Unconference: Chapter #7

If we could summarize Unconference #7 in one word, we would say ‘wow’!

It was such a fantastic and super-charged Collaborative and Informal Peer learning experience.

May 27th was the day when we had another set of HR and Business leaders come together, brain-storm and learn on the topic of Digitisation of HR.

For our Unconferences, we invite Business and HR Leaders from across organizations and industries to discuss relevant topics pertaining to People Development in an Organization. We also have Pace Setters to set the pace for the discussion and invite responses.

Amit Avasthi

Mr Amit Avasthi, Associate Director HR at HCL Technologies, was the Pace Setter who literally overwhelmed us with not only his knowledge but also his cutting-edge HR Practices at HCL. Moreover, as the perfect Pace Setter, he also encouraged participation for best-practices and questions. He primarily spoke about the Digital HR practices at HCL in the areas of Employee Experiences, Adaptive Career Paths, ELearning Platforms and HR Life-cycle.

Mr Navdeep Thandi, AVP HR at HDFC, too talked about Technology Enabled Business Transformation (TEBT) project at HDFC where they are digitizing every task. He also mentioned MConnect, an internal site at HDFC, where they provide online support to employees anywhere in the world.

Agniwesh Thakur

Mr Agniwesh Thakur, Associate Manager at Accenture, spoke about the ‘IAspire’ project, amongst many others, to monitor consistency of performance.

Ms Ruchika Mehra, Principal Consultant at Collaborative Climate, spoke about need to have digital recruitment practices. And the kind of Digital HR practices that she has observed while she interned at Sweden.

Ms. Sandhya Jindal, AM Talent Management at Integreon, shared the opportunities and challenges that lie with online recruitment practices.

Reflectiions

Mr Jaspreet Dhingra, Director at Outgrowth Consulting, and Mr Ajay Bhatia, Ex-HR Head at Innodata, contributed much to support the need for online hiring practices.

Ms Shilpa Dhingra, AVP Finance at Genpact, shared how she’s seen robots take over the operational jobs and the kind of digital frame-works they are designing in the Finance industry.

We also spoke much about the need for Digitizing HR and People Development. For example:

Mr. RR Sinha, Chief GM at PEC and Mr. N Suresh, Sr GM HR at Lanco, shared their perspectives on how they have seen HR getting digitized over the years and the best practices adopted in their organizations. This really helped us build a great context to the need to add structure to the Digital Revolution in HR.

To this Ritu Mahajan, Principal Consultant at Collaborative Climate, added that we can’t eliminate personal touch and which is why this Unconference too!

Dr Rupinder Kaur, Founder & Partner at Collaborative Climate, reflected here that we need to be more experimental in nature in the world of Human Development and that how western countries insist on innovation.

Ms Priyanka Dutta, Manager HR at Soul Tree, commented that it’s very important to consider ‘what we want to achieve’ when we get into digitizing HR.

Ms Shweta Sharma, Founder & Partner at Collaborative Climate, shared the different areas HR can be digitized on, such as Growth & Learning, KRA Monitoring, Team and Work Culture etc.

All

Quick Feedback Quotes:

Mr Sinha: This is a great initiative.

Mr Suresh: I totally un-winded and really fortunate to have attended this forum.

Mr Avasthi: It was a fantastic experience.

Ms Jindal: Am so glad that I came here.

The Unconferences that we host are a medium to facilitate collaborative and informal peer learning; and we don’t charge our guests for that! These are small group (up to 10 participants at a time) and informal get-togethers. We genuinely want real and meaty discussions to happen so everybody gets to take back their share of authentic learning.

Look forward to more in this space and if you would like to be invited for an Unconference, please write to us at contact@collaborativeclimate.com

Collaborative Listening in Digital World

Listen Digitally

There is a new category of consumers: Citizens and Employees, who are digitally, globally and constantly connected. They are networked and highly digitally-social!

Despite this, research shows that at least 80% of the employees are not truly committed to their companies.

They are connected, but not committed!

Many factors influence this such as: leadership, company reputation, working conditions, challenges at work, reward and recognition programs.

