Connecting work with your purpose
Johannesburg: Irisha Luhanga, CEO of Redefine Human Capital and social entrepreneur embodies passion as seen through her drive to serve individuals and organisations with the support they need to reach their full potential. “My aim is to redefine the way people view their work by aligning it to their purpose.” The wife and mother of two epitomizes the modern day business women - turning challenges into opportunities on a daily basis.
As a creative and dynamic executive, Irisha developed a reputation for mentoring junior colleagues and championing cultural understanding. It was during this time, while working as a Human Resource Manager that Irisha observed how many people resigned due to stress, being unhappy and unfulfilled in their work environment. ”Most staff were not aligned to their life purpose and felt that they were pushing paper rather than making a difference,” she recalls.
“Redefine Human Capital was born as a result of this gap – our objective is to redefine the way people view work, aligning their purpose with what they do on a daily basis, resulting in happier, more productive workers. People want to work in organisations that empower and support them in realising their potential, Redefine focuses on organisational development by encouraging our clients to see the ability of their staff and to fully embrace and work with the potential that their people have to offer,” says Irisha.
Her company Redefine Human Capital is a strategic human resource provider, delivering high quality leadership and organisational solutions in the areas of Recruitment, Career Management and Human Resource Consulting.
“Our prime role is to assist our clients to identify needs, develop an action plan and facilitate change to enhance the success of their organisations. Our management, human resource, and training services are designed to improve productivity, efficiency, communication and employee morale,” says Irisha.
Redefine Human Capital aims to contribute significantly to human capital development across the continent with its main focus being South Africa. The organisation is committed to providing services that will enable clients to optimize the development and use of human capital so as to achieve their strategic objectives. This is achieved through provision of effective Learning Solutions and Human Resources Consulting services so that clients too can excel in rendering their services to their clients.
In her other capacity, Irisha is a founding member of Visions of Joy, which is an NGO which provides basic needs to underprivileged youth while also facilitating infrastructure projects to improve their lives. A frequent participant in pledge-generating opportunities, Irisha serves charitable causes and the greater good. “Giving back means that we are all blessed to a blessing. Giving is part and parcel of who I am. Blessing others is not seen as an extension to myself it is who I am. My motivation is love” she adds.
As a mentor Irisha gives of her time to empower young people redefine their purpose. “I have 10 mentees, these are all powerful young people who are driven to be the best version of themselves. Her mentees include a lawyer, pilot and university graduates. “I also find joy in mentoring people who are transition. These are people who may be out of work for a long time, and are not winning at interviews, and are trying to break through back into the world of work. I saw how youth had lost hope in townships, girls falling pregnant by age 12, and I believe in teaching my clients that everything starts in the mind.”
When Irisha is not serving others she sings in her church choir and loves to partake in adrenaline pumping sports. “I have jumped out of a plane and off a bridge and love to travel off the beaten track. This year I plan to travel to Israel for my 40th birthday, and also identify business opportunities for opportunities between the two countries.”
Her long career as a well-regarded, accomplished search professional for multinational firms and her exceptional combination of strategic and tactical intelligence, has positioned her as the ideal candidate to assist global companies with talent searches and startups in new markets.
Nasedi Media & Communications
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