Becoming the manager (aka boss!) for the first time is an exciting milestone in everyone’s career. However, if you ask the experienced professionals about their first-year experience after becoming manager, most of them would say that it was a stressful period. This phenomenon seems to be a universal one.
Harvard Professor Dr. Linda A. Hill, who has (co)-authored three books, namely, Becoming a Manager, Being the Boss, and Collective Genius, wrote an insightful article on this topic in the January 2007 issue of Harvard Business Review. Though it was written almost 12 years back, we found it still relevant today! It specifically discusses five misconceptions (myth vs reality) of new managers. A highly recommended article for new managers and their managers!
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Everyone agrees that training is necessary in business organizations. Many large organizations employ Learning and Development (L&D) professionals in their training department to impart training programs to their all employees. While nobody denies the need of such training programs, many wonder whether these training programs deliver any value to the business organizations.
While training feedback form is a
typical way by which effectiveness of a training program is measured, a
more rigorous approach is needed to measure the value of training
programs. One of the most influential model for evaluation of training
programs is the Kirkpatrick Model, developed by Dr Donald Kirkpatrick as
the subject of his Ph.D. dissertation in 1954. The model proposed four
levels of training evaluation viz. Reaction, Learning, Behavior, and
Result. This model was subsequently refined over a period of time and
has evolved into The New World Kirkpatrick Model.
daughter-in-law of Dr Donald Kirkpatrick set up Kirkpatrick Partners in
year 2008 to provide training and consulting based on this model. Their
website provide details of the model and the advice on how to use the
model. The website’s “Our Philosophy” section explains the model in
sufficient depth. You can access the additional resources such as white
papers, articles, forms, videos, etc. by registering at the site for
The link to this learning resource is http://bit.ly/vnl0027.
Artificial intelligence has been around for decades. It is now getting
attention in mainstream press due to its real-life business applications
and also because of fear of job losses. There are many learning
resources available that can help you understand what is artificial
intelligence with enough technical details. But there are not many
resources available for explaining AI to non-technical business
If you wish to understand AI in sufficient depth and
want to know how it can be used in business then we would recommend you a
MOOC, titled “AI for Everyone”. This MOOC is taught by Andrew Ng, whose
“Machine Learning” MOOC is very popular and is a top-ranked MOOC. While
Machine Learning MOOC is quite technical, Andrew Ng has come up with AI
for Everyone MOOC, specifically for non-technical business executives.
course is four weeks long with 35 videos and four quizzes. If you are
interested in knowing what is AI then the videos from first week are
good enough. If you want to use AI in your company then you should
continue with second and third week. The contents of fourth week are
focused on implications of AI in society at large.
shortcoming of this MOOC is that it focuses only on machine learning and
deep learning and ignores other AI technologies such as case based
reasoning and rule-based engines. It may be justified because the
current focus on AI is indeed on machine learning and deep learning.
The link to this learning resource is http://bit.ly/vnl0026.
We are all pressed for time. Even though we want to read bestseller
books, we do not find enough time to read those entire books. Sensing it
as an opportunity, a Brazil-based startup offers a website and a mobile
app to read summaries of primarily non-fiction books. Its free plan
offers one microbook per day. Its paid plan offers more microbooks per
day for reading and for listening!
The company claims that its
team of experts writes original summaries that cover the most important
ideas and concepts from the book. We have read some of the microbooks on
the app and found them quite good. As of now, the collection of
microbooks is not vast but contains really good picks. We would
recommend to try out its app.
The link to this learning resource is http://bit.ly/vnl0025.
Our country has got a large unorganized sector, also called as informal
sector. As no management graduates or consultants work in this sector,
we may think that this sector must be poorly managed.
Raghu Raman thinks otherwise. In a 32-minute talk, he has spoken at
length about the management lessons corporate India can learn from
informal sector of India. He has examined the minutest of details of the
streets of India and shattered generally held myths against this
Captain Raghu Raman spent eleven years as an officer in
the Indian Armed Forces , followed by another eleven years in the
corporate sector before joining the Government as CEO of the National
Intelligence Grid. He is a great orator hence you will find his talk
both informative and fascinating.
The link to this learning resource is http://bit.ly/vnl0024.
Mind Tools provides a rich repository of high-quality, practical,
on-demand resources that can help one to become an effective and
inspirational manager and leader. It offers articles, podcasts, videos,
infographics, quizzes, etc. The skill areas include leadership,
strategy, problem solving, decision making, project management, time
management, creativity, communication skills, etc. We have used these
resources extensively and can vouch for the quality.
boasts of helping more than 24 million learners per year. It has over
150,000 paid members and more than half a million subscribers to its
free email newsletter. Its android mobile app has been installed on more
than one lac mobiles.
The link to this learning resource is http://bit.ly/vnl0023.
If you wish to take only one online course to learn about how to start
your own venture, we would recommend you the Udacity course titled “How
to Build a Startup”.
This free course is taught by Steve Blank,
who is recognized for developing the Customer Development method that
launched the Lean Startup movement. Lean Startup movement recognizes
that startups are not smaller versions of large companies, but require
their own set of processes and tools to be successful. This course
introduces many concepts that will be useful for every entrepreneur.
key takeaway from this course is the definition of a startup. Steve
Blank defines startup as a temporary organization designed to search for
a repeatable and scalable business model.
The link to this learning resource is http://bit.ly/vnl0022.
Is there any science to entrepreneurship? Society for Effectual Action
(SEA) thinks so. Housed within the Batten Institute at the Darden
Graduate School of Business at University of Virginia, USA, SEA has set
up a web site, which provides resources for learning and teaching
Effectuation is a logic of thinking used by expert
entrepreneurs to build successful ventures. Discovered by Dr Saras D.
Sarasvathy through scientific research, effectuation consists of a
unique world view and 4 principles. These 5 elements are core to using
the “effectual cycle” as a venture develops. Whether you are thinking of
setting up a new venture or have launched a number of ventures, you
will find these resources fascinating and useful.
The link to this learning resource is http://bit.ly/vnl0021.
We all love dictionaries. However, instead of using thick paperback
dictionaries, we now use online dictionaries. The only challenge with
online dictionaries is that we must be connected online to use these
dictionaries. This is no longer a problem for most of us. Still you may
like to use WordWeb, which is an offline English dictionary and
Once installed, the WordWeb Windows program enables
one-click lookup in any other Windows program. Its free version is fully
functional and has been downloaded for more than 10 million times. Its
paid version adds full audio and many additional features, Its mobile
apps are available for Android, iOS and Windows platforms.
The link to this learning resource is http://bit.ly/vnl0020.
Digital marketing is becoming a career of choice for many graduates and
MBAs. There is a lot of free content available to learn about digital
marketing. But a structured course would always help. From this
perspective, we like to recommend a free course from Google for learning
Fundamentals of Digital Marketing is a
certificate course, which is specifically designed for the Indian
context. It contains theory and case studies of many businesses from
India. It is a beginner level course. Its 26 modules can be covered in
around 40 hours. It contains video tutorials and short quizzes. Its
final exam consists of 40 questions. Upon passing this exam, one can
earn the Google Digital Unlocked certificate, which can be downloaded as
a PDF copy. The course site claims that more three lac students have
earned this certification.
The link to this learning resource is http://bit.ly/vnl0019.