Stop Talking About Work-Life Balance

Today’s hectic lifestyle and competitive work environment leave us very little time for our self and our families. While we may be climbing ladders at our workplace, we might be doing so at the cost of our other life, the one at home. Hence, many corporate employees are found struggling rather unsuccessfully to strike a […]

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Leadership Training in India

A global study on leadership by Korn Ferry which takes in consideration the view of investors and experts on leadership of companies states that only 26% of business leaders are equipped to lead future businesses in India.[1] Such study shows the real challenge India is facing while training the next gen leaders. To move up […]

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Mindful and Wholesome Leadership – How Can You Practice It?

Mindful leader development practices are prevalent everywhere. One of the top leadership development programs launched by Google called “Search Inside Yourself” is a popular course which revolves around wholesome leadership wherein the employees learn about emotional intelligence and meditation. The course teaches you to master your emotions, train your mind and more importantly, gives you […]

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Executive Leadership

Overview Leadership program which provides executive leaders with advanced skills and knowhow for strategic leadership in VUCA environment. Driving organization for success and growth is a challenge for leaders in a disruptive economic environment. It not only requires leaders to energize the organization towards vision, but also provides strategic guidance. Executive Leadership is a unique […]

4 Things Every First Time Manager Should do to Become the Best Boss

Congratulations, you are a manager now! That’s great news, isn’t it? That cabin which you’ve always been vying for is finally yours. Is the much-awaited promotion making you feel equal parts happy, overwhelmed as well as anxious? Don’t worry – every first time manager feels this healthy combination of feelings. Your journey until now was […]

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How to Have an Incredibly Collaborative Team?

When we think of sports, we think of fun and entertainment; we think of energy and performance. But when you take a closer look, sports are one of the best representations of teamwork and collaboration. A group of individuals come together to accomplish a particular goal. Legendary Basketball Coach Phil Jackson once said “For a […]

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Can Leadership Be Taught?

One of the funny things you see in children is how they mimic some of their parent’s actions. When they are small and innocent, it appears funny. However, habits accumulated through such imitation often end up defining the personality of the child.  However, most of the inculcation happens without any formal teaching. These behaviours seem […]

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Leadership Recipes For Women

Overview This program is for women professionals (managers and leaders)who would like to enhance their careers to the next level by learning about some critical behaviours and skills that they can practice at work. There are many secret and ingredients that go into making a perfect recipe and a winning dish.In the same way ,there […]

Why Health Should be a Priority for Leaders

We grew up learning ‘Early to bed and early to rise makes one healthy, wealthy and wise!”. In the last century though, while we have become wealthier and wiser, we seem to have received a beating on the health front. Many problems like Diabetes, Hypertension, Cholesterol, Thyroid etc. hitting individuals at a very young age. Senior leadership is expressing concern […]

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Leading in a VUCA World

Overview Construct a leadership culture of change and capable of organizational transformation Business environment today is highly dynamic and complex. Organizations need to not only manage clients, employees and stakeholders but also Political, Social and Environmental factors effectively. To thrive in a VUCA world, organizations must accelerate the development of cognitive readiness in high potential […]

Managerial Skills

Overview There are some people whose presence is noticed in ways even when they don’t speak or act. Executive presence is now counted as one of the essential competencies required for successful Leaders. This program will lead to incremental progress in your journey of developing Executive Presence by sharing the required ingredients and the recipe. […]

Leading Thyself

Overview Leadership Development starts by leading oneself first. Every individual needs to take charge of their own goals and work towards achieving excellence. This program will help individual contributor to possess the necessary skills and knowledge that can lead to success. Leading Thy Self is a unique Leadership Development program for individual contributors, to unleash […]

Managerial Skills

Overview There are some people whose presence is noticed in ways even when they don’t speak or act. Executive presence is now counted as one of the essential competencies required for successful Leaders. This program will lead to incremental progress in your journey of developing Executive Presence by sharing the required ingredients and the recipe. […]

How Do You Know Your Leaders are Ready and Capable?

