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Third Party Recruitment

As an integral part of the recruitment methods, third-party sources for hiring on the essential roles of management consultants and assist an organisation in the process of scoping and consequently ascertaining the best aspiring applicant that congruously augments the institution. Intrinsically, as the head of an organisation, appointing a third-party recruitment company would warrant higher productivity on account of minimisation and utility of resources that were otherwise allocated services related to hiring. Third-party recruitment companies cultivate an ethos that behoves them to instil proficiency in their work. These companies have profoundly delved into the market, and bring to the table their consulting expertise through the analysis of the strategic needs and parameters that any respective industry would entail with it. This intricate detailing on the company’s part ensures that relationships are rooted, built, and maintained across participating organisations and candidates alike. Since the entire model of these companies is based on hiring and recruitment services, their recommendations, assessments, and evaluations of any candidate would be virtuous and ethical. This model also best enables said companies to scrutinize the requirements of an organisation appropriately and provide the organisation with substantial, credible, and principled results. The paradigms of hiring any prospective candidate could be structured by and for the organisation in order to ensure optimum results. Having stated that, a potential drawback of appointing a third-party recruitment company would be the lack of direct access to the candidate. Conceptualising and composing the involute attributes of the organisation’s requirements could only be conveyed through communication, though thorough, to the third-party company. Despite the level of proficiency, this factor may be viable for due consideration. Should the organisation choose to appoint a third-party recruitment company, the core processes of [...]

By | 2015-05-28T13:11:58+00:00 May 28th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Can a Coach generate significant ROI for your Business?

Are you a sports lover? Are you a fan of any particular footballer? No, this isn’t a contest. These questions are just for your own consideration and are intended to take you to another goal altogether. Let’s assume that your favorite footballer is Lionel Messi. You will agree that as a footballer, Messi has exceptional skills. Now think and answer. What factors have gone into making him such a terrific player? Has he acquired his exceptional footwork, dribbles, passes and more all on his own? Your likely answer is that the factors that make Messi such a terrific footballer are his talent, hard work, determination and consistent practice. Indeed, his skills and efforts have played a crucial role in his success. But we cannot overlook the role that his mentors and coaches have played in honing his talent. It is his coach who gives him directions, plans a strategy for him to follow and helps him improve his skills. You see, coaching skills are vital too. So are there any similar business coaching skills too? Can we benefit with coaching from peers? Will it help our business grow? Let us first check what these coaching skills are: The ‘Ask’ approach: A good coach always gives importance to asking powerful questions rather than merely doling out instructions. He allows the employees to come up with far more committed and engaging solutions so that they are motivated to put in extra efforts to reach or exceed their goals. An employee, who generates his own ideas, not only enjoys personal development, he also contributes significantly to his company’s progress. No ready-made answers: A coach is not required to provide ready-made answers or solutions to employees. Instead of spoon-feeding them, [...]

By | 2015-05-27T02:36:58+00:00 May 27th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Creating a talent pipeline instead of hiring !

If you were the head of a company, would you not have liked having options of various prospective and probable candidates at the ready? This is exactly what we discuss with the concept of ‘Talent Pipeline’. The idea behind this concept addresses the very issue of hiring people matched against a sort of candidate pipeline that you may maintain and choose from whenever you needed. As a company, it would be comforting to know that you have already shortlisted candidates and kept them at the ready. You could devise the structure of the pipeline in a way that the shortlisted candidate that you choose becomes a part of your company momentarily after being communicated so. The structural integrity of this pipeline could be coherently factored to best serve and suit your organisation’s constitution. Apart from this prominent beneficial factor, you also give your recruiting team a rest for good; you only deploy your recruiting team whenever you have exhausted the shortlisted candidates. While the team is not hiring, they could essentially contribute to the betterment of your company. This would ensure resourceful, economical and judicial usage of your currently employed talent pool, and if any contingent situation were to arise, you always have eventuality measures lined up. As a prospective candidate, it would be reassuring to know that you have a position at a company, albeit the fact that the probability of employment may well be very probable. You could always have the job should the company come across any contingent measures and were to reach you. This factor is comforting since you have a better probability of employment as compared to anyone suffering from the obstinate problem of not being employed, or in this [...]

