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5 Reasons Why You are Not Being Promoted

I came across Dan McCarthy’s blog recently. Dan is a practitioner in the field of leadership development for over 20 years and is currently the Manager of Leadership and Management Development at a Fortune "Great Place to Work", "Training Top 125", and "High Impact Learning" (HILO 80) company. He has a great blog on leadership that I would encourage you to subscribe to.

Dan wrote a great post Head’s Up – You are About to be Promoted or Fired where he shares why you might get promoted or fired. I think there’s also a third script: the status quo script. While you may not be fired for things you do (or don’t do), you may not get promoted either. Here’s what the script might be why you are not getting promoted:

Status Quo script:

I have some good news - you are keeping your job. Unfortunately we aren’t promoting you. Here’s why:

  1. You are not seen as a leader amongst your peers. You do your job well enough. However you don’t inspire others, either within your team or amongst your peers. People respect you for doing your job with the best intentions and spirit but don’t really look up to you for taking them to the next level.

  2. You don’t take initiatives. If there is a new opportunity, you don’t volunteer. You don’t seem to have new ideas. You usually wait to be assigned tasks and you are happy to do what is assigned to you, which you do well, no doubt. Perhaps you are content and satisfied with your current role.

  3. You are not adding value to your current role. For example, your role is not just to create and present the report, but also work towards improving what you are presenting.

  4. You are not visible. You don’t participate in company initiatives. You avoid official social gatherings. You don’t participate in cross functional teams. You shy away from taking credit for the good work you or your team does. You rarely share what you know, people don’t really see you as a node of reference.

  5. You resist change. If there is talk of changing process or tools, you resist it. Your first reaction to initiatives is that it can't be done. It is too hard to convince you about the new ideas or changes and too much time needs to be spent with you to onboard you. People see you as an impediment to new ideas.

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Dream Job redux

Are you complaining too much about your job? Wondering what your dream job is? It might be a better idea to stop complaining before it is too late. Would you like to lose this job?

Video found via Mohitoz on the Rocks blog.

10 Tips for Better Meetings

A question was asked on Twitter for some tips on running better meetings. I sent out a series of tweets and then added a few more to make this blog post.

Here are my tips for better meetings:

  1. Question the need: Ask yourself, do you even need the meeting? Do what you can over email to avoid meetings.

  2. Have an agenda: Not points to discuss but decisions to be made. If the meeting is to review progress, make sure you have status against goals.

  3. Keep'em short: Schedule shorter meetings. Force participants to take decisions in the short time.

  4. Review actions: Review status of actions in last meeting. If no action for 2 meetings, question if you really need the action.

  5. Have the right participants: What are you expecting each participant to contribute? Do you have the decision makers in the participants? Do the participants know what's expected from each of them?

  6. Summarize actions: Not just summarizing the actions but also be specific, who is required to do what and by when.

  7. Avoid gimmicks: Just stay focused and have the meeting. Don’t have silly gimmicks that are supposed to make meetings more effective. You don’t really want to start measuring meeting effectiveness, passing tokens etc. Hey, you’ll probably end up in having more meetings deciding the gimmicks.

  8. Who is running the meeting: Identify who is really running the meeting? The meeting chair should help participants stay focused on the meeting agenda.

  9. Be prepared: with your agenda, data and decision points. Better preparation means shorter meetings.

  10. Follow the hygiene: of being on time and stopping on time.

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Happy Diwali

Wishing a very Happy and Prosperous Diwali to you and your loved ones. May the new year bring cheer and happiness for everyone. Praying for peace and prosperity all around.

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Analysis Paralysis and Lizard Brain

Seth Godin talks about quieting the lizard brain within us and finishing what we started. He says thrash the ideas up front, don’t get scared about shiping the product and start thrashing the idea later in the development stage. Of course, we also have the analysis praralysis syndrome where we might spend too much time in analyzing the idea without ever starting it. You don’t finish what you don’t start, right.

Okay, so basically what everyone is saying is move your blooming part-of-your-anatomy and get on with delivering on your great idea. Sure analyze (thrash) the idea at the start but don’t get stuck there. And then once you’ve started it, don’t start thrashing (analyzing/critiquing) the product just before you have the deliver it.

Seth Godin: Quieting the Lizard Brain from 99% on Vimeo.

Indian Learning Professionals and Companies on Twitter

I have updated my list of Indian learning professionals on Twitter. I have included company Twitter accounts in the list. Feel free to leave a comment to suggest more professionals and companies who should be on the list. I have been less discerning this time and have included all professionals who have more than one tweet on the list. Also listed them in alphabetical order.

You can now use the TweepML link to easily follow these professionals on Twitter.

aanteladda - aanteladda

Education Strategist, Coach, Bridge, Entreprenuerial Catalyst, Mum

abhijitkadle - Abhijit Kadle

interests range from genetics, evolutionary biology, biochemistry, engineering, technology, computing to electronic games, media, communication, and design

Abhinava - Abhinava

biker... dreamer... sapiosexual

amitgautam - Amit Gautam

atuljog - Atul

Trainer,Executive Coach & a curious learner! Passionate abt adult learning, bringing fun and learning into training n designing content which are impactful ...

