Posted by: csdivakar | July 23, 2012

How will measure your Life ? – Clayton Christenen

How will measure your Life – Interesting Video – Eye opener on God’s Judgement.

Posted by: csdivakar | June 6, 2012

Knowledge Tweets – Series 6 – WK 22

My Top Reads WK -22 2012

Video of the Week – Honda the Power of Dreams Failure :The Secret to Sucess via/ @rsukumar


1. 10 Things you can learn from Apple Store 

2. Stop being Micromanaged – 


Posted by: csdivakar | May 28, 2012

Top Reads – Series 5 – WK 21 – 2012

My Top Reads WK 21 – 2012

1.Why great ideas come when you aren’t trying – / vv interesting  via /@rsukumar

2. Brain of Facebook – / Excellent via /@hbrblogs

3. Kickstarter is saving Hardware Innovation – – Innovation via/@ericries


Video of the Week : – – Sheryl Sandberg Address on HBS 2012

Posted by: csdivakar | May 23, 2012

Knowledge Tweets – Series 4 – WK 20 2012

My Top Reads – WK 20 – 2012

1. 5 Manifestors for the Creative Life –

2. Why ask Why ? Sethgodin –

TED Video : Paul Lewis: Crowdsourcing the news –

Posted by: csdivakar | May 13, 2012

Knowledge Tweets – Series 3 – WK 19 2012

My Top Reads – Week 19 – 2012

1.The Best Path to Success is Your Own – / Via @hbrblogs

2. Reverse Innovation by Vijay Govindarajan – – Amazing thoughts

3. Cognizant Technology Solutions – Far Horizons – – /Via @subbins&Sathish Rajamani

4. Retail is etail – Trendwatching and future of Retail -/ Via @prakasank

5. The art of Storytelling – – Intresting read

Interesting Video – TED on Reverse Innovation – – Vijat Govindrajan


Posted by: csdivakar | April 30, 2012

Knowledge Tweets – WK 17 – 2012

My Top Reads – Week 17 – 2012

1. Creating Value Through Business Model Innovation – – /Via Sloan Management Review

2.  Story Telling – World views / Via @Sethgodin

3. Stress is not your enemy – / Via @hbrblog

4. Rework – “Meeting” , ” Workaholism ” – / Via @Subbins

TED VIDEO :- Bill Gates on energy: Innovating to zero! – 

Posted by: csdivakar | April 21, 2012

Knowledge Tweets – WK 16 – 2012

My Top Best Tweets for the Week 16 – 2012

1. Work – Life Integration –

2. Girls around me App – – Danger through Social Media Applications. via / @rsukumar

3. Amazon vs. Best Buy . A Tale of two retailers   via/@subbins

4. As learners, we must stay open to questioning our understanding and maintain a willingness to rethink    via /@dorait

5. Innovate business models by adding new activities, linking activities in novel ways, changing who does what


Top Video Blog : Four Ways to think like an Innovator ”  –


Posted by: csdivakar | April 16, 2012

Best Links of the Week 15 – 2012

Best Links of the Week 15 in 2012 – Top 5 Links

1. Four Characteristics of Mentoring –

2. Your Words Determine your Thoughts by michael michalko /via @rsukumar

3. 12 Trademarks of an Innovative Leader. /via @amanet

4. “Emergent Strategy” is more interesting

5. ‎5 Things That Waste Your Time at Work [INFOGRAPHIC] – /via @subbins.

