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  • 1. Like a boss | The Times Of India 1 of 4 Indiatimes The Times of India http://content.timesjobs.com/bosss-day-out/ The Economic Times Powered by: Jobs and Career The Times Of India TOI Home Jobs Search Jobs Career Management Industry Buzz RecruiteX You are here: Home > Gallery > Like a boss Jobs & Careers Jobs & Careers The Times of India Indiatimes Web (by Google) Video Photos Like a boss Posted by admin on Oct 16, 2013 No Comment You can either love them or hate them, but you just can’t ignore them. This Boss’s Day, senior management professionals from different domains, speak to TimesJobs.com about their feelings as a first time boss as well as their learning TJinsite Survey Click here to take survey experience. Poll your Opinion How do you deal with a colleague you can’t stand? Divulge your displeasures to a close friend Keep interactions to a minimum Accept them as they are Picture his/her face on a punching bag and vent your anger Vandan Chopra, co-founder, Adept Advertising Vote Feeling as a first-time boss: There is always a lag between when you become a boss and when you start feeling like one. When you start to accept your new role, is when you start to feel like a boss. View Results Like a boss Personally, even after 8 years of having started to manage a team, I’m still coming to terms with it. And I’m always a “work-in-progress”. How was the learning curve? It started with forcing myself to not do it on my own, but getting it done. Then came the stage of giving productive feedback. Around the same time came the stage of training myself to think quickly, so that I can put my expectations on the table as quickly as possible. Along with that also came the need for lightning fast decision making. These days, I’m working on how to stay calm when someone is not performing or delivering up to the mark. Yes, the cane is as important as the carrot, but overuse either and you’ll see your team’s performance starting to drop. But the second most important part of my learning curve of being a boss is probably, ‘Delegate and Follow up’. A management trick I learnt from an old time mentor of mine, Ashwani Singla of Penn-Shoen-Berland Research. He probably doesn’t know, but he is my mentor in many ways. I have never really got a chance of telling him this though. Which brings me to the most important part of a learning curve – Pick a good mentor and learn! 3 top ways of motivating team mates: Clarity of their responsibility Appreciate them for a good job done, always! But never shy away from telling them when they were not up to the mark. By not telling them, you are only getting in the way of their growth. Not everyone is as ambitious as you are. So, if they are not dreamers, dream their dreams for them. Then communicate that dream to them, and guide them on to achieve it. You, Sayantani Ganguly and 544 others like this. Like +33 Recommend this on Google Follow @timesjobsdotcom Ravi S Singh, Founder, Insiders LinkedIn Feeling as a first time Boss: It’s a great feeling but being an Entrepreneur and leading the entire Start-up comes with a lot of responsibility. It’s your energy and tenacity which will define the performance of your team and company. My only suggestion is shed your ego, don’t have a chip on your shoulder; more than a Boss you need to be a leader and be ready to be even a delivery or courier boy if your company demands it. Youtube RSS Popular Tags #BFSIes #entrepreneures #HRs #ITs #womens Assocham economy employees employment 10/18/2013 1:31 PM
  • 2. Like a boss | The Times Of India 2 of 4 http://content.timesjobs.com/bosss-day-out/ How was the learning curve? For me personally, it has been a FUN journey; my last 6 months learning has been more like getting back to school and college and rediscovering the basics. I feel I am still in the learning curve because a Start-up teaches you every day. On one hand it teaches you to crack a deal with a CEO and on other you might need to identify the best and economical printer in the city for your company. 