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Seminar talk by Commodore Dilip Mohapatra, Vice President, Global Learning & Development of Suzlon Group

Topic: Talent Management- The key to successful Business

Date:August 07, 2010

Speaker Profile :

Commodore Dilip Mohapatra is Vice President, Global Learning & Development of Suzlon Group of companies. Prior to this assignment, he worked with the Tata Group as, Group Vice President and Director, Tata Management Training Centre as well as VP, L&D & HR sourcing at TCS.

Earlier he worked as a commissioned officer in the Indian Navy for 28 years and rose to the rank of Commodore. He holds two masters degree, an M Sc. in Physics from Utkal University and a Master of Management Studies from Osmania University. He has been awarded a “Vishist Seva Medal” by the President of India for distinguished services rendered to the Navy. He has also been awarded the National L&D Leadership Award in 2009 for leadership excellence.


Commodore D.K. Mohapatra – Head HR, Suzlon Energy Ltd. delivered a very informative lecture to the students of KSOM on “ Talent Management- the key to successful Business ”

Mr. Mohapatra started his session with the discussion of general business model i.e. IPO (Input- Process- Output) system which is the simple approach of any business model. Subsequently he moved on to explain what a HR does and how it’s not a support function but a unique business function. HR
plays a pivotal role in enabling business functions perform well which ultimately yields business goal. HR is supposed to deliver human capability to the customer. It is the talent competency available in the company that is deliverable to the customer.

HR creates, develops and makes significant contribution while ensuring “the right people in the right job at the right time.” Further he talked about ‘Talent’ and ‘Talent Management’. Today one cannot be immune to what is happening around, companies are also looking for global talent. Some of the strategic thoughts in the minds of our Business Leaders today are:

  • How can I beat the competition in attracting top talent and skilled labor?
  • Who can lead us into new markets?
  • How can I align talent with my operating plan?
  • How can I mobilize talent globally and cross-functionally to maximize business results?
  • What does my bench strength look like?
  • How can I build a talent pipeline for the future?
  • Who are our leaders of tomorrow?
  • How do I develop today’s performers for tomorrow’s organization?

Therefore, one needs to identify as an individual, what his/her deliverables are. ‘Talents’ are nothing but anybody whose competency is essential for company and which is relevant and superlative.