Verch Consulting: Dr. Venugopal Rao’s Dream To Reform India’s Consulting Sector

Consulting services provide an organization with strategic solutions and valuable guidance. They can also help the organization manage and execute numerous projects at a time, thereby increasing organizational flexibility and efficiency.
Verch Consulting is one of India’s leading consultancy firms that specializes in HR, Leadership Coaching and Training, OD, entrepreneurship, and Communications. A subsidiary of Nikhil Consultancy, Verch Consulting was established in 2019 with the intent of providing top-notch consultancy services across various business verticals.

Venugopal Rao’s Inspiring Entrepreneurship Journey

When setting up a business, every entrepreneur has to face certain trials and tribulations, especially in the initial stages. When asked about the entrepreneurial struggles he has had to face, the CEO of Verch Consulting, Mr. Venugopal Rao said, “When I began consulting, I dealt with my fair share of challenges. I was unprepared at times. Most of the time, before I had tripped right over them, I caught myself through my presence of mind. However, I learned the truth that It’s okay to mess up. To feel battered and overwhelmed.”
With this kind of dedication and persistence, Mr. Rao founded Verch Consulting. The company was established in March 2019 with the philosophy of assisting organizations through customized recruitment and business development solutions. Verch Consulting is ancillary to Nikhil Consultancy which was established in 2003. The motive behind launching Verch Consulting was to address the unique needs of organizations belonging to various niches across the globe.
Today, over a year after its inception, Verch has become a reliable partner to numerous clients across several different industries.Its transformative solutions have completely changed the way these brands conduct business.

Verch’sTeam of Dedicated Professionals

The success or failure of any business depends on various factors. One such factor is the level of dedication and persistence shown by its employees. VerchConsulting’s highly qualified team has over 200 years of combined experience in End-to-End HR, Communication Assignments, and OD services.
This team comprises of senior and highly experienced professionals who’ve also had prolonged multidisciplinary exposure in Human Resource Management.

How Verch Consulting Takes Care of Its Employees

Every organization aims at increasing its employee retention rate, and a higher employee retention rate results in more productivity, better customer interactions, fewer turnovers, and sick leaves. This is why treating employees fairly is extremely important.
Verch understands the significance of considering its employees’ well-being and growth. Therefore, the company ensures that the workplace is a safe and enjoyable environment for its employees.
“If work is not inherently interesting, by definition, or enjoyable. It’s difficult to function. Dealing with work stresses day in and day out is tough. however It is important for our well-being, our growth, to learn how to compensate for this by having a better place to work, and my philosophy is with the growth of our company our employees must take pleasure in their work.” Added Dr. Venugopal.

Verch Consulting’s High-End Consultancy Solutions

Verch understands that every organization has unique needs, and to provide just that,the company offers high-end consulting solutions like:

HR & Business Plan Alignment (HR Business Plan Roadmap)

It is an assessment aimed at identifying pockets of inefficiencies and creating opportunities for streamlining and re-organization to provide the basis for the decision making in the HRM Function. We at Verch Consulting, believe that any HR Strategy should reflect and help the organization to understand the priorities and initiatives of the HRM Function and also help the employees of the HRM Function prioritize their activities

HR Strategy Post M&A

Our key focus is on HR Strategy Alignment post Mergers & Acquisitions for streamlining the HR Function to help the organization achieve enhanced efficiencies.We at Verch
 Consulting design a model that helps us to get ‘big picture’, conduct ‘SWOT analysis’, determine ‘critical people issues’, developing solutions, implementing the action plans and evaluating the feedback.

Future Readiness

We at Verch Consulting conduct various assignments in scrutinising future readiness for the effectiveness of People Practices, for major M&A .The idea is to design a 3 to 5 years roadmap depending upon the employees’ connect and delight parameters. Post deliberations an Analysis Report is generated which highlights the immediate focus areas, long term interventions and whether the organization is ready for some major M & A.

Succession Planning

We at Verch Consulting believe in pursuing succession planning actively as it not only helps the employees to fulfil their dreams of reaching higher level, but also helps the organization well prepared for expansion or organization redesign.We have devised various models that help in conducting effective training of potential employees to develop their knowledge, skills and abilities and also prepare them for more challenging roles.

