I have been a Technologist all my work life. Solving complex
algebraic equations used to excite me as a child and even now complex business
problems that can be made so simple
through technology is what drives me ...keeps me happy. For me it’s something that keeps me going and is not just a job.
2) You recently moved from tech sales to sales. How has that change been in terms of the role and its challenges?
All job roles (support or line) exist to achieve
business objectives and while every member of the team has to understand their respective roles and how it
impacts the overall goals it is
equally important to acknowledge and appreciate
the role of other team members. While in a support role many a times I missed
the complete picture and didn't understand the apprehension
that a seller may have, this transition has helped me bridge the gap. I have been able to align the entire IM team to the brand objective and give them a sense of common goal.
There are challenges and that’s what makes work fun. I love what I do, so its not just a job for me.
3) which of the roles did you prefer and why?
I have been a hands-on techie all along. I never thought
that I'll ever do sales but trust me, last 6 months have been most rewarding with
a steep learning curve. In a sales role the end results
are beyond us, the uncertainty is much higher but then so is the excitement.
I have enjoyed the earlier role as much as I do the current.
4) You have led a team with many women. Any advice to women who wish to make a career in technology?
I would want to tell any / all women who are really serious about careers that marriage, motherhood can’t slow them down..... all that's required is to think and prioritize....
we might have to juggle , accept and acknowledge facts and be prepared to make choices, ask for help and give in / lie low when required ....
5) In your current leadership role as Brand leader of IM - how do you balance your personal and professional demands?
For me only two things matter, my child and my
work.....nothing else is important and hence can wait. My weekdays and even
weekends are planned to meet both sets of
commitments without any compromise on these two, any thing else doesn't matter.
3 most important things:
- 1. Prioritize - Chose what's important when and learn to say No
- 2. Lead a disciplined life - I follow a very strict timetable that allows me to have more hours in a day...
- 3. Nurture a strong support system - I do have a support system that I have consciously built and take special care to maintain the same