Volume 7 Number 1 (April-September 2007)

Gary Kroehnert, “Games Trainers Play Outdoors”, New Delhi, 2004, Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Limited, pages xxvi + 203; Price Rs. 250.

After successfully authoring a set of games books like 100 Training Games, 101 More Training Games, 102 Extra training games and 103 additional training games, Gary Kroehnert felt the need for games that trainers and facilitators could use outdoors. Thus inspired he came up with the first volume of "Games Trainers play outdoors" consisting of seventy five games for facilitators. Since outdoor games can be challenging Gary has classified each game on four parameters like Risk, energy level, whether outdoor or indoor and the use of Props. All the games are summarized on these four parameters making it easier for the trainers to choose the games. The format is easy to follow with the time required for each exercise, Size of the group, material required, Goals and procedures given. The safety issues along with sample debriefing questions and variations that can be made to the activity make the book unique.

The games not only lead to team building but also inculcate decision-making and leadership qualities in the participants. They increase individual's personal confidence, teams confidence, communications, interpersonal skills and of course agility and physical coordination. Most of the games are funfilled and easy to organize and can be used as a good resource by trainers.

Kirti Dutta, Lecturer, Institute for International Management and Technology, 336, Udyog Vihar, Phase-IV, Gurgaon-122001, Haryana, India.
 

 

Dinesh K. Srivastava, “Strategies for Performance Management”, New Delhi, 2005, Excel Books, pp 235, Price Rs. 225.

This is the first edition of the book by Dr. Srivastava and it talks about human resource strategies to meet organizational objectives to the best possible extent. Dr. Srivastava is working as an Associate Professor in National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai. He has a rich academic background and has been associated with reputed Institutes like Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has written numerous research papers and chapters on Organizational Behaviour and Human Research Management.

He is actively involved in conducting management development programs and trainings for some of the best companies of India and has also taken up consultancy assignments in the area organizational restructuring and HRM. The book is divided in two parts. The first part deals with the background of job performance and a conceptual framework for identifying circumstances of job performance has been proposed. An empirical study of job performance with data collected from two private sector organizations has also been given in this section. There are five chapters in this section- Overview of HRM, Conceptual approach to performance management, Determinants of job performance, Personality and job performance and antecedents of job performance in two organizations.

The second part of the book talks about various human resources strategies. It has seven chapters and covers topics like - Selection, Training and Development, Performance Appraisal, Compensation, Career development, Enhancing potential of individuals and teams and Creating high performance organizations. Each chapter in this part provides an instrument that can be used by HRD managers for reviewing their strategies.

The book is very crisp and the author has tried to address almost all the relevant issues on human resource briefly in it. Even for a layman, the book is an interesting read. The rich experience of the author has enabled him to put live data on human resource issues, which provides good source of information for the reader. This also helps in developing the interest of the reader. One good part about the book is that the author in some topics has collected primary data,developed hypothesis and proven the same by using research methodology tools.

There are organizational charts, tables, questionnaires and survey scores which support the theoretical discussion. This adds to the authenticity of the text. The only area lacking in the book is case studies on the topics and relevant questions on each area. The book can be used as a guide to improve operations but it doesn't discuss definitions and theoretical models related to HR. Trainers and HR personnel may find the book very relevant while the academic community could need more theory than what have been discussed here. If someone is looking for a practical approach to HR, this book would be very useful. However for referring to hard-core theory topics and models in details, this book may not be the best choice.

Kirti Madan, Lecturer, Institute for International Management and Technology, 336, Udyog Vihar, Phase-IV, Gurgaon-122001, Haryana, India.
 

 

Carolyn Greenwich, “Fun and Gains”, New Delhi, 2004, Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Limited, pages xi + 212; Price Rs. 195.

The “People” in the organization have been increasingly recognized as the differential advantage in the creation of an "Organizational success". To keep them motivated and to maintain their positive attitudes Carolyn Greenwich has come up with some simple games that can be introduced in the workplace. The book starts with games that can be played so that the employees start their day enthused to put in their best and hence this Section 1 has been aptly titled - Winning Attitudes. These activities are aimed at removing the daily stress so that the employees can better focus on the tasks they have to perform. Section 2 deals with 'Reinforcing Professionalism' and looks for ways to reinforce the level of professionalism in the workplace. It contains a number of workplace activities that managers have found extremely effective in telling the employees the unacceptable behavior in a fun way. This also helps to train an unprofessional staff member to become more valuable to the company and themselves.

Section 3 focuses on achieving greater sales through simple sales contests and fun games. There are games to motivate staff to stay on the phone during busy periods, to motivate all staff to become sales people, to increase business through cross selling and many more. The last section deals with effective communication which the author feels can be improved with constant attention and continual development. The games in this section have classroom training exercises, techniques to enhance communication to achieve a positive response from co-workers and customers. The format of the book is easy to follow and the information for each activity is given in subheadings which makes the book readable. The overall goal is to energizing the staff, keep them motivated, boost the morale so as to create a win-win situation for all.

Kirti Dutta, Lecturer, Institute for International Management and Technology, 336, Udyog Vihar, Phase-IV, Gurgaon-122001, Haryana, India.
 

 


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