SYNOPSIS OF THE CATALYST
THE CATALYST LEARNING JOURNEY
This document gives a synopsis of the Learning and Development firm, The Catalyst, its
product offerings, the credentials of its team and the work it has done.
THE CATALYST LEARNING
“What gets measured
get done” – Peter
“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no
birds sang except the best” – Henry Van Dyke
The Catalyst is a leading Learning & Development firm specialising in
the field of Talent Assessment, Talent Development & Management
Consulting. We aim at providing complete solutions in the form of
‘Total Value Offering’ focusing on engaging talent, enhancing
performance and enabling profitable business growth.
Our clients find our offerings impactful and unique in multiple ways
Tailor Made Solutions – We tailor make our programs,
assessments and trainings to the specific needs of the clients
leading to customised solutions appropriate to the client’s
Differentiated, Engaging Formats – We provide unique
advantage in offering game based/ experiential and certified
solutions in trainings and assessments to make learning and
development an engaging, fun filled and thrilling journey
Our unique 3P
approach to training
involves 3 phases –
PHASE 1: Conducting
expectations & learner
PHASE 2: Learning
Best In Class Talent – We boast of founding team of highly
experienced and qualified talent from the best institutes in the
country. Rigorous Train The Trainer Program to ensure
standardized quality of delivery.
Phase 3: Measuring
OUR PRODUCT OFFERINGS
Catalyst provides a wholistic approach towards creating an effective , innovative and multi faceted
method of building organization capability. Our offerings cater to the most pressing needs of the clients
in the field of Talent Management and Organization Development as described below:
1. Talent Assessment
2. Talent Development
3. Management Consulting
“Everybody has talent; it's just a matter of moving around until you've discovered what it is.” – George
Talent assessment is first step towards identifying and grooming leadership pipeline in an organization.
A well thought out assessment plan helps in analyzing skill gaps, identifying high potential and creating
a targeted development plan. Catalyst offers a range of well researched tools for Talent Assessment. It
boasts of highly experienced assessors with extensive experience across industry verticals.
Our clients have benefited from the following assessment tools
ASSESSMENT/ DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Catalyst specializes in developing and designing competency based development centre to analyze
skill gaps and identify high potential. Catalyst Development Center is designed to provide unique
opportunity to its participants to experience self awareness, group behaviour and performance
effectiveness through intense, engaging and fun filled exercises.
Engaging and Fun Filled pattern: The DC is designed in a way that promotes self exploration and
self awareness in an engaging and enjoyable manner. So while they go through intensive learning,
we make sure they also have fun.
Specialized panel of assessors : DC consists of a panel of assessors comprising of psychologists,
behaviorists and industry experts having certifications like MBTI, Hogan, PAPI etc. Each assessor
is taken through an extensive workshop on Catalyst DC approach.
Customised exercises - Multiple assessment tools and exercises are used which are tailor made
according to clients business context and requirements rather than using ‘off the shelf’ exercises.
This ensures relevance, consistency and validity of observations.
Highly Individualized feedback report – The feedback report for each participant is highly
individualized and provides detailed observations on strength and development areas with forward
GROW 360 DEGREES
GROW 360 degrees is an employee development tool which aims to provide feedback from multiple
stakeholders with whom the employee has a direct working relationship.
The tool consists of a survey questionnaire based on the behavioral competencies identified by the
organization as critical for superlative performance in a given role and provides detailed individual
feedback on each competency.
The tool guarantees anonymity, eliminates bias, supports customization and provides control over
survey monitoring, messaging, communication etc. It is simple and flexible to administer and easy to
Psychometric tests are a standard and scientific method used to measure individuals' mental
capabilities, behavioural style and other hidden attributes like personality, attitudes, preferences,
intelligence etc. Catalyst has a host of certifications in some of the most powerful psychometric tools
which can be used for employee selection, personality assessment, training and development, career
progression, team building etc.
DiSC Profiling - Thomas International People Assessment license and certification – Based on
Martson’s theory of ‘Emotions of normal People’ DiSC characterizes four patters of interaction
between an individual and his environment – Dominance, Influence, Submission, Compliance
Myers-Briggs Typology Indicator – MBTI is world’s most trusted and widely used personality
assessment tool which helps people understand themselves and their interaction with others
Hogan Assessments – Hogan Assessment system creates high value predictive assessments
that are directly related to job performance and organization bottom line
Personality and Preference Inventory – PAPI is a leading work related personality assessment
used to evaluate behaviour and preferred work styles of individuals.
