Axis Bank, Capgemini and IL&FS win Dale Carnegie Global Leadership Award 2017


The first and second runners up were Capgemini and IL&FS, respectively.

Axis Bank has been awarded the Dale Carnegie Global Leadership Award 2017 for its advanced people development initiatives, backed by proven statistics and its cutting-edge efforts towards L&D with measurable results.

Capgemini bagged the first runner-up award, while Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) took the second runner-up position.  

When this Award was conceptualised by Dale Carnegie & Associates in 1985, the objective was to award and celebrate organisations, which were ahead in human capital management and considered their people as important for the success of the organisation as any technology, patent or business strategy.

The nominees for this award are assessed thoroughly—for their cutting-edge investment in human capital and on the basis of the key goals and initiatives taken in the following three broad categories: organisational structure, learning & development and employee engagement.

This year saw the third edition of the prestigious award, which received applications from 34 Indian companies. The HR professionals from the foremost organisations were honored for their significant achievements, celebrating the success of their people development.

The jury for the award included Jonathan Vehar, global VP of products, Dale Carnegie & Associates; Michelle Bonterre, chief brand strategy officer, Dale Carnegie & Associates; Mark Marone, director of research and thought leadership; Uwe Gothert, CEO-Dale Carnegie Training Germany; Greg Story, president of Dale Carnegie Training Japan; Sanjay Jha, executive director and Pallavi Jha, chairperson & managing director, both from Dale Carnegie, India.

Commenting on the awards, Jha said, “Axis Bank, the winner of 2017 has set the bar high with its advanced people practices in the L&D space. The Global Leadership Award is a testament to each organisation’s investment in its employees. I am glad to see how organisations today are prioritising employee engagement, growth and satisfaction through innovations in learning & development.”

On receiving the award, Ms. Varsha Ramachandran, manager-HR, talent management & OD at Axis Bank said, “There’s been a change in how L&D has evolved over the past couple of years at Axis Bank, and winning this really means a lot to us. It is validation that we are on the right track; that we have arrived. It feels great. It’s a huge boost and we hope to continue on this journey.”

In the last edition of this Award, Mahindra & Mahindra bagged the first spot for their forward-thinking L&D strategy, aimed at grooming future leaders for larger leadership roles. Jindal Power and Indus Towers were the first and second runners-up.

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