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International Women’s Day 2015 @ ASCENDERSTECH

For all the Ascenders women & all ascending women from Jayalakshmi Thirugnanam (Director, Ascenders Technologies):

womens day

This is a message to you from me on the occasion of Women’s Day – woman to woman.

“If you pick a particular role or way people see you, it generally sticks for life.”

A small statement I came across very recently and I am amazed at its hard-hitting truth because it came from a woman and she meant it for women.

So choose your roles carefully and decide how you want to be seen and perceived.

Make up your minds that you are always equal to men, if not superior to them.

And I mean in all ways – emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically.

We are usually told (mostly by other well-meaning women) to speak, behave and even think in a manner that is convenient for menfolk.

We are conditioned to believe that we are around to facilitate men.

Please do not give in to such wrong beliefs.

Every human being is born in this world to experience self-fulfillment and happiness.

These could come from any source.

You could be happy being a career woman or you could be happy tending a family.

You could be happy painting beautiful pictures or you could be happy creating delicious meals.

It could be anything!

It is up to you to recognize what makes you happy; make it your objective and respect yourself for it.

Only if you respect yourself, believe in your dreams and follow them through, you will be respected by the world.

Express yourself, your desires, dreams and opinions clearly and firmly.

Everything else will fall in place – how you want it to.





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 – ‘Business Networking’ @ AscendersTech

It was Bersin’s turn to lead the Think Tank session today. She spoke at length about Business Networking, the simple tricks and techniques on how to go about it like a pro.

Bersin getting ready to Network...

Bersin getting ready to Network…

The presentation was made lively by the presenter herself not to mention the interactive audience. Questions were raised only to be clarified then and there by animated discussions between the audience and the presenter.

An interactive audience!

An interactive audience!

Networking was defined right at the beginning. Strategies regarding purposeful networking were debated. Being an ambivert was the way to be; that is, not being too much of an extrovert nor being too much of an introvert would help when it came to networking.


The issue of shyness was discussed, with members of the audience sharing their personal shyness moments and going on to explain jocularly how they had overcome them.


Business cards were a hot topic of discussion that went beyond the session itself. Following up on a lead is where most people went wrong and this is a crucial ‘must do’ for productive networking.

The session ended with a thought provoking question – What kind of a net-worker are you?

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.



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…




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.


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



New Year Bash 2013 @ ASCENDERSTECH

Welcoming the New Year!

Welcoming the New Year!

The New Year Bash happened with a gala celebration on 30th Dec 2013 heralding the end of another year and beckoning a fresh and happening New Year.

The Ascenders gathered at the NSIC Auditorium where a variety of programs were planned well in advance. This year we had business presentations made by the heads followed by an inspiring talk by our chief guest Mr. Shaktivel.

Our CPO in action

Our CPO in action

PVR extolling the virtues of Candela

PVR extolling the virtues of Candela

Murugesh explaining his endeavors

Murugesh explaining his endeavors

Alex presenting the HRO way forward.

Alex presenting the HRO way forward.

The young, energetic and dynamic leader of his own quickly growing outfit is a self-made man who believes that the secret of success lies within individuals and he makes it a point to tap that hidden potential in everybody he meets.

Shaktivel - The Shakti behind his own empire!

Shaktivel – The Shakti behind his own empire!

In the small and brief session with us, he managed to awe us with his humility and fluent speech which was fired up with his own enthusiasm and confidence; the confidence he has in people in general is breath taking! No wonder that at his young age he is surrounded with his own army of ardent and faithful followers. His motto: To create and distribute wealth.


A riveting talk.

After a short but completely charged talk that had us all spell bound, we had a treasure hunt that saw the Ascenders running all over the building searching for clues that would ultimately lead them to the treasure.

A spellbound audience.

A spellbound audience.

A sumptuous lunch of biryanis followed. After lunch there was an intellectually stimulating activity – the AscendersTech version of Neeya Naana! Our very own PVR donned the role of Gopinath minus the signature blazer. The topic of debate: Has modern development become a boon or a bane? The discussions (or rather, the heated arguments) that followed had everybody clamoring for his or her say. The best speakers for both teams were recognized by our homegrown Gopinath.

Neeya Naana - AscendersTech style

Neeya Naana – AscendersTech style

Our Gopinath in PVR style...

Gopinath in PVR style…

Then there was fun and games that followed with lots and lots of unbridled laughter. One of the games had contenders vying for AscendersTech strongest man of the year.




New Year Resolutions:
















The Best Resolution


Another game titled ‘Banana Shake’ had contenders shaking bananas out of their trousers!

The Banana Shakes!

The Banana Shakes!

Then there was ‘Baby’s day out’ where mothers made sure that their babies were well fed after their day out.

The bulky hulks...

The bulky hulks…

Mr. Ascender in all his glory!

Mr. Ascender in all his glory!

A card game that had people grabbing gifts from a whole gift display and not satisfied with those, ended grabbing other people’s gifts as well!

Hungry babies!

Hungry babies!

Gifts galore!

Gifts galore!

AscendersTech birthday babies were honored during the course of the day with a lovely birthday cake and gifts.

Birthday cake for eating & greeting...

Birthday cake for eating & greeting…

...not to mention beating!

…not to mention beating!

The finishing touch

The finishing touch

The day went on to see songs sung and danced to with the usual AscendersTech gusto.

Achievements @ ASCENDERSTECH

The practice of ringing the bell loudly as a mark of achievement still continues at AscendersTech. Every achievement, however small, is recognized and given its due importance because we believe that every little drop goes on to make an ocean.

Swathi is all smiles

Swathi is all smiles


Bersin is a regular...

Bersin is a regular…


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Supriya is also a regular.

Cherian has a go...

Cherian has a go…


The ringleader dominates

The ringleader dominates


Sumathi celebrating her closures

Sumathi celebrating her closures


Udayasri  beaming!

Udayasri beaming!






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