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JGBS launches Jindal Social Enterprise Network (Ji-Sen) with a power-packed session led by industry stalwart Mr. Suresh Narayanan, Chairman and Managing Director, Nestle India Ltd.

10 April 2018

JGBS launches Jindal Social Enterprise Network (Ji-Sen) with a power-packed session led by industry stalwart Mr. Suresh Narayanan, Chairman and Managing Director, Nestle India Ltd.

Jindal Global Business School (JGBS) recently launched Jindal Social Enterprise Network on 7th April, 2018 in the presence of leading names from the industry and NGO sector. Ji-SEN, the B School’s network with social enterprises and non-governmental organizations aims to work towards sustainable development with contributions from all stakeholders.  The day of the launch was also marked by a talk on ‘Running Your Career Marathon’ with Mr. Suresh Narayanan, Chairman and Managing Director, Nestle India Limited.

Ji-SEN, the ambitious project from the B-School already has renowned partners like Help Age India, Akshaya Patra Foundation and collaborations with top international educational institutes. It aims to strengthen the network of like minded bodies from different sectors to create a knowledge and idea sharing platform. With emphasis on fostering strategic interactions, the network will support social enterprises to enhance their reach and quality with sustainable initiatives that are the need of the hour and can bring about an empowered change for the society.

While very few B-Schools in the country have been part of such social partnerships, JGBS has a clear vision and dynamic agenda for Ji-Sen. For starters, it will offer training, certification programs, and internship opportunities for students. Social internships will bring much needed trained manpower and professional experience to projects. The network also plans to set up an incubation center for social startups. With academic experts and industry leaders on board, it will be able to provide the know-how to ensure the success of the projects.

One such industry pioneer, Mr. Suresh Narayanan was present for the launch of the network. He has over 35 years of experience in the industry that includes senior and top leadership roles with international brands in India and abroad. So it was interesting to hear him start his talk by saying, “I am an accidental corporate citizen, I wanted to be a bureaucrat. In my days at Delhi School of Economics, Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (HUL) came to campus for placements. I wanted to go for IAS.  But my father advised me to sit for the HUL interview as it will be good practice for the IAS interview. I made it through. People advised me to go for it. I was the only non-MBA in my team.”

With the reassuring start, he went on to share his experiences working in Thailand, Egypt and Singapore. His experiences led him to build long standing relationships, which Mr. Narayanan believes are the backbone to long term career success. He then shared his twelve mantras of success with the audience held in rapt attention. “Your education has won you half the battle by getting you into finest universities. What will be important is the power of education.

To budding managers filled with anxiety he advised to stop connecting the dots, “All jobs are both routine and exciting, embrace it.” Mr. Narayanan also asserted that professionals should not try and please everyone. “Seek happiness and not success all the time; otherwise you will be filled with hollowness. There should be no stopping you from conquering the world, but have fun while doing it,” he said to a round of applause.

Known as the man who brought Maggi back, Mr. Narayanan addressed questions on how he tackled the Maggi crisis situation. “A leader doesn’t have solutions to all problems; he or she asks the right questions and nurtures people, giving them hope. Leadership is about getting things done,” he said concluding his invigorating and high energy talk, which was the perfect launch for Ji-SEN