Do you need a Part time CEO?

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Part Time CEO

Whether a start-up or an established business at times would find it difficult to fill the requirement of CEO who can steer the promoter’s Vision and bring in definite implementation of detailed processes. We can extend our Part time CEO services on project basis or on short-term basis with guaranteed results under SLAs.

Speaking Assignments Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, Inaugurals

For your technology events, business meets, mentoring sessions, leadership summits or any management related events, you can avail our special services to deliver Keynote address or handling a particular topic delivery before the National or International audience.

Back Office Services For Business / Technology Events

Organizing any event calls for detailed and strenuous planning to precise management of event cycle. May talk to us to handle entire backoffice services for any of your National or International event. We will extend any and all of following services:

  • Event planning
  • Participation Management
  • Drafting and delivering entire correspondence
  • Speaker Panel Mangement
  • Media Management
  • Issuance of Participation Certificates

 

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Management Consulting

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Management Consulting for growth, viability and excellence.

The invariable challenge that any successful enterprise would face in its journey would be that of retaining the earned success and achieving further growth. To make this possible, companies must have strategic planning that is rightly implemented involving demanding changes by the evolving market dynamics.

Among other requirements in the day-to-day management of corporate sector, we extend management consulting services in devising and deploying a definite ‘Strategy & Plan’ with ‘guaranteed’ results.

Project Management Consulting:

From the point of developing a detailed project plan to deploying project management methodologies, designating project team and ensuring earned value management, you may avail our support in the end-to-end management of your projects. Our experience spans the areas like project planning, customized project management methodologies and mentoring the project team for mature handling of the projects.

Designing Of CSR Programs

If you are concerned about finding right programs to constructively utilize your CSR budget and if you are looking to outsource the design and management of your CSR programs or collaborate with any Social Sector Organization to jointly launch your social initiatives we can assist you. CSR programs need to be monitored for definite results and evaluated for ROI on CSR budget.

Social Media Strategy Development & Deployment

Identity development and identity maintenance has evolved to be the perennial requirement for businesses to acquire customers and to create branding.  Because, the present day customers largely constitute online population who explore Internet to identify genuine and competitive vendors to go for any purchases. This has propelled the culture of online marketing.

One of the core requirements for successful sustenance today is to achieve online and offline brand identity. Online promotion is a professional task and can be better achieved with the help of Social Media Consultants.

Our services in the line include:

  • Social Media Policy & Strategy development
  • Social Media profile creation
  • Social Media profile maintenance
  • Creation of Personal Branding
  • Social Media training

 If you are a business house, a corporate enterprise, a celebrity, an author or any other entity looking to improve your online identity, attract increased business flow or develop personal branding, you may please contact us.

Corporate Training

You might find frequent need to train your team in varied areas like Leadership Skills, Personality Development, Performance Development, Technology transition, Project Management, Talent & Intellect Management or any specific requirement.

Training programs must be properly designed in content, flow, and schedule to meet the requirements of proposed participants rightly delivered by competent faculty. Investment on Training programs should be analyzed for its returns. This is the most neglected or unmonitored expense in many of the enterprises.

Please consider outsourcing to us your training needs on case-to-case basis or under long-term contract basis. We will guarantee you the ROI on your training budget.

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Core function of a leader

Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Business, EPM World, Expressions, Leadership | 0 comments

The primary objective of a leader is to identify the strong and unique qualities of team members and utilize the same for the project productivity. A leader, who tries to draw productivity in the grey areas of a team member, would only create a situation of disinterest and dysfunction in the team member.

A team member should always try to increase his job competence levels and narrow the grey areas so that he can gain the star identity in the project map than remaining a dot.

The core function of a leader

We have projects. We have organizations to run projects. We need leaders to successfully manage these entities. A leader manages people connected with the projects or organizations. People management is project management. Communication is the core of the people management.

The biggest challenge for a leader would be to identify his team strengths and direct those strengths for the productivity. Success or failure of a project majorly depends on this particular ability of the leader. In order to save project costs, utilize idle resources or using prerogative, leaders at times misplace or misuse the human resources creating a conflicting environment. For example, a team member who is strong in a UI designing would be forced to work on the core development side too. Such a situation would give vent to stress based conflicts even at the cost of losing the very productivity of the team member. The UI designer who otherwise was very productive would end up as a disgruntled, disappointed resource in the environment.

A leader to be successful should always identify the precise strengths, weaknesses, sensitivities, emotional quotient and professional constraints of his/her team members before they are being designated for any given assignment. It is also important to mentor the team members towards widening their skill capacity and narrowing the weaknesses.

Leaders will have successful survival only when they raise the competence and self esteem of their team members and drive them towards shared vision and a common goal.

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Protect your individual side to save your enterprise from failure

Posted by on Apr 4, 2011 in Business, EPM World, Leadership, Self-employment, Start-up business | 1 comment

Enterprise failure is leadership failure.   This is my personal belief and experience too.  In an environment where entrepreneurial spirit is growing fast, it becomes imperative for us to analyze the causes of failure.  This is similar to risk analysis.  Failure can come in several disguises. At times success can also follow failure if not maintained right.  And failure after success is more painful.  Thus, an individual as a business leader and as an owner of a startup project should take note of the foregoing to join the coveted list of successful entrepreneurs.

