Flipkart, the country's e-commerce poster boy, is trying to ensure the leaders it inducted in 2014 are woven well into its organisational fabric. Needed, as it has plans, it says, to bring in many more top-level executives, to manage its future growth.
From ensuring the recruits are ready to unlearn, to helping them understand and adjust well in Flipkart's 'start-up environment', it has put in place processes to ensure its structure does not crack amid the ongoing evolution.
Among other things, the company prescribes books for the incoming leaders, makes them shadow the founders, gives them a buddy to reach out to and walks them through all its processes. The idea is that each outsider who comes in at leadership level gets a clear idea into the functioning.
"We have hired (both) young senior leaders and experienced senior leaders and we have no qualms about that," said Mekin Maheshwari, 34, chief people officer.
"We have a senior vice-president who is 28 years old and we one who is close to 50. I think the one thing that companies like ours can change in the Indian mindset is the need to be meritocracy-driven, rather than tenure-driven."
Text: Itika Sharma Punit, Business Standard
Image: Flipkart office at Koramangala, Bangalore.
Image courtesy: Flipkart