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Hiring Introverts and Extroverts

I recently became a little active on Quora. I came across a question there that caught my attention.

"As a decision-maker, when did you hire an introvert over an extrovert? Did you find them more productive or less?"

I think it depends on the role you are hiring for. I have seen that when hiring for an individual contributor role, I might be okay to select introverts. I might even consider introverts for roles like testing, editing, proof reading etc. 

I am more likely to select an extrovert for leadership roles, sales roles and roles that require a huge amount of teamwork.

Top 10 Technology Trends 2014

I was recently researching top technology trends and compiled the top 10 technology trends for 2014 from different sources.

While Internet of Things, Wearable Technology and Big Data are of course common trends that most people are predicting, I was surprised to find 3D Printing as a key technology trend to watch out for.

Here’s the compiled document with links to the original sources:


How to Decide Whether to Insource or Outsource Elearning Development?

I recently got a query on LinkedIn about needing help with decision between insourcing and outsourcing elearning content development.

I have a small request - is there a way to get a ball-park figure to develop one hour of e-learning content in India using rapid development software such as Articulate Studio/Storyline?

We have been doing e-learning development in house and our new VP of HR wants to consider the possibility of outsourcing it. I am in the process of doing a cost-benefit analysis and so, need this information.

I did go through the Chapman Alliance presentation and Karl Kapp's articles - however, I felt that it is better to hear from a practitioner & expert from India.


I wish the decision of insource and outsource was as simple as cost comparison. First of all, it is really hard to get a ball-park figure to develop one hour or elearning. It really depends on many many things, including the partner you chose. The range of price for one hour of elearning in the market is very wide and could even vary 10 times. Cost could even be significantly more if you include video, game based learning and high end simulations. So you can imagine taking this decision itself will be hard.

While comparing cost of insource and outsource efforts is important, another big factor is that whether all the skills required to develop elearning content are available within the organization. How you are currently structured and what the current utilization of the L&D staff is within the organization will also play a big role in insource vs outsource decision. If the utilization is sporadic, it would make sense to outsource instead of carrying the cost of unutilized time.

You should also consider what you want to achieve in the long run. Are there tasks that are not being accomplished because the internal team is busy with content development? Are there key strategies that are being left unattended that might get the much needed attention if you outsource?

And finally, what’s the really the volume of development the organization wants to create in what timeframe will also play a role in determining insource or outsource decision. Is it a one-time initiative to develop a critical mass of content for the organization? Are there enough volumes to justify outsourcing content?

Hope the above provides you with some pointers to taking the decision.

6 Tips to Motivate Yourself

I am such a sucker for questions. So how could I resist when Mahindra Experience (@MahindraExp) tweeted to my handle, “@manishmo Can you share some tips that will motivate one to work harder and help them reach their goals?”

Here are 6 tips to motivate yourself to work towards your goals:
  1. Write your goals and make them visible to you all the time (e.g. pin them on your soft board).
  2. Break down your goals into smaller goals with timelines.
  3. Celebrate small successes in your journey to reach your goals.
  4. Share your goals with someone you trust. Enroll them to work with you on your goals.
  5. Assign time in your daily routine to work on your goals.
  6. Keep some time aside to reflect on your journey to your goals. Evaluate your progress and plan as required.


What are your tips to stay self-motivated?


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