Skilling For The Digital Future: Anant Maheshwari Shares The Know Hows

Anant Maheshwari at AIMA’s LeaderSpeak Session.

Anant Maheshwari at AIMA’s LeaderSpeak Session.

Much can be talked about digital skilling, but “it starts with each one of us”. Each one of us has to think through what we need to do to be a part of the digital transformation. We need to have a growth mindset when embarking on a continuous learning journey, said Mr. Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt Ltd at AIMA’s LeaderSpeak Session.

While digital has become the preferred way to operate even after the opening of the economy post-pandemic. This makes it necessary for everyone to have the skills to do most of their work remotely. However, the bulk of the workforce has limited access to or knowledge of digital know-how, so there’s a pressing need for digital skilling.

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Leading With Purpose: Rishad Premji Tells How

Rishad Premji at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

Rishad Premji at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

Mr. Rishad Premji, Executive Chairman, Wipro Limited spoke about the factors leaders must identify to find a meaningful purpose to ensure business legitimacy and longevity. He also spoke about how companies should keep the “mental health of employees” foremost, besides stressing women having an equal representation in the workforce at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

The 9th Session of AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention focused on the factors leaders must identify to find a meaningful purpose to ensure business legitimacy and longevity. Mr. Rishad Premji, Executive Chairman, Wipro Limited was rightly qualified to deliberate the Session.

He began the Session by talking about his career path in Wipro after having worked overseas in a few companies. His journey and narrative itself became the subject of the Session- “Leading with Purpose”. He mentioned that he had a proper induction before starting his role as an Executive Chairman of the company. Explaining further about being involved with Wipro, he said that “it happened organically” and added further he said he was more active in the Company Operations.

He had a clear mandate and his goals were sorted. He was reviewed and got Appraisals too. However, his main objective as an Executive Chairman was to enable the CEO. Embarking on the path of leadership, Mr. Rishad Premji was mostly involved with three different things:

  • He spent a lot of time with customers
  • He spent a lot of time with the Board of Directors
  • He spent a lot of time with Wipro employees

From each group of people, he had a lot to learn and the takeaways only aided him to implement his future undertakings. That is what instigated him to play a pivotal role in restructuring the company’s culture. “Culture is the smell of the organisation”, he said. It is the driving factor for the company to operate on. While keeping the essence of the company, he made many changes in the culture.

The 5 things that he most advocated to be an effective leader-building culture, were-

  • Being respectful
  • Being responsive
  • Facilitating communication
  • Demonstrating stewardship
  • Building trust among the employees

Besides, the in-house Sessions on building culture were very helpful in building the company’s culture.

So, how on a scale of such diversity and mammoths, could a common culture be built? Mr. Rishad Premji’s strategy was also to connect with people and exchange stories. He also said that there should be a philanthropic side to a company. For example, in Wipro’s case, a good percent of the company’s capital goes to social causes and dedicated foundations. All these are recipes that can actually conjure up the identity of a company, which further helps in building its culture.

Mr. Rishad Premji stated that the personal effort of the company owner and the effort of the shareholders plays a vital role in building the company’s name. He said that people come from overseas for the cost but stay for the quality if the company can offer.  And all of these are a part of “leading with a purpose”. The idea is to become change-makers in society that others can take a cue from, to follow. He added that organizations are not just beings but living beings with a purpose and many responsibilities towards the community we live in.

Lastly, he said that earlier, diversity and inclusivity used to be the last clauses in companies. However, now these are sorted out first for the company to be operated on. He spoke about how companies should also keep the “mental health of employees” foremost while strategising for their growth. He also stressed the workforce being diverse with women having equal representation.

Watch the full Session- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r68lQ44l4Lw

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Road to Transformation: Nitin Gadkari On Building a Fast and Green Economy

Hon’ble Minister, Nitin Gadkari, at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

Hon’ble Minister, Nitin Gadkari, at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

The government is facilitating green technology for India to be a responsible leader for a safe environment in the global community. E-Highways, electric buses and E-scooters are already operational in a bid to transition into a “green India” said Hon’ble Minister, Nitin Gadkari, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

Hon’ble Minister, Nitin Gadkari, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India delivered the Keynote Address in the 3rd Session of AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention on the theme- ‘Road to Transformation: Building a Fast and Green Economy’ and here are some of the valuable things he had to say.

