Corporate olympic runners strive for excellence the ethical way

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New Delhi, Jan 12 (UNI) Tata's ambitious bid for steel maker Corus and launching of its people's car 'Tata Nano' has proved that only leaders and excellence seekers can make successful institutions.

The two P's-- Passion and Perseverance, the ability to listen to unheard voices in and around, and ethical moves were stalwarts of success for the runners of ''corporate olympics'', industry experts believe.

Discussing the various facets of achieving excellence in Human Resources, Birla Institute of Management Technology organised ''The India HR Summit 2008'' in the city today.

Criticising Americans for being the most ''ignorant lot'' in Human Resource and Management, Guest of honour, Pritam Singh of MDI talked about Indians having a holistic bent of mind.

Excellence was with ethics and action, he explained quoting Swami Vivekananda as saying, ''Thought without action does not hold any value.'' Talking about the present competitive world, IBM Executive Director Aquil Busrai said the role of HR had changed from being a mere service provider to an influential business partner.

''We are tuned to one wife, one house, one job but things are changing now with people throwing the rule book out,'' he quipped.

Earlier, HR was just a box in a firm, but the present need was to deliver value to the organisation, he said.

The practictioners talked about the need for HR people to understand business, have a detailed knowledge of the market forces and the ability and willingness to connect decision-making bodies with the grassroots level.

Monica Mudgal of Max New York life said it was important for HR department to transform itself from a protector and to a planner and change agent. An HR personnel did not only have a job of recruitment but was also responsible for talent acquisition.

'' Today's organisations need radical innovators, who know how to leap-frog established thinking to grow markets without losing sight of the values that built a business in the first place,'' Aditya Birla Management corporation Director Santrupt B Mishra said.

The summit brought out key aspects on how to keep high performers motivated and making them more productive. The need to hire and integrate the talent of different skills suiting the organisation was also highlighted.

''The role of manager was similar to a conductor of an orchestra, where different kind of talents and instruments integrate with perfect harmony to create melodious music,'' experts said.

Similarly, the future of HR contained hybrid roles of action, goal and vision compiled together, they noted.

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