Head of Technology - MESA | SMOLLAN
Thank you FocusU team and Smollan L&D team for designing such a wonderfully continuous learning program, it acted like small and effective doses to look for what next...and what more coming once way to improve. Case studies chosen were all relevant for my Global Development Team & I could not ask for more. Let’s plan for some monthly 1 hour on premise confluence sessions. Thanks once again.
Global Learning & Development Lead | Uber
We were all super impressed by the team, they were very well prepared and absolutely took charge of everything they did. What a fun bunch, I'm glad we partnered on this and can safely say it all went very well.
Huge THANK YOU to you and the team on the ground!
Senior Consultant | Genpact Social Impact Fellowship
On Behalf of GSIF leadership, I would like to thank FocusU team for the powerful team building workshop conducted last Saturday.
The whole process of pre-planning, material delivery, organizing instructions, venue visit etc, was done seamlessly.
As observers,it was amazing to see the energy rising with each activity and continued so till closure. The event was very will timed, the debriefs were very specific and applicable to work life, the execution team was very professional, yet engaged with our employees very well.Really appreciate Antara and team for such a fabulous workshop.
Investment Manager | Aavishkaar
Just wanted to let you know that we had a great experience with FocusU. All the activities were well designed and implemented. The team was brilliant. They made it quite memorable and fun. One of the best outbound experiences I have ever had and this opinion is shared by many others.
Deputy Vice President – HCM | IndoSpace Development Management Pvt. Ltd.
First of all, thanks to FocusU team for all support and conducting memorable offsite.
This is was the best offsite we ever conducted in last 4 years. Employees were really happy and sent appreciation to us. This is was not possible without FocusU team. Few of the employees have already recommended name of your company to their connects in industry which I think gives a feedback about your team.
Rating will not justify the efforts of your team because of their effective planning & execution from prior to offsite and start to end, connecting with people in every activity with full on energy, emotionally touching their lives and the closure on the last day with surprise gifts like videos/photos etc. from your team to all of us.
Special thanks to every member of the FocusU team who conducted this workshop for us.
Program Manager – Products | CGI
FocusU facilitated a 2 day 'Stepping into Coaching ' workshop for a group of us senior leaders from CGI. Their session was engaging and gave us insights on improving the effectiveness of our leadership. They ensured that the program was interactive enabling easy flow of thoughts and perspectives through out the program. I would recommend this program to anybody looking at growing as a coach leader.
Associate Manager | Human Resources | Avery Dennison India Pvt Ltd
The enthusiastic team of Focus U has partnered with Avery Dennison India for about 4 programs within a span of 1 year spanning different audiences. While the Pixel Challenge helped us bring the team together for the reinforcement of our new corporate Values, the Celluloid challenge forced our young management trainees to put on their creative hats to demonstrate how these values affect their work. We have conducted several team building events at different locations for our off-site tours where activities like 'Geo Caching challenge' are a great medium to get diverse teams working together.
Their USP is their agility, creativity in execution and ability to deliver under ambiguity. I know I can never go wrong with Focus U when I wish to conduct an impactful session that leaves my team members energized and inspired.
Talent Management | BlackRock
My overall experience as a learning consultant was definitely perfect and I would surely recommend FocusU within my network. Content for the two series of workshops on Leadership challenge was apt for our new managers and added a lot of value. It’s truly a happy moment when your participants walk out of the training with positive experience and especially when they state that the concepts or stories were relatable to their workspace. Truly value your promptness and commitment throughout this journey and the Facilitator was without any doubt one of the most grounded and knowledgeable trainers I have met. Thank you for partnering with us and I am sure we will continue with this partnership in the future.
General Manager | HR nThrive Global Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Focus U has provided us excellent team building programs which are tailored to the needs of our organisation. They have succeeded in creating learning experiences which are specific and relevant to the particular needs of our organisation. Their facilitators allow attendees to interact, while learning skills and knowledge which can be applied to their individual roles.
L&D Partner, TrueBlue India LLP
30th October 2018 was a day full of learning and experience with the FocusU Team. This was the first session conducted for our Leadership team where we learnt the concept of Growth Mindset & Accountability. As a People’s company, everyone knows and understands the concept, however the kind of activities and experiential learning programmed by the FocusU team added an element of excitement and gave us enough room to think and play around it.
As one of the prime takeaways, we learnt the principle of See it, Own it, Solve it and Do it. Great effort was put into make the overall session very logical coupled with the de-briefs after summing up each activity.The session got wrapped up with a team picture and a short video of the experiences captured by the team in a nutshell. The TrueBlue India LLP team wishes you all the best for the future inventions in the Learning and evolving world of success.
Vice President Sales and Distribution | THE HINDU GROUP
I have been working with FocusU team for a while now and their ability to respond to the brief in a precise manner is commendable. Every time there is necessity to do a training intervention, the first choice and the obvious one for us is FocusU and that’s primarily because they have understood our teams much better and the brief’s get executed seamlessly, in other words, FocusU is now an extended family in our business.
Talking about the recent intervention of Holistic Wellness and Team Olympics, the enthusiasm and energy that the activities generated was exhilarating. Everyone really enjoyed the experience, taking part in activities they would have never dreamt of!
On behalf of THE HINDU, I thank you for one more fantastic and an unforgettable experience for the team… Looking forward to another working opportunity with you folks.
Manager HR- Talent Management and OD | PepsiCo
Thanks FocusU team for yet another insightful and truly engaging program. I wanted to call out three specific instances that stood out for me in my recent experiences with FocusU team:
- There was a specific need for YCOM 3.0 induction plan to not only get the newly elected group to trust each other but also enable them to think out of the box. The design recommended by you and the speed of understanding the need ( multiple check points for YCOM vs single intervention) was a wow experience!
- The actual execution of YCOM induction – many of the members spoke about how much the first program helped identify each other’s strength and put their vision in action. Your Facilitator adapting his travel plan to ensure continuity and delivering the second half of the program as well is much much appreciated!
- I also wanted to call out the ILEAP experience – we brought in several changes in the design right until the actual delivery of the program. The spontaneity with which your Facilitators pulled all of it together while maintaining a seamless experience for the participants was incredible.
Last of all, wanted to thank the team of Focus U who come in and work largely in the background, without whom the experience would have been nowhere near the perfection we witnessed at each event and program!
