Author: Gopal Gopalan

CHOW #98- Enabling improved performance through proper feedback

Manjunath was an outstanding student in his college and a top ranker in his class from high school all the way through an engineering degree. He got his choice of a dream job on campus with a reputed multinational corporation. After a three-month orientation training, he was assigned to a very demanding project. The team had many experienced people and Manju was the youngest in the team. He spent considerable time in learning a host of new technologies and ended up spending long hours and working weekends on a regular basis. He was often praised by his boss, Rajiv,...

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Three key factors that can leverage Performance Appraisal

We see a lot of articles on performance appraisal systems with a focus on the processes to be implemented and Dos & Don’ts while performing the exercise. Such articles cover many valuable points. While there is a lot of merit in learning such techniques, the system continues to be under-leveraged and abused in many large corporates. More than 90% of the organizations use the output from the appraisal system directly to revise compensation. Many individuals, tend to read a lot about their performance from the revision in compensation, rather than from the objective feedback provided. The actual compensation changes,...

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CHOW #72– Time to learn what you want to

David underwent a three month long technical training on software development in the multinational software services company, which he joined upon completion of his undergraduate studies in Computer Science. Just as he finished his training, he was assigned to a customer project, which was to build a cloud-based custom ERP for a pharmaceutical company. The project was challenging and also demanding that David had no time to reflect on his work and consolidate his learning. He always dreamt of pursuing research in transaction oriented applications and had identified a couple of books to read and also identifies some projects...

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Losing Time…

Recently I was talking to a friend of mine who has taken a break from his regular job. The reason, he said, was that he was getting stressed out taking care of his aged parents and spending 10+ hours at work. There wasn’t a part-time option for him at work and he was not under any financial constraint that needed him to be earning a salary. He wanted to pursue some of his passion in addition to spending more time with his parents. I thought it was a good decision. It was a couple of months since he had...

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Just an Engineer!

‘I am just an engineer’ is what I heard as I was climbing the stairs in office. This statement got me thinking. I wondered why such a statement was made – was it despair? Was it anguish? My wonder turned to worry and so sought the real reason. It turned out that it was a statement made to explain (rather justify) why certain features were implemented the way they were rather than what the user really wanted. I was just thinking about it on my way home and had to stop at the hardware store. I explained to the...

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