Ranjini has dedicated her career to addressing this important issue. Using her 18 years of experience as an entrepreneur running India’s premier relocation and cross-cultural services company – Global Adjustments, editor of India’s only cultural magazine for expatriates Culturama, writer and experienced speaker at Indian and international forums, she has synthesized the lessons learned from interacting with over 75 nationalities, and across companies, sectors, cultures and geographies to identify the essence of successful interactions for Global Citizens in the 21st century.
Tell us about yourself, your background and what you do currently
I have, as an entrepreneur, founded Global Adjustments Services, India’s premier relocation and cross cultural services company in 1995. For the last two decades, along with a team of 50, I have run this company that provides relocation, housing requirements of expatriates in all major cities in India, advising them on schools, medical facilities, recreation and Indian culture. We are the publishers of Culturama, India’s only cultural magazine for global citizens, of which I am the Editor-in-Chief. I have dedicated myself to celebrating Indian culture inside India and around the world. My vast experience in cross cultural issues has worked well for my other role as a panellist and speaker on any issue connected with inter-cultural relations, gender issues and entrepreneurship, both in India and abroad.
Tell us about any current projects or initiatives you wish to promote
- As part of my passion for promoting Indian culture, I have founded the ‘India Immersion Centre’, an NGO which is a unique cultural hub for expatriates and Indians to link, learn and leave a legacy.
- Global Adjustment’s Cross Cultural Training programmes are unique; The ‘This India Business’ programme brings practical solutions for communicating with and managing Indian teams and our ‘Taste of India’ programme is a journey to the heart of India through the five senses, for visiting business delegates.
- Our Gender diversity workshops have proven to reduce attrition of women in companies. (for more details visit http://www.globaladjustments.com/crossculturaltraining.html)
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?
In a world which is looking keenly at India business, the key differentiator between organizations that win and those that don’t is a keen knowledge of Indian behaviour vis-à-vis the world and what actually works here. The challenge that I face as a cultural ambassador is to identify and help organisations overcome their differences.
What has been your greatest achievement personally?
In my role as an author, I have written two books, “Doing Business in India for Dummies” and “Upworldy Mobile” – Behavioural and Business skills for the New Indian manager by Penguin.
Serving on the board of the Harvard Women’s Leadership Board was a great learning.
As a speaker, I have shared my thoughts with leaders from across the world such as Jeff Bezos, founder CEO of Amazon; Jukka Lehtela, Nokia; Madan Nagaldinne, HR Head-Asia Pacific, Facebook.
If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
I would have been an ambassador for India in a country where India could have had a large impact.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
My mother has been my biggest inspiration. She rose to become the first woman General Manager in the country. I have seen her work very hard, yet not for a moment did me or my sister feel she neglected us.
What does the future hold for you?
Along with my team of 50 cultural ambassadors of India, I hope to play a national role in building bridges between India and the world and also within India. We will create Indian Immersion centres in major Indian metros. Culturama as a national magazine will ride the digital wave in the coming years.