Mise En Place

This French phrase means “putting everything in place”. Wikipedia defines ‘Mise En Place’ as: “It refers to the setup required before cooking, and is often used in professional kitchens to refer to organizing and arranging the ingredients (e.g., cuts of meat, relishes, sauces, par-cooked items, spices, freshly chopped vegetables, and other components) that a cook will require for the menu items that are expected to be prepared during a shift”.

  1. Keeping everything organized makes…


How can a CoS work without a team?

In general, organizations have teams that have a pyramid structure of reporting. In the case of a CoS, he/she might be out of the pyramid, reporting directly to the Executive and yet, having an eye on the layers of the pyramid, to identify the best people to…



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  1. There are archetypes of the role that a CoS could adopt to be more effective. I think this aspect is unique to the role, given that there is no standardized job description for this role in the corporate.
  2. There are orientations that a CoS must judiciously adapt to and bring…

Image credit: HBR article on Chief of Staff in June 2020
  1. Manage the Executive’s time and calendar ruthlessly, so…

Image from HBR’s article on Chief of Staff in May-June 2020

  1. Success through early specialization is more an exception and not a rule.
  2. Environments…


  1. Optimism
  2. Courage
  3. Focus
  4. Decisiveness
  5. Curiosity
  6. Fairness
  7. Thoughtfulness
  8. Authenticity
  9. The relentless pursuit of perfection
  10. Integrity
  1. You need to reflect…


Kamal Aakarsh Vishnubhotla

Chief of Staff in Deloitte. Music. Art. Writing. Productivity. Psychology. Books. Habitual offender in discarding hobbies.

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