Business Programs

Diya

  • Seminars

    1. Enhancing contemporary management thought and global business practices

    Overview:

    The essence of Vedanta and other key texts – its teachings and wisdom has been at the center of attraction for businesses globally. Some of these texts have been translated into several languages, and management scholars have attempted to gain insights to its philosophical foundation from which a deeper understanding of successful solutions to management leadership issues and business practices are emerging.

    Objective:

    The seminar focuses on analyzing the primary elements found in Vedanta and its key texts; its spirit and influence, and highlights the contributions that it can make to contemporary management thought and practices.

    Target audience & duration:

    The session is useful for middle and senior management in industry and across other organizations. It is spread over 2 sessions of 90 minutes each.

    2. Alternative models from the East for a resilient and innovative management

    Overview:

    Resilience has been a key ingredient of businesses in the East. The economic success of ancient India, more contemporary accounts of success of the ‘Eastern Tigers’ led by Japan, and the surge of Indian business that has been witnessed across the globe, has drawn attention and interest of west to the management practices that the companies followed.

    In this context, it’s worth factoring an important aspect of businesses in the East, and that is it’s spiritual and philosophical edifice, which may have served as an anchorage in rough weather; tide over crisis much more effectively than others in similar situation.

    Objective:

    This seminar reflects on the spiritual and philosophical bases of the East and examines if they can offer value add to develop the contours of alternative, innovative and robust business frames / models which carry greater resilience to withstand the vagaries of a dynamic and troubled business environment.

    Target audience & duration:

    The seminar is offered to middle and senior managers in industry and across other organizations. It is spread over 2 sessions of 90 minutes each.

    3. Charting course for ‘sustainable entrepreneurship’

    Overview:

    The standards of purity and conduct that the Vedas propound can positively influence sustainable business and its growth with equity and environmental protection. Its principles of unity, shunning the lust for greed, power and endless pursuit of selfish desire, where applied, can result in creating a successful, lasting business.

    A narrow, jaded approach has to be shunned, lest they cause the meltdown, if not downright demise. The story of collapse of iconic financial institutions is now well-documented. Also documented is the account of successful businesses, which chose to pursue the more difficult of path of transparency, fair play, commitment to stakeholders, inclusiveness to succeed. Infosys enterprise (an Indian IT company) which started with a few hundred dollars to give world class service in a transparent and committed manner became an iconic entity, within a few decades of inception. And there is no dearth of such examples elsewhere.

    Objective:

    The seminar dwells upon the learning, precepts and practices that the Vedantic discourse offers and attempts to integrate value add that it brings to modern approaches to managing business. The seminar brings in cases to showcase the success that pursuance of these time-tested learning can yield.

    Target audience & duration:

    Middle level and senior managers could benefit from the seminar, which is spread over 2 sessions of 90 minutes each.

    4. Spirituality at workplace – attaining the ‘spirit’ that individuals and organization need

    Overview:

    Spirituality has found a renewed appeal, in recent times, among individuals and organizations and among people in academia and management alike. Its growing importance in management discourses is readily acknowledged today, so much so that some believe that a paradigm shift is taking place. Management surveys affirm that a majority of people are keen on finding a meaning of their work. From organizational perspective, gaining strength is the notion that spiritual individuals are ethical in business, and consequently, are a significant asset to an organization.

    Objective:

    East (India) has had a long tryst with spirituality, and an unbroken tradition of spirituality as a life process. The seminar draws on the repository of knowledge stored in ancient scriptures, learning provided therein and lays down both the precept and the practice, which can assist in the ‘realization’ of the spirit that is being sought by both individuals and organizations.

    Target audience & duration:

    The seminar is open to members of the organization across different levels and is spread over 2 sessions of 90 minutes each.

    5. Leveraging and not just managing cultural diversity – strategies

    Overview:

    As businesses diversify and expand globally, organizations today constitute of members who come from diverse cultural background. Organizations as such need to put in place effective strategies to address challenges that emanate from cultural differences. While resource, business strategy, setting ambitious targets do not pose a major challenge to organizations, what sticks out as a serious hurdle is the inability of teams, from different cultures, being able to gel together and deliver targeted results. Lack of trust, lack clarity with regard to team and objectives, lack of incentives for cooperation are some of the challenges that multi cultural teams face.

    Objective:

    The seminar addresses the teething challenges associated with cultural diversity within organizations and provides strategies, which not just help integrate members but also leverage it to distinct advantages.

    The seminar integrates case analyses, role play and other exercises, to induce group synergy among participants.

    Target audience & duration:

    The seminar is suited for middle level managers working in a multi-cultural setting (be it even domestic multicultural) and is spread over 2 sessions of 90 minutes each.

    6. Servant Leadership

    Overview:

    The challenges that face business, economy, environment and society in present times are increasingly growing in size and complexities. A general absence of true leadership only adds to the woes and retards stemming the tide.

