Weekend #ShortReads: Don’t ‘Empower’ Anybody and other interesting topics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A collection of topics I stumbled upon this week and found interesting. Some of these are contra to my own stand on this blog and at other places. The United piece was particularly interesting from an entrepreneur/leader standpoint because a social media disaster is something every company wants to avoid. On a depressing note the TimesJobs survey numbers paint a pretty grim picture of workplaces from women’s point of view. All these, and stuff on how the future of work is shaping up, in this week’s #ShortReads.

Don’t “empower” anybody

Empowerment means you’re transferring power to someone else. You think someone else needs you — your permission, your influence, your talents — to do something. Claire Lew on why she believe’s that’s not the case:  Signal v. Noise

What does it take to build a women-friendly workplace?

TimesJobs conducted a survey on a topic that the world has ignored for long – workplaces being women friendly. They surveyed about 2,500 working women and the outcomes are rather rattling. TimesJobs

Driving employee engagement through leadership

While I fundamentally disagree with the subtext ‘Having an engaged workforce is more about avoiding disengagement than it is about boosting existing engagement’ and would have preferred ‘more’ being replaced with ‘as important’, it doesn’t take away the core message of this article PeopleMatters

What Happens Next for United Airlines’ CEO

You may think you’re just a small business owner with no media presence or reason to be concerned with a public relations nightmare. But the truth is, any business of any size anywhere can get swept up in a social media maelstrom that’s not (at least not entirely) of their own making. Inc

Indian workers are the most likely to be replaced by robots—at least that’s what their bosses think

While automation has struck some fear in the heart of the average worker, most employers expect it to actually create jobs. Well, most employers outside of India, that is. While globally, just 12% expect headcount to decrease due to automation, that number jumps to between 20% and 30% for India. Quartz India

#Video Pick of the Week:

What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more — all by themselves.

Kwench among top 50 fastest growing companies

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Silicon India has listed Kwench as one of the entrants into their 50 Fastest Growing Companies – 2017 List and we are mighty pleased.

I refer to the write-up to particularly explain the two important terms in that shortlist – Growing and Fastest.

About Growth it says:

The term ‘Growth’ has become a buzzword for present day organisation’s to sustain and survive in this competitive age. Competition at present times among the companies has been recognized as the driving force behind the operation of markets and fostering innovations, forcing the companies to adopt a unique business model that helps in generating revenue as well as profit to enhance the growth of the company. (emphasis mine)

About Fastest it says:

 In the world of business, the fastest growing companies are graded in terms of its sales turnovers. Sales growth strategy is regarded as one of the most reliable and proven business strategy for any business. Though all good companies increase their sales every year but there are some exceptional companies with competitive moat, do faster than others. For these companies increase in sales turnover represents market domination. (emphasis mine)

You can download an extract with the listing and the write-up about kwench or read the complete eMagazine

View/Dowload: Extract of Listing and Write-Up on Kwench

View Silicon India eMagazine (gated, redirects to Silicon India site)

n:gage Content: Download the 10Cs of Engagement Flash Cards

Ivey Business Journal published an awesome post titled ‘What Engages Employees the Most OR, the Ten Cs of Employee Engagement’

We liked it so much that we have used that post as a reference to make some quick Flashcards for you to use as reference on a daily basis as you go about your work or create communication about Employee Engagement. Feel free to use these in your emails, posters, presentations, mailers et. al.

Download the full set of cards here or copy the URL: http://get.kwench.in/kudos_10csemployeeengagement_/ into your browser.

 

Engage with the gift of time

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It’s just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday
‘Cause that’s my fun day
My I don’t have to run day
It’s just another manic Monday (Manic Monday, Bangles)

On a Monday morning most employees glance at their calendars for the week, see the myriad patchwork of colored blocks staring back at them from their chock-a-block calendars, heave a long sigh and head for the coffee machine in the hope that caffeine will make it all go away.

