How to be better at your job in 2014

We have seen 2012 going by with many opportunities.  We were successful in grabbing some and some are working on getting a piece of that success. Job is an important aspect of our life. With New Year approaching, we give you some tips on being effective at your job in the year ahead:

Anticipate your department’s needs:

Shawnice Meador, Director of Career Management MBA@UNC says “Being a reliable source for your department leader and seeing opportunities for your department to improve is a great way to be better at your job. Take on tasks that your department leader may not need to oversee directly and present a finished product to him or her” This can help your leader to trust and rely on your work.

omnetlogo2014

Get to know your boss better:

Your destiny lies in the hands of your boss, so this makes it obvious for you to know him personally as well as professionally. It doesn’t mean that you can’t hang out with them. By knowing about him/her, you will know when and what clicks with him. It is important to communicate with your boss more often.

Assume success:

Your approach, expression, body language and etiquette on the whole tell how successful you can be.  Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant says “Be confident about your work. You’re uniquely qualified to do exactly what you do.” You contribute to the success of the organization as much as the top management does. Your failures in this year are nothing but setbacks which you can work on by challenging yourself.

Study your industry:

The change happens every now and then. You have to be updated with the change in your specialized industry. Keep yourself updated so that you can discuss recent changes in the industry with your subordinates. This leaves a good impression amongst everyone. Information is always powerful. you can update yourself about the trends and concepts with a Part time course, or distance learning course.

Always come with a solution:

We all go with a question or a problem to our boss, which is good but if you go with a solution or an idea with complete context and clear implementation plan, you potray a powerful impression of leadership quality. Surely it won’t be discouraging.

Find a mentor:

We all look for people who can guide us professionally as well as in non-work interest. Look out for one at your work place.  Teach says “Find someone at your company whom you respect and want to learn from. You don’t need to directly ask them to be your mentor, just keep the communication lines open and take them out to lunch once in a while.”

Improve your communication skills:

We face many miscommunications in between the lines of management, employers, employees and subordinates. Many a times we are misunderstood due to wrong communication and are scared to clear it which leads to stress and low quality of work. If you communicate fearlessly you are sure to lead a stress free work at your work place. and best way to learn these skills are workshops conducted during your MBA or Part time MBA education.

Invest in continuous learning to stay on top of your game:

Many companies encourage employees to pursue courses that can help them to do better at work. That’s where distance learning can come to your aid. It enhances your knowledge and helps you to perform successfully.

Click here for more details on Welingkar’s Hybrid Learning Program

Advertisements

Business Simulation: You Learn When You Try !

A business simulation in a distance learning program is an exposure or experiment to face the reality without ruining your business. With group- centric learning activity, alongside having fun, you are constantly engaging yourself in finding solution, accepting challenges, and at the same time you are also learning the spirit of team building. The games involved are just not games, but a self contained learning experience for every participant. It tests your skills and knowledge in all aspects of business, which you can implement at your workplace.

Meaning of Business Simulation: Business simulation is about enacting a real-life scenario at the corporate work place in a non corporate setting. It helps in ascertaining how a change in one or more circumstances affects the rest of the system. It is also called a “what-if analysis”.

Welingkar business Simulation in distance learning program
Learning By Doing:

There are times when we find it difficult to make our subordinates understand the expected outcome needed from them. People, especially adults retain more information when they learn something on themselves or from a trial and error method. That’s exactly what a business simulation does. It gives you a platform to learn from your own mistakes. The business models are reworked to understand altered approach to the problem. You are given an opportunity to come out of your comfort zone and broaden your horizons.

Business simulation becomes crucial because you are dealing with many people from different backgrounds who may have their own approach of looking at setbacks. Your challenge is to fashion one solution which is acceptable and applicable thus modifying the circumstance that can influence the business in a fruitful manner.

Interaction and Engagement:

Professionals working together share information. They are also given the right to take decision, plan strategies and have complete control over the outcome. They are given instant feedback on the decisions they take. They also receive solutions from experts and subordinates in the team.

