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In the series of sharing some tips (out of my personal experiences) I am attempting to pen down some pointers for enduring the first week at a new job. It all starts with the first day – the day of joining. No matter if you are a fresh graduate or a senior management person – everyone is anxious about the first week at work. The preceding day to the joining, you keep everything aside and prepare for the next day. You plan to devise the first day as a productive and make the best impression in the manager’s as well other people’s mind.However, it is very unlikely to get hold of everything related to your job description in a week’s time. The planning for the time has to be done in a...
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Tag :how yo survive the first week at a new job
  June 13, 2012, 11:42 pm
In the recent stint of my career, I had an opportunity to work with a very young team. It compelled me to share my views on the management of young subordinates in today’s business environment.The average age of my team including me would be close to 25 yrs and that number is significant when you have a team of 10 people! I have realized over time that managing the young generation is an art in itself. They want to make quick impact and achieve more in short span of time.This generation has very different expectations as an employee and they want to be managed in a certain way in order to get the best our out of them. This generation is most tech-savvy of all and possesses multi-tasking sk...
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Tag :how to Manage a young team
  June 12, 2012, 11:30 pm
What can be crasser than a handful of self-proclaimed IDEALIST doctors picking up on Aamir Khan for his show Satyamev Jayate, which probed into wrongs of doctors in the profession? The disturbed set of doctors claims that the remarks of Aamir Khan have not gone down well with the fraternity.Since then the circus has begun on the grounds of a few most atrocious news channels of our country. Self righteous people including the news host and the guest doctors are debating the issue at top of their voices. I am annoyed and upset (as usual) on the stance of all of these argumentative people for the silly areas that they are focusing on instead of looking at the bigger picture, which actually is...
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Tag :Satyamev
  June 9, 2012, 11:32 pm
Aamir Khan delivered yet another thought provoking and ultra-revealing facts filled show of Satyamev Jayate on this Sunday. This time it was all the more shocking and disturbing since it was about the most elementary and essential need of human beings – healthcare. I have been trying to share my thoughts on this topic but all that I feel now is anger and agony! India as a country is full of people who live their lives based on trust and faith. Be it GOD, religion, politicians, teacher or doctors for that matter. We have immense faith in all these along with many such things. We trust that what they do will be for our good. Honestly, I am not able to relate to any of that! Not so because I...
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Tag :Satyamev
  May 28, 2012, 2:20 pm
As I had stated in my last post on Dowry, I am sharing my views on the prevalent form of Dowry System in the country, a first-hand account of the practice. I always believed that Dowry System must have evolved thousands of years ago in our culture and must have been based on the idea of gift giving. I personally do not just believe in something just because it is being written or said about, rather I try to find some logic in the same to believe in it. Same way, I have an understanding that the Dowry system must have originated long back with an idea of giving gifts to the daughter and the groom’s family to ensure the well-being of the bride. I feel that every tradition starts as a practic...
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Tag :crimes against women
  May 26, 2012, 11:37 pm
HE was standing right there..When the Sun went down and the darkness spread,When the world had turned black and all hopes were dead;When nothing seem to work out the right way,And when it felt that the tough times were there to stay!HE was standing right there..When chaos was all around and despairs everywhere,When the protectors and the saviors chose not to care;When none came forward to lend a helping hand,When a unanimous plea was to seek someone with a magic wand!Then, things changed; there was light; there was a ray of hope!HE was standing right there..When all came together and marched forward,When all hearts were filled with strength and none was left a coward;When hands joined to ta...
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Tag :irony
  May 23, 2012, 11:05 pm
I am writing to share an incident that has made me think about the way we manage organizations today. I am associated with IT Industry since early days of my career. Being the head of the function that takes care of hiring the talent (I prefer TALENT over RESOURCE or CANDIDATE), it was a part of my profile to interview people and determine the fitment in the organization. I must have interviewed hundreds on them in last few years of my career. As a part of process, we interview, give feedback, candidate is offered for the employment and if everything goes well the talent joins the organization. Owing to the busy schedules, we seldom do a follow up after the talent joins the organization as t...
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Tag :Talent
  May 22, 2012, 11:41 pm
There is no end to greed!!This was the baseline of today’s part of Satyamev Jayate. I somehow had a feeling that Aamir might take up the topic of DOWRY SYSTEM in next episode, and it came out to be right.Again; a neat presentation of an evil practice that is prevalent in our society. The cases picked up were very appalling and revealed the ugly face of our high-class educated society. In my last few posts I had pointed towards DOWRY as a major reason for eruption of other vices in our country – Female Foeticide being a major one of them.The first story of Komal Sethi from New Delhi was unfortunate and that not only because it revealed the ugly faces of delinquents who could go to any e...
