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A True Leader Does not Need to Copy Other Leaders.

A true leader does not need to copy other leaders. Being a leader, you need to look for your own leadership style. The best type of leadership style has to be picked up for a situation. It's simply to understand why look into others when your plate is full. Be smart and pick up one of following as per situation : The Pace-setting Leader:   This leader expects the team to do as instructed only for now. This style is exerted when there is still some time needed for building an understanding between the leader and team or for building a momentum. The Coercive Leader:   This leader expects the team to do as instructed. This style is exerted when there is no time and the execution of task has to be done immediately. The leader through experience makes the decision.  The Authoritative Leader:   This leader inspire people to go with him towards the target. It's like inspiring soldiers in the battlefield.  This style is for creating inspiration among team member

Collaborative Leadership, if Done Correctly, can Greatly Enhance Corporate Culture

Subordinates are expected to follow instructions. This can be changed to collaborative leadership. If done correctly, a great improvement can occur in corporate culture. Collaborative Leadership requires the support of a leader towards people bottom in hierarchy. This means that there is existence of leader's guidance and direction; but, at the same time, employees receive empowerment to make decisions at their levels. The leader stays ready to provide support to people down there in the hierarchy rather than seeing the employee wander here and there to seek help from other colleagues. This approach has been observed to have brought a great impact on company culture; hence employee retention.

Managing Change at Work now Made Easy

Bringing change at work is not a piece of cake. Many complexities are involved in this process and this requires appropriate skills to implement change. The model of managing change makes the change agent fully fraught with necessary skills to bring successful change to work unit, department or even the whole organisation. Hence, it's a must have thing to learn before attempting Change Intervention. Important Things That Bring an Impact on Change Management Activity Your employee level of involvement and empowerment is one of key factors. It means you cannot implement change if people in your organization are not willing. Furthermore, the size of change is another important area to consider. This is because the bigger the change plan is, the bigger the planning required. For a small unit, little planning is required as compared to the entire organisation. It is very important to prepare road map which shows gains after implementing change. This brings increase to c

You Make Mistakes at Work? - That's Common, but Never Ever Make Some Mistakes at all

12-July-2018 / Farhan Hanif It's normal to make mistakes when you are on job since you are a human; not a robot. But some mistakes are totally unacceptable and you must avoid them. What are these? - You need to follow the points below for your guidance: Be Careful While Using Your Office Computer It's not that you cannot use your personal emails. Many employers do not mind that. But, of course, some of the things are surely to be avoided such as obscene websites, looking for jobs and applying to them, using your personal social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube etc. You must keep in your mind that your I.T Department has the right to access your office computer. Use of Spitting Tobacco While Working on Workstation  Many people are addicted to mild drugs like chewable tobacco that requires spitting. Of course, everyone knows that any kind of major drugs are not allowed. But they take mild drugs like spitting tobacco leniently. So

Want to Know When it is Your Right Time to Resign?

10-July-2018 / Ammar Ahmed There comes a situation when you should really think of quitting. This could be due to misfit of your job, due to bad boss, no growth in the organization or you want to earn more. Let there be any of above reasons, following points are important for you to wake up and start thinking about yourself this time: Your Job is Hurting Your Soul If there is such a thing, you need to think seriously about your future. If your desire is to do something but you are into something else, your soul is not there and your job performance would be affected.  But it is not always easy to grab the dream job. So what can you do in it? - The best answer is to try to get nearer as much as possible. You might not get 100% of your dream job but, surely, a little effort can get you closer. Hence, look for the organization which is free from sarcastic culture as this is the thing which steals one's soul the most. The culture of an organization should be nourishing. You Nee

I'm too Stressed at Work and Want to Quit. Do you get This Feeling? Don't Worry; Here is a Solution

8 July 2018 / Farhan Hanif Stress at work gets chronic if not controlled. You need to do something or it will remain intact. Fortunately, it is controllable as soon as you identify what is causing it to happen. You should begin with first identifying where your stress is emerging from. Once identified, you get the way towards managing it. Remember that controlling stress at work is extremely crucial for your overall health. Following points can help you manage stress at work and make your life peaceful: Put Control on Your Objectives Being unrealistic in setting work objectives is one of the key contributors to escalating stress. This could be due to many reasons like attempting to earn extra or looking for growth in a short period. But the fact is that this approach slows your goals further. Hence, setting realistic objectives is key to success. Just because if you know where you want to go, you can set the track and progress towards your destination.

