"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."--Warren G. Bennis This past week Drew Wolff and I travelled to Trivandrum and Bangalore, India where we saw two organisations practicing leadership by translating vision into reality. UST Global is a technology company providing partnerships to a select group of global 1000 companies. Like many companies in this space, it has highly trained engineers, state of the art technology and has teams based both in India and at the client's headquarters. Unlike many, it runs the company off a value set for associates that is imbedded in its DNA. "Transforming Lives" and "Humility Humanity Integrity" is the only artwork that adorns the walls of their boardroom. All associates are involved with a "color commitment" that includes a range of projects from furthering community involvement to helping shape the brand and organizational design of the company. Their teaching of client domain knowledge within all associates is clearly world class. Using a series of virtual reality games and training tools, sitting in the south of India, these engineers stay abreast of the latest tax changes in the US and changes in healthcare around the word. And clients (or newly - minted advisors as am I) are encouraged to speak with any associate or call any client to see if they truly manage as they say they do. The result is a highly engaged workforce in a very competitive industry with below average turnover rates.
Another example of leadership we heard about was Centro Fox, the brainchild of Mexico's former President and Mrs. Vicente Fox. Located in the center of Mexico at President Fox's family ranch, Centro Fox brings in tens of thousands of youth per year from throughout Mexico for an intensive day of leadership training and inspiration. These are not the top advantaged youth--they come from rural and inner cities with limited advantages. But the goal is to send them off inspired with a catalyst of hope that they can make a difference in their homes, schools and communities. Another translation of vision into reality.
Interesting in finding out more about these inspirational organizations? Here are the links:
-- Deanna Oppenheimer, October 1, 2012