Thanks for the letter, but what about the job?

Several engineering graduates of 2012, who were made job offers by IT firms more than a year ago, are yet to join their respective employers. With the economic climate not upbeat last year, several companies have been going slow with the induction of freshers.

In January, during their results conference, both Infosys and Wipro had stated that hiring reflects their business needs and is adjusted as per their business plans. This resulted in staggered hiring, with freshers joining in batches.

While many students from Tier I colleges have already been inducted in August and December, those from lesser-known colleges are still waiting. 22-year-old computer engineer Siddharth AV is one such unfortunate fresher. He has with him a job offer since last January, boasting of an annual pay packet of `2.2 lakhs from a mid-sized IT company in the city. But after graduating from a college in Chikaballapur in June, the wait to enter corporate corridors has been endless.
Repeated communication with the prospective employer has yielded only the monotonous “we will get back to you” response.

Instead of idling, Siddharth ended up doing a course in embedded technology, costing `45,000, in the hope that the course could give him some competitive edge. “I have been scouting for other jobs. I have posted my resume on various job sites. But nothing has come my way,” says Siddharth, whose offer letter from the IT firm has been gathering dust in the cupboard.

Siddharth’s neighbour Ranjini Reddy, who also had an offer letter in hand while graduating in June from an engineering institute, has on the other hand been “practically doing nothing”. I have just been waiting and waiting, she said. “I have applied in two BPO firms but there is no word from there as well. This software company, which had given me the offer, says they will get back.”

Job experts say several city freshers were in the same boat like Siddharth and Ranjini.”Getting a job in the open market without many contacts and referrals turns out 100 times tougher than through placements done through colleges.
But in these cases, waiting for that joining call can get frustrating, when the students have offers in hand,” says Bhupesh Gupta, director of recruitment firm Krizalis Consulting, adding that many freshers then end up doing part-time courses in mobile communications, programming etc.

According to Kris Lakshmikanth, MD of search firm HeadHunters India, the eventual joining of these freshers can happen slowly anywhere from May to December this year, which means a wait of nearly 12-18 months for freshers after their graduation.

Source: www.dnaindia.com

PurpleLeap @ KSSEM,Bangalore – Poster Presentation Event

                                                     By Naval Gupta, Consultant-Business Skills, PurpleLeap

The Program
 PurpleLeap conducted IB2 program on Presentation Skills for one week in fast track mode
 From the pre-assessment it was found the students were on 1 to 2 on a scale of 1-5
 Students practiced presentation skills using tools and techniques shared
 Initially students were hesitant in coming up and speaking
 10 hours of sessions with the students included – Structure, Power Opening, STAR & FEASTED
 After which a mid-program event was organized

KSSEM Feb-4
The Mid-Program Event
 In order to encourage students PurpleLeap trainers initiated an inter-group competition
 Students were asked to create a poster in groups on the learning they had in PurpleLeap training
 They were also asked to prepare a 10 minute presentation
 The college auditorium was prepared for the event
 On the day of the event the groups pasted their posters on the walls of the auditorium like arranging stalls in science fairs
 Team members stood next to their posters and explained to the visitors what they have made
 A total of 92 students attended the event
 The Principal of the College, Dr. Sridhara and HODs from various departments were also present
 From each team, members came on the stage to make presentations on both technical and non-technical subjects using:
o Skits
o Videos
o Powerpoint
 The event gave students confidence to stand, speak and share their learning
 Best poster and Best presentation teams were awarded based on design and delivery
 One student demonstrated high levels of presentation skills and was encouraged with the “Show Stealer” prize
 Seven students were also given best presenters prize

KSSEM Feb-4
Dr. Sridhara (College Principal) remarked, “I am happy to see the progress students have made, from not being able to talk to each other to coming on stage and giving good presentations. I would say that this type of training not only helps you for getting job but also to excel in life and for overall development.”
It was a mid-program event and has built excitement towards the second part of the program in March.

Goal Setting

Goal setting is one of the most powerful techniques that you can use to help accomplish what you really want in life. It helps you to move in a focused direction towards a target. The purpose of setting goals is to achieve it. Goals inspire us to do what we actually want to do. By having the goals you know where your efforts need to be put. Hence you can use your energy and time in the right way.

However not every goal can be successful and if a goal is not achieved there is no point in setting a goal. When we set up a goal, we are intended to be guided by the goal. Therefore, we should be active and motivated with the goal in order to achieve it half the time with double effort. In order to stay motivated with the goal all the time, it has some tricks in goal setting.

