4 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable to Your Organization

A guide from Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad

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It is one thing to complete a PGDM education with fair CGPA and another thing to cope up with the never-ending demands of the corporate world. You need to be good at almost everything- communication, human dynamics, domain knowledge, leadership skills, so on and so fort. But there are few things you cannot simply do without- if you got the boardroom in mind:

 

 

  1. The Power of Relationships

It is people that make or break companies. People hire and fire people. Companies don’t perform these actions. There is nothing called a company unless it is about the people we are talking about. It is important to work hard and be a competent and irreplaceable employee but you also need to be constantly likeable and try to fit in with the corporate culture. Maintaining a good relationship with the people who you work with, will increase your chances to get chosen for leadership roles or be part of groups within the workplace.

  1. Over Deliver

In an organization, doing a tiny bit more than what is expected out of you will help you go a long way in the overall perception of your performance and would further increase your value. Even if he is not your direct manager, being proactive can help you make your way back to your superiors and create an impression that will last for a long time. Over-delivering or going that extra mile would help you establish yourself a thought leader and a responsible person that other people could look up to.

  1. Expand Your Responsibilities

Expanding the second point further, it’s important to gradually expand your responsibilities as soon as the opportunity presents itself. There could be a new project coming up in the organization or someone might be leaving the organization and their role needs to be split up for the time being. Such opportunities are a great way to demonstrate your potential and establish yourself as a great leader. Volunteering to take on some of the additional work will position you as a team player, and will also make you a valuable and indispensable asset of the company.

  1. Establish your Expertise

Establish your expertise to be an irreplaceable asset of the company. This also helps you build your brand across the company. Becoming an expert at something would help you become an important part of the organization and will further make you an invaluable resource. In order to establish your expertise, participate in industry events, write articles for third-party publications, volunteer to carry out training programs and extend help to anyone who asks for it. A selfless help never goes unrewarded, especially in the workplace. It will help you become an expert leader and would create your brand in the company.

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6 Mistakes every Leader should avoid while Managing their Teams

A guide by Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management

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A key understanding to leadership is- people hire people, who hire people and somewhere within those three generations of hiring, there are leaders who have to handle these people. The chain is endless and we have come up with a list of mistakes you need to avoid making if you wish to manage an alpha team of performers:

1. My way or the highway (MWOH): Everyone has something useful to offer in terms of thoughts, ideas and suggestions. MWOH is fueled by the insecurity of a leader who wants to create an environment of control. Ideas do not always have to flow from you just because you are on the top of the team pyramid and you can’t think of everything. By listening to your team, not only will you create a feeling of involvement but will also improve the overall performance of the team by encouraging a sense of ownership.

2. All about the numbers: In simpler terms, if it is not making dollars, it doesn’t make sense. But numbers only become a problem when you lay too much focus on them and forgetting the team of people who are making those numbers happen. In your race to put numbers on the chart, you may lose sight of the “how.” So always keep people supreme and focus on creating a healthy team.

3. Talk and not listen: This is one of the major mistakes, leaders make. They only talk and they don’t take the opinions of others. Studies have shown that if people are not heard, they will cease to say the things that matter.

4. Change things just for the sake of it: Change is the law of nature but it should not be forced just to prove that you support change. It is a universal fact that any change that happens is difficult not only on leaders but on every single employee in the organization+. A good leader surveys the impact, timing and necessity of change before even planning to bring the change.

5. Do not be inattentive: This is one of the most common mistakes a leader makes. Handling a team is no easy task. There would be always a temptation to stop caring about the team and just do what you think is right without taking into account the needs and wants of the team. Such mistake can go a long way in destroying your team and your leadership as a whole.   I’ll close with the words of John Maxwell, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

6. Unwilling to receive candid feedback – “I am a leader and I am perfect.” This is an ultimate ingredient to disaster of your leadership career. As a leader, if you are not open to a feedback from your employee, you are going in an extremely wrong direction. We all learn throughout our life and our resistance towards feedback hampers our ability to grow and further succeed in life. As a leader, if you really want to keep improving, be open to a positive feedback and try to lead your team with open mind.

KRITANSH 2.0- the second edition of the Sports Fest of VJIM, Hyderabad

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Mohan of PGDM Class of 2018 of VJIM, Hyderabad had an amazing idea in mind. He wanted to bring together the infinite sports energy residing within the walls of the VJIM campus and create a more constructive and meaningful platform for the students to showcase them. After days of brain wracking, team work, approvals and elementray preparation Kritansh’s first edition saw the light of the day and almost instantaneously- it became a hit!

Kritansh 2.0- the second edition unfurled on 23rd November, 2018 and what a show! The strapline of the annual sports fest read out loud: Hustle, Hit and Never Quit, suggesting- failure is only an opportunity to begin again. Keeping the spirit of the event in mind, VJIM invited sports enthusiasts of 10 colleges from across Hyderabad and registered a footfall of 450 students on campus- all brought together by the energy of Kritansh.

Among the participating colleges were: NMIMS, SIBM, FABS, DHRUVA, ICBM, IMT, NICMAR, FRANCIS, MANAGE, IPE, CBIT, and SSIM. Table Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Cricket, Throwball, Badminton,  Box Cricket, Chess and Carrom made the order of the day. While talented sportsmen were challenging each other on the field and across tables, excited audience surrounded to see the games going. There was absolute camaraderie in the air.

Presenting results of KRITANSH 2.0 once again:

S.NO GAME COLLEGES PARTICIPATED FIRST RUNNER WINNER
1. Table Tennis VJIM a

VJIM b

NMIMS

SIBM

SIBM NMIMS
2. Cricket ICBM

FABS

CBIT

VJIM

DHRUVA

IPE

NICMAR

NMIMS

SIBM

NICMAR VJIM
3. Volley ball NMIMS

IPE

VJIM

ICBM

NICMAR

DHRUVA

SIBM

NICMAR IPE
4. Throw ball VJIM

NICMAR

NMIMS

ICBM

SIBM

St FRANCIS

VJIM St FRANCIS
5. Badminton(Men) VJIM

IPE

ICBM

NMIMS

DHRUVA

VJIM1

SIBM

NICMAR

VJIM NICMAR
6. Badminton(Women) VJIM a

St FRANCIS

VJIM b

IPE

SIBM

NMIMS

ICBM

NICMAR

NMIMS St FRANCIS
7. Box Cricket VJIM

NMIMS

VJIM NMIMS
8. Chess VJIM

SIBM

NMIMS

CBIT

ICBM

Women      ICBM

 

 

Men            CBIT

NMIMS

NICMAR

 
VJIM

9. Carroms VJIM VJIM VJIM

The two days ended on a high note with the award ceremony giving it a perfect wrap. Kritansh did not only see sportsmen walking away with recognition and applause but also gave every participants the opportunity to meet and network with likeminded people from across B-schools, chasing dreams and desires.