Respect business hours: A business leader should never make his team unduly wait for his audience or allow communication gaps.   The habits of working beyond office hours, going unavailable during crucial moments, and disregard to the personal time of the team members are some of the discouraging practices that affect the working spirit of your team.

Clarity is every thing: Ambiguity and indecisiveness can mean lurking risk.  Ensure that you have absolute clarity for every ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ you deliver.  Don’t yield yourself to a specific situation out of obligation or pending confirmation of dependent facts.    Don’t also allow swinging moods or thoughts which could fuel the operational inconsistency jeopardizing the business progress.  When you are faced with conflicting opinions or numerous opinions weigh your decision taking the help of professionals or professional tools. This will save you from possible trying situations in future.

Be business wise: Never act prerogative to over rule or ignore project metrics.  Believe in analytics and respect facts and figures even if they present an unpleasant picture in a given situation.  It is easy to take things for granted but will be very difficult when it comes to bearing the bad consequences.

Nurture professional identity: Stand for the honest, transparent, value driven, and complementing culture, duly honoring the commitments and promises made to stakeholders. Your personal stature and professional conduct largely influences the sustenance and growth of your venture.

Never holdback resources with intent of saving: When your business demands certain resources be it time, team members, consulting expertise, money or other infrastructure, spare it as planned and never start projects without ensuring these things either.  We can’t churn out relishing dishes with scarce ingredients.

Don’t interfere with the functional style of team members: Understand the core strength and working style of your team.  Never interfere in their functional style or resort to constant follow-up.   No two leaders will approach an issue in the same style.  Freedom, empowerment, and delegation are the most required elements for successful productivity.

Maintain calm and composed attitude: It is highly conducive to arrive at conclusions with a calm and composed attitude.  Intolerance, emotional outbursts, and hasty inferences on important issues will mean big damage.  This will reflect you weak in the minds of your team.

Listen without bias: Listening to others is the most important trait of any leader. At the same time don’t give prominence or encourage eavesdropping and whispers.  A team member with this habit will become a big nuisance some time later.  Also never dislike any thing or any one.  Dislike is the first hurdle in learning process and leader should be a constant learner.

Trust every one knowing when and whom to mistrust: Build trust in your team.    Inculcate the intelligence to read in between lines when situation demands.  Don’t wear the attitude of mistrusting every one.  Mistrust produces counter measures.

Boss is the primitive word: In any working environment every one should be given specific responsibility and be empowered with relevant authority to achieve designated tasks.  An entrepreneur as a true business leader should never feel himself / herself above board at least overtly.  Be friendly with your team giving them required space to interact with you.  A business leader should be a solution provider and problem solver first to his team and then to other stakeholders.

Ignorance is not bliss in business: Keep yourself abreast of things in your business line.  It could be any or all of the areas like technical, market related, team related, growth related, company documentation or about the evolving innovations in the line.

Know the benefits of technology: Be open to introduce technology tools to increase your business performance or accelerate business growth.  It could be your web identity, an ERP product, or customer support infrastructure.  Exploit the social networking platform to expose your entrepreneur profile and build personal branding.

Invite change: Many entrepreneurs remain themselves static when it comes to expansion or growth.  They are content with the achieved self-sustenance and like to continue even for decades.  However, a true leader should always hold big picture and invite any change required in this direction.  At times the change could be towards improvement of present environment or changing your functional style.  You should move ahead strategically, leveraging the benefits of core competence, expertise and present net worth.

Greed is voracious and if not controlled will even eat you: Business should always be a win-win contract.  You can earn only when you allow others earn out of you.  Don’t try to milk the cow beyond the last drop.

Respect, respect, and respect: When we respect others we excel ourselves.  Respect brings in the best reciprocal value.  This reflects our individual culture.  So don’t be biased as to whom you will respect or who not.  An employee at the lowest rung to an external stakeholder, every one is equally important in the business.  Every business must conduct itself with an attitude akin to hospitality industry.  Love and respect should be proactive feelings and should never be limited by barriers.

One man army: If you are the lonely team member in your business setup, you can have collaborators and partners as an extended and external team.  Collaborative productivity is more powerful and instills better confidence in the stakeholders.  Be socially active so that you can build an excellent team as you progress in your stride.

Resist temptations: Don’t indulge in any such thing that can cause a blemish to your character, professional image or future prospects.  Resist them at the very sprout.  It could be to amass sudden gains through unethical means or get entangled in relations that could bring embarrassment at a later time.

Restrain family involvement:  Unless it is professionally relevant, an entrepreneur should never involve his family members in the business matters.  At the same time, the personal side of yours should never affect the business matters.  Don’t allow your personal problems impact the business affairs.

Nurture big picture: I quote here one of the tweets I came across on Twitter “If you are dreaming, dream big” (apologies, I will not be able to provide immediate reference as to who said it).  Dreams are the first sprouts for your growth.  Plan to achieve your ambitions and make your dreams true.  Document your dreams and ambitions so that you can develop them into an action plan.

