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4 Books Every HR Professional should Read

June 13, 2017 in Services

Books for HR Professionals

Managing people is one of the toughest jobs in an organization. And, it has now become the most important aspect of managing a business in a knowledge-driven world where people are an enterprise’s most crucial resource.

To help HR professionals deal with the complexities of human nature and manage people efficiently, here are 4 books that all of them should read.

Good to Great

Jim Collins subtly communicates the core qualities of a modern day HR professional. Collins explains the basic concepts of human resources management such as the nature of leadership and the need to have the right employees on board. However, these are not the only things discussed in this book. The author goes on to elaborate why it is necessary for the HR managers to inculcate an inclusive perspective so that they can learn about new cultures as well as deal with employees from varied cultural backgrounds. Also, the book discusses factors such as long-term vision and use of technology for HR practices.

Start with Why

Organisations have their goals and employees have theirs. Successful organisations bring about a parity or congruence between the enterprise’s goals and those of the employees. This is what Simon Sinek tries to explain in this book. Sinek emphasises the need for the management to help the employees understand the “why” of their work. It involves explaining to the employees the value of their contribution and how they can help deliver the goals of the company, and in the process attaining their personal goals. Explaining to them why gives them a sense of purpose, which further improves their efficiency. HR managers will find this book highly insightful.

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders make Everyone Smarter

In this book, Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown postulate the role of leaders in creating a synergy among their team members or subordinates. The authors explain how leaders can work towards not just achieving targets but also for deriving the best from their people by helping each employee become more efficient, maximising their output, and increasing productivity. This book is a must for HR professionals as they will learn how to bring out the best in people.

Mission: How the Best in Business Break Through

The book by Michael Hayman and Nick Giles gives examples of companies like Google and AirBnB as well as successful entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Richard Branson. These organisations and people began their journey at the very bottom of the pyramid and rapidly climbed to the top to become the biggest in the world. The book explores how these people and their organisations began as missions to change something by delivering superior value to the consumers, and in the process grew exponentially, at a significant. HR professionals can learn a lot about innovation and entrepreneurial skills. But more importantly, they will learn a great deal about perseverance, vision, and a desire to make a difference.

These four books can work wonders in the lives of HR professionals by enabling them to understand how they too can contribute to their organisations by bringing out the best in people.

Can You Succeed in the Corporate World, If You don’t Drink?

April 24, 2017 in Services

mug of beer

Consuming alcohol with colleagues and clients is as common in professional echelons as reviews and goal setting meetings. It’s something that’s considered to be a default part of a professional’s life, and people are ready to jump the gun when they say you can’t succeed in professional life without drinking.

Those who support drinking will claim several reasons as to how it helps you climb the corporate ladder and build strong bonds with bosses and colleagues. They almost make drinking sound directly proportional to success.

But is it the social “ritual” of drinking that makes you successful, or is your success inherent upon you?

Let’s find out!

Success is NOT inherent upon drinking

If the consumption of alcohol is directly proportional to your success, every drunkard would be a millionaire. It might come as a surprise to you, but several top CEOs and billionaires don’t drink. According to a Forbes report, several wealthy and successful people, don’t consume alcohol. They’re teetotallers! Warren Buffet has invested in several liquor companies in his life, but he doesn’t drink. He says consuming alcohol is a weak link which can bring the downfall of a person.

Steve Jobs, didn’t drink alcoholic beverages even when he was healthy. Chairman of Dole Food Company, David Murdock also abstains from drinking. Tyra Banks, never drank even when she was an actress and even now when she is a Media Mogul. And, the most powerful person in the world today, Donald Trump is also a teetotaller.

Trump is not just a successful entrepreneur; he’s also the President of the United States, something no other entrepreneur or CEO has ever achieved. If he can abstain from drinking, so can anyone else.

What determines success in corporate life?

The above examples of the prominent personalities give a clear indication that there’s no connection between drinking and success in the corporate world. Those who love alcohol will find a reason to drink and will also find a reason to force you to drink. After all, corporate parties are the best places to get a free drink or two. And, a meeting with a client at a bar is a nice way to get something to drink and reimburse the bill under the head of business expenses.

But, drinking is not something that will get you success. It might to a certain extent help you socialize with your colleagues and clients. However, there are other ways too for socializing without drinking.

Success in corporate life depends on several factors. It depends on your skills, knowledge, competencies, work ethics, integrity, creativity, innovativeness, and ability to learn and apply your learnings. You need to be good at what you do, maintain good relations with clients, colleagues, and bosses, and offer exceptional service to your customers. Alcohol is not one of them.

