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  • It is particularly heartening to note that there are persons in India who are determined to wreck one of the few industries where India has achieved world class and where Indian companies are considered formidable operators. I brought to the attention of the finance minister of China the fact that Indian IT companies who till the other day were poster boys of India are now being harassed despite earlier explicit and emphatic assurances that on-site project implementation revenues would be treated as export income. The finance minister of China was salivating. He is now looking forward to global corporations and for that matter, Indian IT companies are moving more and more of their activities to China. He plans to write to you in order to congratulate you on the wonderful steps that your government is taking that will be of immense benefit to China.
    Sincerely yours,
    Finance Minister of the Philippines

    tags: jerry_rao bpo indian_express indian_it policy government stupidity wp

  • Management Secrets: Core Beliefs of Great Bosses | Inc.comAverage bosses buy into the notion that work is, at best, a necessary evil. They fully expect employees to resent having to work, and therefore tend to subconsciously define themselves as oppressors and their employees as victims. Everyone then behaves accordingly.
    Extraordinary bosses see work as something that should be inherently enjoyable–and believe therefore that the most important job of manager is, as far as possible, to put people in jobs that can and will make them truly happy.

    tags: leadership management leaders boss beliefs motivation work bosses wp

  • Thoughts on the Future of Content – Gautam John’s BlogI think the models of protection, be it law or technology, are fast dying and we need to move from protection to sharing. That solitary consumption of content will move to group and shared experiences. And what’s tremendously powerful there is that you then have the ability to influence not only what other people will watch and hear and listen to, but also the kinds of content that are being created. That the content industry needs to move from being gatekeepers of content to curators of content, and that top-down models of content creation will go the way of the dinosaur very soon because (a) we have the Internet to distribute content and (b) tools are available to everyone. So the high priest model of content creation will very soon be challenged, as we saw in the case of Encyclopaedia Britannica, by the community models of content creation.

    tags: thoughts future content publishing gkjohn friends books reading creation wp

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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Biz/Tech, Career, Links, Media


Rollercoaster Life – Cirque du Soleil

Some days my life reminds me of this 🙂

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Posted by on September 4, 2009 in Career, Life, Links


Don’t Panic

Anannya Deb has a slideshow up on Slideshare that quotes from an email conversation we had a while ago, regarding the financial crisis & its impact on jobs, specifically with regard to the kind of people who will thrive in these unusual times. Do watch…and when you’re done, please do leave a comment to let me know what you agree/disagree with.

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Posted by on January 2, 2009 in Biz/Tech, Career, Links, Thoughts


Salary Negotiations

Before we digest what the recruiter is saying, I want to reset your head. Yes, you’ve made it this far. Yes, you want the job. Yes, you love the company. But here’s the reality: You are the business. If you take this gig, I think you should pour your heart into it, but I want you to remember that you’re going to have another five to ten other jobs in your lifetime just like this one. This means that for each moment you spend being pumped about the new gig, you’ll have an equal and opposite moment at the end of the gig where you can’t wait to get the hell out.

Amongst these five to ten jobs that you’ll have there is one constant: you. You’re the one who has to pay rent, ride the subway, buy a condo, get married, have some kids, and build your dream house. Your welfare is not your employer’s first priority. It takes one layoff to figure that out.

You are the business and the one consistent metric business is measured by is growth. A new gig represents a rare opportunity where you can drastically change the trajectory of that growth.

Rands delivers an invaluable lecture on negotiating your next offer…and keeping your “ME” in mind while you do it!

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Posted by on April 11, 2008 in Career, Links


IIM Fee Hike – Questions

Are we not penalizing the kids who don’t get the lucrative jobs or want to get into startups etc.? Do keep in mind that every single IIM has a course on entrepreneurship. Also, if the average salary is being used to buttress our argument for the hike, I would point out that 50% of students get paid below the median & usually a larger percentage gets paid less than the average.

If you speak to any IIM/IIT prof, they would criticise the current generations “lack of values” & “unhealthy focus on money”. But if we charge fees that are of the order of 7-11 lakhs for a course, aren’t we encouraging the same “focus on money” that we criticise our current & would-be students for displaying?

Are we misusing our near-monopolistic status to extract rents (as the Eco profs would say)? By so doing, do we actually risk losing the support of those who fought with us when a certain govt. tried to fix the fees a few years ago?

If we argue that the institutes have to be run on capitalist principles (something I might agree with), are we then willing to give up all govt subsidies since we do not believe in the socialistic principles any more? Will we also then pay back the govt. a fair price for the infra & land?

Disclaimer: The author studied at an IIM.

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Posted by on April 10, 2008 in Career, Thoughts


Are you too busy?

It’s called procrastination. It’s divided into three parts: PRE-crastination is all the things you do before you start your serious PRO-crastination which comes right before a good session of POST-crastination. Then you can do whatever it is. Or not.

Bing serves some recipes for tackling bussitude. (I love that word, btw!)

As he says:

…our kind of lifestyle can go on for a while, but in the end does take its toll.

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Posted by on January 24, 2008 in Career, Humor


You Empower What You Fear

Charles Green talks eloquently about why Non-compete agreements are bad. Along the way, he makes a particularly strong point:

People live up—or down—to expectations. You see it in kids. You see it when you approach a dog—if you fear the dog, it will growl and bark; if you approach in a friendly manner, you get the tail-wag response. In this regard, ich bin ein canine, and so are most other people.

What’s the alternative? Simple.

  • If you really care about the employee who left, then be happy for him/her. If you’re not happy for them, then cut out the crap in your website where it says you believe in people development, because you don’t—you believe in the development of “human capital,” an oxymoron. People know the difference. Capital doesn’t.
  • If you’re happy for them but wish they hadn’t left, then find out why they left and fix it before the next one leaves. If you don’t want to fix it, then go buy a lottery ticket. The odds of effectiveness are about the same.
  • Make alumni of the people who leave. Your college didn’t go all resentful on you when you graduated; they didn’t make you sign a non-compete about getting a master’s from another university. And when your college phones you to contribute to the fund years later, you still do! (And if you don’t, it’s because your college needs to read this blog). Think of people who leave as graduating advocates of your company—not as disloyal double agents.
  • Let everyone know that you run the company on the basis of rules 1 through 3 above. And tear up the non-compete forms.

There are of course some valid exceptions, mainly in the hard sciences and tech businesses. But the rest? Marketing execs? Consultants? Bankers? Please.

Read the full thing here.

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Posted by on April 14, 2007 in Biz/Tech, Career, Links

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