baxiabhishek - Abhishek Baxi

geek / new media guy / photowalker / microsoftie / windows7 PC / blank noise guy / critical movies fan / windows mobile

bishtumesh - Umesh Bisht

learning and development professional, digs web 3.0 , e-learning, and content

dbhasin - Dolly Bhasin

Am a Knowledge Enterpreneur with focus on Small Enterprises, Travel, Tourism, Hospitality for eLearning and emarketing

deepak1279 - Deepak

dineshmagadi - dinesh magadi

dominicrajesh - Dominic Rajesh

HR Professional with focus on Learning and Development. Motto: Help others help themselves.

elearningtyro - E-Learning Tyro

Instructional Designer and E-Learning Specialist

followVasan - vasan

e-Learning professional committed to making difference through learning solutions

gaganadlakha - gaganadlakha

gargamit100 - Amit Garg

eLearning Outsourcing, Learning 2.0

GautamGhosh - Gautam Ghosh

HR and Social Media geek. Perpetual Learner. Interested in how emergent technologies are changing Organizations. Organizations 2.0 if you please!

geetabose - Geeta Bose

Run Kern Communications -a learning solutions & usability consulting company

gJaideep - Gerald Jaideep

Innovation Initiator or Hunter/Gatherer for FireStarters

harmalbhu - Harini

Instructional designer. Love: Fiction, techie tools.Sharing Knowdlege.

indug_72 - Indu Gopinath

Jax - Xavier Roy

I get paid to write :-)

JosephineShobee - Josephine Shobana

Delivery Manager at Element K. Interested in learning, innovation, leadership, strategy…

kamalbatra - kamalbatra

kanchanshine - Kanchan Shine

Instructional Design Consultant

kapil1312 - Kapil Bhatia

Enjoy discussing Education, web 2.0 , edupunk, elearning. Hate people who block youtube and twitter in schools.

karthicku - Karthick

KavisMusings - Kavi

Blogger. Dreamer. Optimist. Coach. Believer in people and potential. Citizen of the world. Ranter in general.

lakshmanr - lakshman rajagopalan

Learning professional, Management, Leadership, enthusiastic trekker, amateur photographer, follower of techie news, avid reader

lakshmik_92 - Lakshmi Krishnan

Learning and OD professional

manishmo - Manish Mohan

Collaborative and Informal Learning, Management, Performance enhancement, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Amateur photography

Mohammedhb - Mohammed HB

mrmwrites - swamimo

Technical Writer, Blogger, Web Admin, Secretary - ITC SIG of STC, Employment Manager - STC India Chapter

MuhammadAnas - Muhammad Anas

preetamrai - preetamrai

Tracking tech and music from Africa, E.Europe and Asia

poojajaisingh - Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

eLearning Professional

rajesh_pankaj - Rajesh Pankaj

RaviBramha - RaviBramha

AVP Technology, 24x7 Learning

rjaideep - R.Jaideep

elearning professional,tech lover,future enterpreneur

rnarchana - Archana Narayan

Constantly evolving as an instructional designer at Kern Learning Solutions (www.kern-comm.com) to ensure richer learner experience

rucsb - rucsb

Web 2.0 buff,IBMer,Learning professional, Indian, geek,netizen, thought leader, luvable !

ruparajgo - Rupa Rajagopalan

Instructional Designing - My Passion

sahana2802 - Sahana Chattopadhyay

Learning evangelist, instructional designer and social learning enthusiast. Believe collaborative, participative learning is the future...

sekar_jd - sekar_jd

shaji0508 - Shaji

Design Specialist at NIIT

shana1729 - Nishana

Senior Flash Developer

shishirsh - Shishir Sharma

Project Management, Technology, Instructional Design, Learning Solutions, Amateur photography, Sketching, Languages, Astrology

sreyadutta - Sreya Dutta

Instructional Designer by profession, working at Oracle.

sundararajt - Sundar Thondaman

An ardent fan of social media..learning consultant in the enteprise space..venturing into management consulting, and life skills training...

svsm67 - Sonia Sant

thoughts - Geetha Krishnan

Learning professional

togetherinlife - kaushik

Love.Life.Great Parents.Training,Blogger.Speaker.Travelling.See India.Trekking.Himalayas.Reading.Long Drives.Yoga.Beer.Making Mistakes.Explore Life Everyday!

VaiVai - Vaishnavi

An Instructional Designer by profession, passionate about literatures from across the world and enthusiastic about new experiences!

vijeesh - Vijeesh Shankar

learning - mobile, classroom, web, social, informal..(a-z of learning :-)

write2tg - Taruna Goel

“A learning professional” – an instructional designer, trainer, recruiter, supervisor, mentor, coach, change initiator, training manager…and more.

Learning Companies

24x7Learning - 24x7 Learning

24x7 Learning is India’s premier Intellectual Infrastructure partner

Astutix - Astutix Learning

Effective Learning - Delivered!

niitimperia - niitimperia

NIIT Imperia Center for Advanced Learning has been specially created to provide quality Management Education to working professionals.

NIIT_Imperia - NIIT Imperia

NIIT Imperia offers world class senior management programs with IIM Calcutta available for working professionals and organizations at NIIT-Imperia.


This is the official Twitter site for NIIT Ltd.- leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia's No.1 IT Trainer

niituniversity - NIIT University

The NIIT University is a not-for-profit institution offering UG, PG and Doctoral Programs in IT, Edu Technology, Bioinformatics and Biotechnology.

trainingdotcom - Training.com

Training.com is an eLearning initiative by NIIT to provide convenient, personalized and affordable training to students and working professionals.



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