Kamal Karanth Management Guru

Kamal is the Co-Founder of Xpheno, a specialist talent solutions company that offers direct hire, IT staff augmentation and engineering professional services. Xpheno brings people and companies together, to contribute to the creation of high-performing specialist workforce. Kamal holds a Bachelor degree in Microbiology from Bangalore University. 

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Should Leaders be Allowed to Serve Notice?

On a Friday morning I received a cryptic email from my Vice President’s Executive Assistant. It said that our super boss had resigned in the morning and it was also his last day at work. As this person was instrumental in hiring me, I worriedly called one of my friends who is also my confidant. He told me it was a common practice in his organisation to relieve senior leaders immediately after they resign. On most occasions, it’s within a day. OMG! I told myself, this is the scariest part of being a leader!

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MNC or Entrepreneur? Whom would you work for?

You might tell yourself, a job is a job, why over scrutinise with different labels, but we all still end up doing that in reality, don’t we? I would like to believe there is a definite distinction between an MNC and an entrepreneur when it comes to work patterns and experiences, some parallels could also be drawn between large local organisations and MNCs in some contexts.

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How Perceptions Hamper Career Growth

Have you ever felt a victim at work due to others perception about you? I know it’s convenient to say yes and score a brownie point for yourself and play ‘victim’. I haven’t felt victimized but I am sure that in my long career 'some' of my intra organisation growth or the lack of it must have happened based on ‘others’ perception about me.

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Who is Your Favourite Boss?

How long did you take to come up with a name? If this is your first job, read no further. Oh! you come up with a name in no time? Did I hear you say that this is a question for which we all have answers instantaneously? I believe we are always ready to talk about our pet boss even before anybody has asked us. Then what's the big deal about, you might ask, isn't it as similar as asking about your favourite colour/dish/city/movie/best friend?

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Would You Join a Firm if Your Predecessor has been Sacked?

If that question was aimed at me, my immediate answer would be, “of course!". Did I hear you say, "it depends?" Well, on second thoughts, I may not disagree with you. However, as unnerving as it might be to step into the shoes of a failed predecessor, there are talent who are courageous enough to take up the challenge especially if the incident is hardly recurring within the organization and particularly for the role.

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