By | 2015-05-20T05:57:11+00:00 May 20th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Feng Shui in Business – A new perspective

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese discipline that’s employed to usher prosperity and positive energy into your premises. If you are thinking that I am now going to tell you how to apply those Feng Shui elements to bring success to your business, well, you are partially correct! I am going to tell you about the elements, as well as their human representation in your company. One of my friends is a great believer in Feng Shui. He recently invited me to take a look at his remodeled and redesigned office that now incorporated Feng Shui elements. I wondered if any physical modifications could indeed bring in prosperity. When I visited his office, I did find tremendous energy in him and almost all his employees. Impressed and curious, I listened very attentively as he explained the modifications and all the Feng Shui elements that he had brought into his office space. Listening to him, I discovered quite a few interesting and surprising things. The most important thing that I discovered was that while the physical changes were all to his office premises, the corresponding Feng Shui elements were directly related to the people working in his organization. It matched my own beliefs in the sense that I too deem human factors to be more important than the Vastu of the place where we live and work. I am jotting down some of my key observations for the benefit of anyone who wants to utilize Feng Shui for their business. Feng Shui Laughing Buddhas: As per Feng Shui, The Laughing Buddha minimizes stresses and worries and brings joy and happiness to your life. Let’s see it from a human perspective. You can have employees that connote [...]

By | 2015-05-14T05:45:21+00:00 May 13th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

5 Powerful Habits of ‘A’ Players

Take any B-school book, and you will find that it talks about various aspects, features and requirement of skillful management. Most management books focus on plans, control, leadership, strategy and organizing things. It is quite true that all these factors are of great importance in business. However, no book tells ‘A’ players about how to unlock the energy within the team members. An ‘A’ player cannot just sit in his cabin and run the business through a remote control. He also needs to engage with the employees, his colleagues and the top management people. Plus, of course, nowadays his social network requires attention too. He needs to give them all a vision and also have the capability to unite them for a common goal. A good ‘A’ player brings out the finest qualities of everyone participating in a business goal. So what qualities make a natural-born ‘A’ player? With my decade and a half long recruitment consulting experience, I have discovered that all ‘A’ players have a few key habits in common, and with a little effort in the right direction, anyone can develop these ‘A’ habits in themselves. Here I discuss five most prominent habits of an ‘A’ player that anyone can follow to make a key difference to their team and organization. 1) Be a willing giver Givers prioritize helping others. If the leader of the team is a giver, then it alters the behavior and the norms of the rest of the team as well. The rest of the team members too feel compelled to help others. Thus the givers become role models for other team members and help to change behavior norms of the entire team, ultimately contributing to the organization [...]

By | 2015-05-06T08:07:55+00:00 May 6th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Positive Thoughts

“An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.”  - Brian Tracy We do love to hear such positive thinking quotes which dole out doses of motivation, don’t we! It is quite true that positive thinking can work as a great tool towards overcoming obstacles and reducing our stresses. Positive thinking is very helpful for both- individuals as well as businesses. That’s the reason; organizations regularly conduct seminars and workshops on ‘positive thinking’ so that positive thoughts keep echoing in the minds of their employees. However let me point out a much neglected but very vital point. Positive thinking alone is not enough. It needs to be followed by positive action too. You see, if positive action is neglected, positive thinking alone will not bring home benefits for you. Yet most of the time, we skip this very crucial step of blending positive thoughts with positive actions. Positive Thinking Vs Positive Fantasy Having unrealistic expectations or having fantasies is very different from positive thinking. Quite often both these terms- positive thinking and positive fantasy - are misinterpreted as being synonymous. Thinking of reducing your weight by thirty kilos is a nice goal and it does reflect a positive thought process towards gaining better health. However this positive thought alone cannot induce a reduction in your weight. To shed the extra kilos, you need to exercise and follow healthy food habits on a regular basis. Only then will you see the kilos drop and the weighing scale needle inch leftwards. This rule applies to all goals, whether it is scoring in grade exams, reaching your customer targets or running a business. To illustrate my point through the words of a very practical genius, let [...]

By | 2015-04-30T07:17:25+00:00 March 11th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Management Significance of Holi

Holi is a colourful and joyous festival of India. Colours are a part of our culture and reflect in our art and day to day living - whether it is Red Fort , white beauty Taj Mahal , Pink City Jaipur or Blue City Jodhpur. Our art, culture, architecture, cuisine, cities and most importantly our hearts are filled with colours. Holi is one of the most popular festivals across the globe and the values associated with Holi are being adopted by best companies all over the world. We celebrate colours of life with full swing during the Holi festival. Holi has social, mythological and cultural significances, apart from celebration of colours. We forget that Holi also has management significances. Below is the brief how Holi has management significances. Social connectivity of Holi and management We bonfire the sticks, logs and dead leaves on the day before Holi. Dances and celebration on the eve of bonfire are to forget the bad old memories and welcome the spring with joy. It’s a tradition that even enemies forget hard feelings and turn to be allies. The wall between rich and poor vanishes and the spirit of brotherhood brings tremendous joy to all. Hierarchy in the corporate world does not allow crossing the limitations of official etiquettes. Holi teaches us to burn the barriers to communication created due to the management hierarchy. The healthy organization culture will break these traditional silos among colleagues and peers. Our client, a management consulting firm is a good example to share. They have a dynamic team, which is supportive and helpful. The barriers across levels are great leveller and direct communication is encouraged. The lessons of Holi have helped them create a culture [...]

