Parag Shah, Managing Partner, Mahindra Partners, talks about fighting the corona pandemic, and business revival.
As we sit through this national lockdown, hoping like the rest of the country that it will soon come to an end, I see hope in the most recent address by our Prime Minister.
We have seen a profound level of collaboration across public, private and civil society to deal with the pandemic. Even in India, people are showing their solidarity in fully supporting the prime minister's message. While the recovery is going to be slow, we all need to do our bit as individuals, as businesses, and as a group. We need to ensure that people and companies that are most affected by this can come out of the situation.
The Mahindra Group is playing a tremendous role in seeing our country through this crisis. The Group’s effort in manufacturing ventilators and sanitizers are commendable. Our engineers have ingeniously built models applying their expertise to create ventilators from scratch. We are proud of the teams who are working tirelessly at the shop floor level to realise the vision of the Group in such challenging times.
We saw Mahindra Logistics' launching free emergency cab services with Alyte, and Mahindra Tractors leading the sanitisation drives in Mumbai. It is moments like these that give us the perfect opportunity to Rise, and we indeed have done our nation proud by being an active participant in this movement of change. This crisis is the biggest test yet, of responsible capitalism.
At Mahindra Partners, we spent the first couple of weeks in accepting the problem and focusing on how to get work done from home successfully. This happened just as the leadership team was also ensuring that all companies have sufficient funds to survive through slightly long-term recovery from the current crisis. We are happy to report that on both these fronts we have had a successful transition.
In a Black Swan event such as this, companies will have to relook at their business models and strategy. There is a need to build resilience in every aspect of the operations, right from our cash flows to our supply chains. We need to mobilise our war rooms to protect our employees and customers (while we work from home) to ensure business continuity and create centres of excellence for knowledge management.