Many have pointed out that B-schools are not adequately sensitiveto the problems and challenges of the society at large, which has a direct bearing on goal setting. The traditional managerial approaches to address these challenges no longer work.
Amanager is expected to operate under defined set of business rules and manage a process, which means he can deal with neither ambiguities nor contradictions inherent in real life situations. Design thinking, a tried and tested instrument, is laterally and holistically innovative in its approach and equips the manager to overcome. Hence, it needs to be included in the B-school curricula.
Design Thinking is an open-minded, human-centered, problem-solving approach, incorporating the manager’s empathy with the people. It demands inquiry into accepted notions, multisensory perception, cross domain application and prototyping.
For example, Priyanka Amar’s iKheti, a unique initiative, applies the principles of design thinking to derive multiple benefits to meet a diverse range of goals and objectives at individual, corporate and social levels. iKheti incorporates the principles of design thinking to provide relief to Mumbaikars caught in the cyclical monotony of driving out of the concrete jungle every weekend in search of green pastures.
Prof Uday Salunkhe, group director, Welingkar agrees with Tim Brown, MD & CEO-IDEO, who said “I believe that design thinking has much to offer a business world in which most management ideas and best practices are freely available to be copied and exploited. Leaders now look to innovation as a principal source of differentiation and competitive advantage; they would do well to incorporate design thinking into all phases of the process.”
The world we live in is changing swiftly. In these changing times, old habits will prove ineffective and fail to have any impact on the growth of life. “The type of change which has been witnessed in the realm of business during the past two centuries since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution era in the West is of such a fundamental character that it has materially altered the entire fabric of man’s way of life,” explains Uday Salunkhe, Group Director of WeSchool.
“Failure is a temporary setback,” says Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director of Welingkar. “Most successful people take learning from their failures and use them to build the foundation of their success stories.”
To achieve success, one must banish the negative words from his vocabulary and psyche. “Relax, rethink and reorganize,” he says. Every experience in life gives us a positive aspect. Similarly, failed goals direct us to a better path.
Dr. Salunkhe points out that each individual is born with his own set of talent, traits and attitudes. A meaningful and rewarding career is a part of life and not life itself, he adds. One’s thoughts and actions should be the guiding force and not the external pressures.
Uday Salunkhe urges the youth of today to inspire and motivate themselves. “Dream becomes a goal when put to action,” he says. A reason to do something must provide a meaningful motive to believe that the goal is attainable.
Attitude, enthusiasm and commitment play an important role in achieving a goal. “One must challenge and fine tune various approaches of achieving goals,” he says.
Dr. Salunkhe urges that it is never easy to reach the first rung of success. Hence, one must not be complacent. “Successful people keep working despite failure. They work with enthusiasm, inspiration and passion t achieve higher level of success,” he informs.
Success should be looked at as a positive attitude to life. Success is no longer restricted to top jobs, bank balance or latest cars. “Success is more about all-inclusive quotient of physical, emotional and spiritual gratification,” Dr Uday Salunkhe concludes.
A conclave for Rising North-East India was hosted at Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research. Only recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated that North East India will play a vital role in the development of our nation. The conclave was attended by Shri Dattatray Hosbale, Joint General Secretary of RSS with Governor of Maharashtra, Shri CV Rao, as Chief Guest.
The two guests shared their views on the contribution of North-East in India’s economic and social development. Shri CV Rao addressed that the Maharashtra should support the students of North East by providing technical and management skills. “Education institutes like WeSchool should encourage students, especially girls, to learn new skills and compete at national level,” he added.
Dr Uday Salunkhe, Group Director of WeSchool, stressed on the role of education institutes and stated, “We should focus on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship to nurture and develop the youth community and the nation. WeSchool believes in building Global Citizen Leaders and works towards instilling leadership skills in the budding entrepreneurs. Project Netrutva is initiated to groom students from economically weaker backgrounds and offer them an opportunity to attain management education to facilitate in building their career.”