In a recent conversation, the CEO of a well-run organization expressed this question and it got me thinking – is leadership development addressed sufficiently well by organizations and the owners of the organization? Let’s begin with the CEO’s question. Common sense thinking would be to have a competent person for the job. But in the […]

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The pragati difference Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation. Organizational Transformation Leadership Development Developing Collaboration Assessments Our Leadership Team You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know […]

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Managerial Skills

Overview There are some people whose presence is noticed in ways even when they don’t speak or act. Executive presence is now counted as one of the essential competencies required for successful Leaders. This program will lead to incremental progress in your journey of developing Executive Presence by sharing the required ingredients and the recipe. […]

Fun Vs Happiness at Work

Fun vs. Happiness: I always thought both these were synonymous with each other. I often used the words interchangeably in conversations. It was only recently that something set me thinking. An organization started an initiative on Creating Happiness for all employees. The intent was of course pretty commonsensical: happier employees lead to better engagement at […]

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Creating Organizational Culture

Overview Evolution and Enculturation of the Vision, Mission and Values. Co-create or revisit Vision, evolve their Mission and define their Values. Support in the designing of a system that would enable these to be inculcated into the organizational transformation culture. This is based on three pillars: Communication and Training Structures to support the inculcation of […]

Managerial Skills

Overview There are some people whose presence is noticed in ways even when they don’t speak or act. Executive presence is now counted as one of the essential competencies required for successful Leaders. This program will lead to incremental progress in your journey of developing Executive Presence by sharing the required ingredients and the recipe. […]

5 Benefits of Diversity

Increasing Productivity: Diversity brings out the best talent at work and helps to create a holistic work-environment. Diverse workplace brings in employees from different backgrounds, ethnicity and experiences who possess different talents and have diverse ideas. This aids in developing innovative solutions and thus leading to improved business performance. The employees learn new things and […]

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i-CatalystTM

Overview Change management is no longer about projects with timelines. Transformation needs to be ingrained in the DNA of every sustainable organization. i-Catalyst™ is a program launched by Pragati Leadership™ to identify and nurture transformation catalysts and gears them for transforming ecosystems of organizations. Like catalysts in a chemical reaction, they expedite the change process […]

Managerial Skills

Overview There are some people whose presence is noticed in ways even when they don’t speak or act. Executive presence is now counted as one of the essential competencies required for successful Leaders. This program will lead to incremental progress in your journey of developing Executive Presence by sharing the required ingredients and the recipe. […]

Navigating Change

Overview Harness the power of change. Rewire your thinking, transform your mindset and make change happen for your organisation. With the unrelenting pace of change and competition today, developing Strategic Mindset is vital for Leaders to formulate and execute strategies in an organization. Enquire Now Learning Objectives Define VUCA world and its implications for Leadership […]

Difference between Coaching and Consulting

Coaching….the first picture that comes to mind is of Pulela Gopichand behind PV Sindhu or Andre Agassi cheering Novak Djokovic from the stands. In the cut throat corporate world however, coaching takes on a new meaning. If you are an executive coach you would be dealing with the top people in an organization – the […]

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Managerial Skills

Overview There are some people whose presence is noticed in ways even when they don’t speak or act. Executive presence is now counted as one of the essential competencies required for successful Leaders. This program will lead to incremental progress in your journey of developing Executive Presence by sharing the required ingredients and the recipe. […]

Yoga and Organizational Performance

Mention the word “Yoga” and the first image that comes to mind is someone engaged in a special physical asana (or pose). Yoga is much more than stretching the body. It is more about the resonance that comes from being deeply connected with awareness, with other people and with the natural environment. Leaders working mindfully with a sense […]

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The Role of Leaders in Creating Happiness

All business leaders are expected to deliver results for the organization. However the role of leaders in creating happiness is lesser understood and also contested by many leaders. Let’s take the conversation to an era, where leaders were essentially rulers of a tribe, clan or a kingdom. There are numerous folk tales where the kings […]

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Role of CEO in Learning & Development

Here is a question to all CEOs. What is your level of involvement and contribution to defining the direction and goals for the Learning and Development in your Organization?

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The pragati Leadership difference Developing future ready leaders who co-create profitable, sustainable and joyful businesses. Leadership Development Organizational Transformation Developing Collaboration Capability Building Learning Solutions Virtual Solutions Leadership Development Organizational Transformation Developing Collaboration Capability Building CoachMantra TM Virtual Solutions Virtual Solutions Leadership Development We work on the development of Leaders at all levels – entry […]

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Leaders as Teachers

5th September is a special day to honour our teachers, Gurus, Mentors and Coaches and to express our immense Gratitude for making us who we are today. At different phases of our life, we come across a guiding light, a teacher who inspires and transforms us. We evolve and learn to deliver our best. I […]

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Key Things to Remember as an Executive Coach

Know the difference between Coaching and other professions: If you were a Behavioral Trainer or Consultant before becoming an Executive Coach, it always helps to remember the key differences in these roles! You would consciously need to move away from the role of ‘telling’ to ‘eliciting’. For some of us, it is tough to make this […]

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Big Picture Thinking

Mountains and hills have always drawn me. When I reflect on what the source of this attraction is, one of them is the view from the summit. Whether it is the view of the whole area of Srinagar and the Dal Lake from the top of the Shankracharya Hill  in Kashmir; or the view of […]

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What Could Employment Look Like in 2040?

