Archive for September, 2006

September 26, 2006

Soft Skills..matters..?

Recently study Men have higher IQ than women triggered many questions on the way, IQ are conducted, inequality, opporunties,,etc.. one that interest me is in this day and age.. is only IQ can be used for measurement for so-called “good employee”…!?

topic of the day – how important is Soft Skills (which females are very very good at..): I find increasely evidence its very important, just by notice power-puff ladies on boardroom. Needless to mention how talented they are but also they have advantage in soft skills. Are “soft skills” more important than actual knowledge?

Yes.. it may be Hard Truth but Soft Skills Matters

to give an example from IT industry(to the most reader can relate too) – It’s not enough anymore to be a crack programmer or a nimble network administrator. These days, CIOs need IT staffers to share more of the burden of business, to interact with other departments and to communicate effectively with colleagues. These non-IT skills (business acumen, communication, leadership, project management and so on), often called “soft” skills, are increasing in importance as IT becomes more strategic.

HBS Working Knowledge quotes – While top performance usually is what gets global managers their international assignments, soft skills may be more important.

Note of caution : We all want to hire “team players”…but where do we strike the balance? In my opinion the pendulum between hard & soft skills has swung too far in one direction. Among the rarest of traits is the ability to balance the need for consistent corporate practices with the need for regional uniqueness.

Although “Soft Skills” are required to be successful in any team-based or collaborative
environment, evaluation and discussion of them is often accomplished through vague terminology, nebulous examples, and recommendations which sound more like the innards of a fortune cookie than a specification for action. But the gap is not as wide as it seems. By using statistically validated assessment tools, and well-understood frameworks for evaluation and discussion, it is possible to bring some science to the human side of the workplace.

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September 25, 2006

Human History unfold differently on different continents.. Reasons.?

A Talk By Jared DiamondIntroduction by John Brockman

The biggest question that Jared Diamond is asking himself is how to turn the study of history into a science. He notes the distinction between the “hard sciences” such as physics, biology, and astronomy — and what we sometimes call the “social sciences,” which includes history, economics, government. The social sciences are often thought of as a pejorative. In particular many of the so-called hard scientists such as physicists or biologists, don’t consider history to be a science. The situation is even more extreme because, he points out, even historians themselves don’t consider history to be a science. Historians don’t get training in the scientific methods; they don’t get training in statistics; they don’t get training in the experimental method or problems of doing experiments on historical subjects; and they’ll often say that history is not a science, history is closer to an art.

Jared comes to this question as one who is accomplished in two scientific areas: physiology and evolutionary biology. The first is a laboratory science; the second, is never far from history. “Biology is the science,” he says. “Evolution is the concept that makes biology unique.”

In his new theories of human development, he brings together history and biology in presenting a global account of the rise of civilization. In so doing he takes on race-based theories of human development.

“Most people are explicitly racists,” he says. “In parts of the world — so called educated, so-called western society — we’ve learned that it is not polite to be racist, and so often we don’t express racist views, but nevertheless I’ve given lectures on this subject, and members of the National Academy of Sciences come up to me afterwards and say, but native Australians, they’re so primitive. Racism is one of the big issues in the world today. Racism is the big social problem in the United States.”

So why are people racists? According to Jared, racism involves the belief that other people are not capable of being educated. Or being human — that they’re different from us, and they’re less than human. It was through his work in New Guinea for the last 30 years that convinced him that it’s not true. “‘They’ are smarter than we are,” he says. But perhaps the main reason why people resort to racist explanations, he notes, is that they don’t have another answer. Until there’s a convincing answer why history really took the course that it did, people are going to fall back on the racist explanation. Jared believes that the big world impact of his ideas may being in demolishing the basis for racist theories of history and racist views.

A Talk By Jared Diamond

September 14, 2006

The A-Z Guide to Arranged Marriage…

The A-Z Guide to Arranged Marriage By Rekha Waheed, is a sassy story that unapologetically celebrates the realities of an age-old tradition for the new generation. From the endless supply of unsuitable grooms-to-be, interfering auntijhis, broken protocols, to non-stop community pressures, we follow Maya Malik’s charming roller coaster ride through the arranged marriage process to realise that a girl can use old world traditions, and new world savvy to get exactly what she wants.

You’ve heard of Bridget Jones, Ally McBeal and Carrie Bradshaw, now meet Maya Malik. The ‘plagued by singledom’, quirky main character undoubtedly reaches out to a new generation of women through redefined stereotypes and new cultural challenges. All women will relate to her paranoia about singledom. The book is a contemporary, witty and proud representation of the controversial topic that has already created considerable interest.

The A-Z Guide to Arranged Marriage reflects the splendid spirit of Asian traditions that has mass appeal. This book was recommended to me by a friend and I must say book is more for female. so guys, if you are not reading this book – you are not missing anything…

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