06 July 2018
Some of the things I enjoy being a Management Consultant are wide ranges of networking prospects, traveling across globe and opportunities to work across industries on a broad range of HR projects. In past one and a half years, I have been working with Automobile, Engineering, Financial Services, Entertainment, Information Technology, Distillery, and Beverages, and Auto Component Industries on projects such as Leadership Development, HR Automation, HR Systems Analysis, HR Processes Reengineering, Manager Development, Compensation and Benefits Analysis. In the month of November 2016, I was commissioned by the CEO of a leading player in the auto-component industry in Pune, a 215 million USD organization with 1,728 white-collar employees in three plants across India, to help them refine their manpower hiring processes with an astute focus on preparing the organization against ongoing talent shortage, which, according to them, had been affecting their expansion plans in India. At that point in time, my client had more than 65 open positions; some of which were open for over 180 days. Around the same time, Manpower Group, a leading global recruitment company, came up with its annual talent shortage survey results, announcing “40% of Global Employers Report Talent Shortages”. In this article, I will be sharing an overview of my diagnosis study with the client and the proposed project plan.
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Before visiting their corporate office, for a meeting with the leadership team, including Vice President HR and AVP Talent Acquisition, I had few rounds of telephonic and offsite discussions with the CEO. To summarize his requirements regarding manpower requirement: he needed a ready pool of talented people, willing to take up challenging assignments at any given point in time, at any work site, positively motivated, working towards the requirement of clients with utmost sincerity and accountability, always meeting the threshold of On-time Delivery (OTD) and in the process of doing so add value to organizational growth and help us in creating a positive brand. To him, the educational and socio-economic background, gender, religion, physical appearance, and industry background of the candidate was irrelevant. He also said, “However, whenever I discuss a new project with my teams or asks reasons for the delay in project execution or below acceptable OTD, I am often given reasons of a shortage of manpower”. My problem diagnose meeting with leadership team, which begun at 10 AM, within one hour of its start, turned into a blame game meeting, with functional heads blaming HR for their failure to source and attract good talent from the market; HR team was blaming external forces such as talent shortage in the market, poor education system overall, impractical expectations of candidates and poor work ethics of Millennial generation. Some of the key pain areas highlighted by leadership team were as follows:
A discussion with HR and Talent Acquisition Team brought forward following points –
As we came to an end of our Day-1 of discussion, I asked the AVP – Talent Acquisition to schedule a meeting with THREE of their active Recruitment Partners. 60% of manpower requirements of the organization are filled through recruitment consultancies. Next day in my meeting with recruitment consultants following points was shared –
By the end of first round of discussion I fondly began to remember the story of an Elephant and FOUR blind men.
Once upon a time, there lived FOUR blind men in a village. One day the villagers told them, "Hey, there is an elephant in the village today”. They had no idea what an elephant was. They decided, "Even though we would not be able to see it, let us go and feel it anyway." All of them went where the elephant was. Each one of them touched the elephant.
"Hey, the elephant is a pillar," said the 1st man who touched his leg.
"No! It is like a thick branch of a tree," said the 2nd man who touched the trunk of the elephant.
"It is like a big hand fan," said the 3rd man who touched the ear of the elephant.
"It is like a huge wall," said the 4th man who touched the belly of the elephant.
They began to argue about the elephant and everyone of them insisted that he was right. A wise man was passing by. He stopped and asked them, "What is the matter?" They said, "We cannot agree to what the elephant is like." Each one of them told what he thought the elephant was like. The wise man calmly explained to them, "All of you are right. The reason each one of you is telling it differently is because each one of you touched the different part of the elephant. So, actually, the elephant has all those features what you all said."
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With multiple successes achieved through driving commercially embedded HR strategy and programs across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, USA, and Hong Kong, Sanjeev Himachali, Talent Strategist & Management Consultant exhibits over a decade and a half years of progressive, leadership experience and core competencies in talent acquisition, management, and development, HR program management, compensation & benefits management, and staff engagements. In January 2015 he launched Ecliptic HR Solutions to provide strategic human resource and talent management consulting across BFSI, Manufacturing, Automobile, IT & ITES, Telecom, Retail, and FMCG sectors.
As a Talent Strategist, Sanjeev partners with organization’s hiring managers to find, select, and hire top talent which exemplifies firm’s values and provides a foundation for organization’s future growth. Sanjeev is adept at expediting change management through leadership, differentiated talent models, attracting and developing the best talent, and building a culture of engagement, agility, and innovation. He has proved to be a trusted advisor to organizational leadership in initiating human capital management strategies and aligning HR best practices and processes with organizational objectives.
As a Management Consultant, Sanjeev is credited with pioneering best practice HR systems and processes for clients that brought a new era of employer brand visibility and saw the company’s HR systems heralded among the industry best. Sanjeev has championed psychometric assessment DISC and Thomas Profiling, and developed Managerial Competency Framework for clients, while simultaneously deploying succession planning strategies for high profile roles in organizations. He is highly experienced in the organizational diagnosis and the design and facilitation of events and staff development activities including executive coaching. Sanjeev has earned his MBA in HR and is certified in MBTI, PPA & Extended DISC Practice, and Green Belt Lean Six Sigma.
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