Beyond ‘good’ Corporate Training Institutes in Mumbai

Hello again, hope you’ll are doing really well:) Just thought I’d pop in and tell you something interesting that I realized the other day. Something that will help you in identifying which corporate training institutes in Mumbai really are different and can help you and your employees reach a whole ‘other’ level.

Sounds exciting? Well then, let’s go!

As you all know, we are currently in the midst of a huge change. I know GST is currently what change means to us, but I am talking about some other change, our change. Yes, The Yellow Spot’s change. We are changing and are changing really fast. Our logo, look and feel. We have some new members added on our team and with the renewed energy, we thought it was finally time to get a complete makeover!

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                                            Our Makeover

Now don’t start jumping to conclusions and getting all anxious! Our old values, standards, service, all still hold true. Yes they do! Those are our foundation blocks and we will never go back on them:) So we will offer you the same reliability, transparency, creativity (although that’s increased with some of the new members!), quality and integrity. So what’s the change? We are bigger and better than before!

So coming back to my realisation. We were all sitting and discussing whether we wanted to change our values after the new energy coming in. We realized that we didn’t want to change them, but felt like something was missing.  These values were great, but they somewhere only provided a very heady feel of what we are and what we represent, if you know what I mean! The heart element that we all so strongly believe in was missing. They were what we would unanimously agree on, but something needed to be added and we were yet to identify the underlying current that would make these values all the more strong.

Since we had paucity of time that evening, we decided to park the values piece and relook at it a little later. The next day morning, I was pleasantly woken up by a Whatsapp video one of my colleagues had sent us. Off late, I haven’t been very regular when it comes to viewing Whatsapp videos. However, I felt a strong desire to take a look at this one and so I went ahead.

It was an Oprah Winfrey video where she spoke about what her mother had once told her. It was focused on ‘Touching Lives.’ The minute I heard that term, I knew that was it. I knew this was the missing term, the missing value. This was exactly what I felt I wanted to do being a part of a corporate training institute in Mumbai. I wanted to touch the lives of all our participants, client representatives, the hotel staff who look after us where we conduct the sessions, the drivers who take us to the sessions, the IT people who help us in the set up of equipment, and every person that we touched directly or indirectly through our various means of communication. Not to forget our entire team whose lives we touch everyday!

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                                                Touching Lives

Oprah said that material things are good, but they are not the ones that are going to make us happy at the end of the day.  No matter how many cars, houses, clothes, shoes and other material possessions we have at the end of the day; if our relationships are not good it is all useless. Such objects can make us happy momentarily but they certainly do not have the potential to keep us happy in the long run.

I couldn’t agree less with her. Remember the last time you bought a new pair of shoes that you had been dying to buy? How long did the shoes make you really happy? One month? Less?

Think about it. All we all really want is for people to understand us and love us. Love is all that our heart’s truly desire. Am sure you can connect back to the feeling that you carried when you first fell in love with a cute girl or boy in your school or college. Amazing wasn’t it! Don’t you wish it could have lasted forever?

To tell you the truth, that feeling can last forever. Yes, it doesn’t have to end. How? In two ways, which actually feed in to each other!

  1. One is by touching other people’s lives and bringing happiness to them. This opens up our hearts and helps us get in touch with the love that we carry inside us. So expressing love actually helps us feel the love that is present inside us in such abundance.
  2. The other way is by directly getting in touch with our inner core, the source of love and permanent happiness. How? You’ll have to give us a chance to first touch your life and ignite that spark inside and then help you get in touch with it directly!

So are you ready to join us on this journey? A journey where we get together, spread happiness and make this world a happier place. A journey where we touch lives and help people fall in love with themselves.

If you are then please connect with us. You can visit our website http://www.theyellowspot.info/ and join us in our endeavour.

P.S. I messaged my colleague and told him how I loved the video. Before I could actually told him that I see ‘Touching Lives’ as the missing link, I received a message from him saying the same! The best part about it was that it also resonated with the entire group. We all felt the same and knew that this was a value which we had been looking for!

If you ask me, this is what sets us apart from other Corporate Training Institutes in Mumbai. This is what you need to look for when you look for corporate training institutes in Mumbai. Not just a head, a good heart too!

Worried About Finding a Quality Corporate Trainer?

Hello Peeps!! I hope you guys remember one of my previous articles, where we discussed how soft skills training is not undervalued any more. We also discussed that for a training to be effective, it is important that the corporate trainer that we have chose, is himself or herself effective. Only then can you expect a quality programme.

We all know that there are so many corporate trainers out there already and lot more aspiring ones too. So there are many options and frankly too many options can create a lot of confusion!

For example, assume that you are a company who is looking forward to some training for your team. You have decided on a particular topic. Now, there are so many questions that will come to your mind. Like,  ‘Where do I look for the appropriate trainer?’ ‘Will he be able to deliver my requirements and achieve the objectives that I have thought of?’ ‘Is this trainer reliable?’ ‘Will he be able to deliver a quality programme?’ ‘Will he be able to connect to the participants’ ‘Will i get a good return on my investment out of the training’ and many more.

