Author: Ananth Natarajan

CHOW #120 – Workacholic Manager

You joined this team couple of months back. You notice that your manager generally works very long hours  on week-days and comes to work on certain week-ends too. You are concerned that you would not get good appraisal if you do not work similar hours. Exercise: Would your concern be valid? Would you say that your manager’s family life is in doldrums? He is married and has two young children.   Suggested Solution: My response is: Yes – it would be, if you are someone who does not believe in working long hours. Perceptions and concerns like – my...

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Five beacons for your leadership journey

Adolf Hitler would feature in most lists of leaders of all time, but I would not want to fashion my leadership journey around him, would you? The intent of this post is not to identify the right leader to emulate but define a few guiding lights. Based on my experience and my observation of a few leaders that I have been associated with, I have come up five beacons that could guide us in our journey. Here we go. Beacon #1: Unified Vision Leadership is typically associated with one’s career or profession. Over the years, I have learnt that...

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CHOW # 105 – Uncertainty to Certainty

You are a program manager with an IT Service Provider handling a project for a U.S. based client. The client uses three different telecom service providers and pays large bills every month – for a few hundred thousand calls that cost them millions of dollars. Your client negotiates customized tariff plans with each of the telecom service providers (vendors) and keeps reviewing them periodically. Along with the summary of the bill, your client receives detailed call data records in the form of electronic data files from the telecom service providers. Client suspects that the telecom service providers are over-charging....

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Facing uncertainty

In one of my earlier blogs, I had written about some of the thoughts that plague a manager’s mind (refer http://pm-powerconsulting.com/blog/thoughts-plague-managers-mind/). Top of the list was about the ability to make commitments and deliver on them in the face of uncertainty. I thought I will delve into that challenge a bit more and see how managers can handle the uncertainties. In today’s digital age projects, uncertainty is the norm. Even the customer does not seem to know the requirements; and you are building the software on the shifting sands of today’s technology; not to mention the pressure to deliver...

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CHOW #90- Critical conversation

Nipun Sehgal was the designated QnC (IT Service Provider) Program Manager for the engagement with Spot-On Power Solutions (SOPS) to develop their next generation Analytics solution. A key assumption in the QnC proposal was the re-use of artefacts from the earlier project undertaken by SOPS which had not succeeded. After QnC won the project bid, Nipun and his team were putting together the plan for the engagement. Nipun felt it was high time that he validated the re-use assumption. In general, he felt he needed the active ongoing support and high-quality inputs from people in SOPS who were knowledgeable...

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