Tuesday 29 March 2016

How one Harvard Professor found his life purpose!



Finding purpose of life often requires deep introspection.

You have to struggle, face dilemma's for long period.

But it is worth it.

Find below the snippet from Clayton Christensen's "How will you measure your life?",

It not only tells his internal struggle, but also conveys invaluable returns.

For me, having a clear purpose in my life has been essential. But it was something I had to think long and hard about before I understood it. When I was a Rhodes scholar, I was in a very demanding academic program, trying to cram an extra yearʼs worth of work into my time at Oxford. I decided to spend an hour every night reading, thinking, and praying about why God put me on this earth. That was a very challenging commitment to keep, because every hour I spent doing that, I wasnʼt studying applied econometrics. I was conflicted about whether I could really afford to take that time away from my studies, but I stuck with it—and ultimately figured out the purpose of my life.

Had I instead spent that hour each day learning the latest techniques for mastering the problems of autocorrelation in regression analysis, I would have badly misspent my life. I apply the tools of econometrics a few times a year, but I apply my knowledge of the purpose of my life every day. Itʼs the single most useful thing Iʼve ever learned. I promise my students that if they take the time to figure out their life purpose, theyʼll look back on it as the most important thing they discovered at HBS. If they donʼt figure it out, they will just sail off without a rudder and get buffeted in the very rough seas of life. Clarity about their purpose will trump knowledge of activity-based costing, balanced scorecards, core competence, disruptive innovation, the four Ps, and the five forces.
Harvard business review has article of the same title.

His  TED talk is also available here.

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Tuesday 2 February 2016

Reviving the blog -



I started this blog  on 29-Sept-2008, but it  is  dormant since my last post on 9-Sept-2013.

I was in Tokyo in 2008, and was considering career switch from Oracle Database Administrator to "something else". That "something else" was not very clear.  I was courting "HR" in various ways. Hence I titled this blog as "HR-Universe".

I blogged with more or less enthusiasm. Postings were sporadic.  Possibly due to "transition phase", plus I wasn't having much content to write that will fit for heading "HR-universe".

Later I could get admission to the executive FPM (It trains one to do research and qualifies  for entry position in higher education) at XLRI - India's  best known b-school.  It was like dream come true moment in 2009.

I developed keen interest in the organization behavior during my coursework - the way people behave in workplace, in groups/teams, as leaders, and in organizations. I fully enjoyed this journey.

Mean-while I returned to India in 2011 after deadly tsunami. I wasn't directly affected by tsunami at all, but it triggered "back-to-home" decision.

After settling back, I started hunting for academic job and could find a position at IBS Business school, Pune.  Selection was through demo lecture, followed by couple of interviews. In demo lecture I spoke on "Job Crafting", pretty new area at that time.

Over roughly last three and half years, I  taught organization behavior and human resource management at IBS. My hands-on experience in writing business plans at JMEC, helped me to work on developing entrepreneurship cell and facilitate entrepreneurship as elective course.  But more than "teaching" I was "learning" as a teacher, and as  OB student.

I learned mostly from students. IBS students always surprised me. They stretched my abilities as "faculty".  Their behavior, abilities pushed me to challenge some of assumptions about learning/teaching. I also learned from other faculties, from IBS as Institute, from its well proven, fine tuned  processes and culture.

I experienced "OB" and "HR" theories in practice at IBS!

Reflecting on these experience may help in learning!

I intend to write some of my experiences as a career switch to academia, as a doctoral student in OB area at XLRI, and as a faculty at IBS. It is more of my reflection on my learning journey. Stay tuned.

Do write in comments for your suggestions/feedback.  

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Wednesday 9 January 2013

How people set their Salary Expectations ?

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How do people set their Salary expectations?

Particularly the one who are returning to job-market after a break, returning from other country or switching careers.

For instance when I returned from Japan, and was looking forward to my career shift, I asked. Many were tight-lipped. Even friends won’t share the details. And you will find them very diplomatic like “it depends”.

So when one more colleague is planning to return from Japan and mentioned he is expecting a salary of 20 Laks per annum as Project Manager in  IT firm.

I just explored casually (not some serious research though) …

One friend, who is senior architect in one of the leading software firm, & based in Pune mentioned a thumb rule at his work-place. 

We normally stick with 1.5 times experience. If he has 10 years of experience, reasonable expectation is 14 to 15 Laks per annum. And further this is moderated by skill-set, technology, certifications, kind of organizations, projects that one worked with and need of resource at that point of time.
Just couple of days back, I was talking to another friend. She was with consulting firm, and then resigned for some continuing education (not really increasing her marketability in corporate world). She mentioned that she is expecting a salary of 18 Laks per annum. I was little surprised and asked source of this figure.  Her argument...

Typically MBA receives the average salary around 7 Laks per annum. She has around 14 years of post-MBA experience.  So she added one Laks per year of experience and discounted for the two years of break.
Both the responses forced me to think.

Though there are salary surveys, ( here too ), user-forums, and reports on compensation trends, they don't really answer such special cases. 

More-over, these answers clearly underlined the entitlement philosophy of compensation, so for every year worked ,pay-raises are kind of expected.

Any thoughts or comments ? 

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