Category Archives: Human Resources

17
May

So You Were Wrong

I once worked for a boss who was never wrong, never made a mistake or a bad decision. All you had to do was ask him. To his staff he was Teflon-man. Nothing stuck to him and everything came sliding toward us.

Accountability was not a concept he practiced unless things turned out well and then, he claimed the credit. But if they didn’t, he immediately embarked on endeavors to identify someone responsible. Being called to his office typically meant he was looking for information and trying to decide whom to blame.

Justify. Justify. Justify. Like a battle cry, he commissioned reports, graphs, charts and enhanced documentation whenever his boss questioned him. He found it easier to dig his heels into a position than admit he might have been wrong or change his mind. Working for someone I couldn’t respect eventually led me to transfer departments.

But it still baffles me. People do make mistakes, they do trip up sometimes and they do, on occasion, speak or act in error. And while there’s nothing that says we should be happy about it when we do it ourselves, trying to act like it didn’t happen, covering up our mistakes, or trying to justify inaccurate positions leads nowhere.

Unlike that early boss of mine, people who are winning at working speak up and admit when they’ve made a mistake. They take accountability for fixing resulting problems. And even if they have to gather their courage and swallow hard, they acknowledge when they’re wrong.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make if you want to be winning at working is pointing fingers, blaming others or offering excuses. Sure it might work temporarily to deflect critique or shift accountability, but long term blame-games impact results, reduces credibility, and diminishes trust.

If you want sustained influence and results, own your decisions, choices, and actions. Admit when you’re wrong. Fix your mistakes. Then learn from them and move on. These are the signs of confident, accountable, initiative-filled people. And these are the people you want on your team.

There’s a story I love about the famed British economist, John Maynard Keynes, who was confronted by a young man after one of his lectures. The man insisted Keynes give him an explanation of why he contradicted himself with something written years before. “Well,” Keynes replied. “When I’m wrong, I change my mind.” Seems to me, that’s pretty good advice for work and for life.

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17
May

Thoughtful Thursday !!

Thought For the day

 

Never-ruin-an-apology-with-an-excuse.-Benjamin-Franklin

5
Apr

Life Mantra : Just a year to Live

 

Anthony Burgess was 40 when he learned that he had only one year to live. He had a brain tumor that would kill him within a year. He knows he had a battle on his hands. He was completely broke at the time, and he didn’t have anything to leave behind for his wife, Lynne, soon to be a window.

Burgess had never been a professional novelist in the past, but he always knew the potential was inside him to be a writer. So, for the sole purpose of leaving royalties behind for his wife, he put a piece of paper into a typewriter and began writing. He had no certainty that he would even be published, but he couldn’t think of anything else to do.

“It was January of 1960,” he said, “and according to the prognosis, I had a winter and spring and summer to live through, and would die with the fail of the leaf.”

In that time Burgess wrote energetically, finishing five and a half novels before the year wad through (very nearly the entire lifetime output of E.M. Forster, and almost twice that of J. D. Salinger.) 

But Burgess did not die. His cancer had gone into remission and then disappeared altogether. In his long and full life as a novelist ( he is best known for A Clock-work Orange), he wrote more than 70 books, but without the death sentence from cancer, he may not have written at all.

Many of us are like Anthony Burgess, hiding greatness inside, waiting for some external emergency to bring it out. Ask yourself what you’d do if you had Anthony Burgess’s original predicament. “If I had just a year to live, how would I live differently? What exactly would I do?” 

22
Sep

Monday Mantra : Successful People Who Did Not Let Failure Define Them – Part 1

A wildlife presenter on the Discovery Channel

 

BEFORE:

After leaving school, he briefly considered joining the Indian Army and hiked in the Himalayan mountains of Sikkim and West Bengal. Eventually, he joined the Territorial Army and, after passing selection, served as a reservist with the SAS in 21 SAS Regiment (Artists) (Reserve), for three years until 1997.

In 1996, he suffered a free-fall parachuting accident in Zambia. His canopy ripped at 16,000 ft, partially opening, causing him to fall and land on his parachute pack on his back, which partially crushed three vertebrae. He later said: “I should have cut the main parachute and gone to the reserve but thought there was time to resolve the problem”. According to his surgeon, he came “within a whisker” of being paralyzed for life and at first it was questionable whether he would ever walk again. He spent the next 12 months in and out of military rehabilitation.

