As one looks beyond the next few years and the re-shaping of the workplaces, there’s that sense among each one of us that maybe, amid these disruptions, challenges and problems, we might be creating history that would dictate the next generation of work. While leaders have constantly spoken about the new buzzwords and phenomena and how to overcome it, somedays it all gets too much. On those days, you need an inspiring idea that could change the trajectory of the world and work.
As we begin the countdown to Asia’s largest HR and WorkTech conference, People Matters TechHR India, we can’t help but go through some of the most inspiring quotes that have somehow given birth to this year’s theme, ‘the art of the possible.’ The idea has always been to become the answer and henceforth, make the imagined workplaces of our dreams a reality. It might sound like a herculean task, but just take that one step and see how the road grows easier.
If you don’t believe us, take reassurance from some of our past TechHR India speakers, who have some insightful lessons to impart.
- The global HR analyst Josh Bersin, in the recent past has emphasised on the changing management styles. He believes that management philosophy should be driven by productivity, wellness, and responsibility and HR and business leaders need to focus on growth and development of employees.
- Jason Averbook, senior partner, global leader digital HR strategy, Mercer has always believed that technology isn't about replacing people but making people and workplaces better equipped and supporting them. According to him, the critical steps for any transformation are: develop a strategy, deploy and sustain it.
- For Ann Cairns, global chair of the 30% Club, board chair of Financial Alliance for Women and board member of Lightrock, trust is everything. That’s why she informs organisations to build moments of trust with employees, partners, and stakeholders to ensure business sustainability and growth.
- For Harsh Mariwala, founder and chairman, Marico, a visionary who built the FMCG giant from scratch, he believes that while perfection is an essential tool in some industries, in others, you don’t need to be completely perfect as it may add only marginally to the quality of work. And if you do invest in it, you might lose out on time during a critical juncture. So, realise where it is that you need to draw the line for your organisation.
- For Ira Gupta, who has been head of HR, India at Microsoft, one problem that has worried her is the urge for managers and leaders to be the ‘hero’, taking all the burdens of the team upon themselves. Her one solution is model, coach and care.
- Futurist Benjamin Pring, who is the Vice-President at Gartner, strongly believes that we've only scratched the surface of where technology is going to take us in the next few years. In these times, he reiterates the need for people to balance their ability to be present, to be productive, and contribute against their underlying sanity and humanity.
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb agrees with the idea that organisations need to turn every threat into an opportunity to thrive today. The acclaimed author and risk expert strongly believes that volatility is great training to adapt to get better. And that indeed applies to organisations too.
- For Dr Allan Church, co-founder and managing partner, Maestro Consulting and a student of psychology and sociology, the truth is simple. If we want to be remembered by the future generations, we need to do good today. For him, if there is a good, science-based model that is well-integrated into an organisation and works for it, it doesn't need to change. But if change is necessary, it must be done in a well-considered and forward-thinking manner.
If you want to gain more lessons that break the patterns of your thinking and energises you to do better, join us on August 3 and 4 for People Matters TechHR India at Leela Ambience, Gurugram. Register now!