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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.



Ashu as my executive coach has had a profound impact on my Professional & Personal life. Ashu's tools are simple conversations & powerful questioning, which makes you dig deep and reflect about ourselves in the context of the ecosystem we all exist. I have a lot to thank Ashu for helping me in my journey to be a better "me" & look forward to my continued association with her.

Vivek Venkatachalam

MD, IOT Infrastructure & Energy Services Ltd

...having Ashu as your coach is a God send. Because, Ashu's primary focus is not limited to addressing the immediate areas of concern but to transform you inside out. She helps you (if you let her) discover and reinforce your own core beliefs, values and approaches. Her approach is to focus on you such that you can grow across all dimensions, making you capable of reaching the "here" seamlessly… and empowering you to reach the future "theres" as well!

Rajeev Ved

VP & Country Head Ansaldo STS

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

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