Nandita Varma
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Dear All,

I had a thought this morning which I want to share with you all.

In today’s technology centered world, there is no dearth of knowledge. A lot of reading material is available on the internet, much more than we need. We can all browse on various topics and get the best of the materials. Sometimes we also forward such material to this or any other such group so that others also benefit from good articles.

However, there is a flip side too. Many of us sometimes just transfer this knowledge from one storehouse to other. We become just a messenger. We don’t rack our brains and think on the subject. We don’t add value to the subject. So ultimately what happens is that we become knowledgeable but not wise. Our minds are not sharpened. (Covey has rightly said that we need to sharpen the saw often).

What we can do is:

• Select 10 different topics related to HR after brainstorming on whole list of topics. (Topics should be very specific and not too general, broad in nature or vague). One topic could be taken for a week.

• Personal contribution by the group members on the topic.

(It would make more sense if the group member personally thinks and writes on the subject. It could be his/her thoughts, ideas, experiences, related examples, suggestions etc.. What I mean is not just copy and paste an article from somewhere else).

The idea behind our own contribution is that we could develop our writing skills, imagination and creative skills, analytical and logical skills. I am sure this would boost our morale too. :D The idea is to help ourselves in improving various skills.

• Discussion to continue for a week. A recap the end of the week of the major points.

Lastly, we need at least 10 sincere, dedicated individuals who would take the responsibility to provide the recap at the end of the week. (One topic per individual). Of course, I would be one of them!

Anticipating your comments and suggestions.



From India, Pune
Very pertinent observations indeed! From a situation of information scarcity, we have now arrived at one where information is overwhelmingly plentiful. Thus there is no perceived need to store. The internet, like the pizza outlet, is always on call.
Surbhi, there is no harm in trying out what you have said. I am engaged in a similar exercise myself ( in another field, not HR), so cannot volunteer. Just one suggestion: Keep the topic tiny enough to be closed in one sitting.
Best wishes
A. R. Eclexys

From India, Mumbai
Hi Surbhi!!!!!!!!! Thats a wonderful idea........ i apprecitate u for thinking so deep about the topic n sharing wat u analiysed............... Regards, MOnika
From India, Delhi
Hi All CiteHR esteemed Members !

At the outset THANKs to Surbhi for pointing out this not so apparent fact about overwhelming information available on Internet, and unneccessary repetation of the same information !

The real fun, therefore lies in to add value to any particular HR Topic and enrich it with our past experience of using & implementing those HR techniques & method etc. creatively practically into our daily professional life !

That's a good initiative you have taken. Keep it up. All the best ! :)


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From India, Delhi
Excerllent ! Thanx for sharing this innovative idea and enlightening me. Actually I am of the same thought n trying to proceed further. Cheers, Chary VS

Everything said and done.... but can we now actually brainstorm and select a topic so that we can start our discussion
From India, Thana
Dear All,
Since no one has suggested any topics, allow me.
1. Making a new employee feel at home: Techniques and Practices
2. Quantitative methods in HR
3. How HR will evolve in the next decade.

It hope this triggers posting of better topics.

From India, Mumbai
Hello, this is my first post to the forum.
I have a suggestion about this initiative. I have often had occasions to guide learners and I have been advocating a method of learning with 60-40 success. When we read about some topic, we should consciously try to create significant multiple-choice questions based upon it. This technique puts brakes on our reading, forcing us to THINK. And ASSIMILATE. It also structures our learning and provides a means of recall. These questions should not be made with the intention of posing them to somebody, but that could well be an additional use.
I humbly acknowledge that I developed this technique unconsciously more than 15 years ago under the guidance of Shri Prasanna Vishwasrao, then Manager at National School of Banking, Mumbai, though he may be unaware of this.
I have a selfish interest here. I need your feedback after your having tried it out (please not before!). I will be thankful for your efforts.
Best wishes

From India, Mumbai
Brillinat Idea Surabhi... Why dont we start discussing "Attrition management/control" as I am sure that this is a major issues with all HR professionals. Regards, Faisal Wahedi

Dear Surbhi, It is good idea. Please select one topic and we all can contribute for the same. Regards, Prasad.Y
From India, Bangalore

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