As we’re gearing up for the big 2011 HCI Human Capital Summit– coming to Atlanta in just under three weeks, I wanted to profile one of the most exciting keynotes we’ll have at the conference – Vineet Nayar, Vice Chairman and CEO, of HCL Technologies. In many ways, Nayar epitomizes the themes of this year’s summit– Reactivating Your Workforce to Meet the Challenges of Tomorrow through Rethinking Your Workforce, Reengaging that Workforce, and finally, Rethinking Management.
Nayar represents a new type of leadership thinking – one focused on accelerating and sustaining growth and innovation using breakthrough talent management. His philosophy, called, “Employees First, Customers Second”, is an unorthodox approach leveraged to unleash the passion of employees in order to spur innovation, increased engagement with customers, and to drive revenue growth – even in the depths of the latest global recession.
If you’re not already familiar with HCL Technologies, it's time to get to know them - they are definitely one organization to keep your eyes on! HCLT is a global IT services company with a largely 20-something workforce. Nayar recognized the need for his organization (as well as the majority of today’s companies) to be built on the foundation of trust and transparency in order to create a culture of innovation and accountability. In Nayar’s philosophy – the managers are as accountable to their employees as the employees are to their bosses. Nayar found that with this bottom-up approach – responsibility for change and innovation was actually pushed down to the bottom of the organizational pyramid and resulted in true success.