Daddy’s Day At School – II

(Read Part I here) “My Daddy couldn’t be here, Because he lives so far away, But I know he wishes he could be, Since this is such a special day. “And though you cannot meet him, I wanted you to know, All about my Daddy, And how he loves me so. “He loved to tell me stories, He taught me to ride my bike, He surprised me with pink roses, And taught me to fly a kite. “We used to share fudge sundaes, And ice cream in a cone, And though you cannot see him, I’m not standing here alone. … Continue reading Daddy’s Day At School – II

Square pegs, round holes…

A friend recently spoke to me about whether to accept a particular offer or not… I helped him out and in the process realized that there would be lot of people out there who would need help on how to negotiate the salary… Take some time always to consider the salary offer. Ask for the least of 24 to 48 hours. Silence is the golden – or it could become so – when you just let it hang for a while following the initial offer – people tend to fill in those voids which in turn fills up your kitty … Continue reading Square pegs, round holes…

Payback time…

In this ‘festive’ (‘festive’ for 5% and ‘bloody’ for the rest 95%) season it is apt that we recognize the talent of those 5% people who are at the top. To understand more about these 5% ‘performers’ you will need to look at the make-up (notice: (for girls) please don’t worry about your mascara, it’s not running… now pay attention) of the society… Who forms the top 5% of the crowd? No prizes for guessing… its the politicians, mafia bosses, actors, CEOs and some highly placed corrupt officials… Do you see a similarity between that spineless ass that sits next … Continue reading Payback time…

Spin Doctors…

You spin. You put things in the best possible light. You fail to mention those four hours you spent devoted to checking out mail from your friends marked ‘careful’ or ‘open when alone’, those two hours you slipped out to have an extended lunch with your friends (I can’t believe they schedule these lunch timings – how do you know when you will be hungry…), and that 1 hour period every day after lunch when you sit at your desk in a massive food coma. You don’t mention these things, because they call-in to question your job performance. You highlight … Continue reading Spin Doctors…

Payback time…

In this ‘festive’ (‘festive’ for 5% and ‘bloody’ for the rest 95%) season it is apt that we recognize the talent of those 5% people who are at the top. To understand more about these 5% ‘performers’ you will need to look at the make-up (notice: (for girls) please don’t worry about your mascara, it’s not running… now pay attention) of the society… Who forms the top 5% of the crowd? No prizes for guessing… its the politicians, mafia bosses, actors, CEOs and some highly placed corrupt officials… Do you see a similarity between that spineless ass that sits next … Continue reading Payback time…

Rank or Yank…

A shiver ran down my spine as I heard those words… "…and 5% of them will be killed…" No this quote is not from an POW story… this is the story of a family… The family had lots of members… grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren… 22 people in total… these were the times of scarcity the rain last year had not been great… just enough… The great grandfather one day thought: "This year I will get lesser food… since I will have to share my share with all of them…" the conceited man that he … Continue reading Rank or Yank…

Routes of Exits…

During this time everybody thinks about the same thing… getting a better offer if you are not satisfied with the new numbers handed out to you… I have personally seen lot of people struggling with writing exit letter or a letter of thanks that also informs his/her boss about him/her quitting… So, here’s some help these letters can also be used as a guiding point to concoct a deadly but pleasing quitting letter… Simple one…             Acknowledgement…               Justifying resignation…                   … Continue reading Routes of Exits…

Performance appraisal myths…

I’m sure many of you have the pleasure of receiving a performance review at the end of the year. Your company touts the performance review as being incredibly important. Your witty your boss will mention “the performance review ties directly to your pay increase” and “we pay for high performance”. In some companies all of the above may very well be true, but in other companies it’s other way round… Let me address this in several bullet points to demonstrate for you all the myths relating to performance reviews: Myth 1: Performance Reviews are Important. Hmm… it’s so important that … Continue reading Performance appraisal myths…

appraisal – no trauma this time…

It’s that time of the year again… The time when your boss/superior/senior (or Hitler if you are expressive enough) gains an inordinate amount of power over you… Yes, this power comes from their ability/authority to affect your performance appraisal and through that your future and the current/future company… In addition there is the matter of moolah… Will you stand in that ration queue or will that queue be of a posh night club depends on ‘the Boss’… Academics who study career strategies call it “ingratiating.” To the rest of us, it’s just “brown-nosing.” You know the tactics: Take copious notes … Continue reading appraisal – no trauma this time…

My Performance Appraisal…

FROM THE DESK OF THE EVIL HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR: Performance Appraisal for Mr. Desai: His performance defies measurement. The quality of his work is well known. Our company benefits have not been wasted on Mr. Desai and his full capabilities have only been recently discovered. A reevaluation of his salary is long overdue and he handles assignments with unlooked-for creativity. His worth to the company can only be imagined. It is apparent that his work sets him apart from his peers and his work may greatly impact the company. * In Strict Confidence * Courtsey: Dilbert Continue reading My Performance Appraisal…