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Name: Rangaraj Perumal
Organisation: Gloabl Pipelines Group
Seasoned finance professional qualified to B.Com., ACA,CPA,CMA, ICWA and CFA- level I with 23 years’ experience in industries of varied interests in UAE/ MENA and India ranging from Infrastructure to Equipment leasing and transportations, Engineering to Contracting, Oil & Gas to Aviation support services, FMCG to Retail, manufacturing from Paper to PCBs, LV switchgear and sheet metal food manufacturing, having excellent expertise in Strategy, financial management, Fund raising, Corporate restructuring, M & A, Buy and sell side advisor, Business to enterprise valuations. Risk management to compliance, IFRS to US GAAP, Taxation, ERP and MIS.
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
Bright talents available in plenty, but hesitant to come forward and put forth their ideas and thoughts. Finding and grooming them is a challenge i see so. I endured practicing and providing the platform for those talents to come forward to voice their ideas. To a great extent it worked for the great good of all of us.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
A simple change in thought process, by taking my thoughts away from technician mindset the leader mind set. Bit if struggle and flops were witnessed initially, but appreciated for the results and it worked very well for me to shape as a leader
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
My day starts at 3.45 AM. After 30 minutes of refreshing, brief morning prayer and will do yoga / jogging / Gym on alternate days for an hour or so. Return my morning does of green or ginger tea, will spend some time in refreshing about the news and infos that needs to be looked into or might be useful for me to say. Get into business suite, hit the office, see what needs to be done, based on yesterdays task lists. have a small meeting with colleagues in the departments. Provide and provided with the information's that needs my attention and involvements. With the initial bush up and available infos that is scheduled, go on with other meetings and task exestuations. With the advent of virtual space always i plan for virtual meeting rather than one to one meeting, planning for the day / week / month as per the requirements to handle the task. Cross functional co ordination and involvements in addition to my domain colleagues involvements i give priority rather than attempting on my own.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
Do little changes on time rather than accumulating it will make the life easy for self and the people around us. Break any tasks into doable lots and get the people and process involved.
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?
I draw the inspiration from various books and write ups of common man rather than experts around me. What I understand from the experience is be easy and approach the people with ease. This makes every body to deliver at their full potential.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Dont' stress your self too much. Keep a small note pad and pen in your pocket, whenever you see or come across something interesting make a note of it. Go to your laps, ping the information. This will be a valuable source of information.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
Listen before you act.