Welcome the change. Happy new year 2017.

2016 has been one of the most happening year with unexpected happening at regular intervals but expected things were happening all along without invoking much of surprise. The most surprising this was my resignation from the MD position of Sears India and starting a new journey of becoming an entrepreneur as a partner in SRKay Consulting Group.

I am a firm believer in karma. Everything happens for a reason, and environment starts preparing for that change much before it happens. If we see the two most talked about event in the world, the election of Donald Trump as US president and sudden decision of Indian PM Narendra Modi to scrap 86% of country currency notes have their roots over several years. Frustrated white youths of US who became restless because of never changing economic challenges to them while the migrants came and did far better (which is always the case) created a reason for them to elect someone who has no political or governing experience. Someone who immediately invokes extreme emotions and someone who is outspoken to a level that global politics has not seen so far. Similarly, Indians have been living in a corrupt environment ever since the independence that was created and patronized to benefit few. A small fraction is paying taxes, but inspite of all that economy has been growing. Then was was the need to take such a big decision had been a question asked by so many economic gurus who fail to see any parallel of such a decision. The Same question is asked by so many as to why Americans elected Trump as their President. The answer is simple, ‘Change that gives hope for better.’

The year 2017 comes with this hope of change, but this hope will have to compete with deeply rooted ills and inaction, but a vast majority is looking to switch over to support the change when they see benefits for them coming in.
Few things have not changed and may never change either. Three thousand years of documented human history has been full of war and turmoil created by humans themselves. We have been in peace for just 250 years out of three thousand so far and probably living in one of the most peaceful times when the world is in the grip of religion-fueled terror. How long this peace will last is a big question, but war is no more a single tool to fight in modern times. The economy is a bigger tool that countries are now taking up to push their supremacy. While the USA continues to flex their muscle, China has entered this space much openly this year. Probably Modi will be the next warrior who will unleash the economy as the tool to fight the poverty and hunger in India and show to the rest of the world the way forward. Probably, Trump will show the Americans how to run a country like a business, something that Lee Kuan Yew did in Singapore. We hope in this new year that world will see through the evil designs of countries and agencies who thrive on war mongering and disturbing the global peace and force them to follow the path of peace. Needless to say, Pakistan comes on top of this list, but those openly supporting them also must be punished. I am sure, the people of Pakistan and war-ravaged middle east deserve a better life than what their rulers and state players have given them. I hope, this new year will bring better sense and establish the rule of law and prosperity in all these places.
Finally, when we look at us, let us be truthful to ourselves. How much we hated someone, how much we got angry when things did not happen the way we wanted and how much we wanted to own the stuff we could not afford that made our mind shift to do unethical things. Let us understand the real sense of life. We all have to die one day and leave everything behind. In all probability, very few will ever remember us if we have done something worthwhile. Let us understand that the real poison is everything that we want more than we need; the real anger is our inability to manage our emotions, the real failure is our inability to try again, the real frustration is our failure to become passionate, and the real end is when we do not want change.
Let us all bring change for the better in this new year 2017. I wish every person a happy and meaningful new year.happy-new-year2017

Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar is Managing Partner of SRKay Consulting group, a private equity company, nurturing innovative ventures. Alok also serves on the board of ICCL (Indian Clearing Corporation Limited - A subsidiary of BSE- Bombay Stock Exchange) as an external advisor for technology and information security. Prior to this, Alok had been Managing Director of Sears IT & Management Services India Private Limited (SHI) since its inception in December 2009 and served in the same position till very recently. Having been in senior IT management positions in Fortune 500 companies, Alok has won several national and international awards. Alok is instrumental in planning and setting up SHI and thereafter growing it to a multi-locational thousand-plus people organization. Over the last five years, with his strategic vision, Alok helped SHI grow roots in India, develop and support technology applications and infrastructure across core mainframe, cutting edge e-Commerce and big data technologies. With his unique people-oriented transformational leadership style, Alok turned SHI into one of the most valued investments of Sears, garnering great ROIs, and creating value much beyond cost arbitrage. Under his tutelage, SHI has filed two patents and is recognized widely for its best practices in various areas, the latter, currently featured in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) case studies. SHI also became a CMMI Level 3, PCMM Level 3, and ISO 20000 certified organization. Alok is a widely acclaimed corporate leader in India today. He regularly participates and leads various forums as a keynote speaker and is an author of several books in different genres. Alok has several awards to his credit. He is particularly known in the industry for his people management skills and innovative ideas in improving the productivity of employees through unique people practices. He has been credited with the following industry awards: ¬ Emerging Leader of the Year award 2013 by IndiasGreatest.com ¬ Game Changer CEO of the Year 2013 (SHRM) ¬ CIO 100 - The Bold CIOs - 2008 (Reliance Infosolutions) ¬ CIO - Ones to Watch Award 2008 (Reliance Industries) ¬ Extended Manager Award - CIOL 2004 (Tata Teleservices) As an able leader of SHI, Alok got SHI recognized widely in the industry with the following several awards: ¬ CII Award for HR Best Practices in 2014 ¬ Global Excellence in Outsourcing Award - AIOP (Phoenix 2013) ¬ IT Innovation Award (Design & Engineering) - Computer Society of India 2012 ¬ Golden Company of the Year - Economic Times 2011-12 ¬ 7th Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Mumbai, India) 2013: • ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ Award • ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with business • HR Leadership Award • Talent Management Award by Bloomberg TV India ¬ Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Singapore, Asia) 2013: • 7th rank in ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ award • Award for ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with the business • HR Leadership Award Other recognitions: Alok had served on the distinguished panel of NASSCOM's GIC (Global In-house Centers) National Council members. The council members play a key role in major initiatives of the industry and include the torch bearers of IT industry as panel members. Books and Papers: Alok is an established author, with three books to his credit. Alok’s third and latest book, a novel, “The Spy from Unaula” is a 2015 publication. A handwriting analysis enthusiast, Alok collaborated with his wife Nandani on the book, “Handwriting Speaks” in 2006. “Value Sourcing – Future of IT Outsourcing” was co-authored with Keith Sherwell (currently CIO, Altice USA) and was released in 2013. Alok also researched and published two whitepapers: a. “Creating next generation captives” talks about the best practices that are helping generate higher value from the IT company captives.

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