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Empathy Exercised

Take a simple test…. Extend your right forefinger (left, if you are left-handed)… Draw the capital letter ‘E’ on your forehead. Did you draw the letter that it faces you or in a way that the person looking at you can read it? Neither way is right or wrong. But the direction of the letter reveals a lot about your disposition. Social scientists have used this simple exercise to measure perspective taking – the ability to

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Mindful Listening

Hunters wait for long stretches silently as they keep an ear open for the cry or call of a prey. They listen to shifts in the wind, rustles in the foliage, warnings from other animals or even an inner voice that urges them to wait a little bit longer. In a similar way, each of us have to bring to work and to our interactions, our own version of attentiveness and practice varying degrees of concentration.

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Leadership Is Key: Build Or Break

It is not the 100th blow that knocked a man down. It is the 99 that went before. Simran Bhargava on NDTV in a chat with Purva Mishra, Head, HR, Hewitt Associates says that people don’t leave companies. They leave bosses. A Fortune 500 study found nearly 75 percent employees have suffered at the hands of a difficult superior. Other studies have found that one in four managers abuses employees enough for them to call in

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Agree? Disagree? What?

The word ‘Conflict’ makes most of us uncomfortable. We would rather avoid them than deal with them. At the personal level we see them lead to fear, lost friendships, painful gossip, sleepless nights, broken hopes, drained energy. At the world level we see them causing misery and wars for untold millions and generations. These give us ample justification to regard all conflict as dangerous. This Chinese character means crisis, and it consists of two parts:

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The R.O.A.D. To Effective Talent

Talent management is about getting the right people in the right jobs doing the right things. Steven Hunt (Director of Business Transformation, Success Factors) in his paper on Common-sense Talent Management talks about 12 fundamental principles for effective talent management to increase workplace productivity. THE FIRST FOUR Critical to create any sustainable change in employee behaviour. They represent the R.O.A.D. to creating a fully productive workforce – RESPECT Employees – Clarify OBJECTIVES – Increase AWARENESS – Create DIALOGUE    THE

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The SAY-DO Conflict

-The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. ~ G B Shaw Leaders are constantly being observed and watched, analysed and interpreted. Every word said and every action taken is amplified, assessed and examined. How then can we ensure that the right messages are being sent? Albert Mehrabian in his book “Silent Messages”, talks about ‘The 7-38-55 Rule’. In communicating attitudes and feelings: 55% is in the facial expression

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5 Reasons Why Millennials Hop Jobs Soon

First the important questions, what is a Millennial or how do we define Millennial? Wikipedia defines it as the Generation Y which began after Generation X and those born between early 1980’s to 2000. Yeah, you got it right, the impatient kind. So why are they tagged Job hoppers and why don’t they stick like the previous generations. Five most important reasons are. They like challenges, one ceases to exist, they lose interest and they

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How to Make Your Boss Love You – Part 1

  “My boss is a nice person, but for some strange reasons he does not like me…or so I think…not sure!” “Guess my boss was a Hitler in his previous life!” “I don’t know what she expects from me. She cracks cheap jokes all day long…of course, according to her it’s not cheap…but I find them quite distasteful!” How many of you connect to these sentiments? Assuming that most of you will, let’s try and

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Salary Negotiations – Recruiters Pride – Part 1

  One of the key stages of the hiring process is the starting salary negotiation. It is a hurdle that needs to be overcome if you are to close the deal on your dream candidate. While there is no magic formula for handling a salary negotiation—as it can be impacted by many external factors beyond your control—there are several tactics to follow that can help you to engage in a mutually beneficial and ultimately successful

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Next Gen HR Mantra – Competency Based Approach

  Dramatic growth will take place when we focus on the organization-with technology a part – rather than on technology alone. -C.K.Prahlad As a HR professional in a knowledge and tech based organization, when I had to frame a model for the annual appraisal process, I was surprised to see a paradigm shift by the top management. Instead of evaluating what is achieved, there has been a shift in the method to it being how

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