Below Q&A session are answered by Amit Bansal, CEO PurpleLeap

Harish asked, Sir, just one more question.. When a person is going though a bad phase, don’t you think the comparisons are bound to happen? Fortunately or Unfortunately, We live in a materialistic world where one’s achievements are measured with the amount of wealth he/she has been able to gain so far..

Amit Bansal answers, yes, you are right, and it is good you are aware that we are living in a measurement oriented world, but there is no specific answer to your question, guess one needs to explore that…all the best


Prshant asked, My goal is to switch my current company and to be a part of another big organisation and I am working towards it hard but I started losing my patience as jobs are not generating can you tell how to be focus and not frustrated and wait for right time because I want to switch in next 3 months that is commitment to myself?
Amit Bansal answers, sometimes we make commitments to ourselves under some compulsions, and sometimes these compulsions are self-imposed, you may to examine your assumptions about leaving this company and joining the next


Arvin asked, Hello sir, i am 37, single, no movable or immovable assets. going to be fired on 28 feb because of egoist and bad boss. company run by politically influential person. this is the first time i am experiencing such kind of defeat in life. father has got lucoderma after 25 years of his age and many people find this as issue during matrimonial proposals. i do not know what exactly to do, how to set the goals in my life for 1. getting new job after such a episode. 2. getting married 3. getting owned home. can you please guide?
Amit Bansal answers, What if someone had stated the same issues to you, how would you have advised that person, with this in mind, you may want to write down some solutions…difficult activity but worth trying…


suniltiwari1407 asked, thnx mr amit but can you suggest me some more regarding general plans for achieve that goals.
Amit Bansal answers, typically a list helps…so you may want to make one and then classify them as short, middle term and long term,


RAJAT NIGAM 83 asked, Hi I am into retail business and i had opened newly .Kindly let me know about the goals of the business and how to write it
Amit Bansal answers, typically what you are asking is done before you set-up shop


Sunandan asked, Sir, pls advice me how to overcome lack of concentration and how to keep my mind cool to achieve success in my final exam?
Amit Bansal answers, try sitting down for short periods without interruptions and then extend that time, but avoid going more than 90 mins…


Vinod asked, I have been out of job for the last few months. Its my first such experience after working for over 20 years. No matter how hard I try I have not been get myself placed due to the bad economic conditions. How can I approach this problem through Goal Setting. Need your help.
Amit Bansal answers, This does not seem like a goal setting issue, typically in today’s day and age, personal branding is very crucial, it is about who you know (networks) in the industry and of course also about what you know (exposure) and how well you know (expertise),


suniltiwari1407 asked, Mr.Amit i want to set goals about our own home good education for child and a respectful life after retirement what we can do for fullfill the same presently i am working with a reputed construction company in logistic and inventory department.and my age is 32 years.
Amit Bansal answers, goal setting and success is not only dependant on you but also dependant on those you are in close relations with. typically critical things like you have mentioned are achieved in partnership, the question is have you initiated that discussion at home?


dhruv2004 asked, amit bansal sir how to manage our time?
Amit Bansal answers, time is only one of the things to be managed…but you really can’t manage it, you need to manage yourself…


Harish asked, I never let setbacks win over over me. I’m strong enough to stand up and fight again, but in such a course, time gets wasted. Today my batch-mates are way ahead of me & even though I a topper in college; am not able to achieve a decent career.. What to do sir?!?
Amit Bansal answers, typically this could be a situation of comparatives, let us take an example, imagine you are going on a highway and you are driving a car…you find that there is car who is trying to drive faster than you, but you are not in a hurry, but you feel that you should beat him because you have a more powerful car, so you race him and suddenly you see that car stop at a hospital and you stop and find out what happened. the other person was having some medical emergencey and hence he was racing to the hospital. so the lesson is he had a purpose and you were only racing to compete (without a clear purpose)


Pradeep asked, Sometimes our heart says this is my wish and it should be the goal but our mind denies it and we are in a state od dilemma. what to do in this case. listen to heart or mind? but one will be suppressed.
Amit Bansal answers, this is case of a conflict in the mind, think about one situation where you were able to resolve a conflict (heart/mind) and how did you handle it?


