While the jury for me is still out on whether there is a positive or a negative correlation between Intelligence Quotient and Emotional Quotient. There are studies that argue both sides eloquently. People that succeed are those that are able to manage their failures better than others.
As a teenager, I saw Vinod Kambli and Sachin Tendulkar make their International debuts in 1989. While Sachin went to onto create history, Vinod did not perform to potential (his shot selection was deemed to be better than Sachin’s). Attitude was a big reason. Recently, I heard an interesting perspective from Harsha Bhogle. He said that Vinod Kambli had a flaw in his technique that bowler’s exploited. He struggled against the short pitched delivery. Till 1994, his talent had carried him. He never got over this low in his career and he played his last test match for India at 23.
Earlier as a student and now as a Leader at Shradha HRD, I have seen this theme repeated continuously. Life will bring its share of highs and lows. Team members that are able to maintain their equanimity through the tumultuous phases, keep their head down and work are inevitably those that end up with the promotion!!!!!!!!
A hypothesis…if 100 monkeys speculated on the stock market for a week. They bought and sold stock like crazy…half would make a profit and half a loss. Then 50 continued, if we continued this iterative process, we would have a winner after 7 weeks. Lets say he’s the “success monkey”. We would look to find his “success principles”. How could the monkey get it right 7 weeks in a row?
Sounds strange, but its reality. We are often victims of the “outcome bias”.
In hindsight, if we look at the recent spurt in global oil prices, there is enough evidence to suggest, they would have. Some said they would go up and some said not. We need to examine what the predictions were based on? Was it just chance, the right answer was picked on or was there a clear rational thought behind it?
A bad result doesn’t mean a bad decision and vice versa. Instead of blaming yourself for a bad result or congratulating yourself for a coincidental success, remember…why did you choose what you did?
Were the reasons right and understandable? Then stick to your process…
Many of us give up on our dreams. We feel it’s too late, the task seems daunting, we feel unaccomplished….Sathish Kumar, a software engineer joined the Indian Territorial Army at 39. He shared his story on LinkedIn. Inspirational!!!!
Out of 1.5 lakh candidates, Satish was one of 2079 candidates selected for the personal interview. At 37, Satish was the oldest candidate to reach Pune, for the interview. Self doubt crept in. “Why would they select a much older candidate”?
After being interviewed by a Major General, 2 Lt Cols, a psychologist, Sathish was selected for the Service Selection Board round.A 5-day process, toughest to get through. The process was delayed from April to July 2020 due to Covid
Service Selection Board
Out of 172 candidates that appeared on Day 1, only 16 cleared. Sathish described how tough the next 4 days were. He was one of the 4 candidates who got selected.
All 4 got rejected, based on stringent Army guidelines. There was an opportunity given to appeal the rejection. Satish cleared the medical in Sept2020.
Satish finally got his offer letter in April 2021&was assigned to the 118 Infantry (TA) battalion of the Grenadiers Regiment. After 2 years he finally became a Lieutenant
Key Stakeholder Management for Key Senior Managers at one of the largest Consulting and Technology Companies Globally
The Landscape: A critical group of senior managers of a Global, Consulting and Technology company had received feedback during their performance appraisal; they were unable to effectively deal with stakeholders. There was a tendency to get extremely aggressive during critical conversations. Their niche technical skills made them extremely valuable to the organization but stakeholder management was an area of improvement for these executives.
The Solution: Shradha HRD conducted focused group conversations with the participants’ line managers and their key stakeholders to identify where the challenge really lay. This was supplemented by a questionnaire to assess current capabilities of the participants.
We designed a learning intervention, which gave the participants key insights into dealing with stakeholders from across the spectrum: stakeholders from other departments, team members, external customers and senior global stakeholders. Some themes that were covered included
1. Taking ownership and adding value to key stakeholder relationships
2. Building meaningful customer relationships
3. Influencing, to get your point across effectively to key stakeholders
4. Assertive communication during difficult situations
5. Conflict resolution through a win-win mindset
The Result: Feedback given to line managers of the participant group saw a definite move in the positive direction. They felt their team members were now moving to a “respond” mode, instead of “reacting” to difficult situations. Participants were looking at alternate ways of influencing and handling difficult stakeholder situations.
Is there a mental cost of#WorkfromHome? Is permanent work from home desirable?In an interview with the New York Times,Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella said that permanently working from home can be “damaging for social interaction and mental health for workers”.
This statement resonated with me.
While the current pandemic has made it necessary for us to Work from Home, communicate via video conferences, its not the same as the connect of a physical meeting.
I miss sitting around the lunch table with colleagues
I miss the “I’m glad the weekend is here” banter
I miss the 2 minute informal connect with clients before & after a meeting
I miss just the “#humanconnection” that comes with a physical workplace
Attending online classes for students is not the same as being at school or college. One of the nicest parts of growing up is being around friends at school.
Virtual classrooms are necessary in today’s times and can be a valuable tool to reach audiences at multiple locations. However, the richness of communication that emerges in a physical classroom cannot be ignored, especially while addressing competencies related to Personal transformation.
I personally feel, Work from Home is great in some situations BUT we need to balance it with the “social connect”,while deciding an optimal work mix!!