March 8, 2016

She Definitely Will!

Posted by Shyh-Mei Ho (View Profile | View All Posts) at 9:35 AM

Early dreams

As a girl in Taiwan, I was a bit of a dreamer. I loved literature and I thought I might become a writer.

But my sister encouraged me to pursue science. She went to the U.S. to get her PhD. in physics. I wasn't sure about going to the U.S. or science actually, but my mother also thought it would be a good idea for me to follow in her footsteps. So I came to Temple University in Philadelphia in my early 20s to study biophysics.

Not long after that, maybe 18 months, I had a huge wake-up call. My mother passed away. We were all so profoundly sad, and at first I thought maybe I should go back to Taiwan. Then, I realized that it was time for me to grow up. I was the youngest daughter of the family but I wanted to make some decisions of my own.

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March 4, 2016

How Aspirations Create Ideas and Generate Revenues

Posted by Atul Sahgal (View Profile | View All Posts) at 1:55 PM

During the dot-boom of the late 1990s, it was not uncommon for a student at a top business school to hatch what he or she thought would be the next great innovation, line up funding, and drop out of school to build that dream start-up. The problem was that many of these businesses never succeeded - and top business schools like Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford did not allow the students to return after their dot-coms went bust. Of course, some of those business school drop-outs now lead the largest and most successful social media and search engine corporations on earth.

But why did so many students during that era take the enormous risk of leaving a prestigious business school that was incredibly difficult to gain admission to, in the first place, in order to build their own enterprises? Looking back, ample funding in the form of venture capital and private equity fueled this phenomenon. But so did the fact that dot-commers were known for creating new types of business models, new kinds of businesses even that revolved around downright fun and open workplaces. It was all about finding a problem worth solving and going right ahead and solving it. To many of these business school students, getting an MBA and then a job at a traditional, siloed, 100-year-old conglomerate was a dismal prospect.

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February 18, 2016

Stemming The Flow: How Enterprises Can Hold On To Their Knowledge

Posted by Dr. Jayan Sen (View Profile | View All Posts) at 1:08 PM

"...The fog of information can drive out knowledge." - Daniel J. Boorstin

This is the story of today's enterprise, awash in information stored within its systems, processes and people. Because this information is trapped within individual silos, a huge opportunity to share knowledge across the enterprise is lost. Permanently, when employees quit or retire.

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February 9, 2016

Why 'T-shaped' Engineers Are Changing The World

Posted by Sudip Singh (View Profile | View All Posts) at 10:23 AM

Dr. Vishal Sikka discusses the merits of problem finding [Source:]

I started my career with an engineering degree -- honestly, in part, because my parents saw being a doctor or an engineer as the most promising paths to career growth and financial security. Today's young professionals have more options, but I'm heartened to see so many still opting to be engineers for reasons beyond parental approval and financial security. They are driven towards this path to find and solve the world's most challenging problems. By this, I mean they are probing to dig beyond the stated challenge and unearth more significant, fundamental problems that can be real game changers. It's a great time to be in the engineering world.

At Infosys, we are nurturing this passion through Design Thinking. Through our partnership with Stanford's d.School and leveraging our own corporate university, we have already trained more than 70,000 young engineers (and their colleagues), and we're not done yet. Needless to say, they are taking to it like fish to water!

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February 2, 2016

Measure Knowledge To Manage It

Posted by Dr. Jayan Sen (View Profile | View All Posts) at 8:55 AM

Knowledge-based management and evolution of landscapes [Source:]

According to a report in the Harvard Business Review, one company faced with the concurrent retirement of 700 personnel estimated the combined loss of experience at over 27,000 years. Using that correlation as a reference point, what will happen when the 75 million strong baby boomer generation exits the US workforce over the next 14 years? And what will happen in other developed economies like Canada, Europe, Japan and South Korea where a similar story is unfolding?

It's being called the Knowledge Drain. But knowledge may be relatively easier to replace. What we are at risk of losing here, permanently, is much more than that. This is knowledge that individuals have processed through their personal filters of insight, instinct, intuition, judgment, wisdom and experience to create a valuable intellectual asset that is unique to themselves.

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January 29, 2016

Technology. Talent. Training. And a Transformation in the Making.

Posted by Krishnamurthy Shankar (View Profile | View All Posts) at 5:54 AM

Davos 2016 - Press Conference: Educating the Masters of the Fourth Industrial Revolution [Source:]

We are on the cusp of a technological tipping point that has the potential to transform the world. Already we see great innovations in robotics, AI and smart systems disrupting multiple industries.

These same technological forces are also having a transformative impact on talent. But, unless people are equipped with the education and skills to navigate these forces and the new dynamics of employment it is creating, we will be unable to realize the potential of this big opportunity. In fact, we recently undertook a global study - Amplifying Human Potential - to understand the challenges, concerns and opportunities facing young people as they pursue their education, training and career aspirations in these digitally dominated, fast-evolving times.

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January 22, 2016

Find And Ye Shall Solve

Posted by Binod Hampapur Rangadore (View Profile | View All Posts) at 5:15 PM

These are incredibly exciting times to work in the technology arena, and not just from a technology point of view. Although Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Blockchain, Advanced Mobility et al are pretty nifty in themselves, together these digital technologies are destined for much bigger things - a human revolution, no less. The core purpose of this human revolution is to help people - ordinary, regular people like you and I - exceed their boundaries to achieve things they never thought possible.

Interestingly, last year, a survey of about 3,500 representatives from nearly 550 companies in different industries and regions around the world painted a less than rosy picture of the IT industry. While respondents were appreciative of the industry's execution abilities, they wanted to see a lot more when it came to thought leadership, or advisory and strategic skills.

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Train To Sustain

Posted by Atul Sahgal (View Profile | View All Posts) at 4:20 AM

The 2015 edition of a talent shortage survey of nearly 42,000 hiring managers located in 42 countries around the world reported a rise in the proportion of employers struggling to fill jobs, from 36 percent in 2014 to 38 percent in 2015. This figure was the highest since 2008. The problem was severe enough for more than half of the employers surveyed to say that it was hampering their ability to serve the needs of their clients. Which is why ensuring talent sustainability ranks among enterprises' pressing priorities everywhere.

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When Talent Meets Technology

Posted by Varadharaj Venkataraman (View Profile | View All Posts) at 4:05 AM

When Talent Meets Technology

That technology can amplify human potential needs little validation in this digital age. So it is only natural that technology will have a dominant play in the way enterprises manage their human capital as well. I believe the talent management function is at a turning point, as significant as the one that took it from labor relations and personnel management to where it is today. And the pivot is digital technology. In 2016, watch out for 5 digital trends that will impact the way enterprises find, hire and nurture their talent.

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