sanjeev asked, If i feel that i cannot achieve the in the middle, resetting of goal which is achievable is right or wrong and please let me know the areas in which i can set the goal
Amit Bansal answers, as for resetting, it is a very thing to do…sometimes unavoidable as well


sanjeev asked, If i feel that i cannot achieve the in the middle, resetting of goal which is achievable is right or wrong and please let me know the areas in which i can set the goal
Amit Bansal answers, career, health related, monetary, relationships etc are typical areas in which goals can be set


ATISH asked, HI AMIT SIR , HELP ME TO SET GOALS IN CAREER . I WANT TO BECOME SALE PROFESSIONAL IN GOOD ORGANISATION
Amit Bansal answers, typically in sales, the org will set goals for you, first you may want to know what those are and after that you will have to work with it…


Anitha asked, how to prevent negative thorught that prevent us to reach goals?
Amit Bansal answers, write the so called negative thoughts down in journal each day or maybe every few hrs. continue this and maybe an idea may stike you…


vijay asked, A general goal for evry one is making money in his lifetime.It looks to me like this goal is parent goal and all child goals will come under this?
Amit Bansal answers, while there is a general process of goal setting, priorities are very individual dependant, it could be that you are thinking about priorities


Harish asked, Sometimes nothing works in your case.. No matter how many times I plan and set goals, mother-nature (God) never lets me walk through them and things get worse.. 😦
Amit Bansal answers, Sometimes yes these things happen, it is also about how you respond to these so called set backs


diliplimhan asked, please help me to set my effectiv goel
Amit Bansal answers, the following may help you set your goal effectively, using each of the letters below write down or elaborate your goal(s)… S- Specific and also short and simple, M – Measurable and also it should be meaningful to you and also there should be more than 1 way to achieve it, A- Achieveable and also it can be thought of ‘As if now’ or present tense, R- Realistic and also it should be responsible or ecological good and of course it should be Right for you, and finally, T- Timed, and also toward what you want, it should be positive with no negations and comparatives…


diliplimhan asked, i dont understand hou to make my goal
Amit Bansal answers, writing down is the best method, zig ziglar (famous motivational author) has some very clear ideas (videos), you may to go through that,


vijay asked, if a person sets a goal and his wife is contradictor to that goal. he should redefine his goal or he sould ignore her.
Amit Bansal answers, this is a relationship related point, any good relationship requires nurturing and talking and of course listening, you may want to ask the importance of each of the above to yourself…


harry asked, Sir I am in real estate bysiness and sells flats, plots, commercial spaces etc. How to achive my goals. How to find new clients.
Amit Bansal answers, You seem to thinking about sales strategies rather than goal setting, you may want to start reading about your sector, along with this research you may want to start talking to experienced heads and figure out how they achieved sucess, finally there is no subsititute to actually talking to your clients, how to find new clients? well, that is a networking issue,


harry asked, Sir I am in real estate bysiness and sells flats, plots, commercial spaces etc. How to achive my goals. How to find new clients.
Amit Bansal answers, You seem to thinkign about sales strategies rather than goal setting, you may to start reading about your sector, along with this research you may to start talking to experienced heads and figure out how they achieved sucess, finally there is no subsititute to actually talking to your clients, how to find new clients? well, that is a networking issue,


sameera asked, To achieve any goal you should be financially sound, so basic question should be that How you should be financially sound, Am I right?
Amit Bansal answers, not excatly, well it depends on how you are defining the process of goal setting


vijay asked, we should define our goals and also time period to achieve or not? Because if we define time period it will be burden and stress. if not it will be endless goal
Amit Bansal answers, Good observation, that is how it is…it is about how you manage the internal stress, famously it is said that you should use time to your advantage rather than becoming a slave of it… it is about how you stay relaxed and also focussed on your goals, unfortunately there is no one single formula to that, it is about trying different methods of goal setting, followed by reflection and finally using something which works for you


Vikas asked, How does goal setting help in proffessional life
Amit Bansal answers, Actually quite simple- it helps you to become a better professional. aprt from monetary success, it may also give you recognition, respect and admiration and you may also be able to leave a legacy, but remember running behind any these mentioned sometimes decreases your chance to actually get it… that is the paradox of success


priyanka asked, can you please explain what are the things we need to consider to set our goals.. And how do we proceed towards it ?
Amit Bansal answers, Sure…typically apart from career, it is also critical to think about financial goals, spiritual goals, health related goals, relationship goals, check out mind tools on the net and you will get more ideas…another point is once you have your goals written down, you may experiment by sharing your goals with somebody your trust…this may give you the necessary confidence and clarity…


