Anila Rattan, Director & Co-Founder
he 2009 recession was a major setback for the global economy and it literally changed the functioning of many industries; and learning and development was no exception. Facing an unprecedented financial loss and skill shortage, companies started focusing on outcome-driven training solutions since 2009. Many multinational companies in L&D domain provided various training solutions with high quality content and mechanisms, but they were stringent when it came to customizing the solutions. In the case of small training organizations, many of them lacked experience and understanding of business. Analyzing this gap, Larks Learning was set up in 2011 to create highly customized workshops addressing different business pain points. Lovely Kumar, Director, Larks Learning & Co-founder, Women Lead Indianarrates, “We saw a unique opportunity to be the organization that understands business needs as well as learning & development. So, in 2011, we started Larks Learning with two verticals – Customized corporate training & Extended DISC and were able to create highly customized workshops at the quality and consistency of large MNC training companies at a fraction of their cost.
Based in Gurgaon, Larks Learning is a training, coaching and psychometric assessment company, which is also the official partner of Extended DISC International (a superior DISC based assessment company). With the aim of helping organizations improve productivity, Larks Learning offers high quality and growth-oriented services under four different categories - Customized Corporate Training, Extended DISC, Leadership Coaching and Women Lead Interventions. Elaborating on the company’s programmes, Anila Rattan, Director, Larks Learning & Co-Founder, Women Lead India says, “Under Customized Corporate Training, we work with clients on their Annual Calendars as it enables us to really understand the client’s context. We focus on areas like Leadership Competencies, Managerial Skills and Communication Skills. Talking about Extended DISC, it is a versatile tool that can be used effectively in the entire gamut of HR activities such as recruitment, Training Needs Analysis, Talent Management and Coaching. In our third offering Leadership Coaching, we work with leaders and emerging
leaders to assist them to grow to the next level. The outcome of coaching has been a significant improvement in productivity and well being. Finally, in Women Lead India, a key initiative runs by our founders Lovely Kumar & Anila Rattan, with Gitanjali Saksena, Director Lagomworks we work with women professionals in corporate India and assist them in their leadership journey using training, assessments, coaching, networking and research.”
The core competency of Larks Learning lies in their ability to understand businesses and covert that knowledge into meaningful learning interventions. “Our proven system of creating customized content in collaboration with our clients and piloting them using our strongest resources helps us create high quality personalized workshops or interventions. Through a series of indepth group discussions with the leadership team, we understand their skill gaps and then design an intervention that will help mitigate the pain points. Our strong project management skills supported by a strong network of experienced high-quality facilitators bring higher performance rate and tangible outcomes to our clients,” Anila highlighted.
Lovely Kumar, Director & Co-Founder
Larks Learning has steadily grown over these years and has served a wide range of industries and reputed companies including E.I. Dupont, Aricent Technologies, American Express, India Trade Promotion Organization, GlobalLogic, Hewlett Packard, Cushman & Wakefield, Chase New Holland Industrial, Bharti Realty Limited and Bajaj Finance. Being an innovative L&D consultancy firm, the firm is keen on observing trends and it also strives to adapt their interventions accordingly. “The L&D industry is changing rapidly and will continue to change due to the advent of newer technologies. In our estimate as AI & ML take deeper roots, there will be a greater requirement of human interactions. Some of the areas that we are focusing on and will continue to deepen work in is creating self-directed learners, leadership coaching, creative expression using art, storytelling, learning via social media, gamification and video based learning,” Lovely concluded.