Friday, May 27, 2011

NTPC organizes PR Workshop in Pachmarhi

Participants of the PR workshop
Report sent by Mr K. Ravindran, Senior Manager (PR), Western Region, Mumbai of NTPC.
The Western Region-I Headquarters of NTPC organized a two day Public Relations workshop for its senior management employees from the western region on 22-23rd May 2011 at Pachmarhi. The program began with the inaugural address by Shri S C Pandey, Regional Executive Director of NTPC. In his address, Shri Pandey spoke about the way the media and challenges of dealing with the press are challenging organisations across the board with the transformation of the world into an economic and social global village were any news has the potential of becoming national or international news within a fraction of a second. 
This was followed by the session on corporate public relations by Shri M Gopalakrishna, IAS former chairman of Rural Electrification Corporation of India who gave broad view of corporate public relations. The other speakers who spoke on various aspects of Public Relations included Shri Joe Scaria of Economic Times, Shri B N Kumar, CEO of Concept Public Relations and Ms Susan Koshy of Konfluenz, Chennai. 

The aim of the workshop was to make the senior executives of the company aware of the nuances of dealing with media and their role as spokespersons of the company in future. The two day workshop also included practical knowledge of the public relations with the simulation of a mock press conference for the executives to learn from and adapt to. 
There were over 20 participants who took advantage of the workshop and gained knowledge on corporate communications and the success of the organization in building lasting relationships with the media. 
Earlier, Shri K Ravindran, Sr Manager (PR), Western Region, Mumbai welcomed the participants and Shri A K Bhatnagar, GM, Corporate Communications & HR, NTPC Ltd gave overview of the workshop. Subjects such as CSR, branding were also discussed during the interactive sessions which was appreciated by all the participants.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Image Audit helps to improve the employee management

L to R: K. Srinivasan, Rtn Latha Rajan (President),
Rtn. R. Narayanan (Secretary Elect)
K. Srinivasan, Chairman, Prime Point Foundation delivered a talk on "Image Audit and measuring techniques of image" at Rotary Club of Adyar on 17th May 2011.  During the course of his talk, he explained as to how perception is being formed based on (a) performance,  (b) ones own experience, (c) what others say and (d) rumours.  
He also said that such perception formed by stakeholders create positive or negative image.  Generally, employees have 'hidden perception' on the management and normally, they do not reveal to the management, for various reasons.
He regretted that many corporates, particularly CEO managed, organisations do not prefer to conduct Image Audit on the employees, for fear of their administration being reviewed frankly  by their employees.  Image Audit is like a 'master health check up' for any person and even if the employees give negative perception, it would help to streamline the administration.  On the other hand, the organisations managed by 'owners' at the top level, prefer to conduct image audit.
K. Srinivasan addressing
Srinivasan said, through Image Audit techniques, we can bring out the hidden perception of employees and other stakeholders.  This would help the management to undertake mid-course corrections and also to avoid any possible future crisis. 
He also explained with example as to  how 'perception' formed by the voters has played a greater role during the recent assembly elections.  
For more details on Image Audit, he requested the audience to visit
Rtn. Latha Rajan, President of the Rotary Club of Adyar presided over the meeting.  The meeting was attended by members of the club, who represented various industries and profession.  
The slide show of the power point file is appended below.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Dr Abdul Kalam honours cartoonists at Cartoon Festival 2011