AnilKarande asked, Sir I am Insurance agent and I would like achieve MDRT this year. Please guide me.
Amit Bansal answers, TO begin with you may to ask yourself, whether do you know your product(s) well enough, and next do you really believe in them. If the first points are not matching then you may or not achieve success…no matter how well you set goals (of course you can achieve short term success but it may not give you long term)


Anoop asked, Amit a simple example or a goal would be to get up early in the mornin whcih we might do it for 3 days and again back to the old routine. How to refine this process?
Amit Bansal answers, This is not just about goal setting…to adhere to your mentioned task, you need to do manage your energy well…what do i mean by energy…well, you may to ask yourself whether you are getting enough sleep, whether you are excercising well enough, also whether you take a small nap during a day, or whether you are browsing a lot before you go to sleep, all of the mentioned points and some more will impact you getting up successfully in the morning


Amit Bansal says, What is SMART- since we are talking about goal setting, we all could benefit by applying it…S- Specific and also short and simple, M – Measurable and also it should be meaningful to you and also there should be more than 1 way to achieve it, A- Achieveable and also it can be thought of ‘As if now’ or present tense, R- Realistic and also it should be responsible or ecological good and of course it should be Right for you, and finally, T- Timed, and also toward what you want, it should be positive with no negations and comparatives…


red asked, amit sir, how to set goals n reach them??
Amit Bansal answers, Try using some techniques, here is one of the techniques, ‘SMART’ way of setting goals, here each letter stands for process in goal setting…


red asked, I always set goal but mostly on half way i loose my focus/get tired/get bored etc n leave half way.Even if i reach the goal successfully theres not much excitment and the feeling comes – ok wat next?? So hw to balance the things?
Amit Bansal answers, First of all this is a common thing which happens to all of us…also you need to examine why do you want to have excitement to reach a particular goal…this typically results in setting expectations for ourselves which may or may not match with the outcomes…


Anoop asked, PLease help in setting measurable goals and also the process in sticking to them? The problem is basically I stick to it for two days and then aggain gets back to the old routine.
Amit Bansal answers, You may to think about which goal you have successfully adhered to…analyse what has made you stick to it…what motivates you to continue to stick to it…then you may want to think about what motivations are not allowing you to pursue some of the other goals…

Source: http://www.rediff.com

Chat Date: 20 February , 2013

Hiring In Media, Internet & Mobile Up 14% Month On Month: Naukri

The hiring activity in the Media and Internet sector by 14% in January 2013 when compared to December 2012, according to Naukri.com‘s Job Speak Index, which is an indicator of job listings on its portal. It should be noted that Naukri also categorizes jobs in Mobile sector as a part of Media in their Jobspeak report.

The Naukri Jobspeak Index for January 2013 was at 1031, while in December 2012 it was at 903, down by 3% on month on month basis. Note that the index uses the total number of jobs in July 2008 as a base (of 1000). Apart from that, starting from February 2012, the Jobspeak index also includes online jobs as well as jobs acquired by their telecalling team.

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The report claims that the media sector has seen the highest job movement in last one year. Compared to January 2012, the hiring index levels of the media sector is up by 24% in January 2013.

The company noted that improvement in government decision in making and buoyancy in financial market might lead to better hiring in the sector in coming months. It also noted that in the year 2013, the media sector might see an improvement in fresh and replacement hiring.

Source: www.medianama.com

Going Green at SJCET, Palai

The  4th semester students of St Joseph’s college of Engineering and Technology did a Nukkad Natak ( Street Play) as a culmination of a 28 hour  session on the  theme “ Go Green”. The 28 hours spread over 4 days saw the students discussing :

  • Relevance of going “Green”
  • Traditional models of water conservation
  • Eco -friendly technology
  • Eco-friendly products
  • Eco-friendly society and behaviour
  • Save environment movements.

Students made posters on saving the environment, designed Tee shirts with slogans supporting “ Go Green” movement, conducted cookery shows on 100 km food and a street play to spread awareness about “ Going Green”.

Software firms face shortage of skilled engineers

Companies are increasingly taking the education tie-up route to maintain a steady flow of talent in big data analytics.India’s biggest software firms looking for more business from areas such as big data and analytics are facing a shortage of skilled engineers to execute these projects.

