HR Conclave

Making Elephants Dance: Transformational Leadership

The day witnessed arrival of a plethora of industry leaders and other respected HR professional to discuss the theme of the event, ‘Making elephants dance: Transformative leadership’. The auditorium was filled withready managersto interact and make a mark on the eminent guests.

Distinguished speakers at the conclave:
  • Dr. Santrupt Mishra,
    CEO, Carbon Black business and
    Director - Group HR, Aditya Birla Group
  • Mr. Allen Sequeira,
    Advisor-Group HR,
    Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
  • Mr. D. Shivakumar,
    Senior Vice President - Sales (IMEA),
  • Dr. PVR Murthy,
    Exclusive Search Recruitment Consultants
Eminent panelists:
  • Mr. Shyam Viswanathan,
    Former Dean-Executive Education,
  • Mr. Nishant Kolgaonkar,
    Vice President-HR,
    All Cargo Logistics Ltd.
  • Dr. D. Prasanth Nair,
    Global Head-HR,
  • Mr. Baskar Varadhan,
    Head-People & Culture,
    Siva Group
  • Ms. Tanuja Abburi,
    Senior Director-Human Capital, NTT Data India
    Enterprise Application Services P. Ltd.
  • Mr. Raghupathy Viswanathan,
    Vice President-HR,
    International Flavors & Fragrances Ltd.
  • Mr. Shailen Merchant,
    Diversified Business Group, Murugappa
  • Mr. B. Natarajan,
    Head-Corporate HR,
    Amrutanjan Healthcare Ltd.

Dr. Santrupt Mishra in his Inaugural address delved deep into the theme of the HR conclave – “Making elephants dance: Transformative leadership” and explained how this concept of elephant is a mindset which adheres to a collective behavior and get limited by the resistance to change. He talked about the challenges faced in applying the transformational leadership and emphasized that usually leaders get limited by their own thoughts in the change they want to bring to the status quo. Addressing the youth in the audience, he advised them not to be dependent on senior leadership for the changes but to bring in the spark at the grass root level.

After providing some excellent inputs on the topic, he closed by saying "to break the habits of an organization, one needs to question the belief system and in the process he should be willing to come out of his comfort zone to bring in the transformation."

Mr. D Shiv Kumar, Senior Vice President - Sales (India, ME &Africa), Nokia talked about the two kings of the business. He explained that the two kings are consumers and employees and both make the business leaders dance in different ways. He also talked about the paradigm shift that has taken place in the relationship of an employer and an employee. The earlier trend as per him was that individuals opted for careers in context of the company but now it has shifted to such an extent that companies offers careers in context of individuals. For bringing transformation in this situation, he talked about two solutions which are to be focused on growth of the company, and to excite them by providing them with a purpose for their job and empowering them in terms of flexibility to work. The discussion ended with his advice to the HR professionals that a fresh approach is required because life and work both have changed and the situation today calls for multiple value propositions for employees.

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