Confusion in selecting a Corporate Trainer
                                         Confused??

 

Now, how and where do you find solutions to these questions?

The solution to all of these questions is a good and reliable Corporate Training Company. Why so?

Good corporate training companies have a huge trainer database. When a client approaches these companies for a particular intervention, they filter out the best and most appropriate trainer profiles from their database and presents to its client.

Say for example, you are looking for a corporate trainer for a particular workshop that is to be conducted in your organisation. You don’t have to go through hundreds of profiles from various portals and websites to find the best one. Instead, you can simply ask a corporate training company to send you some of the most suitable trainers’ profiles for that particular assignment and choose the best one.

Simple, isn’t it? It saves your time and loads of effort! It also helps you ensure that you get the most appropriate corporate trainer who has the experience and capability of delivering quality interventions.

So, why not go for this option?

Quality assured corporate trainers
                               Quality Assured Trainers

We at ‘The Yellow Spot’ have more than a 100 trainers empaneled with us across the country and keep adding more! All of these are shortlisted on the basis of their profiles, training videos and personal meetings to ensure the best quality is offered to our clients.

So whether you are looking for a trainer for a basic Communication Skills workshop for entry level participants or a Coach for a CEO, we can definitely provide you the best quality trainer, coach or consultant. In fact if you have a niche requirement or need a trainer from a specific industry only, we will be happy to go out and find such a trainer for you.  Our internal team has expertise in recruitment also and can definitely help you out on the same!

In fact it was last week only that we got such a weird requirement, if I may call it so! The client told us about his requirement, but was frankly not sure of what he really wanted. All he knew was he wanted some very generic topics like motivation, etc. to be covered, for a very large batch of blue-collared staff, in a specific South Indian language only and that too alone. He was not even sure about the duration of the session that he wanted or was needed.

So we were left trying to find a corporate trainer who was comfortable training in this ‘rare’ training language, one who was comfortable handling a large audience alone, a corporate trainer who had experience in training the workforce specifically, one who was good at giving motivational speeches and of course one who was good at figuring out what the client wants when he is confused! Phew! That was a tough one, but we were successfully able to did it:)

As always, we at The Yellow Spot make sure that we provide you the best workshops with the best and the most effective corporate trainers. Visit our website at http://www.theyellowspot.info/  and take a look at the workshops that we offer and feel free to connect with us to find the best people who can deliver them.

 

Making Performance Coaching work

The recently concluded French Open Tennis championship and the ongoing ICC Cricket cup have engrossed people the world over. It doesn’t matter that one is a display of individual resilience & skill backed by months of hard work, while the other is about a cohesive team display on the day. Spectators will rally to support their favourites and celebrate success like it is a personal victory anyhow! The world of sports has always been a source of unbridled passion, intense learning and inspiration. It undoubtedly leads the way in skill mastery and mindset preparedness. How? By using performance coaching.

Performance Coaching for Excelling in Sports
            Performance Coaching for Excelling in Sports

Performance coaching has become the mainstay of driving and improving performance.  It is a personal and conversational process that facilitates discovery and unlocking of a person’s potential to maximize performance. Most organizations are continuously ‘raising the bar’ of expectations from their employees and the ask of leaders is to inspire people to strive for more and better. Performance coaching is a powerful yet intimate process that augments openness to personal learning and the ability to identify solutions to specific work-related issues. It creates a commitment and momentum with the individuals involved to get things done.

Performance coaching is a learnt skill and there are several models that give some structure and direction to the conversation. Understanding the model is almost never enough and post training skill practice with feedback from an expert coach is a good practice.

The Principles of Performance Coaching

To make performance coaching work for your employees, here are 6 principles to keep in mind:

  1. Coaching sessions should be planned and scheduled in advance

Performance coaching conversations are exploratory in nature. The employee and coach agree on the agenda and embark on a discovery journey to find solutions and remove barriers. The employee needs to be in an open and relaxed mind space to explore possibilities and commit to actions. On the other hand, the coach needs to be observant and alert to understand the individual dynamics and ask insightful questions to facilitate the exploration. Planning the session helps in ensuring that one enters the coaching session, prepared and rearing to go!

  1. Not all leaders are inherently good coaches; train and support them to become one

My profound learning as a coach is that coaching is more than just a process or conversation. It is commitment to a ‘way of being’ to allow others to discover and share personal truths and individual paths.

The coach needs to suspend his judgement and be in service of the coachee.  There may be a time when the coach needs to share his knowledge and experience, but the coach needs to be judicious in picking that moment.

A coach needs to wear the learner hat and keep learning from every performance coaching experience.

 

  1. Performance coaching is not the coach’s agenda, the coachee has to have equal buy in

In general, the coaching conversation is about the employee. The coaching session helps the employee reach higher levels of effectiveness by creating a dialogue that leads to awareness and action. For it to be effective both parties have to be equally invested in the conversation and seeking to understand each other. They are not trying to prove, teach or motivate the other to do something.

The coach starts the coaching relationship explaining the purpose and setting the context of the conversation. With time, they reach a space of mutual respect and understanding.

