March 2007

Leadership and Rising Market Situation

March 17, 2007

This is the second in a series of posts regarding how companies and their leaders and managers should change their organizational strategies to suit different market conditions. The previous (first) post was the lead‐in article “Leadership in Different Market Situations”. In this post, let us consider a rising market situation. The most fundamental thing is […]

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Leadership in Different Market Situations

March 15, 2007

This is the first in a series of posts regarding how companies and their leaders and managers should change their organizational strategies to suit different market conditions. The state of a company’s market can have significant influence on the behavior of managers and employees within an organization. This, in turn, places some limitations on the […]

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Handling Personnel Conflicts

March 13, 2007

In an organization, many conflicts and disturbances could arise. These could be due to a variety of reasons such as disputes between personnel, project mistakes or unforeseen circumstances like accidents or natural calamities. This is a fact of life regardless of the size of the organization. Quite often, the main occurrence is because there are conflicts between […]

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Are Books Outdated?

March 11, 2007

My previous post was about organizing and filtering feedback from advice. I have a weakness for giving unsolicited advice, which includes this blog itself. And the recommendation I like to give most often is simply to read books. Recently, because of an encounter with a friend, I questioned myself: Why do I do that? Is […]

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Organizing the Feedback

March 11, 2007

Some time back, I had written about getting feedback from people for self‐improvement. When you follow this, you will find a lot of suggestions given by people and suddenly you are faced with some new problems like Advice given by different people is contradictory. For example, one person says that you are very aggressive in meetings; […]

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Dropping the Crutches

March 8, 2007

Parents attach training wheels on bicycles for young children. This way, they can easily learn to ride and navigate without the fear that they will fall down and get injured. Similarly, children are given metal tumblers and plastic items instead of articles made of glass. Again, this protects them from harm. In a business environment, such […]

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Training with Limited Time

March 7, 2007

When I interview developers for new positions, I frequently ask them questions about the latest happenings in the technology or language they are familiar with. On many occasions, the candidates say that they don’t know anything about recent releases. The reasons cited are lack of use at their current company and engagement with their present work […]

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Simple Time Audit

March 6, 2007

Sometimes, when you are pressed for time, it is useful to take a quick high‐level look at the activities one is spending time on. There are many tools out there that help you record the minutes you spend and are extremely accurate. But using them can be time‐consuming. So here is a simple table that […]

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Excellence — When and When Not

March 6, 2007

My statistics professor used to say, “You don’t have to do anything difficult to get average points on this paper. But if you either want to fail or get a high percentage, you have to actively do something.” He meant what he said — as everyone in the class realized when they got the scores from […]

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Why Management is Tough

March 4, 2007

I am a great fan of the Dilbert cartoon strip by Scott Adams. Its jokes closely resemble real‐life dysfunctional organizational behavior, particularly on the part of managers. Stories of idiotic management decisions and poor managers are ubiquitous and the term “bad managers” is a cliché. But why so? A couple of important reasons why people […]

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