Big thanks to all team members involved in these two projects in recent times!
Manager L&D | Dr Reddy
"Wanted to appreciate and acknowledge your and your team's efforts in conducting the 11 NHMP batches in the last fiscal. A few highlights of the year gone by w.r.t the session on Building and Leveraging Workplace Relationships – a) From all the concepts covered in the session, the concept of currencies got spoken about the most in the participant reviews. It has helped our participants to collaborate better with their cross-functional team members b) Your openness & promptness in working on the feedback shared with you as we were conducting the sessions is commendable. The change made in getting the participants to come up with their own case study and getting them to use it during the workshop has been a wonderful value addition in driving application of learning. Look forward to working together and further enhancing the impact of these workshops."
Manager Consulting | CGI
"I was part of the Leading Change training program and would like to share how much I enjoyed attending this training. This is the second training program with you. FocusU has always made the learning’s more interesting. The topics are converted into activities and the learning from the activities are then discussed as topics which makes us to relate it in real time. The best part is there is no PPT in the training and the team is always courteous enough to take our inputs for any discussion. A Facilitator is definitely more knowledgeable than the people who attend the training. But the key is for you to hold your intelligence within yourself and get down to the level of attendees. This what makes you “The Trainer” and FocusU does this the best. I would love to attend any of the future trainings conducted by FocusU and I would also surely encourage my team members to attend any of the trainings conducted by FocusU."
President & Global Chief People Officer | Cipla
"The intervention that FocusU designed was brilliantly relevant for our Management offsite. It was even better in its flawless execution. The entire day, through a battery of varying exercises got us to smile, laugh, put our thinking caps on, connect but above all reflect constructively about some of our key issues. The facilitators kept the energy and encouragement going but knew exactly where to step back and allow the conversations to move forward unaided. We had great fun. We earned great insights and secured our feedforward plan. "
Head - Customer Service Development | DHL Express India
"FocusU was a simple Google search for me. Having said that, there were other training firms whose details also showed up. But right from the time that I established my first contact with them to the time that I am writing this feedback, there has not been an instance where I had to follow up with their team. Extremely proactive, understands their clients needs and this is the best part - They customize the training requirements really well! Each activity that they conducted was done really-really well. Extremely innovative - the props that they used were very simple but the value that each activity added was outstanding! The best part was a power packed debrief. They are simply amazing to say the least. A Ten star rating isn't enough to summarize the value that they added to the participants who attended. I wish the team all the very best for all the efforts to deliver a memorable training program."
Head – West | Aditya Birla Housing Finance
“The team had a great experience at the engagement session! Would say this is easily one of the best sessions I would have attended in a long time – the mix of fun and messaging was perfect and can easily notice the change in attitudes on the floor. Well done, pls. convey my kudos to the rest of the team as well.”
Aditya Birla Capital
“We had an excellent training program conducted by the team @ FocusU. I found the team full of energy and enthusiasm. The sessions were led with tremendous gusto ensuring participation of each member in the amazing activities surrounding the program. The messages were driven home through a very intuitive process of games in practice followed by theory sessions throughout the two days. The process of taking immediate feedback and discussion with members resulted in participative and experiential learning. The MasterChef session at the end was like the proverbial “icing on the cake” with team-spirit and team bonding displayed in action. Overall, the entire supply chain finance team had a wonderful and memorable time with some excellent learnings for each and every everyone. The results post the programme were amazing considering that each and every member of the SCF team started implementing a common goal via collaboration , customer centricity, taking the portfolio at a high level through cross selling various products.”
Associate General Manager | HCL Technologies
“I had an amazing experience for all four days and am sure it was same experience of my colleagues who attended the session. The concepts of bringing new ideas on to the table, igniting critical thinking, understanding the team in a better way through activities and taking the whole group along the course was amazing. Overall it was a fabulous and well-structured, object oriented training.”
Talent Management Partner | SKF
“We did a teambuilding program for our Global Team. We really could see a huge shift from the first day when people were hardly interacting with each other and post the program, we could see that members from all nationality were comfortably in interacting with each other and really did bond well. The FocusU team, through their structured, wonderful session really added a lot of fun and broke down invisible barriers. Also their logistic arrangement for material for activities is superb where we did not have to worry about anything.”
Learning and Development Head | NXP Semiconductors
"Without a shadow of a doubt, it was one of the finest team building event, I have experienced & same was the reaction from the participants too. Our facilitators were impressed & had high feedback for your team. Thanks to the entire team for giving us such a memorable experience ."
Managing Director | Teleflex India
"At the very outset, I would like to thank Focus on behalf of my management team for having organised a memorable team-building program for the Teleflex India management team, and for our senior leadership team from APAC.
As the leadership team of a fast paced medical devices company in India, we have an arduous, and at the same time- an immensely enjoyable challenge, of consistently out-performing the industry in India by a significant degree. In parallel, we have to ensure that the task of organisation and culture building continues, given our long history of having existed in India as a rather ‘placid’ joint venture company where any kind of change was an exception! Put both together, and you have the perfect situation of an organisation that really needs change management, and needs to build a team that works closely together with high levels of synergies.
While team building is a long journey for any organisation that wants to pursue it in letter and in spirit, what team Focus managed to achieve in a day for us was to act like a ‘catalyst’. You managed to run a deft script designed to make us think, understand ourselves better- as individuals, and as a collective, and helped us understand our individual and collective inflexion points that would help unlock our untapped potentials. All this- in a day’s work!
Thanks once again for organising a workshop high on energy, and the ‘fun’ quotient: It resonated very well with our core value of ‘Fun at work’!"
Commercial Manager | Marico
"A big thanks from the entire FCM team of Marico for conducting such a memorable workshop! The FocusU Team did a great job in creating an informal and casual atmosphere which was perfect for the kind of sessions that were conducted. Though the team has been working together for over a year, the team has obtained a greater understanding and has developed a renewed sense of bonding. The program was simple in design, energetic and stimulating with exercises that were both fun and informative. The highlight of the program was the sharing of life experiences which was conducted with remarkable ease and affability. Just while we thought the program had come to an end, we were pleasantly surprised with the recap video and photographs. It is safe to say that we have now been upgraded from colleagues to friends. This one-day workshop will not only go a long way in enhancing effectiveness at the workplace but has also created a strong human connect amongst the team. We look forward to have many such workshops in the future."
