My first & recent Assessment Center

assessment-centre.pngI remember the first Assessment Center I was part of back in XLRI when Seniors’ Assessment on GD, PI, Case Study/Roleplaying and In-tray were coordinated by Juniors…I was fascinated with running a full-fledged AC-DC in corporate world. A chance for this came in 2016 when I could work with the Learning Departments of my organization. Reflecting on this, my take on AC-DC’s are:

a. Using a well tested In-tray (or In-basket as it used to be called) at the beginning of the day coupled with a Group Discussion on the In-tray topic itself works well.

b. Keeping it simple and avoiding too much HR jargon helps the process get accepted by the participants.

c. Choosing the right participants who have sufficient experience and with a variety of functions makes it very interesting.

d. Choice of exercises is important. Give priority to exercises/activities with high experiential learning and practical value.

e. Debriefing is important. Give a tentative assessment at the end of the day and detailed written one within 1 month. Don’t use the ACDC findings for performance appraisal but for developmental purposes only.

f. Preparations include having Assessors/ Observers as well as good Trainer/Instructors, and a venue where participants can feel comfortable and focus on the activities.

 

 

 

Learnings from Campus Drives

Personal Reflections communicated to Seniors after being part of Campus Drives this year:img3

Points of learnings during Campus visits in last 2 months:

  • Colleges located in the city are preferred to those in interior locations by a lot of companies. We found that while visiting NIT Warangal, JNTU Anantapur and in comparison with city based OU and CBIT.  We were the first CORE company in the present year to visit JNTU Anantapur and I believe we made the right decision to visit this Institute which other companies have ignored due to its distance from the city. We could get the cream of really best candidates from here.
  • Quality of students is increasing thanks to NPTEL, quora and other online learning resources. Although many of them still rely on Faculty and their class notes, a sizable chunk of students use online learning to augment their college/lecture based learnings.
  • Although IT/Software companies may pay a little more, many students in streams such as Chemical Engineering prefer their ‘CORE’ companies. We need to position ourselves well and pay on market standards to stay ahead of completion from IT Companies.
  • Faculty influence is strong – wherever good faculty teach strong topical and value education, students absorb and internalize it.
  • In preplacement talk, rarely students voice their concerns and opinions. It is necessary to get to their heart and mind through grapevine and interaction with the placement team and students themselves.
  • Group Discussions: Intelligence as well as leadership perspective among many students is seeing a sea change as there is considerable progress made in recent years in Communication skills. We are indeed in the communication era. However, many fixed thoughts and group opinions based on majority/college establishment values are still in vogue. But that may be a quality of Independent thinkers, who are largely increasing as Internet/Online learning/Mobile Tech increases.
  • Students going abroad for M.S, Ph.D etc are still facing a question of whether to still take up a job in Indian companies till their Visa materializes. In fact, we should avoid students who are confirmed to fly in a few months.
  • If current technologies and research topics are required, the only option is to visit IISc and other leading Indian institutes. We may also need to widen the search net to include Post graduates and deserving students from sites such as firstnaukri.com which aim to connect fresh graduates from Campuses with recruiters.
  • Career Interests/psychometrics ought to be administered to gauge their non-technical competencies as well as reliability, ambition, learning style and other behavioral skills.
  • Team work, Integrity, Visualization and Multitasking: Some of the qualities which professionals need – Only a structured On the Job Training and induction Program can establish GETs’ depth of professional skills needed for an organization such as ours.
  • Assigning the right GET in the right job: Need of the hour. GETs who are placed in roles such as Production or without a proper Task/Assignment/Goal may be needed to be aligned/engaged to ensure that the GET Program is a success.
  • At the end of 1 year, we need to take stock of the happiness/engagement/learning/productivity aspects of GET Scheme going forward.

Myths on HR

Was curious on this topic and made a query on “HR top myths” and here are some interesting results:

http://www.personneltoday.com/hr/busting-the-myths-about-hr/

http://www.hrzone.com/engage/employees/10-myths-that-pervade-the-hr-industry

http://www.citehr.com/1917-dave-ulrich-outlines-old-myths-new-realities.html

http://www.hr.com/SITEFORUM?&t=/Default/gateway&i=1116423256281&application=story&active=no&ParentID=1119278073607&StoryID=1119646302875&xref=https%3A//www.google.co.in/

I’m not attempting to summarize these, but essentially it looks like the profession, or occupation of HR seems to have got its reputation as not being important, unhelpful and even being non-core and non-business friendly.. We need to change that till the time the whole function needs to reinvent itself in light of new developments in the socio-technical landscape.

About natural leaders..

12 Characteristics of Natural Leadersblog natural leader

(http://mcadsustainabledesign.com/12_characters/ )

  1. A natural leader doesn’t necessarily intend to lead; others simply feel naturally compelled to follow. (Or put another way:  A natural leader doesn’t lead, he or she just is, and others just naturally follow.)
  2. A natural leader is inspired and inspiring, and often inspiring others to, themselves, be inspiring.
  3. A natural leader is the heart, rather than the head, of an organization, radiating both passion and love.
  4. A natural leader encourages rather than directs.
  5. A natural leader enables rather than the controls.
  6. A natural leader holds a deep and dynamic vision, rather than authority.
  7. A natural leader empowers rather than rewards.
  8. A natural leader is not a natural follower.
  9. A natural leader is confident, but not egotistical.
  10. A natural leader doesn’t dwell on problems, but rather is driven towards positive outcomes.
  11. A natural leader is independent and yet inclusive.
  12. A natural leader is a dreamer and a doer.

See also:

12 Signs You’re A Natural Born Leader Even If You Don’t Feel You Are

Inverse.com

The intro to this website is thus:Inverse.com

Inverse covers the latest news, TV, movies, music, digital culture, science and tech by asking: What could happen next?

…and the vision and presentation is spectacular…

To someone who loves Futurism and Science Fiction, this is a feast….

I’m glad I found this site today….As good as a regular dose of Science Illustrated or Nature in a futuristic design….

Thank God for this genre

Start here:

https://www.inverse.com/science-tech