Tapmi played host to Mr. Bhuvaneswar Naik, Global Head Career and Talent Management from SAP who was present to deliver the CXO leadership lecture. From the word go, Mr.Bhuvaneswar Naik had high energy levels and seamlessly connected to the students. The speaker won over the audience by speaking about the local culture and adding humour to draw in everyone’s attention.

The topic of the lecture was “Leading between the fences”. It spoke of leading in times of turbulence, uncertainty and insecurity. Mr. Naik told the story of how SAP was able to succeed despite facing some tough times.

The speaker spoke candidly about issues that bothered the organization and how by sticking to certain core principles, they were able to tide over the difficult times. He shared with the students the ten principles, if adhered to, will not only benefit organizations but also be useful for us in our individual capacities.

The ten principles were as follows:

What is your mission?
Every organization as well as every individual should be clear of the mission to be accomplished which acts as a compass to give one a sense of direction

Turning Anger into Strength
Anger when used in the wrong way leads to havoc, but when is channelized positively can be a source of great strength

Surround yourself with positive people
Optimism, and pessimism are both contagious

Ensure Air- Cover
The top management should trust your decisions. In other words, build credibility

Culture of Transparency
Create a culture of openness

Engagement and happiness of employees are two different things
Engaging employees is pivotal to organizational success

Create a sense of loyalty
Loyalty to the team, to the company and to the superiors and subordinates

Removing bottlenecks
Bottlenecks stop you from achieving the desired potential. It is something that is holding you back from being the best you can be. So it’s essential to first identify them. Once identified, it is important to eliminate them

Need to Act
The noblest of all intentions would mean nothing if there is no effort to act on it. It is important to act and act fast or risk losing to competition

Believe in Human Spirit
At the end of the day, organizations are run by people. So the belief in the human spirit should never wane.

The lecture ended with some interesting questions posed by the students to Mr. Naik. The students had a very good learning experience, thanks to the speaker.

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