are, after all, saddled with information at every turn, and saying ‘no’ feels like a lost opportunity with many ramifications. In this episode, we discuss healthy ways to say no without sabotaging our careers and work-life and talk about the many stunts we pulled because we just couldn’t utter the magic word. Hosts: Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF-certified leadership coach with over 21 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. Hasita is a marketing strategist who dives deep to create sustainable, results-oriented B2B marketing wins. #sayingno #howtosaynotomorework #careerpodcast #worklifebalance You can find us on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/hasita/ _____________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts.
18:49
June 20, 2022
S3E15 - Creating Organisational Resilience by Being a Perpetual Learner - with Srideep Kesavan
To turn around one business is a big deal in itself, but what do you do when you find yourself in situations where you need to turn several businesses around throughout your career? Srideep Kesavan, CEO of Heritage Foods with career-defining stints at Coca-Cola and Olam International, is no stranger to growing a business in the face of adversity, and his secret superpower is learning- from every opportunity, every situation, and every person he meets. In this episode, we talk about the core of what marketing really is, the not-so-unique consumer/employee/human, what business turnaround looks and feels like, how to build a team that works, and consuming content in a way that works for you and enables you to be a leader who learns and delivers.  Give it a listen! Things we talk about: 1. Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life 2. The Miracle (2004 film) 3. Ted Lasso  Host: Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF-certified leadership coach with over 22 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. As always, you can find Subha here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ #first90days #businessturnarounds #careerpodcast #buildingteams #marketingcareers _______________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft and @subha.coach on Instagram and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth while helping you stay true to who you are. Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
32:40
June 13, 2022
S3E14 - Are you a new face at the old workplace?
You know the saying, one person's Google Meet is another person's poison. Some of us have started working with new companies during the pandemic and are only now beginning to see our colleagues in a real-world environment. Maybe we enjoy the luncheons and drinks; maybe we don't. Perhaps, it is hard to keep the luncheons going as a new Zoom meeting beckons. So much for the hybrid life.  What should you do as a new face in these situations? Whether you're a manager, a director, or an executive, there are some ways to make the first few days at your new workplace or your new physical environment worthwhile. So tune in and find out! Hosts: Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF certified leadership coach with over 21 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. Hasita is a marketing strategist who dives deep to create sustainable, results-oriented B2B marketing wins. #backtooffice #first90days #hybridwork #careerpodcast #first30days You can find us on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/hasita/ _____________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts.
18:45
June 06, 2022
S3E13 - Why does a voice inside my head keep telling me I'm not good enough?
We all have fears and many times these fears save us from doing something dangerous. Some fears turn into limiting beliefs - negative judgments about ourselves that we hold to be true. Hold so strongly that we say no to good opportunities because we believe that we aren't capable and hence decide not to give something a try. Are you saying yes to a new role at work? Are you saying yes to trying something that tests your abilities? Or is something holding you back? As a people manager, are you able to spot the signs and get your team member to explore limiting beliefs that are holding them back? Listen in and take a stab at conquering limiting beliefs.  Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF certified leadership coach with over 21 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. Hasita is a marketing strategist who dives deep to create sustainable, results-oriented B2B marketing wins. #impostersyndrome #fears #limitingbeliefs #careerpodcast  You can find us on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/hasita/ _____________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts.
17:41
May 23, 2022
S3E12 - Getting Smart About Artificial Intelligence - with Kashyap Kompella
Everywhere you look there is talk of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it will change all our lives. For the better or is there danger lurking behind the hype? And do we really understand what AI means in the many apps and tools we use? Are science-fiction movies defining our expectations or will the Metaverse really be our next holiday destination? All this and more, from the basics and made as simple and relatable as you will ever hear, from AI Industry Analyst Kashyap Kompella! As CEO of RPA2AI Research and through various books and columns and teaching assignments, Kashyap is an established global thought leader in AI and Digital Transformation who generously helped me understand AI and its implications for each of us today and in the future. If you are thinking about a career in AI, as a fresher or as a mid-career boost, you don't want to miss this conversation. Host: Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF certified leadership coach with over 22 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. As always, you can find Subha here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ _______________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft and @subha.coach on Instagram and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth while helping you stay true to who you are. Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
51:50
May 16, 2022
S3E11 - Going from Zoom to the Room
Hybrid work has a particular penchant for being trickier than it sounds. Do we over-communicate when we aren’t all around each other? Can we leave a notification be and let it do its job? How do we talk to each other when one person is virtually available and the other wants to be in an actual room? These are some questions we try and answer in this episode. Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF certified leadership coach with over 21 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. Hasita is a marketing strategist who dives deep to create sustainable, results-oriented B2B marketing wins. You can find us on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/hasita/ _____________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts.
