Annual General Meeting of PMI Chennai Chapter, 2012 #pmiccagm12

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Date : Aug 19, 2012

Venue: Hotel Deccan Plaza

Attendance : 160

The day started as early as 3 AM in the morning for me as this was the last day of Saher (Fasting) before Ramzan. After Saher and the morning prayers there was not much time left to catch a shut eye as we had a volunteer meeting scheduled at 7 AM at the venue followed by a planning over breakfast. 

 The chief guest at the AGM was Thiru. K. Rajaraman, IAS.  He is the Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu, Special Initiatives Department and currently the Managing Director for Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL)

The agenda for the day was as follows 

09:00 am-10:00 am Registration & Networking
10:00 am-10:05 am Welcome Note
10:06 am-10:25 am Secretary’s 2010 – 2011 Annual Report & Bye-law Amendments
10:26 am-10:45 am Treasurer’s 2010 – 2011 Financial Report
10:46 am-11:05 am President’s Address
11:06 am-11:20 am Tea Break
11:21 am-11:45 pm Awards & Recognition 
11:46 am-12:15 pm Portfolio update by Vice Presidents.
12:31 pm-01:30 pm Key Note Speech – Chief Guest.
01:30 pm-01:35 pm Vote of Thanks  followed by Lunch

Synopsis of Growth on the Communication Portfolio:

Here is the short presentation that we made for my portfolio (Communication) at the AGM 2012

Post AGM had to rush to my hometown for Eid celebrations with family and friends. At one end there was this feeling that AGM just a day before Eid was really taxing yet we were able to carry it with ease and flair. A event that was a full house attendance and went well. And we volunteers carry forward with renewed vigor for another year and fresh burst of energy for the PMI National Conference 2012 that is just round the corner. 

Pls watch this space for more behind the scenes action …

 

 

Mentoring is shared learning !

Serving as a leader in companies, social organizations and community initiatives has lent knowledge, experience and exposure to wisdom. I believe one of the key responsibilities of leaders is to create more leaders. I happened to recently catch up on a Leadership Master class by Robin Sharma . He insists that “One of the prime responsibilities of all leaders is to create more leaders ” Mentoring is the process of grooming leadership in your organization. This has to be an organic process within a community. It’s not how people feel about you, it’s how you make them feel about themselves when they are around you that counts in mentoring. During this journey Learn to ask a lot of questions that aim to bring out reality and try to brainstorm collectively to find solutions rather than finger pointing or making the other person go running for solutions. In the process of mentoring both the mentor and mentee are in the process of self discovery and constant validation of their approach, journey from Idea to execution. There are many instances where brainstorming with a mentee has been self fulfilling in not just sharing the knowledge but also reinforces your beliefs in certain areas.

Over that last 4 years of my association with entrepreneurs in Proto.in I had the opportunity to identify some of the common traits that entrepreneurs seem to have in common and that is to be not just a great planner but also good at executing what you plan. Execution is a major job of a leader. Leaders steer organizational direction and culture by execution. Entrepreneurs always create a culture of getting things done. They feel more accountable and self driven.

At a personal level Being self confident makes you bold and self mastered, you are open to positive dialogue and learning from others. Surround yourself with people who challenge your thinking and make you constantly work outside the comfort zone. By doing so one is able to elevate oneself and gather greater skills and confidence in problem solving.

Having been part of 9 editions of Proto.in and listening to a lot of fireside talks from the entrepreneurial breed, one needs to constantly validate whether we are on the right direction as the rest of the world and this video is a status check to us.