AFTER:

In a showcase of what pure determination and hard work can do, on 16 May 1998 he achieved his childhood dream climbed to the summit of Mount Everest, 18 months after breaking three vertebrae in a parachuting accident.

At 23, he was at the time among the youngest people to have achieved this feat. This is the inspirational story of the amazing Bear Grylls. He is known to the world as a television presenter for the Discovery Channel, with his own show called Man Vs. Wild.

22
Sep

Habits of Unsuccessful People Vs Successful People

Achieving success in life is not something one gets by fluke or luck but is something for which a combination of skills, timing, hard work and luck is needed.  Successful people share many common habits with each other and this is enough to prove that success may have a certain recipe and path.

Some of the habits of highly successful people include tracking progress,learning from mistakes, thinking of long term goals, being humble, taking risks while maintaining balance in life, being organizational, embracing changes and handling problems well.

Habits of Unsuccessful People Vs Successful People (Infographic)

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On the other hand, some habits which are common among unsuccessful people are wasting time, getting distracted easily, blaming others, not setting goals, fearing change, holding grudges and wanting others to fail, negative thoughts and thinking that they know everything.

It is a fact that those who think that they have achieved success tend to be 100% successful in the future whereas those who think that they can achieve it have only 80% chance of being successful. Similarly, those who doubt themselves and think that they might achieve it have only a 60% chance whereas those who think that they definitely won’t have a 0% chance!

 

Source – https://successstory.com

14
Jan

Mantra For Life : The Fish Story

Life’s Mantra : The FISH Story

The Japanese have always loved fresh fish, But the water close to Japan has not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever.

The further the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring the fish. If the return trip took more time, the fish were not fresh. To solve this problem, fish companies installed freezers on their boats.

They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen fish and they did not like the taste of frozen fish. The frozen fish fetched a lower price. So, fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, they were tired, dull, and lost their fresh-fish taste. The fishing industry faced an impending crisis! But today, they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan.

How did they manage…?

To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks but with a small shark.The fish are challenged and hence are constantly on the move.

The challenge they face keeps them alive and fresh!

Have you realized that some of us are also living in a pond but most of the time tired and dull….?

Basically in our lives, sharks are new challenges to keep us active. If you are steadily conquering challenges, you are happy.

Your challenges keep you energized. Don’t create Success and revel in it in a state of inertia. You have the resources, skills and abilities to make a difference.

Put a shark in your tank this year and see how far you can really go. Challenge your Self!.

Wish u a magnificent week ahead !!

14
Jan

HR Interview TIP

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9
Oct

Tips : Recruitment through Head Hunting

Tips : Recruitment through Head Hunting

We will Cover –

    • How to be effective in headhunting
    • Different ways of Headhunting and networking.
    • Some important tips.

 

  1. Headhunting – Why and When
    • Quality of CVs – Conversion Ratio is higher
    • Niche Skills requirements – When requirement is very specific
    • When competition stiff – Multiple vendors
    • Lead time less
    • Database Poor
    • To target candidates who otherwise may not apply

You can be a good Headhunter , If you have/are –

    • Knowledge
    • Common Sense in abundance
    • Perseverance
    • Organised
    • Creative
    • Good Networking skills
    • Confident

Knowledge

      • Client’s Requirement
      • Client’s Business
      • Client’s Industry
      • Target company –
      • People, Projects and
      • Processes

Common Sense

    • Am I tapping the right industry, the right
    • people at the right time at the right place?
    • Am I introducing myself in the right manner
    • Am I using the right words while making
    • these calls?
    • Am I closing the conversation at the
    • right time?
    • Am I asking right and to-the-point
    • questions?

Organised

      • Do I document the relevant details after every call I make.
      • Important names and nos. etc.
      • Do I document the research findings for future reference.
      • Am I able to retrieve the information whenever I need them

Good networking skills

    • Establishing relationships with other professionals.
    • Join associations, talk to new people, talk to people you know , and to people they know.
    • In case, you cannot network openly do it with with discretion, but do network!
    • Remember, just because you’ve interacted with someone once does not mean that you’re networking job is done. You must keep the communication open on a continual basis.

