The strength of organisations are severely tested when their top talent leave. Years ago when MindTree Consulting, as it was then called was formed, it was largely made up of Wipro veterans including Mr. Ashok Soota, then Vice Chairman of Wipro. Today we hear that the Co-Founder & Executive Chairman is leaving MindTree at the end of March 2011. Newspaper articles aver that his move is to pursue other business interests which have not naturally been divulged just yet.
It’s often said that a crisis brings out the best in you. It can also be argued that for some people a crisis brings out the worse in them. If you happen to be the first person in a road accident , what do you do? Would you go out-of-the-way to help the victims or would you choose to look the other way and drive on? This dimension gets more defined if your job is to serve others. Excellence in service comes from the efforts of people who provide that service. In this context, I was delighted to read that the Harvard Business School Continue reading »
A recent article in the Economic Times speaks of new ways for companies to retain talent- by giving them fancy designations/titles. First Impression Executive?Cost Kill Analyst? Please ! Who are we kidding? Does this really enhance the image of the person doing the job and make him/her more likely to stay on and contribute to the organisation?
Here’s news of something that may have far-reaching consequences for the thousands of freshers who aspire to join the Indian Institutes of Management every year. A committee set up at the prestigious IIM-Bangalore to suggest improvements in the flagship two-year MBA program apparently has placed far greater emphasis on work experience. It appears the committee has suggested that candidates should have at least 22 months of work experience. Continue reading »
The best part of experience is that you take a few knocks on the way to acquiring insight. Many of us have opportunities to learn from the experience of others but choose to battle it out on our own. However, very seldom do you get a lot of advice distilled through the experience of many people-in one place.
It was way back in Feb 2008 that I wrote what turned out to become one of my most read posts. It was about ineffective team members. Isn’t it scary that oodles of cash, the best of technology or the hottest product idea get you nowhere if you are not backed by an effective team? A recent conversation with an old friend who is running his own business now highlighted that some things, like ineffective team members, simply don’t change!
I expect you will agree with me that there is great joy for a mentor to see those who he has guided achieve great success in their careers. There is a special relationship between the mentor and his wards. Often these relationships last long after the mentoring is formally over.
This day had to come! The way people, especially youngsters, are hooked to their mobiles and internet, the findings of researchers after an international study are not at all surprising. A research team from the University of Maryland found these people could be afflicted with Information Deprivation Disorder. The team found that volunteers who were made to stay away from their cell phones and internet for 24 hours, showed pretty much the same symptoms of deprivation as those who try to quit smoking would. In short, this too, is a huge addiction. I have seen people crossing busy city roads totally immersed in their texting, quite oblivious to the chaos around them!