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The 3 key aspects to one’s skills

One’s skills are judged by the appreciation and application of concepts, understanding of how to use the latest tools and technologies and appreciation of human behavior. Here is a visual designer. He understands the various graphic designing tools like After Effects, Photosphop, Dreamweaver etc. But his ability to understand and create stuff for the targeted...

Understanding proficiencies

Proficiencies Our capabilities also depend on the proficiency levels within the role. For example: two salespersons may have different levels of proficiencies. Two programmers may have different levels of proficiencies. Two writers may have different levels of proficiencies. To understand the concept of proficiency, let us consider the simple example of proficiency with regard to...

Why I dislike the word competencies?

Competencies, Competency management, Competency mapping and Competency based HR and so on are concepts and practices that have evolved in the HR space. But how useful are these? In a world of simplification are they relevant. It is difficult for me to understand the word “Competencies”. It seems somehow cut off from the day to...

Panch mantras of personal wellness

Panch Mantras (five elements) of personal well-being which are the key elements that indicate our well-being in life? The five elements that contribute to our personal well-being: • Wealth • Health • Leisure • Relationships • Spirituality We can easily sense how important these are in our lives, and also gauge how any of these elements are troubling us...

Profile, Engage and Develop Your Skills With A Career Development Plan

Building a rewarding career rests primarily in the hands of every individual, and yet, many progress in their careers more by accident rather than through a process of informed decision-making. Why does this happen? Can a career development plan put you on track? There’s a reason why the most popular notion might not necessarily be the...

Why Psychometric Assessment Tools Don’t Work For HR Management

When we showcase our skills profiling tool/application to people, particularly those with some understanding of HR, I’m often asked if it is a psychometric tool – which it is not! But this often throws up another interesting question – do psychometric assessment tools really paint a true picture of a potential candidate? From several years...