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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.

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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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.

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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).

Top Learning Resources of 2009

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2009 was a continuation of my journey of online self-learning. share with you the top learning resources from my PLE (personal learning environment) for the year 2009. Here are my top learning resources for the year 2009 (in no particular order): Twitter has been one of the most valuable learning tool for me this year. have found these valuable in my learning during the year. This is definitely not a comprehensive list. You can find the learning professionals I follow here and here. If you thought PowerPoint was boring, you’d be dead wrong. Great writing on leadership.

Unofficial eLearning Salary Survey 2009

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Launching the Unofficial Salary Survey for eLearning / Content Development Jobs in India for year 2009. Click Unofficial eLearning Salary Survey of India 2009 to participate in the survey. There's nothing official about this survey. The survey is not based on responses by companies but based on responses provided by you, the employee. This survey is not associated with any organization. The survey is anonymous. This year I also attempt to find out how the economic conditions have impacted the salary hikes this year. will publish the findings on my blog here sometime in August.

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.

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.

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?

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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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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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.

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?

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!

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?

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).

Measuring Micro-blogging Adoption

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Here are the parameters I am using to measure adoption of corporate micro-blogging. Number of members on the service Total messages People with at least one message % People with at least one message People contributed 80% of messages % People contributed 80% of messages Still don't have a strong business case to take to my CEO for spending money on it.

First 5 Steps to Get Started with Corporate Micro-blogging

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“Okay, I am on Yammer. What next?” That’s the question most new users to corporate micro-blogging ask. As I wrote earlier about my experiments with micro-blogging in corporate environment , one of the challenges in micro-learning adoption is training. A lot of your colleagues may have joined your corporate micro-blogging network but that’s no guarantee of participation. This may have to do with folks not really knowing what to do next after signing up for the service. Here’s what I suggest you do after signing up for your micro-blogging service: Set up your profile. What’s a “stream” you ask?

Have You Participated Yet?

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Have you participated in the Unofficial Salary Survey for eLearning / Content Development Jobs in India for year 2009 yet? Click Unofficial eLearning Salary Survey of India 2009 to launch the survey. More than 60 people have participated in the survey so far. Join the growing number of people who have already participated. Some highlights of responses received so far: So far, Chennai and Pune are leading with most participants, with Bangalore and NCR following closely. Hyderabad and Mumbai are the other two cities that have participated. lac to 5 lac. Leave a comment on this post.

Dream Job redux

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Are you complaining too much about your job? Wondering what your dream job is? It might be a better idea to stop complaining before it is too late. Would you like to lose this job? Video found via Mohitoz on the Rocks blog.