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Is It a Likeability-Vs-Competence World for Women ?

He briefly recounted his journey from MBA to Labour Net Services Ltd and he realized that a stage had entered his life ‘Important to know what you want to do in life’? He advised students to put their vision on ‘Paper’ and visualize the same. He also shared his vision of training 10 million people under skill development by the year 2020.Work ethics is no less important. Introspection is imperative to understand the self. And ‘Out of box thinking and Innovation are very significant for growth of an organisation. And technology comes as a boon in all spheres. Like  ‘Simulation’ being widely used in training which involve risky motor training.

Prof Mohan Chandra, Ms. Nimisha Jashnani-Heads, Disability Inclusion program-Capgemini ,Pavan Soni-Innovation Expert and Evangelist nd Dr Anil Rao-Dean & Director Welingkar,Bengaluru

During the second session of the day, when asked to pick up the faces that  they could relate themselves to, from the images shown, the youngsters picked up faces  that oozed out confidence and perosnae that looked energetic and charming. It was Ms. Nimisha Jashnani-Heads, Disability Inclusion program at Capgemini India. And the rationale was to bring out the importance of the first 30 seconds when  it comes to caste an ever lasting impression. Discussing the ‘Unconscious Bias’ attitude  that plays so strongly on our minds and decisions, Jashnani said it was a perceived notion we have about a person belonging to a  community, state, language, gender, language and even political affiliations.

Jashnani in her current role ensures accessible work place and non-discriminatory work culture to people with disabilities. During her discourse she cited few examples ,case studies and views on problem encountered by women in workforce in corporate world. She admitted there was a glass ceiling and men got more promotion than women.In the same line she mentioned the HBR case study – Heidi VS Howard Roizen – which brings forth competency vs likeability aspect.

The study revealed that women face a trade off between competence and likeability that men do not encounter. She further stated that women may lose her promotion because of her pregnancy but a man does not lose the opportunity of promotion after he achieves the status of ‘Father Hood’.She cited the examples of leading American corporate giants such as Google and Face book that are striving to bring forward bio diversity inclusion in the hiring program. Where as companies such as GenPact and PepsiCo and EmC2 have a strong bio diversity and inclusion programs for women and disabled persons.

The Audience

According to World Bank report – exclusion of people with disability accounts to 3.7% of the GDP and those companies that adopt bio diversity policies have higher market capitalization. It is important for women to have confidence and to be ambitious. It is important for hiring manager when dealing with women workforce to be  aware of the situation and be pragmatic in their selection process. She also urged the audience to give a test: Implicit Association Test’ which helps to understand unconscious bias attitude level.

Have you ever tried defining creativity and   its signature traits. The session did.

Pavan Soni in an animated discussion with the students

Delving into the finer details of the much celebrated trait of Creativity was Pavan Soni, a known Innovation Expert and  Evangelist. Bringing out the different dimensions of  creativity with clearly crafted questions for the starry eyed audience. Giving them more elbow room words were replaced with pen and paper. The young audience trying to put down their depictions of creativity in diagrams of different shapes and sizes and finally some crafted paper works from the sheet provided to them.

What is the real nature of creativity ? Is it a science or art? Is it innate or acquired?- Soni believes creativity  is a systematic process. Expounding creativity he said creatives are  markedly open and uninhibited in their expression. Also they are unusually curious and have inquisitive mindset. They are highly networked in professional arena not on social network. He urged students to have more professional network and exclusive social networks in their lives. Lastly, a creative person is on an experimental path which helps him to evolve.

A session in progress

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Is It a Likeability-Vs-Competence World for Women ?


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