Late Narayan Meghaji Lokhande Maharashtra Institute of Labour Studies (LNML MILS), a name that is close to thousands of hearts in the HR Industry. The Institute commenced in July, 1947, just a month before India’s Independence. It is the first ever Labour Management Institute, one of it’s kind, which has been producing Human Relation pillars in the country. The Institute’s Alluminis, have not only reached the top levels but shaped the HR foundations in the country.
On 30th October, 2013, the Institute conducted the awaited Brochure Release function for the year 2013 – 14. On this eve, the Guests of Honor were Mr. Anil Gole (CHRO – Greaves Cotton), Mr. Shrikrishna Bhave (Director – HR Forbes Shapoorji and Pallonji) and Mr. Ulhas Deshpande (Management Consultant) and Dr. Rajan Tungare (Director, LNML MILS) who threw light on the topic of ”Changing Nature of HR Profession in The Current Scenario”. A student at this celebrated institute, I was delighted with the opportunity to be a part of the event. The speakers discussed the below mentioned points, which highlighted the ‘What Was, What Is and What Will Be’ of the HR profession.
As the world is going global, HR industry has seen a shift from an IR tripartite setting to a more bipartite arrangement. Earlier, pointed out by Mr. Shrikrishna Bhave, there existed solely the concept of IR. There were only Labour or Welfare officers. And this trend carried on for a long time. However, with the advent of Liberalization, the HR profession moved beyond the mere conception of negotiating with the employees. It was now about maintaining human relations in the organization. The HR professional’s role reinvented from IR Officer to a holistic HR professional. Those who revived themselves in such a transformation, sustained; those who chose otherwise, stuck to becoming IR specialist, limited in their knowledge, however.
ESCAPE VELOCITY AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS LEARNING
Mr. Ulhas Deshpande believes that today it becomes essential to understand the cultural difference and learn to adjust in the new setting. He relates it the concept of Escape Velocity. When a spaceship lifts itself up to reach the sky, it leaves with full force. Similarly, it is important to leave with full force to face any eventualities in case of getting the job done.
Acquiring knowledge is a must, mentioned Mr. Anil Gole. He said LNML MILS has a beautiful course structure where there are Internships at ESIC, BMC and so on. Efforts should be on developing skills.
Mr. Shrikrishna Bhave suggested each one to ask themselves the question, ‘Am I adding value to the Organization?” One component that can help add value in his/her organization is their openness towards learning. How willing is he/she to learn and look beyond their limitation!
Change is a constant factor. If there is anything that is not going to change, it is the fact that things will change. While change is constant, it is the rate of change that is not! At such fast changing times, what can help us is the ability to predict the future trends, the ability to develop a vision.
In his speech, Dr. Rajan Tungare highlighted that LNML MILS was once known as the Bombay Labour Institute whose foundation had been laid by Hon. Shri Gulzarilal Nandaji, the former interim Prime Minister of India. It was his vision to commence a Labour Institute that shall take care of the labour problems that he had anticipated then. Today we are an outcome of his excellent vision!
Presently, HR is getting in-line with the Business Strategy. The next step for HR Professionals is to understand the Business Strategy – the market, customers, and stakeholders. In such way, HR professionals can have an ‘Informed Conversation’ rather than a superficial one.
LEVEL 5 LEADERSHIP
The concept of Level 5 Leadership was created by business consultant, Jim Collins. He wrote about it in a 2001 Harvard Business Review article.
He found that leaders have humility, and they don’t seek success for their own glory; rather, success is necessary so that the team and organization can thrive. They share credit for success, and they’re the first to accept blame for mistakes. Collins also says that they’re often shy, but fearless when it comes to making decisions, especially ones that most other people consider risky.
Level 1: Highly Capable Individual
Possess knowledge and talent and skills needed to do a good job.
Level 2: Contributing Team Member
Work effectively, productively and successfully with other people in your group.
Level 3: Competent Manager
Organize a group effectively to achieve specific goals and objectives.
Level 4: Effective Leader
Stimulate a department or organization to meet performance objectives and achieve a vision.
Level 5: Great Leader
Abilities needed for the other four levels, plus the unique blend of humility and will that’s required for true greatness.
How to Become a Level 5 Leader
Ask for help.
Find the right people.
Lead with passion.
(For More Information – http://gsblive.uct.ac.za/instructor/usermedia/1650/Collins%202001_2.pdf)
HR COMPETENCY SURVEY 2012
(For More Information – http://rbl.net/index.php/hrcs/hrcs-home)
One should be able to Anticipate. It is a skill to understand what the CEO is trying to tell you or the Office colleague is trying to say. Emotional Intelligence is the key for today’s HR profession.
All in all, it is an honor to be a part of such a institute that has crafted the HR Industry of the country and training the present students to continue the legacy. Also, the Brochure was released – Kudos to the handworking Placement Committee Team 2013 – 14!
You can connect to LNML MILS through the following website – LinkedIn– http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=285636594&locale=en_US&trk=tyah2&trkInfo=tas%3Amils%20%2Cidx%3A1-1-1 FB – https://www.facebook.com/milsplacementcell 2013 -14 Batch Insight – http://www.mils.co.in/TextDiplay/Index/2 Maharashtra Government Website (Institute is an independent department under Maharashtra Labour Ministry) – http://www.mahashramm.gov.in/mils/index_mils.html