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Creating Experiences Through Powerful Sojourns — Case Studies
What do we do at Kabir learning foundation ?
We rekindle your dreams and energize your journey towards a better world around yourself .We invite people to come out of their regular corporate context and create engage into an intersection with inspiring social enterprises and NGOs. The spark generated with this healthy intersection is used for engaging into individualized engagements for unleashing next level of personal development. All this is to encourage individual and collective thought towards better organizations. We know and appreciate that progressive intentions need a constant and systematic nurturing. To this end, we create thought provoking inner journeys, so that people and the organizations start gravitating towards newer and powerful experiences. We simulate experiences that can achieve transformation on both the individual and the work environment in subtle yet powerful ways.
Here we tell you how a few organizations by embarking on our journeys have challenged stereotypes, redefined strategies and achieved higher synergy of their teams in deeply satisfying ways.
Leadership Journey | Ushering in Creativity | Senior leadership team from a Financial data services company
Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step
This financial data services company which commanded strong presence in India and parts of Asia was gearing itself for another powerful beginning. Powered by a dynamic set of leaders, it was used to challenging stereotypes and achieving high growth. In the course of its interaction with Kabir Learning Foundation (KLF), the leaders communicated that they were aspiring for harmonious growth of the organization while achieving synergy of individual efforts.
Their questions were pointed –
How do we ensure that the goals of the design, delivery ,finance, HR, sales and marketing teams are aligned with each other?
How do we usher a culture of giving constructive feedback?
How do we devote less time to transactional work and more time to build a better organization ?
To enable the leaders of the organization achieve their objectives, KLF proposed that the top honchos of the company undertake a wisdom journey. The purpose of this journey was simple: To cross over from one
state of perception to another, resonate with a host of other possibilities and in the process break down barriers of communication. The lush Western Ghats were earmarked for the purpose. As the cool breezes from the hills welcomed these leaders, they began to shed a little bit of their corporate identities. They were no longer in silos but were fellow travelers who had come forward to make discoveries and arrive at solutions
Thus after three days of staying in close proximity with nature, watching the farmers work, they could feel a movement, an awakening. Bridges replaced barriers. There was an infusion of positivism.
As the journey came to a fruitful end, the participants presented to the organization five pillars of growth:
- Be positive
- Start with self
- Be daring
- Start to finish
Leadership Journey |Challenging Stereotypes with compassion | Senior and Middle Management team from a Garment manufacturing company
Leadership is an intense journey into yourself. You can use your own style to get anything done. It’s about being self-aware. Every morning, I look in the mirror and say, ‘I could have done three things better yesterday.
Jeffrey R. Immelt
This quote rang uncannily true in the case the giant garment conglomerate with which KLF worked. This company had everything—an enviable market presence, a dynamic, creative team and abundant talent. But as the organization surged ahead, the departmental heads of Branding, HR and Finance felt the need for fresh perspective.
Can a bit of softening bring about a change in leadership styles?
Can compassion along with passion challenge stereotypes?
To answer these questions, KLF designed a care journey for the company. The aim of this journey was to reawaken the gentleness and embed it into the conscious of the individual. According to KLF, transformation does not take place when there exists a sameness of situations. A catalyst is necessary to trigger a series of changes both within and outside— changes which do not necessarily follow a cause- effect pattern but are the beginning of something profound and something, which affect the personal equation that a person shares with self, as well as with those around them.
The participants were taken to a quiet, charitable organization that takes care of the autistic girl child. As the journey progressed, the participants could connect easily with:
- The silent, graceful and powerful leadership that existed within these four walls
- The enthusiasm and honesty of the volunteers and the employees
- The power of basics
- The focus of the leaders while maintaining a cheerful disposition.
- The pride and joy that the employees took as they took care of the autistic children.
The journey triggered subtle yet powerful changes in the participants. They realized the power of silent leadership and how nurturing has a major role to play in the context of corporate dynamics.
Leadership Journey | The Powerful Role of Optimism | Middle Management team of a Wellness company
Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It’s a journey of discovery – there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair.
Discovery was the key word in the corporate journey of this highly acclaimed wellness organization. Being on the cusp of high growth, it had extremely capable leaders who were visionaries and were always on the lookout for innovative ways to engage with their employees and customers.
Their questions were simple yet profound.
What role does gratitude play in our business strategies ?
Is it possible for big corporations to make gentleness and humility part of their core values to improve customer centric behaviour ?
How does optimism contribute to the bottom line of the organization?
To meet their needs, KLF designed a series of interactive journeys where the participants were made to connect with the residents of an NGO that took care of autistic children.
Among the many lessons that the participants learnt in the process were those of selflessness and the art of remaining positive in the face of dire circumstances. The journey helped the participants in many ways:
- The participants were able to view the world beyond themselves.
