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Category Archives: Management

A myth called Influencing with Authority

25-Nov-13

It is been said that “influencing without formal authority” is the most difficult task to do. This comes from the old school thinking that individuals can be influenced by a person who has formal authority over him or her. For example, if a team member (say X) immediate supervisor (say Y) is considered to be […]

Book review – The speed of trust

08-Nov-13

Price: 500 INR Author: Stephen MR Covey This book was suggested to me quite some time back (by one of my mentors) got a chance to complete it recently. Written by Stephen MR Covey, son of Stephen Covey (senior), Speed of trust is a wonderful account of trust building in human relations. Personally, my experience […]

Book review: Employees First, Customer second

07-May-13

Author: Vineet Nayar Price: 499 INR (Audio version of the book) Employees First, Customer Second (EFCS) is creating buzz for a while now! Coined by HCL vetranVineet Nayar, this term has created a bunch of different interpretations, perspectives and discussions. I picked up audio version of this book from Reado, mainly to bring pace  to my reading habit. Listening […]

Bowling coach to Sachin Tendulkar – Make sense?

11-Nov-12

Of course it doesn’t make sense! Why do anybody want to appoint a bowling coach to the greatest batsman that cricket has ever produced? Why do we want him to get better with bowling when he is so good at batting? He has been pretty decent part-time bowler who bowled few overs and got some crucial wickets […]

Sustainability Vs Delivering on numbers

04-Nov-12

For organizations it is always a challenge to balance between delivering numbers (ex: quarterly financial results) and balance our long term strategic priorities (ex: new business). At an individual level also we face similar dilemma, especially at leadership levels. Typically in annual business planning activity would identify certain goals with specific targets. Popularly known as […]

Right thing in a right way

02-Nov-12

Recently I was given an opportunity to discuss about ‘Business alignment’ with a set of people in my group.  To make the session interactive, I asked each one of them what exactly they understand by aligning with Business. Most of them replied saying ‘aligning individual aspirations to business needs’, ‘understanding organization opportunities in better manner’, […]

Leadership dichotomy: Compassionate Vs. Ruthless

29-Jul-12

Let us start with two case studies. Case-1: Consider a situation where one of your top performing members (person A) in the team is going thru a serious personal problem. The problem could come in many forms (love/affair failure, wife pregnancy complications, parents/kid having serious illness, perennial conflicts at home etc.) which make the individual […]

Who is the real “top” performer?

18-May-12

The performance management or appraisal system is one of the most debated topics around the globe, irrespective of the organization. After seeing different systems in different organizations, I come to a conclusion that most of them operate with same fundamentals. It can be summarized as follows: What an individual has done in terms of given […]

BOOK REVIEW: You don’t need a godfather

13-May-12

Author: Elango R Price: 250 INR Success is one of the key items that each of us wants for sure. Be it personal or professional sphere, succeeding and winning given immense feeling of accomplishment to individuals or teams. In the corporate world success, especially in the long run depends not only on skills but also […]

The importance of hanging in there when things dont necessarily go your way

01-Apr-12

Nothing succeeds like success they say… There is an incredible “High” that success brings to you and your team. Everyone has a spring in their stride, the energy levels are high and there is spotlight that your team is basking on. Even as a manager, you are able to more easily keep your team motivated […]