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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.

How to Begin a Career in Data Science?

June 12, 2017 in Careers

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Traditional IT domains have matured and offer little opportunity for IT professionals in terms of a sound career path. Data Science offers a lucrative career opportunity. But it also entails numerous challenges that require a sound logic and scientific temperament to solve.

A data scientist is not just an IT professional. The presence of the word scientist in the job title implies that it has actually something to do with science. To embark on a successful carrier in this field, you have to be a scientist. Merely considering it a technology field will not be enough.

Here, we take a look at some of the key qualities that will help you begin your career in data science.

Develop the right mindset

As discussed earlier, a data scientist is a scientist. This profession is not a regular IT job role where you can sit and code. Learning data science tools such as matplotlib, R, pandas, and scikit-learn is good but not enough.

These are just the tools, so do not confuse them with the entire domain of data science. What you need is to have the right mindset that will help you look at things from a scientific perspective. Only then, you will be able to solve complex problems that data scientists have to deal with.

Gain the right knowledge

While it is okay to learn a few data science tools, what is even more important is to gain the right education and knowledge. A large number of enterprises prefer hiring data scientists that have a PhD.

However, not everyone has to get a PhD to become a data scientist. You need to make sure you have the right academic credentials by obtaining the right degree. But, merely obtaining a degree will also not be enough. You need to have a thorough knowledge of what is taught in your academic course.

Focus on solving complex issues

As a data scientist, you will be expected to solve numerous complex issues that do not have a straightforward solution. You might have to deal with several permutations and combinations before you can make a choice.

Using resources such as Kaggle Competitions might not fetch the right results as it would hardly test your skills as a data scientist. All you would rely upon are the permutations and combinations tried by others in this competition. The participants’ sole objective is to score more points rather than solving a complex issue. Trying to resolve a complicated issue will be your job as a data scientist, and you can’t wish it away by trying it get it done through a shortcut method. So, develop the problem-solving skills instead of relying on something like Kaggle Competitions which only make complex issues look easy instead of finding the best solution.

Learn to deal with ambiguity

A key function of a data scientist is to deal with ambiguity. With a large volume of data, there would be several instances when there is no perfect solution. You would have to address conflicting logics.

Conclusion

To launch your career in data science, it is critical that you imbibe the above factors. They will inculcate the qualities in you that enterprises hiring data scientists require.

How to Fight with Yourself to Deal with Tough Situations?

June 7, 2017 in Careers

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We all have tasted times of bitter anguish and in those moments all but envisioned ourselves to emerge stronger. The fact is, life is a series of valleys and peaks. Sometimes you find yourself at the pinnacle tasting success, and the next moment you find yourself torn by the heels of despair.

A look into the lives of the stalwarts of society reveals that all of them have at some point in their life faced rejection, dejection, and have gone broke before they succeeded in their ventures. This just goes to prove that no one is immune to failure.

In life, there will always be situations that are beyond our comprehension and those that will leave us distraught and hazed. It is difficult to see the light of day during such times but persevering in our goal can make a huge difference. As Friedrich Nietzche says, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

While change is inevitable, adapting yourself to the change is the right attitude to help you cope with the stress. Here are ways you can fight your inner demon and emerge victorious in the long run.

Pain is a part of life

The good part about pain is that it makes us alive. Experiencing tough situations makes us aware of our strengths. The next time you feel out and in the dumps remember, it is the pain that has made you who you really are.

Realize you are not alone

It might give you some solace when you realize you are not alone. Somewhere in this big wide world, someone is experiencing the same things as you. Stop victimizing yourself and your situation. Instead, work through and around your situation to find a breakthrough.

Keep your options open

Don’t give up if plan A doesn’t work out as planned. Keep a backup plan B and a plan C if needed. Realize that no matter what happens; you always have a choice in how you react to the situation. If you choose to let the situation affect you, it will. Remember it is all about the law of attraction – you get what you ask.

Objectify the situation

Avoid attaching an emotion to every situation. Very often, we let situations go out of hand because we attach way too many emotions to it. Get rid of the emotional baggage and view the incident as an object. It will help you mold your behavior around the situation.

Focus on your strengths

Take your mind off the stress by concentrating on your strengths. Action creates empowerment and brings possibilities. By taking an active part in the situation, you force yourself to be a conscious creator.

Identify the lesson

Once you overcome the obstacle, it is easier to gather experiences. Every situation provides you with a learning opportunity. Sift through the negative thoughts you overcame to come to a conclusion.

When hard times hit, and the challenges you face are great, you can either let your situation define you, let it destroy you or let it strengthen you. The choice is yours to make.

Are Women Worse kind of Bullies than Men?

June 6, 2017 in Careers

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Our workplaces are thriving grounds of bullying of the worst kind. Whether it’s physical bullying, catcalling, mistreating or badmouthing, workplace bullying continues to be a significant problem.

While men and women both are prone to bullying, woman-on-woman harassment is on the rise. According to a survey conducted by the Workplace Bullying Institute, more men (62%) are bullies and women are the most frequent targets of bullies (58%). Women bullies more often target other women employees.

Understand their Motive

Many women believe they would never bully a co-worker or a close friend. However in male-dominated offices, women who have succeeded tend to take on stereotypically male behaviors. They learn to be more aggressive. Once you throw in their natural jealousy of each other, it’s a perfect mix for workplace turmoil. Recent research shows that women are more prone to bullying by another woman than by a man.

Bullies target people who pose a threat to them in the workplace. Often the bully target is smart, competent, well-liked and self-assured. Women who feel invisible choose to uplift themselves up by knocking others down to hide their insecurity.

“Women bullies will often befriend you and then air all your secrets later, in boardrooms or at office gatherings” says Dr. Namie. Power, aggression, insecurity, and jealously fuel the bullies desire to put down others.

Most adult bullies act the way they do to make up for some shortcoming of their own. Many times it’s because the bullies themselves feel inadequate in some way. This would include issues related to frustration, personality traits, perceptions of unfair treatment, and an assortment of stresses and strains associated with today’s leaner and ‘meaner’ work settings.

Understanding the social dynamics

While bullying by both sexes involves similar levels of aggression, the expression usually differs between the genders. Men use their physical power and may engage in fights, or use the threat of physical violence to torment their victims. Men engage in more observable form of verbal abuse.

Women are much more likely to engage in social bullying or relational bullying. The most common attacks include rumors, exclusion, teasing, and insults. Women make much nastier office bullies than men, says psychologist Dr. Gary Namie. Whether it stems from an innate desire to stay on the top of the corporate ladder, or as a cutthroat mechanism is highly debatable.

When it comes to the type and frequency of bullying, research shows that men are just as exposed to bullying as women, but are actually slightly more exposed to physical intimidation than women. While it is unusual for men to report instances of bullying by female bosses, the instances are on the rise.

As women get into the corporate world they are taught or are led to believe that they don’t get ahead because of men. But, they really don’t get ahead because of themselves. “Instead of building each other up and showcasing each other, we’re constantly tearing each other down,” says Dr. Namie.

The next time you feel victimized by a woman remember you have two options. You can decide to work with this woman and help her to become a better colleague, or take a stance and begin to address the situation through bullying and harassment policies at work.

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