The Executive committee (EC) of ISA Bangalore section, led by the President, consists of the band of men and
women who make it vibrant and effective. They work together as a team throughout their annual term and pass on the
baton to the next set. In the process rich experiences are added to the section and benchmarks set for the
The team this year has a good mix of veteran volunteers and some young blood. Our President for the year, Sunil Shah had decided to provide a special experience in an off-site setting to the EC members and the theme chosen was Leadership development. The venue was the RECCAA valley club at Kochi, a place especially suited for this initiative with large meeting room and comfortable residential facilities. The program agenda was devised by RenukaPrasad and the local logistics were managed by our member in Kochi , Ravi Balakrishnan.
There were 17 participants from the EC and 4 invited speakers, namely Lt.General PR Kumar, DGMO (Retd.)(Topic - Transformation to Leadership path) , Thampi Matthew, MD (P+F) (Topic – Shared his journey to leadership) , SreekumarPai ,Leadership & Communication Trainer,(Topic - Communication Skills – Public Speaking, & Time Management) and our own past president and DVP D14 Rajesh Rathi (Topic - Entrepreneurship – The Thrills & Challenges). Some senior folks from the EC were also speakers at the event , namely , Sunil Shah, President (Topic - Leadership for Non-Profits) , RenukaPrasad,Past-President(Topic- Success through SELF & The entrepreneurial mindset), Ram Kerur, Past President (Topic – His Entrepreneurial journey ) and Sukumaran, Past President (Topic - Project Management Skills).
Lively and interactive games were devised for generating insights into team work by our young members Pavan and Saurabh.
The star speaker was, of course Lt.Gen (Retd.) PR Kumar . He was a leader in the army in the thick of action culminating in exacting assignments as DGMO. So from his vast experience and with commanding communication skills he enthralled the audience giving precise pointers to leadership skills as built in the army and which can be inspiring to emulate in civilian life as well.
The program was rounded off with a tour, on the 3rd day, around Kochi on land and at sea. The participants returned to Bangalore inspired and refreshed.
Their feedback included lavish praise and appreciation for the ambience and facilities, the cohesion and mutual respect developed between participants and the valuable inputs from speakers’ actual experience. Everyone was unanimous that this type of event needs to be held every year and even expanded to include all regular members.