Can every year of your career be successful?

18 Feb , 2016  

How was 2015?”  asked one of my customers. “Very good for me and for my organisation” I said.  Rightfully so, as 2015 was one of my most fulfilling years. If you were asked the same question, what would you say? How would you measure/evaluate/define the year gone by for yourself?  Let me go further by […]


I’m waiting for my dream Job

22 Jan , 2016  

What do you want to become I asked my 6 year old daughter.  Teacher’ she said without batting an eyelid, a year later she came to my office and stayed for half a day, that evening she came home to say “Appa’ When I grow up I want to become Kelly’s MD. We are now […]


Hiring Biases!

18 Nov , 2015  

We are hiring and I am busy interviewing candidates these days. Today I am reflecting on my own biases while hiring, let me start with my short-listing idiosyncrasies: Stability: I am a stickler for stability, people tell me stability is dead, hire for talent, but I believe that for mid to senior roles (where I […]


Why do we need “fancy” designations?

3 Nov , 2015  

It was year 2005, we were head hunting for a country manager for a large Indian IT MNC in the APAC Region. I got a call from the customer who said we had submitted rather junior profiles for this senior search. As soon as I saw the CV and read the designation of the candidate […]


Do we at times love attrition?

13 Oct , 2015  

I was strolling back to our hotel room after dinner with a couple of my colleagues when their conversation grabbed my attention. HR Manager: Kumar, why did Sheena resign? Line Manager: “Accha hua that she left, it’s for the better.  Its positive attrition”  HR Manager: “Why do you say so? Line Manager: “She’s a non-performer. Her performance has taken a dip over the last 6 months. Frankly, I  don’t regret losing her.” HR Manager: “I’m […]


Does HR “DEAL” with People?

1 Sep , 2015  

“Why do you want to study HR?” I asked a bunch of enthusiastic MBA students last week. Most of them said they liked dealing with people; no brainer right? Nine out of ten others elsewhere would probably give the same answer. I’m inclined to think otherwise; if you like dealing with people, you’re better off in sales as there’s where actual one-on-one interaction happens. I might be a […]