I specialize in talent transformation and building strong result oriented self managed teams
I help mitigate problems of Cross Cultural Sensitivity / Communication - facilitate the development of Global professionals – living and working abroad. My coaching and counselling extends to members of the professionals family and their children who are relocating abroad.
I am a passionate about experiential learning particularly in adventure and forest based locations / format.
A fair amount of my time is spent with Non Government / Developmental Organizations and Institutions.
I love travelling, meeting people, studying cultures and sharing my insights via interactive presentations.
I am an expert in YOGA – the Indian holistic science of synchronizing Body-Mind-Breathing-Action and I can facilitate deep relaxation techniques for people from all walks of live!
What do you like most about your profession?
The challange of solving people related issues / problems; interpersonal conflicts; helping people to communicate better.
What questions do clients most commonly ask you? How do you respond?
1.Q: How come you seem to have all the answers for all the questions? A: PhD in mistakes, Knowledge of the Industry and hands on practical experience! 2.Q: How do you retain your enthusiasm day after day, year after year? A: Passion in whatever I do 3.Q: What makes you / your company different from others? A: The ability to work the extra hour / go the extra mile - Punctuality, Perseverance and Pursuit of Customer Satisfaction 4. Q: With such impressive list of clientele and vast experience - you must be expensive? A: Yes, I get paid as per the top 10% of the industry. I also deliver the results on-time; each time
Describe a recent client engagement or project.
Client: TVS Motor Company – Manufacturers of Two Wheelers in India and abroad Issue: Developing Young Leaders – they recruit young people with Diploma in Engineering. They are put directly for on-the-job training. While technically they are very competent – they did not have any knowledge / skills of managing people (often double their age) and supervision. Solution: I studied their existing system; met their colleagues; superiors, managers, trade union leaders, internal and external customers and top management. Having identified the issues and challenges my team and I designed a pilot program 9 month long intervention which comprised: - Experiential out Bound learning based on role based competencies - 9 modules of two days each over nine months - 1 day post program assessments after each module with real time simulations / role-plays. - Train the trainer and programs; Coaching and mentoring skills for all their immediate superiors and managers End- result: Based on results; The pilot program became institutionalized in the third month and finally over 700 young team leaders went through this program and got certified. Uniqueness: B-O-T Build, Operate and Transfer. After establishing 6 full runs of this program the entire module was handed over to the company’s HRD for further implementation. It’s still running after 8 years!
What are 3 attributes you need to be successful in your industry?
1. Understanding the requirements 2. Customizing the intervention 3. Delivering the results -on time, each time
What are the most important things to consider when hiring a service provider in your field?
1. Competence - Knowledge, Skills and Attitude 2. Credentials - track record / success stories 3. Commitment - for follow through
How are you different than others in your profession?
I am a career consultant - joined this profession at the young age of 33 after giving up a cushy corporate job. I have worked with diverse range of industries across the board. Gained valuable insights and experirnce which I can convert into real time problem solving. I always enable my clients to take over from where I leave - this is achieved by developing Internal Change agents, Consultants and trainers.
What are your biggest professional influences (books, mentors, events)?
Events...on-the-job in the industry; off-the-job in consulting. Experiential learning Learning from mistakes - my own and those of others
How do you typically handle disagreements with clients?
By avaoiding them in the first place! I ensure that the brief is clear; terms of engagement are well formulated and there is a built in mechanism for continued discussion and course correction as required. Finally, by anticipating issues and concerns in advance and by proactively mitigating them.
Describe your proudest professional accomplishment.
Setting up an independent consulting organization which has remained in existence and also relevant for over 31 years.
What am I looking for?
Newer challenges; international exposure and sharing my knowledge and skills
Co- Founder & Director at Accord Consultants (P) Limited
January 2010 - Present
After 26 years and nine long months, we are proud to announce a ‘re-born’ ACCORD in 2010 – bigger, better and bolder.
We have combined our 26+ years of distilled knowledge and experience along with an upgraded team and enhanced capability.
We have introduced:
1. New business lines
2. New geographic presence
3. A new identity
But we retain the same uncompromising values and ethics that we have been renowned
Look us up at: www.accordconsultants.co.in
Director at Accord Business Solutions PTE Limited, Singapore
June 2009 - Present
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Managing Director & Chief Consultant at Accord Consultants (P) Limited
March 1983 - January 2010
Visualized and co-created a company which is now one of the best and most certainly a preferred partner for leading National and Multi National companies.
Facilitated the development of 100+ internal trainers and 100+ external trainers; touched the lives of more than 250,000 professionals, teachers, NGO facilitators through focused learning and development.
Co-created 100+ training result oriented training modules that have become must-do programs.
Championed professionalism, ethical management, listened to the customer and thus enabled the company to reach 28 years in existence!
Managed effective succession planning and inducted a new and more contemporary leader for the company.
Head HR, Personnel & Administration at Bhoruka Steel
January 1982 - February 1983
Transformed the way the company looked at Human Resources, Union relations and Labour issues.
Quit after one year, one month and three days because could NOT change unethical practices.
Manager Personnel at TELCO, (Tata Motors Limited)
May 1973 - December 1981
Learnt and practiced the Fine Art of Management in general and People Management in particular.
Experimented with new Strategies and Continuously evolved as Manager.
The stint culminated in Manager of the Year Award
Degree: PGDHIR & PM
Field of Study: H R Management
Banaras Hindu University
Degree: Bachelor in Business Management
Field of Study: Management
The Scindia School, Gwalior, India
Degree: Sr Cambridge, Indian School Certificate
Field of Study: Arts
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