TC: I don't know.
I think it's probably terribly important to listen. It's terribly important to try to become more knowledgeable. They certainly don't proceed that way for black people. It's going to be painful. Finally I think one has to even abandon the phrase "ally" and understand that you are not helping someone in a particular struggle; the fight is yours. BNR: What books have made you into the man you are? Battlecry of Freedom. American Freedom, American Slavery.
Mothers of Invention. The Forever War. The Great Gatsby. The Country Between Us. The Book of Light. Where the Sidewalk Ends.
So it goes. BNR: How did you develop your voice and confidence in your voice?
TC: I don't really know. I just write a lot. I don't think there's much point in writing if you're doing it in someone else's voice. It just kills the fun. BNR: It seems like every week, if not every day, we have a new tragedy to mourn. Do you ever feel like it is all too much? What do you do in those moments? TC: No. This has always been life. And I suspect it will always be my life. I know we're in this new moment where it seems like the police have suddenly gone crazy. But police violence is not new, and it is only the most spectacular end of a range of violence black people live under.
BNR: What are you asked too often? What do you wish more interviewers asked you, and how would you answer that question? TC: Why don't I have "hope. I don't have a preference re: questions. I just want people to really read the work before talking about it. BNR: What's next for you?
How is that novel coming along? TC: It's coming. BNR: What do you like most about your writing? TC: The actual doing it. It is a beautiful thing to have a feeling, a notion and then transform it into something tangible. It's like being in the X-Men. See All Customer Reviews.
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One tool the company uses is a two-hour weekly debriefing session with every trainee, who must answer two questions: What did you learn this week? What did you see this week? The process forces trainee managers to absorb essential concepts in the classroom, try out newfound skills in live settings, and learn to negotiate the differences between them.
This helps managers develop the ability to sense and respond on the fly. To ensure that result, the company imparts three kinds of skills: technical skills, so that employees master their jobs for instance, wait staff must know foods, wines, how to serve, and so on ; grooming, personality, and language skills, which are hygiene factors; and customer-handling skills, so that employees learn to listen to guests, understand their needs, and customize service or improvise to meet those needs.
According to senior executives, this shift in perspective changes the way employees respond to situations.
Moreover, it alters the extent to which they act—and believe they can act—in order to please guests. She also ensured that someone from the next Taj property at which he was booked picked him up from the airport. Did she have to ask for permission or justify her actions?
Incumbent managers conduct all the training in the Taj Group, which uses few consultants. This allows the chain to impart not just technical skills but also the tacit knowledge, values, and elements of organizational culture that differentiate it from the competition. Every hotel has a training manager to coordinate the process, and given that Taj properties impart training only in the areas in which they excel, they vie with one another to become training grounds.
Like all the other companies in the House of Tata, the Taj Group uses the Tata Leadership Practices framework, which lays out three sets of leadership competencies that managers must develop: leadership of results, business, and people.
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Every year to managers attend training sessions designed to address those competencies. The Taj Group expects managers to lead by example. For instance, after a day of work, the general manager of every hotel is expected to be in the lobby in the evenings, to welcome guests. One way of ensuring that outcome, the organization believes, is to show that it values the efforts of both frontline and heart-of-the house employees by thanking them personally. These expressions of gratitude, senior executives find, must come from immediate supervisors, who are central in determining how employees feel about the company.
In addition, the timing of the recognition is usually more important than the reward itself. Employees accumulate points throughout the year in three domains: compliments from guests, compliments from colleagues, and their own suggestions. Perhaps not. At about AM on December 26, , a tsunami rippled across the Indian Ocean, wreaking havoc on coastal populations from Indonesia to India, killing about , people. Among those affected was the island nation of the Maldives, where tidal waves devastated several resort hotels, including two belonging to the Taj Group: the Taj Exotica and the Taj Coral Reef.
As soon as the giant waves struck, guests say, Taj Group employees rushed to every room and escorted them to high ground. Many guests were panic-stricken, believing that more waves could follow, but staff members remained calm and optimistic. No more waves arrived, but the first one had inundated kitchens and storerooms.
A Taj Group team, led by the head chef, immediately set about salvaging food supplies, carrying cooking equipment to high ground, and preparing a hot meal. Housekeeping staff retrieved furniture from the lagoon, pumped water out of a restaurant, and restored a semblance of normalcy. Despite the trying circumstances, lunch was served by PM. The two Taj hotels continued to improvise for two more days until help arrived from India, and then they evacuated all the guests to Chennai in an aircraft that the Taj Group had chartered.
There were no casualties and no panic, according to guests, some of whom were so thankful that they later volunteered to help rebuild the island nation. These Taj Group employees behaved like ordinary heroes, just as their colleagues at the Taj Mumbai would four years later.
That, it appears, is indeed the Taj Way.
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