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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.


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




Last Wednesday, the AscendersTech recruitment team had the privilege of having the first of regular and formal training sessions with none other than the incomparable Mr. Veerendra P. Mathur flagging it off. He enthralled our recruiters with his blunt and down to earth analyses of the recruitment industry and its processes.

Mr. Mathur in full form

It was with the incredible conclusion that “almost all the efforts by the recruiters universally were wasted!’’, he started the session. And on this blasphemous note, Mr. Mathur cheerfully went about delivering the rest of his gyaan.

The recruiters in rapt attention

After having stated that and receiving incredulous looks in return, he went on to logically prove his statement on the bases of answers to various questions asked to the aghast set of recruiters.

After an hour and a half of debate, the recruiters were at long last, on the same frequency as their trainer and ended up listing the critical parameters of the recruiting process and would collect statistics at the end of each day to help analyze and review their recruiting skills and hence sharpen their axes in order to get that closure.

Our CEO, Dr.Thiru appreciating Mr. Mathur for his efforts

The recruiters have, since their training session, been actively collecting data for the critical parameters as homework and also in preparation for the next session with Mr. Mathur.

Recruiters' interaction after the session


Last Saturday, the Ascenders indulged in a much needed session of fun and frolic. All the Ascenders gathered at the work place in C Wing. The HR department organized an informal forum and the agenda was kept in suspense till the very last minute. People waited with baited breath hesitant about whether they would be required to make a public spectacle of themselves (which also, incidentally, happened to be a part of the agenda!).

The rules of the game

Everyone got themselves seated casually around the Master/ Mistress of Ceremonies (Ms. Revathy) as she articulated that she had been taken by surprise that resources located at B Wing did not really know their colleagues located at C Wing… and vice versa. So the top priority of the forum was to get to know each other; not in the usual, boring way of exchanging introductions but by having someone pointed out to them and guessing their full name and designation. The game resulted in a lot of lighthearted banter and bonding which was the expected outcome.

As anticipated, there was chaos as people mistook each other for someone else and then, were penalized for their ignorance. The penalty was to obey instructions from the offended party!

Who's next?? (Nail biting suspense)

There were many interesting penalties….singing, miming, reciting poetry to name a few.

The highlight of the afternoon –

And then, there was a short yet power packed talk on Time Management by none other than Sadia who is NOW reputed for her punctuality!

Time Management by Sadia

The impromptu session had the Ascenders begging for more and HR is seriously taking up the matter for all working Saturdays.

Dear fellow Ascenders, you can look forward to equally stimulating and rocking Saturday afternoons!


A one hour training session on Email Etiquette was conducted by our Director Mrs. Jayalakshmi Thirugnanam at the AscendersTech Conference Hall on July 20, 2010 at 8:30 a.m.

The session primarily dealt with Email Etiquette, why it is required as part of any corporate culture and the most common rules needed to follow Email Etiquette.

The three main reasons why Email Etiquette is to be followed are to maintain professionalism, to be efficient and to be protected from liability.

The rules included fundamental dos such as being concise, using proper spelling, grammar & punctuation, using the right tone, acknowledging/replying on time, using proper structure & layout, adding disclaimers, proof reading the mail before sending, using BCC or preferably mail merge, proper formatting, using meaningful subjects, keeping the language gender neutral etc.

Fundamental don’ts were also touched up on such as not attaching unnecessary files, overusing the high priority option, not writing in capitals, not leaving out the message thread, overusing the Reply to All option, using abbreviations and emoticons, forwarding hoax mails and chain mails, recalling a message, discussing confidential information, sending or forwarding emails containing libelous, defamatory, offensive, racist or obscene remarks, replying to spam etc.

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