‘Changing Dynamics’ of Use of Technology Takes Centre stage at IIM Kozhikode’s Mindful Leadership Masterclass for Industry Leaders in Kochi



Kochi : Professionals from different fields and sectors at Kerala’s IT Hub, Kochi, were witness to an experience of a lifetime as the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode’s Masterclass took them through a reflective sojourn here in the city. Helmed by none other than the Director of IIM Kozhikode, Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, renowned academician and author, the exclusive session on ‘Mindful Leadership’ witnessed nearly 200 participants consisting of CEOs/CXOs, Professionals, Educational Leaders, Health Care Professionals, Chief Administrators in Government Service, Managers in NGOs and Media Professionals. Dr. K. N. Raghavan, IRS, the Executive Director of Rubber Board, Govt. of India, was the Chief Guest for the breakthrough session.

Other dignitaries present for the Worksop as special invitees also included – Mr C J George, Managing Director, Geojit BNP Paribhas Financial Services Ltd; Mr Bejoy Bhaskar, Director – Technical, Cochin Ship Yard Limited; Mr Ajith Kumar K , Director, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Kochi; Mr Dinesh P Thampi, VP & centre Head – Kerala, Tata Consultancy Services, Brigadier Lalit Sharma, Station Commander, Pangode Military Station; Commodore Simon Xavier, Indian Navy; Mr Chandrabose J, Managing Director, The Kerala Minerals & Metals Ltd. (KMML),; Dr. A Giridhar, Managing Director, Giridhar Eye Institute; Mr. Cherian George, CEO & Director of Harrison Malayalam Ltd; Mr. Philip Thomas, Managing Director, Nitta Gelatin India Ltd.

Professor Debashis Chatterjee, who has taught leadership classes at Harvard University and prominent IIMs, has also trained more than thirty thousand managers globally in Fortune 100 Corporations and over twenty-five thousand school principals and teachers. Beginning the session with a deep meditation exercise which inspired participants to focus their energy on deep work, he articulately spoke about evolution and phases of leadership from the 1.0 stage to 4.0 stage and how cognitive revolution has shaped our history. The attendees gained further insight on the importance of the concept of Mindfulness and how awareness and clarity of thought and action prove to be decisive in managers making informed choice.

He further added that IIMK’s Mindful Leadership Masterclass is not only about surviving and thriving in a volatile, uncertain and non-linear world but also about going beyond strategic intricacies and learn, unlearn traits required to create a happy and creative work environment. “Corporates need reflection time and dedicated attention to developing high potential leaders who can navigate and create value in the changing world. The core philosophy behind this exclusive Mindful Leadership Workshop is that businesses do not compete, business leaders do!”

The selected participants consisted of representative and senior professionals from diverse group of companies from various public as well as private sectors like – Infosys, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Cochin Ship Yard limited, Geojit BNP Paribhas Financial Services Ltd, KPMG, Ernest & Young, Tata Consultancy Services, NASSCOM, Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala, United India Insurance Co Ltd, Wells Fargo, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co Ltd, The Kerala Minerals & Metals Ltd. (KMML), BALCO, KMRL, CIAL Kochi and many other prominent sectors including Government Departments, educational institutions, learning centres and media business.

The enthusiasm of the participants made the interaction even more interesting in the Q&A session, after the conclusion of the Masterclass. The participants recounted the Masterclass session as a wholesome experience which not only inspired them professionally but also guided them to adopt mind-set changes for rejuvenating work-life balance.

IIM Kozhikode’s Masterclass on ‘Mindful Leadership’ has been conducted across the length and breadth of the country in prominent cities like Hyderabad (April 2022) and Bengaluru (August 2022), as the Institute recently marked 25 years of its academic journey.