Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon, hosted its 9th Annual Management Fest, CREST 9.0, centered around the theme “The Era of Innovative Disruption”, on 16th and 17th January 2020. The theme provided a platform to budding managers to showcase their creative thinking on market trends and devise innovative products, services and strategies to fulfil the unquenchable needs of Indian consumers. The event welcomed students from various prestigious B-schools such as IMI Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, NMIMS Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IIM Amritsar, etc.
The inauguration ceremony of Crest 9.0 commenced with the lighting of the lamp by Mr. Manu Ahuja, CEO and MD at Jubilant Industries accompanied by Dr. Debashis Sanyal, Director of Great Lakes Gurgaon and an expert in Financial management, along with other senior faculty members.
Dr. Sanyal set the stage by welcoming all guests and students and by inspiring them with his words on innovation, about how we as human beings have evolved from being hunters to crop-growers and now to innovators in technology.
Mr. Manu Ahuja, in his Keynote address, shared his experience and knowledge, and expressed that “Given that disruptions have brought numerous changes in our lives, the situation today is very different than what it was 10 years ago. Earlier we had one solution for every problem but today we have multiple solution for every problem.” Further he explained how to manage and take decisions in today’s scenario.
The extremely important things to be imbibed in order to manage such an environment are: Agility, Creative Thinking, Ability to Learn, and Emotional Intelligence.
He added that we should unceasingly work upon the following aspects irrespective of the environment:
- Vision, for what we aspire for, and where we want to be, for the self and for the organization,
- Being wary of naysayers, something that cannot be ignored,
- Failure, as it is not important to succeed but to learn,
- And lastly, as clichéd as it sounds, being hard-working. As they say “learn until it begins to hurt”.
Mr. Ahuja concluded by emphasizing on the fact that disruption is an on-going process, but if one learns to have the right attitude, learn to be a risk-taker, become a go-getter and have a story, then disruptions can act as a launch propellent.