On life…and learning


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Leading a team is some interesting work! Specially, when it comprises of individuals that are as bright, capable and strong as the ones whom I lead. Here they are, in the adjoining image…

I built this team from the scratch – from a two-member unit to now a 24-strong one…took me more than 3 years to do so. True professionals that they are, each one of them is a leader in his or her own realm. Highly engaged and committed, they are proud recipients of several awards and accolades in last few years and have grown from one strength to another.

Many a times I am asked, what keeps them together. What is the trick, the magic wand…

Let’s see what make this team ‘work’ together:

  • We hire for attitude only; train later for skill. Personal integrity, high energy and passion are must-haves to join us.
  • We trust each other – one hundred percent. 99% is considered as good as 0% here!
  • Heard about the term ‘boundary-lessness’? Meet us…you’d often note the one based at Amritsar calling the one based at Lucknow to learn something new! Doesn’t matter if he could have called five of us in Punjab itself. What matters is who would’ve known the best answer…
  • We disagree vehemently – it is allowed in this team and conflict isn’t viewed as negative behavior.
  • If convinced, you can tell your manager that she is wrong – high chances she may accept it!
  • Well, we know it is OK to make mistakes. When we fail, we simply raise our hand and someone is around to help. You must see us working on our best-failed ideas some day!
  • We are honest, simple fellas and treat each other as equals.
  • There is no Boss! The leader is considered as a common connecting point.
  • Aged 24 and 36 and all others in between – gel alike. Yet, no two of us are are same. In fact, even if you ask us, we would find it really impossible to identify any two who are similar people!
  • Every member who is more than 6-months old in the team has surely trained a new member and owned his or her deliverables for first 60 days.
  • We stand by each other, in good, bad and worse. Heard about the old ‘friend in need…’ piece?
  • Do we have fun? Well, see us dancing together sometimes, or singing as a chorus! Favourite quote of ours – “Aap kaisa bhi gao, hum achcha hi sunenge” 🙂
  • We love learning and improving and do so as a religion.
  • We lovvve eating out – at the dhabas and the Taj alike! And only the Boss(!) pays 🙂
  • and many more…

Aptly put in by one of us, “This team also celebrates everything, be it professional accolades, personal triumphs or even just plain well being…with an energy level to be proud of!” Another one said, “We keep each other on our toes!” An older team-mate remarked “we are truly proud of our team’s bonding.” And the youngest one of us opined that we enjoy a candid and open culture!

Above all, we love our work and our roles in making everyone successful – believe in it every day and strive to be the best, in all we do…

Amused after reading this? Well, didn’t I say at the start that leading a team is some interesting work?


Disclaimer: The views expressed above are author’s own and not of the organisation he is associated with.

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  1. Thanks Rishi for recognizing. This team truly deserves the ‘Best Team’ tag as well. There are many in this who live by the true spirit of a professional and also are great humans… Kudos to each one of them. Proud to be a part of this bonding.

    Abhishek Gaur

    February 14, 2012 at 1:08 AM

  2. Thanks for sharing your ‘team-insight’ with all of us Rishi. First 2 points really made me say Very Nice ! I liked your ‘Best failed’ idea too. Good luck..

    Nitin Sharma

    February 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM

  3. The team also celebrates everything…….be it professional accolades or personal triumphs or even just plain well being…with an energy level to be proud of !!!


    February 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    • Rubina, very well said, as always! I am going to include this in the blog.


      February 16, 2012 at 12:11 AM

  4. Well Written and I love what you have been able to create! God Bless and I am glad that you hire for Attitude which is paying off!


    February 22, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    • Thanks, Sucharith. We believe attitude, if right, is the most crucial element of any individual’s/team’s success, and thus, give paramount importance to the same while recruiting HR managers for our team.


      February 22, 2012 at 12:33 AM

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  7. Have so many more points to share :-
    – we ALWAYS respect each other and never criticize each other behind the back
    – Females feel very very comfortable in the team. (Remember my mom made me realise I was the only female in the team. That too after almost a year of joining)
    – we were encouraged to make mistakes (“you cannot make a mistake I cannot correct”)
    – we don’t judge each other.
    – we laugh with each other and not at each other
    – we may not be together in good times but are ALWAYS there when anyone of us is going through a bad time.
    – we work on our individual strengths and make up for each other’s weaknesses.

    Shilpa Gogia

    April 12, 2017 at 9:44 PM

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