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Credit and recognition is over-rated

Never been a fan of getting credit and recognition — it makes me uncomfortable for a simple reason that I ain’t no one-person island. Every little or big achievement I’ve had wouldn’t have been possible without those unsung heroes, be it my parents, classmates, peers, acquaintances, superiors, and even those with evil intentions.  Most people […]

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Coaching Leadership Talent acquisition Teams

Doc River’s Rules for Life

I finished The Playbook on Netflix last weekend — what a fascinating documentary series! It’s genuinely one of the best I’ve ever watched, after The Last Dance, of course. And I’ve watched many! If you’re a manager, leader, or coach (sports or otherwise, like yours truly), you must watch it, study it, embody it, and […]

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On “reviews”

Let me get this out of the way — I don’t think reviews accurately determine how successful a person, a product, a service, or an organization is. They’re mere opinions expressed by individuals lacking the right context and insight related to the reviewee. That’s why a review is different from a testimonial as to the […]

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Emotions at the workplace

People don’t wear their emotions on their sleeves. They are their emotions and moods! And contrary to what most people think, a successful organization has little to do with its people’s performance than the emotions and moods they show up with. If you’re wondering what’s the difference between emotions and moods, allow me to share […]

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You are not the market

While this might be the worst time of the year to hunt for a new job, if you are “in the market,” all the very best*. It’s gonna be a grind. And it will suck. Being realistic about your pursuits is possibly the best gift you can give yourself during times like these. Particularly, when […]

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Talent acquisition

Performance profiles over job descriptions

I hate reading job descriptions because most suck. And I hated writing one even more because they failed to give a clear picture of what the job will be like for the candidate. Although, I must say, 99% of all job descriptions have an obsessive focus on the ideal candidate they would like to get […]

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It’s not about those ping-pong or foosball tables…

Each time I bring up “culture” into my conversations with my peers, friends, and industry experts, I get to hear a list of facilities and equipments on offer to the employees. That’s like trying selling me on features and benefits. I’m just not going to buy it! Of course, they also talk about the values […]

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Personal growth Random Thoughts Talent acquisition

Having the experience doesn’t mean you’re entitled

I’m in the middle of yet another recruitment campaign. As with all the ones I’ve administered, this one too has its stories to be shared. The latest of which is an interaction with an experienced candidate who’s applying for an independent contractor position. I went through his profile and writer’s portfolio. Was quite impressed by […]

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Do the work before you’re ready to show it…

The one aspect that stuns me while reviewing resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles of potential candidates is their portfolio. Most don’t have it and when asked they need “some time” to pull everything together. The ones who do have a portfolio share samples that are from 2014, 2015, 2016, along with their most recent […]

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How does Starbucks hire the best?

The lunch hour (1-3 pm in India) is almost always the busiest in any restaurant. We Indians tend to be picky about what we eat and want to be absolutely sure about our orders. So, we spend hours “deciding” what to order! Only to change it completely or partially a minute later. I only wonder […]