How to find your uniqueness at work
- Ekalavya Track

For Self Learners: The secret to being more confident in the workplace.

The secret to becoming more confident in the workplace.  
By DILIP SHANKAR  Partner, Centre of Gravity

Have you ever felt this way?

It’s my first job and I should listen more and talk less.

I have to spend the first few years learning and then I can find my voice in the office.

In an interview, when someone asks me, what's special about you, I find myself saying empty words.

I wish that I could tell personal stories in the work context. I wonder how my boss does it.

Then this course is for you!

You have a lot more to offer right away, more than the skills in your resume. And your workplace needs you. We’ll help you figure out how.

All of us have a lot to offer. We have our very own unique experiences, interests and passions. Often it is these which make us "who we are". But we shy away from bringing this rich life experience into our work.
At the office, we think that this stuff is personal. It is subjective and irrelevant to our jobs. If we are newbies, then we think we have no experience at all.
At this stage, our focus is only on mastering the craft of our chosen profession. We believe that when we have mastered this craft in a few years, then we can shine.

This course will show you that you can shine from your very first day. It will give you practical tools to bring your life experiences to work. And make you unleash your true power.

What you will learn in this course 

Why is integrating life experience with work important?
Ways to explore your life experiences.
What are the principles and techniques to practice this skill?
How to attain fluency? Ways to make this practice into a habit.

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INR 8,000

Great for self learners

Two kinds of courses. For two kinds of learners.

For every course in HumanWorks, you have two options. The Ekalavya Course and The Arjuna Cohort Class.

Ekalavya courses

Ekalavya courses like this one are meant for self learners who learn at their own pace. Learners who have the discipline to take the time, watch the course content, do the additional reading, spend time to think about the concepts learned. Students who pose questions in the discussion forums. Who like to receive feedback from the instructor and other students who took the course before them.

The world outside infantilizes today’s learners. By calling them people who are distracted, who only have the capability to take bite size information, or who have an attention deficit that they can't take the time to think and reflect. The Ekalavya courses are for those who can prove such people wrong.

Arjuna Cohort Classes

Arjuna Cohort Classes are Instructor Led Programs for a limited number of students in each course. As the name suggests, this program is on a scheduled calendar of learning. Usually spread about 10 weeks. The courses include pre-recorded content, and weekly live discussions in addition to the online forums for discussion and feedback.

The course is for deep learners, who seek the interactivity of a live class and the deeper interactivity with the instructor and other select students. Since offering these courses by our instructors needs them to take a break from their regular strategy consulting practice, we offer these courses only twice a year. In January and in September.

Why did we name these courses the Ekalavya and Arjuna courses? These are heroic characters in the Indian epic, The Mahabharata.
Both of them were excellent archers, who had very different learning paths. 

Course Curriculum

Downloadable PDF Worksheets

Worksheets in every chapter to ensure that your learning and reflection is captured. Something you can keep referring to and adding on to. 

Online Discussion Forum

Ask questions while you are learning. Get feedback from your instructor and learn from past discussions.

Dilip Shankar

Dilip is a practitioner and student of human-centered thinking for over 20 years. 

He comes from a background in marketing, advertising, and strategic consulting before he started his consulting practice with friends and colleagues. Centre of Gravity is the experimenting lab, where he has applied the idea of keeping human beings at the heart of inquiry to solve complex business issues.

Over the years, this simple but powerful thinking process has proven to be hugely successful across clients and sectors in finding sustainable solutions.

He heads Centre of Gravity's Singapore operation and works in India and ASEAN region. He has worked extensively with leadership teams in Consumer durables, Banking, Telecommunications, Technology, FMCG, Fashion, Homes, Retail, Pharmaceuticals, and the Social Sector.

He combines his strong marketing and business background with social sciences to explore non-linear solutions. Dilip is a certified master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and he sits on the advisory board of Asia Institute of Mentoring, Singapore.

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INR 8,000

Great for self learners


The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

We designed this for busy professionals. The lessons are short. With videos of five minutes or less. And you can always refer back to any topic if you need to.

It may take you 45 minutes to an hour to go through the course. But the best way is to spend time reflecting and thinking about what you learn. This is a starting point for a lifelong practice. The more you practice these skills, the better you’ll get at it.

If you want to love your work, enrich it and make it more fulfilling, then this course is for you. Everyone from new employees to mid-level managers and executive leadership can benefit from this course.

Absolutely. These skills are for everyone. Whether you are looking to land your first job, or you have years of work experience. This course will help you discover and answer the question - ‘what makes you unique’.

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