For instance, the country has only 50,000 engineers capable of undertaking such projects when the demand is for at least five times that, according to recruitment firm Heidrick and Struggles India Pvt. Ltd. 
Big data refers to solutions that help clients sift through vast amounts of user information, identify patterns and develop new models or tweak existing ones to improve efficiency and increase revenue. Top outsourcing customers such as retailer Target Corp. and Citigroup are increasingly looking for solutions in these areas. According to consulting firm KPMG , the market for big data will be worth $206.6 billion by 2016, from around $109 billion in 2012.
As Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) and Infosys Ltd push to increase the proportion of fresh business from big data, cloud computing and analytics, they’ve come to realize that they need to train their staff and even look for specialized skills. Cloud computing is the use of shared computing resources through the Internet.
“We need a lot of data scientists now. We have a lot of knowledge of the many customers we work with like manufacturing companies where machines are producing a lot of data,” said N. Chandrasekaran, CEO and managing director of India’s largest software exporter TCS. “How do you work with clients to collate all this data and make sense of this data? Now there are opportunities to create new platforms where there is real-time flow of data.”
A research report by Gartner Inc. in October predicted that worldwide big data demand will reach 4.4 million jobs by 2015 globally. Only one-third of these jobs will be filled and this proportion of unfilled roles will be slightly higher in India, it said.
To manage this and address the growing need, some IT companies are recruiting a large number of statisticians and mathematicians who are being trained in-house on the necessary software tools.
Big data itself is becoming a priority investment for chief investment officers (CIOs) deciding on their IT budgets.
A study by global advisory firm Zinnov Management Management Consulting Pvt. Ltd. published on 7 February said, “CIOs continue to invest in business analytics with high uptake of big data within manufacturing, energy and utility, media and marketing verticals. Business intelligence and big data is of highest priority for over 60% CIOs” surveyed by Zinnov.
Companies are taking the education tie-up route to maintain a steady flow of talent in big data analytics.
“To slice and dice data from an understanding of the customer point of view is more difficult than just its technology,” said Ganesh Natarajan, vice-chairman and CEO of Zensar Technologies Ltd. “We work with institutes who have designed special business intelligence courses for us.”
Other companies that are including big data in their curriculum in tie-ups with institutes include IBM India Pvt. Ltd, SAP India Pvt. Ltd. and Wipro Ltd.
“There are many ongoing assignments with our clients to identify and recruit the best candidates. In this space, companies typically look for two streams of talent: one, candidates who can develop tools and platforms—SaaS (software as a service) and, two, candidates who are qualified to use the tools and platforms to analyse unstructured data,” said, E. Balaji, CEO and managing director of human resources service provider Randstad India Ltd. 
“We have access to a large pool of statisticians, mathematicians and technology specialists to meet the recruitment targets,” Balaji said. “We take a consultative approach with our clients and suggest candidates with the closest match and those who can be shaped for the specific role. A qualified statistician can be easily trained in SaaS or in any other business intelligence tool.”
The highest requirement is for professionals who understand both big data analytics technology and the business application of the resultant insights in ways that can benefit clients, said Sid Deshpande , senior research analyst, Gartner India Research and Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd.
“In big data analytics, the ones who are successful are those who can bridge IT and business (rather) than just IT specialists,” he said. “Globally, we are seeing big data professionals are increasingly techno-functional, having equal emphasis on technology and business leading to innovative roles.”
Some of the new job titles that go with this role include information leader, data steward, chief data officer, chief information manager, information architect and so on, indicating that pure IT specialists are not enough this space.
India has a strong talent pool of pure IT specialists with expertise in big data technologies but those with a business focus are fewer than globally.
“In more mature markets like the US, a lot of these roles have been filled by those strong in IT and can bridge gap between IT and business,” Deshpande said.
C.K. Guruprasad, principal, Heidrick & Struggles, said IT companies are searching for Indians with such experience overseas and who are looking to come back home. In India itself, there are many organizations that have set up captives for companies globally for big data analytics.
“At (the) entry level, there is enough talent considering the engineering graduates that pass out,” he said. When it comes to senior-level talent, it is limited.”
Randstad predicts that in the next two-three years, India will account for 20-25% of the worldwide demand for analytics and cloud computing talent. But India will trail behind the US and China as those two countries combined will account for 70-75% of the talent demand.

