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Posts Tagged ‘Management’

The IIM fallacy

In Education, Management & Leadership on July 2, 2010 at 09:02

Yes, the IIMs are a route into the riches for people coming from the Indian lower middle or lower classes. They are an easy shot into the upper middle classes, and if you’re lucky, hardworking or a genius, even into the ‘rich’ classes.

They are, however, nowhere close to or on the way to developing their students into become leaders in a global economy.

Can the IIMs really claim to be the ‘best in class’ if all they are producing are mediocre managers forming the bulging global middle class?

I won’t, actually can’t, answer that question. If you can, please use the comment space.

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Measuring Work

In Corporate Life, Management & Leadership, My Life on January 10, 2008 at 12:24

The biggest hurdle at work is not learning how to do work. The biggest hurdle, in my opinion, is learning how to measure work effort – in time and money.

As an enterprising worker, this is of paramount importance to help me define how much work I can safely take on and deliver. And to answer the perennial query from managers – ‘By When’.

As a manager, this is equally important when it comes down to delegating work, conducting performance reviews and detailing work requirement.

As a salesman, this is the core of my work – measuring work requirement and providing estimates on time and cost.

The worst part is, while I can work & study hard to steepen my learning curve on other work deliverables, measuring work is one area of work where its only the experience that seems to help.