19:04
May 09, 2022
S3E10 - Building a Sustainable Business, One Toy At a Time - with Meeta Sharma Gupta
When Meeta Sharma Gupta returned to India with her two young boys and struggled to find sustainable playthings, shumee toys was born. One toy at a time, Meeta works closely with artisans across India and her young team of product designers to create new and innovative wooden toys and kids products that align with her vision of making playtime 90% child and 10% toy.  Today her venture is a brand that moms and kids love, largely because of how Meeta has grown the business. Her leadership style and entrepreneurial journey is insightful for every budding business owner and people manager.   Prior to shumee, Meeta was a researcher with IBM TJ Watson, US and her research primarily focussed on computer architecture and systems design. She has a PhD from Harvard University, MS from Univ of Southern California and is a IIT-D BTech in EE. Host: Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF certified leadership coach with over 21 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. As always, you can find Subha here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ _______________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft and @subha.coach on Instagram and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth while helping you stay true to who you are. Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
34:24
May 02, 2022
S3E9 - Why is giving and receiving feedback so difficult?
We don’t always know what does or doesn’t maketh a person, but feedback certainly breaketh us. Why do we hate giving and receiving feedback so much? Why do we take it so personally each and every time? In this episode, we pick up everyone’s least favourite F word, and see how we can make it a little bit less painful and a little more productive for everyone. Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF certified leadership coach with over 21 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. Hasita is a marketing strategist who dives deep to create sustainable, results-oriented B2B marketing wins. You can find us on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/hasita/ _____________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft and @subha.coach on Instagram and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth while helping you stay true to who you are. Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
17:59
April 25, 2022
S3E8 - How to slow down and still grow your business with Shailaja Vishwanath
Whether you are building a professional brand or your personal brand, it can feel quite overwhelming to be on multiple platforms and create content and generate visibility. Yet, more and more people are discovering that you don't have to be everywhere all the time and business happens in the deep pauses too. Can you stay true to doing more of the work you enjoy while also staying away from the daily hustle? Shailaja Vishwanath, Content Strategist & Business Coach for Solopreneurs, has been doing just that. At last count she even exited platforms like Instagram and Pinterest where she had built a strong and engaging audience. And her calendar is just as full with new work. A must listen for anyone building a business or trying to find their headspace in the constant hustle of the corporate world. Let's hear what her secret sauce is.  Things referred to in the episode: 1. enough by Patrick Rhone  2. Social Media Sharing: The Psychology of Why We Share Host: Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF certified leadership coach with over 21 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. As always, you can find Subha here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ _______________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft and @subha.coach on Instagram and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth while helping you stay true to who you are. Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
45:42
April 18, 2022
S3E7 - How to recognise and deal with burnout
A conversation on burnout is both relevant and necessary today. Where does the individual locus of control on burnout end, and what aspect of burnout becomes an organisation’s responsibility? More importantly, what is and isn’t burnout? How can you tell if this is just a tough couple of weeks, or if there might be something more significant going on? And assuming that what you’re experiencing is indeed burnout, how can you ask for and find help from your organisation? Things referred to in the episode: 1. WHO's take on burnout  2. Dealing With Burnout In Normal Times And Unprecedented Ones - RainKraft _____________________________ Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF certified leadership coach with over 21 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. Hasita is a marketing strategist who dives deep to create sustainable, results-oriented B2B marketing wins. You can find us on LinkedIn here:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/  https://www.linkedin.com/in/hasita/  _____________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft and @subha.coach on Instagram and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth while helping you stay true to who you are. Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
19:38
April 11, 2022
S3E6 - How to hit your goals out of the park - with Yash Mishra
Across generations, across diverse contexts, we’re all human. We need support, and help, and a nudge in the right direction to help us achieve our full potential. In this episode, Yash, Founder, SuperBeings, talks about his two-year journey discovering powerful concepts in positive psychology, neuroscience and best practices in motivation. We talk about how behavioural nudges can help us become better, and lead the way for organisational learning and touch upon growth, hybrid work, Buddhism, positive psychology and how HERO skills can create superbeings!  Books and things that come up in the podcast: 1. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink 2. Flow: The Classic Work On How To Achieve Happiness: The Psychology of Happiness by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi  3. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin E.P. Seligman SuperBeings is building the next-gen OKR, Performance management, and employee engagement platform for hyper-growth start-ups. Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF certified leadership coach with over 21 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. As always, you can find Subha here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ _______________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft and @subha.coach on Instagram and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth while helping you stay true to who you are. Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
41:15
April 04, 2022
S3E5 - How many thoughts does it take to become a Thought Leader?
