Saturday, March 28, 2020

What is in "Vitality in Human Resource?"

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Unpredictable events around the world have impacted business and the way business is done. Automation and digitalization are changing the landscape of the workforce. Managers are expected to be the first HR managers for their team. With such challenges, we also need to redefine our approach towards the human capital in the organization. We need to focus more on “Human” factor. It is also crucial to coach managers on managing Human Resource with right intent. Everybody needs to find the human factor in automated HR processes. After all, human resource function is related to people. It is about understanding “human” into the human resource processes. This book is a compilation of such examples of finding “Human” factor in HR processes. You will get insight about Human in all HR processes, from hiring to separations. Events and stories mentioned here will help you to crystallize your thought process. This book is not only for HR professionals, but also for other Managers and management professionals who are handling teams. As a manager, you will also get some insights about your own development. Some chapters are dedicated to individual learning and as a manager, you can always help your team members to develop in assent perspective. In short, this is a booster dose for improving your Human Resource acumen.

Every article is the story behind HR processes, leadership and management.
You will relate all stories with your experience.

This book is for all managers & business leaders to improve their HR acumen and human quotient 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Fluidity in leadership

Most of the times, we have some assumptions about leadership. This is based on our understanding and observations. We follow somebody in our life, and we assume that the person to whom we are following has great leadership style. We get inspired by their traits; however, we ignore some detrimental traits. They may have some great leadership traits but there may be fluidity in few values. There are some fall out stories in Indian and international corporate world.   

Over a period, I realized that leadership is about insight and character of the person. Leaders are also human beings but then as a leader they have more responsibilities to have the right insight. They need to understand that they are observed by the people. People who are projected great leaders in media are not necessarily a great leader. They may be great business managers. Most of the times, leaders ignore the insight about self and insight about others. I have observed few flaws in managers which restricts them to be role model leaders.

Bringing “own” people: Few managers, when take the charge of the business, try to bring “their” own people. Identifying the right talent and bringing them in the organization is always good. And it is the job of leadership. But sometimes managers have their own biases and they try to bring their people to whom they are comfortable with. It is very sad that they don’t think that internal people have capabilities without doing any assessment. Working with the existing team which you have got and getting the results from them is the top leadership trait.  

Allowing short circuits in decision making: Organizations have their own governance model. While working in such governance models, it is crucial to follow the proper system while making decisions. But sometimes, such governance structure is bypassed. If somebody doesn't like the way of working and decisions taken, such decisions are reverse favourably only to accommodate somebody. I think such behaviour is utter nonsense. Managers forget that their such behaviour is observed by all people. It has an adverse impact on the culture.    

If you are a leader, just get insight and check that you are doing the right things. Creating the culture is the accountability of top management and it starts with the leaders. If as a leader you are not doing right, your employees will follow you. Don’t blame them.   

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Control your negative thought and be happy

