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Navigating a Storm Caused by Business Disruption

Conducted “Navigating a Storm: Strategy, Tactics, Confidence Building & Action Planning Session” full day yesterday for rallying the all-India team of a client.

They are weathering a storm in their industry as an aftermath of DISRUPTION IN TELECOM INDUSTRY caused by Reliance Jio & subsequent consolidation happening in the Telecom industry.

Our client is a national brand, marketing End to End Networking Solutions for the Broadband Cable Operators across India. And many Cable Operators feel threatened due to disruption & as a result, have put new investments on hold.

Using MasterClass™ methodology the client has grown 1,000% in last 5 years. But for the first time in 5 years, the sales graph is going down in the client industry.

How Do You Weather A Storm Caused by Such Massive Disruption?

To address this question & to rally their all India teams during such times, MasterClass™ conducted the “Navigating a Storm” Session yesterday.

I have no doubt whatsoever that the client company will not only bounce back, but will also be STRONGER than ever, after coming out of this storm.

This is the beauty of the work we do at MasterClass™! Challenging, Exciting & at times Adrenaline pumping!

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Ambrish Chheda Gets “LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD” Powered by Collabera and World Leadership Federation

View this at You Tube.Ambrish Chheda Gets Leader of the Year Award Powered By Collabera at World Leadership Federation

Mr. Ambrish Chheda has been honoured with a very prestigious “LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD” at India Leadership Awards Function at The Leela, on November 28th, 2016.

He is the Chairman & Managing Director, MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP; a Strategic Execution Consulting Firm that is transforming over 1,000 clients SCALE UP to the Next Level.

The award was hosted by World Leadership Federation & was  powered by COLLABERA–a Global Staffing Leader from USA with 12,000 professionals & 40 offices in the world. The event sought to honour Leaders for their outstanding contributions towards the growth in economic, educational, social and leadership development.

The award nominations were subject to rigorous assessment methodology backed by detailed study of the nominated companies and individuals. Additionally, a jury panel represented by eminent thought leaders and industry experts collectively assessed the results of these studies to select the nominee, ensuring that the recipients of the awards are best-in-class.

The award was received by Mr. Ambrish Chheda, in the presence of professionals of many top corporate companies.

After receiving the award, when asked “What is the One Distinctive Quality a leader must possess?”, Mr. Ambrish Chheda replied; “A leader is one who can convey to his team that we are not a ‘For Profit Company’ but a ‘For Purpose Organisation’. A leader should inspire his team to work for a MISSION, a POUPOSE, a cause larger than life, the growth & profits will then automatically follow. This is my experience with more than 1,000 Companies of various sizes & sectors that are our clients for strategic execution consulting service that we provide. For me profits, name & fame are a by-product, if you lead with a purpose & a mission. If the leader is single-mindedly focused on that purpose which is larger than himself & the company, only then the leader will be able to inspire his team to achieve things they could not conceive or imagine. This is the distinctive quality of leader that I look for.”

Mr. Chheda thanked the World Leadership Federation & Collabera for honouring him with this prestigious award and also expressed gratitude to GOD for giving him a larger than life PURPOSE of “Nation Building” by helping transform tens of thousands of Companies & hundreds of thousands of individuals to SCALE UP to the Next Level.

ABOUT AMBRISH CHHEDA:

Mr. Ambrish Chheda is a Business Strategy & Management Guru & a highly acclaimed MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER who is helping thosands of Companies & hundreds of thousands of individuals to scale up to next level of success. Watch the short video clip for the answer.

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Two Acid Tests For True Leaders: Do You Measure Up?!

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Last week, a newly appointed National Manager for Sales and Field Support with a client servicing team with 4 Zonal Managers reporting to him & 40 Regional Managers under the zonal managers, asked me a very pertinent question; “As a newly appointed manager, how should I establish my leadership within my team?”

He had already been inducted into the team for over six months, came from the same industry, with leadership background, proven track record, had thought that he had been doing everything right during the first six months, but his team was not truly accepting all his commands. They were doing things which were convenient for them to do, while ignoring commands which put them out of their comfort zones.

