Conversation with Development Officer – Engineering Department

  • Name: Mr. Pramod Thakare
  • Designation: Development Officer – Engineering
  • Training: Creativity, Reinvention and Self Development for Global Managers
  • Institute: – Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
  • Date: 12th – 16th November 2018

You have recently attended a course on Leading with Creativity, Reinvention and Self Development for Global Managers. How was your experience?

I am thankful to Ujjwal for giving me an opportunity to attend this training programme. The training was managed really well by the director of the institute. During the training, I realized that the institutes tries to connect the participants with the society instead of creating machine like managers. The Government of India identifies the importance of including emotional and spiritual management in the curriculum of a management institute; IIMB is one of the institutes that includes it in their syllabus.

The training programme started with campus orientation followed by a task where we had to introduce ourselves. A questionnaire was shared with us and we prepared a presentation based on our answers. In the introduction everyone talked about themselves, their professional achievements, future goals, strengths, weaknesses, etc. This session made us aware of others name, his or her achievements, strengths and weaknesses; it helped us in interacting with each other.

Do you think this course helped you in your current role and how do you relate this course to your day-to-day life personally as well as professionally?

Definitely. This training enhances our management skills. Currently, I am handling a team and also report to the higher management. So at times I work as a mediator and my role is to get the work done from my subordinates. All the members in my team are different, so I have to analyse their strengths and weaknesses before giving them any task. Without that one cannot optimally utilized their subordinates. After attending this training, I now study my team and distribute work accordingly for an effective output.

Who were the other participants and how was your interaction with other participants?

Except me, most of the participants were located around Bangalore and were from the private sector. After giving my presentation the other participants were astonished to know about the amount of work I have done and the work culture in government sector. They really appreciated my presentation. Most of the government organisations believe in a hierarchy and gives very little liberty to its employees, but CIDCO on the other hand believes in an open environment and gives a lot of liberty to its employees. Approaching the higher management is relatively easier here.

What was the best part of this training? If you want to highlight anything in particular.

One of the faculties started the lecture by telling his own life’s story. It was very inspirational to know about him, how he was directed to spirituality and how he found his guru/guide. Most of his lecture put emphasis on spiritual learning stating example from epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata.  He explained role of Krishna and Rama as managers.

How do you think other CIDCO employees would benefit if they went for a similar course?

Yes, I definitely recommend this course to all senior employees of CIDCO as they belong to the top management and are actively involved in decision making.

How is the programme different from other programmes you attended?

Many trainings that I attended in the past were technical. This was the first time I went for a management programme. This training helped me analyse and improve myself; it definitely helped me in developing my personality. This training taught us not to work as a machine and become good managers.