Diageo India’s CHRO, Steve Correa, chooses the entrepreneurial route

After four years with the Company, Correa is all set to pursue corporate coaching.

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Steve Correa has called it a day at Diageo India. With this move, the chief human resource officer ended a four-year-long association with the beverage alcohol company.

Taking his personal passion of coaching forward, Correa has decided to go solo and launch his entrepreneurial venture, Steve Correa and Associates.

“My experience with it (coaching) has not been a recent one. I have always been inclined towards it and it has been a part of my repertoire even during my corporate tenure. My passion for coaching stems from my personal purpose to ‘follow my light, as I support others follow theirs’,” Correa tells HRKatha.

“I will always cherish my time at Diageo. I joined the organisation at a time when it had charted for itself an exciting journey of transformation. This included restructuring, establishing new ways of working as well as raising the bar on talent via several talent initiatives.”

This is the second stint at coaching for the founder and CEO of Steve Correa and Associates, and he couldn’t be more excited. He is certified by the International Coach Academy in Melbourne, Australia and the International Coach Federation, USA.

“Through my second stint at coaching I am more convinced than ever before about the need to grow leaders of tomorrow. I want to now address an even wider audience—be it individuals or organisations — that are grooming leaders for tomorrow. My entrepreneurial venture is closely aligned to my personal purpose, and through it, I wish to support organisations and people with self-insight and commitment, and also drive individual/personal transformation,” he says.

“The HR function has gone through drastic changes in the last 10 years alone. We need to prepare ourselves to be agile in terms of strategy, leaders, individuals, organisation, technology and ways of working. Today, we need to work with newer tools to face newer issues that emerge. We need to reinvent ourselves for newer times.”

Correa joined Diageo India in September 2014, and admits that the four years he spent with the Company will be very memorable.

“I will always cherish my time at Diageo. I joined the organisation at a time when it had charted for itself an exciting journey of transformation. This included restructuring, establishing new ways of working as well as raising the bar on talent via several talent initiatives,” he says.

“Through my second stint at coaching I am more convinced than ever before about the need to grow leaders of tomorrow.”

The XLRI Jamshedpur alumnus began his career in 1989 with Modi Xerox. Over the years, the HR veteran has worked in varied sectors, such as telecommunications, FMCG and IT, in companies such as Vodafone, Unilever, Patni Computer Systems, and Reliance Jio Infocomm, besides Diageo India.

Taking his experiences of the last three decades ahead, Correa wishes to make a significant difference as an executive coach and HR consultant with Steve Correa and Associates.

“The HR function has gone through drastic changes in the last 10 years alone. HR over the years has changed itself from being just a simple ‘personnel’ function to a strong business partner with the emergence of a slew of technologies. We need to prepare ourselves to be agile in terms of strategy, leaders, individuals, organisation, technology and ways of working. Today, we need to work with newer tools to face newer issues that emerge. We need to reinvent ourselves for newer times,” says Correa.

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