    Leaders need to live for others and engage in the well-being of everyone and everything. A leader must possess intellect purified of mental infirmities, must be endued with wisdom, be even minded, imperturbable, not swayed by inevitable upheavals. These and many more facets leaders should exhibit, emanate from ancient treatise on leadership.

    Objective:

    The workshop provokes an animated discussion by dwelling on the modern management view on the subject vis-à-vis doctrines available from the wisdom literature of the east to evolve a fresh blueprint for leaders to reflect. Examples of servant leaders who have lived a life of service and betterment of work and community are shared and cases cited to provide credence to the needed debate.

    Target audience & duration:

    The seminar is best suited for senior and mid level professionals in industry who are in a leadership role, and is spread over 2 sessions of 90 minutes each.

  • Workshops

    1. Mindfulness and going beyond!

    Overview:

    Mindfulness is changing ones external behavior and turning inward, watching oneself carefully, both the act happening in tandem. In this state, the individual becomes attuned to a higher degree with his inner self, and better positioned to be aware of his actions and reactions to the outer world. It is not uncommon today to find CEOs, corporate executives, professionals in varied fields immersing for a short while, practicing mediation, mindfulness techniques and exercises of varied form and traditions to battle distractions and its accompanied ill-effects in a fast moving, chaotic business environment.

    Objective:

    The workshop deals with the vast and complex subject in a simple and easy to understand manner. It brings in clarity on what ‘mindfulness’ entails and helps participants assimilate and practice simple techniques, which qualitatively will improve their actions both in work and personal situations.

    Target audience & duration:

    The workshop is best suited for senior and middle management executives in industry and others who perform a pivotal and demanding role in the organization. It spreads over 2 sessions of 90 minutes each.

    2. Meditation for raised consciousness – transcending the ordinary!

    Overview:

    Mediation is the effortless abidance in the awareness of one’s ‘True Nature’, which according to the Vedantic traditions is ‘satchitananda’ – pure consciousness, bliss – rock solid ours! How many would reconcile with this viewpoint in times where we are nudged to define happiness by professional and material accomplishments; success getting measured in terms of power and position attained?

    In the challenging and fast moving world, there are moments when we yearn to find inner peace, quietitude, bliss; be able to quieten the mind and focus on oneself, have the innate ability to overcome obstacles.

    Objective:

    The workshop shows the way by introducing ‘meditation’ as a way to tackle the dilemma and overcome the impasse. Its life changing benefits are dwelt upon, and the complicated procedures associated with its practice laid in simple and easy methods, which can be implemented. Practice is included in the session and participants get a flavor of the technique.

    Target audience & duration:

    The workshop is useful for mid and senior level professionals across industry and spreads over 2 sessions of 90 minutes each.

    3. Adopting Yoga at work for greater success

    Overview:

    ‘Yoga’ in simple words means yoking or joining, which is the uniting of one’s own body and mind, the self and the universal self. The western world, has taken it to be synonymous with bending and stretching exercises to transform the body, which is limiting.

    Success in the external world begins within; state the ancient treatise on Yoga. The path is eight-fold, with precepts and practices copiously listed.

    Objective:

    The workshop distills this science of yoga in a simplified manner, without compromising its purity. It puts together a path for professionals to follow and translate yoga to gain mastery over one’s mind and body and lead a successful life thereby; contributing to the success of the organization they work in. Organizations too, as a composite entity can integrate yoga and taste greater success. The workshop dwells on this interesting aspect too.

    Target audience & duration:

    The workshop is suited for professionals in industry across different levels. It is spread over 2 sessions of 90 minutes each. A follow-up advanced workshop can be put in place after the introductory workshop.

  • Lecture Series

    Anjaneya Foundation is a sought after destination for organizations, be it industry or otherwise, for obtaining a practical and grounded view on topics, which are relevant to every day functioning of both organization and its people. Without losing sight of the modern treatise on business and its management, AF talks carry an earthly approach, engaging in synthesizing contemporary viewpoint with wisdom of the east, its rich literature, and work life ethos. The broad consulting experience that the speaker carries puts him in a position where he is able to take his audience’s attention to the realities on the ground and address them in a manner that is workable and sustainable.

    Some of the topics on which lectures are offered are as follows. The list is just indicative and additions are considered and attended to as and when a request is placed. The engrossing lecture sessions are of 90 minutes with 30 minutes dedicated for interaction and discussion.

    1. Business Ethics – insights from ‘Vedanta’

    2. Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility & Environmental sustainability – adopting the ‘Yagna spirit’ (spirit of sacrifice and giving) espoused in ‘Vedanta’

    3. Attaining self-actualization & completeness – a state of ‘Poorna’ (completeness)

    4. Aiming for and attaining a ‘growth mindset’

    5. Defining and attaining your ‘peace’ - In the context of family, work and everyday stress

    6. Leading millennial in an era defined by irreverence

    7. Issues in Cross Cultural Diversity: awareness, respecting and reconciling cultural dilemma

    8. Coping with excessive work demand – consequences and its management

    9. East and crisis management

    10. Morality and decision making – building a culture of ‘serene dynamism’

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