Have you ever imagined that “Alice in wonderland” could teach us the most important lessons in life? If you have not, you should meet Ms. Usha Subramaniam. A one hour discussion with her can actually encourage you to question yourself about the decisions you make in life.
Ms. Usha Subramaniam is the Chief People Officer at Grundfos Pumps India Pvt. Ltd. She leads the People & Strategy function for Grundfos in the Indian subcontinent. Her key responsibilities include strategy, process implementation and delivery responsibility in the areas of Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Talent Development, Leadership Development and Organizational Capability Building.
I find it remarkable that she still lectures with such high energy and a great sense of humor although she has twenty years of experience in people management (which can be mentally exhausting).
To hold the attention of the audience is quite a challenging task. This is a skill not many possess these days. During Ms. Usha’s session I noticed that even the most restless person in class (me) was fixed to the chair and eager to listen to what she had to say. I learnt that we have to know our strengths but we should know our weaknesses better. I also understood how effective communicators make people listen and not just hear. With Ms. Usha this was more of a practical lesson than a theoretical perspective .
Although the topic of us being the “quick fix” generation raised a healthy debate in the le
cture hall, it was taken positively by the students. Not only did Ms. Usha highlight the shortcomings of today’s generation, she also gave us remedies like hard work, honesty, self-discipline and gave us solutions on how to fix it. The Stalwart in HR also explained to us about the importance of having a dream. We realized that without having a dream it is difficult or impossible to obtain success.
One can only get inspired by such a strong individual as our guest speaker. On the topic of social pressure, she was very clear that one should never lose his/her individuality. She strongly believed that one can still be successful without being in the “rat-race”. Hearing this from such a successful person with enormous knowledge in people management, one can only be encouraged to be strong and clear in the decisions they make.
I would like to conclude saying that I agree with the term “Experience speaks”. Some of the things you learn here will change your DNA and enable you to think positively and ethically.
Finally coming back to “Alice in wonderland”, Alice asks the rabbit where the burrow leads to, the rabbit asks her where she wanted to go, Alice replies saying that she did not know….. The rabbit then says then if you don’t know where to go… It doesn’t matter where the burrow leads to. After this short story I was sure that everyone sitting in that room realized how important it is to have a clear vision and the know how to achieve it.
We thank Ms. Usha Subramaniam for this wake up call and we from Chennai Business School hope to meet her often.
– Arjun Bargav, Summer Batch 2015-16
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