Process Re-engineering

We at Verch Consulting specialize in Process Re-engineering with an aim to improve efficiency in an existing system and also enable the existing process to overcome the challenges of scale and operate in diverse geographies.

High Potentials Blueprint

We at Verch Consulting facilitate in identifying, developing and engaging High Potentials in the organisations. High Potentials are a set of employees who have done considerable contribution to the organisation’s growth and have shown enough potential to scale up in the near future.

Employer Branding

Employer branding is a combination of Art and Science of building rock solid image which attracts the best of talent and also helps retain them. Employer branding at Verch Consulting is based on ‘my Brand Promise’, which enables organizations to identify their current status as employer brand.

Human Capital Metrics

We at Verch Consulting believe that attracting and maintaining the best talent is a prevailing theme for the continuing success of an organization. Being able to accurately measure the performance of human capital is therefore a critical issue. We consider that HR Metrics not only brings objectivity but also aligns business to accurately reflect the ‘value’ of human capital. In short if metrics are in place they help organizations improve their performance through their people.

HR Director Dashboard

Dashboards are tools which enable the stakeholders to take ‘Intelligent & Proactive’ decisions. Empowered individuals—whether it is a C-level executive, a business manager, or an analyst driving the business, they all want to work towards defined goals and objectives, evaluate progress and take action to drive improvement. They can do so by working backward from a metrics-driven dashboard.

HR Audits

Employees are the most valued asset of a company and because of this, it is imperative to run a periodic HR audit to diagnose weakness and risk areas in the HR department and to arrest these. We at Verch Consulting can customise the Audit model to meet organization’s specific needs.

ER Advisory

The needs of organization keeps changing with respect to the current marketplace, new strategic positions, predictive future trends, hence it is very critical to have ER/IR advisory to make a huge difference on developing growth strategies.
Corporate Training: Includes Training & Development  facilities for optimum Human Resource Utilization.
Staffing Solutions: Provides potential and ideal talent identification for clients.
The brand has partnered with numerous organizations across various industry segments like Pharma, Automobile, Engineering & IT, Power, and Infrastructure through its joint initiatives.
Through the above-mentioned services, the firm acts as a catalyst that helps organizations make better, well-informed decisions and reach their maximum potential. The brand also aims at enhancing organizations’ overall employee engagement and sustainability.

Verch Consulting’s Altruistic Endeavours

A successful organization is not one that focuses purely on its monetary gains, but onethat’salso concerned about giving back to society. As a means of embracing a philanthropist approach, Verch has collaborated with Nikhil Foundation. Through this collaboration, the company has conducted several service-oriented programs. Its agenda is to integrate the four main pillars of society, i.e, the Environment, Marketplace, Workplace, and Community.
These service-oriented programs aim at the holistic integration of the four pillars for the betterment of:
a) the environment we thrive in
b) the Marketplace our businesses thrive in
c) our place of work and
d) the community we belong to.
The company, through its collaboration, focuses on skill development, generating jobs for the unemployed youth, and sustaining a green and clean society. It also encourages women empowerment by offering jobs, supporting small female-owned businesses, and conducting Health & Hygiene Awareness campaigns for women in rural areas.

The Brand’s Noteworthy Achievements and Plans for the Future

Despite being just a year old, Verch Consulting has already made its name as a reliable consultancy firm in the market. On 15th of August, 2020, Dr. Venugopal Rao received the “CEO of the year 4th Global Business leadership Award” from the Asian Afra Chamber of commerce and Industry. And also received Indian Achiever Award 2020 for CEO of the Year in Recognation of Out standing Professional Achievement.
In thecoming years, the company plans on expanding its network by providing services in the USA, Middle East, and Europe. The brand’s motive is to establish itself as a global consulting leader by the year 2025.

How Verch Consulting Keeps Pace with Dynamic Market Trends

In today’s fast-paced world, trends change in the blink of an eye. What’s “in” today may be forgotten tomorrow like it never existed. In such an ever-changing marketplace, organizations have no choice but to be on their toes at all times.
In order to stay relevant at all times, Verch Consulting deploys a two dimensional approach that involves
a) being updated with the latest market trends and
b) combining the data with the right digital strategies. To achieve this, the company subscribes to all the latest industry-related magazines, journals, and other sources. Then, its team turns their attention to engaging actively with its clients, while also keeping track on its competitors activities.
The R&D department of the company plays a pivotal role in achieving the above. R&D is extremely important for enabling the organization’s maximum potential and staying consistently relevant in the market. It enhances the technological capabilities, innovation process, products, and services of the company. Mr. Venugopal says, “It (R&D) helps you to create an atmosphere conducive to growth and therefore allows our company to adapt itself in an efficient way to marketchanges.”