Junior Advisor, Natural Resource Management Programme | GIZ
"Thank you for giving us a unique opportunity to get to know each other and experience our team in a different set up and circumstances. Those 3 days spent in Palampur were awesome, amazing, full of laughter and positive emotions. Sometimes we forget just to hold on for a minute, look around us, enjoy life and see behind a colleague a human being with emotions, sorrows, crazy hobbies and undiscovered talents. Thank you for giving us a three-days-break and perfect conditions to grow together as a team."
Rakesh Prasad & Ritesh Ranjan
"Wanted to drop in a note and thank you for the fabulous activity conducted by Focus team yesterday for our All Hands Meet. Not only was the activity extremely engaging, it also brought out the relevant de-brief we were looking for around change. Needless to say, the participants enjoyed themselves a lot.
Focus team was extremely professional in ensuring the set-up etc. was well in place before we kicked off… This is even more commendable given this was a last minute thing… Great work and do communicate our kudos to your team as well…"
Rakesh Prasad | Manager, Learning & Development | India Global Delivery Center
"I cannot praise the Focus team highly enough. Laser precision in everything they did. Please pass on our appreciation to the team."
Ritesh Ranjan | Director, Learning & Development | APAC SBU
Shivakumar Sounder Raj
Senior Executive - CGI
"A fantastic experience. The way, it went was amazing and I was able to correlate many things on what I am doing right and also I was able to re-align on what I should be doing to stay in line with 'reality' :). In fact, I have already suggested to many others to make this training as a “must attend” training irrespective of their title group. Whether it was the trainer or the content I am not really sure. But I would say, I thoroughly enjoyed it and liked it - without any second thoughts!Great job done by the Focus Facilitators – I would be eager to attend few more sessions if done by them on similar or other interesting training topics."
Manager – Business Development | Adani Green Energy Ltd.
"“Learning by doing” is the most efficient tool to improve the process and give opportunity to think out of box!!!!!!
In 2 days session, I have learnt huge amounts of approaching the different ways of thinking and have enjoyed every single one of your session. I’d like to say what a complete “eye-opener” day had been for me. It truly was brilliant, I enjoyed every minute. It was exactly what I needed in the run up to such a huge personal & career development and I have walked away with the confidence and the determination to get on.
Objectives were clearly stated from the start. I gained a greater knowledge of thinking on different ways and ideas. There are too many good points and case studies which gives a nice flavour to the workshop. The course was very relevant to my job and will help me in most aspects of my work as well as life. The workshop was very enjoyable and worthwhile from both a professional and personal perspective.
The facilitator gave the learning messages across by breaking everything down into simplified sections as it was very informative and practical. It will also help bring about profound change in the way we interact / deal with our process or people. The knowledge imparted by the facilitator was immense, intensive and inspiring. The methodology used was unique. The sessions brought about innovation and creativity in the way we do things and the way we want to do things, in other words “Sharpening our Axe”.
From start to finish, the standard of venue and food was excellent, facilitator lead an innovative and inspiring session to the group, keeping us busy all day to pack in as much as possible. By covering many aspects, including interactive activities, sharing personal experiences with each other really helped to cement our knowledge on the day.
Thank you for giving me this opportunity to enhance my skills in such a vibrant learning environment. Now it’s time to put it all into practice. We left with the reminder that the edict to "Act locally but think globally" is still relevant."
SSC HR Lead - Louis Dreyfus Company Services India Private Limited
"I had heard rave reviews about FocusU from my colleagues and I reached out to them for team building activity for our year end party. It was organized on a weekend and when the employees arrived an hour late, energy and spirit was extremely low. I was very worried and concerned that the workshop might be an unsuccessful attempt in trying to ensure that everyone has a good time and also achieve the objectives of communication, trust and teamwork. However, all my concerns were put to rest with the high level of energizers conducted by Focus facilitator, which got everyone moving and interacting. The Cooking Challenge was the cherry on the cake. It demonstrated tremendous team work, planning and coordination, not to forget everyone having fun in the entire process.The day was full of energy, entertainment, fun, engagement and generated required enthusiasm. Thank you Focus TEAM for the power packed day."
Managing Director - Reed Manch Exhibitions
"The Leadership workshop helped all of us to take a step back and analyse ourselves on the kind of leadership traits we have and that we don’t have. How we could all become better leaders and help others grow along with us. It has been the most effective workshop for multiple levels in our organization. It helped our Leaders shine. It focused on how leaders can put their thoughts together in a more efficient manner, take ownership and be united with the team . The training has been extremely beneficial, our people are more oriented and have a clear vision on how to work with their teams seamlessly to deliver best results. We got coached on “One Team One Dream” vision which really helped the staff to be on the same page while performing tasks. The fun quotient mixed with the tasks made it an enjoyable and knowledgeable experience."
Head- Human Resources - The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (The Union)
"As an important and defining step towards focused Leadership development at International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (the Union), South-East Asia office, FocusU helped us design and conduct the initiation workshop with the Senior Management Team. We needed a competent, experienced, confident and flexible partner to pair with us on this journey and FocusU team performed with excellence. It was not easy to keep a group of highly experienced Doctors and seasoned professionals engaged through the two days. Focus team did a great job navigating the group with confidence. Focus team also added the element of colour and fun through the pictures and videos they captured. We all enjoyed and therefore learned through the process with lots of laughter, fun and new insights. FocusU is now working with us to conduct our Annual Staff team building meet with 100 staff members at Goa. Working with the same team, I am sure, will be a pure delight for all of us!"
Senior Manager - Demand Planning (Modern Trade) Hindustan Unilever Limited
"We have never seen an activity which is so power packed and which generates loads of energy in the participating teams. The activity challenged the grey cells and the brawn alike since it was a perfect blend of creative and physical strength. The Juggernaut Challenge generated a sense of healthy competition within the competing teams. Each team took pride in the fact that their Juggernaut had to pass the test of durability, performance, utility and of course look pretty. While the challenge was on, we were pleasantly surprised to see the perfect coordination of the intact teams, the way the tasks got distributed amongst the team members, the way the elements came together to build the final cart, I mean, it was a treat to watch. Kudos to Focus team for coming up with such an amazing challenge and bringing us closer as a team."
