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HR Here and Now

HR Here and Now
The Making of the Quintessential People Champion

First Edition
  • Ganesh Chella - Founder, Totus consulting, Coaching Foundation India Ltd, and Totus HR School
  • Harish Devarajan - Executive Director, Totus HR School
  • V. J. Rao - Executive Director, Totus HR School

June 2018 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

The vision of this book is to engage readers in a debate on how we see HR as a function and profession here and now, how we see the practice and the practitioner. The intent is to reflect on what we are seeing, hearing and experiencing about the function in an inclusive fashion. 

This book offers a practitioner’s take to human resources management as a profession and function keeping in mind the most current and contemporary practices, problems and perspectives in India. The book is meant for young professionals, students and practitioners in the field of HRM. The book truly reflects HRM as it is practiced today with stories of places (organizational case studies) where it is at its best.

Shorn of all theory, this book raises and answers questions such as given the rapid advancement in the profession, should the term HR be redefined?  Why does the quality of the function depend so much on the way it is positioned within the organisation? What shapes a CEO’s attitude towards HR? What are the big demands on HR today and in times to come? How does one advance in HR? Written by practitioners with first-hand HR experience, HR Here and Now is a thought-provoking book set firmly in the Indian context.

Contributing Organisations and Leaders
Part 1- HR Refreshed
Through the Eyes of the Beholder
New Meanings
Evolving Expectations
The Doing, Feeling and Thinking Paradigm
Part 2- Bringing People on Board
Planning in Uncertain Times
Remaining Attractive
Choosing Right
Part 3- Managing People
The Spectrum of Relationships
Learning, the New Way
Beyond Managing Performance
Money and Beyond
Managing the Moments of Truth
Part 4- Management and Leadership Development
Aspirations and Needs
Channelising Aspirations
Institutionalising the Process
Developing Managers and Leaders
Part 5-Making the Organisation Effective
Leading Change
Designing Organisations
Contributing to Leadership Effectiveness
Shaping the Way Organisations Work
Part 6- Managing the Relationship with Employees
Boundaries Redefined
What Really Matters
Towards Progressive Employee Relations
Part 7- The Making of the Quintessential People Champion
Advancing in HR
The Young HR Professional’s Readiness to Serve
The CEO’s Schooling as a People Champion

In the opening chapter, the author credit the HR function for reinvention itself to meet the demand of rapid growth that India has witnessed in the last two and a half decades.

Firtly author throw light on the centrality of the HR function and the capability of human resources professionals together determine the perception of impact and relevance of the function within the organization

Secondly, HR professional have been found to rate themselves significantly higher on several dimensions surveyed compared to the business managers assessment, HR professionals need to examine gaps in human resources service delivery and review their strategic contribution.

Thirdly, the people-port-folio matrix with business imperatives on one axis and task demands on the other axis raises some fundamental questions pertaining to whether people are a cost to the company or are they value generating assets.

Fourthly, author call out the disparity in compensation across different levels in the organization and use Michael Young’s arguments on Meritocracy to challenge this dominant belief.

Fifthly, authors emphasizes understanding of organisational design and development as a key capability for HR professionals

Sixthly, author emphasizes the role of oraganisational culture in VUCA times and call out to both business leaders and HR professionals to not lose sight of the strategic advantage of human capital.

Finally, redefining social, legal, givernance and power boundaries results in increased tensions and conflicts between employees and employers.


The book's exploration of the diversity of topics, the applicability of the perspectives offered and the courage to take on some of the most complex talent challenges of today's times is commendable. HR Here and Now, not only makes for an engaging read but it's also a thought-provoking analysis on the human resources function and HRM.

The book acknowledges and investigates the HR processes in context of the employee lifecycle - from hiring, managing careers, learning, leadership, to performance management and offers a context of the new demands from each of these processes while providing a storehouse of perspectives on tackling the diverse issues of Talent Management at every stage of the employee lifecycle. Business owners and CEOs of startups will also enjoy the appeal of this book and can use the useful information in it to cultivate their talent strategy. This is a book full of perspectives built from experiences — this combination can never go wrong. A highly recommended reading.

People Matters, 8 May 2018

Unlike many other HR books that are dense and theoretical, this book offers a practitioner’s take on human resources management keeping in mind current and contemporary practices.


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ISBN: 9789352806935