In General institutes offering Part time MBA or Distance learning MBA, should conduct these work shops on business simulation, as it provides students of distance learning with  a more  competitive and challenging experience.

Click here to learn about Welingkar’s DLP Business simulation workshop. also Click here if you want to register for the upcoming workshop on Business Simulation

Understanding Organizational Environment: The Key to Success.

A section of the corporate world is doing well despite the challenging economic climate. They are declaring handsome dividends and doling-out attractive increments to their employees. So what is their secret of success?

The answer to this lies in one simple well-known HR mantra: positive organizational environment. Yes. The companies who are doing well today despite unfavorable conditions are able to do so solely because they have been able to create a work environment where the employees feel energetic and all charged-up.

In other words these employees experience a positive climate thus inspiring them to perform. So what is a positive Climate? Positive Climate is simply the perception that employees have towards an organization. And many of them learn it only through their work experience, so at that time, doing a part time course or a distance learning course to polish ones inter-personal skills, and understanding organizational management is  crucial. These learnings are imparted by educational institutes offering MBA and Part time MBA.

The role of leaders in creating positive climate.

Leaders have a big role to play in creating the so called “positive climate.” They should inspire the employees to come up with out-of-the-box ideas. They should reward those individuals in the organization who have demonstrated exceptional team-work. They should openly praise those employees who have shown dedication, perseverance and conviction of purpose, clearly inspiring other employees to follow suit.

How to determine positive organizational climate?

Studies say that following are some of the measures to know whether the organization has a positive climate or not.

Clarity: This means that people should have a clear cut understanding of what  organizations’ goals are at the moment. Is it about increasing market share? Is it about entering new markets and conquering them? And such related issues.

Ownership: This measure indicates that employees should feel that they are the owners of the organization and not just another employee who is delivering a given task.

Recognition: The feeling that people are recognized and rewarded for doing good work and that they receive accurate performance feedback

Teamwork:  People should be seen working as teams without any conflicts or ego hassles.

Relaxed feeling: Employees should feel relaxed working in the organization. Excessive work pressure denotes an unfavorable climate.

If you want to update yourself in understanding current trends in organizational climate, while you work, then the  Human Resource module from Distance Learning programs is worth a closer look. The module takes a case study approach and challenges the students to come up with solutions on creating a win-win organizational environment.

So, look up to these modules for enlightenment on this oft-referred topic of the 21st century.

Aspire to be a leader!

A need for good leader is not restricted to business alone; leadership as a quality is essential in social, political, and educational areas as well. But what makes a good leader and how to be one? There are many factors that differentiate a leader who is accepted and the one who is appointed.

To purely define a leader one can say that – “a leader is a person who influences and guides others”. Qualities like intelligence, toughness, determination, and vision are required, but along with these what is also needed are qualities like self awareness, self-regulation, motivation and empathy. Social skill is another attribute of a good leader.These skills may sound soft and unprofessional but they play an important role in order to stand out from the crowd of thousand leaders.

leadership

There is an old saying “Managers make things right, but leaders do right things”. As a leader, you are responsible to not only inspire people around you but also stretch them to their limits so that your organization turns into a success story.

This is possible only when you do it yourself and prove yourself being one of them. We have many examples of successful leaders who are worth emulating. For example, Mahatma Gandhi. No doubt the situation was different at that time but the principle remains the same. He accomplished through his actions and led India to independence. When you lead by example, people look at you and say “If he can do it, then I can do it too”. However, when you lead by example, make it easy for others to follow too.

We have legendary businessman, Jack Welch of General Electric, who developed the idea of “boundary less organization” which means a way of holding “brainstorming session”. Instead of waiting for higher management to think, he asked his team to turn loose and he promised to listen to ideas from anyone in the company. He did, what he promised. He heard from the lowest line starting from a worker to senior authority. He knew he was right and the company achieved incredible success under his leadership.

