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Name: Rajendra Deshpande
Organisation: Business Value India
As a Consultant and Trainer, my purpose is to analyze and Develop Business Value for organizations and individuals.
My strength is my innovative analytical mindset and powerful diverse network. I am honored to be nominated as a member of Leaders Excellence, Harvard Square. an exclusive members-only club for business leaders. I am One of the few individuals who have research in social science and Business Management. This helps me in Having a Holistic Perspective of issues that we deal in different Organizations. This helps me in making a difference with Business Leaders.
He is one of the few professionals in the world having successfully integrated synergy of acclaimed Research in Managerial & Social Sciences. Was Invited By Leading Institutions and Universities in the USA, South Africa, IIM, and TISS in India. He is a Distinguished author, Keynote speaker, and Guest speaker. Rajendra Deshpande has total international experience of more than 50 K hours and 20k Sales and Marketing interactions. in Pharma, Healthcare, Travel, Tourism, Domains.
Last Five years working as Business Value Development Consultant. He advises Businesses, Start Ups, Incubation centers, Individual Executives, MBA students, faculties for Career growth and Business Models for growth. He has established and Developed Pharmaceuticals businesses, Education Institutions, Travel, Tourism in last 30 yrs. Has Worked in International American Hospitals, Pharmaceutical companies as Head of Marketing, Trainer, and Consultant. He is active in social organizations as a National General Secretary of the Leading Social Organization for Constructive program.
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
Integrity, Openness for learning and ability to transform is most challenging for the global leaders today.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
World is Looking For your value more than your Degrees or Products. My leadership Qualities were Praised and appreciated since my child hood. The mindset was groomed then. Even in My Graduation , academically I was average, but my leadership was recognized. Professional working gave me the background for leadership.
Facing challenging Circumstances Fearless was one of the key attributes. During my international exposure also the Leadership qualities were Demonstrated. During the lockdown recently Our team, under my leadership Impacted Thousands of people all across the world. My ability to analyse and differentiate gave me spontaneity of decisions and this gave me confidence . I was Nominated by Harvard Square for leaders excellence . Last week my Organization received Global award for Best Organization ,for creating value in Business. Your value will attract Value.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
My Day Starts at 05.00 in the morning. After Morning Routines of Yoga and meditation and bath, day starts at 09.00. I review the days work and routine meetings. One of the most important advice I will like to give is every day define the outcome for each and every actions that you take . This makes us move towards our Goals and vision slowly but Certainly. I take heavy Breakfast /Lunch before 12.00 Noon . This gives me more time than others . until evening except tea I dont take anything. This keeps me fit.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
The world is now looking for your Business Value - There are more than enough products for the entire world. There are more than enough of people for all the most of the Routine jobs. Your Business Value is the one that makes you stand out and Differentiate. One needs to find out.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
Comments on Bhagvad Gita - is the most Powerful Management Book for all the world leaders. Even if you open any page , any time you find the most relevant message and pathways for actions right in front of you. In all your Circumstances of business it is useful
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
"Everyone in this world is born with his or her Business Value". All Business have value. there is need to make efforts to find it , develop it and leverage it for growth. Let us all make this world Valuable. This is more important than being Successful. Success is one time being valuable gives you consistency.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
Why getting rid of your Ego is important ?
Ancient Story from Mahabharata.
Lord Krishna, was returning from the war of Mahabharata to his Capital Dwaraka. On his return he met a very Knowledgeable enlightened Rishi Utkarsh . He was very Happy . He mentioned we are meeting after long time and I am very Glad about it. I am very pleased and now want to grant you one boon as a gift. The rishi said , I am Sanyasi and alone , what will I do with Boon since I don't have any attachment ? Lord Krishna said I still want to Give you. Tell me what will Give you? The Rishi said I most of the time Move around in Forest and Desert. Grant me Boon that whenever I Wish, for Water, It is readily available for me. Lord Krishna Said - Granted. He moved ahead.
One day entire day Rishi was moving around in Deserted Forest , he became thirsty but didn't get water. He then Meditated and Prayed Lord Krishna asking for water. A very dirty Beggar with Torn Clothes appeared with a Dirty Leather Bag with Earthen glass. He asked I sense that you are thirsty please take this water. The rishi became angry - he thought how dare this dirty Beggar offer me water ?
He discarded him angrily - the beggar once again requested humbly . but the rishi strongly refused he moved his neck other side. He Noticed that the beggar Vanished immediately miraculously. He then realised that there is some thing Wrong from My side. I have failed to recognise the god himself came in disguise, but I insulted him . He felt sorry and guilty from within.I am such a Knowledgeable Brahmin Rishi who has attained such stage , but my knowledge failed to recognise. Lord Krishna appeared in his full attire after some time . Rishi angrily asked him - What is this ? Why are you testing me ?
I am such a Learned Brahmin Rishi and you sent me such a dirty beggar for serving me the water ? Lord krishna said : When you prayed for me - I immediately Contacted Lord Indra in the heaven the King of Gods and requested that you be served with "Amrit" the heavenly drink available only for gods. Indra said it is only for Gods and can not be served to Humans . After my insistence he agreed - but he said I will go in disguise and will give him chance , & will not insist. Lord Krishna said yes. and agreed .
After this lord Krishna Vanished. The moral of the story is - we all have our egos . This is most important Hinderance in our Progress. There are opportunities that are golden and valuable that we all miss just because we are not able to drop our egos. Thanks