Who am I? That’s a question that can be answered on the spiritual, philosophical, metaphysical, and practical levels. We are the product of what we do over and over again. We are also the sum total of our choices, the products of our pasts, and so much more.  In this episode, Subha and Hasita talk about deciphering your interests, your identity, and the ultimate digital-age goal of becoming a thought-leader! Today, with the opportunity to be creators and change-makers in our own right, how we define our identity and how we differentiate this from passing interests is the only way to truly get to know ourselves better. The Followers shall, perhaps, then follow. Tune in! Links to books and things referred to on the show: 1. Atomic Habits by James Clear 2. BeastofTraal - Karthik Srinivasan on LinkedIn  ____________________________ Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF certified leadership coach with over 21 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. Hasita is a marketing strategist who dives deep to create sustainable, results-oriented B2B marketing wins. You can find us on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/hasita/ _____________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft and @subha.coach on Instagram and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth while helping you stay true to who you are. Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
18:02
March 28, 2022
S3E4 - Law in the times of Social Justice - with Jayna Kothari
What is it like to WFH when you are a skilled courtroom litigator? Is the profession what it’s made out to be in John Grisham novels and Good Wife episodes? Jayna Kothari is a senior advocate in the Karnataka High Court and the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. Jayna’s research and practice interests include constitutional law, gender and sexuality law, disability rights and discrimination law. She had argued in the Supreme Court in the constitutional challenges to Section 377 and adultery which were both decriminalized. She also argued the Independent Thought case in which the Supreme Court recognized child marital rape as a criminal offence. Her book, “The Future of Disability Law in India” was published in 2012 by Oxford University Press. Jayna joins us on Small Talk With Rainkraft to answer common and uncommon questions we have about the law, and tells us what it means to work for social justice - as a young law student or a seasoned litigator, making space for other interests too. To connect with Jayna, please find her here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaynakothari/. The amazing work she does is captured at https://clpr.org.in Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF certified leadership coach with over 21 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. As always, you can find Subha here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ _______________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft and @subha.coach on Instagram and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth while helping you stay true to who you are. Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
30:56
March 21, 2022
S3E3 - How to focus when you’re chronically distracted
When was the last time one Insta reel led to another and 20min later you are wondering why you are watching kitchen remodelling videos? When was the last time just a glance at the latest ping on your phone didn't lead to checking messages on four other Whatsapp groups? When was the last time you had a video conversation where you did nothing but watch the speaker and listen, without a silent toggle to another tab? In this episode, Subha and Hasita talk about why focus tools and techniques fail so often and think about guilt-free ways to focus, while also having fun. Can focus be just about doing something deeply for a significant period of time? Does focus have to lead to productivity? And why the 'put-your-phone-away' line of advice is near impossible for most of us. Tune in! Links to books and things referred to on the show: 1. Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman 2. Dr Rangan Chatterjee in conversation with Johann Hari on How to Reclaim your Attention 3. Deep Work by Cal Newport ____________________________ Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF certified leadership coach with over 21 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. Hasita is a marketing strategist who dives deep to create sustainable, results-oriented B2B marketing wins. You can find us on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/hasita/ _____________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft and @subha.coach on Instagram and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth while helping you stay true to who you are. Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
18:26
March 14, 2022
