Is your Net Working?




Vikrant is in his late thirties .He was working in a leadership role in a mid size company , the company was not doing well for the past several months. He did not move out thinking the situation will be revived. The #management took a  tough stance and asked Vikrant to leave. He got this blow when he was least expecting it.

Rachel is an HR Manager , she receives a call from her ex colleague , Maya enquiring if there are any opportunities for a #Technologist. Maya is trying to help her husband find a job as in the #IT downturn ,he is on bench along many of his colleague. Rachel is in a senior role and is well connected.

Shilpa works for an #NGO and often looks for sponsors to conduct welfare programs for rural development. She has a wide reach  and is well known in the political and social #network.

Does these folks and situation seem familiar ??

Vikrant , Maya and Shilpa turn to their close aides in such situations.. Family provides the best shelter during tough weather, however a trusted group of professionals tide you over a career hurricane . When you climb up the ladder of your #profession, we often ignore the importance of having a reliable bunch of well wishers. Whenever there is a fall from a greater height , your professional safety network of friends , spare you the brutal crash .


Safety Professional  Net 

In this age of digitisation , where the #milenials are hooked to use #socialnetwork and #GenX are re establishing their careers ,having a  strong network is very crucial.


Some points to ponder while Networking :

  1. Be Active: We are all part of many social and professional forums on different networking site. It may not be possible to be online always. Ho#wever as a member of the group, you are expected to contribute. Whenever there is a need from a fellow member, be there to respond if you can. It is important to contribute, so that you have responses when you seek information.
  2. Be Genuine: Some members are all well connected and highly influential. However, when they are approached for a genuine connect or a support, they vanish. Remember that your current role or position is pivotal to many in your network, don’t just pretend to be there, “Be there” for your fellow colleague.
  3. Networking groups are not career sites: Networking groups are not career groups , do not expect to get you your dream job in any of the social networking seminars or programs. You can build your visibility , it does not guarantee you a job. Keep your ears open, but try not to be labelled as a “job seeker” within the forum. It dilutes your “ personal brand value.
  4. Avoid over marketing: Do not use your network to bombard with personal / company’s marketing information. Share the information with absolute tact and prudence.
  5. Choose the right forums : For HR folks there are established forums like #NHRDN, #HRIA, #MTHR, etc. Similarly   each profession has its groups. Be associated with the right bunch of experts!

In the financial parlance, to increase your net worth by investing in SIP in your early years. For your professional security, start building your net work, early in your career, it will help provide you the comfort, when you need it the most!

Happy Networking!


Pink Roses and Slips

Friends are the family we chose for ourselves. At workplace where we spend maximum of our waking hours, can we make real meaningful friendship? If you are in #HR can you maintain a good friendship? These questions I try to explore while I travel down memory lane.

The first Sunday of  August  is celebrated as World Friendship Day. My first memory of celebrating Friendship Day was during our college days, the celebrating environment, the excitement of tying bands to close friends, known faces and absolutely unknown faces !

The relevance of friends in our life also changes with passing years. During the earlier stages in my career in #HR, I was extra careful of not making friends within the organisation. The old school theory laid importance on #HR being the neutral member and having an unbiased opinion. Hence taking unbiased decisions at work place, maintaining confidentiality for sensitive matters and taking tough management  This  made it difficult to make close friends within the organisation.

As we approach August, I remember some of  my very close friends just disappearing away from my life. There were many reasons, interests change, common problems vanish or career paths differ. Though we loose connects with some good work pals who change organisation. The dilemma whether a Manager can remain a good friend continues.

On one hand HR has to be friendly but maintain the equilibrium of not getting too close. Most of us feel like a split personality, when you giggle with friends during tea breaks and at another time raise alarm when the tea breaks extends.

Some cautions in general when as #HR or #Manager we make friends within office:

  1. Personal information: Sharing too much of personal information and worries can form opinions. Every friend has a best friend. What you think was shared in confidence could be the latest grapevine.
  2. Taking tough decisions: When you have to convey a strong message or an unpleasant news, it is tough when as HR/ Manager.
  3. Professional rivalry : It is difficult to rule out professional rivalry which can happen between close friends.
  4. Goals : Our decisions are based on the goals we aim at, hence there are bound to be clashes , if there is no common goal.
  5. Feedback : It becomes tough when as a Manager you have to give feedback to your best friends on areas of improvement. 

    Some relations are beyond the boundaries of personal and professional realms! Lets continue our journey with good pals around 🙂


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Courage overtakes fear

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My first drive may seem like a very amateur topic for all the seasoned confident folks behind the steering wheel. Without sounding sexist, I know of many my friends who simply can’t overtake this fear. Hope this little piece give them the small push.
My first stint behind the steering was on the old Mumbai Pune road . Thanks to the system we all face, One Mr S Bhai assured me he will make sure that I get my license within a month .  A decade back getting a license was on  my top to do list .Hence all my focus was on getting a license rather than driving a vehicle. After multiple breaks in my class I finally appeared the RTO test and cleared it, within a week I had my driving license.
I had a brief tryst with the mighty four wheeler I almost bumped my bros car , the tremor of which still echoes in my ear. That incident shattered my  confidence . I could also not figure out the working of the engine, the functions of the clutch, how to change the tyre if it is punctured , there were many an unanswered FAQs which my mind couldnt comprehend and understand. To add to the numerous jokes floating around on lady drivers added up my worry.
I brought my car with usual bout of excitement, assuming that if I get my own car, I will finally drive on my own . Deep down I knew it would be still a long while before I go on my first lone drive.  My main worry was what if I bang on to someone. The fear of killing an innocent by-passer or some kid crossing the road was so prominent that these thoughts would panic me.
I was ready to compromise my so called independence in favour of innocents being injured on the road.
I did not lose my time, I continued my  revision classes on my own vehicle . Spent some more grands , there is no count of the hours my brother spent in just letting me drive . Still my car lied in my parking for a long while. I could drive with trained guys next to me, which was my only solace. The misery reached its height when my son innocently would ask, ” Mom , will you ever drive ? Will you ever be confident?” It was really painful when he also missed his school bus , no autos around and the car lied idle majestically.
That’s when the heavens sent me an angel. She enquired why I commuted in an auto with a car lying idle in my parking . I admitted I lacked the confidence and could only drive with trained ones sitting next to me. She asked if I knew the basics. I affirmed . She assured me that she  will sit in the companion seat and asked me to drive to work . During those days my office was closer home. I tried to put this off, however she was relentless. Gathering all my guts I mustered strength and took the car, the worst fear of knocking off someone slowly subsided.   Saving the Angel next to me was important who believed in me more than I believed in myself. I covered the two km drive amidst residents and finally parked in front of my office. While parking a cute girl asked me why did  I not release the hand brake. To my utter surprise I never realized that this was also an important task apart from the ABC of driving i.e Accelerator+ Brake +Clutch .
I learnt some more theories along the way as then there was no looking back (pun intended)!
I know many a young chicks who have the license to drive but they have this big fear to overcome. If a cat does cross your way apply the big B!!! Please put your comments if you just overtook your fear or else I have an angel waiting for you too :)!
Tread and drive fearlessly in the roads of life …