Success Skills for the Coming decade:

Success skills for the coming decade: developed one weekend at a time.

Weekend learning for 1st week of July 2020:

The very first weekend of July 2020 is on Saturday July 4th and Sunday July 5th 2020. During this weekend, we have on offer WhatsApp courses for 3 of the top 10 skills recommended by the World Economic Forum for success in 2020 and beyond. Other skills from that list are on offer during the remaking 3 weekends of July 2020. You may begin your lifelong learning journey by choosing one or more ( or all 3 courses) during this weekend.

The 3 courses on offer are:

WEL01: Complex Problem Solving

WEL05: Co-ordinating with others

WEL09: Negotiation

The Course details for each of them are shared below:

WEL01: Complex Problem Solvng:


Complex systems research is becoming ever more important in both the natural and social sciences. It is commonly implied that there is such a thing as a complex system, different examples of which are studied across many disciplines.

Flow of the course:

Day 1: Saturday : Introduction: What is Complexity?

1.1: Simple, complicated and complex problems : characteristics of a complex system

1.2: Problem Solving approaches

1.3: Mathematics for Complex Problem Solving

1.4: Simplexity

1.5: Examples in Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Biological Systems

Day 2: Sunday: Understanding Complexity : the universal challenge

2.1: Measures of Complexity?

2.2: Approaches to Complexity: Tipping points ( phase transitions)

2.3. Emergence

2.4: Computational ( Information based) Complexity

2.5: The promise of Quantum Computing

WEL05: Co-ordinating with others:


The WEF report defines this skill as “adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions”. In other words, flexibility of approach in relation to your co-workers.

Day 1: Saturday :Organisational and people skill:

1.1: Standard Operating Procedures

1.2: Facilitating effective meetings

1.3: Brainstorming : the Delphi technique

1.4: Dealing with multi-cultural remote teams

1.5: Attention to detail: using checklists

Day 2: Sunday: Communication and miscommunication:

2.1: Finding relevant information

2.2: Attentive listening ( active listening)

2.3: Feedback: both giving and receiving

2.4:Dealing with communication breakdown and unwanted noise

2.5: Good coordination needs a neutral mindset

WEL09: Negotiation Skills:


Day 1: Saturday: The importance of negotiation

1.1: What is negotiation?

1.2: Almost everything is negotiable

1.3: The role of power in negotiation

1.4: The importance of time in negotiation

1.5: The value of information in negotiation

Day 2: Sunday: The process of negotiation

2.1: The steps in the negotiation process

2.2: Styles of negotiation

2.3: Empathy in negotiations : creating a win-win situation

2.4: A checklist of negotiation skills

2.5: How AI can give you an edge….in negotiations


These courses are offered  on the scheduled  weekend ( Saturday and Sunday ) of the month. Expression of interest in joining a course can be made on any day, and all requests received upto the Friday till 12 noon, before the schedule of the course will be placed in a cohort that would begin on the next Saturday.


To register for this course:

First pay the fee of Rs 1000/- by PayTM to MM Pant ( mobile number : +919810073724).

Then send a Whatsapp message to MM Pant ( +919810073724) with the following information :

1: Your Name : First and Last

2: Mobile phone number linked to Whatsapp

3: Course Code and course name:

4: PayTM transaction number/ screenshot

5: Your brief profile ( optional). There will be an opportunity to briefly introduce yourself within the group also.

For those who would rather pay into a Bank account, the relevant information is : 

Madan Mohan Pant

HDFC Bank, Unitech Cyber Park, Sector 39, Gurgaon 

A/c 26451000000301


(The account number is 26451 followed by six zeroes followed by 301)

To seek any clarification or for further information, please send a Whatsapp message to Prof. MM Pant at +919810073724.

How this pool of weekend learning courses was created? We began with the Top 10 Cognitive Skills for 2020:
The World Economic Forum has been making projections of the 10 skills that will become more important, valuable and rewarding in 2020 and beyond :

Although it is clear that these are of utmost importance and urgency for all those who want to be an active part of the workforce, there is no easy and well known method of being informed of the nature of these skills and being guided as to how to acquire and develop this.

For the last few years, we have been exploring models of imparting knowledge on these with innovative approaches. Having explored several formats for mobile delivery on Whatsapp it emerged that a very convenient format is that of courses delivered over a weekend. Although we even gave a short FREE introductory course on Critical Thinking via Twitter.

From July 2020, in pursuance of our Mission 2020, we will have a pool of  the following 12 courses ( WEL01 to WEL12) that can be pursued on weekends ( Saturdays/ Sundays).

  •  WEL01: Complex Problem Solving
  •  WEL02: Critical Thinking
  •  WEL03: Creative Thinking
  •  WEL04: People Management
  •  WEL05: Co-ordinating with others
  •  WEL06: Emotional Intelligence
  •  WEL07: Effective Decision making
  •  WEL08: Service Orientation
  •  WEL09: Negotiation
  •  WEL10: Cognitive Flexibility
  • WEL11: Computational Thinking
  • WEL12: First Principles

Then we added Computational Thinking, a skill whose importance was pointed out by Jeanette Wing.

And we also added “ First Principles” as a problem solving technique that has been much advocated by Elon Musk.