Headbangers, the EMC's winning TIC Team went on an incredible once in a lifetime, 4,000 mile trip to Pune. Here's their story...
October. The Headbangers from the EMC hopped on a plane to travel 4622 miles
to India; final destination Pune, to take part in the second annual Global Team
Improvement Circle Convention.
the adventure were teams from across Jaguar Land Rover, representing Halewood,
Solihull and Castle Bromwich, as well as other indirect, non-manufacturing areas.
event also welcomed, for the first time, a team from CJLR, our Changshu sister
the second largest city in India, Pune has the seventh largest populous in the
country, with 3.1 million inhabitants. The city is described by Lonely Planet
as ‘a thriving, vibrant metropolis, a centre of academia and business that
optimises ‘New India’, with its baffling mix of capitalism and spiritualism
(ancient and modern).’
is the home country of Jaguar Land Rover’s parent company Tata, which has
established vehicle manufacturing facilities, as well as a recently opened
joint venture Ingenium Engine Manufacturing Centre, to serve the local market,
adding another sister facility planned for Day 3.
first time to sit back, relax and unwind from the journey.
view from the hotel was amazing, including being able to see the historic
Gateway to India; an arch monument built during the 20th Century,
located on the Waterfront at Apollo Bunder in South Mumbai overlooking the
evening meal was an opportunity to meet the Indian hosts and also catch up with
the other teams.
- DAY TWO
was on the agenda for Day Two, but first, a visit to the TATA management
training centre in Mumbai, to hear more about the history and heritage of the
company and its commitment to giving back to its local communities.
“Tata Group believes corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a critical
mission that is at the heart of everything that it does, how it thinks and what
Within walking distance of the training centre was a Tata-funded orphanage,
where the teams were put to work on a number of projects and activities,
including painting and decorating and refurbishment. It proved to be a great
team building exercise, as teams bonded over a commitment to help those less
Three and the Global TIC Convention dawned, with excitement and a few jitters.
On arrival at the Pune facility, the teams got their first glimpse of the Lake
House and conference area where they would be presenting their ideas. But
before, they were able to take a guided tour of the local facility to see how
it compared to their own home operations.
Luke said: “We were quite nervous, but had to wait right until the very end, to
do our presentation. The Convention was split across two rooms, but the other
room finished ahead of ours, which meant everyone came into see our
presentation. All eyes were on us. It was a great opportunity to see what our
colleagues from other countries were working on.
With the presentations complete it was time to relax and unwind and enjoy some
food and live traditional music at the Lake House... Everyone was able to take
in the atmosphere and reflect on what had been an incredible day.
team’s final day was spent taking in the culture of Mumbai. Accompanied by
local guide visits to a traditional Indian market and shrines. It was then time
to freshen up ahead of the celebratory last evening meal, with plenty of food,
music and dancing.
about their most memorable experience from the trip, Headbangers said: “Helping
out at the orphanage was such a humbling experience, they had very little, but
were still happy.”
added: “It helped us bond as a team and was a great way to see what other areas
of the business are involved in.”
continued: “Being part of TIC has been a great experience, not just because it
resulted in a trip to India, but because of all the things that we’ve learnt
along the way. It’s made us challenge the areas where we work and given us the
incentive to keep wanting to improve.”
Withmar added: “Having a supportive coach to bounce ideas off and who would
push us when we stalled was absolutely vital. TIC is a two-way commitment,
teams need to do the work, yet there’s plenty of support if you want it. We’d
like to thank all of the people who helped us.”
the curtain falls on TIC 2017, a new wave gains momentum, as TIC 2018
still time to sign up and be part of a fantastic experience.
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the internal TIC Page for more pictures and to watch a film from India.
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