 

  1. Coaching helps in learning rather than in teaching

One of my favourite thumb rules for the coach is to be mindful of who is speaking more in the conversation. The coachee is the focal point and star of the conversation. The coach triggers thoughts through insightful questions that can lead to revelations for the coachee.

Gaining insights through Performance Coaching
          Gaining insights through Performance Coaching

The coach needs to learn to ‘hold space’ and be comfortable with silence during the conversation. He needs to allow learning to happen rather than jumping to a teaching mode.

 

  1. Feedback and appraisal conversations are not the same as performance coaching

Feedback, Appraisals and Coaching all have a place in improving and managing performance and cannot be interchanged with each other.

Coaching is about assisting employees reach their goals, while feedback is about helping employees understand the barriers that prevent them from reaching their current goals. The fundamental difference between coaching and feedback is that feedback focuses on the past, while coaching focuses on the future. Performance appraisals on the other hand are conversations to review past performance against benchmarks, agree on future goals and discuss training and development needs. Used together, the 3 are the cornerstones of performance management.

 

  1. Do not confuse performance coaching with counselling

Coaching is work-related and focused on cognitive realities or on some occasions revelations of ‘just below the surface’ things. Performance coaching is a proactive approach as it looks at generating possibilities, whereas counselling is reactive in nature as it focuses on observed symptoms and behaviours. Counsellors may actually require professional training in psychological processes.

Performance coaching creates a space to step back and reflect. It helps a person effectively deal with their reactions to barriers and discover effective solutions as they move forward to achieve better results.  Just like sports!

Reach your potential with Performance Coaching
            Reach your potential with                              Performance Coaching

To give your team some great insights about their performance and take them to the next level, do give us a call on 9769733305. Do also visit our website at http://www.theyellowspot.info/organisational-development.php.

 

Tomorrowland and Change Management Training?

Guess which movie I saw yesterday? Tomorrowland. Seen it? It’s one of those movies which has a deep meaning to it but the meaning can get lost in the Sci-fi action that is shown. Now you must be wondering what this movie has to do with change management training right? Well let me explain.

Movies are a great way of learning. They give you a visual experience and some of them have enough juice in them to allow you to mull over them for hours and sometimes even days together! I still remember when I first saw the Matrix. I couldn’t stop thinking about it for so many days!

Well this movie, Tomorrowland seems to have had a similar effect on me! I saw it last night and am somehow still under its influence! So what was so special about this movie? The foundation of it. For most of the movie, it was rockets flying around and people roaming around in flying machines in a visually appealing location filled with high risers and flyovers. In fact I spent a major portion of time actually wondering what the movie was trying to show and whether it was really going to go anywhere or not!

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              The Tomorrowland Movie

 

It was the end of the movie which had its soul, a dialogue given by the ‘so-called’ villain which explained exactly why he was doing what he was doing. This in turn was followed by some other good dialogues on human behaviour. The whole message was very beautiful and it really struck me as it was so true.

What the movie talked about was as I said human behaviour. It spoke about the feedback loop and how we tend to get stuck in it. So in the movie they had this large monitor which was sending out signals of doom to the people on earth. The villain had intended that these signals would actually scare people and they would wake up and do something about the doom that the earth was heading towards. However, instead of taking action on it, people latched on to the negative thought. Instead of fighting against the negative, they now fed into the negative, creating a negative feedback loop which created more negativity. In this manner the negativity just continued and nobody made the effort of breaking out of it! This was until there were some people who were aware of the negativity and still had hope rose up. They realized that feeding negativity would lead to more negativity as what you feed grows. They stood up and fought to save the world with all their positivity and hope. This in turn inspired others and earth was saved.

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                                        The Wolf Story from Tomorrowland

This story is actually the story of our minds. What we focus on grows. If we focus on the negative, the negative grows. Of we focus on the positive, positive grows. Its up to us what we want to focus on. The world is going to keep throwing negative on us as it is what is currently there in the collective consciousness. However if we can stay focused on our path and bring ourselves back to the positive even when we stray, then we will turn out to be the winners.

Another interesting aspect that I found here was the negative monitor which throws negativity. The monitor is definitely out there in the world. The politics, famine, murders, hate and resentment being proof of it. However there is a monitor in our minds too. It’s the tape that keep running in our minds and telling us how pathetic we are. Even if we do something good, this tape tells us that it’s not good enough and makes us feel like losers. It somehow always tells us that we are not good enough no matter what we do!

 It is actually this tape that is responsible for stopping our progress. If we can learn to question the tape and only listen to those things that are true, we can actually make the changes that we want to make in life.

Seeing the link now, the link between this movie and change management training?

So this brings me back to my most favourite model, the model of change.

The Change Model

This model has the following three steps:

  1. Awareness
  2. Acceptance
  3. Action

So what do we have to do to  change? Go step by step. If you directly jump to the third step action then you could be setting yourself up for failure. Why? Haven’t you seen when you try to exercise to lose weight what happens. Most of us are motivated for about a fortnight and then it slowly wanes off! So why does this happen? It is because of the little tape in our minds. It says things to us which make us lode the motivation that we need to go on. It actually resists the forward movement, a sort of anti gravity I would say! So the more you try to move forward the more your mind will pull you back. This makes your chances of being successful at your endeavor very bleak.

