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Ashok Malhotra
Managing director, south Asia, Habasit India

Which course did you attend and when?

I attended a five-day programme called leadership skills for top management at Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad in June 2014.

What is your educational and professional background?

I have done my BE in Production Engineering from PEC Chandigarh, followed by an MBA from FMS, Delhi University. I spent the early part of my career (1994-95) selling computers, radars, and radio navigational aids for the Tata Group. Following this, I worked as the country business manager at Ascom India till 2000 and as MD of Mettler Toledo India from the end of 2000 to February 2011. I then joined Habasit India and am currently the MD for south Asia.

What were your key learnings from the course?

Through the course, I not only learned from top managers coming in from diverse backgrounds but also got exposure to the world-class faculty. I was able to discuss challenges I tend to face and get a perspective, which in ordinary circumstances, would have never come to my mind. There was feedback on specific skills in motivating others and leading a team. I learnt many management tools, which I now apply at work. Also, one of the biggest benefits came from the various MDs and top managers I met during this and the other courses I attended. I still talk to them and seek advice whenever I’m stuck in a business situation.

What did you like about the course?

The best thing about the course was the diverse faculty from the global partnering schools & ISB, which brought in a broader perspective that triggered my mind to think differently. The course was conducted efficiently and every candidate’s expectation was met. I liked the quality interactions that took place both with the world-class faculty and with participants coming from diverse backgrounds. And a congenial environment helped me build a strong network since we spent all our time on campus during the course.

What did you not like about the course?

The duration of the course was an issue. I felt that it should have been slightly longer.

—As told to Meghna Maiti

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