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24 Awesome #Talent Quotes for You

Here is a list of quotes for you to learn and share. I will continue to add more from time to time.

  1. #WorkCulture – Leaders enable, employees sustain it. [Tweet this]
  2. Working with a good manager is like having fresh food – anything after that tastes bad!
  3. Not sure if employees leave because of bad managers, but for sure employees stay back for good ones.
  4. Leadership isn’t about you but about people, their culture and your ability to take them along.
  5. Organizations need to focus on work culture and experience.
  6. The crux of life is to learn something new, everyday and share it with others!
  7. Leadership isn’t about others  but you! Learn to lead yourself ethically and others will follow.
  8. Organizations forget the ‘L’ and provide ‘earning’ which only fulfills the material demands. Make people hungry for learning and growth. [Tweet this]
  9. Work Culture is made by Leaders. If you want a certain culture, be prepared to walk the talk. [Tweet this]
  10. Don’t invest in technology and use people. Rather invest in people and use technology. [Tweet this]

11. Data is not Analytics. Its use to solve business challenge is. [Tweet this]

12. Mentoring isn’t about you, it is about the mentee. Don’t make your clones.[Tweet this]

13. Some people make your work-life miserable – those are your tests. Stay calm & focused. They will stay, you have to pass! [Tweet this]

14. Never give up but give up foolishness. [Tweet this]

15. Learning is the easiest thing one can do – the most difficult one is taking the first step. #Growyourcareer #Talent [Tweet this]

16. The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others! #Life #Talent #Career [Tweet this]

17. Our super-charged, hyper-connected workforce needs active, #social and open #leaders. Cherish or Perish! #socbiz #Leadership [Tweet this]

18. Talent is not what you have, but what you do with it. #Success #Leadership [Tweet this]

19. Talent alone will not take you there, start working on your #Attitude #Success #Life [Tweet this]

20. Even the hardest #sellers have to understand the soft client issues. #SalesTip #Success [Tweet this]

21. Create a plan & assign importance – then learning will become a ‘part’ of your life rather than just a part of your routine. [Tweet this]

22. Money isn’t everything in life. Those who get this are always happy. Those who don’t are sometimes happy [Tweet this]

23. The most interested people in any meeting are the ones who hardly care! #Ironic #workplacefun [Tweet this]

24. Employee engagement is not a destination but a journey #Talent [Tweet this]

Feel free to add your quotes if you wish me to include them here under #QuotebyKhalid. Please only share your original quotes.

Talent Mantra: People should lead – People. Rest is just waste!

The ability to connect with people and understanding their emotions is the key to people management. Some managers miss that point. – Khalid Raza

I was listening to Karan Thapar yesterday where he had a panel talking about employment and engagement. One of the panelists, Aruna Jayanthi, CEO, Capgemini India Pvt Ltd, shared how ‘people should be leading people’ and that this should be the mantra. She asserted that even if people have great roles, they may leave the organization if the people they work with create a hostile environment.

Especially managers play a great role. We all have been hearing this since dogs were tied with sausage how ‘people leave managers’ and yet managers pay least focus on people. Some of them are oblivious and some do not care – in either case they cost organization more than they create value. In turn these managers become the biggest cost heads for organizations.

People lead People Khalid Raza #SocialGlamor 1Let me also share this short story which I got as a forward in one of many Whatsapp groups I am part of..

There was a king he had 10 wild dogs. He used them to torture and eat all ministers who made mistakes. So one of the ministers once gave an opinion which was wrong, and which the king didn’t like at all. He ordered that the minister to be thrown to the dogs. Continue reading

Twitter is the new classroom – are you marked absent?

On March 21, 2015, Twitter will celebrate its 9th birthday. 9 years ago,  Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in 2006, at a time when the micro-blogging social network was known simply as twttr. Those who are interested can read Twitter’s full origin story.

tumblr_lxnecjMabB1qee43fTwitter is a great place to learn and be a leader. It is quick, easy and full of information. However most of us are unsure of many things when it comes to Twitter. Few years ago I shared 5 ways to get the best out of your twitter account however there is much more that we need to know. If you still do not have a Twitter account, then see how to create my twitter account deck.

Recently I read an article which said, the employees, who are not on Twitter should be fired. And I would not completely disagree. Twitter is a big classroom and most of your employees are absent. How do you plan to compete with the competition?

The problem: Modern information moves at a breakneck pace, and you and your team need to keep up.

