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February 8, 2019 - Comments Off on Beyond the leadership funnel in the digital age

Beyond the leadership funnel in the digital age

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The temptation to lead as a chess master, controlling each move of the organization, must give way to an approach as a gardener, enabling rather than directing — a gardening approach to leadership is anything but passive. A ‘collaborative’ approach to leadership is built on the twin virtues of empowerment and accountability.

Can a concerted and systematic effort to building a strong leadership lattice over a leadership funnel yield phenomenal results for an organization over time? A look at this leadership approach by Rajiv Jayaraman & Subramanian Kalpathi.

 

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January 17, 2019 - Comments Off on Leading Without Authority

Leading Without Authority

Leading without authority

With flattening hierarchies, an increasing number of leaders are occupying roles without formal, positional power and are required to positively engage with, influence, and lead others without being directive or coercive. A look at this leadership trend! By Rajiv Jayaraman & Subramanian Kalpathi.

Find out how leading without authority can be practiced from this exclusive article.

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December 28, 2018 - No Comments!

The Segue – Key Learning Trends for 2019

Learning Trends

In 2018, we at the KNOLSKAPE Insights Centre conducted extensive research on areas related to learning effectiveness, digital transformation and learning modes. Going into 2019, here we share our top takeaways. The following insights are extrapolated from what we learned in 2018. These are gleaned from our conversations with key stakeholders in the learning fraternity as well as extensive surveys conducted throughout the year.

Find out key learning trends for 2019 by downloading the full article here.

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December 27, 2018 - No Comments!

Top 10 Predictions for HR Tech 2019

Top 10 Predictions for HR Tech 2019

Joi Ito in his famous TED talk said that if you want to innovate, be a ‘now-ist’. This year, instead of making a ‘prediction’, I thought I will focus on what’s already happening in the fringes, waiting to go mainstream. As the famous saying goes, “The future is already here, it is just unevenly distributed”.

KNOLSKAPE founder & CEO, Rajiv Jayaraman shares top 10 predictions for HR tech in 2019.

Find out interesting insights by downloading the full article here.

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November 21, 2018 - No Comments!

Self-paced learning – Priorities, strengths and challenges: notes from the frontiers of adoption

Self-pacedLearning mode is on the cusp of disruption.
The way we learn is undergoing a significant shift. The gradual yet definitive adoption of self-paced learning interventions signals a recast in the way that content is designed and disseminated, in tune with the aspirations of the modern, connected learner.

To understand this phenomenon more, we spoke with and surveyed the first movers in the world of self-paced learning. The insights from this study are split into two parts:
Part I: Learning strategy fit and decision-making criteria
Part II: Roll-out, adoption and future-focus

To know more, we welcome you to download the full report here.

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November 12, 2018 - No Comments!

A brave new world: Are market leaders ready to win in the digital age?

A brave new world: Are market leaders ready to win in the digital age?

If there’s one thing that global technology giants Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google have in common, it’s that they got their digital strategy right early on. Enabled by billions of connected people and powered by exponential technologies such as AI, robotics, and IoT, the transformation stemming from this revolution is unlike any seen before. And yet, the disruptive impact of digital transformation is being felt by companies across different industries, not just in technology. Companies like Amazon are emulating the success of their digital disruption in one industry to expand to other spaces, building on their deep data-backed knowledge of consumer preferences to do so. For this reason, business leaders and companies have to develop and execute strategies that will enable them to win in today’s increasingly digital age. Rajiv Jayaraman, Founder and CEO of KNOLSKAPE, and Subramanian Kalpathi, Senior Director at KNOLSKAPE, spell out why a sound digital transformation strategy is key for companies, new and old, to thrive in today’s brave new digital world.

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November 10, 2018 - No Comments!

Digital Checkbook – Leadership in the Digital Era

Around seven years ago, Netscape founder and venture capitalist Marc Andreesen famously said, “Software is eating the world.” Today, we can see that his prediction has come true. The top 5 publicly traded companies by market capitalization are all software companies—Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. These companies have leveraged digital technologies to disrupt numerous industries and displace many companies from their pedestals. According to Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme, “Digital is the main reason just over half of the companies on the Fortune 500 have disappeared since the year 2000.”

One of the business realities in the digital age is that organizations have become increasingly boundary-less. Uber has more than a million drivers across the world, but not one of them is on their payroll. Airbnb delivers great accommodation experience for travellers across the world, but not one of the rooms it offers is theirs. In essence, these organizations operate in a boundary-less fashion, leveraging assets and people outside their organization to deliver value to the customer. Furthermore, there is a marked shift in the labour market towards freelancing, a trend now called the “gig economy”. According to a 2015 Intuit study, 43% of the US workforce will be freelancing by 2020. This fundamentally alters how leaders need to think about organizational boundaries.

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September 24, 2018 - No Comments!

Ears to the Ground – Insights from KNOLSKAPE’s Digital Readiness Survey for APAC region

Pierre Nanterme, CEO of Accenture Global famously said, “Digital is the main reason just over half of the companies on the Fortune 500 have disappeared since the year 2000.” The Digital Age is upon us and has brought with it a tsunami of change that is affecting almost every sector. Where do reigning industry leaders stand in defining their digital strategy, infusing digital capabilities into their organizations and setting up a culture that is conducive for the digital era?

These are the questions we set out to answer in the KNOLSKAPE Digital Maturity Study. Through a combination of primary and secondary research, this report delves into the digital readiness of organizations, small and large, across three crucial elements of Digital: Strategy, Capabilities, and Culture.

Some key findings from the report:

  • About 64% of leaders surveyed believe their mission / vision / strategy is aligned with the digital world.
  •  About 36% of organizations have teams accountable for crafting employee experience or employee journeys.
  •  About 41% of leaders believe their organizational structures and processes promote cross-functional collaboration to bust silos.

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September 18, 2018 - No Comments!

Interview Series: Digital Experts & Thought Leaders

 

Mr. Surampudi Sivakumar serves as Group Head of Agri and IT Businesses at ITC. Thee-Choupal initiative was developed and executed under Sivakumar’s leadership of the Agri Business Division. Topper of the Class of 1983 from the Institute of Rural Management Anand, (IRMA), Sivakumar worked with a farmers’ cooperative for six years before joining ITC in 1989.

Sivakumar is also Vice Chairman of ITC Infotech India Limited and its subsidiaries in the UK and USA, Chairman of the National Agricultural Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Vice Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation, and a member on the Board of Governors of Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA).

Among other organizations. Sivakumar has served on the Boards of India’s National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), and Indo US Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture, the Private Sector Committee of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and UN Global Compact’s Core Advisory Group to develop Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles.

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