Rohit Malekar

April 2, 2021

Your "Reality" Has Zero Value for Anyone Else

Some labels we are born with, some we pick up. I have learnt they all have limited utility. Whenever oversubscribed, it has contracted my world-view. A common pattern increasingly repeating in my feed is "looking down the perch, my label is better than yours" finely crafted subtly condescending viewpoints. Code over No-code, Design/Eng...
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March 26, 2021

We Are Prisoners of Our Own Biases

Why do we have to choose between putting a person on a permanent pedestal for their noblest deeds or criticizing their entire identity for their worst choices? Sharing a few thoughts based on recent events on whom we choose to follow at work, in our communities, and personal lives. Mahatma Gandhi is accused to have worked with the Brit...
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March 19, 2021

A Litmus Test for Your Future Workplace

Over the years, I have had dozens of conversations with colleagues and friends who were at the cusp of transitioning their career paths. Almost always, the trickiest and the longest part of the conversation hovers around objectively evaluating the intangible benefits of the current job vis-a-vis with the new employer. This is where num...
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March 12, 2021

The Title Trap in Transitioning into Product Roles

I was recently asked this question: "I have 5 years of experience; however, transitioning to product implies taking up a job as an associate product manager. Should I pursue this?". My 2 cents - if the role is right for you, ignore the title, at least for the first couple of gigs as part of the transition. What's the difference between...
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March 9, 2021

Title Inflation in Product Management

Most fields are troubled with title inflation, sometimes out of necessity, however, often out of vanity. But it feels like product management is out of hand. I am sharing my personal 1-line litmus tests I use to ratify titles. I don't expect everyone to agree with these - use it or refine it as you see fit :) You aren't a Director/VP o...
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March 6, 2021

About

Building the culture, the craft, and the community at Deloitte Studios. Amateur poet, anxious parent, apprentice non-dualist, and an aspiring golfer. Father of two. Born in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Living in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. I help design and build digital products for a living. Here, I share a weekly newsletter on my lessons...
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