Hi. I’m Anil Karamchandani
I’m a Mumbai-based former manager and now author of the book 21 Office Situations & How to Deal with Them.
You can read more about me here.
Full list of chapters here.
Read 2 Chapters from the book below.
Have recently updated the book.
What Readers Say
“I am impressed with the insights Anil has brought forth, on typical workplace situations and ways to handle them.”
Paul Abraham, COO, IndusInd Bank
“I received the book yesterday. Thank you so much for sharing this gem of a book. I just couldn’t put it down from the moment I started reading this. This book should be part of every organization’s internal library and must be promoted extensively. In fact I started using some of the concepts from this morning with miraculous results and speed. Will recommend it strongly once I am through with it. Once again let me put it on record – This book is a professional game changer and will be a ready reckoner that will stay with me for life.”
Anish Mascrene, National Training Manager, Yes Bank
“Thank you for bringing out this great handheld book. This is helping me immensely in my new role at a senior level. This is now become a daily habit of reading each chapter every day even though I have read it several times. Every time I read, I get a new perspective. Thanks again!”
Rohit Manohar, Head of Ops, Karvy Computershare
Read more reviews here.
Why I wrote the book
There is a type of execution, very basic, that has always interested me. It is what officers – any officer of any company – face in a typical workday.
How to Escalate an issue?
What to do when a Senior does not respond?
What to do when the Boss says No?
How to get a 5 (Excellent) in Appraisal?
… and so on
While the specifics of the situations we face will change from one to the next, at their core they all raise the same set of demands on us. And they will rise irrespective of the magnitude of tasks – be it our tinkering for small improvements or our pursuit of close-to-heart, month-long projects.
These seemingly everyday situations have potential.
Handled inefficiently, they could lead to delay, frayed relations between departments, and the most common – the need for the boss’s intervention.
We usually consider these situations as part of learning. And do it, as we see others do it.
But what if there was a different and a better way of handling these situations?
What if there was a default way, a kind of uniform key, to address these situations – so that they don’t take up much time, every time?
In the book I refer to some such situations, and suggest a course of action for each.
At the same time, there are areas I have myself struggled with, such as Emotional Intelligence.
So, I read and worked on it with the help of a coach, over several years. Only after I saw myself improving and making better choices, did I feel confident to put the same in the book (Chapters 21 – 23.)
Then there is hiring (Chapters 18 – 20) which always seemed to be a mystery – something you’re either good at or not.
As I found, this is simply not true. What you now get in 3 chapters is a very distilled and practical version (with real-life examples) of what the world’s experts on hiring suggest.
Inherent in all the chapters is – a short half-page overview of the topic, full-fledged examples, and a solution you can replicate at work.
My goal all along has been to write a comprehensive, all-inclusive book on office situations which you can keep at your desk for ready reference.
With the latest update, I feel the book is almost there.
Who is this book for
People working in the corporate sector; from someone just starting out, to a manager, managing a team.
If you are an individual contributor, it will help you to do your work with less effort, from the comfort of your seat. If you are a manager, you will get suggestions on how to harness the power of your team.
I have shared links to 2 chapters above, as also the list of chapters in the book. If they resonate with you, you will like the book.
The book is available on Amazon.in
I am a Mumbai-based former manager.
I worked with ABN AMRO Bank, and later when it merged with The Royal Bank of Scotland (1994 – 2011).
I just didn’t find the motivation to do an MBA. (At one time, I did buy GMAT books, but couldn’t get myself to go through with it.)
Instead, I love reading management / self-help books and learning from there.
Some of my articles have been published in The Huffington Post and People Matters.
You can reach me at – firstname.lastname@example.org / +91 9082728611
What I’m doing now – You can read it here.
This will seem odd – a refund guarantee on a book!
But I think the book is invaluable if you work in the corporate sector.
In case you don’t find the book worthwhile, for any reason, I will be happy to refund the money that you have paid.
You can return the book anytime within 3 months for a full refund. Details here (pdf).