Honored to serve HR COE , DMA Asia as Advisory Board Member

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Pleased to share that I am Honored and Got Invite to serve ‪#‎HR‬ COE of DMA Asia as Advisory Board Member . Role would be to Advise, Connect & Serve HR Community. I am invited as Speaker and would be speaking to an audience of CHROS and HR managers next month on Attracting, Engaging and Retaining a New Generation of Workers.

As an apex, not for profit DMAasia ( aka DMAi), since 1992, brings about collective action for advancing & protecting responsible Data Driven Marketing and Advertising. As the key to making marketing relevant and provide sustained customer engagement DMAi advocates for creating industry standards for ethical conduct and effective self-regulation of the Data driven, Marketing & Advertising community. DMAasia is also co-founder of the International Federation of DMA’s and global alliance of DMA’s.
The DMAasia, in recent times, has successfully conducted four annual global conventions drawing participation from over 125 corporations from India & afar.

Hedgehog Concept & Workplace Dilemmas


Hedgehog Concept & Workplace Dilemmas

Hedgehog Concept & Workplace Dilemmas :

Where do philosophers fit in at workplace ? I have often pondered over this question with no absolute answers . In modern corporations , who require them anyways ? When Top Executives and managers are simply looking at improving the bottom line and generating more revenue, more profits ,and working for Client success, short term objectives define the rules of the game. Where is the room for philosophy ? All we require are executives for functioning . That’s the minimal requirement sought over by Professionals . At the most , philosophers are given a parking lot in the form of Training and Development department for mostly it is believed that philosophies look good in four walls of a room . Philosophers don’t fit in real world as they question the very basis of existence of certain philosophies in modern corporations. Rarely , do we come across individuals who assume the role a philosopher too besides performing their basic job assigned to them . Such individuals are highly capable individuals excelling in their own job , maintaining high performance standards for themselves and expecting best out of everyone. Not only it requires immense courage to challenge people , it requires grit , determination and focus to drive others. What does one do , when this tedious and emotionally taxing job is assigned to him /her ? This may not be one of the KRAs officially , however, what if your job entails driving others ( directly or indirectly ) ? What if you are expected to drive people ? Either you act Smart and think WIIFM ( Whats in it for me ?) or you simply accept the additional responsibility you have been endowed upon, take initiatives , walk the roads less traveled alone and test your personal humility and professional will , get frustrated , become demotivated at times and start again and come out as a stronger professional. I am glad , my concepts and fundamentals are very clear in life.( Influence of Level 5 Manager/Mentor in my life in my previous organization) My principles and values are not based on vanities , whims and fancies. I am already executing .Should I stop philosophizing ? Shall certain tasks be done or avoided ? These are the workplace dilemmas , I come across , and there are no easy answers and left to individual choices only.
In the end , I think , I have answered myself.

P.S- Written on August 18, 2007 in my personal blog.

2016 Focus

Pic Credits – Ruchi Bhatia, at Pushkar, Rajasthan on 3 Jan 2016.

If you want to learn how to make your New Year Resolutions stick, Follow a psychologist’s secrets 

I will focus my energy on following –

  • #Research on #Futureofwork, #WomenatWork, #FlexiWork #Telecommuting . New interest #Feminism
  • Write a Book on #Telecommuting 
  • Use Twitter for “Idea Scouting and Idea connecting”
  • Get recognition Worldwide HR , SHRM #Influencers List , 
  • #Speaking Engagements on Gender and Diversity, Social Media and HR ,  Consulting and Advisory Council  HR – Build relations with HR community
  • #Advocacy to raise #awareness about #Mental #Health . Poor Mental Health costs Corporates several billion dollars . According to a study, In India 42% of the Executives are Depressed , 
  •  #100BooksPactRead new Authors, Great Literature  
  • #Travel to New places to experience and learn 
  • #Earn Promotion at Workplace ( IBM ) 
  • Daily Walk at Park before/ after work
  • Daily Reflection & Introspection at Night
  • Meeting New and Interesting People
  • Try to Quit Smoking ( not that I smoke much, still)