IIM Graduates spurn plush MNC jobs, chart new path and are making start-ups the springboard to a brighter future… so reads a headline in today’s papers. Great to see young people with a high entrepreneurial spirit, which also bodes well for our ecosystem that is looking for more & more pockets of excellence and dynamic leaders for the future. Dear Graduates, as you come aboard this boat, let me share with you some things that I’m sure are going through your mind as well with varying degrees of hope and uncertainty. Freedom to do things the way you’d like, having a well rounded experience, a shot at exceling in your chosen turf and speeding up the pace are key inherent drivers to tread […]
Someone told me once many years ago that observing the driving behavior of a person gives a glimpse of his / her behavior in professional life. I was reminded of this last week while meeting with a senior leader, in a top tier global company, who was ruing the fact that despite his intelligence, sincere nature, nil political networking and hardworking disposition, most people did not accept him as a leader and he had a hard time making a loyal team.
With job spans becoming shorter, every individual spending 15 years or more in employment has taken around half a dozen job interviews at the least. With every exit and a new interview subsequently, thoughts are reorganized on ones assets and stimuli. There is one thing that we were so mindful of during our first college interview but which progressively got buried under more visible trappings, is our fundamental self appraisal. We were so aware of – what is it that I love doing, what is it that I am very good at, what is it that I’m naturally appreciated for repeatedly and also what I’m criticized for frequently. These were factored in so naturally when we were making choices about our career and later […]