- It enabled them to honestly assess their strengths and weakness. They began to understand the gap between the perceived self and the real self.
- By absorbing the gratitude and compassion from the NGO, they were able to execute their duties with more diligence and less fatigue.
- They began to see their colleagues in new light.
Thus concluded the journey that was all about learning how compassion plays a major role in the wellness of an organization.
Leadership journey | Cheerfulness in demanding situations | Senior leadership team on an MNC IT company
Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us.
Cheerfulness in demanding situations for this IT Company was something which evoked power and grace. It was more than a mood or moment. It was an ambience, a driving force.
With its activities consisting mainly of coming up with smart solutions for the banking sector, it was looking forward to making an intellectual shift to cheer leadership.
- How do we develop abilities to think big and develop ability to execute big goals ?
- How do we de overcome risk aversion ?
- How do we develop higher levels of operational excellence ?
To answer these questions, the leaders embarked on a powerful inner journey. Led by KLF, they threw open their glass doors, stepped out into the dusty streets and viewed life as it existed outside the balance sheets and bottom lines. The destination of this journey was a humble NGO which took care of autistic children. As the participants interacted with the inmates of this NGO, they realized that:
- Motivation need not necessarily come alone in the form of bonuses, incentives and dream vacations. It’s about reigniting our inspiration to do things.
- Sometimes, motivation can be about not succumbing to the pressures of attrition and discharging one’s duty with dignity and grace.
- Empathy plays a major role in everyday success stories
- Risk aversion must be reduced or balanced
Finally, when they returned to the organization, the stress ebbed and they were able to discharge their roles with more gentleness and compassion. The participants thus realized the power of collective compassion, collective humility and collective gratitude.
Leadership Journey | Rethinking Excellence| Top team of an MNC Agro-business firm
I think a spiritual journey is not so much a journey of discovery. It’s a journey of recovery. It’s a journey of uncovering your own inner nature. It’s already there.
This MNC agro tech company was dedicated to revolutionize the farming world. In the course of its interactions with KLF, it had many questions:
How do we strengthen communication within the organizations?
Is it possible for our employees to assimilate lessons in detail orientation and strategic thinking while observing the vagaries of life and survival?
How do we keep cynicism away from us in challenging times ?
The organization got all its answers after it undertook a journey for exploring answers to these questions.
The journey consisted of interacting with the inmates of a humble NGO which took care of differently abled orphans . It transformed the employees in powerful ways:
- They realized that excellence was an intricate network of trust, relationships, integrity and teamwork.
- They realized how collective listening contributed actively to organizational goals.
In this way each of these journeys played a major role in re-aligning perspectives and achieving excellence in many ways.
Would you agree with me if I say that one of the best ways to learn some key values in our lives is to experience them, see them live? Xellia folks did so along with Kabir learning foundation. During the course of the event, the participants were taken to Swanthana ,a Care home for the autistic girl children who are disowned by their parents. Swanthana demonstrated a loving form of accountability. Swanthana was founded by the sisters of St.Camillus, practically with minimal resources.
During this journey, Xellia participants asked to make their own observations regarding the management of this organization. Aptly titled as “Swanthana Life Model”, the workshop drew multifarious responses from the attendees.
As the team walked through the humble corridors of Swanthana and intermingled with the inmates and caretakers, they were exposed to a world of care, hygiene, frugality, discipline and compassion—a world which continued to function despite the challenges of funds because there was love, humility and endless spirit of care.
When asked what the Swanthana life model symbolized for them, the Xellia team came up with thought provoking responses. For them, the workshop symbolized a life which embodied:
- Participative leadership
- Team spirit
- Proactive spirit
Xellia team shared how they felt a perceptible change deep within after the tour. When asked, “What do you embrace?” their responses were inspiring:
- “We embrace Change.”
- “We embrace timely communication.”
- “We embrace timely and quick decisions.”
- “We embrace transparency.”
- “We embrace the common spirit of our team.”
- “We embrace positivism in attitude and behaviors.”
The Sisters at Swanthana told the Xellia team that high attrition rate was one of the many challenges that they were constantly facing. Xellia team saw how that hardly made a difference in the way the sisters cared for the autistic children.
“Were they ready to let go of anything?” they were asked.
The answer was “Yes!” They were ready to let go of –
- Limiting beliefs that held them back
- Passing the buck
- Too much flexibility
This experience was followed by a one on one coaching session for all the participants, to enable a better connect of the experience with their purpose in their lives. As a coach , I felt how many stories we all carry within ourselves that can be so inspiring to others.
As it appeared, team took with them lessons on accountability, humility and compassion, also shared their plans for conscious and subconscious implementation of learnings.