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Leading Women: Vanitha Narayanan Tells How To Take Gender Out Of The Game

Vanitha Narayanan, Senior Global Executive & Board Leader at AIMA Aspire’s WomenSpeak

Vanitha Narayanan, Senior Global Executive & Board Leader at AIMA Aspire’s WomenSpeak

The whole concept of a woman taking up official/leadership roles should not be overhyped, but there should be a neutral approach to gender equality, said Ms. Vanitha Narayanan, Senior Global Executive & Board Leader at AIMA Aspire’s WomenSpeak.

AIMA Aspire had organised its 2nd WomenSpeak Session on the theme- ‘Leading Women: Taking Gender Out of The Game’. Former Chairperson of IBM India, who played a critical role in enabling the company’s global missions and evangelising its brand and solutions, a pioneer of many causes having worked with a male bastion of the Tech Industry and yet invariably standing out, Ms. Vanitha Narayanan, Senior Global Executive & Board Leader rightly qualified to deliberate the Session on- ‘Leading Women: Taking Gender Out of The Game’.

Ms. Vanitha Narayanan firstly chronicled her professional journey. She said that having taken Liberal Arts as her subject of specialisation, to be in the Tech Industry was something she had not anticipated. However, when she did take on the role, it occurred to her that leadership should be “gender agnostic and not gender-specific”. Like any other professional, she had her share of challenges as a woman, but she devised a way to not only come out of them but learn something to take it forward in her career life.

Ms. Vanitha Narayanan also said that when a woman joins an organisation in a leading role, she should not be referred to as a “woman leader” but just as a leader, besides adding that “you’re either a good leader or a bad leader”, leadership has nothing to do with being a male or female.

The theme of the Session was made more meaningful when she shared an analogy about the criteria for a monarch. The attributes in the list criteria included; authentic, resilient, committed, loyal, flexible and more. And none of these attributes are “gender specific” she further mentioned. At the time of the coronation of the Late Queen Elizabeth II, “gender was totally overlooked” and the focus was on the role’s adaptability and essaying the role. And that is what the approach of the companies should be, she said.

Also broaching the subject of reservation or quotas, she was of the view that the whole system of quotas is an unfair setup, as in the process talents could be lost. It could also indirectly be setting up someone for failing to perform if they are appointed through a quota and not through an official process of hiring. Companies should specifically hire resources on the basis of talent and skill, she affirmed.

Lastly, she said that “where you come from doesn’t define where you end up” emphasising the importance of hard work. Reiterating the point that she had started her deliberation on, she said that roles/leadership should be “gender agnostic”. The whole concept of a woman taking up official roles should not be overhyped as “she is being appointed on the basis of talent and not because she is a woman”. A neutral approach to gender is what she advocated.

Watch the full Session- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY3iXfGGHZU

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Ease of governance will optimise the business ecosystem: Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar

Hon’ble Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankhar at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention

Hon’ble Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankhar at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention

Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, Hon’ble Vice President of India assured industry leaders that he would help deliver Ease of Governance to enable a growth-oriented ecosystem that would allow the Indian industry to grow geometrically at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention was opened with the Inaugural Address by Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, Hon’ble Vice President of India, and this is how his Address went.

Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar started by saying that it is “soothing” to note that business leaders, academicians and administrators are playing a critical role in shaping India’s incremental trajectory in all facets, in very challenging times.

