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DONT LEAVE BEFORE YOU LEAVE

It is good to think ahead and have a sensible career plan. Or is it? As a third-year engineering student, a friend accepted a job with a rather sedate company, even though she had another offer that included a chance to study abroad. When I asked her why she chose the first, she said, “This…

BE SMART. WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW, SAY SO

What you can learn from a fellow professional manager? A recent issue of The Economic Times (ET) carries the story titled “This interview question helped Sundar Pichai land a job in Google” (https://www.timesnownews.com/business-economy/companies/article/this-interview-question-helped-sundar-pichai-land-a-job-in-google/362800). According to ET, he (Sundar) recalled “how in his first three interviews he was asked about what he thought about Gmail, and…

IF YOU CAN’T COUNT IT, YOU CAN’T MANAGE IT

The importance of setting measurable targets Peter Drucker the guru of management-gurus said, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure”. Simple words but profound truth. How did so many Japanese companies, with modest beginnings become so successful? Systematic measurement of every parameter at every step of the design, manufacture and delivery process. How did Gates…

THE ART OF NEGOTIATING

Five Habits of Effective Negotiators  We are in the “negotiating mode” during a surprisingly large part of our role as managers. Be it a simple task of persuading a subordinate to do more or a complex business deal; we are “negotiating”! Here are five habits that effective negotiators practice. Try them out and see the…

BUILD YOUR CAREER, ONE STEP AT A TIME, LIKE IN A TREASURE HUNT

Simple Lessons from a Popular Game  We are all familiar with the game Treasure Hunt; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_hunt_(game). There is one treasure and a number of contestants chasing it. The game itself is simple. A series of clues are to be followed, in sequence, to reach the treasure; on cracking the first clue, you are rewarded with…

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