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URJA – MID-CAREER CHANGE WORKSHOP

“You are not stuck where you are…. unless you decide to be” – Wayne Dyer

Kavyata’s mid-career-change workshop called Urja – Energy for Inner Agility is designed exclusively for mid-senior executives and professionals looking to take their careers in a new direction. Perhaps you’re looking for a whole new challenge professionally. Or your organization may want you to reinvent yourself in a new way. Whether you move laterally or in a new direction, you want to do something which helps you get unstuck, makes you feel alive and energized to grow. 

 

URJA is a 3 day inspirational journey of self-discovery, cognitive and emotional flexibility, based on brain, human and social sciences. It enables mid-career individuals to take meaningful decisions and choices about their careers.

Urja is meant for:

  • Mid-career professionals with 10 years plus of experience, who are expected to lead people, drive innovation and transform cultures.
  • Mid-career individuals who want to invest in their personal growth, reinvent and energize themselves – when individuals want to transition into something different or get more clarity whether they want a career change or a job change or just need an inspiring and safe space to reexamine their choices and direction.

Why do mid-career professionals need ‘URJA – Energy for Inner Agility & Change’?

Mid-career is that time when you want more than just success from your career – you want to make an impact, use your talents to the fullest and do work which makes you feel fulfilled and accomplished.

But mid-career is also the time when professionals need to reinvent themselves the most. Mid-career change is not just about changing careers/jobs, it is about changing your relationship with work and self to move towards a place where you thoughtfully construct your career in a way which brings together your highest strengths, your unused potential and your aspirations in a well-fitting and realistic way.

For organizations too, when executives reach the mid-senior level, there is an expectation that they will transition to a new way of leading themselves and the organization, which allows them to maximise personal and business impact. Organizations which are affected by the rapid changes in the external environment, need their mid-senior people to show flexibility and responsiveness and get prepared to lead the business into new areas.  However, this is not easy, because very often the same behaviours which make professionals successful in the early part of their careers, hold them back from making an impact at the next level. This costs not only the individuals, but also the organizations which have nurtured such talent.

Mid-career change comes from developing inner agility – mindsets and practices which allow mid-career individuals to lead in new ways, learn and reinvent and cope with the emotional and cognitive burden of change.

Often though, the emotional and cognitive flexibility to respond to change is overlooked or taken for granted, resulting in falling back upon old habits and causing people and organizational breakdowns/stalemates.

Urja is about developing inner agility & change readiness – articulating personal response to change and uncertainty, thereby releasing energy and creating clarity for mid-career individuals to respond to change and complexity with a sense of purpose and to take new actions for impact.

 

How does Urja energize you for mid-career change?

Urja expands energy and agility for mid-career change

Through immersive experiences, self and peer reflectioan, dialoague, use of framing concepts, participants learn 3 essential practices which help them expand inner agility and make them ready for mid-career change

Pause and reflect, embrace openness to ‘not know’ :

At Urja, you learn how to pause and reflect on what you need from your careers and lives, accept and work with the feeling of ‘not knowing’ and move to seek answers which can give you energy and new possibilities

Look for solutions across the network and the ecosystem :

 You also learn to widen your understanding of their network and ecosystem – so that you can seek help and ideas from new sources instead of feeling stuck.

Test solutions and their own responses, through quick experimentation:

You also learn how to construct quick experiments to test your way forward with mid-career change; whether by starting new side projects while working full time or even testing out new ways of leading your people/trying out new initiatives at work

How does Urja help people with mid-career change?

Clear personal response to change and complexity

Understanding of how to rewire old habits

New practices to lead their teams and engage with ecosystem partners

Deep peer relationships with cohort members, that sustain post program

How do Organizations benefit from developing mid-career professionals?

By increasing their own energy and agility, mid-senior leaders in an organization impact the organization in many ways:

Purpose Led Change

Ability to create and establish principles of change (for self and for team that one leads)

Simplicity

Ability to create simple processes, systems and structures which support nimbleness

Responsiveness

Greater responsiveness to stakeholders (customers, team, ecosystem partners)

Insights

Ability to sense and derive insights which lie at the boundaries of functions, domains, human-technology capabilities

Methodology

methodology of urja

3 day residential program

Day 1: 11.00 a.m to 6 p.m. – Participants map their professional and personal journeys – identifying significant patterns, drivers and influences. These patterns, drivers are important to surface in order to understand what may be shaping the current response to change. Structured exercises, dialogue and reflection are used.

Day 2: 9.30 a.m to 6 p.m – An exploration and understanding of how these patterns, drivers may be shaping the current responses at work, in the light of expectations to lead, transform, innovate, grow business/change professional direction etc is facilitated through activities, psychometric tools, reflection, group feedback etc.

We also work on clarifying own aspirations and surfacing unexplored potentials – looking at how these can energize one to take new steps, explore new choices and decisions.

Day 3: 9.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Understanding what happens in the mid-career stage and how one can make space for new behaviours, choices. Committing to a set of practices (for each individual) which can sustain and grow energy and drive to implement new choices and actions.

The program offers ample time for individual and shared reflection as well as time to experience the natural environment. These form an essential part of the Urja experience of pausing in order to move faster.

Program Fees

INR 42000 (Includes program facilitation charges, accommodation for 2 nights on twin-sharing basis, meals and snacks, 18% GST)

Facilitators

Kavita Neelakantan

Kavita Neelakantan

FOUNDER, Kavyata

Kavita, an alumna of IIM Ahmedabad, brings 18 years of experience in Experiential Learning, Personal Growth & Organization Development.

Neeru Gupta

Neeru Gupta

CONSULTANT

Neeru previously headed the Learning function at McKinsey India and has been a facilitator, coach and change consultant for 23 years.

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