So what should you do? Go step by step. First get aware of what your tape is saying. If it’s telling you that you are a lazy person and you will never be able to lose weight then be aware of it. After you have heard it out now accept that it is saying that. What happens with most of us is that we start an internal conflict as soon as we get aware of things. We start fighting with our minds and all our energy gets wasted in fighting rather than moving to the next step. So what we have to do here is to accept what our mind is saying. Tell it that yes we have been lazy in the past but let’s see what happens this time. This will create a certain kind of peace inside which will give you enough energy, clarity and direction to move to the next step of action. Then you can finally take the third step and create the change that you want in your life.

Getting aware of and accepting our minds can be quite a task and takes a lot of practice and motivation. If you want to create a change in your life and need some help with it, we’re always there to assist you. Join us in our change management training where we help in mastering our change management model. Do also visit our website http://www.theyellowspot.info/ to have a look at the areas where you would want to create a change in your life.

Soft skills Training, No More Undervalued

Do you think soft skills training is undervalued even today? It is considered by default that technical skills or hard skills are of great significance in executing or performing any job. I completely agree! But, do you think just knowing ‘how to do the task?’  can help you perform the task effectively?

Well, If you ask me, I don’t think so. According to me, what plays a major role in performing a task effectively are the ‘soft skills’.

I have always read that soft skills training is somehow undervalued in organisations. This was true initially, when technical training was always preferred over soft skills training. Organisations back then had a mind-set, that it was important for an employee to simply get the job done without paying attention to how the job was being done. Other factors like punctuality, taking initiative, team work or the right attitude, were taken for granted and it was expected that these things would be understood by the employees.

But times have changed. Most of the organisations today, have identified the need for soft skills and are looking at soft skills training for their people. Why, because they have now realized that soft skills training plays a very important role in developing and growing their business.

As an individual moves up the corporate ladder, his or her technical skills don’t matter as much. What matters is his /her behavior in the organisation and ability to manage people. If an employee technically fits in an organisation but behaviourally doesn’t, it can get rather complicated for both parties!

What are soft skills?

Soft skills are personal and interpersonal attributes that are necessary for an individual to interact with others effectively. They are crucial for being successful personally and professionally. Some of the soft skills are personal effectiveness, communication skills, time management, stress management, business etiquette, etc.

Achieve goals using soft skills training
                         Achieve goals using soft skills

Let me give you an example of how soft skills can make a difference. We all had at least one favourite teacher during our school times whose class we really enjoyed, right? We also had at least one teacher whom we did not like. Why was this, because we could connect with one and not with the other one. If both were equally knowledgeable, what do you think was the difference? Why was it that we liked the one we could connect with and disliked the other one?

Let’s take another example. If you had to choose a doctor for yourself, whom would you prefer? A doctor who is patient with you and listens to all your problems and takes time to answer your questions or a doctor who will only treat you like one of the many patients who are waiting in a long queue at his clinic? Am sure you will choose the former.

So what do you think makes the difference?

Yes! You are right, soft skills. Knowledge and technical skills bring a host of opportunities, but its the soft skills that help you in unlocking these opportunities and achieving your goals by having the right attitude.

People with a positive attitude tend to have better interpersonal relations, making them good team members and even better leaders!

Soft skills training doesn’t just help in developing the required skills. It also helps in understanding the importance of these skills and how they can help an individual in getting better and being successful.

An important aspect of soft skills training is the trainer. There are a lot of soft skills trainers that are available in the market which makes finding a good trainer all the more important. After all, the trainer is going to be working on your mind for which you undoubtedly need to ensure that he/she is reliable. A good trainer should be one who experiments on himself and practises what he preaches. He should be able to facilitate learning and encourage participants to learn from themselves and from their fellow participants. Therefore a trainer with the right attitude and one who can create a safe learning environment is essential.

Are you looking for such effective and motivating soft skills trainers who can encourage your team and train them on soft skills in the best way possible? If you are, then we can help you.

We at The Yellow Spot, provide you the best workshops on various soft skills with the best and most effective trainers, with whom you will enjoy learning. Take a look at our list of offerings, specifically in the soft skills training on our website. Visit us on http://www.theyellowspot.info/soft-behavioural-skills.php or connect with us anytime.

Assertiveness Training truly Felt and Understood

The last two months have somehow been a real roller coaster ride for me! I’ve been going up and down as far as my emotions are concerned. Although I can’t really complain too much because I have improved on my awareness levels and have been pretty well aware of all the ups and downs I was going through. Still, there’s always scope for improvement. These two months have however definitely given me a whole new insight as far as assertiveness training goes!

The shift in my awareness actually happened almost a month ago while I was assisting my colleague in a training session. We were conducting a session on Team Building using some of the concepts of Transactional Analysis. It was a two day session and my colleague had just finished explaining the Basic Life Positions Model. I had heard the explanation many times before and had even gone through the model myself on multiple occasions in the past; however that explanation proved to be different.

