Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The Boss' Blessings


The other day I was addressing a distinguished HR community in one of the leading HR Forums. The discussions and queries which emerged around gave me the fodder to think and reflect from my tacit experience and share it with you all tips for influencing and selling to your internal stakeholders your solutions as an HR Business Partner. [The same can also be used by external vendors / consultants]

My experience in dealing with the CXOs teaches me that “Whenever you try to get a buy-in, get a buy-in on the concept. If you add vendors and implementation processes early on, you are opening up too many variables in the process. Even before looking at the concept, people start debating - why this vendor and why not that, is there something in it for you? etc..”

The biggest mistake people make while getting the buy-in is to articulate benefits that they themselves will see through the project. Instead, your boss (or other decision makers) wants to know how your idea can help him or her achieve their goals. What will get them promoted? What do they need to do to succeed?” It’s often the same thing but just the articulation needs to be different. Frame the benefit from the Boss's standpoint.

Another wild card one needs to be cautious during the presentation in the pitching process is about the skeptics who would be part of the final meeting and would be keen to demonstrate their ‘value-add’. I call them ‘Too smart to buy’ type people - people who could find flaws in everything they see and never risk buying anything. These people would invariably come up with some fringe case objections and try to impress the boss on how smart their point was.

My argument is beyond a point, don’t defend too much. Hear them, just take care of their egos, give them a chance to feel smart and move on!

These are reflections to get buy-ins for various critical interventions. This approach would perfectly work in the most bureaucratic companies that you could come across.

Your ability as an HR Business Partner to articulate, convince and get buy-ins with practical, street-smart ways is one of the most sought after competencies to develop. You need to know not only what is good for the company but also how to carry the team along during the interventions and executions.

Happy to hear your experience and learnings!


Surfacing the Elephant in the room..........

Until 3 decade back, the world faced the immense problem of communicating while on the move. This gave birth to mobile phone. The problem of managing business transaction from anywhere in the world gave us internet connectivity and ecommerce.

From home to office – we are always surrounded by problems. As put by a great researcher, “we are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems”. Yes, it requires skills to solve problems and seek opportunity.

Day in day out we solve problems. But most of the times, we address the symptoms.  Problem solving is a unique blend of Science and Art. Understanding and defining a problem is a Science. Exploring the most appropriate and creative solution is an Art. And, implementing the solution is Management.

A problem well stated Is problem half solved. How to state a Problem. The 5 Process Questions are:
1.      Who has the Problem?
2.      What is the Problem?
3.      Where is the Problem?
4.      Since When is the Problem?
5.      How Much is the Problem?

The above steps will help you to differentiate between a perception based problem and well stated problem. One accurate measure is worth a thousand expert opinions.

Topic: Surfacing the Elephant in the Room.........

LnD Global Mumbai with the participants

Monday, 30 January 2017

You are a born winner............

“You are a born winner! You were the sperm who beat ten thousand others to be you. what height did you have at that time? What muscles or brains did you have? But you won the race of life! Thus, winning is your destiny”

The best inspiring and motivating statement

Friday, 27 January 2017

Dream come true......Guest speaker at Indian Merchants Chamber.....Consumer Education Programme

With Kalpana Munshi, President and Dr Anita Shantaram Vice President

CFBP  Core Team

Monday, 23 January 2017

HR Game Changer Awards at 7th National Conference of HR Club for Innovation in Talent Engagement and Cultural Transformation

Winners in the category of  Innovation in Talent Engagement and Cultural Transformation

Every Achievement always stands on the shoulders of others

Saturday, 21 January 2017

You are invited for the learning event..........

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Winners of HR Best practices 2017 in the category of #Cultural Transformation and Managing #Diversity

“Does man make money or money makes man”....to know more you are cordially invited to the seminar

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Engineer who inspired Aamir Khan’s role in ‘3 Idiots’ gets international award...

Sonam Wangchuk is a 50-year-old engineer from Leh but locally he is better known as the guy who inspired Aamir Khan’s famous character ‘Phunsukh Wangdu’ in the 2009 blockbuster, 3 Idiots.