Enhancing productivity at work

A productive employee is an asset to any organisation. He works smartly, prioritises tasks and gives an organisation the most value for his time. Organisations also take notice of such individuals and we see them getting promoted faster, being handed over important responsibilities and being praised by the management.

Generally, most employees are productive but there are certain small things that can make a big difference when it comes to enhancing productivity at work.

Prioritising ones responsibilities is one such measure.It can be done by maintaining a job sheet. If in the beginning of the day itself, we identify the tasks that we need to complete and prioritise them according to their urgency and importance, it will help us reduce redundancy in the form of idling time away thinking what we should do next.

It will also help us take control of the tasks at hand and divide them according to time-lines.Remember, the management always takes notice of employees who offer realistic deadlines and are well prepared and ready for any important meetings.

Another small measure that helps greatly in enhancing productivity is assigning time-limits to discussions that we have. For e.g. team based brainstorming sessions should not only have a starting time but should also have an ending time. Setting a time-line gives a clear message to participants to stay on the ball. It also reduces the time wastage that generally accompanies such sessions when participants idle away time in personal chatter. It also improves the quality of discussion as it is serious and focused.Apart from these there are many other simple but effective methods of enhancing productivity at work.

Below Q&A are answered by Amit Bansal, CEO-PurpleLeap

rk asked, How we can manage both the productivity and quality (turn around time and Short TAT) on the client side and motivation and job satisfaction on the employee front being a manager_operations…thanx
Amit Bansal answers, Well to be able to maintain that balance one needs a very strong, motivated team that is ready to go an extra mile. Now the task of the manager is how to motivate the team and get them to reach their potential which therein will increase the productivity. 1. I suggest first one needs to assign the tasks to the team depending on the skills of each member.Setting the expectations and realistic targets. 2. Guiding and supporting the team would be a good idea. 3. Encouraging a helping each other kind of enviorment. 4. Rewarding them to increase their motivation. 5. The team looks up at their managers, so setting an example for them is the best way.


xyz asked, I am a freelancer and feel very lonely in my work. I would appreicate if you couldgive me tips to increase my motivation levels in this senario
Amit Bansal answers, To self motivate you can always get in touch with other free lancers. Create your own netowrk through linkedin or by attending workshops. That will help you meet other trainers who freelance and it will be a good experience to share ideas and methodologies.


xyz asked, I am a freelancer and feel very lonely in my work. I would appreicate if you couldgive me tips to increase my motivation levels in this senario
Amit Bansal answers, To self motivate you can always get in touch with other free lancers. Create your own netowrk through linkedin or by attending workshops. That will help you meet other trainers who freelance and it will be a good experience to share ideas and methodologies.


CHANDRAKANT asked, How to manage a team more effectively for best result? Chandrakant
Amit Bansal answers, I believe a team always works better if it is: 1. Motivated by rewarding 2. By encouraging Interpersonal communication 3. Encouraging creativity 4. Guiding them but not micro managing 5. Clearly setting expectations. 6. Most importantly every individual is responsible and accountable for his/her task


avi asked, Dear Sir, I usually notice that in projects where everything goes well, go unnoticed by management, but where there is a lot of hue and cry and then everything ends well are more appreciated by management.How to tackle such situations?
Amit Bansal answers, I think the question here is visibility in front of the management. I agree that creating hue and cry is definitely not the right way to go about it. A better way is to showcase the entire progress of a project right from the initial phase till the end including the challenged faced and the achievements and the highlights on a ppt etc. That is a more dignified and effective way to showcase the efforts put in.


Poornima asked, Some times we used to work 24/7 due to project deadlines, during this time myself and team’s productivity goes down. how best we ca tackle this situations?
Amit Bansal answers, In such situations the decrease in productivity is primarily because of the reduced motivation level, increased monotony at work. It is a good idea to : 1. Set realistic target for the team. 2. Motivate the team by rewarding them for extra hrs they put in. 3. If possible rotate the tasks if the team is multi skilled, that gives the members a break from the monotony. 4. It is also a good idea to conduct some stress releasing exercises when the work pace is too hectic


