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Flow Consulting in collaboration with Bombay Connect

Presents 

    FLOW Leadership Coaching

     July 27 & 28, 2012, Mumbai

FLOW Leadership Coaching is one of its kind leadership workshop that combines personal self-exploration along with group wisdom, in an informal setting. The workshop is meant for leaders, founders, entrepreneurs, senior executives and change managers involved in organizational management and change. To maintain the personal nature of the workshop, participation is restricted to 5 persons only.

Objectives

* Awareness of your leadership style

* Identifying your current leadership and organizational challenge

* A multidimensional view into your organization, structure, roles and value

* Aligning the leader’s beliefs and behaviour with desired organizational goals

* Creating insight for personal change and organizational results

Logistics

Dates: 27th & 28th July 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 bombay.connect@unltdindia.org or Call 022 32220475 / 9004256464

About FLOW Workshops

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

Fundamental to the Flow working philosophy is being in touch with the present moment. It is also called being in the here & now. This means while there is a basic design for any interaction, a higher intelligence chooses what will emerge in the moment. Flow does not believe in right or wrong. Flow allows for multiplicity of perspectives and create a safe space for them to engage with each other, without any pressure of reaching a similar conclusion. Flow believes 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, they are encouraged to be more attentive how they feel in the moment. Flow believes change is a result of what touches us the most and transforms our world-view.

Testimonials

 “Flow’s  approach was refreshing, not so ‘in your face’, rather casual and kept each one engaged. Flow was 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 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 questions were asked in a continuous flow, from which emerged directions for me to find answers.”

Vasumathi Sriganesh, CEO, Q Med

Facilitator

Ajay Kalra

 www.flowconsulting.in

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Flow Consulting in collaboration with Bombay Connect

Presents 

    FLOW Leadership Coaching

     June 22 & 23, 2012, Mumbai

FLOW Leadership Coaching is one of its kind leadership workshop that combines personal self-exploration along with group wisdom, in an informal setting. The workshop is meant for leaders, founders, entrepreneurs, senior executives and change managers involved in organizational management and change. To maintain the personal nature of the workshop, participation is restricted to 7 persons only.

Objectives

* Awareness of your leadership style

* Identifying your current leadership and organizational challenge

* A multidimensional view into your organization, structure, roles and value

* Aligning the leader’s beliefs and behaviour with desired organizational goals

* Creating insight for personal change and organizational results

Logistics

Dates: 22nd & 23rd June 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 bombay.connect@unltdindia.org or Call 022 32220475 / 9004256464

About FLOW Workshops

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.

Testimonials

 “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

Facilitators

Ajay Kalra   &   Payal Gupta

 www.flowconsulting.in

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“What do you do?” We are often asked. The question leaves us stumped. Depending on who’s asking, our answers may range from – organisation development, HR consulting, leadership development or team building. Some people end up thinking we offer life skills. Well the actual answer is peculiar. We do neither of the above, yet all of the above. Let me explain.

First, why is it difficult to explain what we do? Second, what we do and what emerges out of it.

My work is purely experiential, hence difficult to explain. It is like asking someone eating a chocolate ice cream what does it taste like. He will say “it tastes like chocolate ice cream”. Now, if you have tasted chocolate ice cream you will recall that taste from memory. But if you have never eaten it before, then chocolate ice cream are simply words and you are as clueless as before.  Since what I do is not something I have experienced others do, I don’t really have words to explain it. In which case I use common words that people will relate to – OD, HR, Training, Coaching etc. Of course these have so many connotations based on the listener’s association with these words, that he simply puts my work under one of these buckets, and is quite satisfied thinking he has understood what I do. But that is not what I do.

So what do I do? Simply put, I engage people in conversations. With themselves or with each other. It is my belief that all that is manifest in the outer world is on account of the inner conversations of people. These conversations may comprise of beliefs, values, ideas, notions, concepts, theories, philosophies, prejudices, perceptions, views, opinions, judgements. Call it what you may, all these form part of our inner conversation, that becomes our self-identity. When this personal inner world relates to another person’s inner world it creates a relationship. When there are more people bound together, it creates a culture. Cultures gives rise to systems, processes, policies – stated or unstated- to manage a social unit. Be it a family, organisation or a nation.