You can succeed and will succeed in the corporate world if you set specific professional goals and give your best to achieve them. Drinking doesn’t have to feature in your professional life if you don’t enjoy it.

How to Build Trust in the Workplace?

March 17, 2017 in Services

000 Trust

Trust is an important factor not just because it adds a flavour of positivity, but also because it carries synergies of transparency along with it. Trust is both a cause and an effect of company culture.

How to develop trust between people and the workplace?

Usually, companies have people from a diverse background who don’t have a shared history. And therefore, there is no base of trust, to begin with, and grow upon. That is where the managers need to be proactive and create an environment of confidence among their people.

Guide your Employees

Sometimes managers tend to give lectures to ensure that the employees make right decisions. However, lecturing often implies that you don’t have faith in their decision-making abilities. In this way, an employee can lose self-confidence and find themselves unable to make right decisions. People are sensitive about what their colleagues think of them? They often want to prove themselves in the workplace. To build their confidence, consider using reflective questions, such as, “What do you think about…?,” “Have you thought of…?,” and “Would you consider … ?,” etc.

Learn to Listen and Create a Trust Environment

Communication and teamwork will erode without trust in the workplace. A simple, “talk to me about it,” is an effective way to start a dialogue.

Many managers often struggle to engage with their teams, maximize performance, and achieve great results. However, they can learn these skills through listening.

Listening is a skill that can be improved. It is all about being ready to listen to what is being said. It is refraining from the common practice of hearing a few words and then jumping in with a response. No one enjoys being interrupted when trying to make a point.

“A team is not a group of individual that work together; it rather is a group of people who trust each other”

Listening to learn, building trust and valuing people’s feelings and ideas is what promotes the ability of managers to communicate and influence their team members effectively.

Work Smarter

Effective managers are aware that delegation of tasks is essential for building trust in the workplace. When you don’t delegate, you deprive your employees of an opportunity to advance their skills. Babying your employees all the time hinders their professional development.

For example, saying, “You are bad tempered,” has the same meaning as, “You need to work on controlling your temper.” However, the first labels the person, whereas the second enables the person. Manager’s emphasis should be on what the employee can do, rather than on what the employee cannot do.

“If you want to earn the respect of your team, earn their trust! Show them you value them as people and employee”

How Can Incremental Steps Help You Achieve Big Goals?

February 28, 2017 in Services

smart goal setting hand drawn on blackboard

Success is the product of setting SMART goals. SMART is the acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-based. Unless your goals have these characteristics, you wouldn’t be in a position to achieve your goals, whether big or small.

However, the question remains how do you set SMART goals and ensure you achieve them. The most efficient method is to set incremental steps as you move towards the attainment of your big goals. These steps are the relatively smaller objectives that help you check the direction of your movements and need for improvements. Let’s take a look as to how these incremental steps can help you achieve your big goals.

Step by step success

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu was spot on when he said this over 25 centuries ago. And, it holds true even today. You can’t jump to your goals and there is no shortcut to it either. Big goals require concentrated efforts, perseverance, and zeal to succeed. They can only be achieved by working hard each single day. Each step in the right direction is a movement forward towards your goals. While your big goals might be a thousand miles away, each step towards them will shorten your route finally helping you achieve them.

Determining milestones

There is no option but to move slowly and steadily towards your goals while toiling and working hard. But how would you know that the steps that you have taken are in the right direction unless you have a way of measuring them? Incremental steps help you measure your achievements and determine if you are moving in the right direction. So, if your big goal is to earn a million dollars in the next 10 years, you need to set the milestones for each year, month, week, and day. The efforts you put into each day will culminate into the results you seek to achieve in 10 years. Hence, when you review each week or month what you have been able to achieve by clearly defining the objectives for these units of time, you would know for sure the direction of your movement or if there is a need for improvement. It will allow you to make the necessary changes immediately.

Contribution to the bigger picture

Each piece of a jigsaw puzzle is valuable, but only if they are all put into the right place. Only then the entire puzzle is successfully completed. Until then, they might seem incomprehensible. Your incremental steps are also the same. Unless you complete each one of them, you won’t reach your big goal. And yet, all of them must be completed to attain even the biggest of goals.

To achieve your big goal, plan an execution strategy and take each incremental step carefully. Use them as the measure of your success and make the necessary improvements wherever needed. With each incremental step, no matter how small, you will be one step closer to success.


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