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Vol 02 | Issue 01 | April 2020

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Test of resilient leadership

The terminology VUCA has come alive. These are unprecedented times when the entire globe, every country, industry, society and an individual has impacted in some form or the other by the novel coronavirus or the covid-19 pandemic.

The situation that Covid-19 has presented to us is the most uncertain that cannot be brought under any other disaster plan management. Yes, it is novel in that sense too. Calamities like earthquake, fire, flooding have an eventual finale, however a pandemic effects business operations from all ends and the end is unforeseen. Therefore, there cannot be a structured recovery plan.

Business dynamics changed almost overnight. Business continuity planning, competency mapping, workforce planning (read work from home), leadership, learning, development are words that are doing the rounds in every corporates' virtual rooms. There has been a transformation in working patterns with companies building on their existing IT infrastructure such as official chat rooms, collaboration tools and ERP models to keep corporate operations on track. Employers are scouting for skillsets internally to execute new age technologies as well as are seen upbeat about upskilling their existing talent strength.

One of the sought after characteristics post this crucible of sorts will be Resilience. Today is the test of Resilient Leadership. Covid-19 has demanded people to work from home and the quantum of losses across industries is yet to surface.

Corporate India is all set with expectations and hopes as it adapts to the innovative and flexible ways of working and collaborating. The drastic change has been favourable to the millennials, a digital workforce that is flexible, enabled with AI-driven devices and apps that talk to each other.

Alongside the rapid business landscape, leaders must show courage and agility in responses to the global challenges. Resilience leaders will inspire, offer opportunities to develop leaders within organizations and harness energies of their employees. Optimism spread by the leader will help employees and business tide over the scenario.

History has given us much evidence in the form of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Reed Hastings, in fact all successful entrepreneurs have displayed resilience coupled with tenacity and grit to get through tough times. Not that these leaders did not experience failures in their lives, but they looked to the long-term solutions and were determined to go beyond obstacles to challenge the failures and turn them to successes.

The Covid-19 is an opportunity to have a big picture thinking, to be responsive and not reactive, and be believers of the processes!

UMASANKER KANDASWAMY

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Movements

Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan,

will be stepping down as CEO and Director of the company with effect from 5th April 2020 and will be replaced by Sunil Duggal, current head of Vedanta unit Hindustan Zinc Ltd.

Rajiee M Shinde,

Chief Executive Officer of IN10 Media's 24X7 youth music channel ShowBox, has decided to leave the network in the coming months.

Bill Gates,

will be stepping down to focus more on philanthropic works related to global health, education and climate change.

Eileen Naughton,

Vice President of People Operations, Google is stepping down after 14 years with the company.

Aadil Bandukwala,

Belong's Chief Evangelist & Vice President Marketing moves to Hacker Rank as their APAC Director of Field Marketing.

Manisha Lath Gupta,

has resigned from the position of head of marketing from Uber India.

Donna Morris,

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) will be leaving Adobe to pursue another opportunity.

Jayesh Sanghrajka,

has been retained by Infosys by adding responsibilities to his role that include driving the company's merger and acquisition strategy, after he resigned in October 2019.

Anita Nayyar,

CEO of Havas Media India and Southeast (SEA) Asia, is moving on from the agency to pursue other interests.

Sonal Dabral,

Chief Creative Officer South & South East Asia and Vice-Chairman of its creative agency, Ogilvy, India, has resigned from his role and will be exploring various options in content and content creation.

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