Week’s TED Video : – Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work –

Posted by: csdivakar | November 20, 2011

Social Media Summit 2011 Updates

Introduction :-

To understand more about Social Media (

Social Media Summit Key Takeaways :-

Social Media Summit(  was organised by MOP Vaishnava College and echovme on November 4, 2011with the objective to create awareness on Social Media and to discuss on latest trends and future of Social Media. Key Takeaways from Social Media Summit 2011 :-

  •  Social Media is the future of Business Communication
  •  Social Media is in its infancy and plenty of opportunities need to explore
  •  Social Media is not about facebook and twitter ( many tools available like youtube, tumblr, digg, quora, blog, slideshare etc.,)

Why Social Media for Business  ? – Reasons :-

Speaker : Sourav Jain, Thinker in Chief ( echovme)

  1.  World is going Social Media Centric
  2.  Social Media is the future of Business Communication
  3. Facts about Top 5 Social Media Channels :-
    1. Facebook has 15,000 Million Page Views per day
    2. You Tube 1200 Million Page Views per day
    3. Blogspot 170 Million Page Views per day
    4. 1200 Million Page Views per day
    5. 110 Million Page Views per day
  4. In India , 380 Lakh Facebook Users have registered compared to 65 Lakh Users in 2008
  5. 10 Million Twitter Users are in India
  6. 10 Million Linkedin Users are in India
  7. Forrester estimated 14 Billion USD Spent on Social Media in the year 2014 worldwide.
  8. Forbes says Interactive Marketing spend will near $77 Billion by 2016 as equivalent to Television today.
  9. NewsPaper and Television  Advertisements will be replaced with Facebook Ads.Because, in social media we can expect target audience.
  10. Customer will discuss about your good and bad. Anyone may shout about you
Posted by: csdivakar | August 6, 2011

The Circle of Influence – Social Media

The Circle of Influence – Social Media

On 5th August 2011, mild afternoon with cool environment “Blogversary 2011” celebrated with grand manner by Knowledge Management Team of Cognizant.

Tagline for Conference was very impressive “I blog! therefore I am”.

I registered to attend this function and promptly sat in the auditorium by 2:00 pm. Rajshree Natarajan,Vice President welcomed the audience.

Manikandan Phisarody, Senior Manager, Knowledge Management provided the statistics of Blog journey in Cognizant from 2006 to 2011.  If anyone want to write a History of Cognizant, Ch1blogs will play a major role, and the pattern of thinking of our associates can be easily tracked.

Dorai Thodla, CEO of Imporph Inc, popular in Social Media ,Student Community and Entrepreneurs world. He is also Board of Director of Knowledge Community, Chennai ( . He is prolific speaker and the coverage provided by him on social media was excellent.

The topic of his address was “Leveraging Social Media” . Very intersting topic and excellent to hear his speech with seriousness, personal experience and humor. The attendees were so serious like me in hearing the talk.

The following are the important points shared by Dorai Thodla :-

Social Media :- Why, Who, What, How

What is Social Media :-

Share and Engage is the primary thought behind Social Media.

Tools of Social Media :

– Blogs

– Social Networks ( Linkedin,Facebook,Twitter, Google+)

– Social Bookmarks (delicious)

– Social News ( Reddit, Hacker News)

-Question and Answer ( Quora, Stackoverflow)

-WIKIs ( Public, Industry)

-Sharing Networks ( Youtube, Slideshare, Scribd)

 With the above tools, I have personally experienced the influence of Blogs, Social Networks and WIKIS are really sharing and engaging in larger manner.  

Why Social Media :-

Engaging by both Inbound and Out bound.

INBOUND ( Consume) :- In today’s information overload, we are consuming lot of information through media.

Why we consume ?

         – Competitor Intelligence

         – Market Intelligence

         – Industry Intelligence

         – Reasearch

        – Tracking Trends

        – Discovering possible disruptions

        – Detecting Weak signals

OUTBOUND (Produce) :- As everyone of us know, everyday tons of content are produced in different forms.

Why we need to produce ?

      – Credibility

      – Transparency

      -Mass Reach

      – Evangelism

     – Influence

     -Authority ( showcasing expertise )

 How can we use Social Media ?

