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Business Acumen Is HR's Superpower- Why?

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Business acumen equips HR professionals with the savvy to align talent strategies with company goals, make informed decisions, and speak the language of executives. It’s a key element that transforms HR from a backstage support role to a front-and-center strategic partner. So, when HR masters business acumen, the entire organization benefits from a more cohesive and profitable direction.

Understanding the significance of this, we have Shivanand Mohan with us today to delve deeper into this crucial topic. He is currently the Global Head Learning & Development, Talent Management and Organizational Development at MSN Laboratories.

Host of this Episode: Sanjeevani Saikia

Author Bio

Shivanand holds an MBA from IIM Kozhikode, a PGCHRM from XLRI Jamshedpur, and dual degrees in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics from BITS Pilani. As the Group Head of Learning & Development for EMAAR Properties in Dubai, he managed over 6,400 employees and built the L&D team from scratch post-COVID. He was instrumental in succession planning and rolled out LinkedIn Learning and a gamified learning app, RAPL. At Larsen & Toubro, he revamped the Leadership Development Program and introduced an employee podcast.

Shivanand also established Nutan College of Engineering and Research and has a background in consulting across various sectors. He is a three-time Indian National Mathematics Olympiad awardee and a recipient of several prestigious academic awards. He has impacted over 40,000 students through digital learning workshops and has backpacked across 47 countries and all regions of India.

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(01:25) Shivanand’s journey so far.

(03:38) Defining Business Acumen in HR

(6:02) Evolution of HR's Role

(09:04) Strategic Contributions of HR

(11:18) Real-World Examples of HR's utilizing their business acumen

(15:45) Developing Business Acumen in HR

(19:32) Future Trends in HR

(27:18) End note

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