In the work we have done, I have observed that engaging people in facilitative conversations brings awareness of mindsets, values, strengths, weaknesses, cultures, roles, systems. It also highlights how these are related to each other and helps to identify what is functional and dysfunctional in a particular situation. These conversations are very real. By that I mean pertinent to the person’s current life situation. Since neither of this is intellectual or cognitive, it impacts people at a feeling level. These conversations have the capability to impact mindsets and beliefs, during the course of the conversations itself. Even views the person may hold about himself. Quite unlike intellectual learning, where concepts are gathered, to be put to good use later. Which in my experience rarely happens. It only adds to the concept bank of a person, without creating any shift in consciousness.

So what use is this? The beauty of it is, that it can be put to any use. Ranging from helping individuals get in touch with themselves more deeply, facilitating full self-expression to building organisation cultures. The outcome is mostly a by-product of these conversations. A recent interview and interactive process we did with the leadership team of an organization to my mind built individual and group self-awareness, opened communication blocks, examined individual styles to organizational roles, identified key organizational blocks, built ownership to the organisation brand and vision and identified the next strategic initiatives for organizational growth. Did we start with these objectives? No. We simply started and ended with facilitating conversations that were unarticulated. Bringing multiple perspectives to awareness for exploration and enhancing the gestalt of an individual to experience himself and another. Whatever objectives were achieved, were an outcome that of that process.

I often tell people, what I do cannot be told or sold. It can only be experienced and recommended. People who have experienced our work and found value in it, become our brand ambassadors. We recently did a group coaching exercise for young adults, as a part of a two year leadership program called Gandhi Fellowship. Enclosed below is a testimonial from Tripti, the Head of that program. It was one of the most fulfilling assignments and the comprehensive testimonial is reflective of how we work. Even though the focus in this assignment was the individual and not the organisation, our approach in all cases remain the same. Facilitating the unsaid.

In conclusion I am reminded of the saying “The proof of the pudding lies in eating it.”

And, knowing what Flow does lies in experiencing it!

Testimonial from Kaivalya Education Foundation

{http://www.gandhifellowship.org}

Flow conducted a five day Personal Reflection process for the fellows of the Gandhi Fellowship program. The brief to Flow was to design a process that would enhance the fellows’ self-awareness, get them to systematically begin exploring the question, “Who am I?” and thus be able to reach clarity about themselves so as to enable each fellow to articulate to herself his/her early version of their ‘private dream’; which is a the pivot around which the Gandhi Fellowship program is designed.

 Flow had to design a process that explored the innermost questions of each individual but it had to be done in a group and it had to be designed for 40 people. How to design a standard process that can be customized to the needs of each individual? And most importantly how to do this an environment that is emotionally and psychologically safe? These were the issues around which Flow had to work.

 Added to this was the challenge that these were no regular corporate employees, who would do a process simply because they had been asked to. The Fellows are individuals who will not do anything only for the sake of it and they are people who will ask questions and demand reasons for what they are getting in to.

 Flow Consulting designed a process that effectively and intelligently worked around the above-mentioned challenges and constraints. The design of the process was accurate to the last minute and yet left room for ideas and emotions to flow when needed. Within a tight design there was room for adaptation, participation and even co-facilitation. The beauty of the process was that by the second day fellows themselves had begun to contribute to the facilitation process.

 The process stretched the limits of all, the fellows and of members from Flow Consulting too. A process of such intense nature that extends for five days can be a emotionally and psychologically draining but Ajay, Payal and Jaya flowed through the ebb and flow of intense emotions with consummate ease.

 What I appreciate most was their ability to connect with, respect and appreciate the uniqueness of the Gandhi Fellows. This attitude percolated to the fellows and so they were able to draw  real appreciation and respect from the Fellows.

The most evident outcome of the process has been that the Fellows have learnt how to accept the emotion they are feeling at a given moment and  then give word to their emotions. This ability to connect to the ebb and flow of one’s emotions is the first step towards taking responsibility for one’s feelings, which in turn is a giant step in reaching true maturity. Flow has made a huge contribution to this growth in the journey of the 40 fellows.

Tripti Vyas

Head: Gandhi Fellowship Programme

Kaivalya Education Foundation

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