There exists two kinds of chaos in the world. If you’ve read Sapiens, you already know and can skip straight to paragraph 5, however, if you haven’t let me walk you through it. The essence of chaos is that there are innumerable uncontrolled forces at work and their unpredictable interactions are so complex that even … Continue reading Level 2 chaos
I’ve worked with technology teams my entire career and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it is that their world changes faster than the seasons. As compared to the world of technology, the world of HR moves at snail’s pace or slower if possible. Some would disagree for it feels like you are caught up … Continue reading Learning from tech teams
When it comes to gender diversity, I wonder Q1: Under the pressure of diversity, at the time of hiring, do we marginalize one gender over another? Q2: Will we hire a woman despite finding a man who performs better? Q3: Will women begin to receive an unfair advantage only because they were born a woman? … Continue reading Discrimination in the name of Diversity
When it comes to fighting discrimination at the workplace, the most popular solution that comes to mind is that of unconscious bias training. After all, if Google does it, it must work. When on April 12, 2018 a Starbucks manager called the police on two innocent men, the entire world went up in rage. Starbucks … Continue reading Does Unconscious Bias Training really work?
I posted my first book review on Tuesday and soon after received a series of requests for book recommendations. So, if you’re looking for one final book to end the year with, here’s a quick cheat post on what I would recommend based on my 2018 reads. Three must reads: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari: … Continue reading Three must-reads & three ‘can avoids’
Life is unfair. Some people begin their career with a clear advantage. Your intelligence (measured in IQ) is inherited, so is your socio-economical background, height, appearance and core personality. As per Marc Effron, these together form 50% of the factors that predict success. Nevertheless, the other 50% is entirely in your control. It is this 50% that that the book hopes to address.
Name one of the greatest conferences of all time. If your answer is the same as the title of this post, you and I will agree on many things in life. The yearly Code Conference is without doubt the biggest technology conference in the world and this year they’ve made it bigger and better than … Continue reading Code 2018
Last week, I headed to my third HR conference/conclave of the year. As I set yet another out of office message, I got a text from a colleague asking me what I expected to learn from the conference that I did not already know. The one word answer - ‘Nothing’. However, conferences are not always … Continue reading Not another HR Conference
17 days ago, I was away on a faraway island that had no internet connectivity (hard to imagine in today’s day and age). As I sat beside the beach sipping sangria, Google employees across the globe staged a walkout. Eight days passed before I read details on what was possibly one of the biggest movement … Continue reading #GoogleWalkout
Any sentence that starts with “HR is not about HR” shoots blood right to my head and makes it want to explode. I have yet to come across any professional apart from one in HR write or say a sentence more absurd than this. Have you ever heard - Marketing is not about marketing; finance is not about finance or non-profit organizations are not about non-profit organizations. Really, what does this sentence even mean?