          – Evangelise

          – Listen

          – Educate

          – Entertain ( Tell Stories )

          – Engage ( Build Connections )

          – Establish ( Showcasing expertise)

          – Gain Influence

 More Information on Social Media :-

Linkedin Group – Future of Social Media

Association of Social Media

Sniki Wiki? Social Networking WIKI ( Share, Compare or Leverage Social Media)

Sniki Wiki  is a categorized encyclopedia of Web 2.0. It includes social networks, social marketing campaigns, a comprehensive list of companies that utilize social media, bloggers, and freelancers

 Tip :- Relevance drives Influence . Find the influencers who matter most to you.

Analysis of Tweets : “Engaging News Hungry Audiences Tweet by Tweet: An audience analysis of prominent mainstream media news accounts on Twitter” –

Trends can derive from Social Media:-

– Social Data Aggregation

– Social Graph

– Big Data and Predictive Analysis

Book recommended by Dorai ( not on Social Media) : Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh, Founder of Zappos

At the end, I feel very happy to attend this session ,  enriched knowledge and enabled many thoughts on Social Media.

Thanks to Cognizant KM Team for this wonderful event.

Posted by: csdivakar | February 6, 2011


A Johari window is a cognitive psychological tool created by Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in 1955[1] in the United States, used to help people better understand their interpersonal communication and relationships. It is used primarily in self-help groups and corporate settings as a heuristic exercise.

Johari name derived from the names of authors Joesph and Harry.

The Four Quadrants has lot of meanings and it really triggered me lot, when it was shared in the Leadership Catalyst Meeting.

Quadrant 1 {OPEN} :- The area of free activity , refers to behavior and motivation known to self and others.

Quadrant 2 {Blind} :- The blind area, where others can see things in ourselves of which we are unaware.

Quadrant 3 {Hidden} :-
The avoided or hidden area, represents things we know but do not reveal to others .(e.g a hidden agenda or matters about which we have sudden feelings).

Quadrant 4 {Unknown}:- Area of Unknown activity. Neither the individual nor others are aware of certain behaviors or motives.

For Example, I need to have your information about me, this is called “Feedback”

When I ask for and receive feedback, I decrease my BLIND area and increase my OPEN area. By decreasing my BLIND area, I have more of my

Truth – more of me –available to me.

When you give me feedback, you give me information about you in how you frame the feedback and what in my behavior has stimulated a reaction in you. You thus decrease your HIDDEN area or your BLIND area by saying or doing something that is out of the BLIND part of you and my pointing the response out to you decreases your BLIND area and increases your OPEN area with me.

Courtesy : The Johari Window : A Graphic Model of Awareness in Interpersonal Relations. By : Joseph Luft




Posted by: csdivakar | January 23, 2011

The Seven Habits of Innovators – 1

Sow a thought, reap an action;

Sow an action, reap a habit;

Sow a habit, reap a character;

Sow a character, reap a destiny.

— Samual Smiles

 The Seven Habits of Innovators


According to Webster Dictionary, “Innovation” is a new idea, method or device.  Innovation comes from the Latin innovationem, noun of action from innovare. The Etymology Dictionary further explains innovare as dating back to 1540 and stemming from the Latin innovatus, pp. of innovare “to renew or change,” from in- “into” + novus “new“.

Innovator:- An innovator  in a general sense, is a person who is one of the first to do something and often opens up a new area for others and achieves an innovation.

“Habits” are routines of behavior that are repeated regularly and tend to occur subconsciously. Habit is the intersection of  Knowledge (What to, Why to ), Skill (How to ) and Desire.( want to ).