Employees Leave Bosses right? - But can Bosses do Something to Keep Them Happy?

03-July-2018 / Ammar Ahmed We have frequently heard that employees leave their bosses; not jobs. But is there anything that a boss can do to keep his employee happy? Majority of bosses believe that they have done all that can keep their employees happy and have fulfilled their responsibility by giving them the salary. But it's not all that can make an employee happy and productive. There is one thing which a boss can adapt and feel the difference. This one characteristic is HONESTY. Honesty is not as simple as giving the money back to the cashier when he gives us some extra cash and you stop him and say; "please take your money back; you have given me extra cash by mistake". Being honest as a boss is some bigger challenge and holds much more difficulty than simply giving the cash back to the cashier. Following are the points that you can follow to exhibit honesty towards to your employee and win his heart: Provide True Feedback If a boss is honest, he

Do you Think Your Meetings are Meaningful and They Produce Results?

6th June 2018 / Farhan Hanif Enormous time is spent by people in meetings with an effort to produce results for success. But, for this, some actions have to be taken that make meetings meaningful. These actions have to be taken by meeting leader before, during and after the meeting is concluded. There are some tips that help in making meetings meaningful and an output producing agent: Before Meeting Begins: Perform Pre-work in order to be successful in your meeting. Smart planning needs to be done with points such as resource requirements in terms of people or tools. Then establish goals that can be done in your meeting rather than going off track. The focus of meeting is actually determined by the purpose of meeting which has to be set earlier. Meeting is actually the best way to go for solving problems and improving processes. So a well planned meeting really brings these results. Make sure that your key attendees mark their presence. And, for this, you need to hav

Do you Think you are a Leader?

If you talk about a Manager, there is a risk that he can convert workload into a nightmare of stress for his subordinates. But a Leader gets into setting the pace for his entire team with proper evaluation and whether there is pressure exceeding the limits. So you must think about it if you want to retain your staff and receive respect from them. You can adapt following points to help you get started in becoming a Leader: Set the pace of work: If you are always in panic due to workload, your team would be into it too. So think about it and keep yourself away from panic. Learn to identify if it's Real or Imagined Work Pressure. Imagined Pressure is when you impose unnecessary pressure on you to meet your deadlines. You need to think about some unnecessary thoughts that are arising in your mind as a hindrance and wasting your time. This happens mostly when managers are weak at anticipating the workload and plan accordingly to accomplishment deadlines. Are you habitual of

Many Reasons Cause Employees to Quit Their Job

Many reasons cause employees to quit their job. One of the reasons could be spouses, children, career change or anything else. The art is at keeping the majority of these reasons under control, which is possible. The best approach is to stay in contact with your employees, which will help you know if they are happy at work or not. The main areas where you can look for problems are Communication with supervisor; and, feedback & recognition from supervisor. Following are some of the important points that you can work on to reduce turnover in your organization: Look if employees have well established professional working relationship with their supervisors. It does not need to be friendship. It has to be a professional working relationship involving feedback mechanism and connecting the employee with organization goals. If the kind of work is meaningless or unchallenging, the boredom will occur. So it is necessary for supervisors to work with employees and keep them engage

Why do People Think that Employee Performance Evaluation is Useless?

This tool, for evaluation process and communication, has been used for years and, at the same time, disliked by supervisors and subordinates equally. Here are some points that give an answer: Supervisors detest performance reviews because they feel it's waste of time and creates a feeling in the subordinate that he/she is being spied on and would lead to employee turnover as soon as employee feels that he is being controlled like an animal in zoo. At the same time, employees hate this because they do not want to be judged. And, when their review happens, they take feedback personally with negative feeling towards the supervisor. Now, how to fill this gap and make this traditional Performance Evaluation System meaningful? Try to follow little piece of advice below: Simply think about the overall plan of your organization which is important for business success and survival. Do this at least even if you cannot make Strategic Goals or conduct Strategic Planning

So the right approach, in today's changing world, is the Adaptive Style of Leadership

Over the years, decisions have been mainly made by the CEO; that is Top Down approach in a business structure. The mechanism works by the movement of decisions by the CEO to the direct reports and then further movement down to people in the organization. This methodology in a chain of command could be appropriate if the world was not to change along with the capability of the CEO having knowledge of everything, which most of them pretend. But it could be disastrous as has happened with many organizations lately due to over confidence of the CEO. So the right approach, in today's changing world, is the Adaptive Style of Leadership. Being a CEO, try to use following points and see positive changes in your organisation within few months: • Keep an eye on changing Business Environments. • Learn about Empathy. • Learn to self correct yourself. • Go for Win-Win Situation. Publication of

Is There any Feeling of Uneasiness in you as to how to Manage Work / Life?

