Mit Karia, Alliance Business Solutions, On Innovating in HR & Training Space


Walk on the fire or drum the beats and discover your true self. Mit Karia, Chairman, Alliance Business Solutions is helping people unleash their potential through his venture. Swati Maheshwari discovers how, for YourStory.inTell us about Alliance Business Solutions.

Alliance is operated by its managing partners and specializes in Training and HR consultancy. We are a knowledge-driven company that values transparent business practices and provides comprehensive solutions to help businesses achieve their goals of rapid product innovation and profitability.

Alliance brings the deepest, broadest and freshest experience, programs and technology to the table in order to ensure a successful and sustainable talent management plan. Some of our focus areas are Success Profile Management, Selection & Assessment, Leadership & Workforce Development, Performance Management, Training services, L&D process.

We customize training modules, programs and course-ware based on the need of improvement and learning. We also offer psychometric and ability tests for students, working executives and organizations.

The services provided by us span across industries like BPO, Telecom, Security, Hospitality, Sales & Marketing, FMCG and IT. Our training programs and performance-support tools are designed to increase productivity and improve access to opportunities.

What is your unique offering?

There are various Training & HR Consultancy firms to choose from, and we realize that today's HR manager has many options to choose from for the benefit of their human capital. That's exactly why we separate ourselves from the competition in every way we can. If one factor had to be chosen above all others, perhaps our drive is what makes us most different. We are always creating & innovating to ensure that our clients are one hundred percent satisfied. At Alliance, we understand the link between people, processes and organizational structure. So, when you are looking to implement that important business change project or reviewing your leadership for a Succession Plan or even conducting a Selection Process for the new business process, you can be assured that the advice and support you will receive is based upon best practice, industry knowledge and experience. All of our trainers have many years of practical experience of projects and of using state-of-the-art tools to support and enhance business. We bring in-depth industry understanding, world class capabilities, innovation and cutting-edge ideas to your business to help raise performance levels and deliver real business benefit.

Tell us about your team.

The two strongest pillars of our team are my managing partners Raghav Chakraaborty, NLP Certified Practioner and Ahmar Khan, Prism Certified Brain Mapper and L&D Head. Besides, the team boasts of an array of assistant trainers and facilitators who are focused on providing customized solutions to the requirements of our clients. The core team is supported by an extremely motivated management team with a vast experience and dedication to drive Alliance forward. We provide end-to-end solutions for Training & HR Consulting. Our professionals understand and work across all industries, including health care, telecommunications, information technology, financial houses, hospitality, pharmaceuticals, services as well manufacturing sectors.

What are the biggest challenges that you face in this field?

Everything is challenging - be it a basic training or critical competency training. We create a customized training module for all our clients and that’s what differentiates us. One basic challenge we usually face with our clients is when they question, “What is the effectiveness of this training, will the participants change instantly?” It is hard to explain to them that we are talking about behavioral change. Adults cannot accept change instantly; it’s a slow moving process and usually takes time for creating the needed change. However, once we get going with the first session, our clients understand and develop faith in the process.How do you promote yourself? Do you advertise?

Client referrals and a good repeat business from our previous clients have helped us promote ourselves so far and that’s how we have been working since the inception. However, recently we started advertising our services and programs on a large scale, through the newspapers, radio, online marketing and our Public Programme, ‘SVA’.

Tell us more about your Public Programme.

Our flagship program ‘SVA’ has been designed to cater to the needs of the working professionals, students and people who are bogged down by the routines of life. SVA is a concept that reveals the true potential that you possess. We, at Alliance, have been instrumental in helping people from all walks of life in unleashing their true self through this program. We offer the Drum Circle, an ancient technique to build harmony with oneself and others, which automatically breaks the interpersonal shackles and makes us much more approachable to others, which is an immediate and everlasting experience. We understand that it is difficult to achieve a paradigm change in ourselves due to heavy mental baggage we carry with us. For this, we suggest the Fire Walk. It lightens you up instantly. It is a time tested activity that triggers the cogwheel to shed off all mental barriers that handicap our growth. Through these techniques, one can discover a new psyche, basically termed as the SVA, i.e. the knowledge of oneself.

Any remarkable incident that you would like to share with us?

At Alliance, every day is remarkable. However one such achievement that pushed us forward was the Financial Inclusion Training to be conducted at Andhra Pradesh. Having competed with the very best training companies in India, we bagged the deal and were the only trainers from Maharashtra to conduct a training program in their regional language, Telugu. All the credit for this project goes to Mr. Ahmar Khan, L&D Head, Alliance Business Solutions.

What are your expansion plans?

Even though we are headquartered in Pune, we have been conducting and catering to our clients pan India. We plan to set up new offices at Hyderabad and Bhubaneswar in the coming few months. We are also looking for opportunities in Sri Lanka and South East Asia in the next year.

Is this your only entrepreneurial venture?

Apart from Alliance, I am actively involved in my family business, MIT Developments and Holdings, a construction group based in Pune. At MIT Developments, we aim at designing experiences and not buildings for people to stay in. With the pioneering efforts by my father, Mr. Yogesh Karia, his instinctive foresight and principled approach to business, today MIT Developments has achieved great success. Keeping in mind the futuristic and efficient green focus that I have in everything that I do, I am looking at various business opportunities. MAD Beverages, a packaged drinking water company, is the first such initiative in this direction. A patented process of eco-friendly packaging will be used to add value to an everyday FMCG product such as drinking water.

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