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Tag :Sunday
  May 20, 2012, 11:40 pm
It has been in my mind for couple of days now and I finally decided to word my thoughts about it. I have been thinking extensively about PARENTING, specifically from Indian context. When I say India, I am precisely referring to the structuring of the families, cultural and value system and our age old traditional legacies of INDIA. All would agree that parenting is one of the toughest jobs and more so it has to be done well. Parents take care of all the things for kids when they are small and nurture them with intent to help them to be the best possible adults. Though, as I did share last time that I am not a parent yet, but I have many parents around me – my friends, relatives, neigh...
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Tag :parenting
  May 19, 2012, 11:50 pm
Along with many of you, I was also wondering as to what Aamir would present next after the shocking story of female foeticide. But, must I say, he stuck yet another master stroke this time again!! Please forgive me if I am sounding ecstatic, but this appreciation is solely for Aamir and his team for presenting such grave issues with utmost neatness and in a way that it strikes chord with every one, let it be the audience in the studio or millions of people watching the television.The other day, I heard someone saying that Sunday's will not be the same from now on! People are doing everything they can, from cancelling their weekend getaway trips to dropping the plan of an early morning ...
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Tag :Satyamev
  May 14, 2012, 1:59 am
I now come to the last and final part of my post on Satyamev Jayate! I might look obsessed with the topic, which might be true in some sense, but I somehow hold myself (and people like me) too accountable for this menace which has become so prevalent in our society. I (we) might have come across someone who is involved in this cruel act, but I (we) might have not noticed or might have overlooked entirely! Maybe I (we) need to relook at my claim of being highly informed and an active citizen. Maybe I (we) need to relook at my perspective of looking at social issues in the country.Not preaching much about what is wrong and what is right, I still would say that this brave attempt by one man (Aa...
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Tag :Sunday
  May 10, 2012, 11:57 pm
I am continuing from where I left in the last post.The show’s content was so gripping that I could not move my eyes away from the TV set even during the 2 minutes long commercial break. Though I was looking at the screen but my mind was processing the information that I had gained from the earlier part of the show. It was disturbing yet engrossing and I had already thought that I am going to write about this after the show.It wouldn’t be wrong if I call it a show of revelations since everyone who spoke, revealed some or the other shocking and horrendous fact. ‘Nahin khatam ho toh Yamuna mein phenk dena’ – (If it doesn’t die, throw it in Yamuna) This was not said for some polyth...
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Tag :Sunday
  May 9, 2012, 12:54 pm
Sunday morning! The laziest day of the week! It started as usual for me; got up at around 9:30, had morning tea, read the newspaper. Then I realized that we had planned for a trip to Lavasa today! Oh yes! What about the trip?? I shot that question to my wife immediately. She looked at me with 'are-you-nuts' look in her eyes. I got the message that the trip was dead already by now :(. Killed by a famous assassin named Lazy Sunday!!Anyways, I settled down on my couch browsing through the channels on the television. Oh man! Today is the maiden telecast of Aamir Khan's much awaited show - SATYAMEV JAYATE. The moment this thought came to my mind, I immediately switched to Star Plu...
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Tag :Sunday
  May 7, 2012, 12:36 am
Performance can be simply put as an act of doing something! In most cases, it is referred to as an act happened in past, which means performance is something which has been done or carried out. But then we often talk about performance in future tense as well, like “the product will perform well”, “I will perform well in my upcoming exams” and “the company is expected to perform better than last year”! In all these statements, performance is a function of expectation which might or might not be based on factual realities.Now, let’s try to look at how we can ensure that the expected performance is achieved. We can manage the situations which lead to a performance; in short we can...
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Tag :Rewards
  May 2, 2012, 1:59 am
1. When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2000 experiments before he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times. He said, "I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2000-step process."2. Wilma Rudolph was the 20th of 22 children. She was born prematurely and her survival was doubtful. When she was 4 years old, she contracted double pneumonia and scarlet fever, which left her with a paralyzed left leg. At age 9, she removed the metal leg brace she had been dependent on and began to walk without it. By 13 she had developed a rhythmic walk, which doctors said was a miracle. That same year she decided to become a...
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Tag :positive belief
  April 22, 2012, 10:06 pm
Me standing over at my cubicle and addressing the team is a common sight at the workplace these days. I have sessions with the team about the recent developments in the organisation and also about the road ahead for all of us as a team. The anxiety that prevails within the team is an obvious function of the CHANGE. In the coarse of managing a young and big team in the times of the change, I realized that the best way to bring about change is to first gain the support of the people who will be affected by it and the people whose support you need to implement it.I scratched my head in an effort to realize the best way (whatever extent possible) to manage and bring about the change i...
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Tag :organizational change
  April 21, 2012, 10:32 am
In last few years of my career, I have had a chance to work with best of the professionals in very conducive organizational set-ups and the learning has been astounding. I have been put on a fast track since the early days of my career and due to having an opportunity to work under very able leaders, my professional journey has been somehow rewarding. Having worked in areas of Core Competency Development, Organization Development, Talent Management, Delivery Operations Management in the industry I always had an insight of how the business is conducted.  Lately, I had an opportunity to work in the selective functional area of Talent Management, which covers almost every aspect of Human Reso...
