- Pub Date : April 2022
- Author : Bala Shankar
- Publisher : Penguin
- Category : Non Fiction
- Binding Type : Paperback
- NO. OF PAGES : 252
- Mrp : 499
ABOUT THE BOOK
Human improvements have always been the backbone of inventions that advanced
mankind. These were based on both knowledge and skills that we gained from time
to time. Never before in the past decades has the topic of skills received as
widespread attention and debate as now, with dominant opinion equating success
with upskilling or reskilling - and failure with stagnant skillsets.
The concept of lifelong learning is challenging the old school maxim of frontloading
all education. It is therefore intriguing to understand how people can take their core
skills to new areas of work. What is the morphing mantra? How do people reshape
their skillsets even when they are out of school? As knowledge and skill become
increasingly crucial in the human versus machine competition, should we be
analysing how we use old skills to do new tasks? And develop new skills with old
abilities? What habit patterns helped successful people embrace skill-learning and
build it as a second nature?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bala Shankar has experienced many different professions for sustained periods and in different geographies. He has had careers in corporate, teaching, entrepreneurship and writing. His own new pivots in life and career have prompted him to reflect on the skills journey and its impact.
Bala qualified as a management post-graduate (MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, one of the premier management institutions in the world. He also obtained a Bachelors degree in Statistics. For over twenty five years, his corporate career spanned sales, account management, global account leadership and regional profit center responsibility at a global multinational in the fragrance and flavour business (current turnover of the company USD 2.5 billion) across Asia, the US and Europe. During his experience, he oversaw new market entry, geographical expansion, managed two large global accounts (Unilever, Johnson and Johnson), oversaw transition through a merger and private equity ownership and rolled out a global programme for sales growth.