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IIM Raipur hosts 4th Leadership Summit 2020

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IIM leadership summit

Raipur, Oct 18

IIM leadership summit: Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Raipur launched its flagship Industry Interaction event, “Leadership Summit 2020” on 17th October, 2020 with great enthusiasm. This year the summit is been conducted virtually.

The theme of the event is ‘New Age, New Realities’.On day one we had five panels discussing over various interesting topics. The submit aims to provide a unique platform to the industry experts and the students to interact and discuss key ideas which would help the upcoming management professionals in tackling future challenges in a proficient manner.

Dr Satyasiba Das, Chairman Corporate Relations, IIM Raipur commenced the summit today, by welcoming the Chief Guest and introducing other panel members.He expressed his vision for the summit and how it has grown in eminence over the past years.

IIM leadership summit: Dr. Bharat Bhasker, Director IIM Raipur, then proceeded with a welcome address for the dignitaries. He elaborated on the theme of the summit ‘New Age, New Realities’and how the topic is relevant in current scenario, as fundamentals of business environment are changing. He elaborated on how it is important to adapt to the new reality rather than changing the core philosophy.

The welcome address was followed by a keynote address from AshishKumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, Bombay Stock Exchange, who graced the summit as the Chief Guest. He emphasized on the importance of learning from ideas and how leaders should always be aware about the future changes in the markets, where multi-tasking is their most important asset.He spoke that unlike moral leadership, the coming times will see situational leaderships, where despite having constraints from the past & the present, they should have the ability to take the organization forward.

The speech was followed by panel discussions. The first panel discussion saw insights on the topic ‘Rapidly Changing Business Scenarios: Implications for New Managers ‘which was moderated by Dr Satyasiba Das. He gave a brief introduction to this interesting topic and initiated the discussion.

IIM leadership summit: Dhiraj Sood, MD / GM, India & South Asia Danaher Corporation/Video jet Technologies, highlighted the fact that we should believe in creating opportunities in the times of crisis.He also mentioned that transparency, humility and integrity are the core values that a leader should possess.

Dinakar A, MD, Saint Gobain Sekurit, provided interesting insights regarding the aspects related to ethical leadership. He discussed about how organizations should accustom themselves to look at the bigger picture in order to achieve their goals.

GSS Gopal Krishna, Country Head – Market Function, TCS iON, explained the changes undergone by traditional business model, where the organizations need to be agile while adapting to them. He discussed about how today’s youth should be proactive instead of being reactive.

Nitin Mittal, Director, Program Management & Agile Delivery, Western Union, expressed his views on the importance of customer centricity and meticulously communicated about building trust by knowing the consumers pain points and working on them accordingly.

Saurabh Kumar, CEO, GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo, gave his views on the challenges and constraints that the industries face. He elaborated on how the organizations need to upgrade their skills for having a strong connect with the consumers.

The second panel discussion on the topic ‘Challenging Paradigms of Work & Workplace’-Understanding the Organisational Perspectives, Track 1 was moderated by Prof. Anubha Dadhich, Asst. Professor, HRM & Organizational Behaviour, IIM Raipur.

Abhishek De, Director & Global Head of Talent Acquisition, Browser Stack, discussed remote working and remote onboarding of new employees, leading to changes in the perspective about work and workplace.

Ankush Arora, Sr. VP and Head HR, Grofers, emphasized on building the culture of the organization by proper utilisation of resources. He spoke about importance of initiatives taken by his organisation to build and enhance the workforce.

Anu Mathew, Chief People Officer, Pine Labs, mentioned that learning isn’t one size that fits all when it comes to settling in the post-covid era. She aptly explained how important it is to enjoy the learning process to gain a wonderful experience out of it.

Maneesha Jha Thakur, President HR, Emami, expressed her thoughts on business agility and adaptability and focused on the ways for tackling the challenges of the industry once the pandemic gets settled.

Track 2 discussion on ‘Challenging Paradigms of Work & Workplace’- Understanding the Employee Perspectives was moderated by Prof. Damini Saini, Asst. Professor, HRM & Organizational Behaviour, IIM Raipur.

Ashutosh Mishra, Director, Head of Corporate Sales, ANZ Bank, pressed on the necessity of employee health and well-being during the pandemic. He explained the initiatives to assure employee engagement & informal communication, which can lead to the effective functioning of the organization.

Sanjoy Shaw, HR Director, South Asia, Givaudan, stated that the coming challenges should be transformed into opportunities while ensuring employee safety at the same time. He also mentioned the qualities that a leader should imbibe from his surroundings in the corporate world.

Sujay Rachh, Executive Director, Leo Burnett, highlighted the fact that empathizing with others is one of the most important leadership attributes.
The last panel discussed on the topic – ‘Crisis Inspiring Innovation’- Dealing with Societal Challenges, Track 1 was moderated by Prof. Jagrook Dawra, Associate Professor, Marketing, IIM Raipur.

Bhuvana Subramanyan, Chief Marketing Officer, Randstad India, reiterated about the fraudulent practices prevailing in the markets for which the organizations should be prepared and take active measures to minimize these practices.

Deepak Chhabra, Managing Director, Tupperware India, gave his insights on digital and social selling. He stated the importance of consumer buying patterns, which can help organizations to take meaningful steps towards updating their services.

Sandeep Komarla, Senior Director Marketing, Viacom18 Media, provided his inputs on different strategies, used to target different audience as well as on the measures that can be taken to overcome challenges in content delivery post-covid.

Track 2 discussion on ‘Crisis Inspiring Innovation’-Preparing Organisation for Future, brought in perspectives on pertinent questions like the impact of crises on businesses, and steps undertaken to effectively manage such predicaments.

Saurabh Bajaj, Marketing Head, Britannia, initiated by giving his thoughts on re-skilling and reinvention by the companies during this pandemic and wisely take a step a step above and beyond.

Shantanu Shankar, Managing Director, HSBC Invest Direct Financial Services (India) Ltd, beautifully explained about the innovative ways to handle the crisis by the organizations and encouraged out of box thinking.

Vikas Choudhury, President, Reliance Jio, provided his thoughts on pivoting towards the digital way of life, where we as a nation have developed rapidly and has adopted this change very well.

The event is set to continue on 18th October, 2020 with many other esteemed industry leaders yet to light up the summit with their opinions and insights on the business world. The students will look forward to further assimilate these learning into their skill set and equip themselves better for the upcoming challenges in the industry

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