Married But Available
The first ten years are the most eventful, they say, in anybody’s working life. They certainly are in the case of Abbey, who walks into a job at Balwanpur Industries, fresh from B-school. Working in HR is fun, he soon discovers. What isn’tis the fact that there’s hardly anybody in the company who doesn’t have a view of who Abbey is and what Abbey does—or should do.
Add to this the complications of being newly married to a woman more successful than he is, a crusty boss, and a sudden turn in the company’s fortunes that catches Abbey unawares. It’s up to him now, to apply all that HR wisdom learnt in business school to the dilemmas confronting him at work and in love. Can he hold down his job or will it end the way his marriage threatens to—rapidly and without too many regrets?
Mediocre But Arrogant
Three years of college, and Abbey has no answer to the question ‘what next?’. Luckily for him, fate, that chancy thing, lands him in an MBA course at a topnotch B-School, the Management Institute of Jamshedpur. At MIJ, Abbey finds his life turned upside down – what with professors like Haathi and Chatto, friends like Rascal Rusty and Pappu, and gorgeous girls like Ayesha and Keya. Will the two years at MIJ bag Abbey a job? Will this be where he finds love?
Mediocre But Arrogant is the story of being young in India. It is about the roller coaster that is hostel life, bad grades, chai at the dhaba and, not least, being in love. Read on to know why MBA spells ‘mediocre but arrogant’.
Don’t Hire the Best
There’s no organizational process more important than recruitment. However, traditional resume- and interview-based hiring often does not account for the most important factor: personality. But what individual traits must one measure, and how? Skilled interviewers know that the trick lies in not just asking questions that challenge the candidate, but in figuring out whether his or her answer reveals a fit between the company’s expectations and the personality of the interviewee.
In Don’t Hire the Best, Abhijit Bhaduri brings his vast experience in leading HR teams at Wipro, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Colgate and Tata Steel to answer these and related questions on hiring judiciously. Bhaduri particularly underlines here the difference between hiring the right fit vis-a-vis hiring the “best’. He includes case studies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups with barely a handful of people in leadership roles to large global organizations, and provides a comprehensive guide on how to balance the person, the role and the company culture – the only way to appoint people who will be successful.