Sunday, 16 November 2014

“Provide Zero-Based, Structured and Holistic Soft Skills Training Program for Engineering Students” - Professor M.S.Rao



I was asked to create a content plan to provide soft skills training program to engineering students as I earned my PhD in Soft Skills. I adopted the strategy of a zero-based, structured and holistic training program to train and groom students to be industry ready. First of all, I found out the skills gaps between the students and the industry, and then conducted training needs analysis to create the content. I felt that there is a wide gap between the expectations of the industry and availability of the talent. Educational institutions shell out students as per their curriculum which often does not match with the expectations of the industry.  Therefore, it is essential to design the curriculum as per the expectations of the industry to enable the industry to recruit the talent to be productive from Day One. Here is a list of the topics to tailor and customize as per the requirements of the students:
Personality development
Confidence building
Self-esteem
Attitude building
Behavioral skills
Reading skills
Writing skills
Speaking skills
Listening skills  
Positive body language
Career planning
MBTI
Emotional intelligence quotient
Intelligence quotient
HR interview skills
Ethics and etiquette
Goal setting
Communication skills
Listening skills
Assertiveness
Conflict management
Soft and hard skills
JAM Sessions
Presentation skills
Emotional intelligence
Negotiation skills
Team building skills
Time management
Resume writing and cover letter
Facing interview
Group discussion
Corporate etiquette
Professional etiquette
Brand building
Creativity
Problem-solving
Decision making

Here is the structured tentative content plan for engineering students for four years:
For 1st year students: personality development, confidence building, self-esteem, choosing career, MBTI, soft skills and hard skills, attitude building, self-motivation, listening skills and goal setting.  
For 2nd year students: JAM sessions, debates, extempore speech, delivering presentations, body language, emotional intelligence and negotiation skills.
For 3rd year students: resume preparation, facing interview, grooming skills, and group discussion.
For 4th year students: mock interviews, team building skills, corporate etiquette, corporate challenges, time management, conflict management, leadership skills, creativity, problem-solving skills and decision making.

Each module should of three hours duration and the training sessions can be conducted within four weeks.  The sessions can be extended and adjusted as per the needs of the students and the availability of time apart from regular classes. The sole objective of this content is to prepare employable and deployable students with a long view.




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Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India
Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World in 2013
21 Success Sutras for Leaders: Top 10 Leadership Books of the Year (San Diego University) Amazon URL: http://www.amazon.com/21-Success-Sutras-Leaders-ebook/dp/B00AK98ELI




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Thursday, 30 October 2014

“I Stand on the Shoulders of Great Students – Birthday Gift to my Students” - Professor M.S.Rao












“A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.” – Anonymous


Today is my birth anniversary. I received lots of e-mails from my students and some of my ex-students phoned me from various parts of the world greeting on the eve of my birthday. I am touched with their reverence! I am moved with their love and affection! Here are my feelings to share with all of my beloved students:

Many people ask me the reason behind my academic advancement and success. I tell them that I am what I am because of my students. I am what I am because of their love and affection. I am what I am because of their overwhelming continuous support for the last eight years. In fact, I am a small professor standing on the shoulders of giants who are great and passionate students.

My lifetime vision is to build one million students as global leaders by 2030. I often think about my students. I am very passionate about them. Whatever the books I read, it is for my students.  Whatever I learn is for my students.  Every parent wants their children to grow much bigger than them. Similarly, I want my students to grow much smarter and bigger than me. I want them to overtake me in terms of knowledge, experience and success. I consider their success my success. It is a privilege that I have crossed my path with some of the best students in my lifetime.  I am happy that I have made a difference in the lives of students.

It is a privilege to be born in this world. It is an honor to associate the dedicated and passionate students during my lifetime. I thank God for gifting me wonderful life to serve my students. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to read many books in my life. I thank God for giving me rich diversified experience in various areas to share with others. Overall, I am very excited to be born as a human being, and it is an honor to become a professor to share my knowledge with my students.

Once again, I thank all my loving students through social media for their greetings and love and affection.


“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.” - Lee Iacocca



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Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World in 2013
21 Success Sutras for Leaders: Top 10 Leadership Books of the Year (San Diego University) Amazon URL: http://www.amazon.com/21-Success-Sutras-Leaders-ebook/dp/B00AK98ELI




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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

“Bridge the Gap between the Educators and the Students” – Professor M.S.Rao









“It is the leader’s responsibility to serve as a role model, to mentor the next generation of leaders, and to make sure that continuous opportunities for learning and development are provided.” – Lois Zachary


Currently the gap between the educators and the students is widening vastly in various educational institutions in India. It often leads to miscommunication and conflicts. Hence, this article addresses the gap between the educators and the students to ensure due respect to the educators and effective learning outcomes to the students.

The world is changing rapidly due to growth in technology. The young generation is highly advanced in their mindset and attitude. In fact, they are must smarter than the educators who belong to older generation with a different school of thought. The age gap is wide and the expectations are different. The educators find it tough to catch up with the technology due to their age factor while the students who fall in young generation are quick to adapt and catch up with the technology. The educators expect a lot of respect from students because they respected their educators when they were students. Unfortunately, the present generation of students are not ready to respect the educators who don’t deliver their goods properly. The educators must remember that they cannot demand respect just because they are educators, and they are into teaching profession. In fact, respect must be earned and honor must be accorded. And the students are ready to respect the educators who deliver their goods as per their expectations. At home also, the parents find it tough to catch up with their children as their expectations are much higher. The parents who are rich are ready to meet some of the expectations of their children. However, the parents who are from middle class and poor family background find it tough to meet their expectations. At times parents feel guilty for not rising up to the expectations of their children which most children are not aware of. The children are willing to accept the excuses of their parents but they demand more as some of their colleagues and friends are in better position and enjoy the advantages. Both the peer pressure and age pressure along with technology led to the present problem of generation gap between the parents and the children at home, and the educators and the students in educational institutions.

For every problem, there is a solution. There are a number of solutions for this problem also. Both the parents and the children at home, and the educators and the students in educational institutions must have flexibility to get along to create chemistry and compatibility. Both parents and children must empathize with each others’ limitations. If students are ambitious, they must work hard to accomplish their dreams rather than demanding too much from their parents and educators to avoid conflicts. Currently people are getting more rights-oriented rather than duty-oriented which is a step in the wrong direction. Hence, the young generation must have zeal and enthusiasm and work hard accordingly to accomplish their goals. They must not thrust their expectations and aspirations on others as it leads to conflicts at home and in educational institutions.

Parents must understand that the world is changing rapidly and they must also change with the changing times and technology. They must regularly spend some time with their children and the educators must spend some time with their students to understand their pulse and expectations to adapt and change to bridge the gap.

Hence, bridging the gap between the students and the educators is not a big issue when both are keen to understand others’ perspective and appreciate others’ limitations.  Let us bridge this gap by becoming duty-oriented rather than rights-oriented, and empathize with others to bring peace and prosperity to build a better society. Jai Hind!


“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.” - Lee Iacocca



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Professor M.S.Rao, India
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India
Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World in 2013
21 Success Sutras for Leaders: Top 10 Leadership Books of the Year (San Diego University) Amazon URL: http://www.amazon.com/21-Success-Sutras-Leaders-ebook/dp/B00AK98ELI




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