Nov 24, 2017

My blog post on #diversity #hiring #recruitment at the @v_beyond blog



Diversity is no longer a “good to do” thing for corporate around the world. It’s become a “must do” imperative. Studies around the world from academic research to research by consulting firms like McKinsey and Deloitte point to the fact organizations that have a diverse workforce are more creative, perform their peers in most financial parameters. The major reason is that the customers are themselves diverse and companies need a diverse workforce to understand and empathise with the needs of today’s customers.
Yet, building a diverse workforce remains a challenge for most organizations. I take a look at some of the major reasons why that happens, and what organizations can do to overcome these challenges on the VBeyond Blog

Nov 20, 2017

Book Review: #HitRefresh by @satyanadella



Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the book by Harper Collins' publicists. They reached out to me and I did not solicit it.


The book is part memoir, part manifesto and part forecasting of the future of technology. As he explains he's written the book when the transformation, as he says "Hit Refresh" (based on the browser command) is still ongoing.

What stays with you after the end of the book, is Nadella's view of "empathy" and "growth mindset"

When he was hired in Microsoft his hiring manager asked him "what would you do if you see an abandonded child in the middle of the road?" Satya answered "I'll call 911" 

The manager after he was hired told him that his answer was wrong because the correct answer was "I'll pick up the child". Nadella reveals that he became acutely aware of empathy when his son Zain was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and how it shaped his worldview. His wife Anu also introduced him to "growth mindset" and that shaped his view of the future is that it will not belong to the "know-it-alls" but to the "learn-it-alls"

Another gem from the book is:






The book is a both a memoir, where Nadella shares his personal stories and also his vision and manifesto for Microsoft as well as the future of how technology is impacting the future.

He reveals that he is a huge cricket fan, and that he was playing with a cricket ball when he got the call to be Microsoft's third CEO. His cricketing hero was Hyderabad's legendary ML Jaisimha.

The book is a case study in an on-going culture change, but Satya's impact is felt. He shares how this image made many of his colleagues nod their heads in agreement when they saw it - and when he became CEO his role was to change it
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He shares how Microsoft is now collaborating with competitors like Apple, Adobe (Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and Satya are both alumni of Hyderabad Public School) and Google. Also shares how he was against the Nokia deal (Microsoft dumped it soon after he became CEO)

There is also a chapter on how tech companies are struggling to deal with user privacy and national security and the reason Microsoft supported Apple's decision not to give the US security agencies a "backdoor entry" to the iPhone's data - I wish this was a longer chapter

He also owns up his missteps - like the time he spoke about the salary difference in tech by gender - and was criticised for his remarks.

I'd highly recommend this book - its not a linear retelling - but a fascinating mix of a person's journey from being as aspiring cricketer to the CEO of one of the world's most impactful tech firms.

Nov 17, 2017

My keynote at 9th HR Summit at ABV-IIITM Gwalior



I addressed the 9th HR Summit at ABV-Gwalior last weekend and throughly enjoyed interacting with the students and finding out about their startup incubator. Also interacted with business leaders from across India (and virtually with one from the US)

It was a great learning experience

I talked about how students could leverage digital and social media to learn about organizational culture and how organizations could use the media to engage with candidates

Here are a few pics from the event













First time I got quoted in a Hindi newspaper - Dainik Bhaskar Gwalior edition


A copy of my presentation is below

Nov 2, 2017

featured in a list of Recruitment Thought Leaders



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I really am not a recruiter, but feel incredibly honored to be featured in this list of Recruitment Thought Leaders along with these amazing list of people I have followed via the internet for a long time!

Nov 1, 2017

Addressing @BPCLimited HR team



In October I was honored to be welcomed by the HR team at BPCL at their HR competency building workshop as a guest speaker. I talked to them about the role of HR as a media and technology integrator.

Here are a pictures from the event





This is the presentation I made to the BPCL HR team. Thoughts welcome:

Oct 18, 2017

Facebook's Resume Feature - Should LinkedIn be worried? My take



Yesterday it was all over the tech websites, Facebook is reportedly testing a new resume feature called "work histories" that can help users share them privately.


Here are my thoughts about how this can play out:

  1. Facebook is making an enterprise play. First with Workplace , the collaboration feature and then with  Facebook Jobs the job advertising feature. However, they haven't really done a great job marketing the jobs feature. If you see currently the number of jobs advertised in India is very low. As I write this is what is shown - 27 jobs in India (plus all of them seem to be with Facebook, not even sure it is used by other employers)
  2. Facebook's big revenue features come from display advertising, sponsored posts for consumers. LinkedIn has that market cornered when it comes to employers - with their company pages and posts targeted to different kind of talent segments. So cracking this market is going to be tough for Facebook unless it invests in feet on the street to take on LinkedIn's Account Management, Sales and Customer Service. Facebook pages had talked about introducing a jobs/careers tab for adding to their business pages beginning with US and Canada, however I am not sure if this is in the priority for Facebook sales teams to pitch it to their customers
  3. The big opportunity, Mobile recruitment. Where Facebook has a big edge over LinkedIn in the developing markets is the users who are solely on the platform as well as being actively engaged - the users for whom the internet is first mobile screen. These would be the blue collar workers which are not a strong point of LinkedIn. However to reach them Facebook would have to give the screen real estate to the product to make jobs a clear feature which might mean compromising on things like its news feed.
  4. Microsoft and LinkedIn. Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn and its data getting integrated into Outlook and Office 365 is a moat that Facebook may find it difficult to cross.   
  5. Facebook's perception problem. The biggest problem for Facebook is its perception of being a "social network" that is for friends and family. Whatever Facebook does in the jobs and careers space would run into that huge perception issue. At least in the white collar workforce, hence IMHO, the best bet for Facebook would be to concentrate on the blue collar workforce and focus on a "apply with Facebook" button with job sites to make the application process friction-less. The question is will they focus on it - at the cost of hurting their other revenue streams like digital advertising? And will they be able to convince the recruiting ecosystem like job sites and staffing agencies and make the products that they see value in? Time will tell, but very unlikely in my view. I hope I am proved wrong because LinkedIn can really do with some competition in this space.

Sep 28, 2017

Featured in @HRMarketer's list of global list of #EmployerBranding Consultants



Discovered today that I was added to HRMarketer's list of global Employer Branding Consultants

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