Vice President - Talent Management & Learning (HR), Canara HSBC Life
"It's always a difficult task to energetically engage the Sr Leadership team in team building activities. As most of them have been to many such workshops in past and the first feeling is “Oh! Not again”. My compliments to Focus team on creating such fresh approach and innovative activities. This completely gives a new possibility to Executive Engagement and team building workshops. For us this was the 2nd session with FocusU, and I was a little sceptical initially if the impact will be at the same level as of last time. My compliments to the lead facilitator and the Focus team for making this experience a WOW experience yet again. The day was full of energy, engagement and generated required enthusiasm. The learning in the process was natural and not forced. Thanks Focus team."
Research Analyst - Mckinsey
"We have done similar exercises in past so I can honestly tell you that our experience with FocusU has been among the best.
Let me get into a couple details:
Pre-event discussions: Focus team were very accommodating during discussions and negotiations. We made changes, additions and requests and they were honored with minimum discomfort. Ice breakers/energizers: Very rarely has an energizer been as elaborate and 'energizing' as the actual activity. Focus team conducted them so well that the entire team was super pumped after each one, even right after lunch.
Activities: Focus Team kept it engaging and crisp. It was interesting to note that your prop usage was minimum (especially with the x-fit activity) but the impact, fun and learning was high. I also need out call out our appreciation for adding on an extra activity in the last minute. Thank you so much!
Trainers: Focus Facis did a fabulous job of keeping the spirits high, breaking the ice and keeping the group together. I particularly like the way you mixed up the group with the 'pick your closest coworker' trick :) When it comes to activities, the experience is only as good as the trainer so the success rests in the conducting and monitoring - hats off to you guys because we couldn't have asked for a better experience!"
Director HR - Sealed Air Corporation
"Indeed it was worth every bit of it! we saw what we got and we got what we saw ;-) Well you guys rock...!!Your mojo factor is your raw untamed and very fresh spunk & spirit !!! That's the one among other positives that makes the whole deal worth a cherish able account...keep at it ...keep there ...keep it up!! FocusU team makes this literally a smooth sail through complex concepts...a natural at that!"
Associate Consultant - CGI
"I attended the “Leading for Success” training program and wanted to share my feedback. It’s a 2 day training program and I can say it was less than 3 hours of class room session and the remaining hours were full of practical session. The best part is, we were all asked to perform multiple activities and concepts were explained by observing us during the course of the activity. So there was no boring class room kind of lecture and the learning was from your own action.
As I already informed, I have attend this training like 2 years back and I am sure I did not enjoy the training as much as I did now. Many thanks to you/ L&D for organizing this type of session and do pass on my special thanks to the FocusU team for an interactive session.
I think it might be worth to spread the word that it’s an all-new training however just carrying the same old name, so that some old lads like me gives a try."
Senior Software Engineer - CGI
""LEADING FOR SUCCESS" – One other brilliant session. Thanks a ton to CGI for creating a platform to explore. I thoroughly enjoyed the two day session! And I would like to share my experience with all of you who are keen :) The overall objective of this session is to give an insight on the introspection which gives a lead to handle you according to the situation, team, work culture, environment. It was beautifully captured through the MBTI® psychometric test results, which is a personality test to understand dichotomies. It's like reading yourself through the mirror!!! If the 4 dichotomies are captured carefully in day-to-day activities, we shall be able · to build trust and confidence · to understand, communicate and advance the learning style · to discover suitable opportunities · to handle constructive conflicts · a role of feed forward. I truly appreciate all the effort taken to keep us energetic through multiple activities. I would like to extend a special mention to the FocusU training team for organizing and executing the session so perfectly possible. I would recommend everyone to participate and benefit from the session as early as possible. Opportunity may knock only once. It is never lost. Someone will take the one you miss. "The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today." So guys ENROLL :) Thanks again!"
Vice President – Hindustan Unilever Limited
"We have been depending on FocusU for more than 6 years to conduct team-building sessions and exciting outbounds for our managers & employees. The SoapBox challenge done with racing cars brought an innovative challenge to the team. It is not just about building a car and decorating it. Or for that matter racing it on a small track by choosing right drivers, pit crew and cheer leaders. It is a lot more about team work, creativity, communication, performance, collaboration and finally the excitement of winning, all rolled into one. I would strongly recommend everyone to go take the SoapBox challenge and spend a day learning with and about their colleagues."
HR Lead, Maersk OSC India Pvt. Ltd.
"On behalf of our entire team I would like to thank yourself and team and place on record the commendable work put in by the Focus Team at our HR offsite last week. Although we had originally planned to try out one of the technology based team challenges, I am glad we went by your recommendation of the Dominos Challenge. The team had so much fun, while experiencing learnings from each other and the activity itself. The way the insights were tied in together by the Facilitator to the other session learnings during our offsite was truly splendid. In all, a great team building session with so many moments of wow, from the energizers, to the video sharing right after the activity and the team pictures shared at the end.. We loved it all. Many Thanks to your entire team."
Sr Manager, Yamaha Motor India
"I would like to thank FocusU team for putting up an excellent Sr. Management intervention (AGM – AVP level) -“Regional Executive Program” using their Leadership Challenge construct. The program was aimed to develop Yamaha leaders embodying Yamaha brand. The intervention included conducting a diagnostic and designing the workshop to suit the need of the target audience, which the Focus Team did impeccably. The part that stands out for me is their ability to design the content and inclusion of relevant activities in each section which ensured the experiential way of driving the learning. The team was full of energy throughout and had amazing coordination, making every single session a power packed one!!
Their USP is the unique FocusU way of conducting the workshop with elements of fun with learning.
Here are some responses we received from our senior personnel:-
- 1. “Experiential Learning with latest concepts, these activities were novel and something that we have not come across earlier. Overall a near perfect learning experience.
- 2. “All the sharing of this session are very important. I am touched in many ways”
- 3. “Each and Every one of us were fully engaged throughout”
- 4. “The way the training program was structured was very nice- Essentially learning with fun and games, broke the ice with fellow colleagues from other departments”
- 5. “Very happy with the way it has been conducted and facilitated”
FocusU team, we wish you all the luck and hope we have some more power packed sessions with you for our employees."
