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Why most up-skilling programs fail. And what to do about it?

A practical primer on ensuring that your investment in up-skilling programs will pay you back ...
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A rant against lookalike training programs

Similar looking training programs are as harmful as giving the same medicine for different illnesses ...
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Calibrating expectations about training outcomes

L&D managers often have unrealistic expectations from training programs. This post busts some common myths ...
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To decode high performance, watch closely

My admittedly outlandish take on how practising managers can understand what makes high performers tick ...
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Taming role-plays

Role plays can be effective teaching tools, only when you can tame their unpredicability somewhat ...
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Rethinking the Feedback Form

Are there ways to get more out of feedback forms? Here are some actionable ways ...
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A sense of numbers

If you’ve been saying to yourself, “I am no good at Maths”, here is hope! ...
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Rock-Star trainers: double-edged sword?

Everyone loves trainers who can captivate audiences. But there is a dark side to it ...
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Can’t, Won’t, Don’t: Helping people change

This post explores different reasons why people resist change; and how one can them. My ...
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To converse better, do this!

Self-help books that teach better conversations tell you that it’s very difficult to master. Really? ...
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The Dread of Mea Culpa

How many well-intentioned training interventions are inadequate, because they ignore the elephant in the room! ...
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Managing learner diversity

The challenge that a diverse learner group creates, and what trainers can do about it ...
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Kolb’s theory in action

The story of an experiment I conducted, to apply Kolb’s theory to a practical context ...
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Preventive Intervention Trilogy: Part 1

Prevention is better than cure, they say. How does that work in the L&D context? ...
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Preventive Intervention Trilogy: Part 2

Is it really true that all interventions can and must be done in preventive mode?  ...
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Preventive Intervention Trilogy: Part 3

What are the ways in which a preventive intervention is different from a curative one? ...
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Disasters of my own making

Mistakes I made during some of my interventions. And what you can learn from them ...
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Questions astronauts and trainers ask

Trainers can size up what’s needed in an intervention, just like a rocketship mission does ...
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Developing Leaders at Millennial Motors: Part 1

Ashok advocates a flexible approach to leadership skills development. But the L&D Head has doubts ...
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Developing Leaders at Millennial Motors: Part 2

Pemba, faculty and coach, takes over. She supports learners to apply theory to real life ...
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Developing Leaders at Millennium Motors: Part 3

Armed with data and tact, Lilette manages to extend the intervention to the next level ...
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What I learnt about business case studies

Lessons from interviewing 60 executives and writing half a dozen case studies over 4 months ...
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Appa, what do you really do?

A light hearted take on my profession, through the eyes of my 7 year old ...
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Building Team Capability

Very short summaries of my conversations with startup Founders about Building Capability in their teams ...
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