Dialogue

Technology-based hiring is for repetitive jobs; human judgement is must for quality hiring

Technology-based hiring is for repetitive jobs; human judgement is must for quality hiring

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 03 April 2017
Chandrasekhar Sripada’s wide experience of over three decades across economies – old and new –and across companies in the private, public and multinational sectors spans such as IBM, Capgemini, Reliance Infocomm, NIIT and Bhilai Steel Plant. Sripada, president & global head, HR, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, talks to HRKatha about leadership styles and influence of environment; technology and its impact on the workplace; and about people practices in the pharma industry.
L&D ready for big disruption: Guillermo Miranda, global CLO, IBM

L&D ready for big disruption: Guillermo Miranda, global CLO, IBM

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Guillermo Miranda, chief learning officer, IBM is a seasoned executive with 19 years of extensive experience working in multinational environments across Europe, South America, Africa, West Asia and North America. A lawyer and business management graduate, Miranda is on his second stint with IBM with a mandate to reinvent learning and employee enablement for the digital and cognitive economy. He speaks to HRKatha on how the landscape of learning is changing with the rapid digital disruptions.
Pingali Chankdrasekhar

The ‘human’ element is not necessarily the responsibility of HR alone!

| | Wednesday, 30 March 2016
Pingali Chandrasekhar aka Chandru spent 24 long years with Standard Chartered Bank as chief of the human resources function, before becoming an entrepreneur. A pharmacist-turned-HR professional, Chandru, founder and CEO, iCube Consortium, Singapore, has built expertise in all facets of human capital management aligned to business strategy. He speaks to HRKatha on issues pertaining to HR including automation of the function and managing the boss.
HR has missed lot of opportunities in the past – TV Rao

HR has missed lot of opportunities in the past – TV Rao

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 04 January 2016
Prof. T V Rao is a known name in the HR circuit. In his recent book, – ‘Effective People’ he has studied and analysed effective professionals from all walks of life. The book demonstrates how one can push oneself to become effective, and ultimately be super effective. Currently, the chairman of TVRLS, Rao has many firsts to his credit. He is the founder and first president of the National HRD Network, and the first honorary director of the Academy of HRD, India. In a career spanning 40 years, he was a Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad…
What mountaineering teaches about motivation, team management & decision-making – Mark Inglis

What mountaineering teaches about motivation, team management & decision-making – Mark Inglis

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 30 November 2015
A research scientist and wine maker, he also has a first class honours degree in human biochemistry. But that’s not what best describes Mark Inglis — the first double amputee to summit Mt Everest. He is the fighter whose career has gone from being a SAR mountaineer to a legless one. He lost both his legs to frostbite in 1982, when he was stuck in an ice cave dubbed the ‘Middle Peak Hotel’, near the summit of Mount Cook for 14 days. Inglis, now a motivational speaker, helps people achieve their own potential in life. He speaks to HRKatha…
"Kotak creates professional entrepreneurs," Makarand Khatavkar

"Kotak creates professional entrepreneurs," Makarand Khatavkar

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Tuesday, 24 November 2015
An alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and an accredited coach (ACC) recognised by the International Coach Federation, Makarand Khatavkar, group head–human resources, Kotak Mahindra Bank, has built HR teams from scratch, more than once. A seasoned HR professional, Khatavkar’s career spans three decades. He has spent around 20 years in the BFSI sector alone. Prior to joining Kotak, he led HR at Deutsche Bank. He speaks to HRKatha, on how the banking industry is realigning its people’s strategy with the changing business environment, and the plans specific to Kotak Mahindra’s employee engagements.
“How HR is different across sectors” - Yuvaraj Srivastava