Dr Abdul Kalam
Cartoon Watch, the only cartoon magazine in India organises Cartoon Festival every year and honours the senior cartoonists since 2003.  Cartoon Watch is being published from Raipur.  Cartoon Festival 2011 was held this year at New Delhi on 29th April 2011.  Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, Former President of India launched the Cartoon Festival by drawing a symbolic cartoon and honoured senior cartoonists Mr Ajit Ninan, Mr Kaak, MrMr Hussain Zamin, Mr B V Panduranga Rao, Mr Jagjeet Rana and Mr Sudheer Nath for their lifetime achievement in the field of cartoon.  
Mr Triambak Sharma, Editor, Cartoon Watch organised this event. Mr Triambak Sharma is also the cartoon Editor of our ezine PreSense and the cartoon character PRince created by him was also launched by Dr Kalam three years back at Chennai.  Dr Kalam also made a reference about the cartoon characters like common man and PRince in his speech.
During his speech, he also advised the cartoonists to set their mission. Dr Abdul Kalam is one of the admirers of cartoons and wherever he goes, he always encourages the media to use more of cartoons, to convey the message to the people in an effective manner.
Full text of Dr Kalam's speech is available in the official site of Dr Abdul Kalam and may be read by clicking this link.
Mr Ashish Agarwal, cartoonist has given the full account of the event in his blog.  Please read this blog in the following link.
Please watch the photo stream of the event.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Lok Sabha Heroes and UnSung Heroes honoured

Prime Point Foundation, Chennai and Corporate ezine PreSense honour the top performing MPs of Lok Sabha since 2009.  Top 5 MPs of 14th Lok Sabha were featured in the ezine PreSense.
Mr Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Mr Anandrao Adsul, Mr S S Ramasubbu, award winning MPs with Mr N Vittal, Mr Sthanunathan, Mr Era Sezhian and K. Srinivasan
In 2010, the Foundation instituted Annual Awards for the top performing MPs (calculated till the end of 31st March of every year based on the data provided by Lok Sabha Secretariat and compiled by PRS India.  Mr Hansraj Gangaram Ahir (BJP MP from Chandrapur, Maharashtra) and Mr S S Ramasubbu (Cong MP from Tirunelveli) were honoured for their top performance in the 15th Lok Sabha till the end of March 2010.  Mr Ramasubbu, stood first in debates, private bills and questions in Tamilnadu.  
For the year 2011, a simple and impressive function was organised at Thakkar Bapa Vidyalaya on 7th May 2011.  Mr Era Sezhian (well known veteran octogenarian Parliamentarian), Mr N Vittal (Former Central Vigilance Commissioner of India) and Mr Sthanunathan (Secretary of Thakkar Bapa Vidyalaya and a Gandhian) were the chief guests.  
During this function, Mr Hansraj Gangaram Ahir (BJP MP from Chandrapur, Maharashtra), Mr Anandrao Adsul (Shiv Sena MP from Amravati, Maharastra) and Mr S S Ramasubbu (Cong MP from Tirnelveli, Tamilnadu) were honoured for their top performance in the Lok Sabha till the end of Budget Session 2011.  
Mr Hansraj stood first for overall tally and also in introducing Private Member Bills.  Mr Adsul stood second in the overall tally and also first in raising questions.  It may be noted, Mr Adsul stood first in raising questions even in 14th Lok Sabha.
Mr Ramasubbu, stood fourth in the overall tally at national level and first among Tamilnadu MPs.  
A round table discussion was held on the theme "Social leadership and development politics".  There was a huge particpation of youth in this programme.
Besides the award winning MPs, Dr Jayaprakash Narayan MLA of AP (President of Lok Satta Party), Mr Vivek Pandit Independent MLA from Maharashtra, Ms Jothi Mani, General Secretary of Youth Congress also participated and shared their views.
At the request of K. Srinivasan, Prime Point Foundation, the award winning 3 MPs agreed to take student interns to train them in parliamentary proceedings and procedures.  Department of Humanities and Social Science of IIT, Chennai has agreed to nominate students to these top performing MPs.  Based on the experience, this concept will be extended to other willing MPs.  This is the first of its kind in India.
Besides the three top performing MPs, the Foundation has also honoured Manam Malarattum, Build Future India, the NGOs and serial inventor Mr Arvind Thyagarajan (30) who holds 40 patents in his name. 
Mr Sudhangan, a well known TV anchor, moderated the discussion.
Indian Overseas Bank, Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Good Relations, Karnataka Power Corporation sponsored this event.  Cyber Society of India, India Vision online group and Action 2020 Team supported this initiative.
Please watch the photo stream:

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