Parting letter from Prabir Jha on his last day at Reliance

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Prabir Jha, president and Group CHRO, Reliance Industries was a true people’s person. On his last day at work, he bids adieu with a heartwarming letter. Excerpts

Parting letter from Prabir Jha on his last day at Reliance

Prabir Jha, president and Group CHRO, Reliance Industries was a true people’s person. On his last day at work, he bids adieu with a heartwarming letter. Excerpts

Prabir Jha, president and Group CHRO, Reliance Industries put it in his papers on Tuesday, July 28. Today will be his last day at Reliance.

In his last heartwarming letter to his collegues at Reliance, he says that the development has moved very fast and that he will leave Reliance at the end of day.

He regretted that he may not be able to see, speak, hug and thank each of his colleagues in person.

However, he mentioned that the team at Reliance has been the most amazing one to have had the opportunity to lead and be part of.

“What we have achieved over the last two years has been truly remarkable. We have moved mountains at a lightning speed. The world has stood up and applauded this HR makeover,” he wrote in the letter.

“I want to put on record that none of this would have happened unless each of you had put your shoulder to the wheel. I am inspired by your resolve and effort. I am so proud of your collaboration. I am so grateful for your trust and support to make us get to where we have,” he added.

He referred to this parting as circumstantial, something which was completely personal. “But each of you will remain a friend forever. I am sure with the mountains and boulders moved, you will continue to lay the expressway that is worthy of the corporation. I shall always applaud at your future successes from wherever I shall be among the crowds,” he said.

He ended with quote by Ralph Emerson which was always there in front of him in his office at Makers, “To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch….to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.” This is to have succeeded.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Really touchy and wonderful letter by a senior most officer giving credit to his subordinates for the success of an organization. Hats off to Mr. Prabeer Jha and wish him all success in his next assignment. A wonderful, inspiring and courageous person. Regards,

  2. This is really proves the title “people’s person” as usually at this level no one bothered to write such an emotional letter and sharing the contribution of the success with all … Hats off to Mr. Jha !!!!!!!!!

  3. Prabir is a nice human being. Good orator and real people’s person! As some many HR people were surprised on his move from Tata Motors to RIL, considerably opposite in terms of organisational culture, leadership style of these two organisations, his stay at RIL could have been this much. As he cited in his parting letter, the reasons for quitting RIL being circumstantial and completely personal, it does not appear to be a sweet departure. As he said, “Moving mountains with lightning speed”. Doe this not defy any gravitational force with legacy systems and does this measure not refute/ignore principles of change management?
    Can you make HR transformation and bring culture change and mindsets of management by tweaking Performance Management System and applying 5 days week at work?
    Is quick departure of President and CHRO not a sign of disapproval of his approach and measures for any reasons, real or biased?

  4. Person like Prabir Jha will not be able to work with a company like Reliance as it is a 100% owner driven Co coming from TATA will always be a difficult proposition to fit into the Baniya culture – however I must applaud him for taking some bold decisions during his tenure with RIL – All the best to this great mentor / coach / guide

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