Sonam, along with four other innovators from across the world, has received the Rolex Award for Enterprise 2016. The award was presented to Sonam in Los Angeles on Tuesday, reports NDTV. He has received the award for building ‘ice stupas’ that act as artificial glaciers and have significantly reduced the problem of water shortage in the arid region of Ladakh.

The people of Ladakh primarily depend on farming, but have been struggling hard to fight climate change over the past few decades. To battle the situation, Sonam has built ice stupas that store winter water in the form of 40-metre-high mountains made of ice. These act as glaciers during winter and provide enough water to irrigate 10 hectares of land.

Sonam's project started two years ago. Today the desert landscape has turned green, and the level of groundwater in the area has risen significantly too. Sonam told The Indian Express, "I’m not doing anything revolutionary. It is ninth-standard science put to use. We mountain people have to find new ways to work with nature, not against it."

#happiness is enjoying small things in a big way

Monday, 16 January 2017

Guest of Honour at The Growth Journey...........

Saturday, 14 January 2017

The best #Relationships are ones that cannot be defined

The real joy is when participants come and talk about their key takeaways post the session

Programming for Success - 12th Std students

150+ students attended and learnt the Power of Mind

Principal and college staff

Friday, 13 January 2017

Believe in yourself. You can live your dreams

Thursday, 12 January 2017

To your outstanding Health.........

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

#Universe loves you in abundance

Thoughts create your destiny....Watch out for your dominant thoughts

Monday, 9 January 2017

Programming for Success.........using the power of mind for 9th and 10th std students.......

Holy Angels - 9th and 10th Std students

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Creating our Life rather than being at the mercy of events....

Had a great opportunity to spend a day in reflection, thinking and action with an understated Guru of the realm, Sami Cohen.

Sami co-founded Learning as Leadership (LaL) and originated the LaL methodology with his late wife, Claire Nuer, over 30 years ago. He is a Senior Facilitator at LaL, and designs and facilitates LaL’s public programs, and has taught thousands of people around the world how to shift mental models, behaviors and stereotypes to build healthy and productive personal lives and professional organisations.

As an industrial engineer and retired CEO of a French company, Sami draws upon his extensive operational experience in supporting participants to concretely implement the LaL tools in the workplace.

Sami continues to conduct leadership seminars in Europe and is working on a book/path on the LaL methodology with publishing support from Indian Facilitators Sekhar Chandrasekhar and Anil Paranjpe.

Sami is known for his warm and insightful style. He is most passionate about helping others create long-lasting change and reconnecting with their true selves so that they can live in the present moment, have more rewarding relationships and be more creative problem-solvers.

Born in Cairo, Sami grew up in France, studied engineering in Canada and is now based in Switzerland, dividing his time between there, the French Riviera, the Caribbean, and India.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

#People Development Tip

Stay #Focussed on your goals

Thursday, 5 January 2017

New year resolution on learning...........

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The leadership benefits of reading are wide-ranging.........

Monday, 2 January 2017

Season's Greetings!!


I hope you had a fabulous year! 2016 was a great year for me. I'm spending the next few hours now doing my annual gratitude exercise wherein I give thanks to the Universe for all the abundance that manifested in my life in the year gone by.

There are too many names to mention individually but I want you to know that it is your support and encouragement that brings out the best in me. So, Thank You!

In 2017, I am aiming higher in every aspect. I'm aiming at a higher level of consciousness, relationships, fitness, service and contribution, networking, learning and teaching. And I will need your support to achieve these goals.

I hope you will join me in celebrating this wonderful gift called life and on this journey towards fulfilling our highest potential.

I wish you and your loved ones a great year ahead!


Sunday, 1 January 2017

Life Transforming exercise - New year gift to you beautiful souls........


This January start the year with an empty jar. Decorate the jar if you wish. Each day / week add a note with a good wonderful thing that happened and put in the jar.

On new year’s eve empty the jar and read about the amazing year you had and thankful for.

It’s a wonderful way to keep an archive of our joyful and happy moments and remember that life is so generous; most of the time.

Practice this Happiness Jar process and see miracles in your life………


Pic of Joy Jar is of my friend Agastya Kapoor, Happiness Coach which he made on first day of 2016