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December 8, 2020 - Comments Off on Webcast – The Role of Women in Digital Transformation

Webcast – The Role of Women in Digital Transformation

The webinar- “The role of women in digital transformation” was presented by Mr.Ashok Pamidi- CEO, NASSCOM Foundation. The event was moderated by Mr. Rajiv Jayaraman- CEO & Founder, KNOLSKAPE.

The webinar which had 250 people participating focused on how we, as communities, can find, explore, and develop the competencies and talents of women who play such a crucial role in digital transformation initiatives across industries.

The webinar was opened by Mr. Rajiv Jayaraman, who spoke about KNOLSKAPE’s digital offerings highlighting testimonials from women leaders of KNOLSKAPE’s clientele who endorse KNOLSKAPE’s offerings. Rajiv touched upon the Digital BLUR™ framework emphasizing key leadership competencies that leaders need to develop across the Digital BLUR™ to champion digital initiatives in their respective organizations.

This was followed by an engaging and insightful talk by Ramya Lakshmanan- Director, Customer Success, who, through an interactive quiz, spoke about the role of women in technology. The highlight of this talk by Ramya was the 3P’s for organizations to enable women to overcome challenges in technology.

  1. People- By making diversity and Inclusion an organizational priority
  2. Process- Creating long term systems and processes to enable women’s performance across roles
  3. Product- Build inclusive solutions that address a woman’s needs

The Keynote speaker- Mr. Ashok Pamidi, underlined key statistics on how enabling digital technologies for women can create significant economic value. He spoke extensively on key segments where the monetary value can rise by 2025 if women are given the right resources and opportunities to flourish across industries. People are at the heart of digital transformation, and Mr. Ashok pointed out examples of women thriving in the corporate sector, leading digital transformation initiatives.

The webinar was well-received, and participants had interesting insights to take back.

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ABOUT KNOLSKAPE

KNOLSKAPE is one of the fastest-growing experiential learning tech companies in the world. KNOLSKAPE accelerates employee growth and Development using an award-winning portfolio of simulations and  in-depth talent analytics. KNOLSKAPE is a 110+ strong team with offices in  Singapore, India, Malaysia, and USA serving a rapidly growing global  client base across industries such as banking and finance,  consulting, IT, FMCG, retail, manufacturing, infrastructure,  pharmaceuticals, engineering, auto, government and academia.  KNOLSKAPE is a global Top 20 gamification company, recipient of  Brandon Hall awards, and has been recognized as a company to watch  for in the Talent Management Space, by Frost & Sullivan, and as a disruptor in  the learning space, by Bersin by Deloitte.

November 30, 2020 - Comments Off on The Role of Women in Digital Transformation

The Role of Women in Digital Transformation

Author Aditi A Kashyap

Today, the word 'digital' is part of our collective DNA. Digital technology, digital media, digital marketing, digital transformation, everyone, and everything is digital. The rapid mortality rate of companies in the digital age is nothing short of shocking. More than 50% of global fortune 500 companies have fallen off the list since the year 2000 because of digital disruption.

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Digital touches every aspect of our lives. Everything that can be digitized is being digitized, and to survive in the digital world, every individual needs to respond in an accelerated fashion to stay relevant. However, various studies have shown an imbalance in the contribution between men and women in honing digital skills or leading digital initiatives.

When it comes to leading digital transformation initiatives, according to research by KPMG, globally, 48% of female leaders are comfortable with cutting-edge technologies such as AI, machine learning, and Blockchain. It's baffling to see that women hold only 5% of leadership positions in the technology industry. Research shows that more diversity leads to better decision-making, leading to better production of innovative products and services. If the disparities are stark, then it is difficult for women to lead the way. Organizations that empower their people with more relevant skills training create an environment where women can advance more quickly.

What does it take to develop female digital leaders?

  1. Increase in female role models

There is a shortage of female role models that women in tech can look up to. The world's first programmer was Ada Lovelace, and little do we know about her. The likes of Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Bill Gates are the face of the all-male tech industry. This calls for improving gender balance as an urgency. Although the shift may take a while, it will ultimately create role models for aspiring generations of women looking for challenging careers.

  1. Enabling women to develop business and entrepreneurship skills

Women possess superior social skills that can result in attractive entrepreneurial rewards in the digital age. Such social skills feature predominantly in jobs that women excel in and include competencies such as a heightened sense of responsibility towards the wider community, greater empathy, more effective communication, and a greater willingness to adapt to changing circumstances. Becoming a digital leader is about providing coding and digital marketing skills and using these skills to create and capture business opportunities.

  1. Funding women tech entrepreneurs 

Getting capital to female-led start-ups is a challenge. If the goal is to see more successful tech start-ups led by women, it may not be enough to encourage women to become digital leaders. India is currently ranked 70 out of 77 nations on the Female Entrepreneurship Index. "Only 2% of venture funding goes to women-led enterprises, and the gender disparity in this space is only growing", says Chaitra Vedullapalli, the founder of Women in Cloud (WIC), a community-led initiative to support and promote women technology entrepreneurs. Source: EconomicTimes

the role of women in digital transformation

The sixth economic census released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) highlights that women constitute around 14% of the total entrepreneurship in India. India is seeing a revolution concerning women entrepreneurs. Source: Business Standard

It's heartening to see how some women are taking over the digital space and have encashed various opportunities to build new ideas.

