Recently, I came across Overnight Sensation -a blog written by James Feudo. In this I read his post called ” Motivation: The Power of Youth” which brought back memories of childhood-a relatively carefree period in our lives. He writes of the very different perspective children have . I guess we are so caught up in the day to day grind of making a living that we cease to enjoy – or have no time for- the very things we did when we were kids.
What distinguishes a world beating champion from many. many others? Ask Abhinav Bindra who said for him the keys for success were: Attitude, Motivation and Focus. Bindra, India’s ace marksman became only the first Indian to win a Gold Medal in an individual event in the history of the Olympics. He won the Gold Medal for the 10 metres Air Rifle shooting at the Beijing Oympics earlier this year.
Many technical experts stumble when they are moved into positions of leadership, especially when it comes to managing people. Many have moved into these positions as part of their career progression and not really by choice. Given the option, they may have liked to pursue a more technical career rather than a managerial one. They often lack self-confidence when it comes to managing as distinct from doing things themselves.
At the coaching session we discussed how the coachee was progressing since we last met. The conversation got around to a problem she still faced. ” It’s getting to be very difficulty to motivate this chap in my team” she said. ” I am trying to motivate him but it doesn’t seem to work”. I asked her to reflect on all that she had done. At the end of the session, she suddenly remarked ” You know something. I feel there is just so much I can do. At the end of the day, he has to motivate himself”. This was an important realization. We can’t motivate others but we can create an environment and work conditions in which they feel motivated.
Cathleen Benko is the Vice Chairwoman & Chief Talent Officer for Deloitte L.L.P. She writes in the New York Times about how the old order is changing for the new in corporate America. Only about 15 % of families there now have the traditional pattern (which many of us grew up in) where Dad went to work and Mom stayed at home to bring up the kids. Career mean different things to different people. The days when moving up the organizational hierarchy was equated with career progress are over.
Many attend learning events, say they enjoyed them a lot but later wonder what they gained from them. They are part of a large number of people who do not make and implement action plans. To my mind, action planning is by far the best way to effectively transfer learnings from a learning event or training program, to where it matters the most-back on the job. This is a weak area for most simply because they don’t take responsibility for this process. They forget an important learning principle: “If it is for me, it has to be by me”. Here are my 7 Steps for Action Planning:
It is not uncommon for managers to shy away from telling the truth. To duck issues because of the adverse reactions it may create in their team members or even among their customers. They live for the moment and hope that the issue they have temporarily warded off will simply fade away. More often than not, these issues come back with a vengeance to haunt us. How much better it is for managers to tell it like it is. It may make them unpopular at first but it will pay them back many times over in the long run.
I was shocked to read in the Deccan Chronicle that a wonderful age such as childhood is turning out to be bitter for many children who have fallen prey to diabetes. This disease seems to be taking on alarming proportions. It is estimated that over 250 million people all over the world suffer from diabetes. What is scary is that the incidence of Type 2 diabetes previously thought to be an adult-only disease is now affecting an increasing number of children worldwide. It is widely associated with weight gain and lack of exercise,
At the first signs of a downturn, up goes the cry “Cut Costs”. But how? By reducing people? By vacating markets? By thinking here and now and hell with the long term? Different organizations react differently to the challenge of cutting costs. What would be the worst way to cut costs-and the best?
Who do you think were the top in the list of Most Coveted Recruiters for MBA students in India? In keeping with the times, investment banks are no longer major favourites for employment for MBAs from India’s leading business schools says a recent survey. The Economic Times quotes a survey by Teamlease, Synovate and MBA Universe as saying that Lehman Brothers (ranked 4 last year) and J P Morgan (ranked 11 last year) do not at all now appear in the list of Top 25 Most Coveted Recruiters for 2008.