Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Leadership, according to Harvard

"Leadership is the activity of mobilising people to confront and productively address problematic realities for the purpose of improving the human conditions"
-Harvard Business School's Defifinition in "leadership for the 21st Century", Harvard, USA 17-22 Oct 2010
Changing colours in Maple Trees, Harvard

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"Ten Angry Men"

Yesterday at Harvard, there was this amazing session on how to deal with a group and how even one person can reverse the majority opinion by adopting suitable strategy. The movie was interrupted frequently with comments and discussions and analyses with expert and pecise handling by the Professor.
 A great way to learn.

(Pic shows Harvard Law School Campus where I'm staying)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

World Habitat Day

The first Monday of every October is celebrated as the World Habitat Day by the UN. That day was yesterday. The event was held in Sisir Mancha. The Vice Chancellor of BESU delivered the key address.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Nomination for Two Week Training at JFK School, Harvard University

Today morning I got a formal communication from Department of Personnel and Training, Govt of India that I have been nominated to attend the following courses at JFK School, Harvard University, USA:
(1)  Mastering Negotiation: Building Agreement across Boundaries (10-15 Oct 2010)
(2) Leadership for the 21st Century; Chaos, Conflict (17-22 Oct 2010)
Along with me, 3 others have also been nominated including Vandana Krishna, my batch-mate in Maharashtra.
There are now the innumerable procedures of Visa, ticketing, state govt clearance, MEA political clearance etc.
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Deepak has been helping me a lot. Alapan also helped me.  So did Atanu Palodhi. Thanks to all of you.  I hope I am able to make it. I would dearly wish so.
Yesterday, I got myself photographed for visa: since application is done on-line, I didn't take any print-out but took the photo in my pen-drive. Here it is:

Friday, October 1, 2010

Ayodhya Verdict & CS Farewell

Yesterday, the proceedings of MA Department at Sisir Mancha were terminated prematurely (by lunchtime) as the Ayodhya verdict was to be delivered later in the afternoon.
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The IAS Association gave farewell to outgoing Chief Secretary. I joined the contributory lunch at the Palladium.
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I got this telephonic information yesterday afternoon from the Director DoPT, GoI about a possible 2-week training at Harvard University from 10th October. My office kept in touch with them today - but no communication was received till evening.
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