Adapted from Reader's digest: Very few companies require any physical-fitness program. Everybody gets enough exercise 'jumping' to the conclusion, 'running' late to the meetings, 'dodging' the responsibilities, 'flexing' their muscle to prove their superiority, 'beating' around the bush, 'walking' around the policies, 'fudging' the data, 'painting' the grim picture of the situation and 'fighting' like fools!
The following version of story is similar to a tale from Akabar-Birbal. This is a story about four people named 'Everybody', 'Somebody', 'Anybody' and 'Nobody'. There was an important job to be done and 'Everybody' was asked to do it. 'Everybody' was sure 'Somebody' would do it. 'Anybody' could have done it, but 'Nobody' did it. 'Somebody' got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. 'Everybody' thought 'Anybody' could do it but 'Nobody' realized that 'Everybody' wouldn't do it. It ended up that 'Everybody' blamed 'Somebody' when 'Nobody' did what 'Anybody' could have done.
There are many versions of the tale. One version describes it Birbal's way to set the expectations right when Akbar was boasting about his supremen authority and absolute compliance he enjoyed from the public (subject, प्रजा) he ruled. Another version is based on the thought process of humans. Now Akabar-Birbal story: Once Akbar heard that every man thinks differently. He asked Birbal whether it is true or not? Birbal said, "No, Your Majesty! In fact, wise men think alike." Akbar was interested to know more about and said, "Birbal, You will have to prove your saying." The next day, Birbal asked all the attendants of the palace to empty the royal pond. Then he announced to the people in the city to pour a glass of milk in the pond during the night. He also informed Akbar on his act (and what Birbal expected in the pond the next day). The next day morning, Akbar and Birbal went to the pond to see the pond was filled with water. Akbar was surprised and asked Birbal, "Why this pond is filled with water instead of milk?" Birbal politely said, "Your Majesty! Everybody has deliberately poured a glass of water in the pond yesterday night. Because they think all others will pour milk and no one could find that they pour water in the pond." That is why it is said that "Wise men think alike".
THE SIX PHASES OF A PROJECT
Correct Interpretation of Employee Traits
|Average||Not too bright|
|Approaches problems with logic||Finds someone else to do the job|
|Exceptionally qualified||Has committed no major blunders|
|Very creative||Can do anything but actual work|
|Uses resources well||Delegates everything|
|Unlimited potential||Will stick with us until retirement|
|Active socially||Drinks heavily|
|Character above reproach||Still one step ahead of the law|
|Quick thinking||Offers plausible excuses for errors|
|Indifferent to instruction||Knows more than superiors|
|Tactful in dealing with superiors||Knows when to keep mouth shut|
|A keen analyst||Thoroughly confused|
|Expresses self well||Can string two sentences together|
|Spends extra hours on the job||Miserable personal life|
|Demonstrates qualities of leadership||Has a loud voice|
|Judgment is usually sound||Lucky so far!|
|Strong adherence to principles||Stubborn, arrogant|
|Of great value to the organization||Turns in work on time|
|Is unusually loyal||Wanted by no-one else|
|Hard worker||Usually does it the hard way|
|Enjoys job||Needs more to do|
|Happy||Paid too much|
|Well organized||Does too much busywork|
|Competent||Gets work done if supervisor helps|
|Consults with supervisor often||Annoying|
|Will go far||The 'Yes' man|
|Uses time effectively||Clock watcher|
With experience, our knowledge may or may not increase in proportion but our value and capability to serve a particular role increase. While the definition of "most relevant experience" for a job is debatable and varies from person to person, experience and capabilities are two complementary traits to assess a person for "fitness to a role". To a certain extent, a person who has been successful in one domain and gained experience in a particular area of work, it is highly likely that he will succeed another area of work not vastly different from the previous one. For example, a person teaching only algebra for last five years and rated as good tutor is very likely to succeed and be equally effective teacher in calculus or trigonometry if certain minimum qualification criteria are met. Hence, a 'relevant' experience indicates a person's ability to be productive right away similar to "ready-to-serve" food, a person's knowledge and capability defines the slope of time curve which will take him to be ready to deliver expected output.
|Interviewer: I appreciate your interest to work with us. We will come back to you with our final assessment?|
|Candidate: Is there any time-frame you can share with me?|
|Interviewer: Not at the moment! We are in the process of evaluating few more candidates? Do you have any feedback on our selection process?|
|Candidate: What kind of feedback handling mechanism is in place here?|
|Interviewer: Thank you! We will call you if you get selected.|
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