Introduction

Build resilience and growth beyond disruption

Every day, we hear of companies raising prices—from Starbucks and Coca-Cola to Procter & Gamble and Nestle. It isn’t just big consumer brands, Inflation cripples nearly every company in the world. Inflation consumes cash, eats margins and lulls managers into a false sense of security as inflated revenues rise. A company’s situation can erode very quickly, leading to takeover or bankruptcy. Those who are fast to react and flexible in their approach can not only survive but thrive in this challenging environment as they seize opportunities afforded by less nimble and smart competitors.

Preparing a company to battle the sudden rise of inflation is one of the most difficult tasks that will ever confront the board and management. Not only must the company be prepared structurally and financially, it must also change its dominant psychology. How management thinks about inflation and the company’s responses to it will determine if the company survives and thrives and how it gets ahead of the competition.

VCCircle masterclass on Leading through Inflation is specially designed to address how inflation and recession will affect the company. It will provide participants with an in-depth analysis on how to prepare a company to battle this sudden rise in inflation along with laying out a brief framework for how the entire company must shift its psychology, its strategies and tactics and its resources to minimize the effects of inflated corrosive economic environment while watching for the opportunities that will arise as competitors fail to meet the challenge.

Key Takeaways:

  • Preparing a company to battle sudden rise of Inflation
  • The 5 key priorities for the Company to battle Inflation
  • How to emerge stronger in the post-inflation and post-recessionary environment.
  • Improve forecasting and stress test
  • How to deal with scarcity of resources
  • Essential principles to follow while communicating
  • Practical tips/ Case studies

Who should attend?

  • Board members / CXOs
  • CEOs, MDs, Directors and Senior Management
  • Company Owners/Founders
  • Head of Finance / CFOs
  • CHROs, Head HR

Agenda

2:00 PM onwards
  • 2:00 PM – 2:05 PM

    Welcome Address

  • 2:05 PM – 3:30 PM

    Surviving & thriving a sudden rise in Inflation

    • Getting the price increase is the biggest problem. Limitations & Challenges
    • An understanding of the pricing mechanisms. Pricing must not be controlled by the sales force
    • Handle on inflation before it gets out of control
    • What is required for the longevity of the business and winning against competition?
    • Digitalisation of the business. In an inflationary period, connecting your enterprise digitally so you have real data on your customers and their spending is mandatory. You must increase your speed of reaction to change
    • Eliminating friction and bottlenecks everywhere, especially in the supply chain
    • Scarcity of resources. How to deal with it? What are the challenges?
    • Innovation – but a more focused innovation
    • CAPEX for building capacity if you need it, and not ignoring maintenance.
  • 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

    Break

  • 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

    Communication is Key

    • Essential principles to follow while communicating
    • Organisation teams to come together. Existence of company is threatened if we don’t work as a team.
    • Need to adopt an attitude of transparency and build a relationship of trust with media outlets
    • Pricing must not be controlled by the sales force. A pricing unit, which is forward looking, gathering data and building models.
    • Creating training sessions to get the teams operate in the new environment
    • Evaluating each customer. What is this customer’s cash pain point, how are they going to absorb inflation, and how they will change their pricing and modeling?
    • Managing working capital & cash flow
  • 5:15 PM – Onwards

    End Of Day 1 followed by Cocktail and Dinner for physical delegates

DAY 2
2:00 PM onwards
  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    Combat inflation and build resilience

    • Improve forecasting and stress test
    • Investing properly in digitalization. Why digitalisation of your operations must remain a top priority, no matter what?
    • Intelligent sourcing to boost purchasing power.
    • Predictive analytics can help forecast demand as well as supply shortages and price increases in materials in real time.
    • Be innovative in your tactics to influence consumer behaviour. How are they going to absorb inflation, and how they will change their pricing and modeling?
    • How would you become a better company with a better ranking in your industry?
    • Case Study
  • 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

    Break

  • 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

    Building & Leading high performing teams

    • Organisation teams to come together. Existence of company is threatened if we don’t work as a team.
    • Work with the HRs to make sure management knows who they are—and make sure they’re over-communicating with them to help them understand how the world is changing—what the goals are, how success will be measured, the centrality of cash—and how they must change with it.
    • Nurture your best resources first
    • Dealing with people with dignity, with honesty – most essential
    • Compensation plans need to be revamped to reflect the realities of inflation.
    • Fighting inflation and getting ready for the competitive environment that will emerge post inflation and post-recession
    • Practical tips
  • 5:15 PM – Onwards

    End of Masterclass

DAY 1

Expert

Dr. Ram Charan

Global Advisor to CEOs & Corporate Boards, Bestselling Author

Dr. Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work with companies including GE, Bank of America, Novartis, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, UST Global, Fast Retailing (Uniqlo), Longfor and two of the four largest digital companies in China, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing envi-ronment to uncover the core business problem. His real-world solutions, shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and highly actionable — the kind of advice you can use Monday morning.

Former Chairman of GE Jack Welch says Ram “has the rare ability to distill meaningful from meaningless and transfer it in a quiet, effective way without destroying confidences,” while Ivan Seidenberg, the former CEO of Verizon, calls Ram his “secret weapon.”

Ram has coached more than a dozen leaders who went on to become CEOs, and has served on the boards of Hindalco in India, Emaar, Austin Industries, Tyco Electronics, and Fischer and Porter. His newest book, Talent Wins, co-authored with Dominic Barton and Dennis Carey (Harvard Business Review Press, March 2018), is a guide to radically rethinking the management of talent, because human capability is the ultimate determinant of a company’s success. Especially in this digital age.

Ram has authored over 25 books since 1998 that have sold over 2 million copies in more than a dozen languages. Three of his books were Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including Execution, which he co-authored with former Honeywell CEO Larry Bossidy in 2002, which spent more than 150 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He also has written for publications includ-ing Harvard Business Review, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time, Chief Executive and USA TODAY.

Dr. Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work with companies including GE, Bank of America, Novartis, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, UST Global, Fast Retailing (Uniqlo), Longfor and two of the four largest digital companies in China, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing envi-ronment to uncover the core business problem. His real-world solutions, shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and highly actionable — the kind of advice you can use Monday morning.

Former Chairman of GE Jack Welch says Ram “has the rare ability to distill meaningful from meaningless and transfer it in a quiet, effective way without destroying confidences,” while Ivan Seidenberg, the former CEO of Verizon, calls Ram his “secret weapon.”

Ram has coached more than a dozen leaders who went on to become CEOs, and has served on the boards of Hindalco in India, Emaar, Austin Industries, Tyco Electronics, and Fischer and Porter. His newest book, Talent Wins, co-authored with Dominic Barton and Dennis Carey (Harvard Business Review Press, March 2018), is a guide to radically rethinking the management of talent, because human capability is the ultimate determinant of a company’s success. Especially in this digital age.

Ram has authored over 25 books since 1998 that have sold over 2 million copies in more than a dozen languages. Three of his books were Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including Execution, which he co-authored with former Honeywell CEO Larry Bossidy in 2002, which spent more than 150 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He also has written for publications includ-ing Harvard Business Review, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time, Chief Executive and USA TODAY.


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