Top tips on top-of-mind career issues – 2

Career Takeaways

Career TakeawaysThere are many twists & turns in each career journey. However, with the right guidance and expert advice, it is easier to see the road ahead and walk on with confidence.

In our second post on the HeadHonchos’ HangOut, titled ‘The Great Career Journey’, a first-of-its kind free event organised by HeadHonchos.com on June 5, 2013, hear about top-of-mind career issues for senior professionals. While in Part 1, we focussed on job search and career progression, in this part, we cover career challenges relating to managing one’s boss and to handling a change in the organizational culture.

Your question: “It’s a serious challenge to work with my boss. I like my job – how can I manage my equation with my boss?”

While your boss is the one in charge, you need to build a collaborative relationship and recognise that he/she can be a valuable support system suggested our Executive Coaches.

Our top takeaways…

On why you need to manage your boss…

If you are troubled because of tough/aggressive behaviour of your boss, it is essential to talk to your manager about it in a diplomatic manner. You may need to take the onus to resolve the issue or have a healthy discussion. It is important to be assertive about your position and point of view, because no matter where you go, it may not guarantee a nice and easygoing boss. Therefore, it is important to resolve interpersonal issues, and create a positive and constructive environment to work in.

On how to deal with a younger boss…

Due to changes in job dynamics, this has become a common phenomenon these days. Age is in the mindset, it should not be seen as a hindrance. One needs to look at the boss as a professional who is helping a person grow.

On a boss who likes to micro-manage…

Often bosses like to micro-manage and constantly seek updates from their juniors. Establishing your own pace is important on how you want to report to your boss. If you show that you are capable of doing the job and decide on the pace that you would want to report back, your manager would understand your viewpoint. You may communicate to your boss about your work, the timelines and milestones. This will help your boss to build confidence in you, rather than micro-managing your work.

Your question: “I am finding it difficult to assimilate in the corporate culture post acquisition of our company. How should I overcome the issues? ”

Our top takeaways…

On changing organisational cultures…

Indian companies are becoming more global in nature; we are constantly trying to keep in sync with changing corporate culture. Almost every professional desires to get the right cultural fit as per their working style, attitude and personality. However, it is also important to understand that it is our professional behaviour that helps in defining the corporate culture.

On the economic downturn…

Over the last few years, India has seen constant change in its growth pattern. While, the country grew at an amazing rate of 9 per cent till a few years ago, the same witnessed a dip in the recent years. Together with recession in the Western world, the job market in India also saw an impact. However, what is important to remember is that these factors are external to us and would always remain. We would have to deal with the ups and downs in the economy and take them in our stride.

Further, it is imperative to believe in one’s skill sets and abilities. Even during recession, companies were looking for the right talent and professionals matching the profile (sic). One should not have a mindset about such issues, and keep networking, use social media, talk to organisations such as HeadHonchos.com or employ a coach to find the right direction during difficult times.

On diversity and corporate culture…

Diversity is really becoming a focus as companies are recruiting people from all walks of life. However, the core issue here is how organisations need to deal with policies, especially in terms of culture, to integrate diversity and draw from each other’s strength. It is also important to try and close the gap of stereotypes in the organisation… We can transcend the issue of diversity by working with professionals, with teams based on strength and talent.

Your question: “I am an NRI planning to return to India, but I am concerned about getting the right profile and making a successful transition.”

With the economic downturn in most of the Western world in recent years, Indians living overseas are looking at how to relocate back to India. However, they are also finding it difficult to understand the right career opportunities available for them.

On leveraging international experience…

Leveraging on your international experience would be a good idea because organisations are looking for talent and resources who have global experience. Skill sets that you may have acquired in your current country of operation, could be applied in India as well. There are many Indian companies who are looking at expanding overseas or in India (who) need experienced talent.

Change in mindset and perception is required, it is no more international and national, it’s more of a global perspective. It is important to know what you are bringing to the table, if you know what your strengths are, what you can achieve easily, that will help you in narrowing down which industry, company or sector you want to target and offer your services.

On choosing short-term assignments…

You may need to move back to India for few years – maybe due to some family or personal issues. If that is your need or intention you may consider options where you need not look for jobs or a career out of India but could look for consulting assignments for overseas-based companies, where you have all the networks and the contacts. You can look for online work from here or travel from here time to time, rather than looking for a permanent relocation. It is also important to understand the culture that you are most comfortable in. And in addition to the job, in addition to the company, assess the organisational culture that they offer. Take a decision that has a long term benefit for you.

To hear more about how to manage job search and career progression, competitive job markets, work-life balance, job search process and interviews, watch the full recording of the HeadHonchos’ HangOut here>>

Let’s talk careers. We’re keen to hear from you.

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