MEASURING EFFECTIVENESS (TEAM/ SUPERVISOR)
Everything that can be measured, can be improved. Catalyst has well researched tools on measuring
performance effectiveness of Teams and Managers which provide powerful insights into various factors
which prevent them from performing to their best.
1. Team Effectiveness Assessment Model - Organizations need teams to work and deliver results.
It is imperative for them to understand what drives team effectiveness and measure the same to
enhance team performance. We provide a structured tool to measure team effectiveness at
current levels and adopt methodology to develop and enhance the same for the future.
2. Managers Effectiveness Assessment Model – A manager is not only responsible for his own job
but is instrumental in driving performance from his team. A manager needs to perform various
tasks and play various roles. The tool provides insights into various aspects of a manager’s role
and how effectively he is performing in each of these aspects of the role with a structured path
3. Employee Engagement Assessment Model – Employee Engagement at workplace is of
immense importance considering its impact on employee performance and organization
effectiveness. Our unique employee engagement model provides an insight into factors
affecting employee engagement and measures current level of engagement with actionables for
"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is
all about growing others.” - Jack Welch
Talent development is the most important and often overlooked aspect of building a strong
leadership pipeline and engaging and retaining high potential employees. An integrated talent
development strategy aligned with overall business strategy is a prerequisite to building long term
organization capability. Catalyst offers various talent development programs targeting different levels
and needs of the clients in highly engaging, personalized and cost effective way.
Programs by Level
• Campus to
• Adapting to
corporate life –
• Verbal and Non
• The World of
program on team
• Customer Service
• Building High
• First Time
• Managing Stress
• Managing tough
• Negotiation skills
• Leadership Skills
• Self Awareness :
• Leading &
• Driving a quality
• Managing tough
• Business Acumen/
We have an expert content development team which specializes in developing creative, customised,
impactful intervention design for sales effectiveness, leadership development, time management,
Coaching and Mentoring, Performance Management, Giving effective feedback and various other
people and business focused processes.
“ The greatest danger in the times of turbulence is not the turbulence, it is to act with yesterday’s logic”
– Peter Drucker
Catalyst partners with its clients to provide innovative solutions and design frameworks
to their most pressing management issues on change management, vision and values, business
development, talent engagement, organization effectiveness and growth by defining, designing,
aligning and integrating key elements of success. We aim at building organization capability with
needed agility which is required to deliver consistent value in a volatile global environment.
Organizations are in a constant state of evolution and change which necessitates a
transformational approach towards leveraging and optimizing its people, processes, resources and
structure and place them on a growth trajectory in line with long term vision and values. Catalyst
partners with its clients at different stages of maturity and stability to help them discover outcome
focused solutions enabling long term growth, sustainability and business impact. We help clients in
Talent Engagement and Leadership Development Programs
HR Function Optimization
Vision/ Mission/ Values for future growth
Rewards and recognition
THE CATALYST THINK TANK
Catalyst brings together an experienced pool of assessors/ facilitators/ consultants with a passion to
develop people, processes and top corporate talent on one platform to catalyze the business growth
and transform the business potential of employees and company alike.
The Core Team
Priti is a versatile professional with interests ranging from sales, consulting, business development,
learning and development and building organizational capability. She founded the Catalyst in 2009 with
the dream of offering unique skill enhancement opportunities to individuals across various kinds of
institutions and organizations at various levels. Her interest in people development started very early in
her career, even before the entrepreneurial bug bit her, when as a sales manager and a leader at HUL,
she pioneered and rolled out various learning forums for her team. She continued to mentor and coach
peers and subordinates in her role as a strategy consultant at Accenture. The journey of self
actualization for self and others continues unabated as she passionately believes that learning is the
only path to progress – both personally and professionally. She spends considerable amount of time
enhancing her own skills as a facilitator and assessor through various certifications, webinars and
coming up with new strategies and approaches to develop effective and engaging learning techniques .
She has conducted a number of consulting projects, assessment centers and training programs on
sales effectiveness, leadership, communication, team building, time management etc. with various
clients and locations.
