Thursday, March 13, 2008

Ranjini Manian, Rajeshwar

"A powerful thought top on my mind is not about any challenge, but about how we are now in a fabulous position of having to explain 'Indian business' and what its culture is to the rest of the world, which is about 5 billion. And they are eager to listen, absorb and learn from us." (Ranjini)

"Global Adjustments is at the ideal time and space of presenting India to the rest of the world that has never been more interested in our growth story. We, therefore, are poised to ride this wave across India and beyond, over the foreseeable future. In recognition of our work at Global Adjustments, the international body of relocation companies, Worldwide ERC (Employee Relocation Council) has conferred upon us the 'Meritorious Service' award, 2008. On behalf of the company, I will be receiving the award later this month at a ceremony in Shanghai." (Rajeshwar)

Ranjini Manian (Founder and CEO) and Rajeshwar (COO), Global Adjustments.
Meeting on March 13, over lunch


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Global Adjustments are cultural enablers in India, offering Relocation, City Orientation, Settling-In Cross Cultural Training, Publishing and Event Management and Realty Services. Global Adjustments’ custom made cross cultural training programs helps one understand Indian culture and equip with the skills to navigate business confidently in your host country. It is done by combining the understanding of international cultures with an inherent knowledge of India to create unique events – be it ground breaking ceremonies or launching factories.

India commands a steadily increasing mindshare in today’s global arena. Doing business in India is as much about understanding what the country is, its cultural milieu and the traditions that Indians hold closely to their hearts as it is of successful management strategies. Global Adjustments helps you with the former, allowing your management team to focus on the latter.

A world class Indian company driven by a multicultural team, Global Adjustments is an ideal choice for getting to know and enjoying the nuances of India’s multifaceted culture and getting sensitized to an environment that has challenged most business professionals.

GA is the one-stop shop for all cultural orientation and settling-in needs. The team of GA regularly keeps in touch with the latest cultural trends in India and its major trading partners so as to deliver contemporary content at all times.

Global Adjustments has Corporate and Administrative Office at Chennai and Regional offices at Bangalore, Gurgaon , Mumbai and Pune

Current offerings
Relocation – pre arrival services, cost of living surveys, settling in services, community networking, repatriation
Cross cultural education
Realty – commercial, residential

Ranjini Manian - Founder and Chief Executive Officer

A student of Elphinstone College, Mumbai, India and then of the University of Sorbonne, Paris, France, Ranjini is fluent in French, Japanese, Spanish besides English and several Indian languages. She has traveled extensively, covering about 26 countries, for work as well as for learning about new cultures, making her a multi-cultural expert.

As member of the Employee Relocation Council, she learns and shares best practices with human resource and relocation professionals. Trained in advanced etiquette by Syndi Seid (official etiquette trainer of Miss Universe pageant) in 1996 and mentored for ten years by Robert Kohls, American cross cultural pioneer, she is an expert in sharing this knowledge with business professionals wanting to be 'Global Indians'.

Ranjini pioneered and continues to be the editor of India's only free cultural magazine, 'At A Glance – Understanding India', a monthly publication that goes out to over 20,000 expatriates and Indians. She is also the author of the book “Doing Business in India for Dummies”.

Under her leadership, Global Adjustments has been chosen as one of the top ten “cool companies” of India by Business Today for 2006. Also Global adjustments has worked in the past dozen years with Fortune

Rajeshwar Balasundaram - Chief Operating Officer
Rajeshwar comes with over 20 years of multi-dimensional global IT industry experience in increasingly responsible roles, across multiple geographies worldwide. He holds an Engineering Degree from Anna University, Chennai, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Rajeshwar has lived and worked in North America, UK and Japan for over ten years, in roles ranging from technology consulting to business development and account management. His work went hand in hand with imbibing many aspects of these countries’ diverse cultures.

He has been living and working in India since 2001, in roles such as brand building and program management. His decision to move back to his roots in India was driven by his desire to have his children benefit by experiencing the multi-cultural richness and traditional values of India.

His interests include Indian philosophy, self-development, travel and contribution to several social causes.

Murali said...

Questions for Global Adjustments

1) As an organisation that is working on cultural adjustments, how would you define culture?
2) With the current interest of the world in knowing about India, what are the top things that we need to showcase and talk? More importantly, is there a lot of disconnect internally, closer home, which demand priority attention?
3) What are the key complaints of your clients when they are faced with the India that is so different from the culture they come from?
4) Do we have to tweak our rules and policies, laws and procedures to make a better fit for the global citizen?
5) Are there serious issues that crop up with Indians out in the world – issues that merit top attention, so that the goodwill that India enjoys does not wear out? (e.g.)
6) On the insularity that inward-looking can result in. Tendency of not integrating with the environment/local population. Whether we sometimes export our own narrowness.
7) How do you advise your clients to tackle racial behaviour? And workplace discrimination, both within India and outside?
8) Do you see more Indians coming back? What are their incentives?
9) Your insights on the generational differences of adaptability.
10) The different verticals you work on.
11) On the leadership programs you run.
12) Any other points of interest.