This is a post in the series about Organization Politics. In the first post Organization Politics – Truth or Myth, we presented some examples of situations which might be termed 'political' and proceeded to analyze these situations in more detail in the next post Organization Politics – Anatomy of Office Politics. In this post, we … Continue reading Organization Politics – Dealing with Politics
In the previous post Organization Politics – Truth or Myth, I presented a few examples of situations that can be described as 'political' in nature. I also talked to a few more managers and individual contributors since then to understand a few more examples of such situations in various types of organizations. In this post, … Continue reading Organization Politics – Anatomy of Office Politics
I recently conducted a 2-week course on Being Effective as a New Leader which was offered as part of an initiative from Sunstone Business School. A theme that I heard from many participants was 'politics is creating too many problems for me'. It was brought up by people with deep experience in leading teams, as … Continue reading Organization Politics – Truth or Myth?
Introduction Performance review time is one of the most stressful period in an organization, both for the employees and for their managers. Given the fact that most managers don't provide performance feedback during the year and wait for the performance review season to do so, it becomes the time for surprises, brickbats, and distress. The … Continue reading Prepare for performance review 1-1s
In my last post How I earned my Independence, I talked enthusiastically about my newly found freedom to finally pursue what I wanted to do and expressed immense optimism about the future that beckoned me as I embarked on my entrepreneurial journey. Some of the feedback I got from the readers were on the lines … Continue reading My Independence: Roadblocks and Lessons
As I talked about in Giving Feedback Effectively, feedback giving requires skill and practice, and it is worth the effort. Ability to receive feedback well (and then act on it appropriately) is also a key skill to learn. Lots have been written about giving feedback, less on receiving. You want to be good at receiving … Continue reading Receiving Feedback Effectively
Giving feedback is one of the most important tools for career growth. It may be easy to do, but hard to do well. Here we are talking about feedback that is delivered face to face. A feedback can be of two types: Solicited - You are asked by the receiver to give them feedback. Unsolicited … Continue reading Giving Feedback Effectively
First, break all the rules, by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman is a remarkable management book which attempts to prove that standard management practices don't work, and instead offers new set of rules. This book is a proponent of strengths-based management principle that believes that it is better to focus on strengths of your employees … Continue reading Book Recommendation: First, Break all the rules
Most of us are guilty of leaving a job when it wasn't needed, as well as not leaving a job when it was needed. This hurts our career prospects significantly. Here are 3 bad reasons for changing job, and how to avoid them. 'I can't get along with my boss' This is probably the most … Continue reading 3 bad reasons to change job
Consider these data points: According to a HT-Shine.com-AbolutData survey, talent acquisition and employee engagement are top 2 challenges for the HR managers. A recent Tower Watson Study suggested that "Only just over 35% of global workforce is highly engaged. " According to Assocham, "Attrition rate has fallen sharply in IT, ITeS and the BPO sector … Continue reading How engaged are you at workplace?