Saturday, November 9, 2019

Daring Greatly

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

How do you handle defeats ? How do you handle failures in Life ? Do you talk about your failures ? 
Or do you show only the shiny and rosy picture of you to the world ? 

We learn more from failures than from successes . Yet Leaders who talk about their failures in Social Spaces are rare. Does your organisation has a culture of discussing failures and learning from them ? Or Do Leaders brush failures under the carpet . 

You cant create a learning organization unless people are encouraged to ask questions and discuss such issues openly. Leader's approach to handling failures is Quiet telling about the culture of an organization . 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Standing Ovation at IBM

Sukumar trigged a discussion on Standing Ovationon twitter today and hence this brief post .
If I have seen this far, it is on the shoulder of Giants ( IBM) 




First time, I received Standing Ovation from Pavan Vaish, CEO and  SLT Senior Leadership Team at IBM Daksh in 2009 for Implementing IBM BlueIQ Program as Country Lead in India.
I was awarded Most Valuable Ambassador award for my contributions .
I got opportunity to work and collaborate with Luis Suarez who is a friend till date . Yayy to 10 years of Friendship . Luis lives in Gran Canaria Isaland , Spain and travels world over for talks and Public Speaking 

Second time, I received Standing Ovation by New Hires for conducting Training session for new IBMers at Noida location where i trained them on IBM Collboration tools and Communities which are hotbeds of Innovation at IBM  . 
I was leading Enterprise wide Social Media Adoption Program as Country Lead for IBM India at that time. This role was over and above my day job as WorkForce Partner ( HR) at IBM in voluntary capacity as Stretch Assignment :-)


Sunday, August 18, 2019

3 months Online Leadership Program by HRGurukul

HRGurukul Training
3 months online Leadership Program

Frequently asked Questions 

  1. When does the program start ? How long is the program ?  

Program starts on 22 Sept 5pm- 6pm. Program ends on 25 Dec 2019. There will be 10 live webinars with HR Expert, ex-IBM Leader, Ruchi Bhatia . 
Cost of program is Rs 500 only. So for every 1 hour live webinar, you are paying Rs 50 and learning 21st Century Skills to be successful at workplace. 

  1. Who is this program for ? 

Leadership Program is for Engineering students, MBA Students, Graduates, Post Graduates , Young Working Professionals to dream big and who want to learn useful skills in Life. 

  1. What happens if I miss a webinar ? 

You can attend recorded training session if you miss to participate in a webinar and post queries on Facebook for discussion. 

  1. What will program cover ? 

Program will teach you practical tips on Motivation,  Communication, Creativity, Collaboration, Digital Mindset, Habits of Successful People, Building your Personal Brand, Social Media, Flexibility, Future of Work . 

  1. I have more queries on the program. Where can I get answers ?

Post your queries on HRGurukul Facebook page. We will answer within 24 hours. 

  1. Will I get a certificate ?

You will get a certificate of participation by HRGurukul on completion of program in December. 

  1. Can I share with my friends ? 

Please feel free to share about this program with your friends and family. It might change someone’s life. 
Register here for the Program             

  1. How is HRGurukul Online Leadership Program unique ? Lots of free content ( youtube, articles) is available on internet. 

This program teaches you 21st Century workplace skills in nutshell through facilitated and guided learning and provide enhanced Learning experience. Instead of searching for content, you spend time learning. For Rs 500 , you are getting 10times value through the program with an Award Winning HR Expert and Facilitator who has conducted more than 100 training workshops at IBM. You are paying a very nominal cost for the facilitator time . Sure, You can learn skills on your own from internet using free content , it would just take longer for you to acquire these skills on your own. Remember, Learning is a Social Process.  

Skills that you will learn in 3 months so that you stay competitive in a changing job market  

Speaker and Facilitator Profile  

Ruchi Bhatia is IIM-C Alumni and Founder of HRGurukul. She was Recruitment Branding Leader @ IBM. She has over a decade of Corporate HR work experience at IBM in Talent Management . She earned Most Valuable Ambassador award at IBM for Digital Transformation . In 2018, She won 40 under 40 HR Leader award. She is a Feminist, honoured as Top 10 HR Influencer by SHRM India, Top 50 Women to follow in Asia, Top 10 Sheroes Mentor, Top 30 Feminist by ShethePeople, Top 100 #FutureofWork Influencer . Her articles have been published in reputed journals, newspapers and magazines. She has given guest lectures at IIM Rohtak, OPJindal University, GLBajaj, Delhi School of Economics . She is on Advisory Board to DMA Asia . She has been invited as Speaker by many forums on HR, Gender Diversity, Women issues, Leadership , Social & Digital Technologies . She believes in professional giveback . She can be contacted for Writing, Speaking and Mentoring opportunities.. She loves to read, write and is fond of trekking / travel. She is on twitter @rucsb ,     

                                    Email - .

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Wicked Problems for Policy Making

We learnt about Wicked Problems in Design Thinking class.

Complex problems like Education and Healthcare are good examples of Wicked problems.
Wicked problems are inherently complex , requires multi disciplinary approach and has 10 distinct characteristics 

Climate crisis will also fall under the category of wicked problem because the articulation is not straightforward and there can't be one simple or final solution.

