Do the work before you’re ready to show it…

The one aspect that stuns me while reviewing resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles of potential candidates is their portfolio. Most don’t have it and when asked they need “some time” to pull everything together. The ones who do have a portfolio share samples that are from 2014, 2015, 2016, along with their most recent […]

How does Starbucks hire the best?

The lunch hour (1-3 pm in India) is almost always the busiest in any restaurant. We Indians tend to be picky about what we eat and want to be absolutely sure about our orders. So, we spend hours “deciding” what to order! Only to change it completely or partially a minute later. I only wonder […]

A word on professional courage

We know that courage isn’t the lack of fear but acknowledging it doing what needs to be done regardless. For most of us, it’s a personal quest add a little more courage as we mature. In the professional world, particularly at the workplace, courage often translates to giving and receiving feedback as they’re directly responsible […]

On gifting at the workplace

I think I’ve mentioned this elsewhere in the blog, but it’s bears yet another mention — I suck at gifting. And I don’t even try, which isn’t a great thing to be boast about as my family, friends and colleagues at the workplace would agree. One aspect that confuses me the most is the culture […]

About those reference checks

How many times in your career have you been asked to provide references? Or be one for someone? My guess is plenty. Enough for you to take this seriously. Particularly, if you’re the employer/recruiter. I, however, question the veracity of a reference check. Nobody seems to be giving anything but glowing references. Even if they […]

It’s not about the talent pool but your research

While I do think ‘value creation’ is slowly becoming a throw-away word, clarifying or conveying the value proposition is still a matter of perspective. You can draft up the most compelling values statement for your clients to see and still may not be able to move the needle. The decision makers don’t give a hoot […]

The 5x5x5 system for tracking performance

While I see and hear more companies eliminating performance reviews, I’m not fully convinced if that is the best way forward. Particularly when the generations of employees working with us care more about their growth, performance and data to back their efforts. Heck, these companies themselves are going crazy about AI and big data! What’s […]

Employee engagement and the leadership practice

Two of the modern-day leader’s biggest dilemmas are talent retention and employee engagement. Yes, the HR does its best to incorporate some of the best proven practices to keep both the issues in check. The challenge, however, is that these practices can only take you so far. Two specific reasons: They’re overly focused on employees […]

Using scorecards to recruit talent

Possibly the most useful document that the management can refer to time and again. If, and that’s a big “if,” managers learn to use it well. While thousands of organisations across the world follow Drucker’s “what gets measured, gets done” advice, most don’t quite get it right. For starters, they don’t even measure that damn […]

Just because it says “easy apply” doesn’t mean you have to

One thing that I absolutely hate about Job Boards and LinkedIn is that they’ve made the candidate’s application process damn simpler! If you’re confused, let me clarify — it’s simpler for the candidate but a living hell for a recruiter who’s determined (or desperate) to find the right candidate for the role in question. Sure, […]