The workshop begins with understanding the definition and nature of Leadership. It will get people to appreciate themselves and what motivates them better. The purpose of the workshop is to get the trainees to appreciate one’s capacity to lead with and without authority, across boundaries, and from any political or organizational position. In a world in which most organizations, communities, and societies face enormous adaptive pressures, the practice of leadership is critical – the practice of mobilizing systems of people to thrive in changing and challenging times. In these sessions, we apply theory to practice, clarifying the relationship among key concepts–leadership, management, authority, power, influence, followership, citizenship – to provide a practical, coherent, and clear theoretical framework. The sessions will also begin to explore the challenge of managing personally the inevitable stresses and dangers of leadership.
The trainer will draw from different disciplines for the sessions. Philosophy and biology provide the concepts of paradigmatic change and adaptation. Political science and business management provide perspectives on the functions of authority. History and literature provide a rich caseload from which to explore the nature of adaptive success and failure. Neurobiology provides the basis of appreciating how one is wired and one can re-wire oneself. Social psychology provides insight into the dynamics of social systems and an approach to diagnosing their productivity and dysfunctions. Cultural anthropology provides the background and understanding of culture and how cultural values influences our exercise of leadership. Concepts of ‘Mindfulness & Observership’ are drawn from the Hindu and Buddhist scriptures. By the end of the workshop, the audience should be able to appreciate that Leadership is relational and will be able to have a better understanding of themselves, of others around them and the action that binds their self to others.
Leading the Vivekananda Way:
Swami Vivekananda was an exceptional leader whose qualities are only now beginning to be gradually understood. Many of the qualities he manifested are now being described and taught by leadership experts in business schools today. Though there are many definitions of leadership, most people agree that developing and living an enabling and empowering vision is the very essence of effective leadership. Swami Vivekananda was not only an inspirational leader, but was also a very pragmatic one. He not only believed in ‘Servant-based Leadership’ but also constantly endeavored to empower all those around him. Swamiji’s interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate and develop people is so legendary that even today his works and thoughts continue to inspire millions. One can even say that Swamiji’s call; “Arise, Awake and stop not till the goal is reached” was nothing but an attempt to empower people en-masse. J Carla Nortcutt had once said, “The goal of many leaders is to get people to think more highly of the leader. The goal of a great leader is to help people to think more highly of themselves.” This is perhaps the best description of Swami Vivekananda, the greatest leader of our times. This workshop draws from the life and message of Swami Vivekananda and combines it with the latest research in leadership from around the world. It seamlessly blends what Swamiji spoke and wrote more than a century ago, into what is essential and necessary to lead amidst the challenges that a complex and globalized world order poses today. It begins with examining the exercise of leadership in dealing with these challenges. The workshop will help us understand the role and function of authority and how it can be used to promote more effective problem solving, build bridges, orchestrate better adaptations, and orient people to do the vital work that generates a true sense of progress. It draws from Swamiji’s own life of founding one of the Nation’s greatest religious orders but still not taking on any formal authority roles.
Leading your future:
‘Leading your future’ … is about learning how to lead and shape one’s personal future in a complex and rapidly changing world. It helps children at the threshold of making critical decisions, learn how to shape their future in alignment with a more complete understanding of themselves, people around them, and the action that they need to take to achieve their true potential. This 1-day workshop is specially designed for children who have just completed their 10th or their 12th (Pre-university) grade and are at the stage of making difficult decisions that will impact their entire lives.
Parenting can be the most rewarding – and – stressful job in our lives. We can all think of different ways we interact and engage our children each day. It is important for us to know them as best we can and also give them the best that we could. This 1-day workshop is to help you appreciate why you as parents should have the patience to adapt and respond to our children’s attitude, mindset and make theirs and our lives more meaningful. It is about relating to them at once as parents, friends, guides and mentors and help bring out the best in them.
