Learning LIFTS us up

~ Vedashree Patankar and Deepa Soman Our Lumière Learning Monday sessions are a popular weekly event. Each week we have an eclectic array of invitee speakers or scheduled sessions by team members. These sessions are intended for learning and new knowledge about work and life. They are intended to help broaden our world view. Ms. Veena Basu, our Learning Monday guest in September is a pioneer in the area of…

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22 on 22

Lumière was born on 15th September 1996, exactly 9 months after Rhea was born. Rhea studied industrial design and joined us as Design Associate earlier this year. Here is her interpretation of the Lumière identity. Our website with our persona, the elephant, and the pinwheel logo were created by Rishab Arora in 2012. We had a blindspot to the “obvious” disconnect between the “heavy” elephant and the “light” pinwheel. “Once…

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Start to Finish

A client writes a mail to a team member. She has shared a CV for a young student who has completed his BBA. ‘Do you have an opening for freshers who have done their BBA in your consulting arm?’, she asks. The mail reaches me in the Resource Desk. When I go through the CV and start to reply to the mail, this is what emerges. What: We have an internship…

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Listen to learn or Learn to listen?

        ~Vedashree Patankar Deepa starts out the session by saying ‘Today we shall learn how to listen’. The Learning Monday session is underway, and I think to myself how hard can it be to listen? I’ve done it for almost 15 years of my life through school and college. But this session would prove just how wrong I was in my thinking. To start with, everyone was…

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Lean In and Sideways

We book a table for 2 at Sunny’s on Residency Road, Bangalore and wend ourselves up to the first floor at a lovely seating by the open verandah. It’s Thursday evening and Bangalore is our city. Its a city I first moved in on my own, worked, set up home, got pregnant and had my first child. Its a city where I took my career break and decided I’d rather…

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Win Innovation Workshop Guide

~ Deepa & Milind Soman We ran a workshop on the 4th and 5th of June. It was below par? The client gave us a ‘very good’/ ‘excellent’ rating but it still didn’t feel like a ‘win’. We have seen better workshops with more energy and bigger ideas. When we prepared a mind-map of 4 similar innovation workshops, we noticed themes that make for a successful innovation workshop. This workshop…

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Gracious Sharing

We are at the 24-hour restaurant at the Royal Singi Hotel, Kathmandu. This is my third time at the hotel, and twice in the past two weeks. The hotel staff greets us warmly with a ‘welcome back’. Since the workshop venue is on the 7th floor of the hotel, some of the staff interact with us and some curiously watch us engage with team building activities. We know them by…

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Sticky Diamond

The invite: ‘You run innovation workshops, Deepa? Have you worked for ….? Call … He is our client and a wonderful person. They want to run an innovation workshop.’, texts my client-friend Zia. I have just boarded the flight to Sydney and my heart skips a beat. Its a client I’ve been eyeing since I fell in love with their advertising. My mind does a quick back flip and a few…

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Bombay Dreams

Being a researcher is about curiosity. It is about building rapport with a stranger. Its about willingness to explore and go on an adventure on the landscape of a new person. A story is hiding in the most unlikely places. Be interested and the person opens up the treasure chest of his story. Twelve plastic jars of ‘mukhwas’ in the tray from two months ago are nearly empty. Time for a…

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Defining the “Who”

~ Smita Arora, Sanjana Ramani, Deepa Soman A particular group of people that is identified as the intended recipient of an advertisement, product, or campaign is called target group or audience. A target group is a particular group of people that a product or service is intended to reach.  It becomes a crucial part of market research as the decisions are based on the findings of the study. Meeting the right target audience…

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