Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The Solutioning Mindset....

Until 3 decades back, the world faced the immense problem of communicating while on the move. This gave birth to mobile phone. The problem of managing business transaction from anywhere in the world gave us internet connectivity and e-commerce.

From home to office – we are always surrounded by problems. As put by a great researcher,      “ we are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems”. Yes, it requires skill to solve problems and seek opportunity.

Problem solving is a unique blend of Science and Art. Understanding and defining a problem is a science. Exploring the most appropriate and creative solution is an art. And, implementing the solution is management.

To learn more about “How to State a Problem” please join us for the learning event. Looking forward to meet and interact with you.



Monday, 27 February 2017

People are judged by what they finish not by what they start!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Principles of #Learning and the Choice of Methods

A trainer should always remember that he must work and work harder to keep motivation levels high, on that basis the methods can be ranked as follows:
Motivation                                  Methods
High                                        -    Business Game, Project Assignment
Medium                                   -    Lecture (can be enhanced by making the lecture interesting).
                                                     Group Discussion, Case Study
Low                                         -    Reading Assignment

Active Involvement
Management cannot be taught it can only be learnt and learning takes place better when there is active participation in the process, deeper the involvement higher the motivation. Some methods ensure involvement much more than others as shown below: 
Active Involvement                    Methods
High                                        -    Case Study, Business Game, Role Playing, Project Assignment
Medium                                   -    Group Discussion
                                                     Reading Assignment
Low                                         -    Lecture

Individual Approach
Different approaches work better with different people.  Group training programs are normally organised to meet the identified training needs of the group.  It is also necessary to provide opportunity for individual work through compulsory individual assignments like reading, breaking down group assignments for each individual and additional work for the more capable trainees.
Individual Approach                             Methods
High                                        -    Project Assignment
Medium                                   -    Group Discussion, Case Study, Business Game, Role Playing,
                                                     Reading Assignments
Low                                         -    Lecture

Sequencing and Structuring
Sequencing and structuring are needed to provide the impact and consequent results from training.  Lecture method is the best for sequencing and structuring.  The ranks of other methods are:
Sequencing & Structuring        Methods
High                                        -    Reading Assignment
Medium                                   -    Case Study, Business Game, Project Assignment
Low                                         -    Group Discussion, Role Playing

Feedback is crucial in a training program.  It can be on the trainee’s competence, his behaviour, actual learning and his ability to apply what has been learnt.  Some methods provide better feedback than others.
Feedback                   Method                                   Feedback on
High                            Business Game                                    Soundness of decision
                                    Role Playing                            Behavioural pattern
                                    Project Assignment                 Practical usefulness of learning.
Medium                       Group discussion                     Knowledge/Analytical ability
                                    Case Study
Low                             Lecture
                                    Reading Assignment

Training for what?  The test is that one should be able to transfer what one has learnt to live situations.  Different methods rank as follows so far as their effectiveness in transfer process is concerned:
Transfer                                             Methods
High                                        -           Project Assignment
Medium                                   -           Case Study, Business Game, Role Playing

Low                                         -           Lecture, Group Discussion, Reading Assignment

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Point of View.....

Leaders are the difference between a highly engaged workforce and a disengaged workforce

Monday, 20 February 2017

#Meetings that Rock........

It’s impossible to be part of an organization today and not attend meetings, project meetings, task force meetings, planning and coordinating meetings………the list is endless. The worst thing about many of these meetings is that they are poorly run and waste valuable time.

Today, there’s been a growing recognition that effective meetings happen when proper attention has been paid to the process elements and when proceedings are skillfully facilitated.

We’re now spending so much time in meetings and being asked to achieve so many important goals in teams that there’s a growing need for skilled facilitation throughout our organizations and our communities.

To learn more about Making your Meetings Rock and Develop Facilitation skills you may reach out to me at shyamv.iyer@gmail.com and will be happy to support you.



Certified Professional Facilitator - IAF-CPF ©

#Facilitation is fast becoming a core #competency for #HR professionals............

With its focus on asking instead of telling, listening and building consensus, facilitation is the essential skill for anyone working collaboratively with others.

Facilitation is fast becoming a core competency for anyone who leads a team, manages a project, heads up a committee or manages a department. To get the most from people today, leaders have to know how to create buy-in, generate participation and empower people.

To keep pace, today’s leaders need to be coaches, mentors and teachers. At the core of each of these new roles is the Skill of Facilitation.

To learn more about Nurturing and Developing Facilitation skills you may reach out to me at shyamv.iyer@gmail.com and will be happy to support you.


Shyam Iyer
Certified Professional Facilitator - IAF-CPF ©

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Successful People....

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others

Unsuccessful people are always asking what is in it for me

Real Learning..........

Dear Learners,

Have you ever pondered as learners what key expectations are of a learning professional? What does a Real life learning encompass?

Based on the experience and research on learning methods following are my point of views:

·     Learning what matters – Action point is to focus on application oriented learning. Participants should be able to articulate and say “ I understand what’s in it for me”

           Learning driven by self – Action point is to learn at your pace and decide your schedule. Participants should be able to have freedom “ to decide when and how I want to learn”

·     Learning from Peers – Action point is to Collaborate through classroom cohorts. Participants should be able to have on line discussion boards so that “ they learn from peers and experts within and outside the organization”

·     Learning by doing – Action point is to have no power point slides and experiential activity / Case based pedagogy. Participants should say “if you tell me, I forget. If you involve me, I learn”
The above points are how adults like to learn. Weave in your program design the above elements and simulate it in 70:20:10 program flow to get the best results.

Happy Learning!



Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Understanding Facilitation.........

The Facilitator’s greatest contribution is to provide structure so that participants can focus on making the best decisions possible.

Creating Participation

Facilitators are always keenly aware of the group dynamic and work hard to make sure that all voices are heard