Each session at the conference gave delegates an opportunity to interact with the speaker. Here are some insightful and fun audience interactions.
Session: Mr. Vineet Nayar
Q: You have worked with many bosses. How should a subordinate handle an incompetent boss?
A: Don’t you ever worry about an incompetent boss. He/she is the best opportunity you’ll ever have (to rise in your career).
Session: Sri Sri Ravishankar
Q: In a project, we have five key stages, of which the first two are initiation and planning. Can you suggest how do I initiate and plan well?
A: Silence. It is the mother of all creativity. Once you calm your mind, ideas will come to you.
Session: Dr. E Sreedharan
Q: You said you’ve empowered your team to take bold decisions. How did you get approvals for these bold decisions?
A: When I say a ‘bold decision’, I don’t mean a reckless decision. One has to examine the implications of the decision well and make careful judgements.
Session: Mr. Amitabh Kant
Q: You were talking about urbanization but it comes at some inconvenience to the ordinary public. I live in Delhi and we underwent a lot of difficulties during the construction of Delhi Metro.
A: Dr. Sreedharan’s team has done a wonderful job in Delhi Metro. We have a habit in our country to run down whatever is happening around us. Let us look at the positive side sometimes and take pride in some of our great project successes.
Session: Dr. V Sumanthran
Q: When you talk about frugal engineering, are you not compromising on quality?
A: Quality exists in a context; that is to say, if the design meets the specification, it meets quality. For example, if the Tata Nano did not have disc brakes, it would be wrong to call it a car of poor quality. Being a city car, it could do without disc brakes and still meet the specification.