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…

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…

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…