S3E2 - How Positivity can be your Superpower - with Sonia Saini
Intentionality is everything. Do you believe this to be true? We certainly do, after meeting Sonia. In this episode, Subha sits down with fellow coach Sonia Saini to understand how to drive change in individuals, with a clear focus on empathy and positivity. Sonia generously shares her views and personal stories about the power of positivity (her superpower!) and how each of us can refocus our minds to give us joy and satisfaction in whatever we choose to do.  To connect with Sonia, please find her here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sosaini/. The amazing work she does is captured at www.tickleyourmind.com Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF certified leadership coach with over 21 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. As always, you can find Subha here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ _______________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft and @subha.coach on Instagram and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth while helping you stay true to who you are. Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
32:03
March 07, 2022
S3E1 - How to be Curious and not Judgemental
Small Talk with RainKraft is a pandemic project that outgrew its pandemic status early this year. Let's now look ahead to learning and growing with optimism. Subha and Hasita invite guests for conversations that will inspire you to know more about a person or an idea or the work people do. Challenge yourself to listen with an open mind and take away a whole lot (or just a little bit) that will get you thinking about your life, the work you do and what you can do to be better every day. Subha Chandrasekaran is an ICF certified leadership coach with over 21 years of experience (corporate & entrepreneurial) leading people and businesses to explore their potential. Hasita is a marketing strategist who dives deep to create sustainable, results-oriented B2B marketing wins.  You can find us on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/hasita/ In this episode, we discuss how the award-winning Apple TV+ show Ted Lasso inspires us to think about how a big word like curiosity starts with small steps. And whether being judgemental is really a bad thing.  _______________________________ Catch all our podcast episodes at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft and @subha.coach on Instagram and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth while helping you stay true to who you are. Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
18:03
February 28, 2022
S2E10 - With The Best of Intentions
Ending the year and a season, on a high! For the last episode of season 2, we talk about the things that were and the year that will be. Give it a listen for hope, good vibes, and a ton of recommendations, approved by the team at RainKraft. Links of the recommendations we threw at you! 1. Escape to DeviVilla Estate in Coorg this holiday season or any season! Vishal and Aparna will make you feel so at home in the jungle.  2. The Dutch House on Audible, written by Ann Patchett and narrated by Tom Hanks. 3. 'In Treatment' on Disney HotStar for folks in India and HBO in other places. _____________________ Subha is an executive/leadership/career coach at RainKraft, and works with individuals to tap into their full potential, form mindful work patterns, and help them thrive at the workplace. Hasita, the proud new proprietor of Motley Crew Marketing Services, is a B2B marketing consultant and copywriter. _____________________ Catch all our podcast episodes on life, work and more at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft on Instagram and @rainkraftin on Twitter and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth. Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
16:50
December 10, 2021
S2E9 - Building A Team Without Hunting for Mini Versions of You!
What do our teams look like today? How are they different from before the pandemic? In this episode, Subha and Hasita cover the nuances of growth, building a team, and learning to let go too. Hiring better also means knowing the difference between getting someone onboard for the long term vs dipping into the gig economy to get work done.  Subha is an executive/leadership/career coach at RainKraft, and works with individuals to tap into their full potential, form mindful work patterns, and help them thrive at the workplace. Hasita is That Content Girl, a B2B marketing consultant and copywriter. _____________________ Catch all our podcast episodes on life, work and more at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft on Instagram and @rainkraftin on Twitter and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth. Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
19:21
September 28, 2021
S2 E8 - Where do you draw the line? Drawing boundaries in a virtual world.
