I am Ganesh Chella

Facilitator Process Consultant Advisor HR Educator Executive Coach


My Recent Book

HR Here and Now: The Making of the Quintessential People Champion

The vision of this book is to engage readers in a debate on how we see HR as a function and profession here and now, how we see the practice and the practitioner. The intent is to reflect on what we are seeing, hearing and experiencing about the function in an inclusive fashion. This book offers a practitioner’s take to human resources management as a profession and function keeping in mind the most current and contemporary practices, problems and perspectives in India.

The book is meant for young professionals, students and practitioners in the field of HRM. The book truly reflects HRM as it is practiced today with stories of places (organizational case studies) where it is at its best.

Shorn of all theory, this book raises and answers questions such as given the rapid advancement in the profession, should the term HR be redefined? Why does the quality of the function depend so much on the way it is positioned within the organisation? What shapes a CEO’s attitude towards HR? What are the big demands on HR today and in times to come? How does one advance in HR? Written by practitioners with first-hand HR experience, HR Here and Now is a thought-provoking book set firmly in the Indian context.

Ganesh Chella

Ganesh is the founder of totus consulting

In a career spanning over 37 years, Ganesh  has come to be respected and acknowledged for his contributions as a practitioner, consultant, coach and thought leader in the field of Organisation Development, Human Resources Management and Executive Coaching.

After a successful corporate career in Human Resources for 16 years, in the year 2000 Ganesh turned entrepreneur in the professional services fields close to his heart.

The totus Story

“totus consulting” was founded in June 2000 .

My approach

Partnership with Clients: Because clients know their business and I know my skills and together we can make progress.

Bespoke: I have no ready to use solutions or products. Everything is co-created. 

Small is Beautiful: Scale has never attracted me. Being small keeps me close to my clients and my teams and helps me deliver excellence and enjoy the journey.

Trust is Everything: Proposals and contracts are just the paperwork.

Educative Experience: When clients find it an educative experience, they feel  empowered with the insights to move ahead on their own.

Thought Leadership: Sound and original thought about people and  organisations, led by research.

Collaboration: I collaborate with like-minded professionals with complementary skills to bring great value to every client engagement.

My Skills

My professional peers have identified the following as my top skills:

Executive Coaching

Executive Coaching : Coaching Leaders to support transition, perk performance or prepare for succession; develop and certify coaches; furthering progressive coaching practices; lead thought about coaching and good practices in the field; bringing innovations in the meaningful adaptation of coaching in developing leaders

Organisation Development

Organisation Development : Helping organisations become more effective by understanding current strengths and practices and life giving forces as well as wishes for progress; building consensus on change agendas; helping organisations address drivers of climate and commitment.

Leadership & Leadership Development

Leadership & Leadership Development: Creating road maps for developing leaders from within; designing and implementing leader development interventions; enhancing the effectiveness of leadership and leadership teams within organisations

HR & HR Consulting

HR & HR Consulting: Guiding organisations on all aspects of HR effectiveness including defining the HR agenda, aligning it to business needs, enhancing the effectiveness of HR processes and HR functions and functionaries

Talent Management

Talent Management: Enhancing the ability of organisations to attract, develop, motivate and retain their talented employees and designing and implementing governance processes to institutionalise such processes


Great people, great ideas and landmark literature that have truly inspired me and shaped  my work.


Listening and the boiling milk

How many times has this happen to you? You are standing in front

A Tale of Two Changes

For all the grand theories and frameworks about change, at…

Listening and the boiling milk

Listening and the boiling milk

How many times has this happen to you? You are…

A Tale of Two Changes

A Tale of Two Changes

For all the grand theories and frameworks about change, at…


Get In Touch


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Old No. 17, New No. 6, Jagadambal Street,
T. Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017.





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