Succession Planning @Lumiere

April 7, 2018

A friend in Singapore sends me an email survey. She is invited to speak at an HR Conclave and is gathering data on succession planning. I am intrigued enough to reply on a Saturday morning while on vacation: Do you think about succession planning in your company?Yes. All the time! Succession planning is indeed planning to succeed. We have a ‘succession planning’ culture and mindset that permeates everything we do….


Collect what you love!

Collect what you LOVE! What about WHAT we love? What we love is a clue into our natural talents. We are often unconscious about these natural talents and may take these for granted. We are often unaware of what makes us unique. Becoming aware of these ‘raw’ talents and practice over time converts these talents to strengths. According to The Gallup Organization there are 34 talent themes which play up…

March 25, 2018

Me and my Lumière on Women’s Day

March 8, 2018

~ Sanjana Ramani & Lumière Voices This 8th of March, the world celebrates yet another day paying tribute to and political achievements of women. This day is a call for gender parity. This day has been observed since the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. The story of women’s struggle for…


Work Work Balance

We are at a three-day workshop with the client, a large company, spending long hours with their successful young leaders. Our day begins at 8:30 am over breakfast and closes at 7:00 pm. A few of the managers are already at their table in the conference room. Deeply engrossed into their mails or poring over documents. Some are on the phone over lunch and a few of them are doing…

October 11, 2017


The tak-tak-tak-tak rhythmic sewing machine pedal sounds, the hum and whirr of the pedal and motor in the second bedroom of my parents’ Andheri apartment is a familiar ‘come-home’ sound. The room is in the far end of the flat, west-facing, light and airy.  Cross-ventilated with two windows, and in my parents’ classic generous style, it is my grandparent’s bedroom. The room is fitted with two Godrej cupboards, a ‘mandir’,…

May 8, 2014

Sheela Chitnis and Multiple Sclerosis

Sheela Chitnis is a sparkling jewel in my collection. A bundle of raw energy with silver hair, a stentorian voice, twinkling eyes, she is a woman with a cause. Her cause is Multiple Sclerosis, or MS as she calls it. Until I met her, I only knew two MS’ – MS Subbalaxmi, my Milind Soman, and our Milind Soman.  Vice Chairman of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (MSSI), Sheela…

May 30, 2012

The 5 myths Dr. Patankar broke that have helped me lead a happier life

Dr. Nitin Patankar is a health & fitness myth-breaker. He brings fresh perspective on “right” health, for nothing according to him is either good or bad. Practical and realistic, this doctor brings a magical alchemy of logic, science, reason and ultimate good sense. I am a believer and owe 10 years of “right” health to knowing him. Not preachy, never holier-than-thou, his is a method of both, positive & preventive, sustainable good…

March 15, 2012

How Chonquing province in China applies consumer connect with a mandated 10 days living and working with citizen families

P&G initiated the consumer connect culture with its ‘living it, working it’ program where employees need to spend a month living with consumers and working alongside trade. Companies have since seen the value of building consumer centricity. We help train and enabling companies with observing, listening and dialoging with consumers and structure and run their programs. Governments have used tools of marketing research to understand their people better. The English were masters…

June 25, 2011

November Musings

Pondicherry is repose for the spirit. It is a pit-stop in the journey, offering a salve of calm, sitting easily besides the clamour of noisy small town traffic and accumulated garbage. The French Quarters on the Eastern side and the Tamil Quarters on the Western side are separated by a double carriage-way. A distinctive promenade along the Bay of Bengal is an interesting walk. Rocks and small benches make inviting…

November 1, 2007

January Musings

Have a wonderful 2007. New Year is a time for fresh beginnings and nothing fosters a sense of freshness, more than a great holiday. It’s good to be back after a whole 9 days of being on leave. The holiday was refreshing with quality family time. We enjoyed KL and Singapore. I’d like to share a few lessons that Singapore taught me. A significant take away is the ‘Merlion’ the…

September 18, 2007