Welcome to Small Talk with RainKraft, where Subha and Hasita discuss the workplace's most pressing challenges, and how to resolve them. Have you ever juggled conflicting expectations in a new environment? Do you struggle with boundaries in the hybrid work world? How do you stay professional when the workplace is also the dining table or bedroom corner? We face the exact same challenges and work towards finding a solution every day, and this podcast is a way for us to give back to India's diverse workforce, of which we are a part. Subha is an executive/leadership/career coach at RainKraft, and works with individuals to tap into their full potential, form mindful work patterns, and help them thrive at the workplace. Hasita is That Content Girl, a B2B marketing consultant and copywriter. _____________________ Catch all our podcast episodes on life, work and more at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft on Instagram and @rainkraftin on Twitter and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth.  Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
24:37
August 27, 2021
S2 E7 - Connecting the Dots with Kartik Hosanagar
A truly inspiring and insightful conversation with Kartik Hosanagar, a multipotentialite with careers in academia, entrepreneurship, angel-investing and now jumpstarting a new venture in movie-making. We talk about numerous things that hold true for professionals in any sphere of work. Kartik generously shares the guiding principles that have shaped his work and life - from the stereotypical career choices we make as young adults to breaking free of our own beliefs to using the Ikigai circles to life in academia and how his passion for film-making enhances his teaching to what every professional today needs to hear and practice today. Listen in and discover how to connect the dots and enjoy what you do every day.   References from the episode: 1.  A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence: How Algorithms Are Shaping Our Lives and How We Can Stay in Control by Kartik Hosanagar (Available at https://amzn.to/36RsGUC) 2. Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life (Available at: https://amzn.to/3eLPeuB)  3. Podcasts we listen to: Cal Newport and Adam Grant  _____________________ Catch all our podcast episodes on life, work and more at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft on Instagram and @rainkraftin on Twitter and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth.  Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
28:11
July 22, 2021
Notes to Self - Ep 3 - It's ok to not be ok
An honest and brave Notes to Self, where Hasita shares her personal mental health journey. A journey that takes courage, compassion, and commitment, to know and understand that it's ok to not be ok. And in knowing that, you will be ok.  ________________ Catch all our podcast episodes on life, work and more at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft on Instagram and @rainkraftin on Twitter and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth.  Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
04:42
May 07, 2021
Notes to Self - Ep 2 - Letting grief remind me of his legacy
It is a truly challenging time for most families around the world and India especially. Everywhere you look there is a loved one in need of something that should be so fundamentally easy to get your hands on. It is also a time for personal grief. Grief that I, Subha Chandrasekaran, am channeling into a tribute for a man I loved oh so much.  ______________________ Catch all our podcast episodes on life, work and more at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft on Instagram and @rainkraftin on Twitter and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth.  Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
05:42
April 30, 2021
Notes to Self - Ep 1 - Why the CIA missed 9/11 and building teams that don't always agree.
When building teams or solving a problem, what's the best set of people to have? Are you really looking at diversity from all angles? Notes to Self, by Subha Chandrasekaran, explores the notion of Cognitive Diversity and the work of Matthew Syed, an Olympian with an interesting new career. Give it a listen? Hear from from Matthew Syed at https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/matthew-syed/id925357185?i=1000450217415 His latest book Rebel Ideas is available at https://amzn.to/3gadcAW Catch all our podcast episodes on life, work and more at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft on Instagram and @rainkraftin on Twitter and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth.  Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
07:08
April 12, 2021
S2E3 - Communication zen and the art of asking questions
Royal dramas, Oprah’s ability to ask the right questions, and why we need to ask more and listen more in a world that’s connected, probably more than it needs to be. In this episode of Small Talk with RainKraft, Subha Chandrasekaran (Founder, RainKraft) and Hasita Krishna (That Content Girl) discuss what it means to ask the right questions, how to do this well every single time, and more that’s on their mind.  Give it a listen?  Catch all our podcast episodes on life, work and more at www.rainkraft.in/podcast  Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts.  We are @rainkraft on Instagram and @rainkraftin on Twitter and /Rainkraft on Facebook.  Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth.  Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in 
14:53
April 05, 2021
S2E2 - Going impromptu, in the spirit of Clubhouse!
