Monday, March 18, 2013


EAT THAT FROG – A very interesting concept by Brian Tracy for prioritizing skills. A must know for all behavioral trainers skilling for time management. It advocates listing your worst / most feared task first – something like the first thing you eat early morning for breakfast should be your frog – the most difficult to eat and hence the first thing to get out of your way.

All is excellent about the concept except for the naming bit which sounds very YUCK!!!! … and that’s exactly what I felt when I heard that the Kazakhs eat their horses. Unimaginable… the very thought was not very palatable. Not until I got a chance to sample it. The sight of the grilled meat was truly very enchanting… to my taste buds the meat seemed coarse but nonetheless delectable. However I could not get over the thought that I had just partaken horse meat. I considered it impolite to express the same at the supper table to my host. Nonetheless I was determined to further inquest how the horse happened to get grilled for the table menu.

I got my opportunity during our sightseeing tour and I popped the question to my host. He simply smiled knowingly. After a while he asked “did you enjoy the meal” I replied hesitatingly “Yes – I did”. As we went around the town I was visibly enchanted by the Kazakh women who were so independent and yet had a strong sense of modernity blended with cultural conservatism. My host as if reading my thoughts said that women in Almaty were respected and were safe at all times. That the severely westernized outfits they wore was not a camouflage for their cultural conservatism but a statement of their freedom and sense of security. Without giving a thought to what I was saying I muttered aloud Alas!! Only if a fraction of this sense of security could prevail in the women of Delhi. In response my host replied “the horse here is not as secure as our women are”.

I had my answer … It is better not to be a hypocrite with a false sense of pity for the horse rather than our own fellow human beings. As a trainer it is a new lesson for me in prioritizing skills KILL YOUR HORSE BUT RESPECT AND LOVE YOUR WOMEN.

The above blog is a work of fiction though based on the collective experience of the author during his visit to Kazakhstan. Any relevance is purely co-incidental. There has been no malafide intention to hurt any person or community. These are views of the individual only and there are bound to be differences of opinion.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


This is my first post after the storm that hit economies worldwide has subsided.

I guess organizations are back to recruiting people who they believe will add to their bottom lines. However I wonder how many trainers who were thrown to the storm have been taken back? Why is training considered the support function from which extras can be shoved back to cut on costs? These and many more queries have troubled me during this period where I received numerous requests for freelance training support from many individuals. I could not help all and hence in the process I guess I have that much more colleagues who now vie for business from the same pool of resources that we operate in. I wish them all the luck.

However there is a much more serious issue which I intend to raise in this post.

Maybe the organizations are right in chopping so calles support functions like training and hence the current trend of mentoring hands on professionals to become trainers / coaches. This model has its own benefits

  1. You do not carry extra training staff baggage
  2. The professionals double up as trainers as and when required and switch back to their professional roles. We have labelled these training professionals as FLEXI TRAINERS.
  3. The flexi trainers don the cap of the mentor as they succesfully climb the organization ladder thereby building a self relaint organization.

In times to come one of the prime competencies that recruiters would look for in any profile of four plus years of experience is range of trainings provided and number of training hours completed. (I should admit it sounds somewhat like a pilot declaring his number of flying hours !!)

I invite a discussion from all serious minded HR captains and individuals on this growing trend - its future and its pitfalls. To achieve an open minded discussion I should cease from influencing / biasing the same by further scripting my thoughts on this issue.

Look forward to a fruitful discussion on upcoming inhouse training trends in corporate India.

Sanjay Patro

Director, Trainers 'n' Mentors

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Ethical recruitment eh!!

Ethical Recruitment eh!!
By Sanjay Patro.

Last week I had a virtual run in with some virtual colleagues over the issue of having an ethical stand in recruitment.

The discussion was amongst four individuals - virtual HR GOD, virtual DEVILS ADVOCATE, virtual DAMSEL IN DISTRESS and finally a group of virtual standby spectators (taken together as the final individual) who partly cheered the GOD and others who applauded the advocate’s bitchy stand!! The story unfolded as below...

DAMSEL IN DISTRESS from INDIA (DIDI) starts the ball rolling - "Hey guys - is there any place for ethics in recruitment?" she asked swinging from side to side - hoping to catch the attention of the World Wide Web (www).

High on speed and extremely volatile on issues pertaining to ethics, GOD changes gear and moves fast to DIDI's rescue - "Sure. Why not my child?" he questions knowingly, and proceeds to deliver his sermon on ethics, its virtues and the punishment for not following his ten commandments. By the end of it GOD is happy to have released his sermon and a motley group of the spectators applaud. Some of them start the ritual dissection of the GODS sermon analysing the articles, prepositions and tenses to examine the philosophical, evangelical and moral meanings of each word, phrase and prose that GOD just delivered.

The DEVILS ADVOCATE (DA) who is cringing in his black robe all this while can contain it no longer and releases his imp in the guise of a case study. Humans give in to the excitement of a revolution in making almost instantaneously and swear by the imps case study observations. God promises a duel to the end and the virtual Mahabharat of HR starts. Conch shells are blown, swords drawn and arrows fly - all at virtual targets.

The DA uses his armour of wit against GOD’s arsenal of morality till finally DIDI can take it no more. STOP IT she yelps in distress. The pair of you can have your closing statements now and the final decision shall be mine, she says swaying her hips valiantly at silencing the forces that run the HR in the universe.

GOD blinks first and commences on another long diatribe. He partially gives in to the DA but closes his monologue swearing by the victory of good over evil and that finally let the childhood values of high morality prevail.

The DA swishes his black robe in the air and makes his closing remarks – DIDI, your honour, I just wish to bring to your attention the biggest corporate on Earth and its recent recruitment standards. India – the biggest democracy on the globe after a herculean election mania churned out a majority for the congress. But look at the council of ministers and take your decision if ethics has any place in recruitment in the biggest organization of the globe.

Next, look at the mightiest democratic organization of the globe – the US of A. After a prolonged duel of the equals and the unequals, woman and man, white and black, each maligning the other to no extent and literally damning their opponents to the fires of hell …. They recruited each other and are living happily till they switch organizations yet again!! Once again, DIDI, your honour, take your decision if ethics has any place in the mightiest organization of the globe.

I rest my case your honour.

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