KB 51 Capability Building

a human resource newsletter

issue no 51 | october 2012

continued from previous page | CORPORATE GURU – UNLEASHING CAPABILITIES : Raja Kochar

2. In this ever-changing, fast-paced world of dynamic business and economy, how important is the role of a guru in the corporate environment? Corporate gurus are critical sounding boards for overall direction and instrumental in mentoring,

4. Have you had a guru who has been instrumental in shaping your success?What would you like to say about him/her? I have had the privilege of working with some of the best known leaders in the industry, who are well-recognized as corporate gurus as

well. As a management consultant for most of my career, I participated in many sessions with professional gurus and corporate leaders and the lessons learnt through those interactions have been invaluable. Honing my leadership style, managerial courage and interpersonal savvy were key developmental areas. Values including trust and integrity are paramount and continue to guide and drive my decisions. 5. What would you like to say to the young professionals who look at you as their corporate guru? Achieving success and results is certainly important but how those

coaching and encouraging leaders to seek individual excellence and achieve results for the organization. By leveraging the experience, expertise and acumen of these individuals, organizations hugely benet in terms of developing a vibrant workforce that thinks and acts strategically, delivers results and creates value by making ethical decisions even during dynamic and challenging situations. individual’s perspective, what is the impact in a professional’s life if he/she has a guru to guide him/her? By denition a guru is a teacher and 3. From an



results are achieved is just as important and determines the long term success of individuals and sustainability of organizations. I would encourage young professionals to embrace the philosophy of “Doing Business Right” and also become key agents for propagating it further. The views expressed in this article are solely of those of the person interviewed.

role of a corporate guru is to broaden the individual’s perspective and to help one develop a strong focus on skill enhancement and professional development. The guru not only prepares the individual with competencies required to perform one’s current or future job well, but also helps to dene the behavioural expectations of performance. The guru provides honest feedback so that the individual strives for his or her personal best, and, ultimately, achieves superior and sustainable performance. WHAT MATTERS MORE THAN THE BOTTOM LINE ?


Every individual is an asset for the organization, and has needs, desires, and challenges unique to him/her. Many corporates are simply misreading what makes people happy at work. Beyond a certain minimum level, it isn't pay or benets. It is a strong relationship and a supportive superior. Corporate culture is a fundamental contributor which caters to people’s needs and denes the success or failure of corporate strategies. The function of a guru is basically to craft this corporate culture and sustain it further. This is an art of accomplishing more than the science of management claims to be possible.

Satish comes with an affluent experience of 30 years in diverse areas from aircraft manufacturing, software engineering to management and academics. Basically a B.E., MBA and a Certified Software Quality Analyst from QAI, he has worked in senior positions with reputed organizations like Hindustan Aeronautics, Mastek, KPIT Infosystem, Transworld, Persistent Systems and Axar Digital. He is passionate about training and is a visiting faculty at various management institutes such as BYK, Symbiosis,Flame,MIT,MET and C-DAC.Currently,Satish is working as a Freelance Consultant for Microsoft Team Foundation Server-2012,which is an Application Lifecycle

Management (ALM) platform.

The need to become a corporate guru includes inspiring others in a shared

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