How would we fare if we were asked to give a speech this very moment? In this episode of Small Talk with RainKraft, Subha Chandrasekaran (Founder, RainKraft) and Hasita Krishna (That Content Girl) find out and you can too. It's all things Clubhouse, elevator pitches, serendipity and beating FOMO in life. Give it a listen? Catch all our podcast episodes on life, work and more at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft on Instagram and @rainkraftin on Twitter and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth.  Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
13:16
February 27, 2021
S2E1 - Own Your Productivity
After 'Pandemic', this word is the next P-shaped villain of 2020. Productivity has been thrown around like party confetti, raining down on us and yet dampening our spirits. Don't let it define how you think of your self, at work or otherwise. Own what works for you! Listen in to know just how to do that. So let's get Season 2 going! Catch all our podcast episodes on life, work and more at www.rainkraft.in/podcast Get links to the podcast on your favourite streaming service for podcasts. We are @rainkraft on Instagram and @rainkraftin on Twitter and /Rainkraft on Facebook. Follow us as we guide your business and professional growth.  Don't forget to hit Subscribe for this podcast and signup for our awesome monthly newsletter at www.rainkraft.in
09:41
January 31, 2021
S1E8 - Five Years Of RainKraft, and what we got right
Going on a trip down memory lane, a few life lessons that hold everyone in good stead, but mostly just us talking to you about 2020, and our hopes for the future.  Hope you can take some time off to wrap up this year and maybe even find a few minutes to catch up on or re-listen to Small Talk! Our LinkedIn profiles if you want to drop us a note!  https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhachandrasekaran/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/hasita/ See you soon in Season 2! 
12:27
December 21, 2020
S1E7 - Hiring Virtually: Lessons from dunnhumby India
We welcome our first podcast guest Manoj Madhusudanan, Head of dunnhumby India, to talk about managing a virtual workforce, especially aspects of virtual hiring such as onboarding virtually, getting people on the same page, and building a people-driven culture at work. There are some amazing insights here from Manoj so tune in!
23:39
November 30, 2020
S1E6 - Content Marketing 101 for Small Businesses and Solopreneurs
Every business owner wants to focus on the core work and marketing today feels like a heavy distraction. So many social platforms to choose from, ideas to be detailed, creatives and content to be put out... and finally, no one seems to be seeing it. Let's start from the very beginning and simplify this for you. You'll also hear from a couple of creative folks who make business happen for other Small Businesses and Solopreneurs. 
16:38
November 17, 2020
S1E5 - How to make LinkedIn worth your while
The network was supposed to keep things professional. As it starts to look and feel more like Facebook and Twitter got together, here's how you can still keep connecting to the good side of LinkedIn, as a corporate cubicle-dweller or an independent soul. 
11:60
October 26, 2020
S1E4 - Getting Hiring & New Gigs Right In A Virtual World
Remember Super Mario and its million levels? Hiring a new employee or starting a new gig can feel much like jumping through virtual hoops, but here's how to make it worth your while.
11:49
October 09, 2020
S1E3 - What is really wrong with so many resumes today?
In good times and pandemics, the job hunt is a challenging effort. But the document that's supposed to help us get land a job, is betraying us. Here's how to fix it.
10:30
September 25, 2020
S1E2 - Are you tired of playing Meeting-Meeting?
An ode to the many Zoom calls we've muted ourselves on. But also real tips to make meetings less painful and more productive.
09:59
September 25, 2020
S1E1- Starting Off with Small Talk!
Welcome to Small Talk with RainKraft where Subha and Hasita discuss what’s top of the mind in our industry and work-life currently. Expect raindrops, listicles, and other things we love about the business of growing together.  To get warmed up, we start our podcast season with a podcast about podcasts! We didn't plan it this way but we just got chatting and turns out we have quite a few ideas and recommendations in this space. 
08:25
September 09, 2020
S1E0 - The Small Talk About RainKraft
Putting names, titles, reasons and other fancy stuff to the disembodied voices you'll now be hearing on your way to work or on the couch that's now office. More about us and the work we do at www.rainkraft.in!
02:49
September 08, 2020