Organisations – a platform for learning?

Learning and education were at one time associated with only educational institutions but now have transcended those limits and are available everywhere.
Thanks to technology and the growing awareness that learning can happen anywhere, interested individuals have easy access to learning programs. The new and most suitable place where learning can and needs to take place is an organisation. All employees need to keep the learning process going to be on par with the changing and developing times.
Why should organisations be centres of learning?
Every organisation has something referred to as the organisational culture which reflects the values, the beliefs that an organisation stands for and is reflected in the goals and practices of the organisation. Learning is the best way to inculcate this culture among the employees.
How can organisations become centres of learning for employees?
Learning is a continuous process and happens all the time. Opportunities to learn, acquire knowledge and the values that an organization stands for need to made available to employees continuously.
An organisation should let the employees know that it supports learning in any form by providing the necessary resources. Employee training and development should be part of every organisation’s culture.
The employees should believe that their learning is of priority to the organisation. Encouragement should be given at every level and ample opportunities created.
A formal policy in the organisation regarding training of employees should be in place. This shows that employee learning is of utmost value.
Time and opportunities should be made available to employees to learn as well as develop skills and knowledge. It should be done in such a manner that daily work schedules are not affected.
The end of a training program does not signify end of the learning process. Employees should be made to understand that learning is an ongoing process and needs to be applied to their job and work activities.
These are some ways in which a conducive learning atmosphere can be created at a workplace.
What is the employee’s role as a learning professional?
Any employee should take advantage of the various learning opportunities provided by the organisation. He should acquire knowledge and skills related to his profession. The next step is to apply this newly acquired knowledge to his work. This will create more opportunities for him to learn and develop his career.
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What you think is what you see……

Have you ever wondered how people have different viewpoints of the same issue or situation? It is just the way of thinking!
Here is a very simple story which explains clearly the extent to which our way of thinking can influence our life.
A shoe manufacturer was looking to expand the market of his products beyond the boundaries of his country to other parts of the world. As a preliminary round of gauging the potential of the markets, he sent representatives to various countries around the world. He asked them to get back with a detailed report of their findings there.
Among them were two who made a trip to Africa to test the potential of the market there. Their reports left the manufacturer stunned.
One of them said in his report that people in Africa did not use shoes. The market for shoes did not exist at all in that place. So, there was no point in trying to explore that country. The other salesman was all excited and felt that there was tremendous potential for shoes in Africa. He further went on to add that the people did not use shoes and therefore the idea of wearing shoes could be spread among the people there. If they could convince the people to wear shoes, then the market was a big one. The company could create a large market there.
It tells so clearly that viewpoints can be positive or negative. Situations can be interpreted so differently. It exudes a very simple but crucial management lesson for all. Always look at the opportunities that exist in a situation and not at the disadvantages. It can change your way of thinking!
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E learning – the future of education

During one of my science classes, I was trying to teach a very important concept of load, fulcrum and effort. I was trying to explain with the help of diagrams on the blackboard but it still eluded the children. Then, I decided to bring in some virtual images to demonstrate the concept. It was such a cake walk. When this was followed by live models, it was such an easy task.
If such effective learning technology had existed some years back, our school days too would have been exciting. In the last decade or so, the natures of the classroom, the method of learning and teaching have changed drastically. E learning has created a revolution of sorts and we are possibly on the threshold of a new process of learning.
What will the system of education look like about 50 years from now?
Will learning feel more like play? Will it make education accessible to all? Will learning become an individualized experience? We have to wait and watch but a change is imminent. Let’s have a look at how education has changed down the years.
There existed a time when learning was all about listening and memorizing. The chalk and the black board were the tools of the teacher. Now it has expanded to the virtual classroom, the internet and all other available means of technology have pervaded the classroom. Let us try to analyse what could probably be the learning methods or tools of the future.
Virtual learning: This is already making its headway into educational institutions and making learning a visual and enjoyable experience. The realms of virtual learning are seamless and can be incorporated into the learning modules easily. It creates a futuristic learning experience and can include virtual sensory experiences of sound, touch, smell etc. The effect of a virtual classroom in online education can make it more effective.
Mobile learning: Mobile phones will not only be devices to communicate but become learning tools. There are online schools which have made their content accessible through the phone using internet facility. Advanced apps and features on phones will make learning more accessible and fun. Social networks can also serve as platforms for sharing ideas on learning.
MOOCs: It is perhaps one of the best things to ever happen in the field of education. These open and online programs provide access to scores of people across the globe to learning programs which were at one stage highly inaccessible. It has taken education to remote corners of the world and cut across age groups. Working executive to students to home makers to …… the list is endless.
E learning may well become the accepted form of education and is already creating a revolution. The role of a teacher may undergo a drastic change. E learning is permeating its way into not only the student community but is paving the way for knowledge development and skill enhancement among the working professionals too.
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One good deed goes a long way…….

