Saturday, January 24, 2015

Davos, a state of mind

I wrote the following thoughts on our internal Infosys portal, and felt it is worth sharing with the wider world...

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Davos is a small town in Switzerland, but, for a few days in January, during the World Economic Forum’s gathering, it transforms into a large state of mind.  I’ve been here with our amazing, inspired, Infosys team, meeting with clients, partners, world leaders, thought leaders and other leaders and visionaries.  Beyond the learnings and the dealings, there are the journeys Davos puts you on.  It is easy to get lost here, in more ways than one.  In the maze of routes and security gates that connect the various venues.  But also in the plethora of thoughts, visions, roadmaps, forecasts, warnings and other articulations, for these are to be found all around, aplenty.  I’ve been absorbing much of this, over the last 3 days, and every once in a while have also been adding to the mix, answering the questions of curious journalists, and in other venues.  It is somewhat surreal; there is a lot of human warmth in the freezing alpine cold, a very curious and spontaneous blend of diversity, of thought, of personalities, of ego, and of humanity in general.  The atmosphere, in many ways, drowns out the content.  And all you remember, to paraphrase Maya Angelou, is how you felt.  As I look back on the last 3 days, I feel good, about the future of the world, the future of our company.  For sure much doomsday prognostication was to be found, and real threats analyzed, but by and large, as I get ready to visit a great client and partner of ours, at 11PM, I find myself with a distinct feeling of comfort, that the road ahead of us is ours to carve, ours to shape, that while there are great big factors and forces that can influence our world and forces that can shape our contexts, that the stage has been set for us to do our thing, and that if we do it, the greatness to follow is ours to achieve.  That the times ahead are calling on us to be bold, to be decisive, to be determined, not to sway in the winds driven by others, but in building the great futures that our clients seek and that we deserve.  So in that sense Davos has been a great mirror, a great echo chamber, one where you travel far to reach, and get lost in the brilliance of humanity, only to find that which you always knew, but perhaps had lost the courage to believe…

I leave here as a world citizen, a proud Infoscion, ready to, together with you, all of us together, to build the future of our predictions, the future of our aspirations, a more human future.  And that, underneath the layers, of snow and of words, is what I've found this town to be all about.
Best, 
V


19 comments:

Sarah Chacko said...

Very well articulated. Very inspiring.

E. Jeffrey Hutchinson said...

Vishal,

Great blog. In the second half of 2014, I have had the honor to engaged significantly with peers in Asia, Europe and other places around the world. And the most noticeable part is the global upbeat everyone has.

Earlier this week, I was guest lecturing at URI's MBA program, and the key message I left the students, was when they graduate this spring, spend a few years with a global consultancy, and do everything you can to take on an international assignment outside of your home country. For we are finally starting to become a global economy.

Please keep your blogs coming and stay in touch.

Jeff H.


Dr. E. Jeffrey Hutchinson
e.jeffrey.hutchinson@gmail.com

Manisha saboo said...

Good to read your views which weave business and beyond business so well.

Ravi Prasad said...

Nice blog, Vishal. In 2011, I had an opportunity to visit Basel where I observed unexpectedly high diversity in a town of less than 200k people.

During my Kellogg days, we were asked to complete 6 week half semesters projects at 2 international locations. I traveled to China and Middle East, where I could experience the cultural values and their applicability to their economy. As Jeff stated, we are ebbing into global economy.

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Sujata Kadam said...

Truely inspiring Sir

Rob Arundel said...

Truly inspirational.

Sudharshan reddy said...

Nice Sir.. inspiration

Scribbles.....!! said...

It was pleasure meeting you at Davos.

Monica

Satish Ashtaputre said...

Nice photo.

lifeisavacation said...

Inspiring indeed. I have worked for Infosys for several years in the past and delighted when you took over. At last India's crown jewel (I hopelessly admire Infosys) was in safe hands. Today, I came across an article that summarized the expression of your intent to improve the number of women in senior leadership roles and thought of leaving this note on your blog. I have had a dream career in Infosys and have been encouraged and appreciated for many years by my superiors and the clients I served until one day I had to work for a superior who had this dangerous combination of insecurity and chauvinism with his failed attempts at subtlety that I had reached the end of the road.
With this so called leader no longer in the company and hoping that we have seen the last of his breed leave and and your vision to have more and more women in senior leadership, I see hope for many of my colleagues and the young ones who are joining the company with hope in their eyes and it warms my heart !! The challenge will be to constantly identify sparks of insecurity and chauvinism and nip them in the bud but with your leadership and steering in the right direction, there is much to cheer about on this front.

Mahesh said...

Hi Vishal Sir,

I worked for infy for 5 years, and now working as an AVP in an MNC, I love the way you create future for others, your thought process, postivity in everything. I always never miss any of your articles metioned in toi, economic times and ... magazines.
I have never seen a technology specializt who is leading a technology organization in the world till now and you are the one and this is what i say to my colleges also.

Great sir, Day by Day your value in our hearts are increasing with role model figure.

bye bye!

Suvidhi Ahuja said...

Very Inspiring. It is always a pleasure reading your thoughts.

Bren + Lucy said...

Loving your pictures and the original and beautiful way you have put your story across - you're an inspiration and I am following your journey - awesome work!

Pavan Datta said...

Vishal Ji Namaskar ! Wish you a great happy birthday, May GOD bless you with health,comfort & peace.

You made Indians Proud in the globe & My son Lakshya Datta followed your path & became Lecturer at San Diego State University(USA) at a young age of 22 years in 2012. Now he has promoted a unique idea in the Digital World & created an E Publishing House Launchora.com,which is getting huge acclamation in the globe.

Launchora is a platform to motivate everyone to write, publish, any kind of written content (short stories, articles, essays, novels, poetry, screenplays, etc.) in any language, either Free or Sell at his own price.

Dear Vishal Ji, I sincerely request you to kindly post your writings @launchora.com , which would help to understand an existing base of writers and readers in 150+ countries about your great experience.

Best Regards.
Pavan Datta
+919810015139
datta.pavan@gmail.com

Mp Singh said...

HI Vishal Ji Namaskar ! Wish you a great happy belated birthday, May GOD bless you with health,comfort & peace

HI,

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Roles are defined around the work, not people, and are updated regularly. People fill several roles.
Distributed Authority
Authority is truly distributed to teams and roles. Decisions are made locally.
Rapid Iterations
The org structure is regularly updated via small iterations. Every team self-organizes.
Transparent Rules
Everyone is bound by the same rules, CEO included. Rules are visible to all.
With warm regards
mpsingh
Chandigarh

Rathore MPSingh said...

HI Vishal Ji Namaskar ! Wish you a great happy belated birthday, May GOD bless you with health,comfort & peace

HI,

Without Boss a new Roles policy of all Executives and each project MANAGER OR Operation excellence lead,
Roles are defined around the work, not people, and are updated regularly. People fill several roles.
Distributed Authority
Authority is truly distributed to teams and roles. Decisions are made locally.
Rapid Iterations
The org structure is regularly updated via small iterations. Every team self-organizes.
Transparent Rules
Everyone is bound by the same rules, CEO included. Rules are visible to all.
With warm regards
mpsingh
Chandigarh

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