The solution: Get on Twitter. Follow the smartest and most innovative people, publications and companies in your industry. Check in a few times a day. Retweet the best stuff, maybe compliment someone on a good share. You don’t need to tweet twenty times a day to reap the benefits of Twitter as an information source. (Sure, it can feel like trying to drink from a fire hose, but the slide below can help with that). It’s not necessarily a big investment of time, but it’s an essential routine to start integrating into your day. (If you’re struggling, create a little schedule for yourself. For example, check when you first log on in the morning, when you come back from lunch, and when you have your afternoon coffee. You get the idea. We think you’ll find that it will start to be as routine as checking email.)

Twitter has varied use cases which can help you become more productive – from micro-blogging to finding a job, from quick answers to keeping up with the news, from learning to being an SME… the list is endless. Everyone is learning. The question is – Where are you?

Please share with me what is one thing that you admire about Twitter? And if you are not on Twitter then share one reason why. May be, I will convince you why you should!

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How to be awesome at work! And in life too!

The crux of life is to learn something new, everyday! – Khalid Raza

I started the blog with the statement above but if you see the comments, you will see a buzzing conversation. Through his comments, Narayanan shared with us a better version of the quote, which I am pasting below. I am amazed, how all of us can make all of us more intelligent, smarter and better. Thank you Narayanan!

‘The crux of life is to learn something new, everyday and share it with others!!! – Khalid Raza and Narayanan

2014 zipped past like a bullet train. Is it the effect of super-addictive learning, or the fast paced world we live in? Nonetheless, it was a great year for me, personally and professionally. I made some new friends, traveled to awesome new places including Mauritius, bought a house, got promoted at work, worked with one the finest leaders in IBM – Tim Collins; learnt a lot from my mentors and #SocialHRSuccess revolutionized social learning at IBM,.Ohh I forget, I started liking coffee – thank you New York!

#SociaGlamor #BEAwesome #Leadership #Learning Khalid Raza khalidraza9

But above all, I discovered that working with other bright individuals, is an opportunity to become a better person. We get these opportunities all the time, but mostly squander them as we fail to see them as opportunities. Some of us stay blind. So much to learn, so much to do and so many ways to shine! To some it all up there may be much to achieve in this world but the biggest achievement will always be love and appreciation from people around you. How much of that do you get? How do you get more?

I am going to share a small activity which I started in 2014 and works for me. I want you to take a pen and a paper and write down the name of the person, you ‘do not’ wish to work with again. Don’t fret, I’d not ask you to share that with me.

Think of the reasons, why you would not like to work with them. Anything which makes you cringe about them. Write the top three reasons below the name. This is where this activity becomes the toughest – you have to be honest with yourself. For, you are in the process of becoming your better self.

Now list down the times where you demonstrated any of those three traits at work. It does not matter if you were chasing a deadline, of you were upset or if your CEO had turned red. If you can relate to any of the qualities that you wrote down, it means there are people at work, who do not wish to work with you!

Did you ever think of it? I did not, till I did this exercise. I felt really bad about myself and heart heavy. But this is where we pick up the gauntlet and take steps towards becoming our better selves.

Now do the next step in the process. Take one said trait at a time and give yourself two weeks to improve. Here is what I did:

  1. Made impact statements for each trait. The impact statement should guide you towards eradicating the same. For example if the trait is, “He/She speaks rudely,” the impact statement can be, “I will be polite at all times.”
  2. Wrote my impact statement on a paper and stuck it at my desk. It read, “I will not interrupt.”
  3. Identify a partner – anyone who can observe your behavior and provide feedback to you. Seek feedback at all times. The person should know the activity and the results you are expecting.
  4. Observe yourself at all times. No one can improve you unless you give it your 100%.

be-better-600x338That’s it – you will see results, in the form of compliments, better relations and best one – the confidence and happiness that comes with being a better person. You can do this for anything you do not like in others. If you do not appreciate people rushing in when the elevator door opens, you stop rushing in. If you do not like people honking on the road, you stop honking. If you do not like getting rude emails, you must stop writing them. We know that leaders are never born, they become. But before becoming a leader, we must become better human beings and professionals.

Thank you for being part of my leadership journey. 2014 was amazing and 2015 looks bright already. Will you stay blind or get better? Share your thoughts with me.

If it Clicks, it’s Social!

Our super charged, hyper-connected workforce needs active, social and open leaders. Cherish or perish! – Khalid Raza [Tweet this]

BRANDfog’s 2014: The Global, Social CEO survey results are out. It provides the crucial reality check which some of our leaders may not wish to see. The survey primarily focuses on the C-suite’s social media engagement and business leader involvement.