Am not sure if you’ve ever experienced such a thing before but let me try to put what happened in words. Have you ever read something and felt it so strongly that it becomes a part of you? You know like when you read a concept or theory. Sometimes you read the concept for the sake of reading it and land up doing it very mechanically. It’s just like how we used to read concepts and theories in school and college. We had to keep going back to the concepts just before our exam as we would tend to forget them.

Many of those very concepts we don’t need to go back to now. After having worked in the corporate world, those concepts which seemed alien to us before, now make perfect sense. In fact if someone were to ask you a question on some of those concepts, you would realize that you really don’t need to go back to your books. You can spontaneously give an explanation for it and even confidently argue on some of its aspects! Making more sense?

That’s what happened to me that day. Basic Life Positions was no longer a theory in a book for me anymore. I didn’t need to turn the pages to check what traits each of the four positions had. Why, because I had felt them, I had experienced them. I knew from what I felt while experiencing each one of them what Eric Burne meant when he wrote them. I also clearly understood the difference between each one and where they were all coming from.

The very next day, that’s on day 2 of the session, I got a live experience of the I-U+ Position. I was somehow feeling very uncomfortable inside. I felt broken inside. When I looked at others around me they looked so much happier, so content. It really felt like I was the only unhappy soul around. I realized that I was passive most of the time but had a tendency to get aggressive. It was as if something inside me was really upset and wanted to tell everyone to keep away from me by growling at them!

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                                               I’m not OK, You’re OK

Not only could I feel this life position strongly but I realized I could also feel the drivers that were driving me. Something kept pushing me from inside and told me to ‘try harder’ to not get affected. I was in a training session and my behavior had to ‘be perfect.’ I had to ‘be strong’ and could not let myself loose as I had to ‘please others’ and not let them see my current vicious state. I so wanted to go outside and take a break but how could I leave my duty.

I really had to make an effort to allow myself to walk out of the room. I went to the adjoining room and perched myself on a chair. I put my feet up on the neighboring chair and just allowed myself to feel the battle raging on inside me. I kept feeling guilty for having walked out and kept my ears open as to what was happening in the session so that I go there if need be. I didn’t want the session to get affected in any way and kept pushing myself to ‘hurry up’ and get back.

The turmoil kept increasing and reached an insane level. Then suddenly something inside me snapped. The war had abruptly come to an end and I could feel a huge peace inside me. Everything was calm and quiet. I could no longer feel the turbulence that had been creating havoc inside me. I didn’t feel hurried anymore nor did I have the urge to go to the adjoining room to keep the audience ‘pleased’. The struggle had ended and I could now sit with myself peacefully.

I now go up and went into the training room. Everything looked beautiful to me. I felt happy and so did the rest of the class. I could now interact with them and share the happiness that I felt in my heart with them. I had reached the I+U+ life position. I now knew what it felt like. I also now came to know what a position of assertiveness meant. I knew what respected others and respecting yourself meant. I knew what caring about others and caring about yourself meant. I now knew where assertiveness was truly born out of and how it could be an effortless state.

Assertiveness Training
                                         I’m OK, You’re OK

In the remaining month I also got to experience the other two life positions, the aggressive one which operates from I-U+ and the depressive one which operates from I-U-. I can tell you my experience with them some other time!

If you would like to accompany us in our journey towards assertiveness and would like to be part of our assertiveness training, do get in touch with us. We would love you take you along with us and take help you experience that blissful state, something far beyond what a book could describe!

To know more about our Assertiveness Training sessions, visit us as at http://www.theyellowspot.info/soft-behavioural-skills.php

The Treasure Hunt, the perfect Team Building Activity

Have you ever played Treasure Hunt?? Have you ever thought of the insights that you can get from it?? Yes? Maybe?

Games can actually contribute big time to learning. I realized this because of my niece.  Let me tell you an incident that led me to this discovery.

We all know how today’s kids are addicted to mobile phones, no explanation needed on that! My story goes back about two years, when my niece visited my place. She was around 10 years old back then and every time I noticed her, I saw that she was playing some game on her dad’s mobile phone. Sometimes in between she would pause to ask a question to her parents and then would get back to her game.

After a while, I got irritated with this behaviour and asked my brother (her dad), “why do you allow her to play on the phone all the time? It’s not good.” He asked me to calm down and said, “She is not just playing, she is learning. The game that she is playing is a word puzzle. By the end of the day, she ends up learning new words, their spellings and their meanings. We let her play various such physical and mobile games. These games help her in learning but in a fun way. That generates interest and unknowingly she learns a lot of new things.” That’s when I first understood the real meaning of ‘gamification’.

Learning is important. But what is more important is, the interest we are able to generate while learning. Only when you are interested in learning something, will you remember it for your lifetime and will you benefit from it.

Games are one of the best methods that can be used for learning. Lot of companies today use and want to use games as a methodology in training programmes for bringing out the learning in an experiential form. People enjoy playing games and if you can bring learning out of it, then there’s nothing like it!

There are numerous games that are used in corporate training and in various events and team building games are the most interesting of the lot. One of my favourites is the Treasure Hunt. Your’s too? Yes, in fact it’s everybody’s favourite.

