Those who know Ganesh Chella, the Founder and CEO of Totus Consulting, will tell you that he has a very creative mind. Trust him to take some bold steps to make meaningful contribution in any field of his choice, whether it is research or consulting. He has now made another very interesting move, setting up Totus HR School. This is a very different concept on which Ganesh is working, so we interviewed him. Read on.....
Q: What do you see as
a challenge before the HR community?
A: You will agree
that no other profession has experienced as much evolution, identity
transformation and, of course, self-critique as the HR profession has. The
scale and pace of business growth that we, as HR practitioners, have had to
support in India has been unprecedented. Meeting the needs and expectations of
business keeping in mind the interest of employees while upholding our own
professional standards and retaining our professional pride has never been more
Given this huge demand, many of us have had to assume
functional leadership very early in our careers. Some of us from line functions
have also moved in to manage and lead the function. We however recognise the
need to do more. To face these perennial professional challenges we need access
to some very high quality, holistic and comprehensive continuing professional
development support to constantly learn and reinvent ourselves. In fact, for a
profession with such high stakes, continuing professional development seems a
necessity, an urgent priority and a lifelong journey.
Q: And your response
has been to set up Totus HR school. Tell us more about it.
A: Totus HR School
has been founded to promote continuing professional development for HR
practitioners so they are able to contribute with competence and pride in the
ever changing world of work. The focus of Totus HR school is on creating HR
leaders with deep generalist capabilities, at par with the best in the world.
To this end, our developmental interventions will place a huge emphasis on
personal change, development of new skills and behaviours and practical
application. Our offerings will also be future focused because we want to be
prepared and proactive. Through this we would like to earn the right to be the
HR practitioner’s learning partner for life.
Q: So what are your
A: The Integrated
Professional Development Program series for HR practitioners will be offered
across three career levels
1. The Emerging HR Professional: around 3 – 7 years of
2. The Trusted HR Partner : around 7 – 12 years of
3. The Strategic HR Leader : around 12 – 20 years of experience
Totus HR School will also offer standalone programs in
specific areas for all HR practitioners.
Business leaders play a huge role in championing and
partnering with HR practitioners as their internal clients. To this end, we
will offer programs in specific areas for business leaders responsible for
championing the HR function.
Totus HR School [P] Ltd. #43, Bazullah Road, T.Nagar,
Chennai 600 017. Tel: +91-44-28150690 /
91 Fax: +91-44-42024154