Perseverance

    • We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.“

Creativity

    • The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas

Confidence

    • I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often. Brian Tracy
    • I haven’t failed, I’ve found 10,000 ways

Process Flow

    • Present CVs to client and then schedule the profiles that have been short listed by client

Map companies where similar skills are available Try getting in touch with candidates from these companies Expect closures .

Map and identify similar companies

    • Understand client requirement/company
    • Take ideas from client about head-hunting prospects / related industries.
    • Brainstorm and note down similar companies in the same line of business .
    • Search Internet for better understanding.
    • Talk with colleagues about similar past requirements.
    • List down all similar companies with phone numbers in an excel sheet

Headhunting

Trying to get through reception or other probable barriers. Common excuses:

      • We are organizing a seminar.
      • I am a summer trainee.
      • I am calling from CII/Management Associations
      • I am calling from College – Technical positions
      • I am calling from a vendor/supplier company
      • Calling from a Market Research Company
      • Once the reception is convinced get connected to the person whom you are looking for

Head hunting contd..

      • The opening statements determines the fate of the call
      • It makes or breaks the head hunting exercise
      • I am calling from a staffing company.
      • Is this a good time to talk to you?
      • Would like to speak to you regarding a job option/placement with a client of mine
      • Describe the job option in detail
      • Send an email with JD and company details

Unable to get past the reception

    • Take references from placed candidates.
    • References from candidates in database.
    • Generating leads from friends
    • Reference from team members.
    • Check job portals for candidates from target companies

Tips on Headhunting

    • Cracking extension numbers of the identified cos.
    • Speaking to candidate using aliases
    • Calling them up leaving your name and mobile number asking them to call back.
    • Using personal email ids to send mails to candidates
    • Using job portals to identify candidates from targeted companies, and generating references from identified candidates.

Challenges and Threats

    • Threat of getting through wrong people who may not be looking for a change and might escalate.
    • Risk of getting into rude and awkward situations.
    • Getting escalated to one of the existing client managers.
2
Jul

Life Mantra : Strengths and Weakness

 

MONDAY MANTRA : STRENGTHS & WEAKNESS 

There was a King with 1 eye and 1 leg.

He asked all the painters to draw a beautiful portrait of him. But none of them could — how could they paint him beautifully with the defects in one eye and one leg.

Eventually one of them agreed and drew a classic picture of the king. It was a fantastic picture and surprised everyone.

He painted the king AIMING for a HUNT. Targeting with one Eye Closed and One Leg Bent …

Moral: Why can’t we all paint pictures like this for others. Hiding their weaknesses and highlighting their strength.

 

2
Jul

Life Mantra : THINK OUT OF THE BOX

THINK OUT OF THE BOX

Many hundreds of years ago in a small Italian town, a merchant had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to the moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the merchant’s beautiful daughter so he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the merchant’s debt if he could marry the daughter. Both the merchant and his daughter were horrified by the proposal.

The moneylender told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty bag. The girl would then have to pick one pebble from the bag.

If she picked the black pebble, she would become the moneylender’s wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven. But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.

They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the merchant’s garden. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick her pebble from the bag.

What would you have done if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would you have told her? Careful analysis would produce three possibilities:

1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.

2. The girl should show that there were two black pebbles in the bag and expose the moneylender as a cheat.

3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to save her father from his debt and imprisonment.

The above story is used with the hope that it will make us appreciate the difference between lateral and logical thinking. The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.

“Oh, how clumsy of me,” she said. “But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.” Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the moneylender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an advantageous one.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Most complex problems do have a solution, sometimes we have to think about them in a different way

About me
Creative-Enthusiastic-Positive and People oriented HR Professional. My 10 years in HR as an assistant, then generalist, and now manager, have allowed me to grow and develop professionally and as a leader. Currently I am working as a Sr. Human Resource Consultant with few Start-ups. I am helping them Strategically in building best HR Practices. I have experience in below areas of Human Resource – Talent Acquisition (Recruitment & Selection), HR Policies & Procedures, Talent Management (HR Generalist), Performance Management System and Training & Development.
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