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Online resume: A link to the future!

Posted by prnext on September 6, 2009

onlinerThe mantra of ‘if you have it, flaunt it’ just got more technology friendly. Clearly, many of you reading this have a great deal of achievements you want to talk about, a good deal of contacts you want to show off and probably a large portfolio of work you want to showcase. Here’s a thought. How about putting it up online? Just one click, one link, and your life’s achievements are up for the entire world to admire. Maybe, its time to take the concept of online resumes more seriously.

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The CEO Diaries

Posted by prnext on July 20, 2009

s I write this article, I recall something my favourite professor told me back at college. He said, every company out there making truckloads of money and appearing irresistibly out of reach was started by someone who had a dream… and the guts to make that dream come true. He said that each company has an identity just like any of us.  It holds true certain values and beliefs and certain goals that it wants to achieve. It has a look, a feel and something by which people identify it. Each company has a story to tell. This story can either go unheard because nobody decides to tell it or it can go down in history as one of the finest examples of how to run a business.  So who do you think should be made responsible for this? Damn right, the CEO.
The point I’m trying to make here is that CEOs of all companies should have blogs of their own. Let me give you an example. The moment you say the word ‘Apple’ visions of a bitten apple, sleek white products and i-pods come to mind. But how many of us know the connection between the Apple logo and the Bible? Or the fact that I-pods are actually a creation of regular Internet users like you and me who wished to carry their music with them?  These little secrets actually form the core of what the company stands for and can best be shared by the CEO.
A CEOs blog reveals his thought process and the rationale behind making decisions that have probably helped change the face of technology forever. Also, in an age where rumours can quickly spread and tarnish the reputation of a company in hours, a strong word straight from the horse’s mouth can quickly help dispel all rumours. Usually the CEO is seen as someone out of reach, someone who can only be spoken to in case of terribly urgent work. A blog can be a great way of exposing a more informal, personal side that will endear the leader to the employees and make them believe that they can have a conversation with him.
So what should a CEOs blog consist of? As an employee who still has a long way to go before reaching the CEO’s inner circle, I would enjoy it if my boss had a blog on which he shared his personal, unbiased insights on the business he is running, the competition he fears and his next big project. I would love to know about the mistakes, big goof ups he committed and what he learnt from them. Sharing personal information like the books he likes to read and the music he listens to would help give great insights into the kind of person he is.
I would like to see a list of the blogs he reads and follows regularly because obviously, if something is good enough to impress him, it must be pretty great. I would like to be able to respond to his posts and articles without having a moderator to block my comments. The CEO’s blog must share useful links and photos, as that definitely piques the readers interest. A bonus point would be if a personal hobby is shared as well. This lets us readers know that there is more to the CEO than just work.
Having said this, it’s a fact that CEOs, especially of Indian companies do not have a significant presence on the social media. Narayana Murthy, Anil Ambani, Adi Godrej or even people like ManMohan Singh and APJ Abdul Kalam have a vast amount of experience and expertise which would be great to know about should they decide to share it. A lot of challenges faced by people like Murthy or Kalam are unique and probably difficult for us to imagine in today’s world. There is a lot about the Indian way of doing business that is peculiar and interesting to observe especially for the outsider. If such experience is documented online regularly a billion people over the world will get an insight into some of this county’s greatest minds. So perhaps its time for our CEO’s to take a serious look at blogging and present a more savvy, tech friendly and personal picture of corporate India to the world.

As I write this article, I recall something my favourite professor told me back at college. He said, every company out there making truckloads of money and appearing irresistibly out of reach was started by someone who had a dream… and the guts to make that dream come true. He said that each company has an identity just like any of us.  It holds true certain values and beliefs and certain goals that it wants to achieve. It has a look, a feel and something by which people identify it. Each company has a story to tell. This story can either go unheard because nobody decides to tell it or it can go down in history as one of the finest examples of how to run a business.  So who do you think should be made responsible for this? Damn right, the CEO.

The point I’m trying to make here is that CEOs of all companies should have blogs of their own. Let me give you an example. The moment you say the word ‘Apple’ visions of a bitten apple, sleek white products and i-pods come to mind. But how many of us know the connection between the Apple logo and the Bible? Or the fact that I-pods are actually a creation of regular Internet users like you and me who wished to carry their music with them? These little secrets actually form the core of what the company stands for and can best be shared by the CEO.

A CEOs blog reveals his thought process and the rationale behind making decisions that have probably helped change the face of technology forever. Also, in an age where rumours can quickly spread and tarnish the reputation of a company in hours, a strong word straight from the horse’s mouth can quickly help dispel all rumours. Usually the CEO is seen as someone out of reach, someone who can only be spoken to in case of terribly urgent work. A blog can be a great way of exposing a more informal, personal side that will endear the leader to the employees and make them believe that they can have a conversation with him.

So what should a CEOs blog consist of? As an employee who still has a long way to go before reaching the CEO’s inner circle, I would enjoy it if my boss had a blog on which he shared his personal, unbiased insights on the business he is running, the competition he fears and his next big project. I would love to know about the mistakes, big goof ups he committed and what he learnt from them. Sharing personal information like the books he likes to read and the music he listens to would help give great insights into the kind of person he is.

I would like to see a list of the blogs he reads and follows regularly because obviously, if something is good enough to impress him, it must be pretty great. I would like to be able to respond to his posts and articles without having a moderator to block my comments. The CEO’s blog must share useful links and photos, as that definitely piques the readers interest. A bonus point would be if a personal hobby is shared as well. This lets us readers know that there is more to the CEO than just work.

Having said this, it’s a fact that CEOs, especially of Indian companies do not have a significant presence on the social media. Narayana Murthy, Anil Ambani, Adi Godrej or even people like ManMohan Singh and APJ Abdul Kalam have a vast amount of experience and expertise which would be great to know about should they decide to share it. A lot of challenges faced by people like Murthy or Kalam are unique and probably difficult for us to imagine in today’s world. There is a lot about the Indian way of doing business that is peculiar and interesting to observe especially for the outsider. If such experience is documented online regularly a billion people over the world will get an insight into some of this county’s greatest minds. So perhaps its time for our CEO’s to take a serious look at blogging and present a more savvy, tech friendly and personal picture of corporate India to the world.

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