Mumbai: Dale Carnegie of India has announced Bajaj Allianz General Insurance as the winner of the prestigious Dale Carnegie Global Leadership Award 2018. The first runner-up award was presented to Infosys BPM and Cisco Systems bagged the second runner-up award. The top 6 nominees shortlisted for the award also included The Lalit, L&T Technology Services and Hindustan Petroleum Capital Limited.
Bajaj Allianz General Insurance stood out as the frontrunner of this year’s Global Leadership Award for leveraging imaginative learning to create a future-ready workforce. Through state-of-the-art formats like gaming and comic strips, they made reskilling and upskilling an exciting activity that engaged employees at every level.
In 1985, Dale Carnegie & Associates conceptualized the idea for an award that celebrated organizations that were ahead of the pack when it came to human capital management. This year, Dale Carnegie of India held the fourth edition of their annual award program ‘Global Leadership Award’ and received over 40 outstanding applications from some of India’s most esteemed companies. The event brought together HR professionals of India’s foremost organizations, honoring them for their significant achievements, and celebrating the success of their people development.
The jury for the award included Mark Marone (Director of Research and Thought Leadership at Dale Carnegie & Associates), Jonathan Vehar (Vice President of Product at Dale Carnegie & Associates), Ercell Charles (Vice President of Training for Dale Carnegie & Associates), Sanjay Jha (Executive Director at Dale Carnegie of India) and Pallavi Jha (Chairperson and Managing Director, Dale Carnegie of India). The factors taken into consideration include key goals and initiatives under the three broad categories of Organizational Structure, Learning & Development and Employee Engagement.
The event began with an introduction and welcome speech by Ms. Pallavi Jha, followed by the launch of the brand new Dale Carnegie Book on L&D Best Practices. The book articulates the vision of HR and business leaders who are at the cutting edge of innovation and disruption with regards to L&D initiatives being practiced within their organizations.
The launch of the book was followed by a fascinating panel discussion on Trust Based Relationships: A Business Imperative, based on a new original whitepaper by Dale Carnegie & Associates. The whitepaper highlights why long-term customer loyalty is still driven by trusted relationships.
The panel comprised of industry stalwarts like Ms. Kashmira Mewawala, Head – Business Development & Chief Ethics Counselor, Tata Capital; Mr. Vikram Sakhuja, Group CEO Madison Media & OOH, Madison World; Mr. Ercell Charles, Vice President of Training, Dale Carnegie Training; Ms. Pallavi Jha – Chairperson & Managing Director, Dale Carnegie of India. The moderator of the panel was Mr. Sanjay Jha, Executive Director, Dale Carnegie of India.
Commenting on the awards, Pallavi Jha, Chairperson & Managing Director, Dale Carnegie of India said, “We are extremely happy to announce Bajaj Alliance General Insurance as the winner of this year’s Global Leadership Award, as their efforts toward people development are at the forefront of today’s L&D landscape. The aim of the Global Leadership Award has always been to recognize the efforts put in by organizations toward the advancement of their most important stakeholders – the employees.”
On receiving the award, Ganesh Nair, Head of Learning & Development, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance said, “One of the biggest initiatives we undertook this year was gamifying insurance so that everyone could understand and sell it. To do that, we built a gaming simulation that replicated various customer scenarios in terms of how to pitch the product, and that was one of the reasons we looked at learning in a different way. Today’s panel spoke about transparency and trust, which we’ve been building into our learning and development practices for the past couple of years, and this award is a culmination of that journey. I would like to thank all 8000 employees back at our organization, as this is for each and every one of them.”
Last year Axis Bank snagged the award for their advanced people development initiatives, which were backed by proven statistics, highlighted their cutting-edge efforts towards L&D with measurable business results. The first runner up prize was presented to Capegemini, and IL&FS Financial Services won the second runner-up award.