Students of Human Resources Management at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad campus, had the privilege of hearing to Ms. Uma Devaguptapu for an interactive session on July 9, 2015 at their Roda Mistry Campus.
Ms. Uma Devaguptapu, a TISS alumnus is currently the Director- HR, Asia-Pac & MEA at Signode Industrial Group. Under her HR leadership, ITW Signode has achieved SAIL HR Excellence Award in July 2009 and NHRD Hyderabad Inspire Award for Innovation in June 2011.
In her session she not only inspired the minds of everyone present but also discussed nuances and skills essential for a HR manager. She threw light on the changing roles of HR and its unique challenges to leadership development. One cannot agree more with Franklin when he rightly said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”. This was such an opportunity where the students were involved while she shared many interesting stories from her experience. She also touched upon a vast array of roles she had to play and that varied from being a part of market development team for new products to Chief Human Resource Officer Signode India and Middle East. In the discussions, she further stressed on the importance of HR managers to be involved in the business development, strategic decisions and leadership development.
Referring to dealing with the challenges one faced as a part of this industry, she asked the students to understand the business, how finance work, give time to the company and strive to do best beyond the expectations of one’s role. She also emphasized on the need to continuously evolve and grow to understand the current processes and practices.
Ms. Devaguptapu in her talk emphasized on human skills and talent for any business to progress. She said that an organization must systematically identify and develop high-potential talent, accelerate their development and growth for retention and manage attrition in a planned manner. She further opined that organizations should aim to create high-talent surplus position in which HR had an important role not only as an effective propeller of the policies of the company but also as a voice for the talent within the organization.
The students look forward to more such opportunities to synergize with the industry experts and have insights on how to build and live a successful career in Human Resource Management. In Ms. Uma’s words “courage of conviction through guided action learning – working on challenging projects in unfamiliar areas is what makes a great HR manager!!!”