I did It ‘list’- Positive Psychology, a Far Cry or a Reality?

Managing productivity is simple , when you have tools to track your schedule , to support your business decisions. What about introspection on what you have achieved through what you set out for? This is not about a philosophical outlook, but takeaways from our everyday work life. How do you count each day, with your work done or left to be completed ? Imagine working on an undo-able project and being measured on it. A situation like this goes without noticing for most of us! Escape instincts would add on to toxic behavior. Living through the situation will create numbness , often impede learning. Acknowledging every little

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More Advice From Past INAT Candidates

One of the core strategies used by people taking exams with a determining role for their careers is to ask for a tutor’s help. This is also the case of the INAT test; while the general strategy of using a tutor is not a bad one in itself, when it comes to INAT, one does not truly need a tutor to get ready for the big test. All questions rely on common senses rather than law knowledge. So instead of wasting time getting in touch with a someone who is supposed to help you study, spend that time practicing more

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From Coffeehouses to Coworking

The coworking phenomenon is nice in that nobody and no company can claim to have invented it — and when it started, really nobody can know. Apparently, in the annals of urban lore and perhaps myth, the first self-proclaimed communal workspace popped up in San Francisco in the early 21st Century. Now, of course, it is a worldwide thing and there are many global organizations promoting this social resource and labor revolution. Yet, people have always worked together; “coworking” is what we are calling this same act but when people dictate the terms of their own shared workspaces (in some

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Expand Your Horizons: Employment Is Your Chance To Change

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 3 in 4 former prisoners in 30 analyzed stats have been arrested within 5 years if their original release. This makes their return to the labor market a sensitive topic which needs careful handling and consideration. The fact that many states are seemingly pushing inmates out of prison as part of their early release programs in order to save money and reduce overcrowding is one important factor contributing to the problem. A tight job market and the lack of sufficient reintegration assistance are additional reasons triggering these alarming numbers. How To Avoid Social

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Managing Silos – Is Executive Education a Way Out ?

How far is executive education relevant while bringing a change in the organization? Does it make us theoretical or does it draw theory close to the practices? How is education at the senior most level , put into use ? Here are a few posts from CiteHR , which reflects the need and the tone from the industry: Managing silos: How to lessen Egos & stiffness in senior employees in the organisation : “I work in a media house where there is a huge amount of stiffness/ego with in department heads. Please help me out with some good activities which can

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Learning in Spurts : Sprinting through Knowledge

Do you learn when you buy a cook book ? Does that quench your hunger ? Strange thought though, how many times has it happened to you, that you learnt something in a discussion far more than you did it in your reading? Lets look into this cook-book parable. Do you learn how to cook by reading and trying them ? You nail it when you discuss what you did and realize what you missed. Learning is a marked change in the behaviour , which is caused by an input of information with a unique experience. A discussion with my

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Switching Sectors – Career Transitions

How many of us have changed sectors irrespective of others holding our chances low ? I changed it thrice. Each time I started , I was told , I don’t stand a chance. My transition took time but this is how I found my way : I focused on the sector and the role I wanted to shift. Connected , communicated and dug every opportunity to interact with the talent who were already delivering the roles I wanted. Not that I received every inside information, but I gained an adequate amount of knowledge . My best source of information was the  countless number of interviews, I appeared for.

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Language, at Its Best

Do you constantly work upon your language skills? Is this development fueled by a career need or purely the love for the language? Do you prepare by the global standards? In this journey,  how about understanding the benchmark and parameters for communication? Here’s an event that acknowledges and awards the communicators as per  the ESOL parameters. Business English Students shine in International Speaking Competition ESOL, University of Cambridge arranged for the speaker’s competition. Students from Pune walked away with top honour sat the regional finals of the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations’ ‘Best YoungSpeaker of Cambridge English in Asia’ held at Symbiosis

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Unwanted Attention – Thankyou, but no Thankyou!

How many of us have walked into our workplaces to be a cynosure ? It may give us an ego boost when we receive the same at a party . However, a professional environment would require acknowledgement at a whole new level. Our work makes us who we are , hence when the attention received gets into the wrong quarters, the result remains challenged! I am new to the working atmosphere as this is my 1st job, but gradually I encountered a problem with the behaviour of my boss… can u plz help me to deal with this guy ?? Source: How to

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Machiavelli – Pride or Prudence

‘Smart Alec’ is how you would tag the person right next to you, who can easily outsmart others. Few are different, they keep two faces. They are innocent and hard working to their bosses or any decision maker, and uniquely opposite to cohorts, specially reportees. This feels horrible when you are at the receiving end. You may console yourself with the judgement day, yet the fact that they get ahead, leaves you with sleepless nights. How do you manage them? There are 20 employees in my office. Some of our managers favor few. The increments as distributed amongst them. While others never receive them. They hold back the

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I Get It , because I am Worth It ! – The Other Side of Greed

We all need money. We have a limited shelf-life and need to earn our living till we die, out of that shelf-life. Our education and skills enable us to rightfully earn that living. Asking for more becomes self-explanatory as we progress. Here’s a quote from one of the job seekers “Just for the record, when I came down to Bangalore in Jan 2010, interviewed at 6 places, had 5 offers. Took the best. And guess what, got an appraisal of 1L within 3 mths… am that good… so what u call greediness, I call it ‘being worthy’. Sincerely speaking, I wouldn’t have come

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Attitude / Gratitude – An HR’s Wishlist for Santa Claus

Dear Santa Claus, Please be assured, that I have been a good HR all this year. I remain unaffected by the attrition and reviews. My chief aim was to increase the employee engagement score as declared by Hewitt. I screened every area and thought process within my reach, to click that path-breaking program, that will keep my employees happy. The distribution of benefits and career growth opportunities went to the deserving, to the best of my knowledge. Industry in general was bright. when the year started. Hence, we were hiring in full swing. Towards the mid-year, the conservative out-look shadowed every talent management

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