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Flow Consulting in collaboration with Bombay Connect 


25th & 26th MAY 2012, MUMBAI

Managing a family is challenging. Managing a family business is far more challenging. It requires balancing personal and professional relationships with family members and employees. The challenge is how to achieve business goals and be professional without compromising on family values and relationships.

Creating Flow in Family Run Business is one of its kind leadership workshop that will explore each participant’s challenges individually in an informal group setting. The workshop is meant for owners, founders, leaders, entrepreneurs and senior executives, involved in the management of a family run business. To maintain the personal nature of the workshop, participation is restricted to 7 persons only.


*  Understand inter-personal dynamics and how they impact business decision

*  Realize the importance of professionalism and role clarity in family business

*  Building a self-empowered management team and the difficulties in giving up control

*  Comprehending different stages and challenges in the growth of a family run business

*  Self-awareness of how the leader comes in the way of the growth of his own organization


Dates: 25th & 26th May 2012

Time: 9.30 am to 6.00 pm

Venue: Bombay Connect, 4th Floor, Candelar Bldg, 26 St. John Baptist Road, Near Mount Mary Steps, Bandra (W), Mumbai

Cost: Rs. 5,000/- includes lunch and snacks

Registration: Write to or Call 022 32220475 / 9004256464

About CREATING FLOW Workshops

CREATING FLOW workshops are personal and explorative in nature. We believe insights that emerge out of self-exploration bring an emotional shift, hence result in a real change. We therefore do not use power points, established concepts or management literature in our workshops. We request participants to identify and explore concerns that affect their current lives – personal or professional. We believe everything we do involves us, hence both personal and professional life affect each other. We create a safe space for participants to explore without the fear of being judged.

Fundamental to our working philosophy is being in touch with the present moment. It is also called being in the here & now. This means while we have a basic design for any interaction, we have no idea what will emerge in the moment. We do not believe in right or wrong. We allow for multiplicity of perspectives and create a safe space for them to engage with each other, without any pressure of reaching a similar conclusion. We believe free experience and expression are far more powerful change agents, than reasoning and explanation.

The setting of the workshops is informal with Indian style seating on mattresses and cushions on the floor. However, a participant is free to sit on a chair if he wishes. Unlike a typical workshop, there are no tables, chairs, power points or written material.  While participants are free to take notes during the workshop, we encourage them to be more attentive how they feel in the moment. We believe change is a result of what touches us the most and transforms our world-view.


 “Ajay and Payal’s approach was refreshing, not so ‘in your face’, rather casual and kept each one engaged. They were fearless to point out what was not working irrespective of the hierarchy”

Mehul Desai, Founder and Chairman, Mail Order Solutions (India) Pvt. Ltd.

 “Flow Consulting gives an amazing insight into organisational development and direction. Allowing people to get a macro view of where they want to go, while addressing the micro challenges in getting there!”

Lee Bolding– Founder and Partnerships Manager, Atma

“Flow ran a leadership development retreat for our social entrepreneur investees with great skill, grace and flexibility.  It’s also wonderful to see Ajay and Payal clearly so passionate about and aligned with their work. Highly recommended.”

Richard Alderson, Co-founder and Director Unltd India

“Excellent! I don’t know whether this is the way Socrates built capacity of people through questioning and reasoning.    But if this is not the way he used, he would use it if he knew it!”

Rajkuman Janagam – President, I – initiate

“I loved the way  Ajay and Payal asked questions in a continuous flow, from which emerged directions for me to find answers.”

Vasumathi Sriganesh – CEO, Q Med


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Kate Currawalla, President

“The Maharashtra Dyslexia Association is a not-for-profit organization working for the last fifteen years to secure the rights of people with Special Learning Disability to an appropriate education within the mainstream. Over the years, the organization has grown exponentially to include around thirty professional and administrative staff spread over three service centres and consultants at outreach projects across Mumbai and beyond. A major concern, recently, was the general feeling that many of those who had joined the staff in recent years were not in tune with the philosophy of the founders and the commitment and team spirit that had existed earlier was diminished as a result. This was exacerbated by the exigencies of our work, which essentially requires professionals to work one-on-one with each of their students over long periods of time. With MDA evaluating how it could best meet the challenges of a rapidly changing education sector, we felt there was need to build better communication and cooperation amongst our team in order to re-establish the participative and co-operative structures that have, in the past, helped individuals grow along with the organization.

A fortuitous meeting with Payal Gupta and Ajay Kalra through the Bombay Hub lead us to believe we had found the kind of facilitators we could trust implicitly to achieve our goals. While our project is still a work in progress, the FLOW duo have already helped us at MDA to reassess roles within the top administration, to establish clear lines of open communication and delineate individual roles. Individual and group meetings with staff members across all centres and discipline have given a clearer idea of areas of staff interaction and roles definition in the secondary layer of administration that need to be addressed. Most importantly, the group sessions encouraged staff to voice their concerns and set the stage for more healthy discussions to sort out individual differences that now take place regularly, as individuals look within to re-evaluate their personal aspirations and understand better our organizational goals. We already see this new atmosphere of openness leading to better participation by staff members in group activities and organizational tasks even at this early stage, and look forward to continuing to work with Payal and Ajay in the areas of strategic planning and organizational development to fulfill, re-energize and restructure our organization to meet the ever-changing aspirations of our stakeholders.”

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