Category Archives: All Things Social

May be. Live with it.

I am a huge fan of mentoring – no doubt. However, I disagree that learning only happens when planned. Most of the super-sticky and impactful learning experiences I have had have happened unplanned. [Tweet This]

I was in a meeting with DP Singh, Vice President & HR Head, India South Asia, IBM, to discuss the crazy-fun work we do under India HR Hub effort where we focus on accelerating the adoption of social and technology by HR Professionals. The conversation drifted to team-work and DP shared with us 2 tips to ensure teams stay together and continue to improve.

DP posits that we should observe 2 behaviors when working in a team:

  • may-be-live-with-it-socialglamorMay be: Most of the time, teams become war zones when team members start to shoot down ideas and people. This takes an ugly spiral turn and then becomes a norm. This behaviour inhibits team members to be open and share ideas or suggestions. DP believes each team member should listen to the idea or suggestion and consider – ‘may be’ this is possible. This approach allows you to be inclusive, encourages new ideas and also opens up a new perspective. So next time you hear a new suggestion, think.
  • Live with it: When your idea or suggestion is not considered by the team, ask yourself if you can ‘live with it’ before getting into a frenzy to dismantle the fabric around you. It is very easy to get worked up (also read: 3 tips to avoid Rash Decisions) and take decisions which do not serve any fruitful purpose. Do not attach your ego with the outcome and always keep the team agenda in your perspective.

When I heard these points, I kept thinking – how easy it is to follow these 2 steps and what an impactful learning this is for all of us. So many times we see great teams doing average work because team members start to cannibalize as they tend to solution other team members than the problem.

Do you have any idea to make amazing teams? DO share with me by commenting.

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Exclusive discount of 10% for #TechHR16

My dear readers, here is an exclusive discount only for you for all the love you have for #SocialGlamor blog.

As you know, People Matters is organizing TechHR ’16. This is Asia’s largest conference where thought leaders will explore the various opportunities emerging for organizations to reinvent the talent practices by leveraging the power of technology. Given below are quick details of the conference

TechHR Conference & Exhibition
A People Matters Initiative
4th & 5th of August 2016
The Leela Ambience, Gurgaon

It is my privilege to offer you an exclusive discount code to the conference. Just use “khalidraza9”as the discount code at the registration page to avail 10% discount on the delegate. Given below are a few links for your quick reference

·  Access all information about the conference by visiting website
·  Download the conference agenda by clicking here
·  Register online by clicking here and use the discount code “khalidraza9” to get 10% discount on the registration fee.

You can reach out to the People Matters team if you need help, but remember to use my discount code!  Here are the details of the contact person from People Matters: Parul Shukla | | 8750096719.

I will miss the conference as I am out of India, but will chime in using #TechHR16

Driving talent engagement through social

Talent is the biggest challenge organizations are facing in today’s environment where the millennials are taking charge. Employers all over the world are looking to find ways to keep employees engaged. Gallup research shows that only 13% of employees around the world are actively engaged at work, and more than twice that number are so disengaged, that they are likely to spread negativity to others.

If people are not engaged, how can leaders attain those business objectives that are critical to improving organizational performance? And, at the same, we need our leaders to engage employees.


An engaged employee becomes an asset to the team, department, business unit and organization by continuously thinking about the bigger picture. In his book, Getting Engaged: The New Workplace Loyalty, author Tim Rutledge explains that the truly engaged employees are attracted to, and inspired by, their work (“I want to do this”), committed (“I am dedicated to the success of what I am doing”), and fascinated (“I love what I am doing”). Engaged employees care about the future of the company and are willing to invest the discretionary effort – exceeding duty’s call – to ensure that the organization succeeds.

Talent engagement is not a goal, it is a state of being; focus should stay on sustaining it.

Most organizations have an annual employee engagement survey which helps leaders assess the engagement levels but it’s…

Read the complete article on People Matters or on LinkedIn.

My 2015 in review

2015 is over but I am still hungover. What an year it was. Lemme quickly share with you some highlights of my 2015 and I will eagerly wait to hear your top highlight of the year through the comment section.