And this is just the ‘planned’ part of the week. Continue reading “Engage with the gift of time”

n:gage: Jazz up Women’s Day wishes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We know women work magic all the time – and here is a chance to really jazz up your wishes for tomorrow on Women’s Day.

5 cool badges to use in your emails, IM or set as your DP (let the world know what you are!).

For those who just can’t get the words out right, we got you covered. Select one of the eCards and you are all set!

To download the content head click here or copy the link into your browser (http://get.kwench.in/ngage_womensday2017_/)

Happy Women’s Day from all of us at Kwench! 

 

n:gage Leader Speak Series #2: Interview with Kavitha Balasubramanian, Director – Human Resources, GreenPoint Global

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In the second issue of the Leader Speak series, we publish an interview with Kavitha Balasubramanian, Director – Human Resources, GreenPoint Global. Kavitha too responds to questions on the importance of recognition in engaging the modern workforce and the challenges she sees in implementing a successful engagement strategy.

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An excerpt:

Many companies set ad-hoc goals for recognition and often fail to achieve them I believe that the goals must be articulated well enough for them to be achieved.

First and foremost, an overall philosophy that needs to be defined and have the buy in of all stakeholders. This needs to be followed up with a well thought out strategy, process, goals and tasks to achieve those goals.

 

To read the complete interview please go here or copy the URL (https://joom.ag/hNlW) into your browser.

In case you have difficulty in accessing our digital magazine, you can download a PDF version here

To make sure you don’t miss any of the insights we bring you under n:gage, please do sign up for the series updates here and spread the word among colleagues who you think would be interested in learning from top leaders of India Inc.

n:gage Leader Speak Series: Interview with Anirban Das, CPO, Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan

 

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The n:gage banner has been around for a couple of years now. We have done surveys, banners, a couple of eBooks in the past but it has been always a bit sporadic. We are now changing that and making n:gage our overarching theme for all the exciting information out there in the world of Employee Engagement – with a focus on India.

Starting this month we bring you the Leader Speak Series – where we reach out to top HR professionals and business leaders to get their opinions and ideas on how to better n:gage with the workforce in today’s (extremely) challenging business environment.

LeaderSpeak_AnirbanDas_In the first issue of the series, Anirban Das, CPO, Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan responds to some questions I posed him in an email interview.

His detailed responses have nuggets of wisdom that are very relevant – especially to those in the services industry. To read the interview please go here or copy the URL (https://joom.ag/eElW) into your browser.

In case you have difficulty in accessing our digital magazine, you can download a PDF version here

I hope you enjoy reading the interview and have useful takeaways from it. The second interview under the series will follow shortly as well, stay tuned for that.

To make sure you don’t miss any of the insights we bring you under n:gage, please sign up for the series updates here

 

 

Building ‘Antifragile’ organizations through recognition

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“Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

 Organizations are not very different from living organisms – they are born, learn, evolve and die (sooner or later). If one were to take the analogy one level deeper, employees would be cells and you could (in some ways) compare teams to the organs – where people come together to do a particular function.

Companies that do well over a long period of time will need to survive shocks that the markets throw at them ever so often. Fragile companies will fall apart on shocks whereas the robust ones will survive. The winners however will be the ‘Antifragile’ ones that learn from the shocks, adapt and come out stronger. Continue reading “Building ‘Antifragile’ organizations through recognition”

Candies or Charcoal: What is Santa rating your engagement skills as?

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You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is comin’ to town
He’s making a list and checking it twice
Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice
Santa Claus is comin’ to town

(Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town, Lonestar)

Children around the world are told all year round that if they misbehave, On Christmas day Santa will skip the candies and give them charcoal instead.When companies carry out their annual employee engagement surveys, some managers too get their lumps of charcoal. Surveys and studies comes back with the clear message that ‘People leave managers, not companies

Continue reading “Candies or Charcoal: What is Santa rating your engagement skills as?”