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Sikka suggests new ‘habits’ to Infy staff to make 2015 a year to remember

Infosys’ Chief Executive Officer Vishal Sikka on Thursday reached out to the company’s employees through a blog post asking them to adop some “new habits and behaviours”, which he said, if implemented, may make 2015 a “year to remember” for the company.

Sikka, who has in his earlier speeches questioned several accepted norms of the Indian information technology (IT) services industry and called its current state “depressing”, asked Infosys’ employees to be “mindful” and “curious”, to “speak up”, and to “learn and teach”.

He also encouraged Infosys’ employees to ask question, challenge norms, and review practices.

“Mindlessly following instructions is best left to drones and automation, we humans are differentiated by our intelligence and imagination,” he said. “If each one of us puts our minds to it, 2015 will be a year to remember. A year where we will have once again established what being an IT services company is all about, we will have helped establish a new tone, a new standard, a new purpose to our work. It will be a Happy New Year.”

Sikka, who comes from a software product background and was the chief technology officer at Germany-based SAP before joining Infosys, had in November this year said that the Indian IT services industry must take a “better direction”. He had said that the industry is on a downward spiral, and is running on a treadmill of lowering costs, hiring people faster, training them lesser, and putting them into job faster. He had also called the industry’s focus on cost arbitrage and lowering costs a “depressing reality”.

In his recent blog post, Sikka told Infosys’ employees that there is a need to “distance ourselves from the labor arbitrage and the “same mess for less” of yesterday, moving towards innovating and “doing more with less for more” of tomorrow.” For the same, he asked Infosys’ employees to inculcate the freedom to think and find their own unique wisdom, which he said would help Infosys in achieving its ambition of becoming a next-generation services company.

“Guided by this strategy, enabled by our emerging creative confidence, I cannot help but think that nothing can stop us from reviving ourselves… from transforming Infosys into the next-generation services company that will lead our industry and begin a great Human Revolution.  If each one of us puts our minds to it, 2015 will be a year to remember,” Sikka said. “A year where we will have once again established what being an IT services company is all about, we will have helped establish a new tone, a new standard, a new purpose to our work.  It will be a Happy New Year!”

Sikka’s mantra to Infy employees

* Be mindful: If every one of us found just one little way to do more, with less, for more with our own work, what a great wave of renewal we would have sparked!

* Be curious: Think of the ideas that will create value in unexpected new ways.

* Minimize your distance to reality: Bridge the distance between you or your work and the end-user, the code and its economic viability.

* Speak up: Mindlessly following instructions is best left to drones and automation, we humans are differentiated by our intelligence and imagination.

* Learn and teach: Each one of us, by renewing our own functions and exploring the new, can show others the way.

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