Monday, 24 December 2018

Times of Disruption

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No one is sure what will happen
in these times of disruption
It is not the end, but just a beginning
of unpredictability in business and industry

'Experts' based on current trends
make guesses, predictions
and suggestions on what to do
what approach to take to handle challenges
in these times of disruption

65% of school children they say
would be in jobs tomorrow
that do not exist today
many more predictions galore
centering on technology
changes-  in relationship at work place
in learning and coaching styles....

Of course, nobody really knows for sure
but having one's ear to the ground
keeping eyes and ears open
being flexible with one's skills
and receptivity to change
could be the best answer, to questions posed
by the times of disruption 

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Some More Equal

I regularly attend monthly meets
of two professional bodies
that feed me with knowledge
insights and  rejuvenation

A camera zooming in at tea time or later
will show one having many suit booted attendees
and the other, having hardly any
I feel at home, more comfortable
in the latter group than the former
though the former has a trifle more
interesting topics and speakers

Now, don't get me wrong
I have nothing against the attire, physical
of the colonial masters of yore
it's more to do with the subtle
snooty, snobbish air that go with the clothes
body language that proclaims
"We are superior" to the 'unsophisticated' natives!  

Wednesday, 18 July 2018


During and after most training programs
participants assert "very good inputs."
"Should give this to our bosses"

Change required is always for "them"
not for me!

I tell them though, of the futility
of wishing changes in those
you have no conrtol

even your child today
cannot be changed or controled!

Work instead on the one
you have full control

the change in the one person
that changes your world

Work for the change in the one person
who  matters most- yourself! 

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Changing Face of HR (Playing Devil's Advocate)

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With HRDians, the very function
now. focusing more and more
on the business and business priorities alone
has something suffered? Is the core spirit shaken?

Has employees stopped looking to HR
for that sympathetic ear?
no longer having that 'one person' to go to
when plagued by problems with boss, colleagues?

Like "Nurturing" associated less with today's mothers
"Safety", no longer synonymous with the police
Has HR lost the trust, the confidence of employees
as one who understands, brings the most essential balance ?
A function and people no longer seen
as batting for employee welfare ? 

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Power of the Bitter Pill

A senior executive related
of the times when he had a "tough boss"
of how much he hated working for him then
but realized later that it was the grind, the rigour
that made him the 'thumbs up' guy of today!

The ways of a generation
that believed if anything is to be effective
had to be bitter, harsh and painful
after all, it is the bitter pill that cures ....

But will it work today
with the millennials?
doubt very much
they wouldn't even allow pill
near mouth, let alone swallow it
would discard such a boss
for one gentle, soft & understanding....

Of what use is an effective powerful pill
if its not taken in the first place?

Sunday, 1 April 2018

True Leader

There are some in leadership positions
who invoke the names at the top or the CEO
for putting pressure, to get done on schedule
even the smallest of work.....

The true leader though, inspires team
not through fear, anxiety or the consequences
but getting them to see value in achieving goals
for its own sake, inspiring passion
to go for it as it is a worthy BHAG*
for self and organization!

* The term "Big Hairy Audacious Goal" was proposed by James Collins and Jerry Porras in their 1994 book “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies”. A BHAG encourages companies to define visionary goals that are strategic and emotionally compelling

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Learning at an HR Conclave

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When the topic is Hi tech
speakers also would be from
Hi tech companies too
for  discussing  technology invasion
read AI ie 'artificial intelligence'
its impact on HR and
what it needs to do in
a changing, threatening scenario....

Yet one wonders whether
it is at all necessary for an Indian
when speaking to Indian audiences
to use slang,  jargon and pretend
that he just landed from US
straight from airport to the venue..

All this 'style' is so distracting
jarring and a waste of time
as listeners have to wade through trash
with less time available
for focusing on the core issue

A speaker in the afternoon though
used simple language, scoops of humour
had the audience in splits
yet conveyed a lot more on the subject
than his jargon ridden counterparts

Learning happens not from pomposity
but from participation, participation
and  participation of the audience
in a simple, straight, fun environment