MANASI KIRLOSKAR SPEAKS ON ‘LEADERSHIP IN INDUSTRY 4.0’
Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries & Agriculture (MCCIA) organized the Leadership in Industry 4.0 conference in association with IIM-Ahmedabad, at the MCCIA, Pune. The conference elicited an overwhelming response with stalwarts from various industries, members and guests attending the daylong session. Manasi Kirloskar, Executive Director and CEO, Kirloskar Systems Ltd, was amongst the key speakers at the conference. Her speech highlighted that “industry 4.0 is about cyber physical systems, such as IoT, cloud computing and cognitive computing are enhancing automation to create smart factories. Quantum jump in artificial intelligence, real time communication, big data, and ubiquitous connectivity are some of the forces driving this change, which will result in substantial efficiency enhancements and greater flexibility in manufacturing systems. It will also lower the labour intensity of manufacturing, requiring completely newer skill sets. Therefore, Industry 4.0 will also redefine the existing paradigms with low cost of labour and scale of production no longer remaining the source of competitive advantage.” The speech was followed by a Q&A session moderated by Vandana Saxena Poria, OBE (CEO, Get Through Guides). When asked about her views on how leadership has changed with regard to millenials, Manasi said, “I think it is important for us to understand that millennials have been born in the age of instant everything. If we have an idea, we want it executed that very second. Thanks to technology, we have everything at our fingertips. Every piece of information can be accessed instantly. I don’t think that it’s the millennials who have to adapt to the system anymore. The system has to change in order to optimize a millennial’s energy levels and way of thinking.” The dynamic 5th generation Kirloskar and great granddaughter of SL Kirloskar, Manasi carries forward a 150-year-old legacy with intelligence, commitment and style!