He further pressed on the importance of providing equal opportunities to students from all financial backgrounds to excel in their fields. “The youth must be part of playing a role in Leadership and experiencing it. If we as a nation take this role to improve inclusiveness, we will soon see youth believe and participate in the change and transformation we want to see,” concluded Uday Salunkhe.
Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director of Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, shared his views on India’s green-energy sector and its development with The National Business.
‘To boost renewable energy in India, newer technologies, research and international cooperation will have to be roped in,’ Dr. Uday Salunkhe said. He also added that the country will have to put an emphasis on skilled labor, effective project management and environmental clearances to ensure success in newer technology.
The state government should encourage the growth in infrastructure. Hydro power in the north-east, solar in the west and wind in the south can be utilized for effective development in the inaccessible regions.
Uday Salunkhe also touched upon the challenges in green-sector industry. India is not self-sufficient as we still import solar panels. Cost is another factor,” he said. He also insists that the technology used in panels can be improvised for cost cutting. Moreover, added ambiguity in tariff policies is another issue he pointed out. “In order to curb these challenges, the presence of a central authority is important,” he suggested.
Uday Salunkhe goes on to predict that the costs involved in conventional power will soon rise. This will work as an added advantage for renewable energy. The wind and solar sectors have immense potential to generate substantial overseas investments for the future.
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The 102nd Indian Science Congress 2015 was hosted by and in association with the University of Mumbai. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan which is a flagship project of respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi, became a core point of discussion.
RA Mashelkar, a veteran scientist has been appointed as the chairman of the technological expert panel for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. “The major issue is about using the toilets and not about building them. The themes of Make in India, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan are related to science and through the Indian Science Congress; the technologically and socially sound models presented and suggested in the congress will encourage people to find more such solutions,” said RA Mashelkar.
Dr. Uday Salunkhe, director of Welingkar Institute presented his ideas and innovations on Clean India. Joining him in the session were Sudheendra Kulkarni of Observer Research Foundation, Rajeev Kher of 3S and Saraplast, Pradeep Lokhande of Rural Relations and Swapnil Chaturvedi of Samagra.
Mahatma Gandhi, a pioneer and inspiration for Swachh Bharat, gave an equal importance to sanitation over political independence. “It should be a government backed people movement,” said Sudheendra Kulkarni while citing the Mahatma’s example.
On concluding the session, Mashelkar expressed gratitude and promised to convey the session’s suggestions to the Prime Minister.
Dr. Uday Salunkhe’s views on Clean India came strongly in support of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. His opinions and ideas on the subject were highly appreciated by all attendees.
More individuals are taking charge of organizations at a relatively young age. Developing strategies, making corporate decisions and overall management forms a vital part of CEO’s responsibilities. Dr. Uday Salunkhe of Welingkar shares his insights on the rise of new breed of ‘Young CEOs’ in India.
Delegation of activities can accelerate results allowing CEOs to spend more time in masterful activities. CEOs get smarter every day by building on strengths and using the ‘feedback is a gift’ principle, says Uday Salunkhe.
He further observes that CEOs prefer to start early and exercise once a day resulting in better productivity. Successful time and resource management and multitasking are other attributes contributing to the growth of CEOs.
Dr. Uday Salunkhe notes that there are certain habits that can obstruct the overall development in a CEO. Communication gap, bias in decision making, lack in long term vision and fear of failure are some of the traits that can affect a CEO’s growth.
Having spotted the pain points, Uday Salunkhe provides a solution to curb making mistakes. Weekly meetings with departments can reduce the communication gap, he says. Daily rounds of each department can also increase communication and provide quick guidance. Weekly training sessions can ensure consistency and optimum attendance.
How to become a successful CEO
Design thinking is an open-minded, problem-solving approach. Empathize with people, ask right questions and rethink basic fundamentals. ‘Fail early to succeed sooner’ is the mantra of a design thinker, quotes Dr. Uday Salunkhe.
Creative leader spots potential challenges & opportunities and sees what others miss. He evaluates the skill sets of team members and provides them with specific and corrective feedback.
Finally, Dr. Uday Salunkhe urges CEOs to motivate and inspire their teams to achieve greater heights for themselves, their organizations, for their country and the world.