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Chrm Message From: tara Total Posts: 49 Join Date: 25/12/2006
Rank: Executive Post Date: 25/12/2006 00:44:58 Points: 245 Location: United States

A red carpet rolls out in the Corporate World by June-July to welcome the fresh wave of MBAs. These MBAs (PGDBA, PGDHRM, MMS……..) students having completed two years of professional management education are now on the verge of an exciting career. An enviable clan since not only do companies woo them during campus recruitment with fancy salaries but also nurture them with well designed induction programs & such kind of activities. Whilst companies do their best to retain these "High Flyers" ; let us also advise these young MBAs on how they could settle down and contribute to the company they have joined.

1. Keep Your Feet On The Ground 
MBAs are often accused of being people in a great hurry and carrying a chip on their shoulder. It is true that MBAs are well trained and groomed in their institutes but this still does not make them perfect. A sensible person should bide his time and learn as much as he can on the first job. The sooner he settles down the impact, the "Reality Shock" is reduced. Reality shock is that phenomena many a new employees suffer from because of deviations about what he expected the company to be and what it actually is. They should also learn to respect their seniors and indulge in active listening showing off their power of theories and concepts. Let us appreciate and accept that indifference, resistance and resentment would get you nowhere; infact some humility would help you cross several hurdles.

2. Be Patient & Persistent
Patience is one virtue that can help MBAs do a lot better in their organisations. Very often MBAs who join as Management trainees complain that training appears to be one more year of Management education. This may be true to some extent but organisations have their own complexities and specific characteristics and a sound awareness of these would help the MBA a great deal. Let us also remember that this for the MBAs is their entry point into the organisation; hence have to develop virtues of patience and persistence. An old file they wanted or appointment sought with the senior manager may not be available at the first attempt but, try until you succeed. This would also send positive signals to various seniors about your sincerity and dedication. Further if you feel you are still doing an extended MBA; DO IT; don’t forget you are even being paid a salary to do so. Hence, don't complain!

3. Focis on Performance, Not Preaching
For the initial few months the best strategy to be followed is to learn as much as one can, complete all allocated tasks on time and display a high level of enthusiasm. No task should be perceived as mundane or routine and must be completed meticulously. As is often said, " Be seen not heard" till you settle down in the organisation and gain the acceptance of peers and seniors, it is advisable not to shoot off once mouth on sensitive issues like policies, procedures and practice of the organisation. Further criticism, judgement passing and bragging should be completely avoided. Also, the "I know more" arrogance should be judiciously avoided. Do not try to prove yourself right by proving others wrong. This very often leads to situations where you end up digging your own grave. Let us remember that seniors and colleagues too have their competencies and are capable of doing things as well as you or even better.

4. Prove Your Mettle
If you think you are great; then prove it. This should be the sole objective of the new incumbent MBA into the organisation. Do take up projects and assignments and complete them successfully. Ensure that deadlines are met and quality is of the highest standards. Prepare for every meeting you attend and this can increase your own confidence and also impress your superiors. Let us realise that the blue chip you have joined has been running successfully without you and concentrate on how to add value and not fault finding. Conciseness, brevity and enthusiasm can go a long way in fuelling a positive impression about you in the minds of seniors. Yet another important aspect to be remembered is that WORK COMES FIRST; picnics, fun, dates and films should take a backseat. You should be able to earn the above a resultant of your excellence on the job.

5. Reviews & Feedback Meetings
Ensure a continuous communication channel with your immediate superior. The normal tendency of many superiors is giving negative feedback when things go wrong: else keep quiet. You shall continuously solicit feedback from your boss about your performance and develop on your strengths and eliminate your weaknesses. Take your boss into confidence and never bluff. It is this continuous interaction which would often fetch you objective appraisals at the end of your probation than a subjective one. It is also important to accept that in life you could even choose your spouse but not your boss. Hence the best strategy is to maintain the best relation with him. Draw inspiration from his strengths and ignore his weaknesses. Make him aware of your competencies and see, has the synergy between you could help improve your own performance and of the department and the company.

6. Survive, Stay On & Succeed
If you are a high profile MBA then have the guts to stay on and contribute to the organisation. It is very easy to show off your mettle by boasting that you have another job offer within three months or so but then your challenge lies in your ability to combat the odds and contribute. You must prove your loyalty and commitment to your current organisation first list you are accused of being a job hopper. By loyalty, I am not referring to the number of years you have spent in the organisation but to the contribution you have made to the organisation. Job hoppers grow faster in short run but disappear in long run. I would say that a period of about one-and-a-half to two years is optimum time to prove oneself and contribute back to the organisation that hired you.

To conclude, follow the good old adage, "Well begun is half done". At the campus itself choose your company with care. Do not be carried away by the hype or glamour or salary/perks. It is best advisable to choose a job where you have a fair degree of independence and responsibility and in a professionally managed organisation. Once you settle in and start contributing you will enjoy your job and succeed too. The real acid test would be when years down the line, your resignation is accepted with a heavy heart and not gladly (i.e. good riddance to bad rubbish). - by Prof R.S. Mani

Best Regards,

Tara




Chrm Message From: abhijeet_rawat Total Posts: 27 Join Date: 25/12/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 26/12/2006 01:24:18 Points: 135 Location: United States

I might just wish to compliment the experience shared by him..

He enlists a few tips and (I've added what I belive should be noted too for the future business leaders /industry captains - MBA's)

1. KEEP YOUR FEET ON THE GROUND:- (ALWAYS)

2. BE PATIENT AND PERSISTENT:- (EVERYTME)

3. FOCUS ON PERFORMANCE NOT PREACHING:- (IMMEDIATELY & in the

FUTURE TOO)

4. PROVE YOUR METTLE:- (NOT JUST ONCE, BUT EVERYTIME YOU ARE TRIED)

5. REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK MEETINGS:- (CONSTANTLY)

6. SURVIVE (LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER BATTLE), STAY ON (NOT TO BECOME TOO MUCH OF A ROLLING STONE) & SUCCEED:- (SURVIVING AND STAYING ON WILL LEAD TO SOME SUCCESS SURELY).

TO THE FURUTRE LEADERS/INDUSTRY CAPTAINS THE LAST ADVISE WOULD BE

TO SHARE YOUR VIRTUAL EXPEREINCES WITH THE JUNIORS, AND FACULTY AND BE A GUIDING FORCE FOR THE FUTURE..

Regards,

Abhijeet Rawat 

Chrm Message From: vishalb Total Posts: 49 Join Date: 25/12/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 26/12/2006 01:28:45 Points: 245 Location: United States

Very good article. Yes, actually all the points mentioned are essential building blocks of a very succesful career. Being humble, patient, persistent, eager to learn, persevering and zestful are few of the many qualities that a Management Graduate needs to have a succesful career.

Looking forward to many more articles like this. Keep it up.

Regards
Vishal Bachani

 
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