Very Often the Only Differentiator is Talent: Sailesh Menezes, Director HR, Hewlett Packard Enterprise India

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Read our interview with Sailesh Menezes, Director HR, Hewlett Packard Enterprise India for his insights on the role of culture in increasing workplace efficiency.

What are the steps you take as a leader to embrace innovative disruption?

Have an open mindset to change. Be aware that you can be a fossil in your field if you don’t adapt to this change. Enable your team to understand the technology and competitive landscape which is driving this disruption. Understand how you can fuel these disruptions and their economic models and the resultant impact of such a model. Look at early adopters within your team to run pilots and share the early wins with the team. Reward and reinforce such behaviors.

What are the strategies you employ to upskill your workforce?

Understand the technology and business landscape which is driving the need to upskill. Evaluate learning options available and leverage digital solutions to build baseline knowledge. Understand how you would bootstrap the process. Create a culture of experiential learning as an effective tool of upskilling. Use the momentum gained through that to drive results. Reward the behaviors.

How do you win at talent management? 

In most of the new age organizations today, the biggest and very often the only differentiator is talent and hence it is absolutely imperative to create a potent talent management strategy. It is not just about managing talent. It is all about creating the talent ecosystem that drives business outcomes. Talent management is the responsibility of every single manager in an organization and managers who are able to contribute effectively to this ecosystem needs to be suitably recognized and rewarded. That said, it is imperative for organizations to assess talent through the lens of business results. Organizations with great talent management capabilities usually become talent magnets.

What role do you think culture plays in increasing efficiency at work?

I personally believe that culture is the single most important factor in driving behaviors in an organization. While efficiency is very important, it is effectiveness that supports business outcomes in a more powerful way. It helps to define and guide leadership, engineer processes to build a culture of optimization and aligns employees’ towards a shared goal. It’s the unseen force behind making organizations successful.

What role do you think technology plays in talent management? How can technology bring about a change in the talent management lifecycle?

With the advent of analytics, advancements in monitoring and tracking tools and the social media, technology can be effectively used to assess potential and also monitor performance which in turn can be used in talent management. There are a number of advanced tools available in the market which are predictive. Integrating all these can help one build a very effective talent management system.

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