Progressive Perspective.

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When you think strategy, think big, wide and dream as big as you can.

When it comes to execution, think as small as you can, and break it down to the smallest unit possible. Go through it. Check it. verify it. And go through it all one more time. The devil, I tell ya, is hiding in those details.

One has to be able to have both these perspectives. Without it, one cannot lead. To lead, one needs to be able to dream, as well as to face reality and have the strength and acumen to muster it and change it. With either of this missing… perhaps its time to find a CEO?

 
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Just What the Indian HR Ordered! Eh?

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Attrition. That’s the basic problem in India. Its just rising and rising and there doesn’t seem to be a way to slay the beast or even slow it down.

Even worse, is to attract new talent. The company might have an impressive brand equity, but its still all the same. When it comes to talent hiring, and even finding, brand equity doesn’t count for much.

All on top of this, there is yet another big problem. The inability to verify sources, credibility, and if the talent you just hired, is what you are looking for. Knowing “something” could mean so many things – as much as swimming in the sea and deep sea diving, and anything in between. I have had this discussion with folks, discussed it got tired of it and almost thought no one was going to do anything about it… then, it seems someone was listening.

A few days ago, I spoke to Rohit Agarwal of Techtribe. “Frontfoot” he said was going to solve all the problems that I just mentioned. There is mystery and magic to innovation, almost as a magician pulling a fluffy bunny from within a simple hat. But yep, there is also a fine trick which is the least defiant of any physical laws, that make us frown at ourselves when we understand the principle. It was very much one such situation.

Social networking is a craze. Verticals of social networking sites are popping up. Starting with one for dating and friendship, to schoolmates, to professionals – techtribe being a case of the latter. If Professionals are connected, would making someone know of a job raise the chances of finding a good hire (using referrals)? Would the matter of knowing the said person (making the referral) in the network – through his past interactions and posts – help in evaluating the judgment that he is passing of his acquaintance when recommending him for a job.

Those are probably the questions which went through their mind and It seems like they might have hit the right chord here.

The best part is even still. If you recommend someone and they get hired, you get paid. And you get someone to join the network who gets hired, you get paid as well. Somewhere secretly, for every friend of yours who gets a new job, you could be getting paid and still asking them to cover the bill for the party thrown on behalf of the new job. Perhaps I spoilt the plot to a story of betrayal somewhere.

But in all seriousness, I agree with Alok Mittal when he says that this is a good example of what can be done with social networks, to add value. I second that.

 
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Ideas to Toss: Online Streets/Towns

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Here’s a random thought that someone perhaps might be interested to pick up and build on.

There number of stores these days in every street and town has multiplied, quadtrupled and more. But the active consumers are not all that much. Traffic is getting higher and higher, and there is no fun in driving out to shop anymore. The more shops that are popping up, the more it is getting harder for people to get to the things they want to buy.

The problem is multi-faceted, which is good for any business plan: More stores. Increasing Traffic. Sporadically spread stores.

The easiest solution would be for the store to putup a website where orders can be placed. But most store owners find it very hard to maintain and keep track of the goods and do the shipping.

Solution: What if, a company were to make a website, which almost has an overlap of the map of a city/town. You can pick stores based on names (I can see a google earth mashup right away), and I can shop from a latest stereo equipment, to ordering pizza in a single website. The company manages the inventory and processes orders and shipment, essentially taking all headache away from the store-owner. Perhaps one can even go a step further and create a virtual city in second life and do this as well…

 
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