PERSONAL FINANCE


Assess the long-term nuances of alternative jobs Whether or not you are looking for a job or actively searching career alternatives, a headhunter’s call is usually welcome. And in case you are open to exploring options, then the abundance of available opportunities can be overwhelming. It is...

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Avoid some common mistakes that are made while talking to people of foreign origin I was sitting in on a business negotiation the other day. On one side was an Indian while the other was from the West. Things were great up to a point and everyone seemed to be on the same page. But at one...

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Ms Sheth visits her gym after many weeks and ponders about the relationship between fitness and job scene In this column, I have addressed issues like moods, work-life balance and managing different scenarios of the corporate environment. This time, I was motivated to take up the issue of...

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5 ways to react to colleagues falling in love It is said that people tend to fall in love with those they spend a lot of time with. If that is to be believed, then workmates make perfect candidates for becoming lovers. When managers spend most of their waking hours at work, it is possible that...

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A 5-point method of dealing with the problem of disappointment in promotion or salary hike Recently, I was invited by a client to talk to their senior management on how to communicate unpleasant information to individuals and teams. Be it telling managers about their bad performance,...

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Good managers can save themselves from the trials and trauma of sudden exigencies by following these principles Last week, I was made to sit in a dentist’s chair for much longer than I had anticipated and for many more times than I had ever imagined! The excruciating pain aside, I realised how...

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5 things to remember when you are in this awkward situation With changing times, it is not uncommon to find parent and child, siblings or husband and wife in competing positions. With increasingly dynamic ambitions, divergent ideologies and winding career paths, the closest of friends and...

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Consider these 5 factors before you do so I just read a news item about a senior executive shifting from company A to company B and 'poaching' people from company A. This is hardly front-page news since it has been a well-known phenomenon for a long time. Senior people who change jobs attract...

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Don’t allow your moodiness to get in the way of your success We all know that changes in moods are a result of internal turmoil and external dilemma. We also know that several factors impact continuous changes in our persona which are then reflected in our actions. There are various studies,...

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In any new assignment, it is as important to unlearn as it is imperative to learn A friend, who was recently promoted, called me with a difficulty that many professionals face, but probably do not address consciously. He was in a particular role for about three-and-a-half years. His new...

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Salaries are the main focus of a job now, for any position. But it is important to retain a perspective on the relationship between your career and your compensation The common thread in every career move in one’s lifetime is negotia-ting compensation. Often, compensation tends to become the...

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How to transfer your skills to a different setting when your current career starts stagnating A 52 year old General Manager, Quality Assurance, working in an engineering company, is frustrated with his job. He has worked in this industry for 30 years with multinational and Indian companies. He...

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Over the past few months, readers have written several letters seeking ideas, advice and opinions on the subjects Ms Sheth addresses in her column. In the next few issues, she will share some real life cases, along with her responses - Editor Aqualified finance professional is working with an...

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An “I am right” attitude imposes a barrier on assimilation of wisdom from others and the environment The dictionary meaning of ego is “I; self of any person; self esteem”. However, “egoistic”, means conceit and an exaggerated sense of self! On a day-to-day basis, we come across various forms of...

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It will test your patience. It may even turn you into a wreck, says Girish Borkar The Finance Ministry has made e-filing of returns mandatory for most companies other than those claiming exemption under Section 11. In order to comply with the e-filing provisions, I downloaded three separate...

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You can be creative interpersonally, externally and as as a manager Creativity begins in childhood and we continue to use it in our personal and professional lives as adults. Creativity comprises inventiveness and resourcefulness, which varies with different individuals and changes at different...

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Teams that work out of fear become submissive and dependent I write this article on October 2, so I can not resist the temptation. If “Munnabhai” could leverage the Mahatma’s principles, then we could certainly use a bit of ahimsa, satyagraha, harmony and peace for conflict resolution at the...

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You can use your career search as a learning ground to discover hidden facets of your personal and professional self How do you keep up with yourself? What tools do you use to assess how you are evolving as a person and as a manager? Most of us claim that we know our strengths and areas of...

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It is not enough to simply be aware of discrimination based on gender, colour and race. You have to learn how to work with diversity I travelled to college by bus everyday, but avoided sitting on an empty seat intended for “ladies”, even if that meant a couple of hours of standing twice a day!...

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5 warning signs of losing the equilibrium between career and life I met a wise man recently who said something that made a lot of good sense. He said “Life is whole, whether big or small. Size does not matter. The apparent external separateness and diversity is being backed up by the wholeness...

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