“How HR is different across sectors” - Yuvaraj Srivastava

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Tuesday, 03 November 2015
Yuvaraj Srivastava spent more than five years with the Indian army before he moved to the corporate sector. This certainly makes him a differently talented HR professional. Post his army days, Srivastava dabbled in different sectors starting from an industrial unit (Asian Paints), moving on to hospitality (The Oberoi), then to FMCG (PepsiCo) before joining a new age company (MakeMyTrip). His exposure to HR management in different sectors has contributed to the richness of his experience. Srivastava, CHRO, MakeMyTrip speaks to HRKatha on how human resources is same yet different in varied sectors. He has coined different terms for…
“Infosys’ longevity will depend on how well we build on our people resources,” Richard Lobo

“Infosys’ longevity will depend on how well we build on our people resources,” Richard Lobo

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Richard Lobo is a qualified mechanical engineer who decided to pursue a career in human resources. Post his PGDM in Marketing and Finance, from Xavier Institute of Management, Lobo dabbled in sales and marketing at Godrej & Boyce. He joined Infosys in 2000 where he was recently appointed as the senior vice-president & head-HR. In his new role, he oversees the functions of business HR, employee relations, geography-HR and HR delivery for Infosys. In the last one year, the company has introduced several changes in terms of people practices. Lobo chats with HRKatha on the company’s people strategy and…
Prabir Jha

Data, analytics & technology have helped us create real-time organisations: Prabir Jha

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 15 June 2015
From a Class-I gazetted officer with the government of India to the CHRO of India’s largest business house, the journey has not been a cakewalk for Prabir Jha, president & group CHRO, Reliance Industries. Jha started his career as an assistant works manager at the Dehu Road Ordnance Factory, Pune, in 1990. However, after completing nine years in a secured government job, he decided to test new waters. He took two years’ leave to pursue a full-time course in HR from XLRI, Jamshedpur, which marked the beginning of his corporate life. Jha has diverse experience across industries—from engineering and…
"Culture eats strategy for breakfast," Adil Malia

"Culture eats strategy for breakfast," Adil Malia

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | Mumbai | Monday, 18 May 2015
Adil Malia, group president, HR at Essar group, has worked across industries, cultures, regions and functions. From FMCG to hardcore engineering and infrastructure; from a Global MNCs such as GE, Coca-Cola to promoter led companies such as Essar and Godrej; from India to West Asia from employee relations, training, HRM, organisational development to marketing in tactical and strategic roles. He shares with HR Katha his candid views on the state of human resources function in India.
“The business continues to throw a lot of existential questions to the HR fraternity,” Aparna Sharma

“The business continues to throw a lot of existential questions to the HR fraternity,” Aparna Sharma

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Thursday, 09 April 2015
The country head, human resources, at Lafarge India, has recently launched her first book – ‘Reality Bytes – The Role of HR in Today’s World’. A ready reckoner for HR professionals and aspirants, peers in the industry have termed it as a crisp, practical and contemporary book that helps readers understand the nuances of the complex world of human resources. Sharma speaks to HR Katha on her experience as a writer and her candid views on the HR function. Excerpts... 
McDonald’s: A sufficiently long career ladder

McDonald’s: A sufficiently long career ladder

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 09 March 2015
Seema Nambiar, senior director, people resources, McDonald’s India–West & South, has been associated with the Quick-Service-Restaurant (QSR) sector for some time now, and been part of the McDonald’s family for more than 15 years. Prior to this, she managed employee training for Domino’s India. In her current role, she is responsible for ensuring seamless integration of company and people strategies at McDonald’s, West and South divisions. She focusses on enhancing the company’s employer brand image, and works towards creating a heightened Employee Value Proposition. In her previous role at McDonald’s, Nambiar was head – learning, development and strategy planning.…
Lalit Kar

“Retail needs to offer its employees a career to stop losing them,” Lalit Kar

Prajjal Saha | New Delhi | Sunday, 25 January 2015
In his career spanning over 24 years, Lalit Kar, head HR, Reliance Digital has been involved in three start-ups and one closure. He is experienced in the entire spectrum of HR starting from industrial relations to organisational capability building. Kar has spent more than decade managing HR in the organised retail sector. He speaks to HR Katha about the reasons for the high attrition rate in this sector and how companies can put an end to this problem…