Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Volume 10 : 7 July 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
Editors: B. Mallikarjun, Ph.D.
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Skill Enhancement Techniques -
The Necessary Tools for the Indian Management Students

Tanu Kashyap, M.Phil, Ph.D.

Curriculum Change in the Air!

Internationally, the B Schools are talking about evolving a curriculum that would hopefully produce a new breed of management trainees who are not only good managers but good leaders as well. The management gurus are nurturing an idea of not just managerial effectiveness but also leadership effectiveness too. There is a feeling among the top B Schools of the world that there has to be a paradigm shift from theoretical knowhow to practical skills that would help the management trainees to transform themselves into effective leaders who have a pragmatic edge to their talents. The industry also seems to be ready to accept and demand this ideology.

Envisioning Requirements for Becoming an Effective Manager

There are specific requirements of becoming an effective manager. The first in the list is the variety of general skills, specific subject skills and mass subject skill. As a management trainee, one is required to write assignments, give presentations and, perhaps, take examinations at the end of the program. But the poignant question still remains: is cognitive knowledge enough for a young brain? Or is there something more required than just acquisition of domain knowledge in a span of two years.

Concept of Skills - Definition

The definition of skill as 'Ability to do Something Well' establishes the essential nature of any skill. The possession of ability is fundamental to anyone who must do, rather than just talk about to be effective in our personal, professional life. We need to do things practically well- that is called to be skilled.

Skills can be of many forms; some are task-oriented (reading of map); some are behavioral in nature (calming someone down); some take care of hand to eye coordination (typing, playing sports).

The skills thus can be classified into two categories - Hard skills and Soft skills.

1. Hard skills are technical in nature. Solving mathematical calculation, using PowerPoint and servicing a car can be classified in this category
2. Soft skills are people-oriented. Persuasion, discussion and leadership come under this category. The management gurus are nowadays advocates a lot about ethic enhancement programs which cover this category.

The Connection between Skills and Knowledge

As a young learner no one will expect you to be skilled; on the contrary skill can only be acquired knowledge and then one learns to use that knowledge effectively; in due course of time one is not required to consult or learn because one becomes expert in doing his job. In other words, he has become ''skilled.''

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EAT Expressions in Manipuri | Learning from Movies - 'Slumdog Millionaire' and Language Awareness | Maternal Interaction and Verbal Input in Normal and Hearing Impaired Children | Role of L2 Motivation and the Performance of Intermediate Students in the English (L2) Exams in Pakistan | Problems in Ph.D. English Degree Programme in Pakistan - The Issue of Quality Assurance | Using Technology in the English Language Classroom | Teaching Literature through Language - Some Considerations | e-Learning of Japanese Pictography - Some Perspectives | Is It a Language Worth Researching? Ethnographic Challenges in the Study of Pahari Language | Using a Reading Material for Interactive Reading | Importance of Task-Based Teaching in Second Language Acquisition - A Review | Skill Enhancement Techniques - The Necessary Tools for the Indian Management Students | African American Literature and Ishmael Reed's Novels - Hoodism | Instances of Code Switching in Indian Television Serials | The Role of Compounding in Technical English Prescribed for Engineering Students in Tamilnadu | Polite Request Strategies as Produced by Yemeni EFL Learners | Manju Kapoor's Difficult Daughters - A Saga of Feminist Autonomy and Separate Identity | Reflections on Partition Literature - A Comparative Analysis of Ice Candy Man and Train to Pakistan | Mother Tongue! The Neglected Resource for English Language Teaching And Learning | Breaking the Good Mother Myths - A Study of the Novels of Amy Tan | Effect of Teachers' Academic Qualification on Students' L2 Performance at the Secondary Level | What Is Most Important? Fluency or Accuracy? Is Learning a Second Language a Conscious Process? | Let Us Learn from Our Standard 1 Textbook, Again! - A Brief Note on the New Standard 1 Tamil Textbook in Tamilnadu | Eugene O' Neill's The Hairy Ape - An American Expressionistic Play | A PRINT VERSION OF ALL THE PAPERS OF JULY 2010 ISSUE IN BOOK FORMAT | HOME PAGE of July 2010 Issue | HOME PAGE | CONTACT EDITOR

Tanu Kashyap, M.Phil., Ph.D.
Institute of Management Studies
Uttar Pradesh, India

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