Recently, my neighbour and future-enthusiast, Ashish Joshi, shared an example of how new technology like 3D printing could impact jobs. He quotes a scenario where you walk into a shoe store, put your feet on a scanner and the digital blueprint of your feet and data of bones and muscle structure is passed to a computing […]

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Possibility Thinking – A Sine Qua Non

I would like to start my blog with a famous story of two salesmen who were sent to Africa by a shoe manufacturing company. Both reach Africa to explore the market opportunities. Surprisingly, both present divergent perspectives on their market research findings, when they speak to their managers.While one excitedly looked at the opportunities the […]

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Changing Paradigms of Leadership

In the recent Leadership summit organized by MCCIA in Pune, we had eminent speakers share their thoughts on the current business environment and structure of the organisations. They also shared various tips to lead the business to success. We are living in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and ambiguous) world where today becomes yesterday and […]

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Character – An Integral part of Leadership?

Most organizations I have interacted with focus on competence development of Leaders. Make them more competent. Period! Very few focus on the character development of leaders. Why is character important in the first place? And if so, is there any proven method to develop a character? Can it be developed through mere external inputs? These […]

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Leadership and Universal Love

Love is a mysterious and powerful force. It binds us together and can throw people apart.  When I think of my family, I feel very protective about them. It is natural. My love for my family is what will make me sit up and do something for them.  Without love, action comes with great reluctance […]

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Exit: Managers Enter: Intrapreneurs

Circa recent past: You’re an efficient Manager at a reputed enterprise. You enter office at 9a.m in full corporate armoury. You fasten your seat belt, focus on deliverables and get cracking. Before you know it, the clock has struck 5p.m. You shut shop and ride back home. This happens sometimes. Most other times, you’re clocking […]

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CEOs! 3 Ways to Get ‘Boarding Completed’ So that Your Flight can Take Off

Hundreds of people are gathered in an airport terminal, ready for the journey that will take them to their destination, shuffling along the passageways. It’s only when every single passenger is on-board that the crew can confirm that ‘boarding is complete’, and the pilot can take off. If even a single passenger fails to board, […]

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Building a Culture of Learning and Engagement – Part 2

Continuing with the ideas I had shared in my previous post, Building a Culture of Learning and Engagement, we need to find processes for learning and engagement that engage the mind-body-spirit of our employees. This would help to make employee engagement not just an intervention but a way of life in our organizations. I received […]

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In Formula 3 Plus 1, Everyone Wins

Anytime we want to suggest 1 improvement to anyone, we need to stop ourselves and ask, ‘have I told them 3 things that they are doing right?’

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Nothing You Can’t Do Once Your ‘Can-Do’ Spirit is Back

I see many people complaining of a lack of resources, lack of cooperation from colleagues, issues with vendor deliveries, and so on. I ask these people to ‘roll back’ their lives to when they came to this organization for an interview. Recall your ‘can-do’ mindset, and wonders can happen.

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Performance Reviews – Both sides of the coin

Performance Reviews, if not handled correctly, can become a source of dissatisfaction and mistrust. Managers need to remember the true purpose of reviews in order to get improved performance as a result.

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Carpe Diem Mumbai 2015- Highlights

At Pragati Leadership’s flagship annual event, Carpe Diem, James Brook, Co-Founder and MD, Strengths Partnership spoke on the “Strengths Based Approach to Leadership”. Arun Wakhlu, Founder and Executive Chairman, Pragati Leadership spoke about “Exploring the Core Strength of Wholesome Leadership™”.

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A Journey: From Street Child to Published Author, World Traveler

Miracles do happen – the inspiring and amazing story of Amin Sheikh, a street child who became an entrepreneur and author.

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Realism v/s Optimism

As the new financial year is about to begin, organizations and their leaders look at the goals they want to take for themselves.  The process of goal setting, and its results are often influenced by the mindset of the leader.  A lot of organizations often use the following clichés while goal setting.          Let’s plan […]

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Advaita and Wholesome Leadership

Sharing a new paradigm for leadership in organizations – one based on Wholesome Leadership and Advaita, an ancient teaching from India. Finding ways to conduct business that are based on treating people and communities with respect, sustaining our environment and serving the common good.

