The annual leadership conclave of the Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (EPGP) – Prabodhan took place at IIM Indore on December 18-19, 2021, in hybrid mode. The event was inaugurated by Prof. Himanshu Rai, Director, IIM Indore. On occasion, Prof. Prabin Panigrahi, Chair-EPGP and EPGP Batch 2021 participants, were also present.
Prof. Rai, in his inaugural address, spoke about the significance of leadership and management in our lives. He noted that Prabodhan is unique because it talks about management and leadership – and the path that leadership ought to take. Mentioning that women weren’t considered successful leaders in the past, he said, ‘With a paradigm shift, we realized that women were equally capable in managing the leadership roles and controlling organizations of all kinds. Also, we moved from leaders to leadership – and started focusing on not the people, but the process of successful leadership’. Explaining the Be-Know-Do leadership framework, Prof. Rai advised the audience to ‘Be’ emotionally intelligent and ‘Be’ a reflective listener by being compassionate. ‘Know who you truly are and look for an identity that goes beyond your designation. Today’s leadership is not about the position; it is about what makes you happy and what you are passionate about’, he said. Discussing the framework’s ‘Do,’ he advised the audience to ‘Do’ what they expect others to do. ‘Every work is dignified. It would be best if you showed integrity in whatever you do. The past may have belonged to those leaders who did things well, but the future will belong to those who do things well and do the right thing’, he concluded.
Mr. Sanjeev Krishan, Chairman-PWC India, spoke about trust and sustainable outcome to be the next big thing, which is critical for the success of any organization. He noted that ‘focusing on societal benefits and stakeholders’ is still the crucial attribute on anyone’s mind.
Mr. Sandip Patil, MD- IBM India, stressed the role of digital transformation and innovation to develop ‘Good Tech’ for the benefit of society at large.
Prabodhan also witnessed two-panel discussions. The first discussion was conducted on ‘Remote working and new terms of employment.’ The panelists included Mr. Vipun Vinayak (Director, E&Y), Mr. Satish Rajarathnam (SVP – HR, Mphasis), Mr. Ankur Poddar (HR Head – DTH & Broadband, Airtel), Ms. Rozelle Laha (Corporate Communication, Coinswitch Kuber) and Mr. Ganesh S (CHRO, Emeritus & Eruditus).
The topic for the second panel discussion was ‘Sustainability of Start-ups.’ The panelists for the discussion were Mr. Zishan Hayath (Founder & CEO– Toppr), Mr. Pankaj Thakar (Founder – Padup Ventures), Mr. Ajay Hiraskar (CEO – Success Alchemists), and Mr. Vaibhav Singhal (Founder & CEO- DroptheQ). They spoke about the start-up’s focus on realizing the market potentiality in its nascent growth stage and leveraging its core skills and competencies to tap the potential. Prof. Kamal Sharma, Faculty, IIM Indore, moderated the event.
The audience also got an opportunity to learn from the experiences of Mr. Arjun Majumdar (Founder & CEO – Indiahikes) during a fireside chat. Mr. Majumdar spoke about his journey and interests in mountaineering and the general culture among mountaineers.
Mr. Syed Sultan Ahmed (MD & Chief Learner – LXL Idea) spoke about his passion for entertainment, especially films. He shared his views on the impact of cinema on society and emphasized the educational aspects of the movies.
Inventum- the marquee case competition event of Prabodhan saw an overwhelming participation of 1200 students from various B-schools across India. Prof. Manoj Motiani was the judge for the event.
The event concluded with an address by Mr. Maheshwer Peri, Founder & CEO- Careers 360. The attendees and dignitaries highly appreciated Prabodhan.