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Why Local Companies are Offering More Exciting Careers?

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Talent Management in Asia | 0 comments

Having worked in the frontier markets for close to 20 years and throughout my career multinational companies have been considered as the ‘go-to’ place for top talent. Local companies may not have been the employers of choice all this while, but times have changed. Over the years multinationals have lost their star power. It happened 20 years ago in India, 10 years ago in China, 5 years ago in Vietnam and now it’s happening in Pakistan (where I am currently based and run my own consulting firm). What happened to these celebrated employers that allowed local companies to catch up? The Shifting Tides for Multinationals Multinationals provided you with great learning...

How to Increase Your Team’s Wellness at Work

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Recently I came across a post on Fortune.com which highlighted how McKesson, a health care drug distribution giant, revamped its head office to enhance “wellness at work”. The concept caught my attention as it made me realize that while organizations design brilliant strategies to motivate, attract and retain talent they tend to overlook this aspect. And honestly, it makes sense how wellness at work can play a pivotal role in enhancing loyalty. For decades we’ve heard of offices that are ergonomically designed to optimize comfort and reduce physical fatigue. We’ve even been sensitive to cater to the physically disabled. That’s all great, but to achieve your bigger mission of...

5 Innovative Ways to Engage Your Employees

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

I’ve always felt that an engaged workforce is the holy grail of business leaders and HR alike. Organizations in the US have spent almost USD 720 million a year on measuring employee engagement. With all this investment you would expect engagement levels to go through the roof. Think again! Gallup, the global pollster, recently published their 2015 US engagement numbers and according to them the percentage of US workers who were considered engaged in their jobs averaged 32%. The majority (50.8%) of employees were “not engaged,” while another 17.2% were “actively disengaged”. It’s safe to say close to 70% of the US workforce is sitting at the fence (and the...

3 Reasons Why You Should Let Go of People

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

One of the defining aspects of a good leader is their ability to build a team of talented individuals who collectively strive to succeed. To build a successful team you’ll go through every aspect in the HR textbook – select and recruit the right set of people, train and develop their skills, engage and motivate them and inspire them to utilize their full potential. But it doesn’t stop there. You as their leader are responsible for the output produced by your team. And that’s why you have to continuously be on your toes to extract the best out of them. But sometimes your best efforts aren’t enough to get...

6 Ideas to Catapult the Growth of Your Top Talent

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Over the last couple of weeks I have shared with you a number of innovative ideas on attracting and developing talent and given you a glimpse of the future of performance management. All of these elements combined make up the Talent Management Model that has helped my clients significantly enhance their ability to attract, get the best out of, engage and retain talent. Today I’ll talk about ‘leveraging talent’ which gives organizations the ability to not only fast track the development of their best talent but also to do this in a way that significantly creates immediate value for the organization itself. Of course this is based on the assumption...

The Leadership Litmus Test: Is There a Leader in You?

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

Just because you’re at the head of the table doesn’t mean you’re a leader. There’s a clear difference between a leader and a manager. I agree with Travis Bradberry when he says “you’re not a leader just because you have people reporting to you. And you don’t suddenly become a leader once you reach a certain pay grade.” So it’s time you lose that feeling of entitlement and ask yourself “how do I score in the leadership litmus test?” To find out, answer these questions. Are You Aware of Your Behavior? Being a leader requires you to be a role model. To be a role model, you must be...

How 2016 Will Be The Year That Will Transform Performance Management

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

The sheer foundation that kept performance management running for the past 2 decades (if not more) has finally started to unravel. Forced ranking, yank and rank, stack ranking or forced distribution – whatever you’ve called it, the way we drove performance in organizations was by telling one person ‘you’re the best’ and someone else ‘you’re the worse’. No matter the circumstances, context or business. If you were rated better than me then you were given a bigger bonus, salary increase and promotional and learning opportunities. The wheels are finally coming off. CEB found that 95 percent of managers are dissatisfied with the way their organizations conducted performance reviews, and nearly 90 percent...

How to Use Superhero Personality Traits to Define Your Team

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

A few months ago a cinematic phenomenon that many had been waiting for was released – Batman vs. Superman. While the movie presented plenty of eye candy by way of the CGI and action sequences, what appealed to me was the personality traits the main protagonists displayed. Both have common goals (justice and peace) but their approach varies. And so is the case for many other superheroes and super-heroines. They all work towards common or similar goals, but possess such differing personality traits that they don’t end up achieving it in a similar manner. This is much like your own team’s dynamics. All of them work towards the goals...

Innovative Ideas to Help You Stay Ahead of the Learning Curve

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

I always claim that similar to the half-life of a nuclear material, knowledge also has a half-life. Depending on the industry, your knowledge half-life can last a couple of years or, for the most advanced academic or technology sectors, maybe just a couple of months. Hence, your learning curve cannot stagnant because one thing is certain: The half-life of knowledge across any profession is shortening rapidly. And to stay ahead you have to invest significantly. Dani Johnson in her Bersin Research Bulletin claims that learning moves from inside-out focused learning (70-20-10 rule) to outside-in focused learning. In this, the learning itself is driven by the need for continuous knowledge throughout...

Do You Know How to Measure Next Generation Leaders?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

When you were in college or university you were faced with the challenge of choosing your “major”. An area to specialize in for the next 4 years. After you achieved your degree you searched for a relevant job that related to your area of specialization. All that was great to kick start your career. But for ‘next generation leaders’ the area of specialization will matter less and less. Next generation leaders won’t be identified by what they currently do. Instead, when preparing their list of star talent, current leaders will consider the length and breadth of their talent pool. I’m not talking about the tenure or experience of the talent pool. I’m...