The Crucible Workshop

"Becoming a Leader"


In ancient mythology alchemists used a Crucible to transform metal to gold.

Leadership Guru Professor Warren Bennis used this analogy to coin the term “Crucible Experience” where a person undergoes a life changing evolution that helps take him forward to levels he otherwise would not have reached.

Professor Warren Bennis was a member of the team sent to Calcutta by MIT’s Sloan School of Management for setting up India’s first IIM. Gautam’s exposure to Warren Bennis, as well as other American greats, was only through their books during his MBA days at IIMC, as the MIT team had already returned to USA.

Many years later Gautam finally met Bennis, through his mentor Professor James O’Toole  of Aspen Institute and University of Southern California, as Bennis also at USC, was friend, colleague of and co-author with James O’Toole.

The Crucible Workshop of Anandini Foundation is inspired by Warren Bennis, because it is a life changing evolutionary experience. We implement the Bennis idea through Training.



Why the Crucible Workshop?

 Ancient India

Katha Upanishads 800 BCE : “Atmanam Vidhi – Know Thyself” “Those who know the Self are free from the jaws of death”


Ancient Greece

Delphic Oracle, Greece 4th Century BCE: “Know Thyself” – as the way to the future was inscribed on the portal of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi by 7 sages of ancient Greece. It became the foundation for western philosophy through Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.


The Modern World

75 members of Stanford Graduate School of Business’s Advisory Council were asked :

“What is the most important capability for Leadership Development ?”

The unanimous response was “Self Awareness”. (Harvard Business Review, February 2007)


It is this Self Awareness that is addressed in the Crucible Workshop along with how that knowledge can be expanded to include behaviour patterns of others.

The cutting edge element is the sharing of new breakthroughs in Neuroscience, the Social Genome and the study of Consciousness, along with conceptual and practice oriented inputs from the Learning Organization / 5th Discipline methodology.

Participants will be shown the path to performing beyond their known best.