3 Top ways to motivate Team mates: Make them boss of the mandates they are handling A major chunk of incentive percentage on the mandate fee received from the client Give them a pleasant environment to work Finance Financial Services fmcg gdp HCL Technologies Hiring HR HSBC IBM India India Inc Infosys Entrepreneurship environment ET Wealth| insurance invest investments IT Job Job(s) layoffs Leadership Lok Sabha Maruti Suzuki NASSCOM real estate RecruiteX Recruitment salary Stress Sunday ET Tata Consultancy Services The National TimesJobs.com Tjinsite unemployment united states Wipro Women workplace Trending Now Working for a small company vs a large corporation Komal Bhardwaj, Product Manager, Mettl. Improve body language to score in an interview Feeling as a first-time boss: Felt excited, happy and more responsible realising that I will also be guiding my team members. Recruitment in Pune on an upswing How was the learning curve? Death of the old resume Learning curve has been very steep. Time management, communication with team members, and planning has become even more important as I’ve moved from an individual contributor to a team lead. Five ways to prepare for appraisals Lessons from My First Job: Krishnamurthy R, Collabera Interview of the day: ‘Education is not enough to become employable; skill training is essential’ Five ways to use your emotional intelligence 3 top ways of motivating team mates Show Impact of team members’ work on organisation’s growth Motivate team members by giving examples of peers, such as how the other team members’ work improved team’s productivity, etc. Self improvement, career growth of team mates – such as by doing this project, how their own skills will be augmented and how they can improve their technical abilities or personality. Using games for recruitment ‘30-40% of corporate India suffer from stress related disorders’ G P Chandra Kumar, Chairman and CEO, SkillSonics Feeling as a first-time boss: I felt responsible and excited about it and was eager to know the team that I would work with. The challenge was to balance the management needs and team capabilities and make sure the team was comfortable with me. Also, I wanted to ensure that the team members felt that they could rely on me at any given point. How was the learning curve? Playing the role of the boss was easy, however focusing on the team’s strength while mitigating their weaknesses took some time. Also, it took time to accept people as they are. Along the way, I also learnt to accept other people’s strengths and utilise them for achieving team goals. I realised that representing your team to top management needs a lot of confidence in one’s role. 3 top ways of motivating team mates It is important to build a healthy friendship based on teamwork and trust, respect all people and be able to have an open mind to work around their weaknesses Take responsibility for failures, but share successes with all Earn respect by not your position but by your consistent and fair behaviour Be firm on performance but help correct errors made Share your knowledge and make your team members become strong Nurture people to replace you and move on to new challenges Newsletter Sign up Sign Up Upcoming Events NHRDN Annual Conference 2013 21 Nov, 2013 - 23 Nov, 2013 Kolkata Manoj Gupta, Co- Founder, Craftsvilla Feeling as a first-time boss: Being a first time boss is like riding your first car without your parents around you. It’s thrilling, fun, gives you a sense of power and a certain level of freedom. For the first time you feel you have certain control over destiny and actions and you can guide your karma into doing something very fruitful and satisfying to yourself. How was the learning curve? Learning curve is usually steep since as a boss you cannot learn slowly as the impact on the business and employee can be drastic. Few of the learnings involve around managing employees/subordinates in a way it does not destroy the work culture or the productivity. Other learnings involve taking decisions alone which may be risky but are required either for quantum changes in the organisation or higher rewards. Quick decision making, employee morale boosting and employee retention techniques and ability to influence your key customers/vendors are some other learnings. 10/18/2013 1:31 PM
  • 3. Like a boss | The Times Of India 3 of 4 http://content.timesjobs.com/bosss-day-out/ 3 top ways of motivating team mates Freedom to act and voice opinions related to either key project deliverables, work hours or even key decisions Innovation as a bedrock of work projects or product development as anything new excites the employees a lot Incentives which are structured properly and is not unfair to others Jaideep Gupta, CEO and co-founder, Univariety Feeling as a first-time boss: A great deal of responsibility; realisation of the fact that having the right people in the right roles can make all the difference. How was the learning curve? You learn from each employee and each situation. As ultimately the decision comes down to you, you need to be careful in reacting. 