As businesses undergo three sixty degrees changes in their business models, disruption and transformation have become the flavors of today. Keeping up with the rapidly evolving industry, HRiday organized one of the biggest HR Business Symposium:”ANVESHAN 2018 – Embracing Disruption”.
With a pinch of curiosity and a lot of excitement, the GIMites woke up today to a beautiful breezy morning and Anveshan. The event commenced with the inaugural ceremony that included lamp lighting by the Keynote speaker of the event – Mr. Girish Menon, Vice President, Human Resources, Swiggy and Professor V. Padmanabhan, HR & OB Chair at GIM.
The inaugural ceremony was followed by the address by Professor V.Padmanabhan – where he talked about the theme of the symposium – Embracing Disruption. For Gyaanodaya, the keynote address, Anveshan, Mr. Menon, talked about the disruptive innovations that has been happening in Swiggy since the inception.
Prof. Padmanavan reflected on the journey of Anveshan, starting from the coinage of the name to the present-day stature of it. Coming to the theme of the event, “Embracing Disruption”, he said that HRiday has also brought about Disruption by bringing about newer events. Anveshan is an event of institute’s importance. The event has become sustainable and been able to attract prime membership.
Mr. Menon started with the Three E’s that he believes in: Ego, Energy, Empathy. He praised HRiday for its name, as that is associated with empathy. Further on, he went on to give everyone a backdrop of Swiggy. The name means something which is unbelievably fast. It is the fastest food-delivery platform, doing three lakh orders a day. It has a growth of 6% growth in revenue and four times increase in orders, in the last financial year, valued at USD 155.5mn.
He spoke about the concept “Kitchen-in- Kitchen”, where a space is hired by Swiggy and multiple food brands come and process their offerings. In this way, there are various disruptions are occurring at the business level. There is also a very young crowd, as a part of the team. However, experience also helps. Thus, there is a mix of exuberance and experience at Swiggy, with a good mix of people ranging from startups, FMCG companies etc.
He cited the examples of a number of people/entities whose activities are aligned to that of an HR. He spoke about Carlos Slim, who has very disruptive ways of thought process. Mr. Slims has proposed a 3-day work week and extension of the retirement age beyond 58 years of age. Also, he mentioned about Charlie Munger epitomizes expert-generalist, which is very different from the conventional ways of training. It is a process of moving, getting deep and coming out. This involves learning about multiple disciplines. Ricardo Semler has written a book called “Maverick”, which is about disruptive HR practices. Next, there is Wangchuk, who is an engineer from Laddakh. Pablo Escobar is another character who knew the exact moves of his enemy. IPL, helps in talent management.
As a management person, an HR should know what drives the company’s profitability. An HR should know what’s going on in the company, across all the departments. One must always take care of the happiness index of the employees of the company. instead of only focusing on the technicalities. The strategies should involve building a network, from which meaningful decisions can be made. There must not be any territorial grabbing because there should not be any We should move from tribal thinking in HR to squad culture. There is a concept in Swiggy called Big-Beds, in which there is a break in the shackles of a tribe and think alike.
In conclusion, Mr. Menon stressed on five important aspects in the HR domain: structural engineering, employee experience and culture architecture, global talent scout, technology and what one is doing and how. He also cited a reference to what Lord Krishna said in Bhagavad Gita: “It’s important to distant yourself from the results”. The mantra given by him: Fail, admit, learn and walk. Work relentlessly and network seamlessly.
Samiksha, a National Level Live HR Case Study competition organized as a part of Anveshan 2018. For the preliminary round, Samiksha witnessed participation from around 150 B-schools in India.
The top 5 teams were called on GIM campus for the final round and they presented their solutions to the judges. The Judges were- Mr. Akbar Khan, former General Manager, P&A, Ashok Leyland and Mr. Waman Pednekar, Head Human Resources, Colorcon.
The winners of the case study competitions were – Team Weekenders from Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development. The runners up were – Team Veda from Welingkar Institute of Management.
“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you than you see in yourself” – Bob Proctor.
Margdarshan, the Industry Mentorship Simulation Program, was organized on day 2 of Anveshan 2018 in association with TOPSIM provided by Tata Interactive Systems.
The event involved 5 mentors from the industry mentoring teams of 2 and guiding them through a simulation game.
The mentors were – Ms Gaury Salelkar, Assistant HR Manager, Teva Pharma, Mr Dinar Kanekar, Senior Executive HR, Rosenberger, Ms Sandhya Talekar, Senior Ofiicer HR, Vedanta, Ms Rani Mahambre, HR Manager, The Crown and Ms Aldrina Cabral, HR Manager, Colorcon.
To have the best chance at success in an MBA and beyond, we have to consider the scope of networking and finding a niche by reaching out to the right people.
HRiday under the banner of Yukti, organized a certified workshop on “Building Networking Skills” by one of the best in class of our Industry – Ms. Runa Maitra, Founder and Director at People Talent International.
The workshop was an insightful session about the know-hows of networking and how in this tech-savvy word, people can make the best possible use of social networking tools to network better. The session also consisted of some extremely fun exercises and group activities which helped the students to gauge their networking capabilities and at the same time, find out the gap and work on them.
HRiday teamed up with BrainVista, the quizzing club of GIM, to bring about Inquizitive, the quiz which was primarily based on Human Resources topics and current affairs of the related domain.
Anveshan concluded with great pomp and show, underlining the very essence behind the event. The whole college was coloured in the shades and hues of HRiday, because it’s not everyday that an event consisting of such interesting insights and powerful leaders, come our way. Kudos to HRiday for pulling off the feat and putting up the best show. 🙂
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