Treasure Hunt in Team Building
              Treasure Hunt in Team Building

A lot of organisations and corporate training companies use the Treasure Hunt as a team building activity in their training sessions. The Treasure Hunt activity is really high on energy and is very exciting, just the way a team building activity should be.  It is also great from the learning perspective as it can bring out learning on various fronts of interpersonal communication, collaboration, planning and strategising, time management, etc.

In fact, the Treasure Hunt itself can be a whole team building workshop if it is planned and executed well and most importantly, debriefed well. The whole activity only makes sense if the facilitator can bring out the appropriate learning out of it, learning which not only showcases what happened in the activity but also helps the participants to reflect on and connect back to their workplace. This helps the participants learn along with having fun.

Everybody knows how the Treasure Hunt goes and some may find the same old way of playing it a drab, having played it in the same way a million times! There is this treasure which everyone is after which the facilitator has hidden somewhere and he gives them a number of clues which they have to solve in order to reach it. The first team to reach the treasure is the winner. Right? Nothing really new in the whole activity is there. We all know this is how it is and this is what we are expected to do. Not exciting enough is it?

So you think the game could do with some revamping and made more fun and exciting?

Yes!!! Well we thought the same and have done precisely that!

We at ‘The Yellow Spot’ have come up with a very unusual and interesting way of playing the Treasure Hunt. We have made this activity even more action-packed and thought-provoking. It definitely makes the participants think completely out of their boxes! There are a lot of amazing ideas that are generated, some which even we could never think of! So our Treasure Hunt is a brainer teaser along with having plenty of physical activity. A beautiful mix, I would say!

Curious??? I am sure you must be eager to know, what it is that we do differently. That’s a secret…

We can however make you go through the experience directly. So if you want to know more about the Treasure Hunt or about what we do differently, feel free to connect with us. Besides the Treasure Hunt, we also have several other team building activities up our sleeve that are even more exciting and fun. We will be happy to share them with you.

Treasure Hunt and other Team Building Activities

Do let us know if you are looking out for team building programmes for your team. Meanwhile, for more information on our offerings, you can visit our website at http://www.theyellowspot.info/soft-behavioural-skills.php or write to us on info@theyellowspot.info

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The Best Corporate Training Companies in Mumbai

Being one of the best Corporate Training Companies in Mumbai, the most common question our business development team is asked is, “What does your training company specialize in?” I couldn’t agree less with all our Clients! There are dozen’s of Corporate Training Companies in India which provide the entire gamut of soft skills training and choosing one from so many can be a really tough task. Understanding which domain each company specialises in, what the consultant’s core strength is and whether that core strength is something that the client organisation requires is absolutely essential. Training companies really need to answer the question that pops up in every client’s mind, ‘Does this company specialize in what I am looking for?.’

In today’s article, I shall answer this very question by telling you a bit about what ‘The Yellow Spot’ offers and what we specialize in. So let’s get going..

‘The Yellow Spot’ offerings are categorically divided into four clusters as seen in the figure below:

Corporate training companies in Mumbai
                               The Four Clusters of our Offerings

Now, each of these clusters is an umbrella under which we have a host of related workshops.

So let’s have a look at each of the four clusters in a little morer detail.

Cluster 1: Personal Effectiveness

Corporate training companies in Mumbai for personal effectiveness
       Improving Personal Effectiveness

 

  • Personal development is the first and the most important step to success and in fact determines an individual’s success in all other domains
  • Hence for personal development we have an entirely different cluster, our Personal Effectiveness Cluster
  • This cluster consists of workshops that are helpful for an individual’s personal efficacy and helps the individual become strong on all fronts so that he can be more effective while working in teams and as a part of the organisation on the whole
  • Some of the workshops that come under this particular cluster are Personality Development, Communication Skills, Stress Management, Time Management, etc.

Cluster 2: Team Effectiveness

Corporate Training Companies in Mumbai for Team effectiveness
           An Effective Team

 

  • When people have to work together, it is important for them to come together as a team and work effectively
  • Once one has developed himself or herself on the personal effectiveness front, the next step is to be a team player and contribute effectively to the team
  • The Team Effectiveness cluster consists of workshops that help in building effective and efficient teams
  • Some of the workshops that come under this umbrella are Interpersonal Communication Skills, Team Building and Team Bonding, Conflict Management, etc.

Cluster 3: Competency Based Effectiveness

Corporate training companies in mumbai for competency based effectiveness
      Developing Competencies

 

  • For an individual to grow and climb up the career ladder, it is very important to be competent and proficient
  • Our Competency Based Effectiveness cluster consists of workshops that help in developing various  competencies
  • Some of the workshops that come under this cluster are  Lateral Thinking, Creativity and Innovation, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Sales Effectiveness, Interviewing Skills, etc.

Cluster 4: Organisational Effectiveness

corporate training companies in Mumbai for organisational effectiveness
                                      A Growing Organisation

 

  • Organisational Effectiveness is about how effectively the organisation is achieving its goals
  • For achieving these goals the organisation needs to keep developing itself and adapting to the rapidly changing  environment
  • Hence our Organisation Effectiveness cluster helps organisations bring in the required development and change through various Organisational Development interventions, Assessment Centres/Development Centres, Coaching, etc.

