CFO Diary

In October 2013 I received an invite to join a fitness group, Fit Right In (FRI) started by a client, Manisha Kansra Kapoor. We had worked on a healthcare project and had learned of our shared passion for health and wellness. In the five years that have ensued, Manisha has a dance-based fitness company started with her coach Ashraf Syed. Manisha in the meanwhile continues to energize FRI and moderate…

October 19, 2018
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22 on 22

Lumière was born on 15th September 1996, exactly 9 months after Rhea was born. Rhea studied industrial design and joined us as Design Associate earlier this year. Here is her interpretation of the Lumière identity. Our website with our persona, the elephant, and the pinwheel logo were created by Rishab Arora in 2012. We had a blindspot to the “obvious” disconnect between the “heavy” elephant and the “light” pinwheel. “Once…

September 15, 2018
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Lean In and Sideways

We book a table for 2 at Sunny’s on Residency Road, Bangalore and wend ourselves up to the first floor at a lovely seating by the open verandah. It’s Thursday evening and Bangalore is our city. Its a city I first moved in on my own, worked, set up home, got pregnant and had my first child. Its a city where I took my career break and decided I’d rather…

June 23, 2018
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Gracious Sharing

May 26, 2018

We are at the 24-hour restaurant at the Royal Singi Hotel, Kathmandu. This is my third time at the hotel, and twice in the past two weeks. The hotel staff greets us warmly with a ‘welcome back’. Since the workshop venue is on the 7th floor of the hotel, some of the staff interact with us and some curiously watch us engage with team building activities. We know them by…

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Sticky Diamond

May 19, 2018

The invite: ‘You run innovation workshops, Deepa? Have you worked for ….? Call … He is our client and a wonderful person. They want to run an innovation workshop.’, texts my client-friend Zia. I have just boarded the flight to Sydney and my heart skips a beat. Its a client I’ve been eyeing since I fell in love with their advertising. My mind does a quick back flip and a few…

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Bombay Dreams

May 5, 2018

Being a researcher is about curiosity. It is about building rapport with a stranger. Its about willingness to explore and go on an adventure on the landscape of a new person. A story is hiding in the most unlikely places. Be interested and the person opens up the treasure chest of his story. Twelve plastic jars of ‘mukhwas’ in the tray from two months ago are nearly empty. Time for a…

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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….

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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
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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…

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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
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