The Promoter v/s The Professional

You have to join a promoter’s company to know the genetic disrespect that promoters have for professionals. But then consider their background. They were original founders of the company, most of them entered a virgin market on the upswing in less competitive times, enjoyed more than average profit…

Is there a Right Time to Retire?

It’s the kind of question that confronts most men and women at some stage of their life and career. And especially when they have reached the top. Because the top is scary. It is stressful. And as soon as you reach the top, the other more important question…

Let’s stop the Overworking Culture

When an Infosys techie was murdered using a computer cable by a security guard at their Pune campus, besides feeling extremely shocked and sorry for the young lady, the first thought that came to my mind was ‘ What was she doing at work on a Sunday?’ But…

Should you Resign or get Fired?

When Preet Bharara resigned as US Attorney for the South District of New York, he raised the age old question; should one resign or just get fired. Of course in Preet’s case he has a stellar track record with his many cases to straighten up a Wall Street…

Ex-employees are Important Brand Ambassadors

Ex-employees are important brand ambassadors. Employees who have a good experience are likely to recommend the company to future employees. Equally they are also likely to recommend the company for business opportunities. So employees can be important advocates of the company brand, something that a number of employers…

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…

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…

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…