CHRO Speaks : Rajesh Tripathi

HRAI interviews Rajesh Tripathi;VP and CHRO,GCHL.


We are very grateful to Mr. Rajesh Tripathi; VP and CHRO,GCHL ​who gave us his valuable time for interview. He talked on  various aspects of his career and life. The summary of which is as following-

  1. On journey to his success..

     I started my journey somewhere around 1977. It was nothing unique to my journey, only thing which I can visualize in my perseverance to do something different, I have migrated to really different fields. I didn’t restrict myself to HR only. I have really groomed myself in the area of business strategy, psychology, supply chain, marketing and I was really clear that if you want to be a good manager, irrespective of function, you need to be very- very knowledgeable in all aspects of management then only you can add value to it. And that gave me a lot of creative ideas which really helped me.
At initial days of my career, HR was being seen as a secondary function, not a primary one. People were not happy with the contribution from HR, all this has really driven me to acquire knowledge from different fields. If you can add your observations and put them in a financial term that enhances your acceptance. So I did that, and that has added to my success, I very quickly climbed the hierarchy ladder.
Within two three years I realized that this is where I can make my career and I worked hard enough to jump hierarchy.

  1. On candidate getting rejected in an interview..
    It is a behavioural and attitude part, knowledge can be acquired very easily in today’s circumstances and it is very easily accessible. You can get that from a book or google. The challenge comes in the attitude and the personality of the people.
    If any organization has its culture as USP its catchment area will be bigger and bigger for talent. And people will flock to it. Knowledge is a very basic thing to be successful, There is this example of a very successful constitutional expert of India when asked how he can remember so many books and so many rules regulations, he answered I don’t remember which book where it is lying. He said that I know only these things. If someone asks a question, i will go and pick the book, open that book and tell you what it is. My knowledge is not remembering the things but in knowing how to get the information. You can never remember all the things, the only thing you need is attitude and behaviour.
  1. On importance of soft skills for an employee for a fast track career growth..

The importance is 100%. I am very blunt on this question of yours, it is only attitude. If attitude is positive and you do not have knowledge, people will come and give you knowledge but without right attitude nobody will come and help you out. That’s what I feel and I see all around me. It is your attitude or your behaviour that makes you successful. When you look around, nobody asks you about your percentage in 10th, 12th, graduation, post graduation and  PHD or whatever you did. What they will like to know is whether you have any presentation skills, articulation skills, can you convince people, can you get work done from others? That has become most important these days. So the scope of soft skills is unlimited.
On three most important soft skills at senior level the creativity and the vision that is the ability to look into the future. You also need to be a people’s person. At junior level perseverance is important and also to certain extent people’s skills.

  1. On clarity about desire

Frankly speaking no, I was not having any clarity when I started my career. I decided it later on after doing my post graduation. I wanted to become a civil servant but got failed. My father being a professor wanted me to do PhD but I denied I got tired of studying for 16-17 years. One of my friends then suggested me to do PHD. I was unaware of MBA so I asked him what this MBA is ? He convinced me for doing that and filled my admission form also. He deposited my fee also. So i was nowhere in this process. I dint even tell my parents that I am doing MBA. Any how I joined it, I passed out and this way I entered into corporate sector. It was not pre decided in any way. When I started my career, the corporate was not really looked upon as a good field. It was thought that if you are in HR field, you might not be very intelligent person.

HRAI thanks Mr Tripathi for his time and wishes him all the best.