To give–or not to give–an honest reference?

Mala, about 24 years old, came to our firm for an interview. She was interviewed by Anil, the hiring manager in question. She had been referred by Anil’s neighbour’s friend’s friend, or something like that. Though Anil had initially made no promises, he was very impressed with her knowledge (she had excellent academic credentials too)…

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Are these people serious about selling?

A few days ago, we had a vendor (Mr. A) visit us for a networking job to be done around the office. I explained to him that we were already considering another vendor, so we’d need the quote real soon. He promised to send it over the following evening. Well, the following evening came and…

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Is your etiquette trainer fit to be one?

A few years ago, the management of our organization decided to put the staff of the entire Bangalore office through a two-day workshop on “etiquette training”. [They announced it as “Training in etiquettes, communication skills and mannerisms etc.” — I can find four grammar/ word usage errors right there.] Our office space was a two-bedroom…

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