Obviously, he had realised that his leadership was not yet firmly established within his team. And therefore his question was understandable; viz. “As a newly appointed manager, how should I establish my leadership within my team?”
My answer to him was extempore:

1) STAGE-1: ESTABLISH YOUR COMMAND & CONTROL SYSTEM: 

At the outset, any new entrant into an organisation, even despite his proven track record of leadership, needs to establish very clearly in the eyes of his team members and the team members down below them, that he is the boss.

He can do so by first setting up the key objectives to be achieved by the team in the immediate, short, medium and long-term, in relation to the mission and the vision of the organisation. He also needs to reiterate alignment by all the members with the core-values of the organisation. He needs to establish very clearly in the minds of his entire team that he will accept no violation of any of the core-values of the organisation, regardless of the high performance of the team members.

He then needs to convert the key objectives to be achieved into yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily GOALS for each of the team members including himself, along with the KPIs, KEY TASKS & timelines, and the MIS reports that need to be filed by the team members. Needless to say that all these must be in alignment with the company’s present practices.

He then needs to show to the team that he’s a taskmaster who is absolutely focused on quality of execution, with strong review system mechanisms. This is where he will get to establish clearly in the minds of his team members that he is a strictler for command and control system. During this phase he can even exercise a mild degree of ruthlessness with people who are not in alignment with the team objectives. If need be, he can invoke fear in the minds of non-compliant team members.

2) STAGE-2: ESTABLISH TRUST BY EXHIBITING THAT YOU ARE A HUMAN & THAT YOU CARE: 

During the first stage which may last 3 to 6 months, you may appear a little high-handed to many team members, and even inhuman to a few others.

It is now time to establish that you are a human too and that you truly care for your team members.

To establish this in the minds of your team, you must take up every opportunity to help a team member in distress. For example, if someone is not able to achieve his targets under the team repeatedly, you can go and help him fulfil his targets. If there are situations outside of his work areas that need attention, you can help the team member by going out of the way helping him in such areas, of course with caution.

By doing this repeatedly with a few team members, you will not only win over their “Blind Trust“, but also the admiration from other team members. The team will now be able to relate to you and connect with you more openly. Many will now see you as a tough taskmaster who is also very humane. And start developing trust for you.

3) STAGE-3: MOULDING THEM IN TO LEADERS: 

After first establishing your command and control, and then winning over their blind trust, you can now start identifying a few potential leaders and start moulding them into leadership roles under you.

For this, you need to start empowering them, but before that you need to fine-tune or create structure, policies, SOPs, FAQs and systems to be followed by the teams.

There was a huge pause from my side after this; and I observed that all this while, the National Manager, the other functional heads in the team equivalent to his level, the CEO and the CIO of the company were listening to me with rapt attention. Some of them were even taking notes.

This was simply because this kind of an answer that I gave was not necessarily from the management textbooks. This was not what they had expected, but found very convincing. It opened up their minds!

A lot has been said about leadership. Volumes and volumes of books have been written about this. So many training programs, seminars and conferences have been conducted on the subject of leadership. Obviously, there are many “must have/s” in a list of leadership qualities.

However, at MasterClass™ we have devised just TWO acid tests to determine if you are truly a leader or not:

1) Do you have many ‘blind followers’?

2) Have you ‘created’ strong leaders under you?

As you will see, many other traits of leadership; viz, the leader must lead by example, leader must be selfless, leader must be honest, leader must be visionary, and so on, will pale by comparison with these two acid tests for Leadership! And most of the “Must have” traits are likely to be already covered in the process of leaders having “Blind Followers”.  How can you be called a leader if you don’t have many blind followers? Do you have followers at all? Or are they following you because of your title or your chair? What happens once you no longer have a title or a chair, are they likely to unfollow you? In that case you’re not a true leader of men!  

Secondly, how can you be called a true leader, unless you have really ‘created’ strong leaders under you? Majority of the companies & organisations in the world are suffering from this disease. Most leaders don’t let strong leaders develop under their wings. Their own insecurities are responsible for such a state of affairs. They think that if I develop strong leaders under me, someday one such leader may take away my position, title and chair. And therefore most of them breed mediocrity, rather than greatness. Forgetting that when companies, organisations, industries, societies, countries and the world spots people capable of ‘creating’ great leaders under themselves, so many more opportunities always open up before such quality of leaders. It is the leaders that you have created under you that lift you up to be seen and recognised by the world.

