“Improve”, an employee engagement programme

October 13th, 2010

I had the good forfute to initiate in 1997 and then nurture for 12 years, an employee engagement programme that is yet unique in India’s corporate sector in terms of innovation, motivation and contribution to the balance sheet.

On the night of 9 September, when Air India Express flight IX 622B took off from Chennai, headed for Kuala Lumpur, it had 185 passengers, all of them employees of Ashok Leyland. Around the same time, flights were taking off with their colleagues, from airports at Bangalore Mumbai and New Delhi. They were headed for the Genting Highlands south of Kuala Lumpur to compete in the finals of Improve 2009, joined by judges, guests and volunteers. Together, a group of 460, many of them using their hurriedly obtained passports for the first time.
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A weekend in New York

October 9th, 2010

(First appeared in The Hindu, October 9, 2010)

Much to everyone’s disbelief, a weekend in New York is possible even for as little as $250.

Times Square: The crowd is a microcosm of humanity

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