Industry leaders pitch for ‘investing in people to grow business’

Industry stalwarts have raised a pitch for investing in developing people rather than resorting to business development. Senior leaders from the industry put forth this point at Carpe Diem 2012, a bi-annual meet organised by Pragati Leadership, a consulting firm.

Moderated by Arun Wakhlu, founder and executive chairman, Pragati leadership, panelists comprising innovative thought leaders from different industries like Ganesh Natarajan, vice-chairman and CEO of Zensar Technologies, Bindu Vinodhan, global head of Learning and Development for WNS Global Services, Rustom Vesavevala, vice-president of Learning and Development function at Indian Hotels Co Ltd and Pradeep Bhargava, MD at Cummins Generator Technologies India Ltd, debated on "Forget business development. Invest in developing people who can grow your business".

"The idea behind organising the meet is to bring together the best minds of the industry and arrive at solutions that improve the overall well-being of business; most importantly put the spotlight firmly back where it belongs - on people . Happy people create happy and economically healthy organisations - it really is as simple as that," said Wakhlu.

"I go by the principles of openness, trust, love and informality in running an organisation. Young people are full of passion, have great ideas and should be given own space to grow and excel," said Natrajan.

People, said Bhagarva, are the most important resource in an organisation. "They cannot be bought like the rest of assets which run an organisation. Usually organisations tend to treat people as fixed asset rather than current asset, which needs to change," he said.

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