Mr. P. Narayana, is a strong HR & IR leader having more than 34 years of rich experience in manufacturing sectors, managing HR, IR, EHS & Community development activities with key focus on topline profitability and optimal utilization of resources and hand on experience in implementation of HR policies and systems. He is currently working as Executive Vice President – HR & Gen.Admn. in Kirloskar Ferrous Industries Limited, Koppal. Prior to joining Kirloskar Group, he worked with Bellary Steels & Alloys Limited, Kirloskar Ferrous Industries Limited, Grasim Industries Limited and JSW Steels Limited in various capacities of HR, IR and Community Development.
Mr. Narayana is a Commerce Graduate and PG Diploma in Human Resource Management, IR and Law Graduate.
He is the Life member of NIPM, STD and NHRD, Member of Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Rotary Club, Past Chairman of NIPM North Karnataka Chapter, Member – Industry Advisory Board, Ballari Institute of Technology & Management, Ballari and Joint Secretary of Koppal Industries Association. Also Chairman, Center of Excellence, Govt. ITI, Hanumasagar, Kustagi Taluk, Koppal Dist.
1. What are you passionate about ?
I believe the mahamantra “KNOWING IS NOT DOING, DOING IS DOING” ! I have passionate by Dale Carnegie and Swami Chinmayanandaji's thinking's. It changes in attitude, makes people develop success conducive positive attitude. It also inspires people to motivate themselves and imparts them the skill to motivate others. It is better and effective to water to the roots instead of watering the leaves. The human behavior, speech and action have its origin in the thoughts and past impressions. It makes people DO and NOT merely KNOWS. It converts Proficiency into Efficiency, Capability into Results. These are very practical sessions, which ensure that the participants sharpen their attitudinal skills.
2. What makes HR unique ?
HR with Business : Business with HR To meet the increased expectations of their organizations, HR professionals must begin to act professionally. They must focus more on the deliverables of their work and less on just getting their work done. They must articulate their role in terms of the value they create. They must create mechanisms so that business results quickly follow. They must measure their effectiveness in terms of business competitiveness rather than employee comfort and lead cultural transformation rather than consolidate, reengineer, or downsize in order to turn a company around.
3. How do you deal with pressure?
Do not carry baggage; learn to ease out in life. I keep reminding myself that today is always better than yesterday because you still have it with you. I may get exhausted or discouraged, but the positive hopes within me find that extra little well of determination and strength to keep going.
4. What is more important Experience or Behaviour ?
Definitely Behaviour. The right behavior can help you get the rich experience. In the selection process, I give first priority to behaviour and next to experience and academics.
5. What is the future of HR ?
The future of HR will be –
6. What is the art of becoming a Human Resources Director?
7. How will you identity the problems in your team ?
Some indicators that are clear to me are low productivity, attrition, decline in engagement levels and less collaboration. My belief is to get into positive approach with any team. Having regular 1:1 discussions, personal connect and keep giving feedback at the right time by hard pressing which have helped me to deliver the results.
8. What are your tips for young rural background HR professionals looking for suitable jobs in HR?
To inculcate the 3`S' method:
Scale - We have to measure what we need to do
Skill- Exhibit to excel the work
Sell - Exhibit the delivery performance.
9. Your secret of success……
10. Your significant achievements …
- Executed 10 ling-term win-win settlements with the Union.
- LTS settled in 48 hours in July 2022
- Management of COVID-19 pandemic by effective implementation of preventive measures, 100% plant operation ensured.
- Played a key role in formation of “Koppal Industries Association” and initiated a project of establishing “Coving Care Centre” at Koppal.
- Implementation of Group Term Life Insurance policy at various Companies
- Hired people from various parts of the country and developed them to take up critical positions in the Company.
- Won / contributed / Instrumental for many awards:
11. Do you advise HR Professionals to aspire to the legal profession? If yes, any tips in this regard:
I certainly advise HR Professionals (particularly those who have the inclination to IR/Administration) to aspire into the legal profession.
The expertise that HR professionals acquire in handling day-to-day IR / Administration would be very handy in developing the right approach to address a legal challenge whether it pertaining to industrial law or otherwise. However, I see many of our colleagues suffer from fear of failure and hence, they restrain themselves from venturing into the legal profession. My tips to them are to have self-confidence, thing big, realize their potentiality, undertake Law Degree course, ontime classes, Legal update on labour laws, attending workshops and training classes.
12. Can you name one leader who has inspired you the most ?
In early days, Professor B. Seshadri, development economist who had mentored me with useful tips and suggestions.
I have also inspired by Mr. R.V. Gumaste, MD of Kirloskar Ferrous Industries Limited. He is a turnaround maestro who has been instrumental in effecting change, implementing systems and quality improvement in the Company. His dedicated efforts have resulted in more than 100 times improvement in the company's share value during past two decades. He is a visionary leader, demonstrates effective leadership skills and adopts a combination of multiple leadership styles. He believes in teamwork, he knows the team capabilities, involves, empowers and relies on team to be creative and come up with unique solutions.
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