Life is sometimes so busy that we get entangled in the daily routine and forget to enjoy the little moments of joy that could make life so much more enjoyable.
This is a small story as narrated by a person about his unique experience in his childhood. He recollects the great customer service rendered to his family many years back.
They had travelled all the way from England to spend a holiday in the Californian country side. The most exciting part was that they lived in a rented motor home. As the family was making visits to different places, they visited an amusement park very close to Los Angeles. The family with three children was enjoying all the rides. One of the most exciting and nerve tingling rides was a plummeting one that called for warnings about loss of personal belongings like keys, spectacles etc. These sign boards were all over the place to warn the enthusiastic riders. While this family was enjoying the ride, the father lost the keys of the motor home.
The motor home did not have spare keys and so the family was on the verge of having to spend a night outdoors. The park attendants drove them back along with suggestions to break open the van. Much to their relief, one window had been left partially open. One of the sons managed to squeeze in and open the doors from inside. The whole family was involved in a discussion about what to do next when one of the children walked in with a key that he found. Much to their happiness, the key fitted into the ignition perfectly and into the driver’s door.
The next day, the father called in a locksmith to see if anything could be done to open the rest of the doors. The locksmith was willing to make new keys if they could bring the vehicle to his shop in a small shopping centre. He asked them to be back in an hour’s time. The family spent time at the nearby shops and coffee bar. The locksmith was willing to make keys for all the locks but it would take quite a while.
The family spent time alternatively between the shopping centre and the locksmith’s little shop. During their visits, the locksmith spoke about his family in England, about America and they shared some interesting moments. Then he sent them to eat some lunch and said he would be done by the time they are back. The family went out and on returning were greeted by a smiling locksmith. He put two bunches of keys on his counter. He had put together a spare set too.
He refused to accept any money for his services and said that he enjoyed their company so much which was his payment.
Customer service is not only about selling products but creating goodwill and going out of your way to do something special for a customer. This little deed will speak louder than your products. Business management is not only world class products but also extends to building relationships with your customers.
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Higher education – a change in outlook needed.

This article is based on a write up by Mr. Virander S Chauhan published in The Hindu.

I recently came across this interesting article on higher education where the writer is talking about the challenges our country has before it especially in the field of education. I am touching upon some of the observations made by the writer.
India has a large population of which half are under the age of 25 and has the huge task of providing facilities to fulfill the aspirations of this half of the population. We do have the potential to do so but there is something that as Indians we should accept. A knowledge based society develops faster. If we accept this thought, then providing access to education especially higher education will assume prime importance.
The present form of higher education in India is mostly campus based and has its own limitations. To meet the ever growing demands of the society and to make higher education more reachable to all sections of the society, innovative ways of teaching need to be developed. Changes in the existing form of education can only bring about limited changes. What is needed is something new that brings a wave of change.
The recent trend on the front of higher education is Virtual Learning or simply put MOOCs. MOOCs can bring in the desired changes in densely populated countries like India. These are online courses which have open access and no restriction on participation. These programs are not based on only awarding degrees or diplomas. They are interactive courses and allow group learning.
The potential of MOOCs as a valuable learning tool has been realized and now many universities worldwide are offering these courses to supplement their regular courses. In India, it is slowly and steadily making ground. With more and more individuals realizing the importance of higher education, MOOCs is becoming popular. MOOCs come in where there is a lag and a gap between the teaching institutions and the industry. It helps an individual who seeks extra knowledge in certain areas but not a qualification. They come in very handy for those who are looking to gain knowledge and skills for certain specific career choices.
MOOCs can be a powerful tool in providing and enriching higher education in India. It will provide the right platform to the large number of young people who are seeking higher education. For India to develop a knowledge based society, it is but necessary that access to higher education is made available to all those who seek it.
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Lead by example.