People still stay on their jobs for years and years despite they hate them now but loved in the past. A job admired or coveted for earlier is not necessarily the right career all the times; especially when there is a feeling of uneasiness in balancing work life. Is it that you hate to attend your office everyday or most often? - Then it's the right time to think about your mid-job crisis and take it as an opportunity to come out of it through following tools: Restart your thought process and reinvigorate your ambition. Look for your top favorite things that you would like to do most often. Now use them to make your goals you want to achieve. Anything; Money, Fame, Contribution to Society, Religion or combination. Match your job with your goals. If mismatch, you are in a wrong organization. Now list down the things that you want to do in your life. They could be hundred or more or your dreams like traveling a new country once a year with family. If your job does not al

Think About Your Behaviors at Work

Your behaviors at work can damage your career and relationship with others. Regardless if you are highly educated, experienced or you hold a senior position; if you cannot manage interpersonal relationships, you cannot move on with your mission. Interpersonal Work Relationships play a pivotal role in accomplishing your goals, they create promotional opportunities and job engagement. But, at the same time, this should be on merit and as per policies.

Is There any Ethical Responsibility of Recruitment Agencies?

Recruitment Agencies exist almost in every part of the world after HR has evolved much better in last 5 years. Credit goes to Social Media platforms; from where organizations got linked with one another and their HR professionals too. But there is a big problem here which this HR world has not yet catered to. I have come across lots of people who lost their jobs due to really normal reasons such as company or one of its units closure, moving back to home country or any other reason that is normal in this world. What happens in other fields such as Real Estate is that both the buyer and seller can contact the Real Estate Agency for property matter and get their task done at a reasonable agreed commission. The same principle had to apply to Recruitment Agencies to which both the job seeker and employer could contact and get help in securing a job; except taking commission from job seeker as an ethical responsibility. But only one side of this is being attended to and that is Empl

How Important it is to Express Sympathy to Your Colleagues

When you come across a situation when an employee of your organization goes through grief due illness or death in family, you ought to step in and express sympathy as your moral and professional responsibility. Regardless of what extent you go to, a simple letter of sympathy is the need of the day for your colleagues.

The Most Important Things That Push Away Quality Candidates during Interview

This is, extremely, a pain point when the organization claims to have the best recruitment team, but ends up with a tiring task of getting the quality people in. Despite having the best database of quality applicants, an organization may face a big problem in the recruitment phase, i-e., making the quality candidates accept the job offer after interview phases. Following are the key points that play an imperative role in pushing away the quality candidates without even realizing: Getting Personal during Interview: Being personal is a common practice followed by many recruiters (even qualified ones). This part is prone to pushing the entire effort under jeopardy as the quality candidate would never like to work with an organization, the HR team and the Hiring Manager of which are fraught with poor interviewing skills. For example, the interviewers are often found degrading the candidate’s School or institution where he/she has studied previously. This is a very delicate situat

My HR Department’s Turnover is too High; CEO Complains

HR, in many countries, is still struggling to form a strong position in an organization and there are many HR professionals with enormous zeal in delivering the best results. But, in most of the situations, it is the CEO’s mindset that ruins the HR department. Ultimately, it ruins the company culture, which leads to heavy costs on HR consultancy when the ball has gone out of the court. CEO(s), with a mindset of using HR to handle company’s bad employment practices, are in a big loss, unfortunately. Many quality HR professionals do not join a local organization just because they know that they will be misused by the CEO(s) during many employee related matters, especially Remuneration. And, if a quality HR pro does join such an organization, then they have just put their career in danger unless the higher management understands the true essence of HR department. It is, definitely, due to the lack of proper policy which has, first, to be followed by the CEO strictly; as many org