To begin with, my blog got a lot of love from all of you. The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

And I became a proud father of Zayaan Raza, who joined us on 5th Dec 2015. Here is us wishing you an awesome New Year!

Last but not the least, the icing on the cake was when I got selected in the 25 Top Indian HR Professionals – what an honor!

Disha 2015, Day 4: Sophos – Mr. Khalid Raza, Talent Development Manager, IBM – “Analytics is about taking data, understanding it and interpreting it to solve business challenges.”

#HRAnalytics is not a choice anymore.
To access the deck used in this talk, please see this page:

The TAPMI Blog

Khalid Raza

In another of those high energy Sophos session in Disha2015, Mr. Khalid Raza, Talent Development Manager – IBM, introduced the students of TAPMI to the world of data analytics. He started off with a question to the students about their understanding of the term “analytics”. He went on to explain about the usage of analytics in solving business challenges. Most of the time we see what we want to see and omit what we don’t want to see. Analytics is about taking data, understanding it and interpreting it to solve business challenges. Data analytics could be used in HR practice to uncover the hidden truths about the work force, he said. Although companies around the world make use of analytics to gauge consumer preferences and behaviour, least amount of analytics is done on workforce. The data variables available on work force are limited to the likes of attrition numbers, head…

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Why should you never buy at Reliance Digital

In the world of Internet Customer Service, it’s important to remember your competitor is only one mouse click away. ~ Doug Warner

This is not a rant, but a story/use-case to share the power social has given us to reclaim what is rightfully ours and how brands need to be careful of their actions. If you have faced similar challenges, I would request you to share your story below. I will be sharing this blog with Brian Bade, CEO of Reliance Retail.
Reliance Digital Khalid Raza #SocialGlamor

It all happened on 6th April 2015, a hot day in Bangalore, while watching the brilliantly orchestrated advertisement of Reliance Digital, I convinced myself to buy an air-conditioner (AC) from the store. My friend, Debarati and I, along with my wife, went to the Reliance Digital store, located in Phoenix Market City Mall in Bangalore.

The sales team did a great job to convince us to buy 2 AC units, promising free deliver and installation. They also forced us to buy addition services, although we resisted the temptation and now I am convinced it was a good decision. The sale was prompt and we left the store after spending INR 76,000 on two top range Samsung AC units.

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How to block Candy Crush Saga request

candy-crush-2A lot of my Facebook friends play Candy Crush Saga – an app and online game where the basic move of the game is horizontally or vertically swapping the positions of two adjacent candies, to create sets of three (or more) candies of the same color. Throughout the game, the player solves puzzles so Tiffi (short for Toffette) can solve problems plaguing the residents of the Candy Kingdom. It is addictive!

Candy Crush Saga is a match-three puzzle video game released by the developer King on April 12, 2012 for Facebook, and on November 14, 2012 as a mobile app for smartphones. As of March 2013, Candy Crush Saga surpassed FarmVille 2 as the most popular game on Facebook, with 46 million average monthly users.[1][2] It is a variation on their browser game Candy Crush.[3] In November 2013, the “Dreamworld” expansion was launched, (unlocking at passing level 50 and opening by pressing an owl known as “Odus” which is on right hand side of screen) creating nocturnal-themed but more difficult version of older levels.

However some of them, including me, find the constant Facebook invitations and requests very irritating and nonsensical. Confession: I play Candy Crush Saga too!

However there is a very simple way out of the persistent notifications. All you have to do is go to your Facebook account and click on notification icon. You will see the notification as shown below:

Candy Crush Saga Facebook RequestIf you hover your mouse over the notification, you will see two options – to ‘Mark as Read‘ or to ‘Turn Off‘ the notification from the app. Click on ‘Turn Off’ and then confirm in the notification.

Candy Crush Saga Facebook Request Turn Off

Additionally, if a friend is sending you too many app or game invites, you can go to your blocking settings and type the friend’s name into the Block app invites section.

That’s all! Enjoy your new, nag-free Facebook. Or move to Twitter! #Wink

So which apps or notifications are most annoying for you on Facebook?


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