It is time around for another story which could throw light on some values that as managers or leaders in a work atmosphere many or all of us should make a part of our personality.
It is quite common to observe individuals leading a group or a team give instructions to the rest of the members of the team as to how to go about the whole project or piece of work. How many of them can actually be part of the group and work with them?
This is a small snippet of an incident which is said to be true but drives home the point that a successful leader is one who can make himself a part of his team.
We travel back in time to perhaps 200 years down the line. In a battlefield, soldiers were digging a trench which was supposed to be a part of a strategic defensive position. The soldiers were weary, exhausted and in no physical condition to complete the work quickly. Their officer and leader who was standing above, was shouting out orders to them. He also threatened about severe punishment if the work was not completed within the given time. The thing to note here is that the officer was only giving instructions but making no effort to help them in any way.
Just then, a stranger was passing by on horseback and was observing the whole incident. He asked the officer as to why he was not helping them. His reply was, “I am in charge of matters here. The soldiers do as I ask them to. If you feel for them, why don’t you help them?”
The stranger promptly dismounted and helped the men till the work was completed. Before he left, he congratulated the soldiers for their work. The officer was completely at a loss for words. He walked up to the officer, “Next time when your position as an officer or leader prevents you from supporting your men, let the top officers know about it. I shall help find a more permanent solution.”
Only later did the officer come to know that the stranger was none other than General Washington. He taught him a very valuable lesson that successful leaders don’t only direct their team but be a part and parcel of the team. They should work shoulder to shoulder with the members to create a feeling of oneness and motivate them.
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Learning, the new way……

Learning is a lifelong process. If one has the inclination, one can learn at any time, irrespective of time or age.
With technology making waves all over the world, learning has become so much easier and reachable. There existed times, when one could not think of learning or gaining knowledge if one was past the learning age in formal centres of learning, which were the only source of education.
Technology has opened up new avenues of learning and made accessibility much simpler for any form of learning an individual wants to specialize in. E – learning is the newest form of learning on the block. Individuals, whose lifestyle or career demands, do not allow a campus education can always consider and opt for learning using the internet. It can be adapted to suit one’s own schedule.
E-learning is taking the world by storm and the opportunities are varied and myriad. It could even kindle an otherwise uninterested person to take up some form of study. Nothing much need be said about the openings for interested individuals. It provides the right platform for those looking for career enhancement or higher studies. It encompasses everything that a person who is working or pre-occupied otherwise can incorporate into their existing lifestyle.
The benefits of E –learning are many that it makes learning more enjoyable and flexible. Flexibility is the key advantage of e-learning. Individuals who pursue a career, travel or have other pre-occupations that keep them away from accessing learning of their choice can make use of this flexibility. The programs are available 24X7 and can be accessed by the learner at their own convenience.
As this format uses technology to the maximum, visual medium of learning is used in the best possible manner. Videos of lessons provide a classroom atmosphere for those who prefer it. Those who prefer reading, printed versions are made available.
Virtual classrooms, virtual access to instructors to discuss the program contents and participate in question –answer sessions are the highlights of E-learning. Some formats even include interactions between instructors and co-learners. Chat groups and newsrooms make interaction much easier.
As E-learning pervades into every sphere of education, the arena of learning is opening up to many interested individuals.
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A number of study programs based on management studies have been formulated with academic inputs from the best of faculty drawn across India and guidance from some of the best institutes stretching across the country. If you are someone on the threshold of a new career or trying to gain a foothold in the industry, myBskool.com is the place for you. Even experienced professionals looking for knowledge or skill enhancement can enroll for programs. Click here for more details. Let technology enhance your career too.

Whither to……?

