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Togetherness and Team Bonding at ThinkPalm During Lockdown

Authentic Journeys has many memories working with ThinkPalm, one of the companies headquartered in Infopark. I was always excited to attend their team engagement events. I remember fondly attending a home cooking event where the entire office was broken into teams, and each team displayed home cooked food on their team table. As you go […]

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Work Effectively with Teammates from India

The tips in this article are based on real-life experience. I am US citizen who has over 10 years living, working and studying in India. With over 30 trips between the US and India since 1998, and running a successful business in India for over 6 years, these tips will not only help you do […]

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Lessons on Giving Feedback and Motivation to Teams in India

I was taken aback when a manager in India shared this strategy on feedback and motivation with me: “Training our employees like that won’t work. You have to be more strict with them. If they make a mistake, point it out! Point out their faults publicly to make them ashamed so they will improve.”  Certainly, […]

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Managing Teams in More than One City in India

Are you remotely managing co-located, virtual offshore teams in different parts of India?    Understanding Indian cultural diversity and work culture will help you to manage your teams more effectively.   Considerations for Managing Teams in More than One City in India Different Languages    Though business and education is generally conducted in English, each […]

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9 Tips for Expats Visiting India On Work

Are you going to India for work? I am an American who has lived in India for a total of about 10 years. The longest period of time I lived in India was when I lived in Kochi between 2011-2017. Kochi is in the state of Kerala in Southwestern India. I have also traveled between […]

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A Cross-Cultural Approach to Learning and Teaching

Just as many professionals buy into a myth that ‘since we are all professionals, there are no cultural differences,’ many international students or even corporate learners and trainers working across cultures may believe that learning and teaching or facilitating has a global flavor. I can tell you from the experience of being a US expat […]

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4 Good Things About Working in Kerala, India

To say I have flawlessly adjusted to the work culture in Kerala since my first assignment in July 2011 would be a lie. To say I have completely adjusted after five years, is also not a complete truth. That being said, there are definitely a few things that I really like about the work culture […]

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NRI Pongal Celebrations in the USA and Beyond

What is Pongal? Pongal a four day South Indian Thanksgiving celebrated in mid January on the first day of Tamil calendar month Thai. Rituals and observances of this holiday, in a typical Tamil village include: “spring cleaning” and ridding of all old items through a bonfire, purchase of new items for household use, harvesting of […]

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5 Tips To Encourage Offshore to Acknowledge Emails

Sometimes getting acknowledgement of emails from offshore Indian teams can be problematic. If you are facing this problem, here are a few tips that can help you get the acknowledgements you seek:  5 Tips To Encourage Offshore to Acknowledge Emails Close the email with this statement “Kindly respond to this email within 24 hours to […]

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Who is an NRI or NRK? – How Indians Classify Life Abroad

NRI and NRK are a few of several abbreviations and words referring to Indians abroad. Let’s look at a few common abbreviations and words people from India use when describing themselves as foreigners, expats or overseas residents.   What does NRI stand for?   The expansion of NRI is “Non-Resident Indian.” NRI is an abbreviation […]

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