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Arpinder Bansi

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Arpinder Bansi

Awards: Atkins Inspire Inspirational Leader award for civil engineering

Biography

Arpinder Bansi is the Managing Director of Kaur Values Associates Ltd. She worked in the Civil Engineering sector for over 20 years before founding Kaur Values Associates Ltd in December 2010, a leadership development organisation to work with individuals, teams and organisations big and small unleashing their hidden potential to enhance performance and capabilities. This is achieved by realigning their strengths to their core values, thus unlocking access routes to unused capabilities to fast track their journey to success.

Arpinder says: “One of the age-old problems is that graduates want to fast-track into project management but senior managers are often reluctant because they see the pitfalls of their lack of experience.
“We employ a lot of technical staff who are not necessarily engineering graduates. I challenged them to stage a pantomime with a tight timescale and non-existent budget.
“This would test their abilities in organisation, project and performance management, finance, risk management, people development, staff motivation, recruitment (casting) and negotiation skills – everything a project manager needs to be capable of.
“The objective was for them to prove they had it in them and to demonstrate this to their managers. They experienced the real challenges of project management and have a better appreciation of the pressures their managers face.
“They came up trumps and performed the pantomime last March. From conception to delivery it took five months.”

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