Suchita Salwan is the founder of Little Black Book (LBB)- a local discovery digital platform. With an audience across age groups and areas of interest, LBB offers an online guide covering a broad spectrum of interests that include food, events, travel, adventure, lifestyle, and shopping, among other things.

Another example in this regard is Falguni Nayyar, who started Nykaa.com. Nykaa has captured India's beauty and wellness market, offering a vast catalog of beauty products at millions of Indians' doorsteps. From bringing the consumers their favorite brands and keeping them up-to-date with the latest beauty trends, expert advice and videos, to more than 68 Luxe and On-Trend Stores, an ever-growing online community for beauty buffs, and a Beauty Helpline, Nykaa goes out of their way to give consumers only the very best in the beauty and wellness space. Source: Yourstory

The digital revolution has opened a plethora of opportunities for men and women to shine alike.  The high penetration of the internet and social media is allowing more and more women to conceive financial independence and profitability. The rise of digital will completely eliminate the present gender disparities with women harnessing more opportunities to lead in the digital world.

ABOUT KNOLSKAPE

KNOLSKAPE is one of the fastest-growing experiential learning tech companies in the world. KNOLSKAPE accelerates employee growth and Development using an award-winning portfolio of simulations and  in-depth talent analytics. KNOLSKAPE is a 110+ strong team with offices in  Singapore, India, Malaysia, and USA serving a rapidly growing global  client base across industries such as banking and finance,  consulting, IT, FMCG, retail, manufacturing, infrastructure,  pharmaceuticals, engineering, auto, government and academia.  KNOLSKAPE is a global Top 20 gamification company, recipient of  Brandon Hall awards, and has been recognized as a company to watch  for in the Talent Management Space, by Frost & Sullivan, and as a disruptor in  the learning space, by Bersin by Deloitte.

aditi kashyap roubd logoAbout the Author

Aditi A Kashyap is a Senior Associate, Marketing at KNOLSKAPE. Her interest to write about learning and development trends comes fuelled by her professional background as a learning consultant having a keen interest to understand a learner’s psyche.

November 18, 2020 - No Comments!

5 Ways To Lead Your Team Virtually

Author Aditi A Kashyap

As we deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, leaders are required to develop a new set of leadership skills, with no training on best practices to lead a team virtually. Leaders need more information on how virtual teams are structured and how to manage it better. Personal contact by the side of the water cooler or in the break rooms with the reportee seems like a thing of the past. Interactions, even informal ones, are now planned. Managers who once used to observe a team member's work behaviors on the floor now have to have a high level of trust in the team member's work habits virtually.

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Infographic Leading Teams virtually

If you are a manager wondering how best to manage your team virtually, we offer you some best practices you can follow.

5 WAYS TO LEAD TEAMS VIRTUALLY

Give autonomy

When working physically, teams were accustomed to synchronous work and standardization enabled by the same work schedules and conditions. In a quarantined environment, each one has their work schedules and ways of working. As a manager, you need to reset expectations on how work gets done and give more autonomy when and how somebody should accomplish tasks. This means offering more flexibility in the accomplishment of results. Trust in the team member’s ability to accomplish results is key.

Make sure a few work hours overlap.

Your team members may be operating in different time zones or have the time schedules that they work. Setup 3-4 hours every day as a recommended time where everyone is online at the same time. Being online at the same time will enable team members to communicate better with each other, will bring the team closer, and will facilitate better problem-solving.

Conduct a weekly reflection exercise

Come up with innovative ways of bringing your team closer. Create a virtual whiteboard and ask team members to speak about the one good thing they accomplished during the week and the value they displayed in carrying out the task. Additionally, ask them to talk about, appreciate, or thank a team member who helped them with work. You can also think of adding fun tasks to this list, such as – "Where is that one place you'd like to go after the pandemic is over?". Such reflection exercises will reduce the virtual distance.

Reach out personally

As a leader, you will be juggling between managing the tasks of multiple team members. Ensure that you give focused attention to each team member by frequently reaching out to them personally. According to research by Deloitte, virtual distance can lower your team member's trust by 83%, the ability to innovate by 93%, and engagement by 80%. To counter this distance, you need to make yourself available. Guide them through tasks and ask them if they are facing any challenges. Connect on video calls and listen attentively. Be present. Ask them about how their life is going on and establish a subtle personal connection.

Encourage peer learning

The new normal has opened up tremendous opportunities for virtual learning. Use this time to encourage your team to take up new courses that would help them upskill. If your organization has a learning wallet, enable the team to use the same. Ask team members to present their key learnings from the course. Additionally, foster an environment of learning wherein team members conduct workshops on crucial skills that would benefit the larger group.

