Welcome to Episode 4 of this podcast series.In this episode, we will highlight the conversations with Abhijit Bhaduri, Chief Learning Officer at WIPRO at the SHRM Annual India Conference, 2016. As we all know, Abhijit is an HR leader with a global experience in Talent Development. His area of expertise includes organizational design, talent development and employer branding through social media.
Here, Abhijit talks about his latest book, The Digital Tsunami. Abhijit also shares his views on the role of feedback, dialogue and technology in learning and development programs.
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What is the vision for your book, The Digital Tsunami?
Abhijit: This book is actually all about the changes that the digital world is unleashing on us and how it is going to change jobs, careers, business models and everything. What I want to do through the book is to encourage organisations and individuals to focus on the digital transformation not just from the technology point of view, but to actually figure out how do you put the human being at the centre and then build technology around it. How do you make the organisation truly human. Besides the readers who have been kind enough to take the book here, what I would really like to do is to encourage individuals that to take the help in getting me to take the book to the Tier 2, Tier 3 cities of the country because I think that lot of the jobs that people there today aspire to do or think they will be doing, they are going to get automated and they are going to disappear. So it will be a new set of jobs, which will be a new set of ideas, new kind of perspective on careers. So I would really like that if you buy the book then you know gift maybe a couple of copies to people who you think will benefit from. You know that’s why it’s been priced at absolute cost, so that it can reach those people. Also, I would like to seek the help of your listeners to request the organisations if they can sponsor people go to higher from these colleges, we go to different colleges. May be some of those places we cobrand you with the book with your company logo and give it out to the people for free so that they can read the book and for each thousand copies that someone donates, I will go and donate an hour of my time, coaching the people on the new career possibilities in the digital world.
So you are open to basically distributing your thoughts in this books through a different content format; maybe a video or an audio book?
Abhijit: Yes, so there is an eBook which is already up there on Amazon and Flipkart but short videos will also come up. You will see them and then we will also be putting some kind of content out in terms of working on an audio version and potentially do that in multiple languages. So, certainly I can do the Hindi and Bengali version as well but take it to a larger audience by collaborating with others.
What do you think is the role of technology in ensuring a smooth learning and development process?
Abhijit: I think the role of technology as I see in learning and development is going to be to make the relevant content available because there is so much content available everywhere on the web to actually help the human being curate that content. Make the stuff which is most relevant for that particular content. By leveraging the artificial intelligence platforms, I think learning has some greatest impact possible.
What about the role of dialog in creating a focused learning and development approach, is the role of a two-way communication, a dialog increasing over a period of years?
Abhijit: So I think when people work with mentors who can make sense of the world, when people talk about the role of a mentor it’s not about just for encouraging and clarifying but it’s also about connecting the dots and making sense of all the different things that the individual is experiencing. So, the role of dialog is really making that work for the individual.
Who in the organisation is the most important key stake holder when it comes to learning & development?
Abhijit: The employee is the only stakeholder. Because it is no longer in the analog world, it was the people who were running the learning departments or the employer in general. In the digital world it has shifted completely, the only one who is the stakeholder is the employee.
You are moving on from WIPRO. What are your plans now? Where can we see you?
Abhijit: So, I will be sort of dividing my time equally by spending about 15 days of a month working with individuals, coaching them on their leadership styles etc. To actually work with organisations who are interested in additional transformation that’s on the basis of my book. And of course the second half of the month I want to spend time writing and travelling and drawing and hopefully writing more books.
How is SHRM India Annual conference 2016 version shaping up for you? How was the conference? How was the experience this time?
Abhijit: I think it’s a fabulous platform which brings a very wide range of not just professionals who are working there, it gets in people who aspire to be in this particular profession. It gets business leaders and I think that’s very very unique and SHRM is a huge brand so it is easy to get a massive audience for whatever ideas you have. People who bring in ideas are assured of a massive audience. So it’s a great platform to have.
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