As you can see, these four clusters cover just about anything that an individual, team or organisation requires or can require! If you would like to know more about the workshops that come under each of these clusters you can visit the various pages under our ‘service offerings tab’ on our website. Here’s a link to get you started http://www.theyellowspot.info/soft-behavioural-skills.php

So when it comes to corporate training companies in Mumbai, we are pretty much a ‘One-Stop-Shop’. You name it and we have it! So whether you are looking at personal development for individuals, team development or something to help your organisation move forward, we have it all.

Now coming to what ‘The Yellow Spot’ specialises in amongst these four clusters, its currently the first two clusters i.e. Personal effectiveness and the Team effectiveness. We have a buffet of offerings in personal and team effectiveness which are really effective and can help individuals and their teams develop and to go to the next level.

Now does that mean we lack experience in the competency based effectiveness and organisational effectiveness clusters? No, it doesn’t! Its just that we get more opportunities in the first two clusters as there is a larger audience for them. Competency Based and Organisational effectiveness workshops are typically more in demand for people who are higher up in the corporate rungs. So do we have the ability to deliver good workshops and interventions in the Competency and Organisational Effectiveness clusters? Yes, we most definitely do and we have some very experienced consultants with us who can successfully do them.

So if you are searching for Corporate Training Companies in Mumbai or in fact anywhere else in India also (I forgot to mention another one of our specialities, our PAN India Presence!), you can visit  our website at http://www.theyellowspot.info/index.php to help us understand how we can help you.

 

Communication Skills Training and Life

Communication is one of the most fundamental of life’s needs, making Communication Skills training all the more important.

Communication is not only found in humans, but is continuously taking place between everything around us. Each object as we know, is made up of atoms and molecules. These are constantly interacting and communicating with each other in a language and way of their own. In fact these very interactions give rise to changes within the particles leading to positive and negative entropy over a period of time. Thus communication is the key to life, material and non-material.

Research has shown that trees communicate with other trees and with animals who are dependent on it for various reasons. For example, look at the case of an ant which lives on or near a tree.  The tree provides shelter to the ant and the ant in turn provides the tree with anthills, which provide the best soil for growth of its new saplings. Thus the ant and the tree have a symbiotic relationship which requires communication at every step to make it successful.

Communication Skills Training in Animals
                                                 Trees and Ants Communicating

 

Similarly animals also communicate with each other using different languages depending on their species.  So an antelope may be warned by a peacock in his own language about the impending danger of a big cat lurking nearby!

In humans also communication happens at various levels; communication with the self which is where all other communication stems from and communication with others.

Communication with the self is the internal dialogue that we keep having with ourselves, the internal tape that keeps running in our minds at all points of time! This voice keeps saying different things to us at different times. Sometimes is criticises us as well as others around us, while at other times it may also give out appreciation. This in turn generates various emotions in us; fear, joy, happiness, sadness, etc. It is these emotions that further go on to determine our actions, behaviours and the communication that we have with those around us.

Our communication with the self gets established right from when we are in our mother’s womb. The foetus registers the environment that prevails around the mother when she is pregnant and starts recording everything on his/her internal tape. Once the baby is born, the environment starts having an even greater impact on him and the voices that he now hears get further imprinted. The external voices of his parents and those around him start creating the internal voice inside his mind.

The external voices tell him about various things, about how he is and how life should be. He also watches and hears the interactions between his parents/ parental figures like teachers and catches onto the spoken and unspoken language used by them. All of these contribute to how he sees himself and the world and make up his inner voice. This further makes up the inner world of the child and give rise to his values, beliefs, fears, motivation, complexes, etc. based on the customs and culture that prevails in his surrounding.

Most of our personality and the inner voice gets formed by the age of 5 years. It is this that usually drives the rest of our lives. The founder of Transactional Analysis, Eric Berne, says that this is the voice which decides whether the child is going to be a winner or a loser or as he terms it, a frog or a prince. This voice determine the script of the person which he or she writes for himself and continues following for the rest of his life, commonly called as the life script of the person in Transactional Analysis.

Based on this very internal communication, the person acts externally, in terms of his behavior, voice, gestures and actions and leads a certain form of predetermined life. If the child has formed a winning script, he or she is successful. If on the other hand he has formed a loosing script, he or she struggles through life and ends it also dramatically.

This script formed in early childhood becomes more and more deeply ingrained into the personality of the person as time progresses. So the person either prospers or deteriorates based on it.

Sounds a little scary, a little doomed? Have no fear, I have good new for you. Scripts can be changed even if they have already caused a lot of damage! How? Through the simple three step approach:

  1. Awareness
  2. Acceptance and
  3. Action

The first step, that is awareness, can get created by observing ourselves directly or through activities like meditation. However this can get difficult especially in the start and hence it may be best to take the help of those around us also. Feedback from others, counselling and coaching can help create awareness which allows us to move towards the first step in peeling the layers of our subconscious mind and unearthing the automatically rising thoughts and feelings which drive us.

