Meet Sivani Nanda, Are You In The List 2021 winner
Sivani Nanda | Associate Director - People Operations | Tiger Analytics
Right attitude, result orientation and passion to create an impact have been the drivers of Sivani’s career. “I have constantly pushed my boundaries to test my abilities and try new things,” she says. From execution focused roles early on, to scaling up the Tiger team and now leading multiple COEs as Tiger Analytics embarks on its journey to the next level, Sivani continues to learn, and unlearn, every day.
She enjoys reading and travelling, which fuels the myriad perspectives she has about life. As a new mom she juggles work and motherhood everyday by meticulous planning and being creative. “Every day is a new day,” she exclaims.
Creating impact with reasoning and passion
Combining her vision to move ahead in the path of self-discovery and helping others along the way, with her MBA, Sivani shifted her career very early on from being a Tech engineer to HR Business Partner for the Tech center team. “It was a decision driven from my personal experiences and a belief that I would be able to impact more lives through this journey,” shares Sivani.
With a sense of passion and fairness in her behaviour, her quite candid nature, and her inclination towards data analytics, Sivani has been creating impact through talent decisions. “I vocalise and stand for them with reasoning and passion,” declares Sivani.
Key priority: Building jobs that pays well and fuels purpose
Today a ‘job’ is viewed very differently by an employer and a Millennial/Gen Z ‘employee’. While an employer would want you to be dedicated towards the organisation/team/role, the young generation tends to view ‘job’ with polarizing views. Sivani believes it is either a task that sustains you and your life goals, hence must pay well (instantly) or it is an extension of your being, hence needs to align with your purpose. Hence, she aspires to bridge this gap, jobs can bring a sense of fulfillment. Employers can also support your life goals, it doesn’t have to be a non-intersecting Venn.
The one thing I will change in HR
Sivani wants to change the standardised way of operation within HR teams. “People have very different needs and we should be offering them what adds value to their lives,” says Sivani. While this customisation might seem time consuming, it can be made efficient with technology and the impact it will have in the lives of people would be worth the investment.
The one thing I will retain in HR
While the HR function leads through rapid change, it must hold on to the dedication to evolve as a function with every new change in business, environment and beyond, believes Sivani.
Leader who can lead through the crisis
According to Sivani, in the last one and a half years, leaders who evolved have been empathetic and open. Listening to your members, anticipating their worries and solving for it in advance is a key characteristic for success of one's team and hence oneself.
“We have evolved from viewing someone as an effective leader if they can stand strong towards someone who is human and shows it. People relate more with someone who struggles like them, has found a partial way out of the maze and is ready to work with them to chart the rest of the journey,” added Sivani.
The leadership journey with People Matters Are You In The List Awards
“People Matters Are You In The List Is a critical platform for growing leaders to evaluate their growth and get a check in on the journey ahead,” shares Sivani.
She looks at it as a milestone where one can pause and assess the meaning of their efforts so far and evaluate whether their next steps are aligned with their purpose/career goals. She says, “For me personally, the entire journey has led to quite deep introspection on who I am as a leader and what impact I would like to create. It has also given me an opportunity to meet with leaders who are on a similar journey of their own and that has been quite an experience.”
Vision for HR's future growth
The new generations have changed the scope of the workforce and business models as customers/business owners. With generational and further diversity coming in, Sivani foresees HR moving away from the labelling/boxing-in talent to being more open and creating an environment that is healthy (mentally and physically) and accepting of such diversity.