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Business Thought Leaders Summit

Dr. Rajeshwari Narendran

Designation : -   Hon. Director, Academy of HRD

Organization : -  Ahmedabad and Professor and Head, Business Administration, MLSU


Business Thought Leaders Summit

Two day Business though leaders was held in Ahmedabad on 5-6 Oct. 2018. The summit was organised by Academy of HRD in which centre of attraction was one day Tony Buzan’s workshop on mind mapping. The summit was inaugurated by Dr. TV Rao, veteran HRD thinker and Pioneer of this function in India. He said that human is not a resource but a possibility. Message to each employee should be given that do not delegate self development to HR. It is an individual’s responsibility. Success of HR is in creating respect for the people, in which probably HR has failed. It has not been function of all. Function of HRD was not conceived by Udai Pareek and himself in which it has emerged today. HR professionals need not to rush for specialisation in one area but to gain the understanding of all processes.

Prasenjit Bhattacharya, CEO, of Great place to work, while interacting with participants emphasised upon difference between past, present and future  place of work and generations and employers have shifted the priorities. While past was power (Patriarchal), present is equity. Balance of power is shifting from organisations to employees. In future, traditional HR will not exist. Many jobs will disappear due to technological advancements. Key driver will be transparency in future.
Tony Buzan, inventor of mind maps technique from UK in his one day workshop said that Meta cognition is thinking about thinking. Realising who you actually are, how you think and how you think can open up many windows to exploration your own personality.
If you can understand how your brain works, you will be able to use your brain more effectively.  Since the brain gets used to the contest very quickly once needs to be aware.
When a person succeeds, it makes them feel more human. Leveraging the ah ha moments is critical for understanding self.
He further said that understanding and learning from your fears - and how you responded in those times will teach you a lot about yourself. A leader is aware of these and is willing to take risks, explore and make the necessary changes. Revealing about techniques for using the brain more effectively and becoming a leader, Buzan said:
1. Use colours while taking notes- colours help improve memory and creativity. Colours also act like codes.
2. Ask more questions- be inquisitive like a child, have fun while learning, the more the energy displayed while learning the faster you learn.
3. Overcome your fear of making mistakes.
4. Understand the mind has a structure to learning- picture representation makes the brain learn faster. Use pictures to make associations and this will help you memorise and learn faster.
5. Have a life purpose which is powerful- whatever you want will change your life, therefore good leaders usually have a powerful life purpose. Some of the most successful leaders have been using mind mapping techniques.
6. Knowledge is not the primary power- leaders think and say that it is and work for it. Though it is not. In this age of intelligence manage of knowledge is the real power. And creativity can help manage knowledge- mind mapping is a tool to increase creativity. Creativity is a giant resource and therefore should be learnt to be used.
7. The fact is creativity goes down with age- kindergarten children have 95% creativity and adults have 10%. When you learn to use your brain your creativity goes up, be kind to yourself, take care of your immune system- feed it right, care for it and creativity will go up.
8. Recording helps you remember – so if there is anything you want to remember record it.
Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri, Professor in Management, Director and the Chairman of the Board of Management, PIM, Sri Lanka while talking on multi-generational management, said that the world has changed from safe, slow, strict to fast, focused and flexible. The fundamental shift happens in the mind-set. Study says that fundamentally we have not changed. Only the reasons of creating engagement have changed. For success, one must explore the differences and expand the similarities. This will help you excel in the capacity as a leader in any chosen field.
He said that in South East Asia, we have the Tech Tradi Tribe here- which is they may wear torn jeans but have the sacred thread on their wrist. Although they want to be modern but they respect elements of tradition. And they seek harmony between the two. Next coming into the work force in a few years are the centennials. And we need to be prepared for them. He gave practical tips to manage multi generational workforce by using different methods. 
Next session was on sustainability – The corporate connect. The session was moderated by Dr. Rajeshwari Narendran, Hon’y Director, AHRD. And panellists were Amir Ullaf khan, Development economist and Research Director at Aequitas, Nayan Parikh and Laxmi Bhawani. The panellists discussed and shared their experiences about concept of CSR, corporate approach, their mindset towards CSR and challenges in the field. Panelists suggested way forwad and participants shared their CSR activities model. It was unanimously deliberated upon that CSR has to be thought of and acted upon beyond legal frame work and not as mere compliance.
Session on Nuances in Industrial Relations was moderated by HR veteran Aquil Busrai and panellists were Shyam Acharya, former CMD of The NLC India and Anil kaushik, management expert HR & IR. Aquil busrai talked about IR practices of past, present and role of trade unions. He said that HR managers have to understand the undercurrent and take proactive actions before it burst as volcano. Shyam Acharya suggested that Industrial relations can be improved and maintained if the employees are adequately engaged and transparency in dealing are maintained. Anil kaushik while sharing his research experiences revealed that in many case IR crisis were triggered due managerial conflicts. He said that the IR is now in between the updated workforce and informed managers. He stressed upon to frame and execute the well defined IR policy.
 At the end the certificate of participation were distributed by Tony Buzan.