3 top ways of motivating team mates Recognition for good work Giving good quality work and then trusting them with it Monetary rewards (bonuses / increments) Biju Mathews, Chief Operating Officer – Abhibus Services India Pvt. Ltd. Feeling as a first time Boss: For me it wasn’t much different as my previous Boss had empowered me to take most of the decisions. However, acceptance from my colleagues and associates took a little time. The Learning Curve: Learning has been a continuous process for me as I was put across various functions at different points in my career. However, I was patient to listen and learn right from the floor shop to the management and the even today I continue to do so and challenge every process to better the same. 3 top ways to motivate team mates: Invest time with teams to get the best out of them, share your vision Empower teams and provide the required support Recognise and reward accomplishments Hema Parikh, Director-Human Resources, Ajuba Solutions Pvt Ltd. ‘My first day as boss’ “My first day as a boss was unlike any other day. As soon as I was introduced as the HR Director, I decided that this was the day that I would completely stay out of my allotted cabin and instead, connect with the employees within the team as well as other teams – be it in the form of one-on-one interactions or just over coffee. This was my way of ensuring an open-door policy with my colleagues and peers” Nikhil Rungta, Chief Business Officer, Yebhi.com “On my first day as a boss, I remember asking my team to think about 3 things:” 1. What are three things in marketing that they think we should be doing more of? (favorite programs, activations, untapped opportunities, etc) 2. What are three things in marketing that they think we should be doing less of? (not focused or effective, etc) 3. What are their three favorite things about working here? Priscilla Nithyanandan, Associate Manager, Technical Publications, EMC Corporation Feeling of a first-time boss: Exhilaration and sense of fulfillment; Excitement to take on the new challenge to be THE BEST manager on the block! How was the learning curve? I had a slow start… but with effective and progressive mentoring that was offered to me, there has been a steep increase in my learning. 3 Ways to motivate team mates Empower and encourage them to take decisions and also take ownership of projects/tasks 10/18/2013 1:31 PM
  • 4. Like a boss | The Times Of India 4 of 4 http://content.timesjobs.com/bosss-day-out/ Work along with them while handling new tasks, troubleshooting issues, or facing challenges. Besides, also do fun things with the team! Understand their concerns from their perspective and respect their decisions and choices when they provide valid reasons Related Posts Women at work How do you start your day at work? How do you handle criticism at work? Hiring Talent for Global Positions Hiring Talent for Global Positions Like Tweet 9 1 14 0 Leave Reply Logged in as : Ravi Singh, Log out » Comments Solve the Maths Question below: 2− =1 THE TIMES OF INDIA Powered by INDIATIMES About us Privacy policy Newsletter Sitemap Other Times Group news sites Times Crest | The Economic Times इकनॉ मक टाइ स | ઈકોનોિમક ટાઈ સ Pune Mirror | Bangalore Mirror Ahmedabad Mirror | ItsMyAscent Education Times | Brand Capital Mumbai Mirror | Times Now Indiatimes | नवभारत टाइ स महारा टाइ स | ಜಯ ಕ ಾ ಟಕ Living and entertainment Timescity | iDiva | Bollywood | Zoom Healthmeup | Luxpresso | Technoholik Guylife | Online Songs Advertise with us Feedback TOI Mobile Archives Terms of Use and Grievance Redressal Policy RSS ePaper Hot on the Web Hotklix | World | Politics Business | Sports Entertainment Science & Tech Networking itimes | Dating & Chat | Email New Cars Services Book print ads | Online shopping | Free SMS | Website design | CRM | Tenders Matrimonial | Ringtones | Astrology | Jobs | Tech Community | Property | Buy Go Green car Bikes in India | Deals | Free Classifieds | Send money to India | Used Cars Restaurants in Delhi | Movie Show Timings in Mumbai | Remit to India | Buy Mobiles Listen Songs | News Trending Topics Yahoo | Gmail | Y Tube | Facebook | Twitter | Irctc | Apple iphone 5 | ou Way2SMS | Aadhar Card | Facebook | Income Tax Returns Top Trends Probe into how Varsha Bhosle got the pistol Asha Bhosle's daughter cremated without relatives Did Salman Khan recommend Bigg Boss contestant? WICB president lauds West Indies for lifting World T20 title Congmen fret over assault on Robert Vadra Opposition hand behind Kejriwal's charges against Robert Vadra: Congress Congress should leave it to Robert Vadra and DLF to defend themselves against Arvind Kejriwal charges Bigg Boss 6 set to launch daily tours to let people experience how the show works Karnataka governor HR Bhardwaj defends Robert Vadra Copyright©2013 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights:Times Syndication Service 10/18/2013 1:31 PM