Good leaders push their team with excitement, inspiration, trust and vision. It takes courage and strength to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason. Leadership qualities as they say, are not just we learn by getting trained in a playground or an army camp, but it’s also being aware of the journey of your team and also by getting trained from learn time scenarios.

It’s so important that Education academies offering full time and Distance learning programs  make sure they train their students in leadership qualities, from which they will benefit hugely when they work in an active work environment.

Click here to read more about leadership qualities at Welingkar’s Slide share channel.

Photo courtesy : http://mrkempreflects.blogspot.in

The Unseen Code of Conduct: Etiquette

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Etiquette”?  Might be a man bowing down to greet a woman, Opening a door for a lady, or eating with a spoon and fork in a restaurant.  Etiquette can be defined simply as a ticket, proving that the bearer knows the rules required for admittance behind closed doors.  Knowledge of etiquettes is important if you want to succeed as a manager or a leader.

There exist many forms of etiquette in our day to day life which comes easily and there are few which you have to keep an eye for. Rules of etiquette are usually not written and reflect mainly in your behavior, fashion and status, but the aspect may get confided to you from time to time.  In business interaction, your etiquettes give you the space to have an interaction easily with your comrades. In this IT age, a social convention for using computer networks is alluded to as “netiquettes”. That just means the basic code used over internet or for networking with clients while exchanging mails or messages.

Etiquette

Learning or Understanding the Etiquettes is based on your experience and education; also right corporate etiquettes play an important role in your persona, and ultimately in your career graph, it’s important that colleges that offer Distance learning program on Business Management, should teach this to its students via workshops like Business Simulation, Industrial Visits etc.

Etiquettes vary significantly with different culture and countries. For example, In China, the food left in the bowl is considered as dishonor to the host, whereas in US the guest is expected to finish the food in the platter to appreciate the quality of food. Likewise, etiquette may be wielded as a social weapon. Following are some of the professional seen or unseen etiquette to look out for:

  • If you have exchanged few angry emails with your colleague, it is suggested to call or discuss the issue face-to-face.
  • If you have heard your co-workers’ conversation, it is suggested to keep it private and refrain from commenting over it.
  • While answering your business call, always answer with your name.
  • It is accepted to tell your business colleague that her/his zip is unzipped.
  • When you have finished eating, your napkin should be placed on your left side.
  • If you have a morsel of food in your tooth, it is suggested to excuse yourself to the washroom to clean.
  • At an official dinner, remember the rule BMW from left to right, Bread-Meal-Water.
  • If your cell phone rings, apologize and turn your phone to silent mode.
  • When making a business introduction, you should always introduce the junior management to the senior management.
  • In the business arena, both men and women should stand while shaking hands and making introductions.

Following these Etiquettes will enhance your image in your place of work and it also demonstrates dignified conduct.

Interview with “We Star” Mr. Bipin Chandra Pandey

Clad in a simple wear, a naive man, Mr.Bipin Chandra Pandey is molded with his mothers learning in life as well as his disciplinary attitude in his profession. He looked breezy and bright in the conversation with a hint of strictness in his persona. However, his simplicity and his never to give up attitude beats every approach of his age. It is just a testament to the work he has put in after his retirement in army.

After completing his Masters in Electronics, he opted to join the armed forces and served there for over 20 years, later deciding to retire prematurely as a Colonel. Even after his retirement, the army principles were entrenched in him and he wanted to assimilate them into the corporate world. He was soon playing his role in the corporate world and brought many changes working with his family business. In NIIT, he instilled the slogan “Do more with less!” by introducing SOP- Standard Operating Procedures. He didn’t stop here. He was offered to work for an international company which was going through a bad phase and he was asked to reinforce the unit and sell it off within 4 years. He successfully completed his project in 2 years. He joined WEB ACCESS, set up their US operations and heads the company for the last five and half years.

