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When MOOCs first arrived it was seen as yet another over-hyped diversion away from the real education. Yet, not only did it survive, it thrived to the extent that today it has thirteen million registered students registered for courses wide ranging from Executive MBA to Bipedalism. When it succeeded, it had the air of being disruptive to traditional professors who would now see this as threat to their livelihoods. Even this perception changed. Professors are now not only comfortable but in fact expanding the scope of their academic insights by diving headlong into it. A professor will use MOOCs simply because he/she is passionate about teaching and sees this as another arena to connect with a wider audience and share one’s immense knowledge.

Source:https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/professors-have-taken-over-moocs

Uploaded Date:06 October 2017

HR professionals are now amongst the busiest and often overworked employees. Burnout is a common syndrome afflicting them. Job pressure is in fact the top cause of stress among American adults as per Statistic Brain. Before one actually gets formally afflicted with HR related burnout, there are certain visible signals. They are mood swings, irritability, working over weekends, decline in work quality, regularly working overtime, lowered social interactions, fatigue, disengagement, enhanced sensitivity and increase in the logging of sick days. Employers and top executives must take care to avoid such burnout through certain universally accepted measures. Stress education needs to be inculcated as part of corporate training programmes to help employees cope up. This will also address workplace wellness. Employees must be encouraged to frequently take up breaks. Bosses must also check in with the employees frequently to detect signs of such impending unease. Another innovative method for helping employees cope is to enable them to cross-train with people from different departments. Flexible schedules always help. When employees or teams perform well, a nod of appreciation must be handed over to them. Crucially, the business leaders must practice what they preach. They must lead by example as this motivates employees to overcome their stress factors.

Source:https://www.forbes.com/sites/alankohll/2017/07/19/7-ways-to-avoid-hr-burnout/#500add553357

Uploaded Date:28 July 2017

 

Fulton Breen is a veteran CEO of a data analytics firm and feels grateful for the advice he received when young. In his first day at college, the professor identified a rare talent in him so advised him to pursue Entomology. Breen complied and ever since that day, the direction received has led him to find his own niche. He started with Union Carbide, had a stint abroad before coming back. Breen feels that a lot of people lack this sort of training so their decision-making remains haphazard. This is true for financial as well as personal matters. Adequate management training must be provided in this regard. This will enable everyone to become a leader in one’s own right. Companies are known by three things- competitive advantage, values plus mission. Similarly, there are hallmarks that pin individuals.

Source:http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article161502213.html

Uploaded Date:20 July 2017

Research has found out that the more senior positions a professional reaches in one’s organization, the greater arises the need to reflect upon work. This is best done in slow mode exemplified by maintaining a journal. While a lot of managers may maintain such journals on laptops or tablets, since slowness is desired, so a handwritten one best enables expression of clear thoughts. CEOs for example need to work on the corporate strategy so a clear grip on proceedings is of utmost importance. It has also been understood that repeating an action in the brain results in improved learning. There is a brainstorming approach called “second solution method” according to which switching off one’s brain is actually beneficial to arise at solutions. Journal entries also record the emotions under which any activity was viewed by the person at the time. Such notes must be made within twenty-four hours, as any delay may result in ignorance of the most crucial of aspects. The primary outcome must be recorded first. The root-cause for such outcome must also be chronicled. Lastly, emotions that led to such feelings must also get recorded. A lot of senior professionals avoid doing this due to crunch of time.

Source:https://hbr.org/2017/07/the-more-senior-your-job-title-the-more-you-need-to-keep-a-journal?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=dailyalert&referral=00563&spMailingID=17613034&spUserID=OTY0OTMwNTk5NwS2&spJobID=1060491725&spReportId=MTA2MDQ5MTcyNQS2

Uploaded Date:14 july 2017

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