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When Change Happens: A story of Organisational Transformation

Author Lalit Jagtiani has amassed wide knowledge over the many years of his experience to pen his new book

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Lalit Jagtiani is a Business Transformational Specialist with a focus on Digital Transformation and Business Innovation. Recently, he launched unique self published book titled When Change Happens…, a work of fiction, but the collection of situations, thoughts and interventions - his real experiences across the multiple organisations that he had the good fortune to engage with.

Said Lalit, "This book reflects my experiences and insights at a personal level. But not everything that happened occurred in one sitting of the training or in one session of a workshop that I conducted." "It is a fictional factual book," he added.

"Change management happened thrice in my career and each of them was a transforming experience," said R. Gopalakrishnan, author and eminent corporate advisor who delivered the keynote address at the launch event.

After launching the book by receiving a copy from the author, Gopalakrishnan, who also read the book, said that luckily, there are no short-cuts and summaries mentioned in When Change Happens… and it is written in a lighter manner. "The book is not just a story of organisational transformation but also inspires us to change in both our professional and personal lives as well," he added.

When Change Happens… was first launched in Singapore recently.

The Mumbai launch was followed by a panel discussion featuring the author, Lalit Jagtiani along with Vinod Kumar, MD & CEO, Tata Communications; Rohit Suri, Chief HR and Talent Officer - GroupM, Asia; and Deepa Soman, Founder and Managing Director, Lumiere Business Solutions.

Speaking at the discussion, Vinod Kumar observed that understanding how people relate to work is the main change management thing abroad now-a-days while Deepa noted that the change in any organisation is mainly leader driven from top to bottom.

Suri opined, "If you don't change, will perish. It all depends on your vision, technology, etc." The panelists felt that the HR needs to play a pivotal role in organisational change. HR can be the catalysts in business transformation and cultural transformation of an organisation, they agreed.

The panel also felt that the drivers of change in any organisation mostly are: with an aim to grow, when a lot of work is done over the years, to inspire people or due to a change in the organisational culture.

The panel discussion was moderated by senior journalist Anant Rangaswami.

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