Today I came across this “new” site for management innovation exchange where leaders, managers and commoners like me read & contribute ideas.. It’s like a social media site where managers chill and enlighten (or get enlightened) “virtually”. The vision they have goes something like this …“an open innovation project aimed at reinventing management for the 21st century. The premise: while “modern” management is one of humankind’s most important inventions, it is now a mature technology that must be reinvented for a new age.

What struck me was an interesting article by Vineet Nayar, CEO, HCL Technologies (his interview is featured in The New York Times). Now, how many CEO’s would admit to the World (I’m not saying everybody in this planet reads NY times here), “I am not the smartest or brightest leader… but my job is to ensure that everyone is enabled to do what they do best“.

Spying on his teenage kids… he realized that this is the age of Facebook where people do stuff and share pretty much everything online… so why not apply that to managing a company. This resulted in his staff doing presentations online and receiving 360-degree feedback open to 50,000 employees !! Him asking for solutions to all his employees in his blog…

This is the age of collaboration where companies and customers collaborate, interact and create value…  Some of the most successful companies have been doing it for a while… like Starbucks, Dell ….many more. Whether we like it or not pretty much all employees in any organization are active online these days (and some during office hours too) so why not use their online presence creatively & constructively for the benefit of the organization ?

Here is a piece by Digiredo on how to make Web2.0 work in corporations.

Speaking of which I should ask my boss to blog and lead us ‘virtually’… definitely not like this…

It’s been quite a while since I have put up a blog post… (24/10/2008 was my last post !!)… A lot has happened…

1, I have finished my Masters

2, In my first full time job now

3, Experimenting a lot with  social-networking tools… So this is where I talk about the reason why Im writing this post.

There is just so much to be shared !! With Web2.0rrhea and explosion of social networking… I couldn’t resist writing again and sharing stuff I find interesting !

Recently I went for this Web2.0 Idea sharing session @ MDeC, where I learnt about couple of new sites… like hootsuite, posterous, mixpanel to name a few. Very interesting I say. The session was useful not because I got to know these sites but  more importantly how these tools can be used to derive value for yourself, your company… Right now I am working on integrating these tools in my company either in the website or project management. or just experimenting… and by the way follow me on twitter @ch00b, lately I socialize more with the twitterati 😉

Over n out for now.

In Japan, Yes. According to this link  link plants are blogging!. Japan is amazing, almost everyday I find something interesting about this beautiful country.

TQ Zati … If you didn`t tell me I wouldnt have known that the previous link didn`t work.

It’s been a long time since I had blogged. Ever since I left Chennai life has been really busy. Even now Iam only checking my blog as I had to do a posting on the eMarketing course blog. Guess what my first posting was about, How to add yourself as a contributor to the blog ( I know you guys living out of Japan must be laughing! ) Trust me you have no idea how difficult it was for me to use babelfish, google translate just to translate and decipher the blogger page from jp to en. If you are really bored try to access the japanese version of any website you commonly use and try translating it from jp to en (You will laugh even more! Don’t trust me try and you will know why). I dont how many hours I spent just to translate and add myself as a contributor to the blog. Thanks to this blogger, if not God knows how long I would have spent googling trying to add myself to the eMarketing blog !

This is a  post from Jon Morrow, who is 25 years old. His blog is On Moneymaking.

 By Jon Morrow – I nearly killed myself in college to get straight A’s.  Well, almost straight A’s. I graduated with 37 A’s and 3 B’s for a GPA of 3.921. At the time, I thought I was hot stuff.  Now I wonder if it wasn’t a waste of time. Let me explain:

1.  No one has ever asked about my GPA.
I was told that having a high GPA would open all kinds of doors for me.  But you know what?  I interviewed with lots of companies, received a total of 14 job offers after graduation, and none of the companies asked about it.  They were much more impressed with stuff like serving as Chief of Staff for the student government and starting a radio station run by 200 volunteers.

I suppose a college recruiter from a Fortune 500 company might ask, but honestly, I can’t see any employer hiring a straight-A student over someone with five years of relevant work experience.  It might tip the scale in a competitive situation, but in most cases, I haven’t seen that grades are really that important to employers.

2.  I didn’t sleep.
Unless you’re a super genius, getting 37 A’s is hard work.  For me, it was an obsession.  Anything less than an A+ on any assignment was unacceptable.  I’d study for 60-80 hours a week, and if I didn’t get the highest grade in class, I’d put in 100 hours the next week.

Translation: I didn’t sleep much.  From my freshman to junior year, I averaged about six hours a night.  By my senior year though, I was only getting 3-5 per night, even on weekends.  I was drinking a 2 liter bottle of Mountain Dew and 2-3 energy drinks per day just to stay awake.  Not only is that unhealthy, but it’s not particularly fun either.

3.  I’ve forgotten 95% of it.
I majored in English Literature and minored in Communication Theory.  The main reason I chose those subjects was I thought they would teach me how to write and speak, two skills that would serve me well for the rest of my life.

Boy, was I stupid.  Instead, I spent all my time reading classic literature and memorizing vague, pseudoscientific communication theories.  Neither are useful at all, and I’ve forgotten at least 95% of it.

I’d guess the same is true for most college graduates.  Tell me, what’s the point of spending 60-80 hours a week learning things that you immediately forget?

4.  I didn’t have time for people.
Being in the student government and running a radio station, I had lots of opportunities to build a huge network.  But I didn’t have time.  Between studying and doing my job, I had to prioritize the people I wanted to develop relationships with and narrow it down to the handful who could help me the most.

That’s no way to go through school.  College isn’t so much a training ground for entering the work place as a sandbox for figuring out who you are and how you relate to other people.  You develop your social skills and forge relationships with people that might be colleagues for the rest of your life.

If I could do it all over again, I would spend less time in the library and more time at parties.  I would have 50 friends, not 3.  I would be known for “the guy that knows everyone,” not “the smartest guy in class.”  Not only because it would’ve been more fun, but because I would still be friends with most of those people now and would have access to the networks they’ve developed over the last four years.

5.  Work experience is more valuable.
In retrospect, I could’ve probably spent 20-30 hours a week on my studies and gotten B’s.  That would’ve freed up 30-70 hours a week, depending on the course load.  When I think of all of the things that I could’ve done with those hours, I just shake my head.

If there’s one thing graduates lack, it’s relevant work experience.  If you want to be a freelance writer, you’re much better off writing articles for magazines and interning with a publishing company than working your tail off to get straight A’s.  The experience makes you more valuable to future employers and usually results in a paycheck with a few more digits on it.

What about Graduate School?
If you’re getting your masters, going to law school, or becoming a doctor, then you’ll need all 37 of those A’s to get into the best school possible, and you can safely disregard this entire post.  Just be sure that you follow through.  I thought I would go to law school, and then I found out what a miserable career it is and how little it actually pays.  All of those good grades are now going to waste.

It also comes down to the question, “What’s the most effective use of your time?”  If you can’t imagine living without an advanced degree from an Ivy League school, then reading until your eyes fall out and sleeping on a table in the library is a perfectly defensible lifestyle.

On the other hand, if you want to get a job and make as much money as possible, then good grades aren’t going to help you as your teachers and parents might have you believe.  You’re better making powerful friends, building a killer résumé, and generally having the time of your life on your parent’s dime.

Jon Morrow’s blog is On Moneymaking.

Mark Joyner is one of the most successful internet marketers and I just noticed in one of the blogs that I read, he has released a free blogging course!I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they’re letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free.