Tuesday, March 15, 2011

How to groom people?

Below is the story from Google as it is copied from the NYTimes. It tells about grooming your people in appropriate way. Read the story first and then learnings that I drawn from it.

He (Prasad Setty, Google’s vice president for people analytics and compensation) tells the story of one manager whose employees seemed to despise him. He was driving them too hard. They found him bossy, arrogant, political, secretive. They wanted to quit his team.

“He’s brilliant, but he did everything wrong when it came to leading a team,” Mr. Bock recalls.

Because of that heavy hand, this manager was denied a promotion he wanted, and was told that his style was the reason. But Google gave him one-on-one coaching — the company has coaches on staff, rather than hiring from the outside. Six months later, team members were grudgingly acknowledging in surveys that the manager had improved.

“And a year later, it’s actually quite a bit better,” Mr. Bock says. “It’s still not great. He’s nowhere near one of our best managers, but he’s not our worst anymore. And he got promoted.”

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/13/business/13hire.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1

Learnings according to me:
1. Never take things at its face value. Try to go to the roots of the problem
2. Check if things can be improved
3. Help people improve i.e. provide training or conducive environment
4. And most importantly, love your people but give them recognition (promotion) only when they deserve it

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

On International Woman's Day

According to me the only known category of living organisms, after woodpecker, that is referred by their action is the category of ‘women’. Women are called women because they woo men. It’s as simple as that.

Today is a day of this category – an International Woman’s Day.

In today’s TOI I read Vidya Balan’s opinion about observing Woman’s Day. Witty indeed. But a soft humorous part within me feels jealous about such opinions. I feel women at least have a day on their account. May be for world we men just don’t exist.

Apart from this humorous thinking I am completely in agreement with Vidya that celebrating a day for something or something clearly means less importance for rest of the year. Why we should have a day for women; either we should have a complete year or every second.

It’s an irony that on one hand we talk about gender equality and on the other hand we observe an international woman day.