A passionate and disruptive thinker, Vineet has introduced to the world a unique brand of energetic and inspirational leadership. Convinced that leadership lies at the bottom of the corporate hierarchy, his ‘Employees First, Customer Second’ philosophy has won many awards and received recognition from many eminent institutions across the world.
Selected in the ‘Thinkers 50 List’, 2011/2012
Conferred with Manpower HEC Prize
Felicitated with France’s prestigious Oliver Lecerf Prize
Conferred with the ‘Business HR Champion Award’ at the European HCM Excellence Awards, 2011
Ranked #2 HR Influencer in India by SHRM India, 2011
Nayar continues to share his knowledge and build his thought leadership through numerous articles, speaking engagements, and intellectual partnerships. He remains a restless and relentless innovator in both his professional and social capacities, who believes that even the most successful management approaches must constantly be evaluated, refined, adapted and rethought, and, when necessary, scrapped altogether. You can read more about his management philosophies at his own scrapbook and a blog at Harvard Business Review website.
When Vineet Nayar took the helm of HCL Technologies in 2005, the company’s legacy of success was threatened by global shifts in the IT services market that left HCLT struggling to keep up with its bigger rivals. Five years later, the company had become one of the fastest-growing IT services partners on the planet, world-renowned for its radical management practices. In fact, its bold management experiments enabled it to enjoy continued rapid growth through the economic recession.
Mirror Mirror: Nayar traveled around the world, bluntly speaking the truth about the company’s situation to employees and getting them to turn their eyes away from the past and toward a better future. What did HCLT do to effect such a transformation? As Vineet Nayar describes in this refreshing book – EMPLOYEES FIRST, CUSTOMER SECOND: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down – HCLT’s success resulted from putting employees first, especially those working in the “value zone” where company and customer interact. To do so, they did not institute any employee satisfaction programs, undertake any massive restructurings, or pursue any major technology initiatives. Instead, they employed a number of relatively simple catalysts that produced big (and often unexpected) results and proceeded through four phases:
Trust Through Transparency: A culture of trust was created by opening the financial books, sharing information that would make other companies cringe, and enabling employees and managers (including the CEO) to ask questions of each other.
Inverting the Pyramid: The company redefined processes to make the enabling functions and company management accountable to employees – with resulting improvement in both their effectiveness and their passion for their work.
Nayar admits that he didn’t have a clue where he was headed when he started on this journey, and he candidly describes leadership missteps he made along the way. These concepts only became clear to him after the transformation, but he argues that many of these ideas and practices – which Fortune magazine has characterized as “the world’s most modern management” – can be successfully adopted by any company in any industry anywhere in the world, with similar results.
"Rumor is that Vineet Nayar has invented a whole new way of configuring and managing an enterprise. I think there's more than a grain of truth to that. I'm on the verge of the verge of declaring that Mr. Nayar could be the next Peter Drucker." – Tom Peters, Author of In Search of Excellence
"Employees are the heart and soul of every company. Vineet Nayar's book tells the story of how management can step out of the way to let employees lead---and to let engagement and productivity soar." – Tony Hseih, CEO, Zappos.com
"By putting employees first and leveraging the power of social technology, Nayar and his colleagues have created an organization that encourages extraordinary contribution from everyone, every day. If you doubt that it's possible to turn the pyramid upside down---or wonder whether it's really necessary---I urge you to read this thoughtful and timely book!"- Gary Hamel, Visiting Professor of Strategic and International Management, London Business School, and author of The Future of Management
"Vineet Nayar has a revolutionary idea---that business relationships are personal relationships, and that a successful company will understand and integrate that philosophy. Nayar's notions of `trust, transparency, and the romance of tomorrow' will rejuvenate the corporate soul."– Judy McGrath, CEO, MTV
"Vineet Nayar's new book describes his innovative and practical approach to kindling a fire in employees and moving the social energy of an organization forward. With the methods described in this book, Nayar enabled his Generation Y `transformers' to realize their potential faster, increased the capacity of the organization to create value for its customers, and built his company into a world leader."– Ram Charan, Coauthor of Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
"This book offers an abundance of advice for business leaders looking to transform their organizations by changing the culture. Nayar's lesson---that even a `revolution' in corporate culture is really just a series of small, achievable steps---will be invaluable for both the new manager and the accomplished business leader."– Victor K Fung, Group Chairman, Li & Fung Group
The Employees First, Customers Second Transformation Journey