Raising the Bar – Through Attitudinal Change

Dr Amol Deshmukh, MD HERD Group of Companies arranged through HR, a learning workshop entitled “Udaan”,  conducted by Dr. Ramesh Sangare of Human Resources Development Corporation, on August 10-11, 2017. The training program was specifically for HERD Pharmacy supervisory and managerial staff along with affiliated office staff. The two day training sessions were to focus on Raising Bar of Performance through Attitudinal Change. The aim of the program was to help staff achieve certain core attitudinal approaches to make their contributions more efficient and effective.

A total of 35 front line supervisors along with managers participated in the program to help gain organizational objectives by learning to understand the need to bring about changes in attitude. The training imparted thought-provoking motivational talk in order to stimulate self-motivation in them. Participants were made aware of their inherent strengths and weaknesses through psychometric tools to aid them to understand how they could use the information derived to best advantage.

After the formal inaugural introductions, Day 1 took on a brief introduction of the program. The trainer gradually introduced the importance of attitude that usually marks the altitude one was capable of reaching. Inputs in the session focused on participant’s role in the organization and understanding role stresses and to know how to deal with them. Learning sessions took on issues around earmarked achievements, failure in reaching them and the importance of goal setting. Through games and presentations the concept of conscious goal setting was defined in order to work for self-survival and growth of company. The role of communication, cooperation and co-ordination was paramount in success of achieving set targets.

Day 2 began with a brief recapitulation of the previous days learning followed by listing down the gray areas that affect productivity and smooth run of operations. The FIRO-B instrument was tackled to understand the changing world of work, society and family. Also participants were facilitated to see their inner selves and their interpersonal relationship building potential through the Johari Window. The Johari Window is a technique that helps people better understand their relationship with themselves and others. It was created by psychologists Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham and is commonly used in corporate training modules.

Dr Sangare further stated the important role of communication, commanding, cooperation, collaboration and coordination – these five Cs that gear up overall performance in a company. A case study was also undertaken during the course of the program for the benefit of the participants to help them understand the role of managers in building and managing their teams. A brief abridged version of Hindi film ‘Lagaan’ was presented to make clear role of leadership as also to understand nuances in situational and functional leadership areas.

The two day training program concluded with an explanation of the psychometric instruments used as well as a written feedback from participants. Dr Amol Deshmukh conducted a verbal feedback to gauge how well the concepts had been understood by the participants. This proved to be useful since as an entity HERD Pharmacy needed to identify the existing problems, challenges, weaknesses, strengths and skills of the sales team were. It was also essential to know what further investment in time and resources were to be made to create a sustained sales force that could also share this training knowledge to maintain learned proficiencies.

Dr Amol Deshmukh specified that the need was to identify right persons in the sales team to don effective trainer roles in the near future. This would be critical in developing the full potential of the entire sales team cutting across the different stores. Since sales managers and sales staff work closely together it would be beneficial to stay focused on consistent, accessible and interested people to take on such roles. Raising the bar on in-house coaching would be the key to increasing the beliefs of the sales managers to lead effective teams, thereby creating successful sales teams.

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The Euphoria of Sports, Games & Competition

Colorful Flags Flying High

The Fun Of It All

“…it is now possible …to create a world where everybody shall have a reasonable chance of happiness.”

Bertrand Russell may have written these lines in a different context, but for HERD Foundation they ring true in our attempt to organize sports events for two rural districts of Nagpur – just for the fun of it all!  Realizing that this mainstay extracurricular activity of city bred people needed to be extended to allow a sense of enjoyment for rural populace too, Dr Amol Deshmukh planned a series of sporting events that brought enthusiastic teams in the fray.

It is very true that sports are to be enjoyed to bring on the feel good factor. They help develop excitement for living it up for something much more than beyond the ordinary normalcy of everyday life. Offering a great diversion for some part of your time, they help you forget about the rigors of life and give you joy for a little while. Yes sports do have a happy impact on your psyche and sustain your tame existence.

Games in all honesty are a healing factor uniting people for a common passion. It has been interesting to make note of the manner in which the teams have been practicing for various events, egged on by vigilant sports teachers. Our coaches have been offering guidance and instructions for understanding the rules of the games. Even the general onlookers rooting for the teams offer a sense of exhilaration, which is a pleasure to watch.

We love how the competitions have developed a fan following for HERD Premier League or HPL in the region.  It’s great to see the youth look forward to something that is so simple and so good for them. Besides getting their minds off the daily grind of life these games have become a symbol for something much deeper – developing a sense of strength and purpose to prevail on their minds.

This euphoria that HERD Foundation has injected in the youth has created good interaction and better connections among people who perhaps otherwise would never have met up. They have been instrumental in projecting good, clean fun besides opening up a world of sporting fun. If only for sometime HPL Sports do act as a bonding element to bring the youth together to have a moment of unadulterated happiness.

The Fun Times

The Pursuit of Happiness

Hu Tu Tu – For the Love of Sports

Volley Ball at Parseoni

Sports Events in Rural Areas – Volleyball Match at Parseoni

It is a mistaken notion that sports events in rural areas are non-existent. Our villages do excel in several kinds of native games but organized sports events may not have likely occurred here. Yet with the passage of time and modern means of communications – TV being the most watched medium, sports events have gained increasing coverage, making youth respond to sports. Local schools and colleges also facilitate sports. But response to such events may not always be overwhelming.

We do know that some sports have found their origins in villages itself and have gained popularity over time.  These include indigenous games like twisting hands, holding wrists, weight-lifting, jumping, running and wrestling. These rural sports likely emerged out of need to defend against animals or adversaries.  Also the interdependence of people from different community may have induced the need to showcase the need for physical strength.

Kabbadi is still one of the most favored of rural sports. It is wonderful to see locals hovering around to enjoy the fervor of this sport in villages. They do get all high-spirited as teams engage in fending the field and their breath! Rural folks organize and arrange such events by also extending hospitality to both competitors and spectators, making it more fun. History tells us that only after independence did the circle of rural sports get extended to include other games besides wrestling and kabbadi.

HERD Foundation attempts to revive the celebration of rural sports by organizing games events in a grand and splendid manner. Our rustic aspirants are all excited about playing Volleyball and participating in cross country running. The prizes attached to events make competitors more keen and competitive. They strive harder for victory and enjoy the healthy completion. Indeed it is exhilarating to see the blend of defeat and victory, action and boundless energy that exists in our villages. Our rural districts are enjoying sports activities that has created an intoxicating atmosphere.

Rains - Playing Spoilsport!!

And Boys Will Be Boys!