Category Archives: DesiPundit

On the top 100 Influencers in HR list


When I started blogging, I found out about John Sumser from the folks in the American Recruiting blogosphere. John was one of the voices that buyers of Recruiting and HR services listened to before they decided what tools to buy and deploy.

So I was kicked in 2005 when John chose out my blog for praise.

John is now on an ambitious venture, chronicling and understanding the 100 influencers in the HR domain. And I was again stunned and flattered when he said he wanted to profile me in the list :-)

So we had a conversation on HR and India and US – and John quizzed me about my career and where I am headed.

So here’s John’s article on me at the top 100 Influencers site. Some other people whom I know (virtually :-) ) who have been profiled in the list so far are:

  1. Allan Schweyer
  2. Rob McIntosh
  3. David Manaster
  4. Steve Boese
  5. Wes Wu
  6. China Gorman
  7. Lance Haun

As for me, I’ll believe I am influential when traffic in Delhi stops to let me pass ;)

2020Social Looking for 2 Consultants

If you’re interested in a cutting edge career advising clients on how to leverage social technologies and communities for business growth, then we at 2020 Social (website, blog, Facebook page, Twitter) are looking for Consultants and Interns.

Here’s more about the openings

Consultant (1): Location- Ideally Mumbai, but also Delhi or Bangalore

Role: Develop the digital marketing strategy and define the business case for social applications and community platforms for consumer and media clients. Establish thought leadership in the domain of how Indian consumers engage with web, mobile and social technologies through blog posts, white papers and conference talks. Set up the Mumbai office for 2020 Social and establish and grow client relationships. Over a one year horizon, manage a team of 5-6 Associate Consultants and Analysts.

Skills: Consumer marketing, digital marketing, business consulting, business development.

Background: MBA from IIM or equivalent with 4-6 years of experience.

Reporting to: Gaurav

Consultant (1): Location: Ideally Delhi or Bangalore, but also Mumbai

Role: Define the functional requirements for social applications and community platforms for clients. Work with internal account managers/ project managers and external design firms/ development firms to ensure that projects are delivered in cost and on time. Simultaneously, find opportunities to productize these social applications and community platforms as proprietary white label solutions that can be re-used across multiple clients. Over a one year horizon, manage a team of 5-6 Associate Consultants, Analysts and Designers.

Skills: User experience design, product management, project management, familiarity with Drupal and Facebook/ LinkedIn/ Twitter/ OpenSocial APIs.

Background: IIT/ NID or equivalent with 6-8 years of experience.

Reporting to: Gaurav

To apply go to this site.

My learnings about Social Business Strategy


In November I opted for a radical shift in my career from HR, OD and Training – to the new emergent field of Social Business Strategy,  becoming a Social Business Strategy Consultant with a start-up called 2020 Social in India.

During these months – I have been thinking and blogging about how business can leverage and utilize social technologies internally to build internal employee communities – to build an open and transparent organization.

Primarily I look what what are the cultural constructs within an organization that build collaboration, and what are the Leadership imperatives that would support such an organization. In fact, at 2020 Social we believe in eating our own dog food.

Social technologies help people to connect – so it’s not a surprise that one of the main focus of my research is also how Social Media can help organizations with Recruiting – and thoughts about Social Employee Relationship Management.

My personal take is that these trends would continue increasing – as organizations build internal networks to resemble Facebook, and as Twitter became the top trend in US jobs in 2009.

Check out our definition of Social Business Strategy – Business Strategy Plus Technology Plus Sociology and our Position Paper

Social Media Club Delhi 2nd Meet this Saturday

The Social Media Club is an organization which was formed to bring people interested in the social aspect of media:

We imagine that the activities of the community will include both for profit and not for profit endeavours – you never know what will happen when bringing smart, creative and open minded people together. We can’t really imagine what this will look like a year from now – all we know is that by coming together we can be more effective than we can be alone. Cooperation and collaboration are the order of the day – not just across departments within your organization, but across organizations and particularly across traditional disciplines. So as we explained with the temporary home page, we want Social Media Club to be:

“A loosely joined association for open conversations on the future of media for: Artists, Students, Educators, Tool Makers, Media Creators, Citizen Journalist, Professional Journalists, Communications Professionals, Open Minded Collaborators.”

So some interested people helped us launch Social Media Clubs across the cities in India The list includes number of cities including Delhi (Facebook, Twitter), Mumbai (Blog) (Twitter), Bengaluru (Twitter), Chennai (Twitter), Kolkata (Twitter), Hyderabad (Twitter), and Pune (Twitter)

The second meeting of the Social Media Club in Delhi is this Saturday where Mayank Dhingra and Dipankar Sarkar, who started micro-blogging platform Kwippy, will lead the discussion on ‘the challenges of building a social platform in India’ at the 2nd meetup of Delhi Social Media Club. Do come to the following address:

Kunzum Gallery, T-49, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi

If you want to attend, RSVP here on Facebook, Linkedin or Twtvite

Lists on Twitter – India Related Lists

Ever since Twitter introduced the lists feature (if you don’t know what Twitter lists are check more about it here) opening up the ability for every user to curate and publish lists, there has been a explosion in the number of lists that people have made.

This post is on some of the twitter lists I have encountered that focus on Indians on Twitter.

If you know more such lists – feel free to add them in the comments:

http://twitter.com/tinucherian/indiantweeps

http://twitter.com/goodlists/india – following 496 people

http://twitter.com/mustafashakeel/indias-top-twitters

http://twitter.com/labnol/friends-in-india

http://twitter.com/saketjha/indian-celebs

http://twitter.com/adithya_arjpvc/twibes-india

http://twitter.com/tlists/india

http://twitter.com/SoulSoup/india-connection

http://twitter.com/clickonf5/indian-techies

http://twitter.com/amarsrivastava/twibes-india – following 475 people

http://twitter.com/sarinsuares/ncr – follows 493 people

http://twitter.com/denharsh/indian-bloggers

http://twitter.com/denharsh/indian-twitterbox

http://twitter.com/amreekandesi/desibloggers

http://twitter.com/navetspot/india-top-twitters

http://twitter.com/yehtech/india

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