Here are the three results from this year’s 15-question survey:

  1. Social CEOs make better leaders: Between 2012 and 2013, the perception that C-Suite and executive participation in social media leads to better leadership, increased from 45% to 75%.
  2. Social CEO engagement leads to brand trust: A company whose C-Suite executives and leadership teams use social to communicate on core mission, brand values and purpose is more trustworthy.
  3. Social media is modern PR: One of the most insightful survey results is that social media has become the new age PR for executives, especially for brands in crisis.

None of this should be a surprise. We believe that being social and open helps us become more human, real and effective. Being social is not an event or a box to tick, it is who we are as people, it is a state of being! It is about transformation and reinvention. (Tweet this)

Social Leaders #SocialGlamor Khalid Raza

Legacy solutions and systems (like email and team rooms), still garner a lot of support from the leaders when it comes to implementation and usage. Social is too often the second choice solution for leaders and their management teams. If that continues as the modus operandi, Gartner research estimates that 80% of social business initiatives would deliver disappointing results over the next three years. Not surprising again!

This article from Gerald C (Jerry) Kane, an associate professor of information systems at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, highlights three reasons why social business initiatives fail:

1. Managers go into social business with unclear goals.
2. Initiatives start as pilots, and then fizzle out due to modest participation.
3. Companies expect social initiatives, even pilots, to deliver a financial return on investment.

The problem lies at a very deeper and basic level – right in the minds of our leaders. The ‘change’ has been painful and agonizing.. Here’s one example:  continuing to rely on email is the ‘only’ or preferred way to work. Email, corporate intranets and knowledge management solutions are clearly not ‘old’ technologies, but in the context of true collaboration they are outdated, old school, and rely on  rigid methodologies, hierarchy and structures that don’t take full advantage of the free-form approach of enterprise social collaboration.

In IBM, we understand this challenge. Interestingly, the power and potential of social is also its biggest roadblock! Supporting efforts and enablement programs can only do so much. The journey of a leader to become social and open has to be undertaken by the leader himself or herself.

Here are a few steps every leader can do take to make social click for them:

  1. Identify your calling: Social won’t happen for you because it is happening for others! Find your own reason how social can make you a better leader, a better colleague, and find your own unique voice. Once you are cognizant of the reason, the rest of the journey will be easy. If social does not click for you, then you are in the wrong place. Many leaders skip this step.
  2. Focus on solving the problem: This means becoming more effective and productive. It can be knowledge-sharing, digital eminence, collaboration, sales, and knowledge-management. Don’t do it for a scorecard, do it for yourself. Or else you will fail.
  3. Social is all about authenticity and being real, aka organic: Unless you are a celebrity doing social to “be” what other people want you to be, inorganic social activity is a waste. It may gratify you for a bit, but it will do harm. Build your #socialglamor each day, with honest, sincere and vulnerable social participation.
  4. Define the end result you want and not the ROI: Emails do not have any ROI and we never ask for it. For social, return on investment comes up often.  Spend the time to visualize the success you want to achieve with social and that will put you on the right path.
  5. Walk the talk: Let go of control, be self-aware and vulnerable. Social is all about being out there, with everyone else on a level playing field.

Great leaders have always been about equality and inspiration. They knew that real value comes from merit and teamwork. The corporate creations of corner offices, private suites, concierge service and round tables made this less possible.

First few lines of this amazing video seal it for me.

“There are a lot of people, who say: ‘But I tried once or twice… and it didn’t work out’. And so they use that as an excuse not to ever come out again.”

I leave you with this.  How do you want to be remembered? As a person who clicks in the true spirit of social or someone for whom social needs to be clicked, a box to be ticked? Share your thoughts.

Are you a Walter Mitty?

Find that what makes you happy; work should always be a labor of love! – Khalid Raza

Think about this…80 percent of the 18-44-year-olds check their smartphones as soon as they wake up. It’s highly likely that your networks are reaching for their phones and scanning their newsfeed as they start their day. No wonder every Monday morning, the social networks are mostly buzzing with ‘I hate Monday’ posts. Today, of course was no different.

monday-bluesI, for one get seriously excited about Mondays. Productivity gives me a buzz and therefore the start of the week finds me bright eyed, raring to go.