Everybody is speaking about Corona and it is too much, I think. Hence I have decided to write about feelings which are created because of such types of events in life. Let's take a small break from corona. However please take care and follow guidelines issued by the government on time to time.     
There was one incident which didn’t give me positive feeling. I got disturbed. When I started thinking, I realised that this is a very small incident and I was disturbed because of somebody else. I was unnecessary worried because of his behaviour. You also must have experienced similar things in your life. Do you know how many though come in our mind? Experts estimate that the mind thinks between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day. Our mind continuously processes the information which we receive through different channels and events in our life and around us; mind also analyse the information based on our past experiences and assumptions. And then we interpret the situation which gives us good or bad feelings. We become happy or unhappy depending upon the situation. Situation is not important; the analysis and interpretation are important.      
Based on such events, we express 6 types of emotions.
Happiness is always good but what’s about other emotions like sadness, fear, disgust, anger and surprise? Why these emotions generated?
Negative feelings come because of few following reasons:
Overthinking: Few people have the habit of over thing. We think so much without no reasons. If some incident happened, the brain will actively start thinking, analysing, reading between the lines. Excess thinking gives the stress and we become unhappy.    
Fear of losing somethings, like power, money etc: If there are some changes in the organization or in the life, most of the people tend to resist the change. The reason is they feel that they will lose something. And this fear of loosing something creates havoc in the life. 
Uncertainty: Few people will always think about the future challenges. Thinking about the future is very good, but that should be for the learning and development purpose. But when people take this personally & without much taking action, they unnecessarily get worried about the issues which even does not exist.
Fear of failure: people don’t take actions. They think that if they do something, they will not succeed. They always are worried about their targets, goals and this creates stress resulting unhappiness. 
Apart from above there are few reasons like bad roads, bad traffic, behaviours of people around. If something does not happen as expected, we get worried and it creates negative feelings.  
What should we do to overcome such negative feelings? Try some following tips.
Accept the reality
Accept and recognise the situation. You can’t blame always to bad roads, bad traffic, indiscipline of the people. Accept that you can’t change the whole world, but you can change your world. 
Decide your response wisely.
When any negative feelings come because of some events, just hold back. Think that am I overthinking because of this incident? Is it necessary to think much? Recognize your feeling for time being and then decide what do you want. Perhaps the issue may be little, and you can solve it by proper response. Think about the best way to express your emotion.
Learn how to change your mood.
At a certain point, you'll want to shift from a negative mood into a positive one. Otherwise your thinking may get stuck on how bad things are, and that can drag you down into feeling worse. Try doing things that make you happy, even if you don't feel like it at the time. For example, you might be in the mood to go out after a fight with your spouse but just staying back silently and then initiating the communication can lift you out of that negative space.
Build positive & constructive emotions.
Reflection and insight are keys of happy life. Try to understand what went wrong so that you are feeling bad. Positive feelings create a sense of happiness and well-being. Make it a habit to notice and focus on what's good in your life, even the small things, like the praise your peer, colleague etc. Noticing the good things even when you're feeling bad can help you shift the emotional balance from negative to positive.
Get a help
Talk about how you're feeling with a trusted friend, spouse, parent etc. They can help you explore your emotions and give you a fresh way of thinking about things. And nothing helps you feel more understood and cared for than the support of someone who loves you for who you are.
Physical activity helps the brain produce natural chemicals that promote a positive mood. Exercise also can release stress build-up and help you from staying stuck on negative feelings.

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Reality behind Leadership Charisma

Leadership is about stories. They make stories and they tell stories. But do you know how they create stories to create their personal brand in the organization and outside the organization? With social media, it is very easy now a days. There are consultants who manage your social media profiles and postings to create a positive image in the market. When you read LinkedIn postings of leaders and users, it is also evident that every person now a days is storyteller. 99% stories are philosophical and perhaps for others. I don’t know how much they follow what they read. Few people are so obsessed with social media fame that they post by every hour. It is also too much for readers. If there are learning from such stories, we should read and appreciate such stories. After all making storytelling is a great skill and it is relevant now a days. Every professional need to be storyteller. We need to learn that skill to be relevant in the changing market situation where span of attention of readers and audience is decreasing.
There are few leaders who create their own charisma through such stories. We always appreciate simplicity of Mr. Ratan Tata & Narayan Murti, Presentation skill of Steve Jobs, Presence of Mind & Oratory skills of Mr. Narendra Modi etc. These leaders are great leaders and they earned that respect by their work. However, there are few leaders who have the big followers who are mainly cheerleaders. When Cheerleaders make stories, then there are problems. 
Cheerleaders have their own agenda and they have their own purpose of spreading stories of some leaders. Such stories may not be real. We have a lot of examples where some corporate leaders (you know them very well) are in trouble because of some ethical issues. Leadership is being fair and ethical when you enjoy the absolute power. There is always a fluidity in the behaviour of leaders whose stories are created and spread by cheerleaders. Sometimes these cheerleaders are their own employees and sometimes they are paid communication & PR agents.
If some leader is known for his/her connect with shop floor workmen and stories of sipping a cup of tea during night shifts are discussed every time, then context behind that story may be different. First things in mind comes, is that why people make stories of such behaviours. Such leaders create their own aura in the organization; they create boundaries. Meeting them is very difficult and when meet and sip the tea along with workmen, it creates the impression. You will not hear any stories of that leader who is always accessible.
Creating and telling stories are good but when character becomes larger than the process of that success story, then such stories are not good. I am always concerned about leaders who are media savvy. From Ramalinga Raju to Chanda Kocher has the great legacy of stories, but we know the end.
You should be worried when your leader is trying to create the image larger than life.

PS: Just during this week we read about Yes Bank news and CEO of Rana Kapoor. Another fallout.    

Don't go by the face value of media darling corporate leaders. 

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