Enjoy criticism: Critics are our well wishers.  Criticism is a tool to achieve refinement. Accept it with humility wherever it is genuine.  Allow it silently even if it was unreasonable and respond appropriately.  Criticism may not always come from expected or deserved sources.  Still it is an exercise made by others on your behalf and for your benefit.

Contribute to social causes: Society gives you business.  What are you giving back to society?

Once you raise an enterprise and connect with several stakeholders, you are socially responsible to nourish it healthy.  When it fails it would mean a loss to several stakeholders including the very employees who worked for it.  That way, an entrepreneur should always guard himself first, so as to ensure his enterprise flourish and enjoy social pride.

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Leadership is an institution

Posted by on Mar 13, 2011 in EPM World, Expressions, Leadership | 0 comments

I consider the word ‘leadership’ akin to spiritual chant.  Every talk of an Intellectual, Academician and thinker would invariably insist on developing leaders.  Leadership is an institution where vision is created, objectives are defined, goals are set, people are lead, mentored, resources are optimized, integrity is maintained, values are enhanced, and collective results are achieved.  The purpose may be a commercial project, a voluntary cause, a social change, an intellectual voice or a political movement.  Personal touch, attitudinal balancing, and risk mitigation carry the leadership mission towards the envisioned objectives.  The most valuable result of any leadership should be creating more leaders.

The need for nurturing leadership: There is an overall need (a) to optimize resources, (b) bring in time discipline, (c) preserve culture, (d) protect environment, (e) develop talent and (f) handhold disadvantaged.  We are still governed by age-old laws, rules and even constitutions against drastic change in the need, outlook, versatility and dynamism of people.  (i) We have a very matured technology, which could be applied for accelerated development.  (ii) We have the challenge of ageing intellectuals.  (iii) There is a need for growing tolerance towards cultural, religious and regional integrity.  (iv) There is an urgency to fight with the divisive forces in every walk of life, a challenge felt in every society globally.  (v) We need leaders who can bring and lead change in several spheres.  Leadership is indispensable to address these impending requirements.  If we don’t develop right leadership, our progeny would end up vying for limited resources, get embroiled in integrity issues; and go directionless resulting in chaos.

Where to begin: As we have abundant natural resources, we discover ways of using them for productivity, invent value creation and gain material wealth.  With similar spirit let us look at the younger generation.  We need to enlighten them about the value of their intellect.  Explain them the future and the need of hour for safe future.  Equip them with challenges and mentor them to prove themselves.  Hand them the steering while we assist them in risk mitigation.  Nurturing should begin with academe.

Role of academe: Leadership should be a separate subject in academics.  The subject could be appropriately introduced right from the school level.  This approach is highly imperative especially in developing countries.  The prevailing ‘academic projects’ are purely subject oriented.  They don’t give preference to the team spirit, individual excellence, not supported by required infrastructure, and lack genuine evaluation.

We need to improve the analytical perspective in younger generation.  Teach them the analytics.  Support their dreams.  Make them understand the nature and potential of vision.  Inform them how they could achieve their dreams through leadership while getting individual recognition, name and fame.  Tell them that selflessness is genuine till it touche the threshold of exploitation. In essence, we nurture leadership in academe to save our progeny.

Role of parents:  Home is the source inspiration for future leaders.  It is the responsibility of parents to rightly identify the talent, ability and direction of children and connect with pedagogy and academy towards developing children as true leaders. Certain traits like honesty, ethics, culture, and moral values being personal and sensitive to individuals should be inculcated at home under the critical observation and correction of parents.

To make the job of parents easy and comprehensible, we should address exclusive mentoring sessions to parents about their role, responsibilities, path and actions in nurturing leadership sprout in children.

Role of youth – the leaders in the making: Dream a bright and big future.  Understand the need to align yourself and your growth with the society, as it would enhance your stature, admire your contribution, emulate your actions paving brighter path to your progeny in turn.  Be amiable, hardworking and sincere in your actions.  Remember collective action brings in faster results.  Inculcate fraternal spirit.

Leadership challenges:  Nothing is easier in the world than preaching.  Managing team is the complex ever task we can imagine. There could be many divergent aspects as to why a team member may not deliver his worth and stand as a challenge to the leader.  Some of the reasons could be, (i) insufficient job knowledge, (ii) disinterest, (iii) ego, (iv) attitude, (v) selfish nature, (vi) insufficient or improper communication, (vii) team conflicts, (viii) leadership style, (ix) working environment, (x) dependency factor, (xi) time constraints, (xii) stress, (xiii) personal problems, (xiv) perceptive understanding, (xv) lack of faith in the leadership / results, and more….

Requirements to succeed: A leader should maintain absolute discretion to a point of Yes or No. Timing of Yes or No make a lot of difference to the whole cause itself.  He should be firm, assertive in managing deliverables.  He should maintain emotional balance with a soft tone reaching his message in clear terms.  He should accord highest priority to the welfare and growth of his team members and empower them to achieve required goals.  Any act of enforcement or grudge holding should never be in the dictionary of a leader.

We need active involvement of learned people to make our younger generation strong and receptive to future challenges.

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