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Firing is Easy

We mostly hear how hard it is to give negative feedback and fire people. I have been wondering about this. Yes giving negative feedback is hard and firing people is harder. However come to think of it, actually this is a easiest thing. We are all critical of others and so giving negative feedback comes naturally. We more often than not, find it easier to find mistakes rather than appreciate what's going on well. And if a subordinate isn't working out, firing is an easy way out. The work pressures…

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Great Work is not Recognized

I recently read this in one of the blogs that I follow (which unfortunately I can’t remember, apologies). Great work is not recognized by managers, exceptional work is. Great work is expected from you anyway. This is so true. I have heard many people complain that they got no recognition for the work they did. In some cases they said they got no recognition for the great work they did. So how can we do exceptional work that will be noticed and recognized? Well, to start with stop focusing on…

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The Case of Unreliable Genius

I am starting a case study series. I present a case and hope that we can learn from each other’s responses.   Sanjay walked into Priya office agitated. Without waiting for Priya to get off the phone completely he started, “Boss, Nitin hasn’t come to office again today, and he is not taking any calls either. How can I complete the project like this?” Priya tried to calm him down. “Slow down. What happened?” “You know how Nitin is. He wasn’t in office most of last week and today again…

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Academic Results vs. Workplace performance

Is there a correlation between academic results and workplace performance? Any research or pointers to this subject?I am faced with a situation to try and solve the talent acquisition challenge for large IT organizations in India. One of the challenges is that for hiring fresh graduates, large IT organization work with a certain cut off marks (60%) in graduation. However I believe that this cut off is hampering their ability to tap into a large pool of talent who might do the job equally well. I would interested in hearing…

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