After my meeting, the CEO of the company who came to see me off at the driveway told me that this was one of the most fascinating lessons in leadership that he had learnt today. And he further told me that while I was speaking and explaining the basic tenets of leadership, several faces of leaders under whom he had worked & learnt from, were appearing before his eyes, and therefore he could connect so very well with the lessons in ‘true leadership‘ learnt today.

So, let me close this with these two Acid Tests for yourself, if you think you are a true leader:
1) Do you have many ‘blind followers’?

2) Have you ‘created’ strong leaders under you?
Please be totally honest with your answers, you might find a few surprises waiting there. And once you understand this, a new life with bigger possibilities awaits you!

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(ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Mr. Ambrish Chheda, is the Chairman & Managing Director of MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP, a Strategic Execution Consulting firm. He had decided early on that after the age of 50 years, he wants to dedicate his life to his country, India. For this purpose, he left his lucrative corporate career and founded MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP, a STRATEGIC EXECUTION CONSULTING FIRM. The MISSION of MasterClass is ‘Nation Building’, by helping tens of thousands of companies to Scale Up to the Next Level by developing ‘Strategic Execution Focus’, and thereby contributing to the Indian Economy.  

Today, over 1,000 companies from various sectors are using the revolutionary MasterClass™ Methodology, for developing their Strategy, Planning, Implementation & Performance Management Processes to Scale Up these companies to the Next Level of Success through ‘Strategic Execution Focus’ in a Simplified manner. This results in ‘transformational growth‘ rather than just ‘incremental growth’. 

MasterClass™ was the proud recipient of “NATIONAL AWARD for Excellence in Training and Development 2016: Best Mentoring Program“, presented by the WORLD HRD CONGRESS, WORLD EDUCATION CONGRESS & ASIAN CONFEDERATION OF BUSINESSES. 
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    Part-2: Can Elephants Paint or Walk On Rope?!? Life Changing Lessons for Business Leaders and Creative World

    This is the 2nd blog in the SERIES: ‘Can Elephants Paint or Walk On Rope? LIFE CHANGING LESSONS FOR BUSINESS LEADERS AND CREATIVE WORLD’ . 

    In the 1st Blog in the Series, we saw TWO incredible Videos:

    1. Elephants Walking on Rope: https://youtu.be/xgwH0cuuOXwYyy
    2. Elephants Painting on Canvas: https://youtu.be/VJfhyNZUTdU

    Elephant Painting and Walking On Rope
    While most people in the audience were only ‘entertained’, the lessons I learnt were converted to be eye openers for the benefit of our Strategic Execution Consulting clients of MasterClass™(www.themasterclass.in) and their core teams, to help them scale-up their companies & businesses to the Next Level.
    In this series of blogs Titled ‘Can Elephants Paint or Walk On Rope’ there are 6 Life Changing Lessons for the corporate & business world and for anyone who wants to succeed in life:

    LESSON #1 was: POWER OF IMAGINATION V/S CAGE OF SELF IMPOSED LIMITATIONS. 
    We saw that the number-1 quality in humans that helps them succeed is Power of Imagination. But most people have put themselves in a Cage of Self Imposed Limitations, and as a result have stopped using Power of Imagination. We realised that all leaders, CEOs, business owners, start up entrepreneurs, and professionals must focus on unlocking the power of imagination of their team members & followers, and help them come out of their cage of self imposed limitations.
    Let us now look at the second lesson from the elephant shows.

    LESSON-2: POWER TO CONTROL OTHER MINDS

    Human beings have an incredible power to control others’ minds, whether humans or animals! That was clearly evident in the elephant show. Elephants would not have done something which is not in the DNA, that is, walking on the ropes or painting on a canvas.

