Wednesday, 14 August 2013

The Psychological Contract and its Impact on the Organization

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The psychological contract is a complex, and often vague, set of beliefs, obligations, and mutual expectations between an employer and employee. This concept was first developed by Denise Rousseau, an organizational scholar and professor at Carnegie Mellon University. It is vastly different from the formal written employment contract, which typically states only the salary, allowances, benefits, and leaves an employee will receive in exchange for performing a defined set of duties and responsibilities.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Leader Profile: Bill Hewlett and David Packard

Bill Hewlett and David Packard are, in my opinion, what every business leader ought to be. Both having experienced the Great Depression, they saw first hand the effects it had on people. This probably gave them insight on how to build a successful company based on solid values, one that respects employee rights above profits.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

A Look at Motivation

One of my favorite authors is Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist who investigates human behaviors and how these influence our decision-making process. In this TED Talk, he investigates what motivates people to work.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Different Personality Types

Personal development starts with a healthy dose of self understanding. Knowing your personality can help you make crucial decisions regarding your career development path and will help you accept your strengths and weaknesses as an individual.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Finding Your Purpose, Again

I received a comment regarding my previous post on finding one's purpose saying that for most people, it would be hard and would take a conscious effort. I agree. The reality is that most of us need to work for money. We need it to survive. But finding one's purpose does not require us to take a drastic action such as quitting our jobs. The first thing we can do is change our mindset.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Finding Your Purpose

Dream jobs. Everybody wants one. Yet how many do you think have it? For most of us, the feeling of being trapped in our current jobs is a sad reality. We are relegated to dreaming that one day, we would land that perfect job and be happy at last. But maybe, the things we yearn for - promotions, perks, more money, are not really the ones that would make us happy and give our life meaning.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Arrogance in the Workplace

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Arrogance is a common problem in most workplaces, yet nothing seems to be being done about it. Everybody knows how an encounter with arrogance feels like, and it gets much worse if the arrogant individual is your boss or any other person in a position of authority. And if you occupy a low rung on the corporate ladder, your options are very limited. Most people in this position would opt to 'grin and  bear it', since voicing your opinion may result in a backlash from the arrogant superior. However, this means that you will have to endure the same treatment over and over again. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place.