And here, it’s interesting to consider the ‘Attention Principle’:

the quality of a company’s relations with its customers is equal to the quality of relations of the company with its employees.

And when we talk about ‘quality of relations’, it’s ‘quality of listening’ on our minds!!

Remember, more than 50% of the information comes from around the coffee machines, lunch-desks and cigarette breaks? At these times, people are more relaxed, open and maybe even Collaborative in Spirit!

It’s for a leader and the HR/Talent Development/L&D professionals to capitalize on such times or develop such zones of comfort and relaxation in the digital world too.

Here are some thoughts to develop Collaborative Listening in the Digitally ‘Connected’ World:

  • Amongst Peers – Constantly look for ways to establish Sense of Belongingness and Acknowledgement
  • Leader to Team-members – Find out what motivates and inspires your team
  • Team-members to Leaders – Try to discover the aspirations of your leader and how it’s aligned with Organizational and Divisional Aspiration

Collaborative Climate and Spirit is not only the need of our times but also the future of progressive organizations.

So go Digital sure, go Collaborative too!!

 

Regards

Rupinder Kaur

OD Expert

Founder & Partner – Collaborative Climate

 

Unconference: Chapter #6

Getting together is great but getting together and learning together is just so much greater!!

Our 6th Unconference was held on April 29th 2016 and as always, it was just full of experience-sharing with real discussions on the table.

For our Unconferences, we invite Business and HR Leaders from across organizations and industries to discuss topics pertaining to People Development in an Organization. We also have Pace Setters to set the pace for the discussion and to invite responses.

‘Setting and Aligning Org Culture’ was the topic of discussion in this Unconference #6. And we all had just too much learning and notes to take back!! Here’s an excerpt:

Mr. Balkishan Sharma, North Head HR at Fortis Healthcare, was Pace Setter #1 and he began by asking ‘Why Culture is required in an organization?’ and led to the ‘The Role Culture plays during Mergers & Acquisitions’. It was great learning through the different case-studies he shared.

Mr Sharma

Mr. Mayuk Dasgupta, COO at Tech Mahindra Growth Factories, who’s doing his doctoral research on ‘Influence of Organizational Culture on Employee Performance’ was Pace Setter #2 and he enchanted us with so many insights about ‘Evolution of Culture’, ‘Org Culture and Value Systems’, ‘Culture Vs. Climate’ etc.

Mr Dasgupta

Mr. Santosh Rai, Product Leader at Tech Mahindra, reflected on ‘standardization’ and how it impacts culture.

Ms. Rati Diwan, GM-HR at Max Bhupa, made a great remark that “we don’t want people to be working like machines” when all of us talked about need to standardize and establish cultural-norms.

Major Avtar Singh, Security Leader at Concentrix, reasoned how and why people stick to an organization despite disliking that organization’s culture!

Dr Rupinder Kaur, Founder & Partner at Collaborative Climate, talked about the ways culture can develop core competence and how both go hand-in-hand.

Ms. Arpita Kuila, HR Head at NEC, talked about the different kinds of cultures that exist in different organizations.

Ms. Shweta Sharma, Founder & Partner at Collaborative Climate, reflected whether culture is truly just a top-to-bottom flow or whether it can also flow in reverse.

Mr. Stefan Gebert, Principal Consultant at Collaborative Climate, fascinated us with his cards of Human Needs and the need to develop a ‘culture of understanding each other’s needs’. He elaborated that how we look at each other’s differences instead of connects during times of conflicts and how this affects an organization’s culture.

Mr Gebert

Quick Feedback Quotes:

Mr. Sharma: Had a great experience!

Mr. Singh:  It was a great learning experience for me outside my professional domain in a long time.

Mr. Rai: It was too good.

Unconference #6

The Unconferences that we host are a medium to facilitate informal and peer learning; and we don’t charge our guests for that! These are small group (up to 10 participants at a time) and informal get-togethers. We genuinely want real and meaty discussions to happen so everybody gets to take back their share of authentic learning.

Look forward to more in this space and if you would like to be invited for an Unconference, please write to us at contact@collaborativeclimate.com.