Tag Archives: bell curve

Setting the Limits : Span of Control is NOT About Headcount

What is span of control? You have heard this. Span of control is the number of people you could effectively manage. Essentially it is about how much one person can handle. Because of this reason, there is limited people reporting to a boss. In large organizations, this is one big reason to have 6 to… Read More »

Bell Curve Is Here to Stay Even If You Got Rid of It

Many organizations are ditching Bell curve. The observation by Gauss became a religion. The the good Bell curve went bad. After seeing that using it has become counterproductive, many organizations are getting rid of forced ranking.  It should be the dawn of fair world, right?  There are good reasons for differentiation and unfortunately they may… Read More »

Corporate Social Responsibility: 4 Definite Things You Can Do

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Corporate Social Responsibility

As I mentioned in earlier posts, the causes we believe may or may not really be the best things to do. It is just a hope that it is in right thing to do. It may have negative side effects. The society is driven in all directions by people who think that they are dragging… Read More »

Change Management in Organizations – Peacock & Swans: 3 Lessons to Take Home

Post 2008, world is not the same. There are business scenarios changing. Too many organizations want to change, for right reasons. Here is a story I learnt in a leadership workshop a decade back. Unfortunately I do not remember who spoke. Credit to this unknown gentleman. Here it goes: It was a pond of swans. They were… Read More »

Over-Qualified for the Job? 5 Factors That Pull You Down

As manager, planning to hire overqualified professional for a role? If you are on the other side of the table- thinking of going to lower job than what you are qualified for? I have been on both sides. Also i have seen people on both sides. Here are some insights. Considering to move to lower role… Read More »

Growth in Business: How to Reduce Stress? Structure it Better

Your organization is into few businesses. You already have set of competencies. Now suddenly the organization needs to expand into new paradigms involving very different processes and skills. Data analytics in company which had been only a low end IT service provider. Hardware competency in software company. Software skills in manufacturing SME with no prior… Read More »

Potential Next Move-Where Do You Fit? 5 Things to Do Even if You Are A Loyal Employee

Spent 10 years in one company. Had great moments together. Became expert in the domain. Also you have grown to managerial role. What If Your Company Does Not Need You? Floated Resume. But got no responses. what is wrong? For the open roles outside, you are a wrong fit. Every company’s structure is different and… Read More »

Engineering Manager: The Job of Line Management

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

After Engineering Director tasked them, the engineering managers swing into action. Consideration for the team formation: EMs know that individuals can not be perfect. But a near-perfect team can be formed considering the individual strengths, improvement areas, skills, career stage etc. The tech leaders and members need to be assigned to the project. In early… Read More »

Product Marketing Manager: The Job of Showing The Money

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

One of the key jobs of the product manager is to make the business case. She is passionate about a new service OVES. She has put in lot of effort to understand similar services, upcoming ones in market, think of differentiating features, estimating revenue potential and so on. For the project, she is going to do… Read More »

The project OVES

This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

Let us talk about the project OVES being executed in ‘Polar Light’ stated in this post. There is browser based video editor. If you access your account in polar lights site, you will get to the editor. And you can install tools on your laptop if you want. Hidden in this process is the cloud… Read More »

Org Structure Casestudy: A Technology Company

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

The organization chart: This is an imaginary company – PolarLight Inc. The company is into video based products and services. It has many products and services. It has many sets of products. The products are sold as individual products. They are also sold as group of multiple products together as solutions. The org chart shows:… Read More »

Middle Management Roles: The Intended Audience

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

As I mentioned this is to bring clarity to the life of middle management professional under any title. There are many issues faced only at middle management level. There are many universal issues across geographies and industries. There are issues specific to industry, career stage and geography. I hope to trigger thoughts and get insights from:… Read More »