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Wholesome Leadership and Self Mastery

This article explains the concept of a new leadership paradigm which is based on an understanding of our intrinsic “oneness” and “interconnectedness”. This is called “Wholesome Leadership”. Wholesome leaders actively deliver value to all stakeholders. The leaders of today need to be different from the leaders of yesterday. Today, business can no longer see itself as an isolated island dedicated merely to the creation of shareholder wealth. Business Leaders have begun to recognize their larger role in delivering value to all stakeholders and preserving the environment for future generations.

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From Just Another Option to Employer of Choice

How can your organization transition from being ‘just another option’ for talent, to being ’employer of choice’? In this blog post, Aman Zaidi explains the factors influencing talent engagement and how to create an organization that your employees will love to work for.

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The Dutch Woman Who Wants to Create 1 Million Jobs for Women in Rural India

Ellen Tacoma is a co-founder of Women on Wings, and is based in the Netherlands. She, together with Maria van der Heijden, started this organization in 2007. Their goal : “to create one million jobs for women in rural India”.

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Gyana Marga

Gyana Marga – A road to liberation. Gyana – Knowledge in Sanskrit has been described as one of the paths to liberation.   Most knowledge is acquired for practical benefits or for worldly success.   Either you acquire knowledge to get around in the world, like knowledge of French will help you communicate with people in France […]

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Playing to your Strengths

Ever seen a run-around backhand in tennis? Ever wonder how many Grand Slams Steffi Graf would have won in tennis if she hadn’t constantly run around her backhand to crack that heavy topspin forehand? Ever wonder why Damien Fleming and Shane Warne bowled their stock delivery to get their hat-tricks in Test cricket? Ever wonder […]

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RE-SOLUTIONS

Organisations are much like humans. They grow, they forge and manage relationships, they play nurturers and yes, they want to live past a hundred. It would make sense for organisations to do another human thing – make New Year resolutions (beyond the financial goals they set for themselves every financial year!!) Here are a few […]

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On a treasure hunt of Self

Yes….I Know it now….The power of my being resides in myself.    There is nowhere else to go.  I and I alone can access it.   For years I believed that the keys to this treasure were somewhere far, in some distant exotic land and inaccessible unless one crosses the towering mountain cliffs and battles the devilish […]

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The AHA Moment

A few days back, I had the privilege of being hosted at the Taj Vivanta. By now, it has become a common perception that Taj properties take service to a different level and benchmark the same. With Vivanta, that wasn’t the case. They went one better. The team takes pride in what is defined as […]

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What Organisations can Learn from Masterchef Australia

I don’t watch much TV, and I definitely don’t watch reality shows, but in a contradiction of all of that, I do get to see Masterchef Australia pretty regularly because of my better half’s interest in all things culinary. I’ve been following the 2012 edition on Star World. I’ve always admired the show for the […]

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Creating the GOD Company

There is divinity in every enterprise, Big and Small. I will go so far as saying there is GOD in every enterprise! Did you just raise an eyebrow? Let me explain. Spiritually speaking, if GOD is in each one of us and we’re but HIS manifestation, shouldn’t there be a more powerful version of HIM in a […]

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Talk less. Say more.

The fool talks. The wise man listens. So goes the adage. What it tells us is that there is much more to learn by listening and observing than expressing. How many times have we met that one odd person who just listened wholeheartedly and made us feel so nice as we did all the talking? […]

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Humble Leadership – the Power of One before the Zero

I remember attending my daughter’s annual drama performance, which was very unique in the sense all the students of the school from the first standard to the tenth standard, were performing and they had spent months practicing for it. It was at a mammoth level with 1000 students performing in their colourful costumes on a […]

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God and the WWW

God and the World Wide Web By: Vikas Bhatia Through the ages, humans have attempted in several ways to portray God. God has been represented in mythical figures, or sometimes as an abstract concept of the Supreme Consciousness. The representation of the self or ‘Atman’ has been even more abstract. In the Kathopanishad, it says […]

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The 3 P’s

By Vikas Bhatia The 3 P’s which drive the entire world of politics, business and societies are power, profit and pleasure. The 3 P’s have been the fundamental forces which have shaped the world we live in, right from the days of Ramayana, Mahabharata, Jesus Christ or that followed by the rise of Roman empire, […]

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Faking News: Dare to be Original

Nandakishore Padmanabhan Imagine a mirror that shows you not just your face but your thoughts, feelings, desires, ambitions, fears, strengths and everything else that defines the person behind the mask. Now imagine looking into this mirror, every day, every moment of your life. At home, at work, at play – everywhere, reflecting the exact truth […]

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