Vice President – Business Operations | Global Enterprise Solutions | Tata Communications Ltd.
"I acknowledge with a sense of gratitude that Team FocusU was able to successfully generate high levels of enthusiasm & energy during the Training Program on Innovative Thinking & Collaboration held in Arvi last week. This demonstrates your professional approach, ability to correlate industry best practices and expertize in experiential learning programs. The participants could relate the learnings to their functions or responsibilities and take away practically executable action plans!!"
Sales Director, India Subcontinent | Dow Chemical International Pvt. Ltd
“I just wanted to thank you to the FocusU team for designing the team building event and executing it so well for Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics Business. The team building activities were well planned and executed very well for the time slot we had in hand. The event resulted in high energy among team members and created good team spirit at the end. We look forward to associate with your team again in future!”
Branch HR Manager – South, HUL
“Our brief to FocusU was that with the large number of changes in the Regional Leadership Team of the CD South Branch at HUL, we need to really get to know each other, build trust and commit to the big bets that we have for our business this year. Being a cross-functional team with people so diverse – in age, backgrounds and experiences, geographically dispersed over 4 cities – this was crucial. They understood this and customized a day-long workshop for us which was so much fun and met all our objectives. I was super impressed by their ability to adapt to our ever-changing schedules and to integrate the activities with the setting (i.e. the backwaters of Kerala). Members of the team who have attended several sessions conducted by Focus before, couldn’t help but wonder how Focus is able to reinvent itself every single time and meet a wide range of objectives for teams of different sizes and backgrounds.”
Head HR, British Council Management Services Pvt Ltd.
“Working with FocusU has been a pleasure. We have realised that there is a ‘Focus’ way of working and one ends up experiencing Fun, Professionalism, Learning, Action, Achievement while achieving the outcomes of the workshop. The Facilitators helped us build our strategy for this year using Lego Serious Play which the participants thoroughly enjoyed. We could see that the facilitators had complete command over the facilitation technique and were even able to tailor it to suit our unique requirements. They were flexible, accommodating, understood the problem at hand and offered solutions proactively. On the ground, the workshop experience was exhilarating for all participants where some quoted that the time flew as they worked and had fun, we achieved the outcome and felt motivated. Above all a great team which has a lot to offer. All the best!”
AVP- HR Business Partner, Centrum Wealth Management Limited
“On behalf of the Centrum Wealth Management Limited, I would like to express my sincere gratitude towards the team of FocusU for carrying out excellent team building activities for us, at Soma Vineyard, Nasik. The activities were not only fun filled but also very innovative. Each activity focused on bringing the best out of every individual, especially the PIXEL CHALLENGE. The message of “collaboration” and “innovation” was brilliantly portrayed through this painting activity. The entire session was meticulously planned and executed. Last but not the least, thanks for the beautiful moments captured through your lens, which we will cherish forever. Look forward to engage with you again & again. Wish you all the best. ”
National Ecomm Manager, HUL
“This was just another FocusU workshop. To elaborate, it was right on the brief and very high on engaging all members of the team! The team has come back extremely motivated and charged up which was the desired outcome of the workshop. Various activities which were well thought through and executed helped everyone open up and ensured active participation from everyone. While everybody had great fun participating in each of the activity, the message to be landed with the team was delivered quite emphatically as well.
A shout out for the Focus Facilitators for being fabulous coordinators for this activity.”
Deputy Manager – IPC Region 1, Insurance, XL Catlin
"Within just 2 minutes of our interaction with the Focus team, we got convinced that our decision to go for new trainers will not be wrong decision. They explained the activities so passionately that in that half hour of discussion with them we were already day dreaming of our offsite day. Then the D day came and we met our 3 awesome Facilitators. They swayed us away from our daily work pressure with their warm and infectious smile and extraordinary energies. We did celluloid challenge and oh my god it was super super fun. For that 90 minutes we all were living our hidden childhood dream to be an actor or actress. What’s commendable is they imbibed our company values in those activities so everyone is having fun but not forgetting the values that we inherit. It was out first time with FocusU but I am assured this is just the beginning. Now people in the team look forward to activities because of the fun we had because of the Facilitators from FocusU. Hats off to the team for doing such a wonderful job and inspiring many others including me to take up the task of making others happy by doing great work. Once again a big thanks to all of you."
Head HR, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd
"I take this opportunity to appreciate you all, for the focussed approach, detailing carried out and excellence in delivery which has helped us build, the initiative of managing our high performing employees, to a new level. It is a difficult task to design an intervention for levels from an officer to an Associate General Manager, that too from varied backgrounds and locations. Your team's commitment, dedication and effective partnering with us in terms of understanding the organisational values & the desired outcome - have set unparalleled benchmarks as every batch passed by. Thank you so much for your efforts.It's really commendable to see how you all organize your efforts and inspired our team members to orient, channelize, present and pioneer. You were all truly amazing and demonstrated extra ordinary skills in all your activities, presentations and involvement. The way you gave tips with fun directly went to the participating employees mind and heart. In fact the last gathering of From Spark to Sparkling Reality - Coming Together and Making a Difference was a soul stirring experience for the participants. You truly uplifted the spirit of participants, and they were very energetic, enthusiastic and positively charged with a new perspective while leaving the venue. I am confident that these positive seeds will germinate and be nurtured to grow in coming times. Do keep up with your outstanding contribution and performance. Wish you all the best for your future endeavours."
Administration Executive | Estee Lauder Companies
“I am writing to thank you for an exceptional job well done for the team building activity. On behalf of ELCA Cosmetics we would like to thank the Focus team for their dedication and homework well done and were aware of our need and the company profile.We want you to know we all were very impressed by the way they conducted the whole team building activity from start to the end. We enjoyed the cooking challenge and all were talking very highly about it. You have such talented colleagues. The quality of the firms employees is an indication of future success. I am glad that I chose FocusU. Our General Manager Mr. Rohan Vaziralli was very impressed. We look forward for some more activities for our company.”