Poornima asked, Some times we used to work 24/7 due to project deadlines, during this time myself and team’s productivity goes down. how best we ca tackle this situations?
Amit Bansal answers, In such situations the decrease in productivity is primarily because of the reduced motivation level, increased monotony at work. It is a good idea to : 1. Set realistic target for the team. 2. Motivate the team by rewarding them for extra hrs they put in. 3. If possible rotate the tasks if the team is multi skilled, that gives the members a break from the monotony. 4. It is also a good idea to conduct some stress releasing exercises when the work pace is too hectic


dd asked, Following the process will help to increse the productivity? or it would reduce the productivity?
Amit Bansal answers, It all depends on the process you are following with respect to the task you are trying to accomplish. It is always a good idea to brainstorm at every step of the process and see if there is a more effective and business friendly way of doing the same thing.


abcd asked, dear amit sir, may this question may sound stupid to you. How can we show productivity in work if we are not loaded 100%. even higher managers knows this, still they ask for productivity improvements. Its a dead lock kind of thing here, no work (not fully loaded) but how to show productivity improvement?. Pls share your thoughts and suggestions on this. Thanks in advance
Amit Bansal answers, Productivity does not always mean to be 100% loaded with work. Sometimes we can also look at better ways of doing existing tasks. Methods that will give us better results. That will also lead to increase in productivity.Innvovation and creativity also lead to increase in productivity.


aparna asked, how to manage time effectively
Amit Bansal answers, Time management and productivity are interlinked. If we are able to manage time, our productivity also increases. To manage time there are few things you can do like: 1. Planning your day in advance. 2. Making a list of important tasks. 3. Setting a deadline for each task and following up on it. 4. Making an achievable ‘to do’ list for each day. 5.Most importantly not being too hard on yourself. We are more productive when we are stress free.


red asked, amit sir tell na sir, how to improve productivity at wrk and shine??
Amit Bansal answers, Well as I shared earlier that to increase self productivity there are various steps one can take : 1. Prioritizing work in order of its importance and urgency. 2. Focussing on important items first. 3. Self tracking the progress on any task. 4. Being accountable on every task you undertake. 5. Following up on action items. 6. Most importantly planning your day well.


rajeshgangam asked, hello sir, i am a software engineer, where we have share a common labaoratory setup. When my team mates ask for the setup, i usually give my setup asap. but when i need it no body does it the same way like me. this at the end affects me a lot. as i am not able to show a lot of prodcutivity. what do you think i should be doing.
Amit Bansal answers, In such situations it is advisable to do an expectation setting with the team members you are sharing the set up with beforhand. It is a good idea to divide the time slots so there is no overlap. One on one discussions to solve such issues is usually reccomended.


Poornima asked, How best we can improve Team’s Productivity?
Amit Bansal answers, Working in a team is the most effective way to accomplish complex and huge tasks. 1.It is important that we don’t assign everything to everyone. Instead we should assign the task to each member according to his/her skills. 2. The target set for the team members should be realistic. 3. Each member should have a sense of accountability for his/her task. 4. Motivating the team members also goes a long way to get their complete support and cooperation.


SAC asked, HOW ONE CAN IMPROVE FOCUS TOWARDS ASSIGNED WORK?
Amit Bansal answers, Every task has some action items. I would suggest breaking the task into steps and working on it step by step. To maintain the focus, it is important to refer to the items everyday and track your progress.


rohit asked,  what tips to increase productavity
Amit Bansal answers, There are a lot of things we can do that help us to increase our productivity like: 1. Prioritizing our work. 2. being accountable for our action items. 3. By not delaying our work. 4. Following up on our to do list everyday


ad asked, how to get work done in limited time?
Amit Bansal answers, Well, the first thing you must do is prioritize our work. We need to categorize the list of tasks by their urgency and importance and then work on them.

Chat Date: February 6, 2012

Source: http://www.rediff.com

New IIMs find little favour with top consulting firms

Asit Dogra quit his two-year-old job at a Mumbai broking firm to join the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Raipur. His aim: Joining a top consulting firm after an IIM degree. But, with these consulting firms continuing to evade the new IIMs, Dogra is considering an alternative job option.

“I thought an IIM would give me the right platform to make a jump, but in vain. We have been trying very hard to get the top consulting firms like Mckinsey and Boston Consulting Group on campus for placements but have not been successful so far. So many students who wished to join consulting have decided otherwise now,” says Dogra.

A placement committee member at IIM Raipur confirms the B-school has been trying to invite more consulting firms on campus this year but, being a new IIM, it has become difficult to attract them. “We are in constant touch with the HR department of these companies but the results are not very encouraging,” he said.