Caught in the midst of a panic situation, what would your reaction be? Very difficult to predict, isn’t it? Sometimes we cannot say what our reaction would exactly be.
What should be the reaction of a leader or captain? Food for thought! I came across this interesting story which says very precisely what a captain or a leader should be doing in crisis.
A boat was caught in the midst of a storm in the high seas. The raging storm made it difficult for the Captain to steer the boat. He was trying to control the boat and prevent it from sinking. But the task was so tough on him that he was overcome by anguish and felt frustrated.
Each wave that hit the boat made it difficult to control the boat and he was concentrating on keeping the boat steady. In the midst of this and the roaring waves, he could not hear a crew member calling out to him. The man then decided to move closer so that the Captain could hear him. It was not an easy task to move on the tossing boat as he kept losing his balance. He had to hang on to the rails to stop himself from falling off the boat.
Finally after a lot of effort, the crew member moved closer to the Captain. By then, the Captain was so frustrated that he began talking loudly to himself. “Why does this happen to me? I have been sailing for so many years in this ocean!” The Captain was feeling miserable that he could not control the situation.
Just at that moment, the crew member reached out to him and pointed in the other direction. The captain could not understand what he was pointing to. The Captain was furious that he was trying to distract him. He snapped back, “Can’t you see that I am trying to steer the boat to land?” The crew member pointed out in the opposite direction and shouted, “The light house is in the other direction!”
What do you do when faced with a storm in life, be it personal or professional?
• Do you wait and let it pass?
• Are you overwhelmed by it?
• Does desperation get the better of you?
• Will you seek guidance from someone?
• Will you just start moving with no clear idea of where you are going to?

When you face a storm or crisis, what is very important is the direction in which you are moving. More than the courage, calm mind or the great effort, it is the direction that determines where you are heading to. Similarly in an organisation, crisis situations are very common. The ability of a leader lies in not losing the direction in which his team should be heading. The storm can be weathered but if you lose direction, everything may be lost.
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Effective leadership in organisations

What makes leadership effective? Is it the individual or the principles one follows? Interesting and debatable question!
The ideal will be a combination of both. But principles or ground rules do go a long way in determining effective leadership.
How does an organisation choose leaders and mentor them?
There is a widespread opinion that managers should be individuals with potential for leadership. And this potential needs to be developed into a skill through right training. Leadership development should be closely integrated with career development. Experienced managers could pitch in as mentors and guide the new leaders. This helps in taking not only individuals but also the organisation on a path to development.
The growth process of a leader does not end with the training. There should be self development which can happen only with a strong initiative from the individual. One can learn from one’s own actions and from the mentors.
But the decision to develop good leaders rests with the organisation and they need to take concrete steps to create good leaders and give them responsible positions in the organisation. If the first step comes from the organisation, then it will slowly become a part of the culture and continue to be so.
The role played by an organisation will be in choosing competent individuals as leaders at appropriate levels. The next step will be to mould them into effective leaders by training them. The last and final step will be initiating them into responsible positions in the organisation. This is the most crucial decision as individuals with the right capacity should be in the right posts in the right departments.
A perfect and clear policy for leaders will help the organisation to move along the lines of savouring success. This will help not only in the development of the organisation but also the individuals who make up the organisation.
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Easy lies the head that is calm…..

Handling crisis or thinking straight in times of crisis are qualities all of us should develop for a successful career and life.
How many of us have mastered that quality? There are still many of us who cannot handle exigencies or an unexpected change in circumstances calmly. The following is a very interesting story which tells us very simply how to act in times of exigencies.
A gentleman was on his routine visit to the supermarket and making his usual purchases. Just out of the supermarket, he realized to his dismay that he had lost his watch. He was quite disturbed as the watch was of great sentimental value to him.
He went back and informed the store authorities that he had lost his watch and wanted some help to restore it. They promptly tried to help him by searching throughout the premises but to no avail. The gentleman was quite disappointed. As he walked out, his eyes fell upon a group of children playing outside.
He walked up to them, told them about the incident and promised to reward the one who found it. The children promptly rushed inside and started searching the place. But no one could find the watch. The gentleman was about to accept the fact that he had indeed lost the watch. Just then, a little boy walked to him and asked to be given another chance.
The gentleman glanced at him and nodded his head in agreement. The little boy rushed in immediately. After a while, he came back with the watch. The gentleman was both surprised and overjoyed. The boy received his promised reward. The gentleman then asked him as to how he found the watch.
The boy replied very enthusiastically, “I just sat down and put my ear to the floor. In the silence, I could hear the ticking of the watch and found it.”
The boy explained in very simple words that when we think and act calmly, we can focus on our tasks with more competence. This is a quality that every true professional should try to master. At myBskool, we have shaped our study programs in such a manner that various types of skills combined with knowledge make the learner a true professional. Being completely online programs, it is the apt one for the working individual. Get to know what myBskool has to offer, by clicking here. Open the door to a brighter future.