The US editor and journalist Herbert B. Swope once said ” I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure- which is: Try to please everybody.”
The pressures of an economic crisis have added to the stress levels of many executives. A few examples of recent events typify this manifestation:
- An executive hesitated to take the vacation he planned lest he return to find someone else occupying his place.
- More outsourcing has led to teams carrying out multiple projects with tighter deadlines than ever before.
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History was created yesterday with the swearing in of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. It was the first time in US history that an African-American had been elected to the highest office of the land. An estimated two million people watched the ceremony-filling every bit of available space as they watched with awe – marvelling at the enormity of the occasion.
The thing about well executed training is that it stands you in good stead – as it is meant to-when you need it the most. Many have to thank the training they received in their childhood or their youth for their successes in adulthood. Recently, 150 passengers aboard US Airways flight 1549 had to thank the cool professionalism shown by their pilot, Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger III.
Whether it be in good times or bad, the value of a mentor who can guide you towards your professional development cannot be denied. Perhaps, in bad times, we need them more than at other times. Traditionally, the mentor was a senior colleague in the same organization who brought to bear his/her greater experience and expertise to help you figure out solutions to the problems you faced on the job. Continue reading
How the organizational image affects the careers and indeed lives of its employees is the topic of today’s post. Simply stated: If an organization’s image is high, the employees benefit. If an organization’s image is in the dumps, the employees suffer. Period. Continue reading
I have been consistently delighted to see the feats of young Indians in sports. They are making a tremendous impact in India, demonstrating what talent can do for you. A few names come readily to mind: Ishant Sharma, who at 19 emerged as the lead fast bowler on his first tour to Australia; 24 year old Abhinav Bindra, winner of India’s first Olympics Gold medal; and more recently Saina Nehwal, who was ranked World No. 10 in Women’s badminton.
When I wrote about Satyam stocks crashing, we didn’t quite know the extent of damage done to the company’s reputation. How soon things have changed. A few weeks back the typical Satyam employee proudly said he/she worked for India’s 4th largest software services company. It was a reputed name to work for and many had quit jobs in other companies to hitch their fortunes to the Satyam star. Today they are totally confused and don’t know what hit them. For some of them, in a short while their dream world has come crashing down.
Paul Sykes, Prinicipal Presentation Coach at The Speakers Friend Ltd recently asked a thought provoking question in LinkedIn. He asked: What should the HR function be re-named? There were many suggestions in this debate. I recommended it be called the “Organizational Effectiveness” function. Let me explain why.
A few days ago when I asked “Are We Seeing Satyam Slipping?” I myself never imagined what the company and its shareholders- if not the employees-were in for. Today the stocks of Satyam have fallen by 62 % as of now with Chairman, Ramalinga Raju submitting his resignation while admitting to fraud.