SHRM Top 20 Indian HR Influencers on Social Media 2015-16

Last week, SHRM India continued its tradition of releasing its report on Top 20 Indian HR Influencers on Social Media for 2015-16.

I was thrilled to be ranked amongst Top 10 Influencers for the fourth consecutive year. The report says,

So, we shortlisted 200 influencers and took into consideration multiple social platforms to find out the Top 20 influencers of the year. These influencers have played a significant role in informing and educating people on the recent trends of Human Resources on the digital medium.

I was also featured amongst the most consistent influencers since the inception of this report. That was truly humbling!

For someone who is not into traditional HR space but into business operations, this recognition means a lot. It underlines the fact that we can no longer depend only on one department to engage people, manage talent and build culture. New world of work and changing expectations from people demand that every business leader inculcates the mindset of HR. If you work with people, you are into HR – no more, no less.

We can and we need to do much better at creating ecosystems of performance and engagement.

And the journey in that direction continues!

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P.S: Someone once asked me, “How to become an influencer?” Here’s my response to that question in a visual form.


SHRM Top 25 Indian HR Influencers on Social Media 2014

Last week, SHRM India published a list of “Top 25 Indian HR Influencers on Social Media” for the year 2014-15.

I am glad to be ranked amongst top 5 influencers for the third consecutive year. Each year, SHRM India raises the bar and changes evaluation method. This year, they considered activity/interactions beyond Twitter to cover Blog, LinkedIn, Klout and Quora.

This recognition underlines my belief in the human aspect of how work gets done. Which also means we need to do better at creating systems where human beings can thrive and make a difference.

And therefore, I am excited!



Also Read: 6 Lessons On Creating a Lasting Influence

SHRM Top 20 Indian HR Influencers Active on Social Media 2013

Social media has become mainstream and an integral part of business strategy. Social media is at the center of how people connect, consume information, drive conversations, initiate movements and promote brands. At a time when everyone seems to be on social media, the challenge for those who wish to make a difference is to generate influence.

Last year, SHRM India published a first-ever list of Top 20 Indian HR Influencers on Social Media – people with distinct voice that reflects engaging ideas and insights. I was featured at #4.

This year again, SHRM India published a list of Top 20 Indian HR Influencers Active on Social Media 2013” and I was so happy to featured at #3 along with prominent HR thought-leaders and practitioners like Gautam Ghosh (Philips India), Vineet Nayar (Joint Managing Director, HCL Tech), Abhijit Bhaduri (Chief Learning Officer, Wipro), Aadil Bandukwala (Recruitment Product Consultant, LinkedIn), and Anand Pillai (Chief Learning Officer, Reliance), amongst others. This year, influence was evaluated with a focus on quality of conversations apart from Twitter statistics. As per SHRM,

The new report, in addition to gauging the influence of dominant HR voices on Twitter, goes a step further by zeroing in on the content of the Twittersations. ‘The methodology followed this year is similar to the last year with one core addition. In 2012, we identified specific HR keywords and monitored them on Twitter but this year we looked at the influencers from Learning and Development, Social Media, Talent Management and Leadership domains and captured their influence on Twitter,’ the report says.

From an HR perspective, it is important that talent managers leverage the power of social media to recruit, collaborate and engage with current and future talent pool.

This recognition for second consecutive year underlines my belief: Excellence is a product of leading people well and every manager, in that sense, is an HR Manager. Building a culture of excellence is not just a departmental job of HR, it is everybody’s job.

I am excited about this recognition because it underlines the importance of human factor in quality.

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Download the 2013 Report Here.

Download the 2012 Report Here.

Visit the related post on SHRMIndia’s website.

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SHRM India Top-20 Indian HR Influencers on Social Media

This week, SHRM India released a list of “Top 20 Indian HR Influencers on Social Media” where I am featured at #4. It came to me as an unexpected yet a very pleasant surprise. Readers of this blog know that I focus on the people, leadership and culture aspects of quality. I write on topics at the intersection of Leadership, People and Quality.

The list has some very prominent leaders including Kavi, Corporate Learning and Development Professional, Vineet Nayar, CEO of HCL Technologies, Gautam Ghosh, a veteran HR enthusiast and blogger, Abhijit Bhaduri, Chief Learning Officer at Wipro and so on. This recognition emphasizes one very important fact – that in a knowledge and services oriented world, people management and leadership moves beyond the confines of traditional HR Department. Every business leader, middle manager and aspiring leader has to play the role of an HR Manager – to inspire people, tap on their strengths and motivate them to deliver their best work. They have to to understand the nuances of dealing with people if they want to build a culture of excellence. This list is a step forward, because it starts an important debate on social media influence and its role in advancing conversations related to specific topics.

Here is the methodology SHRM followed:

Coming up with a list of Top 20 is a path-defining innovation as it entails sorting through the HR noise to find voices that reflect engaging ideas and insights. For this study, SHRM India compiled a list of 50 Twitter influencers and then shortlisted 20 individuals on various parameters including the follower count, HR related tweets, retweets, and impressions. Data for this report was collected over a period of four months, starting in November 2011 through until the end of February 2012. In a unique spin to gauge the influence of HR conversationalists on immediate audience, the SHRM India Influencer Score was also used for the first time. It factored in the relative standing of an influencer on the basis of followers and impressions, which were established as two key percentile ranks.

I am excited about this recognition because it recognizes the importance of “human factor” in quality. That people are at the core of excellence and all processes, metrics, tools and technologies are enablers of quality. People make it happen.

Additional Info:

– You can also download this report from SHRM India’s homepage.
– Here is the coverage of SHRM’s Top 20 list on Business Standard where I get a mention.