Priti is an MBA from XLRI and an economics graduate from St Stephen’s college, Delhi
University. Apart from pursuing her dream (The Catalyst), Priti loves to spend time with her kids and
read books across various subjects.
Shivani Manchanda is a dynamic, accomplished and client driven professional offering extensive
experience in Business Development, strategy , finance and operations. She combines her clear
thought process with pragmatic approach to offer innovative, impactful and unique sulotion. Shivani
serves as a partner to The Catalyst.
She has spearheaded Catalyst into customized Assessment center and training programs for
various institutional and corporate clients. She is Myers- Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) certified and has
facilitated several workshops and one to one coaching sessions basis the psychometric tool.
Before taking the plunge into her own venture, she has spent over 7 years of experience
with global consulting giants like Ernst and Young, Delliote Haskins and sells and American express,
where she has led several assignment on Policy review and compliance, Business analysis, USGAAP
& IGAPP audits, IFRS Reporting, Sox Compliance etc. She is a B. Com (Hons ) graduate from Punjab
University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Ranita is a result focused and passionate HR professional with over 10 years’ diverse experience with
FMCG & ITES organizations. She has keen interest in people development which she actively pursues
by following a consultative solution based approach in delivering OD & training interventions that create
value for organizations while leveraging people’s performance and potential. THE CATALYST offers
her a platform to do both through its unique philosophy.
She has huge expertise in leading HR transformation initiatives in area of key account setups,
transitions, org restructuring and implementation of HR processes and systems for various business
verticals. She has led several initiatives focussing on employee engagement, talent management and
capability development resulting in consistently top scores on engagement and HR scorecard metrics
for the businesses she led. Ranita has also spearheaded various Leadership development and change
management interventions helping create engaged and empowered teams.
Ranita has done her MBA in HR from Symbiosis Centre for Management & HRD and BA
Honors in Economics from Delhi University. She also holds a certification in Lominger’s universally
acclaimed Leadership & Choices Architect®.
Rashmi is a solution oriented and customer focused professional who truly believes that ‘the biggest
success lies in discovering and nurturing one’s true talents’. This belief has led to a keen interest in
identifying, developing and shaping people and their potential to achieve optimum performance and
productivity. She strives to bring out the best in them by leveraging her expertise in multiple areas like
competency based talent interventions, assessing and enhancing team, manager, employee
effectiveness, developing creative, enagaging learning content and impactful OD projects . She has a
grounding in Intervention Design and Facilitation Skills which she uses to help clients discover
innovative solutions and experience transformational learning and growth.
Before taking the giant leap to follow her passion, she spent over 7 years in multinational
organizations like Genpact and Sapient where she performed as an accomplished HR professional with
wide variety of experience in various HR domains like Employee Relations, Employee Engagement,
Talent Management and Learning and Development.
Rashmi is an MBA in HR from XLRI Jamshedpur
The Catalyst Team of Consultants
Mr Shyam Vishwanathan
Mr Vishwanathan is an Electrical Engineer and an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies of
Delhi University. He has 30 years of experience in configuring and delivering solutions to large
corporations in India, W. Europe, Asia Pacific as well as the United States in areas as diverse as
Process Design, Knowledge Management and Technology Based Training.
He has been a consultant and professor in the areas of Strategy, Leadership, Change Management,
Personal Effectiveness and High Performance Team Building. He is also a Subject Matter Expert with
He has been the Dean of Executive Education at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He has led
the design and delivery of Leadership Development initiatives for more than 60 different organizations
in the United States, Europe and Asia.
He also works with the CEOs of large, medium and small organizations – to help them create profitable
organizations that leverage strong Values Based Leadership to attain Business Leadership.
Apart from having been on the Board of Directors of organizations based in India and the United States
– he is on the Advisory Board of pioneering institutions such as the School of Inspired Leadership and
the School for Leadership Excellence.
Dr. Nitender Dhillon
Dr Dhillon has Doctorate (Fellowship in Management) from IIM, A with specialization in Finance and
Accounting. He is currently working as a freelance consultant with large MNC's and domestic
He has previously taught at Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon and XLRI,
He has been involved as a faculty and as director for several management development and need
based in-company training programs in Finance. The programs have been conducted for several
leading private and public sector organizations in India and abroad. These programs have given him
exposure to several industries. The topics have ranged from Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting,
Corporate Finance and Capital Market Behavior.
