HR in IT cos face challenges to turn coders into leaders

|June 25, 2016 0
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BANGALORE, INDIA: To discuss current and future challenges in enterprise people management, top HR leaders from the IT sector met in Bangalore on Friday over a panel discussion, The Breakfast Alchemy hosted by Talent Measurement company, Mettl.

The theme of the discussion was “From Coders to Leaders’, which has been the most talked about HR agenda in the IT landscape recently.

Indian technical prowess is universally acknowledged as a cut above the rest but rarely have they transcended from writing code to understanding PnL structures, even more so in India. This void has seen organizations struggle to build a robust leadership pipeline and seek external talent to steer an organization to sustainable profitability.



“From Coders to Leaders” is an attempt to devise solutions to this conundrum by involving distinguished HR leaders from Oracle, Virtusa Polaris, SAP, Dell and ITC Infotech, deliberating about this issue.

Ketan Kapoor, Co-Founder and CEO Mettl said, “Shaping leaders from coders is easily identified as one of the biggest challenges in the Information Technology sector. Since Mettl is instrumental in identifying future leadership prowess at the recruitment stage through pre-employment assessments that predict the existence of a leadership gene in technical talent being hired, this event was a much required intervention for the HR community seeking answers to it.”

Coders are of brilliant minds, architects of algorithms that make much of our lives simpler. These coders, who are more often than not inclined to outperform themselves, become the high performer every organization would love among their ranks. However, organizations want more than a mere coder architect, no matter their potential as one; they also enjoy the idea of coder leaders.

There are certain challenges that hinder this seamless transition. However, The Breakfast Alchemy saw panelists deliberating a host of challenges like

-lack of proper diagnostics of the leadership gene at the hiring stage,
-a coder’s manager not letting him or her showcase skills at the PnL level,
-the risk averse environment that throttles a leader-to-be,
-improper compensation benchmarking at executive roles to name a few.

The panel posted actionable insights for the group to come out with a strategy to deflect and defeat these issues at their core. The session was later broadcasted to a group of 500 HR professionals through web streaming.

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