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THINK TANK – TEAMWORK @ ASCENDERSTECH

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Teamwork by Sathish

Sathish gave the Ascenders his insights on Teamwork last Saturday. The session was packed with everyone anxiously waiting for the Master to share his wisdom!

He began at the beginning by defining Teamwork as ‘the process of working collaboratively with a group of people to achieve a goal’ using their individual skills and despite any personal conflicts between them.

The educational aid Sathish used was the old but rather modified fable – The Tortoise and the Hare. It started with the much heard of version where ‘slow and steady wins the race’.

Slow & Steady...

Slow & Steady…

But it did not end with the hare learning this piece of golden advice; we see the hare go into introspective mode where he analyses how he went wrong and comes up with a brilliant strategy to beat the tortoise. So that led to the second race where the hare stayed sharp and alert and did not stop from the start to the finish.

Fast & Consistent...

Fast & Consistent…

We see the hare win the race by several miles. The moral: Fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady.

Again the story does not end as anyone would suspect. The tortoise began to analyze where he went wrong and understood for sure that he would never beat the hare seeing how the race was currently formatted.

So again there was a race to be run but this time the route was decided by the tortoise. He made sure that there was a broad river to be crossed and as strategized, the hare was unable to cross and this led to the tortoise winning the race. The new moral of the story: First identify your core competency and then change the playing field to suit your core competency.

After this, both the competitors became good friends and both did some thinking together. They decided to run the last race again but this time the hare carried the tortoise up to the river bank and then the tortoise carried the hare across the river.

It’s good to be individually brilliant and to have strong core competencies; but unless you’re able to work in a team and harness each other’s core competencies, you’ll always perform below par because there will always be situations at which you’ll do poorly and someone else does well.

The grand summing up by Sathish:

In life, when faced with failure, sometimes it is appropriate to work harder and put in more effort. Sometimes it is appropriate to change strategy and try something different. And sometimes it is appropriate to do both

And finally – Let’s go and build stronger teams!

Think Tank – ‘Leadership’ @ AscendersTech

AscendersTech HR manager Mr. Satheesh Durai held an interesting session on Leadership last Saturday. The presentation was thoughtfully put together with a nice blend of various videos, talks and demonstrations of leadership traits. The audience was spellbound by the collection that stressed the points made during the presentation. Leadership skills, qualities and traits were detailed with the help of handpicked clippings that had the Ascenders enthralled.

Leadership

Leadership

Satheesh Durai spoke at length about leadership, leadership qualities, ways to develop leadership qualities, leadership styles, causes for leadership failure and the display of leadership. He finally ended the session on a thought provoking note by asking everyone to introspect if he or she was a leader…

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Think Tank – ‘Branding’ @ AscendersTech

Last Saturday, it was Mujeeb’s turn to deliver the goods; and that he did with panache. The subject of study and discussion was Branding.

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Mujeeb – getting ready to brand

 

The audience was very active as he took them through the facets of branding. It was an interactive session with a couple of pop quizzes and plenty of knowledge sharing.

Explaining the dos & donts

Explaining the dos & donts

He discussed 7 Affordable business branding techniques starting with a rudimentary question about the definition of branding. Just when everyone got a chance to articulate their understanding of branding, they also began to realize that a brand is more than just a logo.

Passionately involved in the brand

Passionately involved in the brand

The ‘Long-term value’ of a brand was stressed keeping in mind the ‘Credibility and reassurance’ factor that a brand depended on. The team was advised to build on their real strengths and to identify what really engages customers.

Apart from all this, one would have to focus on creating one’s ‘visuals’. The power of consistency was drummed in because it directly relates to the experience one creates for the customers.

And last but not the least, one would have to consciously avoid undermining one’s brand.

Q & A

Q & A

 

 

Knowledge Sharing @ AscendersTech aka The Think -Tank

The management has formed a Think-Tank, consisting of members within and outside of AscendersTech, which will share the knowledge acquired by them over the years. Besides chosen members, every Ascender will be expected to share their experience/knowledge in this platform.

Project Management in Thirukkural

Project Management in Thirukkural

Be it office, home, public events such as seminars, workshops, family functions, casual get-togethers – wherever an Ascender goes, he or she carries an image which should impress others on the vast and relevant knowledge gathered in terms of just about any subject. Economics, Business, Literature, Religion, and Politics to name a few.

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Explaining the nuances

This will be a 45 minute session starting at 3:00 pm every Saturday.

The first session was kick started successfully by Mr. PVR last Saturday where he spoke about “Project Management in Thirukkural”.

PVR managed to clearly define a project as an individual or collaborative enterprise, temporary in nature that is carefully planned to achieve a specific objective under constraints like time, resources and money.

Inputs and clarifications...

Inputs and clarifications…

Keeping this as the foundation of his talk, he pointed out a variety of the famed couplets from the total of 1330 couplets. Interestingly enough, the Thirukkural (or the Kural) is a collection of 1330 Tamil couplets organized into 133 chapters. Each chapter has a specific subject ranging from “ploughing a piece of land” to “ruling a country”, indeed, even project management!

Rapt audience!

Rapt audience!

The Thirukkural preaches simplicity and truth throughout its verses and PVR was able to drive home a few, solid project management truths such as thinking deeply before taking a decision and then not stepping back, prioritizing and execution etc.

THE ASCENDERSTECH – ACADEMIA ATTACHMENT

AscendersTech has a very special relationship with the academia. We make it a point to have meaningful interactions with them and we foster a warm give and take relationship. On the industry front, we recruit fresh and enterprising talent and on the academic front, we nurture the very same talent.

Our CEO Dr. Thiru is a well known speaker and presenter and is in great demand from various academic institutions apart from the media. Further, AscendersTech is also welcomed to steer their campus drives; we take pride in the fact that we stand sturdy and strong as a beacon light for enthusiastic youngsters waiting to put their best foot forward in the professional world.

The Principal & HOD (Dept. of Computer Science – Pachaiyappas) share a light moment with our CEO Dr. Thiru

Seminar @ Pachaiyappas College

Inaugural of the National Conference @ Loyola College – Dept of Computer Science

Sharing the dais with the Principal and the MD – ELCOT

Dr. Thiru with the MD – ELCOT Mr. Atul

@ GOJAN Engineering College for the Inauguration of National Conference – Dept of EEE

Releasing the souvenir…

The inaugural address

Inaugural @ SKP Engineering College

A standing ovation!

 

Releasing the CD @ Velammal Engineering College – ITPED ’12

 

Releasing the souvenir of ITPED ’12

 

The Inaugural Address

 

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