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India Thriving in the New World Order: Jyotiraditya M Scindia tells how

Hon’ble Minister, Jyotiraditya M Scindia, at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

Hon’ble Minister, Jyotiraditya M Scindia, at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

India is unfazed by the global challenges and progressing tremendously on its own accord, in the New World Order, said Hon’ble Minister, Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Ministry of Civil Aviation; Steel Government of India at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

With the reordering of the international and national landscape underway, India needs to figure out ways to adapt to the circumstance. While India’s leadership is realigning its attitudes and actions now, India is emerging as a sought-after destination with its; good governance, high-quality infrastructure and strong regulatory framework. Hon’ble Minister, Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Ministry of Civil Aviation; Steel Government of India spoke about what India is doing to adapt to the changing world at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

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India’s Changing Role in G20: Amitabh Kant Explains

Amitabh Kant at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

Amitabh Kant  addressing at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention

India has to push the narrative of the growth model during its presidency as it will be challenging leading G20 next year due to the geopolitical wrangling, Russia-Ukraine war, weakened economics and post-pandemic effects, said Mr. Amitabh Kant, India’s Sherpa for the G20 explained what role can India assume in a fractious G20at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

While India has been a key member of the G20 elite group since the trans-Atlantic financial crisis, India’s importance to global order has never been felt more strongly than during the recent crises of covid and the US-Russia standoff over Ukraine. Given India’s geographic and economic heft, the scope, direction and effectiveness of G20 (Group of Twenty) rely on India’s consent and leadership.

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What It Takes to Win in Leadership Post Covid: Naina Lal Kidwai

Ms. Naina Lal Kidwai,  addressing the Inaugural Session of AIMA Aspire’s #WomenSpeak

Ms. Naina Lal Kidwai, addressing the Inaugural Session of AIMA Aspire’s #WomenSpeak

The mindset of leaders post-Covid should be to be able to live with uncertainty yet aspire for growth, said Ms. Naina Lal Kidwai, Additional Director & Senior Advisor, Rothschild India the Inaugural Session of AIMA Aspire’s #WomenSpeak.

AIMA had organised the Inaugural Session of #WomenSpeak, which is a part of AIMA’s new initiative, ‘AIMA Aspire’, a special Women’s Council. The theme of the Session was- ‘Leadership In A Post Covid World: What It Takes To Win’. Ms. Naina Lal Kidwai, Additional Director & Senior Advisor, Rothschild India rightfully deliberated the Session.

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Life Lessons, Learnings And Professional Journey: Shereen Bhan Shares It All

Shereen Bhan addressing at AIMA's ‘Shaping Young Minds Programme’.

Shereen Bhan addressing at AIMA’s ‘Shaping Young Minds Programme’.

Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC-TV18 shared her life lessons, learnings and professional journey of becoming a top-notch media professional and how young professionals can achieve similar success in whichever industry they choose at AIMA’s ‘Shaping Young Minds Programme’.

One of the most respected News Hosts and Anchors, and one who has always stayed on top of the game through sheer application and constant reinvention of oneself and the field of journalism, Ms. Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC-TV18 has been hosting CNBC- TV 18’s ‘Indian Business Hour’ for more than a decade and the long-running show ‘Young Turks’ continues to draw large audiences even till today.

She has interviewed some of the top leaders of the world from all walks of life and has won multiple awards for her contribution to the field of journalism. She shared her professional journey, life lessons and her professional journey with young professionals and management students particularly at AIMA’s ‘Shaping Young Minds Programme’.

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Strengthening Leadership: Vinita Bali tells how

Ms. Vinita Bali , Independent Director on Global Boards and Former Managing Director, Britannia at AIMA’s 59th LeaderSpeak Session

Ms. Vinita Bali addressing at AIMA’s 59th LeaderSpeak Session

Leadership is about “how you behave” and has nothing to do with where you are in the hierarchy irrespective of the sector you are in, said Ms. Vinita Bali, Independent Director on Global Boards and Former Managing Director, Britannia at AIMA’s 59th #LeaderSpeak Session. 

Leadership has come under sharp focus in recent years, especially due to the severe disruption caused by the Covid pandemic and other uncertainties. Leadership now has added responsibilities due to the added challenges of keeping up with technology, digitising business models, finding the right talent and much more. 

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