His consulting work has covered various organizations in the areas of financial analysis, product
pricing and performance evaluation, restructuring and bench marking. He has jointly developed a
business simulation game, which is extensively used in corporate training as well as in the conduct of
the national management games for the All India Management Association. He has been on The
Editorial Board Journal Of Applied Corporate Finance, (ICFAI) and presented papers in international
workshops, symposiums and conferences on capital markets, financial sector, curriculum development.
Mr Rattan Chugh
Mr Chugh is the founder of Cornerstone Wealth Management, a fast growing financial services
Before establishing Cornerstone he was the country head for Fidelity International’s business in India.
Joining Fidelity at the start-up stage, he was instrumental in developing Fidelity's large offshore centre
and its successful domestic asset management business. He has also been on the board of Fidelity
Fund Management and other Fidelity group companies in India. He has held several key positions in
the financial services industry. His work experience of 20 years' spans globally renowned companies
like American Express Bank, TATA and EDS, in Strategy, Management, Technology, Operations,
Business Development and Merger & Integration.
He brings his immense experience as an entrepreneur and as the ex- CEO at Fidelity International to
the OMP. He is an expert in the area of Execution who enables the participants to gain insights on the
key issues of execution of strategy, time management, Business Acumen (a highly interactive
workshop on understanding Finance)
Ms Rachna Chawla
Ms Chawla is a seasoned leadership and change facilitator/ coach working with corporate & social
enterprise. She is a specialist in designing and delivering adult learning programs across domains with
a focus on personal and organizational leadership. She has the ability to diagnose, design, and deliver
to a variety of client groups – large corporates, small and medium business, the social sector,
education and women leaders. She has several years of experience across sectors including banking,
consulting, education, energy, engineering, FMCG, infrastructure, IT, retail, social enterprise, & telecom.
She has managed and delivered client engagements across geographies & cultures including India,
Pakistan, Russia, North Africa, the Middle East and Singapore. Rachna is an associate Coach/ Faculty
with CCL, Mercer and The HayGroup.
Ms Upasana Kaila
Upasana is an HR consultant and facilitator. Led by the desire to serve and learn, she enjoys exploring
avenues for growing organizations and people through positive organization development.
She has around 11 years of experience in HR, Organization Development and Learning & Performance
in areas including process / program design and implementation, performance management, training
designing, facilitation, leadership development, coaching and competency mapping, assessment and
development in regional and global roles. She has worked in the IT, ITES, Health Care and Non Profit
sectors in India and the US, in organizations including Accenture, IBM, Hackensack University Medical
Center, New Jersey and ITC Infotech.
She is a certified Global Professional in Human Resources by the Society of Human Resource
Management and Human Resources Certification Institute and a Certified Professional in Learning &
Performance by the American Society of Training Development. She is also Myers Briggs Type
Indicator (MBTI) certified and a Certified Facilitator of the DiSC Classic 2.0.
Mr Madhur Upadhyay
He is a facilitator and trainer. He is guided by his calling to inspire, explore and serve. Professionally it
has led him to be engaged in creating, executing and measuring organizational capability and people
processes whose intent has been appreciative and transformative for others and his own self.
He has 11 years of experience in HR, Training & Development, M&A and Quality in India and the US in
regional and national roles. He has worked in IT, Analytics and Manufacturing organizations.
He is certified in Competency Assessment by SHL, GPHR by SHRM - Human Resources Certification
Institute, Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Personality & Preference Inventory (PAPI).
He has a Masters in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations (XLRI) and Masters in Applied
Positive Psychology (University of Pennsylvania) and Bachelors in Applied Psychology (Delhi
Ms Aditi Kumar
Aditi is an internationally trained Executive Coach. She has completed the ICT Programme from
Results Coaching Systems, Australia. She is also certified in the implementation & interpretation of
Hogan Assessment Systems - a global leader in personality assessment that predicts job performance
by measuring normal personality, derailment characteristics & core values.
Before making a switch to Learning & Development 3 years back, she was associated with the
corporate world in various marketing & business development roles. She has worked across industriespublishing, advertising and IT where she has conceptualized & executed various marketing led
She holds a postgraduate degree in Mass Comm from Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication,
Pune. She enjoys reading, travelling, photography & music.