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Control vs. Influence

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This is a guest post by S Ranganathan. I got a chance to interact with Ranganathan during a leadership development program that I attended at ISB. Ranga, as he would like to be called, is a regular Executive Coach at ISB where he partners with different trainers in their Global Leadership Program. Ranga is the Founder-Director of SymIndia Training and Consultancy Pvt.

Indian Elearning Industry Size

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According to this company’s research, the Indian elearning industry grew at approximately 18% CAGR since 2009. I came across a post on Indian elearning industry size. Nearly a third of elearning companies in India are companies with headcount less than 10. Nearly 78% are companies with headcount less than 50. The Indian domestic elearning market is very fragmented.

Rules for Kids and Teenagers for Facebook Usage

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So I succumbed to pressure and signed up my daughter on Facebook. Most of her friends are already on Facebook. In just a few hours, she has 7 friends and 3 more pending requests. Her FB wall is now active and flowing. browsed her wall updates and some of her friends’ profiles and I am… PETRIFIED, and that’s an understatement. So I plan to give her a printout of the following rules for Facebook. Don't talk to strangers. Just as we tell you not to talk to strangers in real life, the same rule applies online. Do not accept friend requests from people you don't know. Watch what you say.

The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same

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An interesting resource is a year 2009 ASTD article by Karl Kapp. This year I completed 20 years in the learning and development industry. As I reflect back, some things just remain the same, especially in elearning. Even today when I tell someone that I develop elearning, I get the “Oh that’s an upcoming industry”. Even after 20 years, elearning is still an upcoming industry!!! Elearning development continues to be riddled with the same questions over the years with no right answers. What is one hour of elearning? Hopefully we will have new questions with the advent of social learning.

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Training Consumed in 60 Seconds: Microlearning Is Made For Today's Growing Teams

The Association for Talent Development, Learning Circuits Archives “Time-to- Develop-One-Hour-of-Training” 2009 7. Training the Trainer: How to Create Microlearning Why microlearning matters We live in a world of distractions. In order to drive outcomes, learning. needs to cut through the noise. Microlearning is the answer. And the. Each bite-sized learning moment is where the rest of the.

Agile Instructional Design Team Structures

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I have been reading about agile development lately. One of the key components of agile development is team structuring. Typically in large organizations, content development teams are organized either as functional teams or as project teams with larger organizations typically having functional structures in place. Agile methodology suggests a more project structure.

Innovation in Indian Learning Industry

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Some awards by these companies: Wipro: 2009 ASTD BEST Award Satyam: 2008 ASTD Training Management Infosys BPO: 2007 ASTD Training Management Reliance Industries Limited: 2007 ASTD Organizational Learning Of course, Indian companies aren’t innovating as much as they can or should. Will Thalheimer wonders what is the state of innovation in the Indian learning and performance industry in his recent blog post. He comments on the NY Times report on India’s anxiety over the slow pace of innovation and wonders what the situation is in the learning industry. Can more happen? Of course!

5 Reasons Why You are Not Being Promoted

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I came across Dan McCarthy ’s blog recently. Dan is a practitioner in the field of leadership development for over 20 years and is currently the Manager of Leadership and Management Development at a Fortune "Great Place to Work", "Training Top 125", and "High Impact Learning" (HILO 80) company. He has a great blog on leadership that I would encourage you to subscribe to. You don’t take initiatives.

10 Tips for Better Meetings

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A question was asked on Twitter for some tips on running better meetings. sent out a series of tweets and then added a few more to make this blog post. Here are my tips for better meetings: Question the need : Ask yourself, do you even need the meeting? Do what you can over email to avoid meetings. Have an agenda : Not points to discuss but decisions to be made. Photo by: [link] / CC BY 2.0.

10 Tips to Get Started with Twitter

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I have been getting a lot of Twitter newbie followers, some folks who I am inducting to Twitter and others who read my blog, or have worked me at some point of time. I try to get them started by giving them tips and introducing them to people they can follow. So what’s my advice to get started on Twitter? Here are 10 tips to get you started with Twitter. personally prefer a photo.

Case Study: First Amongst Equals

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In my second case study, we look at a situation when one of the peers is expected to take on the leadership position amongst the team. Looking forward to your responses to learn what we can do in situations like these.   A meeting alert window popped up on Ajay’s computer reminding him of his meeting with Sangeeta, his boss. He clicked the snooze button and continued making last minutes changes to the spreadsheet he was working on. He was compiling performance data for his team that would be discussed in the impending meeting. The alert popped up again. Have you got any suggestions?”

2010 Redux

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Some of the posts I wrote in 2009 and 2008 continue to be popular and appear in the most read posts in 2010. My top 5 read posts in 2010 were: Rules for Kids and Teenagers for Facebook Usage (2009) is the most read post on my blog, not just last year but in this history of this blog. 2010 was a rather quiet year for my blog. My blog didn’t see much of me this year, only 24 posts this year. As for my other social media presence, it’s been mostly quiet all across. My RSS reader missed me, on many occasions I would mark 1000s of unread items as read and try to start again.