And that makes me wonder, why is today’s workforce so disengaged? What is missing? It isn’t that the organizations do not have those fancy activities and programs to ‘try’ to make them happy. Organizations are trying to do everything under the sun to keep employees engaged and excited about work. For example: Quiz contests, team outings (the worst of all), cricket tournaments, some flash mobs (I seriously do not get it), potlucks, dance, fashion fests, so on and so forth. Do they work, maybe yes, maybe not! I am not suggesting all this is a waste of time, but what about before and after these activities? How would you sustain the buzz and the engagement?

I was talking to a few young millennials (Yes, I am a millennial too) and for us the ‘experience’ is more important than anything else. I asked this guy, “The org is doing so many events, why do you still want to leave your job?”, and he looked at me, wondering if I am from Mars and quipped, “Dude, my job sucks! And these events won’t take that away!” He was right. These wonderfully orchestrated colorful events are worth zilch when it comes to ‘real’ employee engagement. Employee engagement is not an event, it is a state of being, and you won’t get there with events! (Tweet this)

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty SocialGlamorLast night, I was watching, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a light but enjoyable film by Ben Stiller where the protagonist (Ben), a day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

I am not saying we all should become Walter Mitty (why not though) but why are we stuck in jobs which do not inspire us, but may have promised us fatter packages? Why is it that only compensation inspires us while we know that money would never be enough? Why do we want organizations to keep us engaged? Why can’t we be engaged at work?

I am interested to know your thoughts – Do Mondays make you happy or sad? There is a discussion happening on Facebook, feel free to add your bit.

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I think social is overhyped!

Exactly, I think social is overhyped!

KhalidRazaSocialLoveThat’s what a lot of leaders say to me, subtly, and they are not the only ones. Oops, mebbe I should not have mentioned it. Well, I feel social is over-engineered but not overhyped. Tim Collins, Director, HR Talent, Development & Resources, and #socialHRsuccess (an effort to enable IBM HR Professional and processes be more social) a leader, shared this with me in his brilliant blog, HR Globalist (IBM internal blog):

“According to Vala Afshar, CMO of Extreme Networks: Don’t do social, be social. 

Sincere
Open
Collaborative
Interested
Authentic
Likeable

Social is not something extra you do on top of your regular work.

Who has the time to do more? I certainly don’t. To be social, you have to change the way you approach your job. For me, social is where real work gets done — sharing, collaborating across time zones and geos, networking, finding knowledge and great ideas wherever and with whomever they reside. It can be done in public, in the open, and when the situation calls for it, in private, 100% secure, restricted communities, wikis and activities. When done right, it democratizes the organization, breaks down silos and hierarchy, improves both speed and quality.”

Isn’t it super simple. This line, “To be social, you have to change the way you approach your job.” That for me is the crux of what social is all about.

This week, I was creating a new archive (yes I still use emails), like I do every year and started to wonder – how many emails did I get/send in 2014? I did a quick check and I was surprised at what I found. Take a look:

Email graph

The traffic has reduced so much for me. From 2012 till today, I have got 9000 less emails! And, if I would have spent 1 minute per email (average), I would have saved 9000 minutes. Of course not all of this is because of social, considering that I switched roles, moved projects etc, but this is a staggering number! Obviously, I, like other #socialangels who put in efforts to take non-confidential conversation to the ‘open/social’ platform IBM Connections, our Enterprise Social Network.

Now, I have not calculated exactly how much time I must have saved, when people ask me a question on my Connections profile and when my network chips in to respond, saving time for not only me but for the person who asks the question. This aspect of mutual knowledge empowers us to find information faster, work better and live happier.

Imagine a scenario where you need a solution and you do not know who can help you. What will you do? Spend time to find out an expert (only if you are able to find one, who for sure knows the answer to your question), send them an email and wait for them to respond to you. Really!

What you can do is just go to your social network profile and post the question and someone in your network will help you – but before you become selfish and incline only toward extracting information, you must also spend time to help others. Now, that would be a good thumb rule!

Let me share this screenshot which clearly demonstrates the power of social and how it helped me save time and find a solution. Check this out:

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And, this is not it – there is much more, the private activities where I document my 101 with my manager, the private wiki where I document three quarterly highlights, (which eventually help me with my PBC (IBM’s annual employee appraisal, immensely), private/open communities where I ask/provide answers, internal blog and #SocialGlamorthe list just goes on.

Final thoughts: I see social as a tool to help us become more productive, faster and efficient in what we do. Share your thoughts and let me know how social has changed your work day!

Edited by: Vanitha Poojary

 

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