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Mr R. Shekar, Executive Vice-President, Polaris Software, speaking to students of SSN College of Engineering and Computer Science, Kelambakkam in Chennai.
Mr R. Shekar, Executive Vice-President, Polaris Software, speaking to students of SSN College of Engineering and Computer Science, Kelambakkam in Chennai.

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Chennai, July 13

Are you the poster child of the 21st century ... like Vinodh Dham, Sabeer Bhatia, and K.B. Chandrasekhar, the poster boys of 20th century India? asked Mr R. Shekar, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Quality and Business Excellence, Polaris Software, Chennai, while addressing management students of the SSN School of Management and Computer Applications in nearby Kelambakkam.

"Are you in the making? Who may you be? What lies within you? How to bring out the best in you?

To find out the answers to these questions and to become the poster boy of this century, one needs to be self-aware and make career choices that are aligned with an understanding of what one truly desires in life; be self-assured as to stay true with confidence to pursue what one's calling in life is; be self-actualised as to be driven to realising one's vision for life."

His address to the students was part of the ongoing BL Club lecture series.

Even though the IT picture is rosy and employment opportunities are in millions, only a very few are fortunately placed to land the best of the jobs, said Mr Shekar. Many are not aware of their talents and therefore, do not deliberate about how their talent can be used.

They do not engage themselves in meaningfully important tasks.

Who are `talent savvy'? Drawing from Charles Fishman's

The War for Talent

, Mr Shekar said that the talent savvy are the ones who are smart, sophisticated at business, technologically literate, globally astute ... and operationally agile.

The quest for talent is lifelong, he said, adding that the challenges before students are how to identify one's growth potential; how to find out one's net worth, and what the ways to fulfil one's ambitions are.

Apart from 250 students of MBA and MCA, Prof Vijay Shankar, Director, SSN School of Management and Computer Applications, and Prof Balasubramaniam, Head of the MBA Department were also present.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated July 14, 2006)
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