Is ‘​ We’ve frozen recruitment’​ the right away to reject candidates?

Recently a large marketing communication group made a splash in the newspapers about how they were going to double their recruitment efforts in a particular department of the company. At the same time, a young MBA aspirant was being interviewed for a job in the same group and…

If the guy reporting to you is a competent idiot

Recently Dr Cameron Sepah, Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF Medical School, wrote a very impressive article on corporate culture called Your Company’s Culture is Who You Hire, Fire, & Promote. I was particular impressed with the guy he called the CA ( abbreviated to keep this politically correct…

What if you get passed up for a promotion?

Unfortunately some of us have to go through this eventuality at some point of time in our career. Of course, the lucky ones will escape. First of all it is natural to get quite emotional, if you are passed up for a promotion. If for any reason, the…

Are Corporate Titles becoming Cheap these days?

More than 20 years ago, when I was working in Johannesburg, one of my colleagues told me ‘ I wish I was working in India’, which came as a bit of a surprise for me. India was still not the most attractive place to work in for people…

Do Indian CEOs like to be called by their initials?

Back in the early 90’s I had won the pitch for the advertising business of one of the large Indian business houses. Naturally our last round of pitching involved the company Chairman ( also the owner of the company who had taken over his father’s empire ), a…

Is CEO no longer a coveted title?

When I joined JWT in the early 80s there were only 4 grades – Account Represenatative, Senior Representative, Account Supervisor and Manager of the office. In India, JWT had 5 offices and the supreme commander of these offices was called Chief Executive. Officer is a suffix that was…

What to do with an Incompetent Boss

The first time I encountered an incompetent boss was fairly early in my career. It didn’t take me long to discover that I had nothing to learn from him. Of course, the man had excellent credentials. He also had the experience. And to top it all he was…

Beware of the Boss who takes away your credit

Over the I have observed a fairly unique phenomenon which somehow escaped me during my career of years.( I was lucky!). Its the untalented boss who takes the credit away from the juniors. I recently observed that a CEO took in a project/business brought to the company by…

Smart Leaders know the Power of Collaboration

I can’t help but think about the power of collaboration, every time I see people acting selfish at work. Some people are driven by their own self-importance. They feel that if they collaborate with people, it takes away credit from their work. They don’t understand that collaboration is…

Do Indian Employers resent giving you Annual Leave?

I moved from a global company after many years to a local promoter led company, and I couldn’t help feeling the resistance to granting me my annual leave. The first time I applied for leave I was told that the company was not doing as well as it…