The survival mindset

One of the major reasons why people (kids and adults alike) quit Brazilian JuJutsu (BJJ) has got nothing to do with their conflicting schedules as they claim. It’s the teaching methodology. Period. I know that first hand having been part of two different (yet so similar) schools of thoughts. When I signed up for my […]

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 […]

Your biggest asset is your talent pool

Irrespective of the size of your organization, it’s future will always depend on the talent that you bring onboard. As leaders/recruiters/hiring managers we know this but have barely paid attention to do something about it. By that, I specifically mean, building a talent pipeline that’s ready to join forces when needed. The challenge is that […]

A hiring process without assessments is a recipe for disaster

As you can tell, I’m saying that from experience. Having interviewed countless candidates, I’m convinced that people have become good with interviews. And irrespective of your thoroughness as a recruiter or an HR professional, the smarter candidates can boast their way into a vital position. You don’t want that to happen, do you? I believe […]

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 […]

Why 81% of Indian start-ups die?

An Economic Times reports that Indian ecommerce ‘e-tailers’ have collected racked up $400 million in investor capital! And yet, most of these ventures are failing. I liked the snippet that showed up in my LinkedIn feed this morning. Source: LinkedIn Read up the comments for fascinating insights. One gentlemen even cited the 7 reasons why […]

The real reason why recruiters don’t ever call back

You thought you rocked the interview. The recruiter whom you’ve been in touch with for the past 6 weeks even confirmed that everyone ‘liked’ you and think that you’re a great fit for the profile! That was 3 weeks back and you haven’t heard anything yet. You’ve sent the recruiter an email and called her […]

Sell them on values not perks

Wrapped up a long-drawn candidate selection project for one of my major clients. Quite pleased (albeit temporarily) with the effort because deep down I know the incumbent is a great fit to the organizational culture and mission. How do I know? Well, there’s a reason why selecting a candidate is a lengthy process — both […]

The right resources to the right roles

In 2019, it’s sort of embarrassing to say that we still take things all too literally at times. Consider the vital function of a talent acquisition strategist. In a nutshell, it’s to bring in the right people for the right jobs. And how do they determine the right match? The good old interview. A handful […]

Talent… it’s not what you think

Here’s how we typically define talent… Normally we associate talent only with celebrated excellence — with a strong emphasis on the word “celebrated.” We look at Michael Jordan, swaying and knifing his way to the basket, and we know that neither his training nor his dogged determination are the prime source of his brilliance. He […]