By | 2015-03-05T07:36:31+00:00 March 5th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

The must have “A”s of an ‘A’ players

“A”s of an ‘A’ players Are you searching for an ‘A’ player for your company? Then what is the benchmark when you select an ‘A’ player for your business? We cannot list global qualities of an ‘A’ player because every company/ every organization has a different perspective of their ‘A’ players. The definition of an ‘A’ player differs from industry to industry, company to company for their ‘A’ player based on roles. Hence, how to decide whether a candidate selected is an ‘A’ player? You can test an ‘A’ player for your company by A3 Test. Now what is A3 Test? You can test him on Ability, Aptitude and Attitude. Ability: Ability is the first criteria of A3 test. The knowledge and skills of the ‘A’ players are crucial. Since an ‘A’ player has to lead others, his knowledge in that particular field helps him to guide others. Also, his expertise helps the company to grow. Every skill of an ‘A’ player finally contributes to the firm as well as to his team. Aptitude: Every person cannot have mastery in all the fields. So, it is true that even ‘A’ player lacks some skills. Moreover, you may ask, how will he tackle the situation without proper knowledge. Here comes the second element “Aptitude”. Every ‘A’ player has an unique aptitude that he is always ready to learn new things. He is always flexible to adapt himself to the new changes. He readjusts the new skills easily and quickly and makes himself ready for the new changes. Attitude: Our third element of A3 test is Attitude. The unique styles of ‘A’ player is that he adjusts to any team and any company culture. Here, he needs [...]

By | 2015-01-20T07:11:09+00:00 January 17th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Five must have skills for ‘A’ players

In today’s fast-paced global economy, every company wishes to be the best. Moreover, the success of the company depends on the skills of the ‘A’ player of the enterprise. Recently we held a seminar on How an ‘A’ player can bring rapid progress in the organization. During the discussion, we spoke about the five essential characteristics that ‘A’ player needs to pay more attention . ‘A’ player has to recognize them and adapt them accordingly. Focus: The first quality that a leader requires is to identify the problem, analyze it and understand what is more important and what is least. You may notice that your team is wasting time in preparing meaningless reports, unnecessary PPT’s or discussing unwanted agendas. In such cases, you need to be firm and take decisions to come up with some appropriate directions. ‘A’ player also needs to convey this issue to other ‘A’ players as well as ‘B’ players. The shared focus will help you align other stakeholders to the objectives, by getting their buy-in. Culture: As an ‘A’ player you need to understand the behavior of the other employees. Creating a culture of focused working towards the goal will help reduce conflicts, doubts and lack of commitment.  The culture of your organization depends on you. Healthy organization culture will add value to your output. Win Other’s Minds: ‘A’ player has to understand the ‘B players’. However, this need not require changing their attitude. He has to win them over and their minds. This will also indirectly reflect on the overall work and thereby increase the productivity of the organization. Cultivate Leaders in Others: Is it necessary an ‘A’ player leads from the front. No company would expect him to [...]

By | 2015-01-08T06:10:32+00:00 January 8th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Three pillars for the leaders

As a leader, whatever you expect to happen or try to make it actually happen depends on the willingness of other people. So, when we speak about successful leadership, it depends on how you motivate others to do the job. As a leader: Do you need someone to believe in your ideas? Do you want others to buy your product? Do you wish to do something that is of your interest? As a leader, you need not push them towards your goals. Here we are not talking about how to manipulate others. However, we are talking about empathy…It is not just motivating others, but it's giving inspiration to others. How can you achieve it as a leader? “Feel as you are the other person and start from there” This is the key to inspire others. This rule is applied to all fields, whether it is sales or teaching. Here we can apply a few rules of spirituality to business. You heard it correctly….You have to feel the other person’s feelings, sense how his/her mind will work. You have to see through the eyes of others. When your ability to empathize gets deeper with practice, you learn to settle down your inner state. Once you think from the perspective of the other person, you can sense what’s in other’s interests. Moreover, the power to understand others makes it easier for you to connect to other’s interest. The process of implementing your ideas becomes easy with the realization of others thoughts. Once you start understanding others, you connect them closely. And hence conveying your ideas becomes very easy for you. Becoming the other person opens up a world of understanding. Here your communication flows naturally and becomes [...]

By | 2015-01-03T17:18:09+00:00 January 3rd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments