“Re­alised ca­pac­i­ties are com­pe­ten­cies... un­re­alised ones are po­ten­tial” Anil Sachdev,

THE MAN WHO STARTED ‘ TAL­ENT MAN­AGE­MENT’ in in­dia, AND GAVE HU­MAN RE­SOURCES A WHOLE NEW TWIST, says EVERY­ONE is BORN With ‘ CA­PAC­I­TIES’: you have TO KNOW HOW TO TAP THEM

WKND - - Interview -

When I was a jour­nal­ist with a busi­ness pa­per in New Delhi — in the early years of the new mil­len­nium — Anil Sachdev got me in­ter­ested in HR. HR = Hu­man Re­sources. In those days, HR was a nascent term in In­dia. Yes, there were HR de­part­ments in all or­gan­i­sa­tions, but they were the guys who de­liv­ered of­fer let­ters, and de­ducted leave ( when you went on va­ca­tion). The rai­son d’être of manag­ing hu­man cap­i­tal was al­ways glossed over. Anil was try­ing to change that — and he did. He founded Grow Tal­ent Com­pany in 2001, which was In­dia’s first “tal­ent man­age­ment com­pany”, and which served as an HR con­sul­tant for lead­ing big­wigs in the cor­po­rate sec­tor. And yes, they were the guys who col­lab­o­rated with Great Place to Work ® for the be­gin­ning of the In­dia chap­ter.

I first met Anil — if I re­mem­ber cor­rectly, in 2002 — at the Gur­gaon of­fice of Grow Tal­ent. He had given me a grand tour of the premises of the com­pany he ran, and I was in­trigued when he ex­plained the con­cept of an “of­fice den”; it was a

strate­gic hir­ing at the right time.

Do you be­lieve every­one’s got tal­ent, and it just needs to be honed? If so, why? And can you give an ex­am­ple? If not, what hap­pens to those who are “un­tal­ented”? Every­one is born with cer­tain “ca­pac­i­ties”. These are the ca­pac­i­ties to learn, think, re­late and act. Based on the op­por­tu­ni­ties one gets, the en­cour­age­ment one re­ceives and the ef­forts taken by each per­son, com­pe­ten­cies are gen­er­ated. Un­re­alised ca­pac­i­ties are “po­ten­tial”. Re­alised ca­pac­i­ties are com­pe­ten­cies in ac­tion. The ones who are born

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