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June 13, 2019 - Comments Off on Digital Checkbook – Leadership in the Digital Era

Digital Checkbook – Leadership in the Digital Era

Digital CheckbookAround 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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June 12, 2019 - Comments Off on Why cutting-edge tech isn’t enough for virtual teams to work together seamlessly

Why cutting-edge tech isn’t enough for virtual teams to work together seamlessly

why cutting edge isn't enough for the virtual teams to work togetherIt’s important to clarify the vision and goals of the company for remote workers.

Can you hear me now?”, “Who do we have on the call today?”, “Can you please put yourself on mute?”, “I am sorry it’s so late in the day for you”. These statements will sound familiar to anyone who has worked in virtual teams. Virtual teams have become the norm for many organizations that produce their products or services simultaneously in many locations, sell these products and services globally, and support the customer from a completely different location.

This was true for connecting with customers as well, which meant sales teams were on the road for long hours meeting clients face to face. While this may continue, technology advances have made it possible for employees to connect virtually with both internal and external stakeholders all over the globe.

This article is authored by Rajiv Jayaraman & Subramanian Kalpathi.


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June 10, 2019 - Comments Off on How the power of collective can serve as your special superpower in workplace

How the power of collective can serve as your special superpower in workplace

Mint series-1We are witnessing dramatic shifts in the workplace in the digital age. Millennials have become the largest segment of the working population. Different generations work side by side in a diverse, globalized business environment. Organizational hierarchies are flattening. Work is getting chunked into digital pieces that can be executed by someone in any part of the world. Performance management and feedback systems are becoming real time. Bell curves are going out of fashion. Automation and artificial intelligence are spreading into the domain of cognitive jobs and challenging the role of humans in the workplace. To be successful in the era of accelerated change, individuals and teams must embrace new work practices to adapt and excel. Here are five principles individuals and teams must adapt to embrace digital change.

This article is authored by Rajiv Jayaraman & Subramanian Kalpathi.

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May 30, 2019 - Comments Off on GIC Talent Transformation Insights 2019

GIC Talent Transformation Insights 2019

Solve these 8 crucial talent development challenges to transform into a valuable innovation and growth centre.

The business landscape is changing. So are business models. Large enterprises with Global In-house Centres are facing additional challenges in

Here are some truths:

  • GICs are quickly losing their cost advantage, making parent organizations re-evaluate their purpose
  • GICs are uniquely poised to become innovation centres for the parent organization and support market expansion
  • Progressing across the maturity curve to appropriate support business requires a mindset shift from static to strategic
  • GICs need to boost investment in learning and development to accelerate the shift

Several large GICs are a part of KNOLSKAPE’s client roster. In our conversations with them, we hear 8 talent development challenges that most of our GIC clients share.

The KNOLSKAPE GIC Insights 2019 highlights these 8 challenges as well as our solutions that have helped our GIC clients overcome them.

Uncover these challenges and overcome them today!

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April 8, 2019 - No Comments!

Interview Series: Digital Experts & Thought Leaders


Sreekanth K Arimanithaya is a versatile business leader with over 25 years of multifaceted executive leadership experience. His areas of expertise include Corporate and Business Strategy, Human Resource Management, Digital Automation and Deep Learning, Design Thinking, Agile Methodology and People Supply Chain Management.

As Senior Vice President, Integrated Workforce Management of DXC Technology, Sreekanth is responsible for global workforce planning and optimization, strategic and operational demand management, talent recruitment and training, and skill management and development. He also co-leads DXC’s India business operations.

He previously served as Managing Director, India, and Global Head – Workforce Management at CSC. He has also worked with organizations such as Britannia Industries Limited, CA Technologies, GE and Toyota in various capacities – Business Transformation, Human Resources Management, Supply Chain Management, Information Technology and Quality.

Sreekanth holds a BA degree in Psychology and an MSW degree from Loyola College of Social Sciences.

In this interview with Rajiv Jayaraman, Founder & CEO of KNOLSKAPE, Sreekanth shares deeply structured and rich insights into the various tenets of the digital revolution and their implications for HR roles and culture.

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March 26, 2019 - No Comments!

Report: Talent Assessment & Development – Priorities, strengths and challenges of organization-wide talent transformation initiatives

talent assessment and developmentTalent Assessment & Development – Priorities, strengths and challenges of organization-wide talent transformation initiatives by the KNOLSKAPE Insights Centre explores assessments and development modes utilized by organizations, and the link between the two. The study explores answers to questions such as – Why should organizations roll out talent assessment programs? What modes of learning are most utilized by firms to develop their people? What strengths and challenges do leaders face when they link their assessment and development initiatives? The report also includes a quiz at the end of each section, that will allow you to test the strength of your talent transformation programs

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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.

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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.

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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.

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