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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Learning from Mistakes

All of us make mistakes. And I think making mistakes is not a bad thing as long as one gets another shot at it (at times this may not be possible and one mistake is enough to wipe out one's existence, growth or future plans). Another aspect of making mistakes is that one must learn from it. Making the same mistake again and again should be unpardonable.

I have come across many people who don't seem to realize the gravity of not learning from the mistakes. Some of the people I have interacted with in my professional career seem to carry a casual attitude to mistakes and learning.

There are some who get disheartened easily and there some who are overenthusiastic and at times utterly unrealistic. The learning from past may not remain relevant in the current situation so one must be willing to unlearn and then learn new things as well. This is another aspect of learning.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Why New Hires May Quit Early On!

Companies and prospective employees invest a lot of effort in engaging each other in meaningful conversations before the company makes the offer and the candidate accepts it. A serious and honest effort on the part of both sides result in the candidate to finally come on board. Despite that some new hires may quit early on for reasons explained below.

Why New Hires May Quit Early On!
  • One is hired into a position where the reporting is to someone which is not natural for the position. Examples of this include manager hired in a group reporting into another group's senior manager. The senior manager may have a higher designation but will be useless in adding any meaningful value to the manager and this will trigger the manager to start looking outside.
  • The role one is offered provides no real learning and growth opportunity and the new hire will start tuning out from the company.
  • The actual profile of the new hire on the job varies significantly from the promised profile. This will result in the new hire to reassess his/her decision.
  • Cultural challenges in settling down in the new company may also trigger some of the new hires to think of leaving early on.  This can happen in case of someone joining a small company from a big one or the other way round.
What Else Should New Hires, Especially Senior Professionals, Consider While Quitting?

Out of the four reasons cited above the first one would be most relevant in case of senior professionals. In some companies the new hire might be functionally heading a department but will still not get to represent the department in different forums. In such cases the simple advice is to strongly indicate this to those who matter and if  this continues just move on.

The second reason is a good reason for professionals at any stage of their career. Constantly getting opportunities to learn and grow is important for everyone. In case of senior professionals though it may be needed at times to create learning and growth opportunities for themselves and for others reporting into them.

In case of reasons three and four, professionals in early stages of their career will generally be more concerned. This might concern professionals at other stages of their career also but they would have become mature to live with it as they would have come to realize that changing a job entails risks in respect of the actual profile and cultural differences.

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