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IN PICTURES The panel discussions during the Summit revolved around the theme—make India a great place to work P3

HINDUSTAN TIMES, NEW DELHI, TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012, 4 PAGES

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The participants were in for a surprise 'rhythm session' and the entire hall resounded to tambourines, dandiya sticks, drums and hands clapping, setting energy levels soaring

From left: Ashok Reddy, MD and co-founder, Team Lease; Dilip Chenoy, MD and CEO, NSDC; Gautam Chikermane, executive editor (business), Hindustan Times; Vineet Nayar, vice chairman and CEO, HCL Technologies and Vikram Chhachhi, EVP, DHR India Left: Sandeep Bhushan, business head, Shine.com, addresses the audience

Satya of Human Rhythms gets the crowd going

Right: Vasantha Angamuthu, editor special projects, Hindustan Times, sets the ball rolling PHOTOS: SARTHAK NAGPAL AND WASEEM GASHROO

From left: Yashwant Mahadik, VP-HR, India and Indian sub-continent, Philips; Dr Anadi Pande, VP, corporate planning and strategy, corporate HR, Hero MotoCorp; P Dwarkanath, director, group human capital, Max India Limited; Ester Martinez, managing editor, People Matters; SY Siddiqui, managing executive officer, admin (HR, finance and IT), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd; Elizabeth Nanda, chief of HR and training, Fabindia and Alok Narain, senior VP-HR, Quatrro BPO Solutions

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EVP, DHR India, and Dilip Chenoy, managing director and CEO, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Setting the tone of interactivity for the Summit, the panel discussion soon turned into a wide-ranging discussion with members of the audience and people who had logged on to watch the live webcast. Speaking on how things outside the workplace have changed but not inside, Nayar said, “As a parent, (nowadays) one is collaborative when dealing with children, yet employers insist on command and control management styles when dealing with employees.” He also stressed on the need to hire low-profile employees with high aspirations. “You hire a hero and get a zero,” he said. Taking the discussion further, Chenoy said, “We need to understand the aspirations of the people, need to look at performance.” Talking about the mismatch in talent supply and demand, Reddy said, “Only 5% of fresh graduates are directly employable in an industry. An element of fitment needs to be developed for the remaining 95% employees.” After lunch, the participants

Full house: The corporate world in rapt attention at the Summit

were in for a surprise ‘rhythm session’, with the audience creating a beat led by two trainers on stage. The entire hall resounded to tambourines, dandiya sticks, drums and hands clapping, setting energy levels soaring. In the next session, focusing on talent acquisition and leadership development, Krish Shankar, executive directorHR, Bharti Airtel, said that tomorrow’s leaders need to be innovative, have a global approach and be willing to grow the scale of things. This session was moderated by Mukund Menon, HR director, Steria and the panel comprised B Dhal, ED (personnel and administration), SAIL, Rajeev Bhaduria, director HR, Jindal Steel, apart from Shankar. The last session, moderated by Ester Martinez, managing editor, People Matters, was on employer branding. On the panel were SY Siddiqui, managing executive officer - admin (HR, finance and IT), Maruti Suzuki India, Yashwant Mahadik, vice president - HR India and Indian subcontinent, Philips, Dr Anadi Pande, vice president - corporate planning

and strategy, corporate HR, Hero Motor Corp, P Dwarakanath, director - group human capital, Max India Limited, Alok Narain, senior VP- HR, Quatrro BPO Solutions, and Elizabeth Nanda, chief of human resources and training, Fabindia. Talking about the most significant component of employer branding, Narain said, “The true test of employer branding is what experiences employees live and how the whole eco-system works.” Adding the employee perspective, Pande said, “As a potential employee I have to figure out whether a particular company will fulfil my aspirations. Thus, employers have to be inward and outward facing.” Close to the end of the session, Narain stressed on walking the talk. “What you do speaks louder than what you say,” he said. The Summit ended with Angamuthu’s promise of keeping the conversation going and translating it into action with each participant’s help. pankaj.mullick@hindustantimes.com

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The biggest lesson perhaps is whether one can actually predict employee satisfaction. Just like voter satisfaction, employee satisfaction (levels) change every day and every second

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he recent elections in Uttar Pradesh saw the emergence of a tech-savvy, young political powerhouse Akhilesh Yadav who enjoys team sports such as football and cricket. Held a day after the assembly poll results were announced, the HT Shine HR Summit had experts deliberating on the lessons organisations could draw from the well-executed political campaign in the state. The conclusion was that the Samajwadi Party’s thunderous victory was an excellent example of effective teamwork. Those who projected a leader and aligned their vision with the aspirations of the people, won hands down. Vikram Chhachhi, EVP, DHR India, termed it an excellent example of both organisational success and organisational failure. “Leaders across constituencies displayed ‘strange leadership styles’ and the chief learning from the election results was how one could make organisations work and do better than expected.” Vineet Nayar, vice chairman and CEO, HCL Technologies, said there were major takeaways. The biggest lesson perhaps was whether one could

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From battleground UP to boardrooms: Head honchos at the Hindustan Times Shine HR Summit deliberated on the lessons learnt from the voters’ verdict ■

f there was any doubt about how seriously India Inc treats human resource management, it would certainly have been dispelled at the first Hindustan Times Shine HR Summit held on March 7, 2012. The who’s who of the corporate world participated in the Summit - either as panellists or as rapt attendees. The theme of the Summit was make India a great place to work. Setting the context, Vasantha Angamuthu, editor - special projects, Hindustan Times, said, “The belief is that productivity in the Indian workplace can be harnessed through individual productivity if these questions are raised at the organisational level. This is the starting point.” Understanding the need to have a 360-degree view of why India works the way it does and what can be done to improve it, Sandeep Bhushan, business head, Shine.com and VP-digital (HT Media), said, “We are… starting with a policy perspective from the government and a CEO panel, in the hope that we are bringing all stakeholders in the party together, rather than confining the productivity agenda to HR managers.” Bhushan also shared the results of the HT Shine HR Survey (see last week’s edition) with the audience. Moderating the first session of the day on harnessing talent was Gautam Chickermane, executive editor- business, Hindustan Times. On the panel were Vineet Nayar, vice chairman and CEO, HCL Technologies, Ashok Reddy, MD and co-founder, Team Lease, Vikram Chhachhi,

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Poll mastermind AkhileshYadav: A simple strategy to convince the voters that they, too, would gain from the progress made by their state, won the day for him

actually predict employee satisfaction. “Just like voter satisfaction, employee satisfaction (levels) change every day and every second,” he said. It was a simple articulation of a vision, communicated in a style that was simple and direct. It is communicated in a language that tells a person what’s in it for him or her. People ask,

“What's in it for me? Whoever is able to articulate it in a simple vision won the elections,” Nayar added. Dilip Chenoy, managing director and CEO, NSDC, was of the opinion that the campaign and the eventual success underscored that understandinggrassroots aspirations was a skill.

The chief learning from the election results was how one could make organisations work and do better than expected Vikram Chhachhi, EVP, DHR India

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