ISB hosts top business leaders at Pinnacle–leadership summit

The event continued with four focused discussion on the role of leadership in the face of uncertainty in the context of infrastructure development

October 26, 2013 11:34 IST | India Infoline News Service
The Indian School of Business (ISB) hosted top business leaders at the second edition of its annual leadership summit- Pinnacle, at the Mohali campus today. Pinnacle, is a confluence of distinguished leaders from the world of business, academia and government with this year’s theme being- Leadership at the Crossroads.

The event began by Karthik Hebsur, President of Graduate Student Body (GSB) introducing the theme to the delegates. Hebsur highlighted the critical role that future leaders need to play in tackling pertinent global issues by acknowledging that change is the only constant. Thereafter Ajit Rangnekar-Dean, ISB emphasized that leadership is always at the crossroads and growth emerges out of uncertainty and change. The keynote speaker for the event, Laxmi Narayanan- Vice-chairman Cognizant, while addressing the delegates and the students, identified three constants for managing change in the face of uncertainty- Challenges, Innovation and Learning. He said, “The disruptive nature of innovative technologies necessitates the convergence of knowledge, thereby sowing the seeds for convergence of technology. This virtuous cycle culminates in the convergence of devices and the emergence of new technologies. To successfully ride this wave of change we need strong leadership.”

The moderator for the keynote panel discussion was Jyoti Kamal, Senior Editor, Network 18. The speakers were Parag Saigaonkar, Principal, Deloitte Consulting; Vibha Paul Rishi, Executive Director, Max Healthcare and Krishnan Chatterjee, Senior VP, HCL Technologies. They shared their thoughts on leadership by drawing insights from their own experiences. The discussion was enriching, interactive and sprinkled with wit and humor. Some key ideas that they talked about included- inversion of the leadership pyramid at organizations; emphasis on managing first tier supervisors; and the Goliaths and Davids of the corporate world.

The event continued with four focused discussion on the role of leadership in the face of uncertainty in the context of infrastructure development, emerging markets, marketing and strategy and financial services.

Pradeep Singh, Deputy Dean ISB and CEO of Mohali campus, summed up his views on the issue by equating this period of change with a period of great opportunity provided it is coupled with the reforms and collaboration between government, society and businesses. At the closing ceremony, he encouraged Ramesh Inder Singh, IAS (Retd.), Chief Information Commissioner, RTI Act to talk about his leadership style which enabled him to manage the expectations of several opposing parties at one of the most critical points in recent times. Ramesh Inder Singh further highlighted the role of information transparency for successful leadership.

This day of energetic exchange of ideas at Pinnacle reinforced the critical role that innovation and leadership will play in determining whether businesses and nations will emerge stronger as a result of the impending wave of change.

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