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How to Avoid Asking Inappropriate Interview Questions

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Gender Inclusion | 0 comments

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission published a report earlier this year in which they found that 70% of bosses think women should declare they’re pregnant when applying for jobs. What’s more is that one in four hiring managers feel that its fair to ask candidates about their plans to have children. Aren’t these really inappropriate interview questions? It’s not surprising that women globally are 3 times more likely to be asked an inappropriate interview question as compared to their male counterparts. You can only imagine this would be higher in frontier markets where there’s no law against it. Where These Questions Come From? Managers justify asking inappropriate interview questions by presenting...

5 Startups That Are Loved By Their Employees

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

While startups present exciting and adrenaline-packed career opportunities they often find it hard to attract top talent. That’s mainly because they’re up against well-known brands who have a pool of highly skilled talent, global opportunities, established processes and well defined benefits that appeal to everyone in the workforce. There are some startups, however, who’ve decorated themselves around a culture and environment that’s enticing for the talent pool to be a part of. Here are some of them. Slack Who they are: Slack is a chat app aimed at businesses rather than individuals and works best for small to medium-sized teams. Teams can talk with each other on chat channels,...

4 Innovative Ways to Boost Your Business Acumen

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

To make an impact, the most important ingredient for any business leader is their level of business insight. Irrespective whether you are the CEO, Strategy Manager, Product Manager, Software Development Team Leader, HR Manager, Engineer or Financial Controller – no leader can add significant value without business acumen and if they don’t: know how their business works, have a good handle on how to measure performance, know their competitors and markets inside out, and have a deep connection with customers, suppliers and partners. A Sales Manager adds value by combining customer insights with business insights. Factory Leaders add value by combining operation insights with business insights. A Finance Manager...

Why You Should Have An Interviewer Bias

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

There’s no denying that interviewers bring with them a set of expectations, judgments and emotions when interviewing candidates. It’s only natural to do that. Sadly, most of us aren’t honest with ourselves to admit, or even recognize, that we have interviewer bias. We search for a set of particular aspects in candidates that we value and hold close. It could be shared interests, a career history that’s similar to ours. We even fall for the trap of the halo effect by favoring candidates whose qualifications and educational institutions matches ours. Some of us even look for candidates who are clones of us! And we’re doing all this without even...

Can You Measure the Value of Leadership?

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

He has done it again. Dave Ulrich, the Renis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and co-founder of Result Based Leadership (disclaimer: I am associated to the same company as a principle consultant) has written another ground breaking book. After having transformed the way the HR function adds value and how companies can build a leadership brand, he has now tried his hand to measure the value of leadership. In his newest book, The Leadership Capital Index, Dave proposes a model on how outside investors could significantly enhance their ability to judge the quality of the leadership of a company. The quality of leadership matters almost equally...

How to Learn Talent Management from Olympians

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Talent Management in Asia | 0 comments

The Olympic Games kicked off this weekend and man was it an extravagant opening ceremony. I’m always mesmerized by the power of the games to bring together the best athletics from all over the world competing for glory. Sure only the best of the best, i.e. the top three, win medals, but being called Olympians, in its own right, is a matter of great pride. It’s like being the top 5-10% of your organization’s talent pool. The best of the lot. The future leaders of the organization. There are 28 sports being contested in the Olympics this time. And while the end result is the same, medals for the...

How to Use Network of Teams In Your Organization Structure

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

The evolution of organization structure has been continuous and quite rapid in the past decade. Much debate and theories have surfaced over how teams operate, communicate and contribute to organizations. Hierarchies have taken new shape within organizations demanding more from teams. Alain de Vulpian in 2004 famously stated that “we are in the process of moving from a pyramidal, hierarchical society to a single-story society where heterarchical relationships dominate.” To underwrite this conclusion he points to studies which have shown how the nucleus of families, i.e. our values and norms, have evolved. Who’s The Boss? Alain explains in his book: Listening to Ordinary People, “In western countries the proportion of...

How Women Can Be Successful If They Toughen Up

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Gender Inclusion | 0 comments

When we were children and got hurt while playing our parents often told us to “toughen up”. It was their way of telling us to be brave and be able to deal with negativity. Interestingly enough, the same is happening now where women at work told to toughen up. Does it mean that they’re being asked to become insensitive? Does it mean they should be able to toughen up and remain focused? Or does it mean women should be oblivious and take all the negativity without even flinching? Lately, many incidents of unfair treatment and gender bias have been highlighted. I’m in no way suggesting that women should toughen...

How to Nudge Employees in a Direction That’s Good For Them

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

While preparing for a course I’m going to deliver on managing change I’ve been diving (and in some cases drowning) into the latest thinking on influencing behavior and managing transformational change. I’ve now got a pretty good grasp on the topic. It’s really fascinating how the field of managing change and behavioral economics has evolved and is being used in ‘nudging’ people’s behavior in a direction that’s good for them. Josh Bersin, one of my favorite thinkers at the moment, recently published an article on LinkedIn in which he identified and summarized a number of applications of behavioral economics on HR. He further explored how to influence people with its application....

Do Leaders Know When it’s Time to Move On?

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

Picture this: you’re the leader of an organization that’s profitable, has a command over the industry and has a sizeable piece of market share, shareholder value and confidence is at its peak and growing, you’re surrounded by a talented group of individuals who are passionate and the ‘best’, and the future is looking extremely bright. And one fine day you decide to walk away from it all and move on! It’s probably less alarming when leaders move on from organizations that are on instable grounds. You’re either made to or decide yourself that it’s time to call it quits. But when things are working so well and are so...