Need a Job Urgently? Hire Yourself (Part 2)

“You've got to be before you can do, and do before you can have” – Zig Ziglar Introduction A transitional economy as ours is bound to send a signal of hopelessness and despair to a job seeker and his family and network of friends. This is understandable. However, my hypothesis is this: even when you don’t know what to do, being confused or disoriented quadruples the challenge and makes a mole hill seem like a mountain. Based on my experience, observation and intellectual voyage, I feel strongly that there are things you can do to help yourself get a … [Read more...]

The Value of Volunteering

Volunteering builds team spirit, interpersonal and communication skills, leadership skills, humility and a spirit of caring … all that we need in employees and citizens of the nation – Nike De’Souza Introduction Sometimes good passes by unnoticed. Sorry, a lot of times good passes by unnoticed. Volunteering is one of those good that could pass us by unnoticed, unutilized and un-harnessed. Volunteering bears many advantages for teenagers, the youth, fresh graduates, employees, recruiters, employers, human resource leaders, organisations, and society … [Read more...]

The Spirit Behind Strategy

“This new century is a time of extraordinary complexity, opportunity, and risk” – Tony Manning, Making Sense of Strategy Introduction Where are we now? We are in a transition. We are probably in the only time on earth when having a strategy and not having a strategy is a good thing. Call it organised chaos! But if you are looking for ‘a method out of the madness’ it is still better to have the semblance of a strategy than otherwise. But where are we coming from? We were coming from the realization that strategy, on its own, was not enough. Just … [Read more...]

How To Identify Your Strengths

The effective executive builds on strengths – their own strengths, the strengths of superiors, colleagues, subordinates; and on the strengths of the situation - Peter Drucker, The Effective Executive Introduction “While there are many good levers for engaging people and driving performance – levers such as selecting for talent, setting clear expectations, praising where praise is due, and defining the team’s mission – the master lever is getting each person to play to his strengths. Pull this lever, and an engaged and productive team will be the … [Read more...]

The Return on Right Hiring (ROR)

The old adage “People are your most important asset” is wrong. People are not your most important asset. The right people are. - Jim Collins (Good to Great) The story is simple and I remember it now for it bears a semblance to the issue of right hiring at hand. The Emperor’s New clothes. Depending on when you grew up or the school you attended (no pun intended), then you would be familiar with the story. "The Emperor's New Clothes" is a short tale about two swindlers posing as cloth weavers who promised an Emperor a new suit of clothes that are … [Read more...]

Technology meets Human Resources

The full title of this article is Technology meets HR: Selecting and Justifying the Right Solution. I had my first chance to publicly crystallize my thoughts and research on the confluence of HR and Technology at an international HR conference held in Ghana in 2009. Then, like now, my task as the speaker, was to provide HR professionals and business executives with a sort of road map for selecting and justifying investments in people management technology. In choosing the right solution your objective is to get a solution that meets your needs at the … [Read more...]

Linking People, Strategy and Performance

  “The greatest concern here is that, in the New Economy, human capital is the foundation of value creation. (Various studies show that up to 85 percent of a corporation’s value is based on intangible assets). This presents an interesting dilemma: the asset that is most important is the least understood, least prone to measurement, and hence, least susceptible to management. Clearly, we are at a watershed”(ref.The HR Scorecard, Brian E. Becker et al). If we are to resolve this dilemma, HR leaders and practitioners, being custodians of the people … [Read more...]