Shekarsan

"Shekarsan helped the team to relate to the business goals and helped them prioritize the initiatives according to their relative importance... into manageable component modules. In the end, plans were developed... setting the ground for teamwork and focused execution."

"Shekarsan helped the team to relate to the business goals and helped them prioritize the initiatives according to their relative importance... into manageable component modules. In the end, plans were developed... setting the ground for teamwork and focused execution."

We engaged Shekarsan to facilitate our HR team to develop the annual HR Plans that supported the company's annual objectives for the next year.

Our specific requirement was for the programs - conceptualized at a high level - to be broken down into operational steps with sufficient clarity for implementation thereafter. Also, it was required to identify a set of operational measures of adequate granularity so that the teams could monitor the progress by themselves. Further, at the end of the 3 day workshop we wanted the members to feel enthusiastic with a sense of ownership for the initiatives as a team and bring them to successful closure.

Shekarsan helped the team to relate to the business goals and helped them prioritize the initiatives according to their relative importance.

The team, using the guidance, broke the program down into manageable component modules. The level of detail was validated by each of the teams with their seniors who were present at the meeting, guiding and coaching them.

Next, the individual teams identified the logical sequence of events and sized up the time and effort required to bring them to closure. Since the teams could think through in requisite detail, they were more confident about their estimates of resources and time required for the closure of the programs.

Again, each of the teams presented their proposal to the rest of the audience and drew the benefit of the collective insights from all the other members who either benefited or contributed directly to the team's success.

In the end, plans were developed, which had the complete "buy-in" of the team members as well as the HR leaders, thus setting the ground for teamwork and focused execution.

Our sincere Thanks and Appreciation to Shekarsan who came out to help with the workshop at short notice and enabled us to arrive at our plans as intended.

Niketh Sundar, Global Head-HR, UST Global

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"Shekarsan, in his inimitable and easy style showed that it was possible to combine individual initiatives into group effort to align with the company's ambitious big picture to achieve the expected results. "

"Shekarsan, in his inimitable and easy style showed that it was possible to combine individual initiatives into group effort to align with the company's ambitious big picture to achieve the expected results. "

"Shekarsan, in his inimitable and easy style showed that it was possible to combine individual initiatives into group effort to align with the company's ambitious big picture to achieve the expected results. "

Air Commodore KNV Nair, VSM ( Ret'd) Associate Director - HR & Administration MacLellan Integrated Services India (P) Ltd.,

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We engaged Shekarsan, to institute a culture of System Intelligent Thinking in our team on a pilot basis at our plant at Madurai. Designed to function like a Self Managed Work Team, the team took over the daily operations end to end, meeting the delivery commitment goal...
We engaged Shekarsan, to institute a culture of System Intelligent Thinking in our team on a pilot basis at our plant at Madurai. Designed to function like a Self Managed Work Team, the team took over the daily operations end to end, meeting the delivery commitment goal... 'Pentagon' is an in-house cross functional team that we conceptualized with a mandate to demonstrate breakthrough business results. Their task was to realize a business goal of 3C/3X, to achieve revenue of Rs 300 crores, with 3 times the profitability in 12 months. As a Deming Award Winner, the team was already well versed in the principles of the Toyota Production System (TPS). We identified the need for inculcating a championship mindset in them to live the spirit of Pentagon. We engaged Shekarsan, to institute a culture of System Intelligent Thinking in our team on a pilot basis at our plant at Madurai. Designed to function like a Self Managed Work Team, the team took over the daily operations end to end, empowering themselves to meet a daily delivery commitment goal of 100% OTIF (On time and in Full). And financially, they were required to demonstrate an accelerated run rate in revenue and profits, involving no major additional capital investment. Working progressively to eliminate the daily bottlenecks at work over the next 90 days, they reported and reviewed their daily performance, all by themselves. Working quickly, they first eliminated needless guesswork, rooted out waste and arrested any production that had no valid delivery commitment for the day. Eliminating complexity, they improved the visibility and transparency at daily work to yield better financial results. In addition they enhanced the rating as a relatable proprietary supplier with their principals. At the closure of the pilot, the team presented their learning with renewed self confidence. Vindicating the faith placed on them, the Pentagon team lived up to the spirit of Championship in letter and spirit.

VR Janardhanam, Chief Operating Officer, Sundaram Brake Linings Limited.

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Identifying the need to educate our workforce on the market realities and to get them to work with less risk and higher productivity, Shekarsan helped us design and develop 'Kalasam' - a training program to foster commitment and creativity.

Identifying the need to educate our workforce on the market realities and to get them to work with less risk and higher productivity, Shekarsan helped us design and develop 'Kalasam' - a training program to foster commitment and creativity.

The background:

Domore Tools and Accessories Private Limited is a precision component supplier for Greaves cotton for over 35 years. The recent turbulence in the market worldwide had resulted in OEM's expecting their proprietary suppliers to weather a higher proportion of the business risk. While the commitments to banks and workforce are irrevocable, principals were taking longer to honour their commitments to pay on time. As an SME, we had to reinvent our game.

Kalasam: Building a thoughtfully Intelligent Workforce

Identifying the need to educate our workforce on the market realities and to get them to work with less risk and higher productivity, Shekarsan helped us design and develop ‘Kalasam’ – a training program to foster commitment and creativity.

An acronym in Tamil for learning, visioning, empowering and enjoying, ‘Kalasam’ was aimed at building a thoughtfully intelligent workforce.

A classroom was created within the workplace itself, to reduce the 'distance' between theory and application. And in batches of 15 each, all the workers learned the essentials of scientific production, in a two hour class room session. Encouraged to implement their lessons at the workplace, the workforce met daily between themselves to address the challenges of unlearning.

Their progress was reviewed the next week before inducting them into the next module. And over the next six months, the workforce became more conscious of their own safety and need for personal hygiene and cleanliness.

They counted the instances of daily noise, interruption and delays with attendant waste and poor quality to progressively reduce them. 'Scores' were reviewed at the weekly classroom session.

We soon registered an improvement in our cash and inventory cycles. More importantly, it also helped improve our supplier ratings with our OEM.

The greatest gain was the enthusiasm shown by the workforce on the value of learning from the workplace – and the resulting sense of pride and ownership!

C Sampathkumar, President, Domore Tools and Accessories Private Limited

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We invited Shekarsan...his perspectives helped the team align the customer satisfaction ratings to the levels of employee engagement and stakeholder value creation. Adopting his framework... to improve customer satisfaction levels with a significantly higher level of enthusiasm.

We invited Shekarsan...his perspectives helped the team align the customer satisfaction ratings to the levels of employee engagement and stakeholder value creation. Adopting his framework... to improve customer satisfaction levels with a significantly higher level of enthusiasm.

Our unit was created to fulfill the HR and Finance related service needs of the Global workforce of CSC. As a part of our drive for service excellence, we elected to improve the satisfaction levels to the highest rating. More specifically, we wished to secure a very satisfied rating from a higher proportion of our internal customers. We were keen for the team to feel stimulated by applied experiences in the Indian context. We invited Shekarsan to offer his experiential insights with case illustrations on how the challenges were addressed and how creatively they were resolved.

In addition to being very thought provoking and also challenging fundamental assumptions, his perspectives helped the team align the customer satisfaction ratings to the levels of employee engagement and stakeholder value creation. Adopting his framework, the team came up with a proposal to take up the challenge to improve customer satisfaction levels with a significantly higher level of enthusiasm.

Thank you Shekar, for the wonderful session !!

Sruthi Sagar Ananthachari, Director - Corporate Shared Services India, CSC

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