The second step, acceptance, gets created by not reacting to what gets unearthed.  As one realises that one’s life script is negative, the usual reaction is to feel sad, angry and unhappy about one’s thoughts. However such an approach only fuels the losing script and creates more negative spirals, making it tougher to get out of!

As we accept the thoughts and self-talk that is constantly running inside us and watch it with compassion, we develop an acceptance to “what is” which in turn gives us the power to change. Sounds rather paradoxical doesn’t it, but that’s the truth! Once acceptance takes place, automatically the person moves towards action which creates the change that he or she desires.

So if a person can start getting aware of his conditioned responses towards himself and others and accept them rather than internally fighting with them, he can take action and move out of this trap by changing the voice in his mind. This change in his internal communication can create the difference that he wants in is life and can help him lead a more authentic and fulfilled life, the life of a prince and no more one of a frog.

If you would want to create such a change in the lives of your employees, teams, etc. do get in touch with us at http://www.theyellowspot.info/soft-behavioural-skills.php. Our Communication Skills Training will help you change your and their world!

Organisational Development and it’s Interventions..

Hi! As promised I’m back with another article on Organisational Development. If you remember, in my previous article we discussed about what Organisational Development is and some of it’s important aspects. We are going to go a step further in this article.

Organisational Development is broad in context. In fact its like a huge umbrella that encompasses a lot of things under it. Hence today I will be sharing one aspect with you – my thoughts on Organisational Development (OD) interventions.

Organisational Development interventions are basically aimed at helping organisations come up with and implement actions to improve their effectiveness. The selection of the appropriate intervention depends upon the requirements of the organisation and what is best suited for it. There are various factors that affect the successful implementation of these interventions, like willingness & potential of the people in the organisation, cultural, structural and strategic concerns of the organisation and also the potential of the facilitator.

Now, let’s talk about the Organisational Development interventions specifically one by one. Let’s start with:

Assessment Centres

  • We all know that it is very important to develop leaders for the future to sustain in this rapidly changing environment. Managing the existing talent pool within the organisation to ensure that it has a good talent pipeline that will help the organisation sustain in this VUCA world is therefore essential.
  • Assessment centres help in identifying the right talent in the organisation for this purpose and help build a development plan for developing this talent. Candidates are passed through a battery of tests that help assess them on various desirable competencies previously identified. Individual Development Plans are then created based on the findings and Candidates are put under appropriate training.
  • Assessment centres help in various aspects of Performance management, leadership development, succession planning, etc. They help  candidates be more effective and efficient in their current position and also help them in understanding what exactly they need to focus on in order to move to the next level.
  • They are beneficial for both, the candidates as well as the assessors. Candidates naturally benefit from the feedback that they receive from the assessors, while the assessors get the benefit of improving their observation skills.
  • Through assessment centres or development centres, future leaders are developed which go on to further develop the organisation.

 

Assessment Centre in Organisational Development
Assessment of Employees

 

360 Degree Feedback

  • 360 degree feedback is a tool for evaluating performance and hence a tool for personal and organisational assessment and development.
  • The candidate is reviewed by all the stakeholders that he/she interacts with on a regular basis. This typically includes the employee’s immediate superior/s, peers, direct reportees, clients, etc. who give him/her feedback. The employee is also asked to rate himself on certain specified parameters through a  self assessment.
  • This exercise tells the employee exactly where he currently stands and helps in planning his future actions accordingly.
  • 360 Degree feedback is a very helpful tool as it gives an overall perspective to the employee and helps him chart out his development areas keeping into account the bird’s eye view that he has now obtained.

 

360 Degree Feedback in Organisational Development
360 Degree Feedback

 

Performance Coaching

  • Performance coaching is wherein a coach facilitates the development of an individual/s within the organization in order to achieve his/her goals.
  • Multiple interactions take place between the coach and the individual which give new insights and may help the individual look at and work on developmental areas that they were either unable to perceive or were finding difficult to work on. The relationship that develops between the coach and coachee fosters growth and allows the individual to grow at his own pace.
  • Performance coaching can boost individual, team and organizational performance. It helps in bringing out the optimum potential of people.
  • With the help of performance coaching, an individual can become capable enough of going to the next level in his/her organization. Performance coaching also helps in managing change effectively.
Performance Coaching in Organisational Development
                             Coaching

 

Change Management

  • We have already discussed about change management in my previous Organisational development article briefly.
  • Managing change within the organisation is very important to emerge successfully as a business. Hence taking appropriate actions for the same is equally important. Change Management is an intervention which helps with the smooth implementation of changes and brings out the best outcomes of these changes to help take the organisation to the next level.
Change Management in Organisational Development
A goldfish jumping out of the water to escape to freedom.

There are several other interventions that are used in Organizational Development (OD). These are again just a few of them discussed in brief. There is a lot more to it and I would definitely like to share them with all of you in my upcoming articles. Hope you are looking forward to them as much as I am!

Till then, to know more about Organizational Development or OD interventions like Assessment centres, Performance Coaching, 360 Degree Feedback, Change Management, etc. you can get in touch with us. Visit us at http://www.theyellowspot.info/organizational-development.php. See you soon!