Leadership for HR Managers:
Todays increasingly complex, dangerous and challenging world demands more and better leaders than ever before. Complex organizational demands necessitate a newer kind of HR environment and leading HR in such rapidly changing situations require a highly evolved HR manager. Corporations are now increasingly faced with this question as they see employees from diverse backgrounds and cultures come together for career pursuits. They are faced with people who are looking to pursue careers that are not only remunerative, but also embedded with learning opportunities and constant mobility. As their employees acquire competencies and knowledge about different subjects, many of them are inadequately prepared for taking on leadership positions. Today’s problems both within and outside corporations are complex and demand newer skills in tackling them. No single person however high placed in the hierarchy can solve these in isolation. A new kind of leadership, a more collaborative and self-aware model is needed. More than ever, leaders must integrate knowledge and talent from individuals, units, and organizations to advance the common good.
A recent study showed that when doctors tell heart patients they will die if they don’t change their habits, only one in seven would be able to follow through successfully. Desire and motivation aren’t enough: even when it is literally a matter of life or death, the ability to change remains maddeningly elusive. Given that the status quo is so potent, how can we change our organizations and ourselves? This 2- day workshop will show how our individual beliefs – along with the collective mindsets in our organizations – combine to create a natural but powerful immunity to change. By understanding change and how various mechanisms hold us back from changing, we can give ourselves the keys to unlock our potential and move forward. And by pinpointing and uprooting our own immunities to change, we can bring our organizations forward with us. This workshop will help give us a better understanding of ourselves, how we are wired, how our beliefs and practices shape and control us and how we can overcome the forces of inertia and transform our life and work.
True leadership is about mobilizing a Group and its resources to undertake socially constructive tasks amidst enormous uncertainty. Leadership is not about positional power or the ability to make people do our will. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent, young people face even greater challenges and opportunities. In the current context of globalization, educating for value based leadership and global citizenship has become even more essential. Worldwide – educators, activists, and all members of the international community are emphasizing the need to challenge the divisive aspects of increased globalization. In this new era, people’s actions constantly — if often unwittingly —affect the lives of others living far away. Globalization offers great opportunities, but at present its benefits are very unevenly distributed while its costs are borne by all. Thus the central challenge we face today is to ensure that globalization becomes a positive force for all the world’s people, instead of leaving billions of them behind in poverty & squalor. Inclusive globalization must be built on the great enabling force of the market, but market forces alone will not achieve it. In the context of such a demand, youth are moving from the margins to the Centre. They are becoming subjects in the world, rather than the objects of the policies of others. This workshop is about building leadership and a sense of citizenship in the world enabling them to participate and make their voices heard.
Exercising Mindful Leadership
Exercising leadership in today’s complex world is possibly one of the most challenging roles that we can take on in life. The environment that we live and work in is very dynamic and constantly evolving. Each passing day brings in its wake new and complex constraints and challenges on ourselves and our organizations. The highly ‘wired’ and ‘networked’ eco-systems that we operate in, is now generating anxiety-producing information overload and a sense of disconnection that can overwhelm and isolate us. But it is these tumultuous times that can also offer us with great opportunity and ample possibilities for innovation, and to be creative and lead with excellence. How does one seize this opportunity and learn to exercise leadership that is at once adaptive, creative, compassionate and fulfilling?
Just as we understand that there are innate capacities of our bodies that can be trained to make us more resilient, flexible and stronger, we now know from neuroscience and behavioural research that there is universal training we can experience that can cultivate and strengthen our mind’s capacities. This workshop in ‘Exercising Mindful Leadership’ will help you learn more about your ‘Self’, about ‘Others’ around you and the ‘Actions’ that bind you to the others around. You will learn about mindfulness and the practice of mindfulness in your daily life and how you can use this heightened state of self-awareness to lead and function effectively in the many roles that you perform both in your personal and professional lives. This workshop is about learning to lead without the distraction of the urgent and without the pre-occupation with yesterday or operating with the fear of tomorrow. It is about learning to find the ‘space to find yourself’ and operate in the moment of the ‘present’, of the here and now. This workshop is not just about stress reduction or learning to just take deep breaths. It is about learning to exercise mindful leadership and about recognizing that your leadership is in service to others. It’s about creating the space in your life to cultivate self-awareness and compassion, and leading with authenticity in a way that inspires others. Doing this, we can transform our own lives, our organizations, our communities – and the world. Drawing inspiration and concepts from both Hindu and Buddhist religions, the workshop will synthesize learnings from neurobiology, behavioral sciences, leadership & decision making sciences and organizational behaviors.