Workshop on the United Working Together for Elder & Young Deaf People

Location: Auditorium, Free Church, 10 Parliament Street, New Delhi     Projects: Deaf Youth Activities: Workshop


Workshop on the United Working Together for Elder & Young Deaf People

An event on “Workshop on the United Working Together for Elder and Young Deaf People was held at Auditorium, Free Church, 10 Parliament Street, New Delhi organised by National Association of the Deaf (NAD) on 22nd February, 2017. Among the participants were 35 elder and young deaf people from NCR in the Workshop. The event was chaired by Secretary, Mr. A. S. Narayanan, National Association of the Deaf (NAD) followed by one session which included:-

Leadership and the Importance of Cross-Generation Team-Building by Mr. Kevin Nolan, Director of Operations and Compliance, The Learning Centre for the Deaf, USA:-

The issues addressed during the session included:-

  1. Challenges facing the Delhi Deaf Community Education standards remain low:-
  • Job opportunities limited
  • Continued cultural discrimination and oppression
  • Language deprivation
  • Lack of unification within the Delhi Deaf community
  1. What Went Wrong Here?
  1. What is Leadership?:- "Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal." -Tom Northouse
  1. Your job….:-
  • Break up into small groups – no more than 7 people in each groups
  • Discuss top 5 characteristics of GOOD leaders
  • Discuss top 5 characteristics of POOR leaders
  1. Characteristics of Strong Leaders:-
  • Helps people learn
  • Has clear goals and is committed to them
  • Effective communicators***
  • Problem solvers
  • Friendly
  • Honest and trustworthy***
  • Tough, but fair
  • Good listening skills
  1. Extreme Ownership: The Boat Story (Leif Babin and Jocko Willink):-
  • US Navy SEALs:
  • 1 boat crew keeps losing, other keeps winning
  • Switch boat crew leaders
  • Losing boat crew starts catching up – becomes lead boat crew
  • Discuss why that happened?


  1. Crab Theory and the Deaf Community:-
  1. Generational Differences, (Harvard Business Review, Tammy Erickson, March 01, 2009):-
  • Different generations today:-
    1. Traditionalists (born between 1928-1945)
    2. Baby Boomers (born between 1946-1960)
    3. Generation X (born between 1961-1979)
    4. Generation Y (born between 1980-1995)
    5. Millennials (born between 1996-present)
  1. Working Together to Achieve Common Goals:-
  • As a leader, it is YOUR responsibility to work across generations
  • Don’t act like you know everything – each generation brings strengths and weaknesses to the team
  • Learn WHY each generation behaves the way they do
  • Learn new words – each generation has different slang words for different things
  • Be supportive of ALL members of the team
  • Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each of your team members
  • Do not be afraid of change
  1. What’s Next????:-
  • Identify the top 3 challenges the Delhi Deaf Community is facing today
  • As leaders, what will YOU do about those challenges?
  • “You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Mr. Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of NAD gave a vote of thanks to Mr. Kevin Nolan who was deaf excellent lecturer. The programs were of a great success and a great source of encouragement and inspiration to all our 35 deaf delegates from NCR including Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad, & Gurgaon participated in the Workshop. It had benefited a lot for deaf delegates learning about it. They are very impressed by our Workshop.







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