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Great Work is not Recognized

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I recently read this in one of the blogs that I follow (which unfortunately I can’t remember, apologies). Great work is not recognized by managers, exceptional work is. Great work is expected from you anyway. This is so true. have heard many people complain that they got no recognition for the work they did. In some cases they said they got no recognition for the great work they did.

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My Top 10 Learning Tools, Apr 2009

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My top 10 learning tools in April 2009: Google Reader – I read blogs via RSS feeds. It’s time to update my top 10 learning tools and techniques list. This time I’ll try to focus more on tools and services. You can view my previous lists of Aug 08 and Jan 08. have tried Google Reader, NetVibes, Bloglines and Feedly, and I have stuck to Google Reader. It’s been a great learning tool.

The Year That Was 2009

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Here’s a look back at the popular posts on this blog and where readers came from during 2009. Top 10 posts: eLearning and Content Development Salaries in India. Also in the list were posts inviting participation in the survey and the 2008 salary survey findings. Rules for Kids and Teenagers for Facebook Usage Instructional Designer Competencies Getting Started with Instructional Design Learn and Lead (About) Blogs by Indian Learning Professionals and Companies Web 2.0 Quotient - version 1.1 shift happens (Data source: Google Analytics).

eLearning and Content Development Salaries in India

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Unofficial eLearning Salary Survey 2009 - India View more documents from Manish Mohan. The Unofficial Salary Survey for elearning and content development jobs in India is now closed. This year the survey received 104 valid responses. This is up from 54 last year and 10 the year before. NCR contributed with most respondents (25), followed closely by Chennai (23), Bangalore (18) and Pune (15). Mumbai (12), Hyderabad (8), Cochin (1), Surat (1) and Kolkatta (1) were the other cities. There were two responses from outside India which were not considered (the survey is for jobs in India).

Indian Learning Professionals on Twitter

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Following up on my post on blogs by learning professionals in India , here’s a list of Indian Learning professionals who tweet a little more frequently on Twitter. My criteria for selecting: minimum 50 tweets and must have bio text. Mind you, not all tweets are about learning/elearning. You can catch me on twitter at @manishmo. Here’s the list of Indian learning professionals on Twitter, sorted on most tweets: Ruchi Bhatia @rucsb : Web 2.0 buff,IBMer,Learning professional, Indian, geek,net addicted, thought leader, luvable ! Abhinava @Abhinava : biker. dreamer.

The Best Job in the World

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So Ben Southall bagged the best job in the world , the dream job of Tourism Queensland.   He gets a six-month, live-in contract to promote the Great Barrier Reef, and get paid $100K. This got me thinking what my dream job might be. Here are a few my dream jobs. Consultant, Advisor. I can tell you what to do; just don't ask me to do it. And pay me top dollar for it too. Mentor, Coach (corporate kinds). would love to share my knowledge and experience. Fortunately I get to do this a lot in my current job, so I am pretty much close to doing what I really like. Teacher (academic kinds). Writer.

eLearning and Instructional Design Meme

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Last year I wrote a brief post about tech support meme and posted a hilarious video. recently came across a whole book about, well not exactly tech support memes though some of stories are about tech support, Indian BPO stories. BPO-Sutra is compiled and edited by Sudhindra Mokhasi and he is already calling for more stories for a volume II. So do instructional designers have any stories to build the elearning or instructional design meme? Here are two to start with. Would love to hear more from you. So we ramped up quickly going from a team of 15 to 200 very quickly. Share your story here.

Top 5 Posts for Q1 2009 on Learn and Lead

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Here are the top 5 post on this blog in the first three months of 2009. Getting Started with Instructional Design What’s your Web 2.0 Quotient? Results of Unofficial Salary Survey 2008 Instructional Designer Competencies Top 10 Blogs by Learning Professionals in India.

What is Innovation?

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Talking about innovation always opens Pandora’s box (see comments on my post Innovation in Indian Learning Industry ). Wikipedia defines innovation as: a new way of doing something or "new stuff that is made useful". It may refer to incremental and emergent or radical and revolutionary changes in thinking, products, processes, or organizations. Brand-new or just a bit different, it doesn't matter.

Convergence on Social Media – When Not to Use

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So LinkedIn now allows you to update your status with your Twitter updates. There are already applications that help you post your Twitter updates to Facebook. And then there’s FriendFeed that allows you to consolidate all your social activity and push that on Facebook and other social media sites. Not to mention other aggregation services, RSS feeds, email alerts, etc. Well almost.

First Impressions of Google Wave

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I got a Google Wave invite and didn’t really know what to do. I was quite lost when I first logged on. It took me about a week before I actually started exploring and figuring it out. I am still at it. Here’s what you can do when you get a Google Wave invite. Add the person who sent you the invite in your Contact list. Start a wave thanking the person who sent the invite. could be wrong.