Dr. Preeti Kumar
Director Training, Public Health Foundation of India
“At the outset, let me thank you on behalf of PHFI and NACO team for carrying out a brilliant 2 day session for PSI project offsite and NTSU review meeting in Bharatpur on 6th and 7th November 2015. The team from Focus has been outstanding in delivering a fun-filled learning experience for all. The activities carried out by your team, especially, the Pixel challenge has been widely appreciated and the AS & DG, NACO has asked that the completed portrait be displayed at NACO headquarters. The enthusiasm and vigour with which the team participated in the activities is itself an indication of the success of our association with Focus. Special thanks to the Focus Team for having the patience in understanding the objectives of the event and designing and delivering a customized itinerary for the review meet. Thanks also for pleasantly surprising us all with the excellent recap video and printed photographs of the day’s highlights! It has indeed been a fruitful experience for all and we will cherish the memories for a long time to come.”
Himanshu Batra, GET
"On behalf of GET Team PepsiCo, I would like to thank and congratulate the FocusU team, for organizing a perfect outbound for us at Jim Corbett. To put it in a few words, ‘saying we had a blast’ would be an understatement. The team exercises were a beautiful combination of fun and learning. Probably the best way for colleagues to know each other in a short span of time. Innovative games and energizers which never got dull and kept everyone interested and energized at all times. The time flew away too fast , look forward to more trips with the FocusU Team. Cheers."
Taslima Hasnat Jaigirder
HR Business Partner, Unilever
“I have never received such overwhelmingly positive feedback from each and every participant before for any other program! Even the typical critics came proactively to thank me for organizing such training. But the real credit goes to FocusU of course. Unlike typical training filled with slides, theories and handouts, FocusU brings in a different way of learning while enjoying participation. Their use of simple activities to relate with key learning points makes learning more effective. No wonder participants found it instantly convenient to identify key learning points and action plan at the end of the session. Moreover, the level of energy, positivity and enthusiasm the trainers exerted within the participants was brilliant. I believe FocusU India Ltd has more such learning interventions to offer which Unilever Bangladesh Ltd will be keen to explore. We look forward to building a lasting relationship with one of the most dynamic training solution providers. All the best to Focus for their future endeavor.”
Vice President & Head, Pepsico Global Value Innovation Center
"FocusU organized our first offsite in 2013. That they were the obvious choice for our second offsite in 2014 speaks for the impact they had made with their first. The Facilitators were amazing. Their affable personality and strong communication skills ensure a great connect with the participants thus leading to a universal participation. They have the ability to connect the content and activities to the unique challenges faced by the team thus making the content all the more relevant. Their passion & commitment rubs on the rest of the team too. It’s not about the content or activities. Those can be replicated by others. It’s what the Focus team does with them which makes the experience so special. It’s a pleasure partnering with the Focus team. We wish them all the best."
Susan Cheryl Noronha
Human Resources, IIFL Wealth Management
"It’s been over a week since the team has returned from the offsite, but they just can’t seem to stop raving about it! Thanks to the activities arranged by FocusU and the amazing execution of the program, this offsite has been hailed as the BEST OFFSITE they have ever attended within the company and outside of it as well!! The activities organized had great significance in teaching our employees the values we would like them to imbibe and the right amount of fun was thrown into the mix so that they wouldn’t feel like ‘ah they’ve brought us to the offsite to work!’ We had a great time working with the Focus team and will definitely call on you guys for our next offsite as well!! Cheers!"
Managing Director, Harley-Davidson India
“We have been thrilled to work with Focus over the past three consecutive years in a row for our annual retreat, starting with a group that has grown from 40 to over 150! Every year they bring their creativity, positive energy, and expertise in hosting our team and ensuring each and every individual participates and learns. Their ability to integrate local surroundings, shoot great video and photography in their planning, and plan such memorable activities, give them a competitive edge over other companies that we’ve worked or met with. Looking forward to next year!”
HR Manager, Cairn India Ltd.
"On behalf of the entire Cairn India, Suvali team, I take this opportunity to thank Focus Team for making our Team building-2014 more memorable. FocusU’s planning, commitment and execution of activities were remarkable, you people have energized our team beyond our expectation. You and your team have made us feel comfortable and gave us the friendly atmosphere to everyone to open up beyond the self - imaginary boundaries, it has helped us to understand each other better. Best part of the day was picturing the funny moments of the activities and presenting them in the best possible way, hats off….. everyone in my team have appreciated you and your team’s effort. Thanks FocusUs once again, for making our team building more memorable."
Asst General Manager - Corporate, The Hindu Group of Publications
“Well !! First of all we engaged with FocusU hoping they will enable learning and not take us through yet another training program. This is one of the best, action packed learning and engaging team-building workshops I have planned. It was really important that FocusU needed to understand fundamentally as to “Whom” and “Why” this program was put together. Our objective was not only to have fun and bond together, but more so, set the tone for the team for what was going to be a very challenging year. Focus has done such a good job of seamlessly weaving our objectives into their activities. It is fantastic working with people who clearly understand what one looks for and gives it the shape that leaves him/her delighted. I highly recommend them, most definitely.”
Business Operations Manager, Acision UK
"We recently held a 1 day team building exercise in Delhi with FocusU and from the moment we first made contact with them they have been an absolute pleasure to deal with! I cannot speak too highly of their professionalism, organization skills and their ability to deliver an absolutely fabulous event for our company! They kept us fully informed right through the process and even took the time to ask questions on how to get the maximum benefit from the event to ensure we really had the best possible day! I liked the fact that they took time to review our company, find out about us and then recommend activities which would suit our needs and our organization right down to wanting to fully understand the purpose and reason for doing the event in the first place! I would highly recommend FocusU."
Deputy MD, Reed Manch Exhibitions
"Thank you for the wonderful experience you gave us during those two days. We see positive changes in the team after that. Last week, we picked up those “Glad, Mad and Wish we had” chits generated in the offsite and called everyone together. We discussed all those things and tried sorting a few things as you suggested. The Team was so happy and cheerful seeing us listening to them. This offsite helped me love going to office again as last month, I didn’t go to office much. I didn’t feel like going to office at all because the environment was just not right. Many thanks to you and your team. Really really appreciate how you guys at FocusU have helped us! Please keep in touch."
