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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 – ‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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19th March 2014 – AscendersTech Anniversary

Another year has quickly slipped away and here we are, standing on the threshold of our seventh year of operations. How time flies and brings with it fresh plans, processes and people…

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If we had a magic ball that could give us a glimpse of the future and what it holds for us, wouldn’t that be swell? We would be in a better position to budget and work towards the known rather than the unknown. Unfortunately, there is no magic ball; rather there is only the wisdom to gauge situations as they present themselves…wisdom gathered over the years through a myriad of events, job requirements, customers, vendors, staff, deliverables, ups, downs, swings, offerings and the like.

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Lessons and learnings? We (meaning each and every Ascender) run the company as our very own company ought to be run. Jobs have to be done, targets have to be met, sales revenues have to roll in, discipline is to be maintained, timings have to be adhered to and customers have to be satisfied. There are many more details but these pretty much sum it all up.

Our Guest of Honour - Dr. Sandhya Kalidas

Our Guest of Honour – Dr. Sandhya Kalidas

The new lines of business introduced the last financial year:

  1. Language Translation along with all its allied services such as interpretation, proofreading, editing, content localization and voice overs, in an effective and efficient delivery model using modern technology and resources at global locations
  2. Web applications (renewed & refreshed) – a dedicated internal team to deliver the goods as per client specifications

 

Cake cutting ceremony

Cake cutting ceremony

 

Our new sister concern – APS or Ascend Property Services dealing with the marketing of Real Estate and all its allied services. We have made quite a few inroads in the Real Estate vertical and have officially announced it very recently.

Wishes to come true...

Wishes to come true…

We have seen an influx of new faces as well as some old ones back into the fold and we welcome them all warmly irrespective of gender, experience and qualifications. The outflows have been regretted as always. But as the saying goes, “The show must go on.”

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The HRO department remains to be on top of the internal revenue race what with its capable recruiter workforce and strong customer base. The Web Applications department is trailing right behind and may soon overtake the HRO. Ascenders Business Solutions – ABS – is doing very well under capable hands. The operations are as smooth as ever and this year has seen an increase in the revenues based on the efficient handling of our customer’s systems. The Language Services department seems to be gaining momentum but it is a bit too early to tell. The foundation has been laid well and it is forecasted to be a good year.

We wish every Ascender a long and prosperous growth trajectory in the coming years. We also wish you a career that is driven by passion, loyalty, strong job satisfaction and subsequently, a good work-life merge.

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.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Ayudha Pooja Celebrations 2013 @ ASCENDERSTECH

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This year’s Ayudha Pooja was slightly different from the previous years; we had music & dance added to the celebrations.

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It was a Dhandiya Evening Special which saw all the Ascenders dancing to popular beats and having fun in general.

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The Ascenders chose to come dressed in typical South Indian style so there was a riot of colours and silks throughout the day.

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After the pooja, sweets were distributed. The Ayudha Pooja gift for this year was umbrellas.

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