Why E-learning Is the Best Way Forward!

Why E-learning Is the Best Way Forward!

Did you know that you can train people faster and cheaper? Did you know that it is perfectly possible to increase learning capabilities of people without getting them to the classroom? If you didn’t, you will now. E-learning is coming up as one of the easiest ways to enhance the learning environment across the globe, and it is just a matter of time that the traditional method of learning is taken over by e-learning. People often ask, what is it that makes E-learning so viable that it stands out. The answer lies in a scrutiny of the benefits of E-learning and how it is carried out. It can be summarised a s follows: 1. E-Learning is cost effective Via E-learning companies/ organizations cut down on their environment costs as they do not have to arrange for classes or traditional methods of teaching which include physical presence of students or teachers/trainers. For example, Compass Group whose program demonstrated an estimated cost reduction of £495k in 6 months because of cost cutting in accommodation, travel, time out of the business, external trainers or materials. (source: kineo.com) 2.E-Learning benefits learners With e-learning, learners have the option to learn at their own convenience. Where most of the online courses are tagged as self-paced, it becomes easy for the learner to grasp the knowledge and information at their own pace which helps in better retention. 3.E-Learning ensures faster delivery Due to less implementation time and costs, it becomes easy for trainers and learners both to wrap up sessions at their own convenience. It doesn’t take that much time to start or end a class,...
Why Leaders Are Not Born, But Trained!

Why Leaders Are Not Born, But Trained!

There goes a popular fable, which talks about how once a monkey got to become the king of the jungle. The day that happened, everyone heaved a sigh of relief that now things might change. But the next day they found the monkey prancing around the jungle and jumping on tree tops. They wondered what is wrong, but said nothing thinking this might be the new way of doing things around. This went on for some time, the jungle was now a mayhem. Animals approached the monkey to ask why isn’t he doing anything, to which he replied, “Can’t you see I’m doing what I can?  Tell me if there’s something wrong with my efforts? I keep jumping around all the jungle for you people and this is how you talk to me?” With this the monkey left everyone dumbstruck, and went away hopping on tree tops. Moral of the story:  No matter how good you think your efforts are, in reality you might just be a monkey hopping on trees. Nope, just kidding. The real lesson here is to understand that leading people is not an easy task, and understanding what you job entails is a tough thing to conquer. One might do all what they can to make things work, but that doesn’t mean it will succeed.  And that is exactly where it becomes crucial.  Leadership is not what we perceive it to be, it is what the people and the organization needs. People elevated from individual contributors’ role to team managers have hardly any experience in management, in the first go. According to IBM’s Global Chief...
Why ‘No’ is the Most Important Word You’ll Ever Say.

Why ‘No’ is the Most Important Word You’ll Ever Say.

I chase every opportunity that comes in my way. My company was brand new and I needed clients. To grow my career, I said yes to everything. At first, it was great. My professional network grew. But then I hit a wall. I was exhausted and overcommitted. My calendar continued to fill up, but my bottom line was stagnating. I was so busy chasing down every opportunity that I became unfocused. So I took a step back and started to measure what events and activities actually made my career grow. I changed my career model and agreed only to the opportunities that helped me scale my career growth and I learned to say no to everything else. So why is one tiny word so hard for most of us to say? It’s because deep down inside, we all want to be liked. We worry that saying “no” will change the way others view us. This can be especially difficult if you’re a people pleaser. But before you take on any more responsibilities, here are some guidelines to consider. Be proactive.When you say yes to every opportunity, your actions become reactive and it can bleed in to other areas of your business. You may become oversensitive to pressure-filled situations and lose focus. Reactive entrepreneurs often become slaves to the demands of clients, employees, investors and partners. Instead of working toward your long-term goals, you could find yourself chasing after every dollar — and undermine your future earnings in the process. Develop criteria for events.Make a list of objectives and goals for yourself and your business. When you decide to attend an event or conference,...
Should Employees Be Allowed to Take A Nap At Work?

Should Employees Be Allowed to Take A Nap At Work?

It was 2:30 in the afternoon, I decided to take a short walk outside the office and found scores of other employees just walking around after lunch. A few were taking their regular strolls, a few others were catching a smoke break, others just sitting and chitchatting. One thing that I could see on their faces, was a slight hint of boredom which sometimes extended to an agitated frown. Some of them were yawning too, with huge coffee cups in their hands, trying to stay awake for the next 4 hours. They were not just tired, they were exhausted. In a rapidly growing economy like India, the boom in IT and corporate sector has resulted in not only mushrooming of skilled/unskilled jobs, it has also brought about a huge shift in the working culture. In contrast to the hitherto stagnant public sector institutions and government organizations, these companies brought with them a culture of growth, and upscaling. It provided a young workforce with huge opportunities to prove themselves, and they lapped it up with full gusto and pride. In the past few years, India has become one of the greatest hubs of service sector boom which has resulted in a huge leap for the International companies. Where am I going with this? I am going to the scary place which no one wants to talk about. I am going to talk about a revamp in the work culture of “well-known, multinational, present in more than 150 countries et cetera” kind of companies. The regular work hours of most of these companies ranges between 8.5 to 9 hours. It is...
Want to Be Successful? Make Sure You Practice These 10 Things!

Want to Be Successful? Make Sure You Practice These 10 Things!

Here’s the thing: some of the most successful leaders in the world will readily admit that they aren’t any smarter, luckier, more talented, or even more confident than their less   successful peers. So, what is it that leads to their success? We tried finding out what exactly makes people stand out and take the charge. Leadership is no easy feat to achieve in today’s competitive times, yet the people who overcome every hurdle and reach the top are no different than the rest of us. There is only a slight difference that brings all the change. We are letting you in on that secret, so that you can try these yourself. A successful leader always has these traits: 1. Be Trusting and trustworthy: Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests that great leaders make their employees feel secure and draw staffers into a circle of trust. 2. Emotionally connected to the work: Author Robert Greene has interviewed and analysed the lives of people he calls “masters” and discovered that the most successful leaders were emotionally connected to their work and their success. Success, he says, is often a result of resiliency and a love of what you’re doing. 3. Sensitive and flexible: Researcher Jeffrey Pfeffer studied great leaders of history and noted that recognizing and being sensitive to the needs of others, and then being flexible enough to fit your position to match, were keys to successful leadership. 4. Creative: Research shows that most people will do whatever is easy, but the most successful among us get creative to do what works best instead, and that is always the path to success. 5. Willing to fail: Author Dan Schwabel notes that successful leaders have a willingness...