Executive Interaction Programme

Mr. G. V. Suresh

Topic : "Challenges in the current scenario in the HR perspective"

Guest Speaker : Mr. G. V. Suresh,
                           Head HR,

Batch : 2010

Date : 31-01-2009

Time : 9.45 AM to 11.30 AM

Venue : Lecture Hall 1

Mr. G. V. Suresh is currently Head HR, Interwoven. (300 million US Dollar MNC with products used by 50% of fortune 500 companies.

He was the former HR Head with Raffles and served as a HR manager at Birlasoft.

He is also associated with NGO's such as Myrada, Vimochana, and Action Aid in various capacities.

Mr. Suresh raised thoughts that provoked the audience to think "out of the box".  He rhetorically questioned whether India really has all the virtues to be called "a super power".

He pointed out that our country lacks political will and it is essential that we break away from superficial notions and stereotype attitudes.  In the light of the recent attack in Mumbai, it is very evident that India is not prepared to attain the status of a "super power nation".  Super power nation being one where utmost integrity, creativity, mutual trust prevails along with a sense of security and belongingness.

He lamented about the fact that inspite of being one of the fastest developing nations with a teeming population of over a billion, we have failed to provide basic infrastructure and amenities to the people, here he mentioned about having visited an exhibition (Pragathi Maidan, December 2007), organised by the WHO alongwith other NGOs.  The theme of the exhibition left him aghast, "TOILETS"!! considering the number of engineers who pass out every year we still need someone from another nation to provide us the know-how to build and maintain toilets.  Thus it shows that we lack the knack of paying attention to detailing and as professional we only walk on the beaten track.

He advised the audience to imbibe the true qualities of a leader and not look upon leadership as a mere title which is happening in the present scenario.  When the concepts of leadership truly take root within the minds of people, exceptional leaders would be born.  He also touched upon the controversial topic of recession and remarked that for people with a long term strategy this would not be a threat.

To conclude, he talked about three issues that gave us food for thought,

  • Personal health should always be given prime importance.
  • Try to get the access to as much information as possible.
  • Learn to differentiate always, good from bad.

It was a very interactive session and a fruitful one.