President, Minda Distribution & Services Ltd, Delhi
"What started as a search for a training vendor on Google in 2012 has come a long way with several identified Focus interventions over the last 2 years. We have had 8 custom designed interactions for channel partners to sales & staff teams. In each offsite intervention, we have achieved our stated objectives of Learning & Development - like Team building, Collaboration, Decision making in uncertainty, Drive for results, Shared vision etc. among a very diverse group of people. The experiential learning programs have immensely helped us in getting back learning’s to the work place. The methodology of engaging the participants has given an opportunity to open up & work together to achieve common goals. We have felt that our employees are more convergent, collaborative & motivated. The impact of such outbound programs have resulted in achieving higher sales productivity. The Facilitators deserve a special mention & appreciation - for the way they have led the programs in their unique styles. With a calm & focused demeanor, they have maintained high levels of energy & fun at all times in the programs. In the end, they ensured the learning’s were understood well! Overall, it has been a wonderful experience full of infectious & memorable moments. "
Vice President, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
“We were initially a little apprehensive on how the team building event would actually play out, given that we had not worked with FocusU earlier. However, I can speak on behalf of every individual present that not only did the FocusU team exceed our expectations; they did a wonderful job in actually bringing together and creating friendships amongst a very diverse group of people. The FocusU team really put a lot of thought into each and every exercise, and at the end of each session there were only smiles and laughter amongst our team members. A special mention for the “Pixel Challenge” – I think it was a brilliant exercise and the end product, the painting that we created as a team, is something we all are very proud of! A big thank you to the FocusU team for playing a key role in making our global strategic meet a grand success!”
Special Assistant to the Director, India Country Office, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
“FocusU did a great job of helping us pick the activity to suit our organization which was differentiated by people from diverse backgrounds and age groups. Not only did the team guide us in choosing the best fit, they also went an extra mile to understand our organizational objectives, time constraints and varying expectations to tailor make sessions that everyone enjoyed to the hilt! The Focus Team helped us build collaboration and creativity through the Celluloid Challenge, a movie making exercise. Additional ice-breaker sessions, on-the-go team photographs, move editing and awards all added to the overall experience and celebration as a group! The entire team at BMGF thoroughly enjoyed the experience of creating short films and watching our creation on screen! Not to forget, the enthusiasm of FocusU to keep up high energy and laughter around the room! Thank you for a great experience and we wish you the very best!”
Manager – HR - Oncology, Novartis
"It has been a pleasure and fun to collaborate with Team FocusU which has always resulted in a WOW experience for my business team across levels coupled with a lot of learning and memories to cherish. Their passion for the work they do and strong execution ensure that Ideas are brought to Life and interventions are impactful with a real life relevance to the business context. All the very best to you and look forward to opportunities to collaborate with you in the future."
Lean and Continuous Improvement Lead- India, Shell Lubricants
"The messages of continuous learning and co-creation were brought out beautifully through the experiential activity, during our workshop with our Top distributors. "
Sr. Manager - HR & Operatiions, Futures First Info Services Pvt. Ltd
"All our employees really enjoyed the team building session. It was very engaging and entertaining. Very well organized, and explained. The facilitators were fantastic, displaying a perfect personality for such events. Everything was perfect."
Director - HR & OD, AMEA, DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals India Pvt Ltd
"The MBTI® workshop conducted by FocusU, was an excellent experience for our leadership team; the complete session was a learning platform for everyone and the list of activities extended the perfect opportunity to introspect on self and make way for more team building. Thanks to the FocusU team for creating a wonderful experience and we wish them great success."
2013 BATCH, Induction Programme
"After the workshop I felt like, FocusU had made me see what actually was inside me and what actually I am.I think now I know myself better and why I am here!" "We had a great time. Those 3 days were most memorable and informative ones. Everything was just right :)" "It was just a wonderful experience with Focus team. We learned a lot, enjoyed too much. Focus has given us so many lessons to learn for life. Everything was perfect, each team member, each one of you put your whole effort to make us learn and enjoy - we just want to say Thank you guys!!!"
Head-Learning & OD, HomeShop18
"Thanks to the Focus team for conducting a highly engaging, action packed workshop. The workshop design was innovative; the activities were creatively planned and meticulously executed. Some of the competencies like strategic thinking, innovation, drive for results & team synergy were effectively elicited through play. Kudos to the facilitators who ensured the energy & fun quotient was high through the day."
Director, Impulse India
"The Focus Team facilitated 2 four day management cum fun, pan company offsites. They were absolutely fabulous! They didn’t just overcome our initial apprehensions about such outdoor learning programs, their achievements went beyond our expectations. They helped achieve all our defined objectives: create employee connect with our strategy, vision rollout, facilitate meaningful team and pan company relationships and have A LOT of fun!
Each activity they proposed turned out to be a success. The Domino activity was a particular favourite of all - it was fascinating to see a two hour activity bring out the best, and worst, in people. That made the self reflections very valuable. It is easily one of the most impactful group learning experiences.
The entire Focus team was completely committed from day one. They are very thorough and professional, have a great can-do attitude and gelled very well with all levels of people in our organization. They have a great company DNA and its been a pleasure working with them.
Focus, we are looking forward to engaging you again. Wish you all the best."
CIO - South East Asia, India and Middle East - Daimler
"We need a high energy program which makes each member truly belong to the team”. This was the brief we gave to FocusU team. At end of the program we were glad we decided to go with them, because all the activities that the team did were high on energy with a specific focus in mind. At the end of the program we came out as a better team, knew so much about each other. There was lot of trust, bonhomie and 'can do' attitude at the end of the session. Thanks to FocusU for the excellent program they tailored for us!!"
Director, HR & Admin, Zimmer India
“An amazing overall experience, which was like peeling layers of leadership psychology to discover self and understand others in the team. All done with support from Focus group members who led us to a journey of unearthing the mindsets through challenging tasks and a right amount of debriefing. The session has facilitated in increasing collaboration among the team members and driving the organizational mission with renewed passion.”
CPO, Sears Holdings India
"It was a fabulous experience and the entire session was conceptualized with deep thought and executed with fine precision. The catalogue of activities planned out for us extended the perfect opportunity to introspect on self and make way for more team building. Professionalism and great dedication are the hallmarks of the team from Focus, and I wish them all the very best."