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Tag :right person
  April 13, 2012, 1:23 pm
Although this movement have a set agenda and a specific outcome is desired out of this - a very strong and effective LOKPAL BILL.However, I tried to look at this in a different light!! There are many more learning for us as to take away from this nation-wide common thread of protests:1. We can have peaceful, non-violent protests and the results of such protests are more dignified and fast.2. To have unconditional support of all the citizens of nation irrespective of caste, creed and financial status it is very important to build a common thread - the way this Anti-Graft movement has connected people of all sections of the society together, it proves that we don't have to force people to come...
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  August 27, 2011, 4:49 pm
Image courtesy: fakingnews.comI have been trying to write about the most composite bustle in the country in last few days but somehow could not make time to do so!! Or should I say that I was not able to decide as to what exactly I feel about the same. Being a patriot, I am certainly with ANNA HAZARE in this movement (do i need to say that actually!!!), but then I also had some other trepidations about the entire episode which has unfolded in last week or so.  I still am making attempts to reach at some conclusive argument on this entire matter, which is on either if the sides. Apprehensions are not on the intent of the revolution, but somewhere I do not find myself completely in line wi...
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Tag :Jan Lokpal
  August 27, 2011, 4:46 pm
Lately, we have been talking a lot at home about BUDDHISM, its teachings, people following the religion and the difference they have felt in their lives after they adopted the religion!! This is when an impulsive feeling started building inside me to know more about the globally putative religion.While reading through the contributions of a few authors who have been writing on Buddhism, I learnt about the principles and teachings of the religion.Chip Tolaney states that the aim of the Buddha was simply to show mankind how to live without turmoil and in harmony by following the Eight-Fold Path and the Ten Precepts, as well as the Four Noble Truths.He describes it further that to understand th...
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  June 18, 2011, 1:20 pm
Lately I have been thinking of the lifestyle I am leading owing to my commitment towards job and my family. I always feel that there is so much to do and so little time for that.Was just having a morning "over the cup of tea" talk with my wife discussing how one should spend the whole day doing something or the other and should have some hobbies & passions to follow..But then it just hit me my mind that am I clear about what I feel about these things?? About living a full life?? Do I actually know the meaning of all that I just said??I guess I had such a life in the past and all my talks were based on the past experience.However, my present is not the same.. Nowadays my Mind is...
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  May 21, 2011, 11:54 am
Read an intresting publishing in todays newspaper where the Leadership style of 2 of the most powerful leaders of 2 of the most successful companies was discussed.Steve Jobs - APPLE & Bill Gates - MICROSOFT.Just have a read..TECHLAND TYRANTS compiled by Harsh Vora, published in PUNE MIRROR dated 18th May 2011You think your boss is finicky the world’s most-popular nerds Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are known for their unforgiving autocratic management style. Here’s a lookSTEVE JOBSFROM IPADS TO CAFETERIA FOOD, IT’S HIS CALLIn his mid-blue Levis and black turtleneck tee, Steve Jobs looks almost harmless. It’s easy to picture him at the Apple Campus in California the Wonkas chocolate ...
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  May 18, 2011, 11:53 am
We all know it's true: Managing up is as important as managing down. That's especially true when you are starting a relationship with a new boss. When I switched my first job, I was apprehensive about the new person I was going to assist in next company. Then I came across this piece of writing where HBS Professor Michael Watkins discussed the importance of clearly defining goals with your superior.It helped me.. hope it helps you too.. Working with your new bossYour new boss will have more impact than anyone else over whether you succeed or fail. Your boss establishes benchmarks for your success, interprets your actions for other key players, and controls resources you need. Building a pr...
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  May 14, 2011, 10:16 pm
You're tired all the time; you don't want to get out of bed in the morning; you can't concentrate at work anymore. Guess what, you could be one of millions of people that need to consider a job or career change.If you even think you are starting to feel 'burned out' or uninterested in what you are doing make some time for a real conversation with yourself - starting with the question. "What do I really want to do with the rest of my life?" Most people consider themselves lucky to have a job. But it may be time to start asking just how happy you are with it. Gone are the days when you could expect to work for the same company all your life and then receive a pension that p...
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Tag :Job change
  May 11, 2011, 6:30 pm
I wanted to share the experience I had while interviewing a candidate for a position in my organization.He happens to come to us through reference of a very good friend and I decided to give him a chance to show me what he has got. My friend had already vouched for him and wanted me to be more considerate while I was interviewing him since he wanted me to place the guy somewhere within my team. I also made my mind that if the person shows some level of commitment and has some content only, I will groom him to be a part of highly aggressive and productive team we have at our office.Last evening, I get this call and the person on the other side says,” Mr X must have spoken to you about me...
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  October 5, 2010, 5:27 pm
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