    When this thought had entered my mind while watching the elephants perform, a question popped into my mind, which I would like you to answer now; “What is the most precious thing for YOU?” After coming back from my holiday in Thailand, I asked this question to the core teams of our clients using our consulting services to scale up their companies to the next level. There were many answers like; time, knowledge, ability to learn, health, confidence, money, family, love, relationships, and many more. The answer I had in mind of course was; YOUR LIFE! Do you think there can be anything more precious to you than your own life? Would you trade it for say 10 million dollars? What about 100 million dollars?! In fact, each of the answers that people came up with had any meaning only if they were alive in the first place!

    Going back to my thoughts while watching the show; If life is so precious that you would not trade it for anything under the sun, then how is it possible for a terrorist to invoke a suicide bomber to give away his life for a pittance?! Or how is it possible to get a soldier to lay down his life with a smile in the line of duty?

    That’s when it becomes evident that human beings have an incredible power inside of them; power to control the minds of others, whether humans or animals! In case of the suicide bomber, his mind is controlled by the terrorists in the name of protecting the religion or god! And that if he dies in the process, his next life will surely be in heaven! In case of soldier, his mind is controlled by telling him that there is no bigger glory then to lay down his life for defending his country. So you see, we humans have this power to control the minds of other humans by offering them something in return; it may be money, food, work, career, love, care, martyrdom, but most of all a mission, a purpose, a cause larger than himself, and for it to be more effective, a CAUSE larger than the controller himself.

    Come to think of it, despite being blessed with the power to control the minds of others already residing inside of us, most business people today are struggling to get the work done from their teams, the way they would like it to be done. While helping over 1,000 Companies with our Strategic Execution Consulting services, I have heard many CEOs, founders, directors, department or functional heads and many managers complain that it is a big challenge for them to get anything done from their people or their teams. Indeed with many companies, human resource management is the number one biggest challenge that they are facing. Where as here I was, watching men control the minds of elephants to make them do things which were obviously not in their DNA!
    Some people will argue that it is because elephants are dumb it is easier to control them, but human beings are intelligent and they use their own minds and therefore it is difficult to control them. To each such person I would say, try and get an elephant to paint and try and get an elephant to walk on the rope and then you are likely to come back saying that it is easier to deal with men rather than dumb elephants! Comparatively, it is easier to explain to a man about some benefits and get certain things done.

    So, I would like to leave you all with this question; “If you oftentimes find it difficult to deal with your own men or your own teams, whether as a business leader, a CEO, founder, director, VP, department head, general manager, or as a manager, whose weakness is that? Theirs or YOURS? Put a hand on your heart and answer this question. Once you hear the right answer, you will eventually figure out the solutions about this predicament. All you need to know is that human beings are blessed with the power to control the minds of others. Whether active or dormant, it is still inside of you; you still have that power!

    This was my second powerful insight & learning from that amazing elephant show in Thailand. I promise to share with you 4 more powerful insights & learnings in this SERIES that can completely turn your business, your company &/or your life around!

    In the next blog in this series we will talk about the 3rd Lesson!

    I encourage you to share your own experiences and views on this blog post!

    If you have liked what I have shared with you today, and are looking forward to my the next blog in this series, you may follow my BLOG at https://ambrishchheda.wordpress.com

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    Mr. Ambrish Chheda Mr. Ambrish Chheda, Chairman & Managing Director, MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP, is a thought leader in Business Strategy & Execution Consulting. To view Mr. Ambrish Chheda’s profile, click here.


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    Core Purpose & Mission of MasterClass™ is ‘Nation Building’; by contributing, in our own way, to the economic development, by helping tens of thousands of organizations and individuals reach the next level of success. We do this by providing Strategic Execution Consulting Services, simplified training programs, and tools, through various mediums, through professionals with practical industry experience.

    The revolutionary MasterClass™ Methodology is being used by more than 1,000 companies in developing their strategy, planning and implementation process to help these companies Scale-Up to the Next Level of Success in a Simplified manner. MasterClass™ was invited by a German BioScience based pharmaceutical company, BSV BioScience GmbH, to help their core team develop its strategy plan and execution plan, at Germany. MasterClass™ Clients range from various sectors and industries. For learning how you can scale-up your company to the Next Level, and to read hundreds of transformational experiences shared by MasterClass™ clients, Click Here.

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