Habit 1 : Be Different

Habit 2 : Be a Learner

Habit 3 : Begin with an idea to a problem

Habit 4 : Combine Ideas

Habit 5 : Embrace Failures

Habit 6 : Build a Creative Cooperation Team

Habit 7 : Aim for Altruism

The following are the recommended books for Great Executive Assistant:


The New Executive Assistant: Advice for Succeeding in Your Career


The Organizer : Secrets & Systems from the World’s Top Executive Assistants



The Definitive Personal Assistant and Secretarial Handbook: A Best Practice Guide for All Secretaries, Pas, Office Managers and Executive Assistants


Be a Kickass Assistant: How to Get from a Grunt Job to a Great Career


Administrative Assistant’s and Secretary’s Handbook


Administrative Assistant: The Training Course (Volume 1)


The Administrative Assistant: Starring in a Supporting Role (Fifty-Minute Series Book)


Building a Partnership with Your Boss (Take-charge Assistant)


Posted by: csdivakar | May 28, 2010


Based on my training on Innovation, I have found the future is going to be on Innovation in our day to day life. Even for simple issues, people will go to a Innovation Catalyst for solutions.

Posted by: csdivakar | November 4, 2009


Take notes:
An ancient Chinese proverb states: “The faintest writing is stronger than the strongest memory.

Unless you have a photographic or phonographic memory, be prepared to take notes on pertinent information or advice given. Don’t make him repeat names, locations, or statistics just because you couldn’t be bothered to write them down.

Taking notes is a show of respect. It also means you need to be told something only once and he can rely on you to know it.

Posted by: csdivakar | November 4, 2009

Have you been to visit ? if not go immediately and browse…

Posted by: csdivakar | October 1, 2009

Defiant – ebook

One of my favorite Management author Rajesh Setty published an free ebook in

Posted by: csdivakar | September 23, 2009

Marshall Goldsmith – Executive Coach

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is a world authority in helping successful leaders get even better – by achieving positive, lasting change in behavior: for themselves, their people and their teams.

The American Management Association named Dr. Goldsmith as one of 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years.  Major business press acknowledgments include: Business Week – most influential practitioners in the history of leadership development, The Times (UK) – 50 greatest living business thinkers, Wall Street Journal – top ten executive educators, Forbes – five most-respected executive coaches, Leadership Excellence – top five thinkers on leadership, Economic Times (India) – five rajgurus of America, Economist (UK) – most credible executive advisors in the new era of business and Fast Company – America’s preeminent executive coach.

Marshall’s Books :

Marshall’s Free Library :

Marshall’s Blog :

Posted by: csdivakar | September 22, 2009

Weekend Reading

Intelligent Entrepreneur – A New Magazine in India with a collaboration from Really excellent.

What got you here Won’t get you there- by Marshall Goldsmith.

Posted by: csdivakar | September 21, 2009

Management Guru – Tom Peters

Tom Peters – Uber Management Guru

Tom is one of the world’s most influential management guru.

“Tom Peters has probably done more than anyone else to shift the debate on management from the confines of boardrooms, academia, and consultancies to a broader, worldwide audience, where it has become the staple diet of the media and managers alike. Peter Drucker has written more and his ideas have withstood a longer test of time, but it is Peters—as consultant, writer, columnist, seminar lecturer, and stage performer—whose energy, style, influence, and ideas have shaped new management thinking.”

If we find answers for this powerful questions, we will have our life so brighter and get elevated :

  • What do others think of you?
  • What do you think of you?
  • What is your impact on others?
  • What are the “little things” you (perhaps unconsciously) do that cause people to shrivel—or blossom?
  • What do you want?
  • Are you aware of your changing moods? How fragile is your ego?
  • Do you have a true confidant?
  • Do you perform brief or not-so-brief self-assessments?
  • Do you talk too much?
  • Do you know how to listen?
  • Do you listen?
  • What is your style of “hashing things out”? Are you perceived as (a) arrogant, (b) abrasive (c) attentive, (d) genuinely interested in people, (e) etc? [Are you sure?]
  • Are you flexible?
  • Have you changed your mind about anything important in a while?
  • Are you comfortable-uncomfortable with folks on the front line?
  • Do you think you’re “in touch with the pulse of things around here”?
  • Are you too emotional/intuitive?
  • Do you spend much time with people who are new to you?

Tom’s website :

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