Happy Diwali

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Wishing a very Happy and Prosperous Diwali to you and your loved ones. May the new year bring cheer and happiness for everyone. Praying for peace and prosperity all around. Photo by me.

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Analysis Paralysis and Lizard Brain

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Seth Godin talks about quieting the lizard brain within us and finishing what we started. He says thrash the ideas up front, don’t get scared about shiping the product and start thrashing the idea later in the development stage. Of course, we also have the analysis praralysis syndrome where we might spend too much time in analyzing the idea without ever starting it.

Shift Happens 4.0

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Still wondering about the power of Internet, digital media, convergence and if you should be on the social media bandwagon? Here’s version 4.0 of Shift Happens series. Also see Version 3.0 , Version 2.0 and Version 1.0. Trends Social Media Web 2.0

Do we Learn More from Successes or Failures?

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Amit Garg asks whether we learn more from successes than failure. He mentions an article on Science Daily that suggests brain cells learn more from successes than failures. Well, at least that’s how monkeys learn based on a research by scientists at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory according to the article. Do read the interesting conversation ongoing on his blog post.

Commenting Made Easier

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I have made commenting easier on my blog. Simply select the post you want to comment on by clicking the title of the post. Scroll to the bottom of the post and write your comment in the comment field. Select one of the profiles as your identity and post your comment. Simple! I don’t have a defined and documented comment policy but will stay with common sense. You can do this on your Blogger.

Yammer Adds Outlook Plugin

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I wrote in my experiences with micro-learning in corporate environment that one of the challenges to micro-learning environment is the competition it faces from email and IM. Well, Yammer has released a new Outlook plugin. The plugin adds a Yammer pane inside the Outlook window, integrating Yammer with one of the most used application in the enterprise. Looks like an interesting and enticing move.

Experiences with Micro-learning in Corporate Environment

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After trying out Twitter for some time, I started experimenting with Yammer sometime early this year. would say we are still in the experimentation phase with micro-learning. started with sending some invites and broadcasted some messages. It was a slow start with me invite some colleagues and then the pace picking up quickly as the joining went viral. Messages started to flow.

I Don't Want to Measure!

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Now don’t get me wrong. love measurement. Heck, I measure everything, Everything! I am the epitome of measurement. Okay, perhaps that’s stretching it too far but you get the picture. believe measurement is a critical step to bring about any change and improvement. Yet, I have been shying away from measurement lately. Which got me thinking. When do we start resisting measurement?

To be an Entrepreneur

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Coming to Chennai has introduced me to many new things. started using Twitter! have also had the chance to meet up with budding and experienced entrepreneurs. As part of the Chennai Open Coffee Club I experienced un-conferences. tried one in office and it didn’t quite go off very well, but then that’s another post. The charm of being an entrepreneur is huge and draws a lot of people to it.

THANK YOU!

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Last month this blog completed two years. It’s been an interesting journey of self discovery with 3 name changes, 116 posts, 263 comments, nearly 20,000 page views and most importantly 200 RSS and email subscribers. THANK YOU for reading and contributing to my learning. Do drop a line about how this blog has been able to contribute in your learning and how I can make this blog better.

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Leadership Development Carnival: Best of 2009 Edition

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Catching up on reading blogs I follow, I came across the Leadership Development Carnival on Dan McCarthy's Great Leadership blog. Head over there to read 50 outstanding posts on leadership. I am still going through the links on his blog. Great post to start of 2010.

Vendor Client Relationship

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I am pretty sure I shouldn't really comment on this one. :-).

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Damp Water Creature - Just for Fun

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Just for fun. From  The Hero Factory  .

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Twitter Twitter Everywhere.

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Everyone’s talking about Twitter. So here's my addition to the conversation based on my experiences with Twitter as  @manishmo. What is Twitter? To me it is various forms of IM, asynchronous chat, chat room, email, SMS on the Internet, blog (micro-blog) depending on how you use it. also like this explanation by Chris Brogan : Twitter is a stream. How do you get started with Twitter?

Do Your Systems and Processes Promote the Right Culture?

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I couldn’t help but smile when I saw this Dilbert strip. It also got me thinking. Are your systems and processes promoting the right culture that you want in your organization? You may have the most sophisticated systems and processes but if they stifle creativity, prevent collaboration, encourage fiefdoms and generally make it hard to work with each other in the organization, I recommend relooking at them. It would be great if we designed the systems and process keeping in mind the organization culture we want to create.

Do you ‘Get’ Social Networking?

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What came first – chicken or egg? Most people don’t get benefit of social networking because they don’t have a large enough network. And then they don’t build their network because they don’t get the benefit. Have patience. After all if it takes 10,000 hrs to become an expert, how can you expect to get benefits from social networking by simply creating accounts on various social networking services but not actually using them?