DGM, L&D, Indigo Airlines
We chose FocusU for a day of fun filled learning for our coaches and facilitators. From the design stage itself it was a partnership all the way to create a program just right for the IndiGo way. The Focus team listened in carefully to understand the nuances and execute to perfection. Our objectives had to be met through play. The final experience was delightful – full of laughter and bonding. The Geocoaching activity was a memorable and powerful tool with many ‘A-ha’ moments directly applicable to any result oriented workplace. The facilitation was exemplary. Role modelling is the best form of creating learning and the day created an experience from which our own coaches and facilitators may evolve.
Manager Leadership Capability, PepsiCo India Region
We have been working with Focus team for more than a year now. They have always delivered to the objective set out with perfection. They have always brought new ideas and exercises to help deliver the message and achieve the objective. Lego Serious Play for instance is an extremely powerful tool which we have used for team visioning sessions for teams both on business front and on team norms front. The entire exercise using LSP is engaging and helps brings out various aspects of discussion on the table in a non-threatening way.
Operations Training Manager, DHL India
“What started as a Google Search looking for Vendors conducting Team Building activities, ended up in a Highly fruitful and insightful relationship with Team Focus. Right from the Preplanning & Brainstorming stage wherein a lot of thought was put in to create a perfect blend of program covering the ‘Spirits of DHL’ to the support provided in managing the smaller Nuances of the program, & to the final execution; Team Focus was with us all the way. The program was light, highly energizing and had plenty of Infectious memorable moments for Team DHL and Focus. Will we team up with these guys again? You bet we would. A special word of Thanks to all the Focus Team members for being a part of this wonderful Journey”
Country Head - Brand & Corporate Communications, L&T General Insurance Company Limited
Focus team did a marvellous job for the IAMAI's recent conference in June 2012 at Lalit Srinagar. The "film making" workshop was a tailor made idea for all us CMOs who comment about agencies' creatives on a regular basis. The well thought out and well executed exercise was carefully coordinated within 4 hours, which is remarkable given that it involved ideation, scripting, shooting and even editing followed by judging. And I really appreciate the involvement of each of their four team members who had a wonderful sense of humour. Cheers and keep up the good work guys.
Program Officer – Tarayana Foundation, Bhutan
On behalf of Tarayana, I would like to thank the facilitators of FocusU for the scintillating sessions of teambuilding and leadership skills. We commend their ability and skills in understanding the needs of the client and facilitating learning through fun and experiential activities. The exercises during the workshop provided us with an opportunity to reflect and assess our performance and enabled us to explore our strengths and weakness in working as an individual and most importantly, as a team member towards fulfilling a common goal.
HR Manager, Collage Group
When I first saw your huge clientele that included companies from AT&T to Adobe,Deustche Bank to Ernst & Young,Nokia to Raffles Hotel, Apple Computer to Oracle; got a notion that do large companies keep coming back since you're the best at what you do, or have you turned out to be the best at what you do because large companies keep coming back? And to find out, appointed your company to hold a team building event for my leadership team and believe me that list will grow bigger as the FocusU team has certainly exceeded all expectation at our recent team building event at Goa. l can confidently say that "WOW!" is the impression your TEAM has left on our employees. The facilitators really hit the mark with their presentation. Their facilitation skills combined both learning and FUN and brought the purpose of the team building event full circle. It is our responsibility as Leaders at Collage Group to carry on our Culture and keep the SPIRIT alive and well. I feel as though with your team’s help we have successfully driven that point home with the 2011 leadership participants.
Vice President & Head, HR, IMRB International
I want to thank you and your team for a wonderful one day offsite on team building for our freshers. This is the first time we did such an intervention and I am very happy we chose FocusU to partner with us. The session has achieved its intended objective of driving the message of our core values, the need for team spirit, and has left the participants with a perspective about themselves that they perhaps did not have. And while doing so, it was tremendous fun for the youngsters. The day was planned very well, the takeaway sessions useful and the energy of the facilitators infectious. The approach you’ll used was thorough, conceptually grounded and very professional. Great work guys! The feedback we’ve got from participants has been very positive and enthusiastic with demands for more of the same! Best testimony I guess! We wish you all the best and look forward to working with you again.
Delivery Head, Nihilent Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
I would like to thank FocusU for organizing the team building in a short span of time which turned out to be a great fun filled learning exercise for the entire team. The FocusU team ensured the energy levels of the team remained high throughout the day. All the activities planned through the day ensured maximum interaction amongst all participants. Given that we also had our client as a part of this exercise, we were a bit anxious on how the event unfolds. But the team was able to handle a cross cultural team with ease. We could feel the difference in the attitude of team members right away, we went in as 3 different teams and by the end of the day it was 1 big team. The videos and photos captured throughout the day will ensure everyone remembers this team building for time to come.
Senior Manager – Training, JCB India Limited
Thank you and FocusU for delivering a good quality training. I really appreciate the time management, level of expertise & knowledge of facilitators, the energy created and most importantly, which I found was definitely your differentiator - the course design and debriefing. All the training needs identified / specified were met. All the three trainers were very professional; the use of technology was also very good. In a batch of 96, they kept everyone together and focused as well - And all this in such a short notice. Thankyou once again!
John J Kannath
Head HR, Tata Communications
It was a pleasure working with FocusU. Right from the first conference call, their ability to understand what the client needs was absolutely on target. Our engagement with them were on two programmes- One for the Senior Leadership Team and the other for our Extended Leadership Teams. Within the available time, they did an awesome job of simulating the experiential learning and facilitating the sessions. The top five reasons as to why I would engage them again will be: 1. Ability to understand the customer and empathize with them. 2. They are willing to walk the pathway with the customer and hence the flexibility comes in as a huge relief in a world of stereotype, fixated trainers. 3. They carry out their work with absolute passion and it is contagious! 4. Willing to correct the course when required 5. Very professional approach and there is a great comfort dealing with them. They are in a very nascent stage in India, but it does not take away any depth in terms of the quality that they bring to the table. Wishing them the very best!!
Chief Information Officer (CIO), India Region | Pepsico India
"The Fire walk and the Glass walk activity conducted by FocusU was excellent!! This event definitely displayed the concepts of teamwork and communication that we were hoping to achieve. Firewalk and glasswalk made the team realize that they can push well past their current mental and physical limits and help them break-through physiological barriers that may be holding them back from their true potential. The feedback was extremely positive from all involved and it was a great event came together well. Well done TEAM Focus!!!"