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The Directors’ Club 11th Edition

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  • Date: December 15th, 2017
  • Location: Hotel Sofitel, Mumbai.
  • Enquiries: seemran.jain@hunt-partners.com
5 December, 2013 - Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives of Becoming a Great Leader
In continuation of our very unique initiative, The HR Academy, Hunt Partners is pleased to announce our upcoming seminar with Linda A. Hill, Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School.

In addition to the high quality of knowledge shared, the objective will be for participants to gain insights from each other’s experiences through a sharing of ideas and thoughts.

SPEAKER : Professor Linda A. Hill on “Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives of Becoming a Great Leader”.

DATE : Thursday, 5th December, 2013 Location : New Delhi

Linda A. Hill:

Dr. Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. She is the faculty chair of the Leadership Initiative and has chaired numerous HBS Executive Education programs, including the Young Presidents' Organization Presidents' Seminar and the High Potentials Leadership Program. She is co-author of the best seller, Being the Boss:The 3 Imperatives of Becoming a Great Leader and the author of Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership. Her consulting and executive education activities have been in the areas of managing change, managing cross-organizational relationships, implementing global strategy, innovation, talent management, and leadership development. She has been recently acknowledged as number 8 on the global Thinkers 50 list. Dr. Hill did a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Harvard Business School and earned a Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences at the University of Chicago. She received her M.A. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in measurement and evaluation from the University of Chicago.
17 Aug 2012 - Stefan Thomke brings out the significance of “Innovation” at Hunt Partners’ HRA Academy
Mumbai August 17th 2012: The third edition of the Hunt Partners HR Academy (HRA) was held on 17th August 2012. The event was held in collaboration with Harvard Business Publishing. Stefan Thomke, William Barclay Harding Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School enthralled the audience with interesting insights on “Why Some Companies Are More Innovative Than Others”

Stefan covered some interesting themes in his riveting presentation:
  • Why and How do some companies develop greater Innovation and others don’t;
  • Some firm have surprising solution to customer problem;
  • How some people view their Innovation System;
  • Why Business Experimentation matters to Innovation:
  • Do most large Organization Really Experiment:
  • Business Experimentation : Does it matters in Service Industries


The talk was followed by an interesting open house discussion facilitated by Suresh Raina, Partner, Hunt Partners. The eminent audience comprised of Corporate India’s leading CEO’s and CPO’s including Abhijit Mishra, SVP HR, HDFC Bank, Archana Shiroor, Head HR, Barclays, Makarand Khatavkar, Managing Director & Head of Human Resources, Deutsche Bank, K A Narayan, President – HR, Raymonds Ltd, Vivek Kudva, MD, Franklin Templeton, Manoj Thakur, CEO, Avendus, Sanjay Sachdev, CEO, Tata Capital Limited, Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & MD, Essar Ports, Kuldip Kaura, MD & CEO , ACC all discussed Innovation challenges in the current economic scenario.

Stefan Thomke:

Stefan Thomke, an authority on the management of innovation, is the William Barclay Harding Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He has worked with US, European and Asian firms on product, process, and technology development, organizational design and change, and strategy.

Since joining the Harvard faculty in 1995, Professor Thomke has taught and chaired numerous MBA and executive courses on innovation management, R&D strategy, product & service development, and operations, both at Harvard Business School and in individual company programs in the United States and abroad. He is chair of the Executive Education Program Leading Product Innovation, which helps business leaders in revamping their product development processes for greater competitive advantage, and is faculty chair of HBS executive education in India. Professor Thomke is currently on the core faculty of the General Management Program (GMP) and has previously taught in the Advanced Management Program (AMP). Previously, he was faculty chair of the MBA Required Curriculum and faculty co-chair of the doctoral program in Science, Technology and Management (S,T&M).

Professor Thomke's research and writings have focused primarily on the process, economics, and management of business experimentation in innovation. He is a widely published author with more than three dozen articles, cases and notes published in books and leading journals.
5 Apr 2012 - Scott Anthony Shakes Up Innovative Thinking at Hunt Partners’ HR Academy
Mumbai April 5, 2012: Scott Anthony, renowned author of the bestselling ‘Little Black Book of Innovation’ (HBR Press January 2012) held a lively and interactive meeting with HR heads of companies to discuss innovation in companies.

Anthony’s unique approach to innovation gets to the heart of many of the stumbling blocks these corporate bigwigs encounter in their daily work. Whereas everyone in the room recognized that without innovation no company will survive, there are still great difficulties in putting it into practice. Anthony has identified and dissected what it takes to hothouse innovation within any organization of whatever size.

Some of the topics he covered in his riveting presentation were:
  • How to create a culture of innovation;
  • How to unlock untapped innovation within your organsation;
  • What differentiates great innovators (Steve Jobs, N R Narayana Murthy etc) from the rest of us;
  • How to incentivize innovation;
  • The importance of failure: how to tolerate and learn from failure.


Scott Anthony

Scott has written extensively about innovation. He is the author of The Little Black Book of Innovation, published by Harvard Business Review Press in January 2012. He is the co-author of the Harvard Business Review article "How P&G Tripled Its Innovation Success Rate." He co-authored Seeing What’s Next (2004) with Harvard Business School Professor and Innosight founder Clayton Christensen and was the lead author of The Innovator’s Guide to Growth and author of The Silver Lining. He has written articles for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Sloan Management Review, Advertising Age, Marketing Management and Chief Executive, and serves as a judge in The Wall Street Journal’s Innovation Awards. He has a regular column at Harvard Business Online.

Scott is also the Managing Director of Innosight for the Asia-Pacific Region. Based in the firm’s Singapore offices, he leads Innosight’s Asian operations and venture-capital investing activities (Innosight Ventures).
9 Dec 2011 - Kate Sweetman brings out the significance of “Leadership” at Hunt Partners’ HRA Academy
Mumbai, Maharashtra – On Friday, December 9, Hunt Partners launched the HR Academy (HRA) – a learning initiative designed exclusively for senior HR professionals in India. The event was launched in association with Harvard Business Publishing at the ITC Grand Central, in Mumbai.

The topic of discussion at the inaugural event was, Leadership - “What makes a great leader? Are there any clear simple answers to the questions we have?” Guest speaker to address this issue was international consultant & author, Kate Sweetman. Kate shared the findings of her research on leadership; compiled in the book she co authored – Leadership Code: 5 Rules to lead by and discussed the importance of setting a “leadership process” – to identify talent and groom them to become leaders.

The talk was followed by an interesting open house discussion facilitated by Sunit Mehra, co founder and Managing Partner, Hunt Partners. The eminent audience including V J Rao, Head HR, Suzlon Energy, Madhavi Lall Regional Head HR – India and South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank, Bijay Sahoo, President & CPO, Reliance Retail all discussed leadership challenges in the current economic scenario. This culminated in ideas for leadership evolution in India.
HR Academy
HRA is a learning initiative designed exclusively for senior HR professionals, by invitation only. Through an arrangement with exclusive educational, research and consulting institutions, HRA brings to India world renowned academicians and authors, each of whom will engage with our senior invitee members in a lecture cum interactive session, over breakfast, to disseminate the learning’s of their years of research. Topics will cover the broad subject matter of “Leadership & Management”.

HRA aims to have 4 such quarterly engagements through the year, ending with the grand finale, which will be a full day session – only for the serious learners. Post each session, Hunt Partners will capture the views expressed, and disseminate to all members in the form of a white paper.