I love this quote by Albert Einstein -

It's not that I'am so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.  - Albert Einstein

I have been researching ,speaking, articulating, lending voice  and stayed with few problems since many years . One of them is the problem of Gender Equality. 

108 Years: Wait for Gender Equality Gets Longer as Women’s Share of Workforce, Politics Drops

Networks are suggested as a resource for tackling wicked problems in this Nonprofit Quarterly reprint. 

What are common wicked problems? How are wicked problems different from other problems?
In the Digital World that we live in, Regulatory Framework by Governments around Data privacy would also be categorised as  wicked problem

Read Bill and Melinda Gate Annual letter 2019 to understand some wicked problems 

What wicked problems you are working on ? Who are the stakeholders involved ? 
How do you go about identifying the problem ? What are the solutions proposed ? 
Who are the sponsors ? 

Would love to hear your views on Wicked Problems in India. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

HR Value to Organisations and India Economy

I consider myself privileged to be a key member of the SHRM Network and one of the Top 10 HR Influencer recognised by SHRM .

 My observation after attending HR Conferences - 

At the risk of sounding tad bit skeptical -  Where is the voice of  key stakeholders in HR Conferences -  #GigWorkers, #Women Leaders who face gender discrimination, #LGBT,  #Employees who are your Brand Ambassadors, GenZ, Millennials, Techies, Learners,  #People with different abilities et al ? 
For whom we in HR design policies , programs , practices ? For whom we in HR buy HR technology ?  Employee Experience, People are our Best Assets sound empty words, unless  diverse voices of key stakeholders are also included . HR Conferences serve as great Echo Chambers in a way,  providing great,  hi touch , human experience for All -  Sponsors, Vendors, Startups, Delegates, Speakers  ! 

My big idea to SHRM is to invite and focus on SMEs for SHRM Annual Conference in October 2019 . SMEs are the ones who need HR Advisory and Consulting and Insights from HR , HRTech Conferences most for Productivity gains .  In an Economic paper , interesting insight came up that One Quarter of GDP is Persuasion.  
One can establish value of SHRM Contribution and Impact on SMEs , if we ensure survey data is collected from SME sector prior to SHRM Event and Post the intervention.  
Such an intervention with SME Focus would be embraced and welcomed by Modi Government. MSME is regarded to be Growth Engine of Indian Economy. 

HR tech adoption results in time, cost, productivity gains for organisations: Report

In very simple economic terms, Capital and Technology investments Lead to Productivity gains, which lead to Jobs growth , which further enables MSMEs to export more, demand and consumption of goods and services rises enabling firms and Economy to grow for further leading to a virtuous economic cycle .   

( Source - A Guest Lecture by Subramanian Kri , Chief Economic Advisor, India ) 

Economic Survey 2019: The curious case of Indian firms starting small & staying small

The Economic Survey says even Mexico does far better on this dimension than India.

Comparing employment and productivity with firm age in three countries: U.S., Mexico and India (Hseih and Klenow, 2014)the Survey found that the average employment level for 40-year old enterprises in the U.S. was more than seven times that of the employment when the enterprise is newly set up. 

A similar tale unfolds with productivity as well when we compare these three countries for the effect of aging of firms on productivity. The average productivity level for 40-year old enterprises in the U.S. was more than four times that of the productivity of an enterprise that is newly set up. In contrast, the average productivity level for 40-year old firms in India was only 60 per cent greater than the productivity of an enterprise that is newly set up. Thus, once they survive for forty year .. 

I believe , MSME sector is where HR Startups, HRTech Startups, HR Consultants and HR Advisory can add most value and maximum Impact.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

ISPP Journey Starts....

So Friends, I am an ISPP Fellow now.  I aced the admission process and got substantial scholarship to the program. I am a LifelongLearner and Acquiring knowledge, new skills, new mental models, paradigms,  learning new subjects ( forming new neural pathways)  excite me. A new journey begins and I look forward to making most of next 1 year with Best Minds in the country .

For next 1 year, this blog will chronicle What I am learning with Best minds and Sharp Policy Makers & Policy Wonks in the country  .

1. A new public policy for a new India - Shiv Viswanathan (An article about the importance of the new emphasis on public policy in India)
2. Gautam Chikermane on 70 Policies that Shaped India (The introduction to this monograph)
3. Whose money is it anyway - Amit Varma (An article on how government spending works)
4. The Economics of Voting - Amit Varma (An article explaining some facets of Public Choice Theory in the Indian context)
5 A lecture on the Art and Science of Public Policy Making by Dr Vijay Kelkar 

Looking forward to The  session on "Design Thinking" that will be conducted by Rahul Nainwal - Co-founder of iVolunteer and India Fellow, The session will focus on using design thinking to solve social problems that are not fully defined and how to go about defining and solving them. 

1. The law of unintended consequences:

2.  Design Thinking  Research Paper by Tim Brown published by Harvard Business Review 

3. Vijay Kalkar on the Art and Science of Policy Making. 

Daring Greatly

Theodore Roosevelt  quote and words of wisdom  provide me inspiration every time I meet with a failure .  "It is not the ...