From March 21 to 23, 2014, Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Management (SAFIM), a unit of Sri Aurobindo Society, organized a much-acclaimed workshop, titled ‘Corporate Governance through Consciousness—Self-Governing Leadership’. SAFIM was partnered by National Foundation for Corporate Governance (NFCG) and State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH) for this workshop, which garnered a phenomenal response.
The 3-day workshop gathered 24 participants, including executives from various corporate firms in India as well as doctors from a reputed medical college in Pondicherry. The programme began with self-introduction of the participants in an interesting manner, very different from the conventional way.
The concept of ‘governance’, its importance, and the reasons for its failure in the professional world were discussed in interactive sessions, supported by relevant video clips and case studies. The varied scenarios where human nature plays the main offender in failing governance were also displayed effectively. The facilitators of the workshop emphasized on the fact that ‘true’ governance does start from self and, thus, the integral approach to an awakening of the ‘ethical consciousness’, the crucial steps to self-governance, and the role of effective leadership in a ‘conscious’ self-governing community were deliberated in detail.
On the concluding day, the participants were ready with an action plan, to go back to their workplaces and implement the learning of self-governance towards governance, not only in a professional environment, but in every aspect of life.