Source: www.business-standard.com

Tips to motivate yourself and others

It takes great effort to stay motivated especially when our drive is constantly assaulted by negative thoughts and anxiety about the future. Even after beating it, the problem reappears at the first sign of failure. What separates the highly successful is the ability to keep moving forward. It is very important for an individual to understand their thoughts and how they drive their emotions.

By learning how to nurture motivating thoughts, neutralise negative ones, and focus on the task at hand, one could pull themselves out of a slump before it gains momentum. Self-motivation is the force that helps an individual keep pushing to go on — it’s the internal drive to achieve, produce, develop, and keep moving forward.

When we think we’re ready to quit something, or you just don’t know how to start, our self-motivation is what pushes us to go on. With self-motivation, a person will learn and grow regardless of the specific situation. That’s why it’s such a fundamental tool for reaching your goals, achieving your dreams, and succeeding in our lives and careers.

Below Q&A session are answered by Amit Bansal – CEO, PurpleLeap

Pankaj asked, Hi, how to motivate the employees who stop their sale as to Increased sales will increase their targets as well ?

Amit Bansal answers, Hi Pankaj, One motivational approach does not hold good forever. if the first approach has helped the team to achieve Level 1 next approach should be more motivational in value and recognition, team would be excited to achieve next level of the target. always Motivation, Reward/Recognition should out weigh Employee Efforts to be successful.


optimistic asked, Amit ji,Namaskar.Kindly guide how to motivate people having negative attitude?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi, Negative attitude is result of ambiguity / non awareness of the individual’s benefit in team objective. In such instances Leader is expected to persuade and make them realize the importance of team contribution. If the efforts do not work, isolating such members and realigning them appropriately would help.


PV asked, Hi Amit, I truly agree that self motivation is a skill. Could you please help some ways through which a person can improve upon and faces the problems with some confidence, even if by nature or at times he goes into depression and really feel down?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi PV, one should focus on activities(Meditation/Sports/music) that will isolate the him/her from prevailing problem, Rethink on creative approaches to give a try to resolve the Problem. Maintain a positive attitude towards the people and circumstances. Try to have frequent interaction with people who exhibit higher motivation (Superiors/Experts) who would have already gone through the phase that you are in.


sree asked, how to remove the fear of non-performance from the minds of team and motivate them, if they are no where near the success. Does companies have time to spend for team? every company need already motivated team?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Sree, Fear of Non Performance arises among people who are not equipped to handle the task or are not the relevant candidates.Motivation has no role to play here. Motivation is a catalyst that encourages Effectiveness and Rewards Performers. Companies Need Right Candidates who are positively responsive to such motivation.


rk asked, Hi, all people motivated whenever there is a vested interest. would you agree?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi, Motivation leads to a tangible or perceived benefit and that is how motivation work in achieving goals. Success is in how well a leader aligns the individual interests to the Team interests leading to Organisational Development.


Tanya asked, I have completely lost the motivation after joining a top B-school. I used to study all day , but now I just can’t get myself to study. I also had a break up of a 4 year old relationship recently. Please advise
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Tanya, Try to Priortise the Requirements you would need to settle down with what you can change and what you can control. with focus towards your Education i believe that you can bring in a greater change in your life. you would notice things changing in your life when you focus on this crucial priority. However it is not simple as it looks you would need a break from your past.


kapil asked, Amit – is motivation a “culmination” of person beliefs and values and if so how to nurture these beliefs?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Kapil, Motivation is a drive that keep you on your toes to achieve something. your personal beliefs and values give a clear frame work of your satisfaction(end result). To nurture these beliefs self awareness is necessary through this you realize your strengths and Improvement Areas.


tips asked, hi sir, can you please share some tips on self motivation
Amit Bansal answers, Hi, Self Motivation is a skill one should master as you naturally are not always motivated. you find yourself Highly motivated some time and at time low. To manage this situation you should realize instances that brings your motivational levels down and act on it. further manage Such situations with Positive encounters ie. Take inspirations from Experienced people or read to learn about a solution.


deepak asked, How to motivate a team when the senior management has informed you that jobs cuts are due anytime?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Deepak, Motivation always becomes significant during such Circumstances. Motivation may drive the Teams performance to the positive side and may change the Management Decision. Try to soothe down the situation and keep team focused to the nearest Important target.

Chat Date: January 30, 2013

Source: http://www.rediff.com