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I was reading an article in a magazine, Scientific American on evolution of man. According to fossil records, finger nails evolved 54 million years ago (“mya”), thumb 25 mya, upright pelvis and knee appeared more than 3.5mya and the brain ballooned in size only between 1-2mya.

Control Your Thoughts

There are often news items about drunken driving and the police are always attempting to remind people not to drink and drive. They use advertisements or sudden checks and even imprisonment to reinforce the danger of the same. Yet there are enough incidents of felony. We live our life the same way – like drivers in a drunken stupor.


We all perceive events differently. There is an inbuilt mechanism that makes us “perceive” differently. When a person walks into a room, we make a quick assessment of the person. We assess the person based on clothes, style of walking, facial expressions, smile etc.

Listen to the Language of the Heart

Ineffective communication is the most common coaching issues that I deal with in my interaction with executives. During the course of coaching a group of senior executives, the biggest gap that I observed was the “lack of open communication”. The CEO expected his team to be aligned with the strategy and reasons thereof.

Abundance in Life

Couple years ago, I was flying over the grasslands of Africa and I observed vast spaces of grasslands, open and unoccupied. There were animals grazing around and there was no sign of people. What a contrast to where I live – Mumbai.

Is there really success and failure or it just learning

Success and Failure? The world revolves around two major concepts – Success and Failure.

Express yourself freely

Freedom – a word that has defined Indian history, a word that shapes nations, people and the world. Yet, I wonder how many of us look at Freedom as our personal ability to express freely and live without fears and emotional barriers. We all have a basic need for freedom of expression.

Move away from the past and design a new future

Life happens in now. Most of us are familiar with that statement. However, living in the present is one of the toughest disciplines. We either live in the past or in the future. 

Spiritual Knowledge

I would like to start with a story that triggered me to write this article.

Interview with Deborah Weed

Excerpts from Deborah Weed’s Interview with Ashu Khanna

Validation / Acknowledgement

We all want our views, our emotions, our words and actions to be acknowledged. At times, we are willing to do anything to acheive this validation.



Knowing and working with Ashu has been a personally and professionally enriching experience. Her worldview has a deep philosophical underpinning and is informed by clarity of thought and tempered by strong sense of honesty, compassion and generosity. Ashu has the desire and the ability to make a difference.

Mr. Jaideep Khanna

CEO & Country Head India, Investment & Corporate Bank, Barclays Capital India

Ashu has worked as a coach with my team on a few occasions to help improve teamwork and team dynamics. Working with a group of type A investment bankers can be pretty tough. Ashu was able to draw out the team to share their views openly in a constructive manner.

Mr. V Anantharaman

MD & Regional Head - Origination and Client Coverage & Co-Head - Wholesale Banking, South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank

I find that Ashu has a knack for cutting to the heart of the matter, no matter how complicated it may be. Her direct approach towards stating the issues up front, and then exploring solutions works very well in a business environment, where time is short and issues are complex.

Mr. Ashok Bajpai

Regional Director, Essar Steel

I have known and worked with Ashu Khanna for a number of years on various programs and have found her to be a very effective coach and trainer. Her programs on leadership and Branding are particularly of high order and clubbed with her unique individual style have proven to be quite impactful.

Mr. Awdhesh Krishna

Global Head - HR, Nomura India

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