Saturday, 17 April 2010

Perception, Visibility, blah and blah

Years back, a colleague remarked during a casual conversation that "it's all about perception management". It didn't somehow seem right then, though I didn't know exactly why. I thought I'll learn to accept it with experience. It didn't happen; now I think I know why I felt it was wrong.

Perception is just a by-product. If you are being perceived wrongly, then

a) There is probably something wrong somewhere else that needs fixing first, perception will automatically happen.

b) The perceiver is wrong. And in this case, there is nothing out of the way you need to do. There is a school of thought that tells you need to go out and manage the perception of the perceiver - to which my answer is - it's nonsense, and it's not worth it.

So, please, do not let people tell you that you need to manage your perception. Fix the real problem, if there is one. If there isn't, just stay put.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Incentives - again

A true performer is driven by his passion for duty - not the fear of losing or gaining carrot at the end of the stick. How then to reward such a performer? Because, he definitely doesn't work for that carrot...or does he?
Your comments please:)

Sunday, 14 February 2010

The selfless midfielder

The most effective team player is often someone who is prepared to spend time and effort for others in the team - not expecting anything in return, but for the sheer fun and personal satisfaction he or she derives out of it.

This may sound high, but I've felt this is something that makes a lot of practical sense. This is how I think it really works:-

1) The more you help others, the more your expertise grows, simply because of the breadth of problems you get to tackle
2) The more you help others, the more you get it in return (not that people keep track, but, what goes around, naturally comes around)

Consider this - 5 out of the world's top 10 paid footballers are midfielders.

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Work and life

The greatest and the clearest advice on work-life balance that I ever got, came from a senior manager at a client location once.

This is what he said, "If ever there is a choice in front of you between life and work, consider this - imagine, God forbid, you get run over by a truck on your way out of work today, your company can probably find a replacement for you within days. Not your family."

Saturday, 23 January 2010

The fundamentals

You can solve most problems associated with a system if you understand the fundamentals of how it works.

A programmer who knows how each line of his code really works, can crack a bug by simply reading over the code he wrote.
A doctor who knows how a wound is formed, can heal it in weeks.
A bowler who knows how reverse swing really works, can produce it at will. (okay he may need some luck too:))

I'm guessing, life, works pretty much the same way; if you are strong on the fundamentals, there probably is no unsolvable problem.