The HR team has a large number of responsibilities, but by far, the most important is likely creating a workplace where employees can deliver their best with minimal friction; including managers. However, the last time I counted the number of internal tools in my organization that managers needed to work with for managing talent, I … Continue reading Manager Tax
I have learnt a lot from engineering teams, but by far my most valuable takeaway has been the rigor with which they believe in and execute retrospectives. Retrospectives sound a lot like common sense. One would expect that every individual, team and organization does it in one form or another. The first time an engineering … Continue reading Retrospectives: Return to basics
When in October 2017 the #MeToo movement grabbed all major headlines, many wondered if 2018 was going to be the ‘Year of the Woman’. With 2018 now closed and behind us, it is finally time to answer the question.
Back in 2017, while watching a YouTube video on bullet journaling, I was inspired to coin a ‘word of the year’ that would set the tone for everything I do. Just as Pantone’s color of the year inspires my color palate, the word would inspire everything I do. My 2018 word of the year was … Continue reading 2019 word of the year – Play
I am no clairvoyant. As much as I’d like to say I know how 2019 will turn out, it might very well chart a course unpredicted. However, there are signs of what is to come and then there is hope that HR pros follow these signs. I sat by the beach over the last week … Continue reading Three trends for 2019
It has been a momentous year. This is my 56th post of 2018 and I have never enjoyed writing here more than I have this year. Over the course of the year, I've written more than I ever have (both in number of posts and length of each post) and revamped the page design. Your … Continue reading Happy Holidays!
Ten days to go before the New Year dawns in. With every passing year, I get a little more surprised by how quickly time has gone by. However, now is not the time to moan, now is the time to kick into action and check some boxes off the to-do list before the year ends. … Continue reading 19 before 19
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
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.