Dr. Venugopal Rao’s Source of Motivation

Growing up, Mr. Rao watched his father pull himself together in the toughest of situations. This inspired him to imbibe self-reliance and resilience; qualities that benefited his entrepreneurial endeavours.
According to Mr. Rao, his “learner mindset” is his secret to staying motivated at all times. To him, every experience and every person serves as a teacher. He always strives to learn from the people around him, no matter how old or young they are. He feels that the process of entrepreneurship comes in two phases-Connections and Opportunities. Making just the right connections will give the entrepreneur new ideas and eventually, new opportunities. Therefore, treating everyone as an equal is important. One never knows what the other person has to offer.  “All I can tell you is to never stop dreaming, never stop working for it whole heartedly. There is something to learn from everyone, always,” he added.

Views on Today’s Entrepreneurs

Having met numerous entrepreneurs throughout the years,    Dr. Rao feels a common mistake that almost every entrepreneur makes is undermining his/her competitor’s capabilities. He believes that doing so can prove to be a threat to their own business. To avoid such miscalculations, an entrepreneur must thoroughly evaluate the sector their organization caters to. This will help them formulate well-endowed strategies.
Further elaborating on thetopic,he says that many entrepreneurs nowadays try too hard to imitate their competitors instead of focusing on what makes them unique. “To stand out in the market and fight competition, we need to create a reputation for excellence. Competition management is simple when we periodically assess our competition and face the challenge as a learning opportunity, ” he stated.

Battling Stereotypes as an Entrepreneur

The business environment in today’s day and age is highly competitive. For every business being launched weekly, there are a dozen failing monthly. Thriving in such an uncertain environment can be extremely difficult for an entrepreneur.
Taking a bird’s eye view of the market scenario, Mr. Rao says that the primary reason why most business models fail is that entrepreneurs try too hard to replicate existing models, instead of developing something innovative. He says, “You don’t need to be in your twenties to be an entrepreneur. Using your work experience would be a good starter for being on your own. Also, no entrepreneur is simply born with all that they need to be successful because a lot of people think that entrepreneurship comes from innate talent. Entrepreneurs hone the skills and talents they need to succeed. Talent is nothing but passion made into a habit.”
Touching upon the other essentials of entrepreneurial success, he says that two things have kept his motivation levels high over the years. The first is learning from his mistakes and the second is never taking failures or success too seriously.

Balancing Personal and Professional life as an Entrepreneur

Having the time and energy for your personal life while being an entrepreneur can sound like a far fetched dream. Having been one for nearly two decades,     Mr. Rao understands how quickly an entrepreneur’s personal and professional responsibilities start to clash.
From his experience, setting one’s priorities straight and maintaining a healthy work-life balance from the start are of paramount importance. “ I learned very early on that it is necessary to maintain a good work-life balance to keep me productive, as it is just as important for the well-being of those around us. The more people in the workplace or at home rely on us, the more important it is for us to be successful. It doesn’t just mean making a lot of money.”  He said.
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Dr. Rao’s Golden Nuggets for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

With Verch Consulting , Dr. Rao has had a rich experience of almost two decades in the industry.Here’s some advice he has for budding entrepreneurs:
“ All I can say is explore the entrepreneurial journey. It is worthwhile you don’t have to start big…start small and probably while managing your active careers and scale it up. Starting your business is like planting a sapling. First, you have to invest your time and money. Then, you must take care of it while expecting nothing in return. But when your startup blossoms, it makes for all the patience and hard work worthwhile. I’m this journey I can most certainly assure you that you will see challenges. But when you see failures..see it as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end. Most importantly don’t get distracted. Never tell yourself that you need to be the biggest brand in the whole world. Start by working on what you need at the present moment and then what you need to do tomorrow. My message to the readers is ..one step at a time. Set yourself manageable targets.”

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