About the Author

K Ramkumar, known to his friends as Ram, has an enduring passion for triggering a discussion and joining in with gusto on a range of themes. He believes that every person has an inalienable right to express his/her view no matter how different it is to anyone else. In his book no view is unworthy or big or small. Every view from everyone deserves a consideration without getting caught up with the tyranny of agreement or disagreement.
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Will History Repeat Itself to Disappoint Us? Shetkari Sanghatana to AAP

Shetkari Sanghatana was a path breaking organisation of Rural India. Its convener Mr Sharad Joshi, an Indian Postal Service (IPS) cadre bureaucrat, well read and an incisive intellect, was a phenomenon of the 1980’s.

Almost a decade had passed since Indira Gandhi’s “Garibi Hatao” slogan, pursuing the Marxist/Socialist agenda with left of centre public policies. The eye catching slogan of the 1971 elections did not deliver on its propaganda of poverty eradication, despite the overwhelming popular mandate in her favor. Rural India was frustrated yet helpless with no one else to look up to. The ills of the economy were spreading drastically. 80% of the population dependent on agricultural was watching the hollowness of populist decisions and growing state interference in agricultural policy, resulting in unprofitable returns and a levy imposed on the agricultural produce, ironically by parliamentary mandate. The bureaucracy had forgotten the basic principles of economics, i.e. demand and supply, which determine the price of commodities and services. Read more »

Why I Quit Facebook

Because Facebook was making me dumb.

After much deliberation, I deactivated my account.  I must file a caveat here. I’m not a Neo-Luddite; you know, the kind who dislikes technology. I’m the kind most people call a geek. So why quit Facebook?

A little over two years ago, I read a lovely book, Truth, Beauty and Goodness Reframed by Howard Gardner, an American developmental psychologist at Harvard University. The book compelled me to write him a note and ask for an interaction. The man was gracious and offered me his time. Several interactions over email and some face time on one of his visits to India later, I published a piece in Forbes India, where I used to work until very recently. Read more »

My Experience and Insights as a Front Line Manager in Training

It was in early 2003. ICICI Bank was on a growth spree. The passion for growth and leadership required building a strong foundation of relevant skills and capabilities. The challenge was to create training initiatives that were effective and could be scaled up consistently.  Employees in branches required to be equipped with selling skills. A major selling skills training was planned to be rolled out to 2000 employees in branches across the country. The Bank planned to cover all the employees in a couple of months’ time. Any prolonged roll out of the program ran the risk of the impact being diluted. The Bank faced two challenges – creating an effective program and rolling it out across the country. Read more »

The Capability Conundrum II: Understanding the Scope & Limitations of Training

Background

Capability building is a conundrum. The model of Knowledge, Skills and Behavior in my view is often oversimplified. Many are often confused on what is amenable to training or education. Even what is training is a huge area of oversimplification. I say this from my 30 years of experience as a conceptualizer, designer and deliverer of learning. Learning is far more complex than putting content, pedagogy, learning material and a teacher/trainer in a room full of learners. The first notion we need to reexamine is, what can be imparted in a classroom or through structured cognitive content. Research clearly states that less than 30% of learning happens in a class room and 70% on the job with the boss and significant superiors as the tutors. In this approach paper, I have attempted to enumerate the scope and limitations of class room or virtual class room training.

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Millennials, Myths and the Future of Work

Over the last few years we have seen a proliferation of research studies on attitudes of Gen Y aka millennials as they are more popularly known. The findings of these studies are invariably presented in a dramatic way and almost sound like a bugle call for revolutionizing workplace culture and practices. I quote,

“Many millennial employees are unconvinced that excessive work demands are worth the sacrifices to their personal life” – PWC’s Next Gen: A global generational study 2013

“Millennials demand career growth – and lots of it” – Deloitte Global Millennial Research

“Move over stability and job security. Gen Y is more bothered about a non-hierarchical management” – CII Deloitte Generation Next Study Read more »

Deciphering Anarchism

The last few months have been dominated by charges and “ironical” quips of being an anarchist. In all the debates and assertions that I have been following, I felt confused and overwhelmed. I could not comprehend in a simple manner what is anarchism and who is an anarchist. I also could not come to a conclusion whether it is good, bad, ugly or dangerous to be an anarchist. The word sounded ominous, even when I struggled to comprehend it logically keeping my emotions at bay. Read more »

From Reactionary to Governance Agenda: Lessons from History

It was 134 BC. Rome was ravaged from within by the venal and corrupt upper class.  The legionaries who fought for Rome had their land taken away by the large farmers. The senators presided and profited from this. The poor and the homeless could neither farm nor enrol into the legion, for only land owning free men could bear arms. Tiberius Gracchus a young soldier, who made a name for himself as a daring and upright soldier decided that it was time to clean up Rome. Read more »

AK, AAP and Us

Turkey: Circa 2002

People were fed up with all-pervasive corruption. A charmed circle with close links to the military and political establishments dominated society. If you needed anything done, you needed contacts in the establishment. Else, nobody cared.

And then overnight, a group of roughly 200 citizens aged 30-50 banded together. They initiated a mass contact programme and commissioned a survey to get their fingers on the pulse of people. Everybody consistently demanded two things—justice and development. Read more »

My Journey within: Discovering the Himalayas within Me

Years of programming has led us to believe that education from good institutes followed by a successful career is the recipe for fulfilling our ambition. This falacy is restrictive in nature and tends to shackle us. While one keeps growing professionally, there is a certain emptiness which engulfs most of us. We choose to either ignore it or suppress it. It happened with me too in the summer of 2013 when I discovered stretching harder has become my panacea, over the years. It was then that I decided to attempt a different stretch. Read more »

The Busby Way to Talent Management: The Man They Called “The Boss” – Part 3

What kind of a man was Matt Busby: a Scot from the hell-hole of the mining town of Bellshill? At the age of 9 after his Father’s death he went to work in the coal mines.  As a player he had played 219 league games and 31 cup games before he became the Manager. Busby, to the public, was calm, composed and dignity personified. He was a quiet man but was articulate and hung his passion on his sleeve. His intensity and passion were legendary around football circles. It intimidated many. Some even saw in him a strong authoritarian streak. Even in his early days people thought twice before they locked horns with him. His intensity, passion and meticulousness demolished any argument. He rarely yelled or screamed or had to use threats or abuses to make his point. Read more »

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K Ramkumar, known to his friends as Ram, has an enduring passion for triggering a discussion and joining in with gusto on a range of themes. He believes that every person has an inalienable right to express his/her view no matter how different it is to anyone else. In his book no view is unworthy or big or small. Every view from everyone deserves a consideration without getting caught up with the tyranny of agreement or disagreement.
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