He believes “One can achieve whatever you want in this life itself, provided you work for it!”

WE STAR MR. BIPIN CHANDRA PANDEY

As a Motivator

When asked about his strengths, he spoke with a rare enthusiasm. “I motivate people, build self-reliance in them and get them to do things.” He resolves every encounter with a logical conclusion. To add together he says “Am an expert at Time Management-a boon in today’s’ time-bound, committed world!”

Talking about his weakness, he opens up and shares with us flaw about his facial expression and tonal quality “due to a bullet injury in the army in my throat, i tend to make a concentrated effort to talk audibly and have to strain my voice, giving my face a contorted, angry look.

Welingkar’s DLP: Uniquely Positioned

His thirst for knowledge made him opt for the distance learning program from Welingkar’s. His interest in communicating with youth gave him a real high.  He shares “I have seen Distance education influencing people’s lives and motivating them to do better. It has changed people’s perceptions and directions in life.” He points out that Distance learning programs from Welingkar’s are one of the uniquely positioned courses. He adds “For me, the knowledge gained has helped me implement it my career by way of networking with individuals.” The best thing about Distance learning program apart from academics in terms of activities and benefits is way
ahead!

Signing Off:

We asked his thoughts on being a good leader and he wistfully answered “One has to be a good follower to be a good leader”. His take on being a good manager he says “One has to be a ‘people’s person’ who communicates without saying much. Another important aspect is Time Management-..’If you cannot manage time, time will fail you!’
To call off the interview we asked him to share his success mantra, he smilingly quoted “Work to get what you want! If you want to be successful in life, work to achieve success!”

Click here to view the Video of this interview.

GenY skips classrooms

India has now entered an era which calls for earning while learning with the help of distance learning programs. Our country stands for one of the largest educational systems in the world with 1.2 billion populations falling in the target market for education and related services.

Distance learning was introduced in 1969 but the association of the university and the students were not up to the mark. The viable information was not reachable and there was no source to clarify and learn more about the course. It was in 70’s-80’s  and thereafter as the technology started taking over, that the institutions made use of internet and also other resources like DVD’s, extra manuals apart from studies, weekends class sessions, conferencing etc.

Distributed-Team

Gone are the days when students who did a part time or online course are counted as under – qualified. James Thompson, Lead Talent Search Partner at AstraZeneca plc, a pharmaceutical company, says: “As a recruiter I am aware that different people learn in different ways, and that the constraints on some people’s lives stops them from attending a full-time course, especially with the two-year model. Distance learning suits some people more than others. It’s cost-effective way of delivering learning. There are good reasons for why someone would want to take a distance-learning business program and in fact it could even be a benefit as it shows recruiters what that person is made of.”

What makes a distance learning program and its student different is their resilience, self motivation and their ability to focus and complete their task in their own time, to adapt and balance their work/lifestyle with studies.  It hardly makes any difference, to consider whether the employee is a full time MBA graduated or part time. Both of them knock out their capabilities by performing the task successfully. The degree is earned to learn more, gain knowledge, and grow network and survive the competition in their respective field.

Distance learning is more intensive than full timers as it deals, not just with the studies but also their application in their daily work lifestyle. Don’t be surprised when an employer asks you, that what did you learn, while doing an online course along with your work? , and you can answer him that it has honed you into a more “capable, agile and dynamic professional”

For ex:, consider an face to face interaction session in your Distance learning study. Students get to hear live experiences on the discussion panel not only from the professors but also the students. Colin Eden, Associate Dean at the University of Strathclyde Business School says “Group work is fundamental to organizational life, so losing that as a part of your education can be very significant. There’s no group interaction, no debate, no networking – that’s difficult.”

Choosing a good institution, is not less than finding a good job that gives you complete satisfaction of your skills and look forward to it. Potential candidates should look for reputed institution that offers you updated technologies, committed learning experience and also develops your soft skills and corporate etiquette.