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ABOUT KNOLSKAPE

KNOLSKAPE is one of the fastest-growing experiential learning tech companies in the world. KNOLSKAPE accelerates employee growth and Development using an award-winning portfolio of simulations and  in-depth talent analytics. KNOLSKAPE is a 110+ strong team with offices in  Singapore, India, Malaysia, and USA serving a rapidly growing global  client base across industries such as banking and finance,  consulting, IT, FMCG, retail, manufacturing, infrastructure,  pharmaceuticals, engineering, auto, government and academia.  KNOLSKAPE is a global Top 20 gamification company, recipient of  Brandon Hall awards, and has been recognized as a company to watch  for in the Talent Management Space, by Frost & Sullivan, and as a disruptor in  the learning space, by Bersin by Deloitte.

To conclude, time is a valuable resource, and in a time like this where we are dealing with a gamut of changes, it becomes all the more vital to spend time on things that matter.

What are some best practices that you employ to manage time better? Please share with us in the comments below!

aditi kashyap roubd logoAbout the Author

Aditi A Kashyap is a Senior Associate, Marketing at KNOLSKAPE. Her interest to write about learning and development trends comes fuelled by her professional background as a learning consultant having a keen interest to understand a learner’s psyche.

November 11, 2020 - No Comments!

5 ways to manage time while working from home

Author Aditi A Kashyap

A common issue we are facing this pandemic is the blurring of boundaries between home and work duties.  As one spills over the other, it becomes a challenge to understand which responsibilities should take more precedence.  Over the last few months, we have all been forced to restructure our days and schedules. While not all is glum about working from home, this new normal goes with its own set of challenges.  One of the critical challenges of working from home is managing time, and it's essential to understand that proper time management lets you work smarter- not harder- so you get more done in less time.

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Learning about some tips that will help you manage your time better will give you immense benefits now and for the rest of your career. Read below to know more:

5 WAYS TO MANAGE TIME WHILE WORKING FROM HOME

Tip No.1: Have a personal organization system

Take out 5-10 mins at the beginning of your day to enlist all the tasks you are supposed to do in the day. If you like to do the paper and pen way, plan to write down all your tasks in your calendar diary. It's satisfying to scratch out tasks you have completed in your to-do list.  If you are more tech-savvy, consider making full use of productivity apps. The apps have features that let you set reminders, organize your tasks, and much more. In doing so, you will be able to keep track of projects, meet deadlines, and be more organized.

Tip No. 2: Turn off stressful work thoughts while taking a break

Avoid work emails and responding to messages while taking a break. While it is easier said than done, it is still doable, and a little time off from work during the day does no harm. Research has indicated that ruminating about stressful work while taking a break activates our stress response and significantly disrupts our ability to recover and recharge during the off hours. This will also lead to sleep disturbances, to eat unhealthier foods, and to have worse moods. When you are taking a break, use this time to rejuvenate and recharge. Practice a hobby, listen to some good music, take a short walk, or cook something you like.

Tip No 3: Set expectations with your manager and the team

Unlike the typical workday at your office where you had fixed work timings, your family obligations now compete for your time.  Are you a morning lark or a night owl? If you feel you are more productive during non-traditional hours such as the early morning or late night, make that communication explicit with your manager and team. This will keep everyone on a common page and let them know your availability and work hour expectations.

 Tip No. 4: Stay true to your work hours

Your commute now might mean a walk from your couch to the work table, but that doesn't mean you don't know how to end your workday. Shutting down your laptop and work calls may be challenging, especially when the line between work and home duties is thin. Stick to the shift you work for, and during these work hours, focus all your efforts on work alone. Have an alarm to call it a day and disable notifications on work-related apps once your day is over.

Tip No 5: Gear up for focused work

How do you turn on the office mode? Do you have your method to concentrate better while working at home? There might be a multitude of distractors at home that will divert your attention from work. Do you put on your headphones with music to concentrate better? Or do you have a designated space at home where no one is allowed to enter while you work? It's important to know what work's best for you to be productive.

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ABOUT KNOLSKAPE

KNOLSKAPE is one of the fastest-growing experiential learning tech companies in the world. KNOLSKAPE accelerates employee growth and Development using an award-winning portfolio of simulations and  in-depth talent analytics. KNOLSKAPE is a 110+ strong team with offices in  Singapore, India, Malaysia, and USA serving a rapidly growing global  client base across industries such as banking and finance,  consulting, IT, FMCG, retail, manufacturing, infrastructure,  pharmaceuticals, engineering, auto, government and academia.  KNOLSKAPE is a global Top 20 gamification company, recipient of  Brandon Hall awards, and has been recognized as a company to watch  for in the Talent Management Space, by Frost & Sullivan, and as a disruptor in  the learning space, by Bersin by Deloitte.

To conclude, time is a valuable resource, and in a time like this where we are dealing with a gamut of changes, it becomes all the more vital to spend time on things that matter.

What are some best practices that you employ to manage time better? Please share with us in the comments below!

aditi kashyap roubd logoAbout the Author

Aditi A Kashyap is a Senior Associate, Marketing at KNOLSKAPE. Her interest to write about learning and development trends comes fuelled by her professional background as a learning consultant having a keen interest to understand a learner’s psyche.