HCL Analyst Day 2017: Back to the Future

HCL Analyst Day 2017: Back to the Future

This IDC Market Note discusses the key takeaways from the HCL Analyst and Advisor Day held in Sydney between August 16 and 17, 2017. HCL is celebrating its 41th anniversary in 2017, and the chosen theme of the event is "The Big Leap Ahead," simplifying HCL's conviction and commitment to transform themselves while helping their clients be 21st century enterprises. Purchase On-line Presentation...
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3 Leadership Lessons From Aquathlon

3 Leadership Lessons From Aquathlon

On Sunday morning, I competed for the first time in Penang (an island in Malaysia) coastal aquathlon. It was a great experience and the main goal was to finish my first race (800m swim/7km run). Personally, I do not consider the competition results as the main goal, for me, it is important to keep myself fit, enjoy what I do in sports and to get to understand my limitations. I am so grateful and blessed to be able to to achieve one of my dreams especially on Easter day.Running gives me a chance to put my thoughts in perspective about life and leadership too. Here are three leadership lessons that I have learned from aquathlon:Stay focus on timeline; while running I was keeping an eye on my watch to ensure finishing it within given timeframe. Leaders have a series of responsibilities that keep their schedule packed and are tasked with juggling multiple projects at once. Effective leaders put their time management skills into play to ensure that...
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Rules Of Engagement For Leading Teams

Rules Of Engagement For Leading Teams

Source: Linkedin When you are in combat the rules of engagement save lives while still accomplishing a legitimate military objective. Back in the early 90s when I was serving my national service the rules of engagement were simple; shoot first, ask questions later. However, you will be surprised to know that the armed forces are also subject to international law and their combat actions should be according to the tenets of military necessity, distinction, and proportionality. Given the complexity of our working environment today we need to develop similar rules for employee engagement and build a simple pathway to achieve our corporate objectives while ensuring everyone is fully engaged. Therefore a leader should be able to address the tenets of necessity, distinction and proportionality when it comes to leading teams. Necessity is about why you should care if your teams are engaged and whether it justifies the time, money and resources to invest.You need to clearly communicate the needs of your company strategic...
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Employee Engagement; A Must Have Leadership Responsibility

Employee Engagement; A Must Have Leadership Responsibility

Source: Linkedin One of the key characteristic of a successful sales person is to let the customer buy things. As Jeffrey Gitomer wrote in his sales bible "People don't like to be sold-but they love to buy". It may sound simple but in real life many sales people take the pleasure of buying from their customers. When you let your customer "buy it" means you are empowering him/her to decide what's the best for them. Let me explain a little about the buying motives. People buy things either because of their needs or for emotional reasons. However, when they buy things for emotional reasons, they justify the reasons by using logic. In a similar way employee "buy-in" is when employees are committed to the mission and goals of the company, and also when they find the day-to-day work personally resonant. Buy-in promotes engagement and a willingness to go the extra mile on the job. The number one prime motivating factors of buy-in...
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Leadership DNA

Leadership DNA

Source: Linkedin Lately I read an article on HuffingtonPost that scientists have found DNA sequence associated with leadership qualities. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/01/15/health-leadership-gene-dna-sequence_n_2479658.html Well, it has been long debated whether leaders are born or learned which is not the concern of this post. What I want to deep dive is on behavioural DNA of a leader. We all know the fact that good leaders can make a marked impact on an organization’s direction. On the other hand bad leaders which I would take the liberty to call them “managers” can make a devastating impact on an organization and could even sink the entire organization like Titanic. As an explanation, I’ve created an acronym of what leadership DNA means: Let’s start with D. D is for Dependable. Are you someone people can trust and lean on? A true and authentic leader is dependable. Someone who you can depend on and never forsake you, not only with things pertaining to the organization, but also with personal challenges. It...
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Leadership Checklist

Leadership Checklist

Source: Linkedin The before-takeoff checklist is one of the most important steps meant to be completed by pilot before take off. In addition, equally important is to ensure that the pilot and co-pilot are physically fit and psychologically able to safely perform their duties. Thankfully, there’s also a checklist for that. It doesn’t really matter if it’s a 30 minutes or a 10 hours flight. Given the complexity of our today business environment I wonder if anyone does a "before landing checklist" to ensure the leadership of the organisation they intend to join is physically and mentally fit to run the business. Over that past 20 years, I have experienced several leadership styles from different cultural and religious backgrounds. However, the main concern in leading an organisation is how fit the leadership is and if they are able to fly the organisation during rough weather. There are many physiological and psychological factors that could impair a leader’s ability to drive a business and...
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