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7 Questions with Ashok Shah
Name: Ashok Shah
Current title: Founder & CEO
Current organisation: MyTourMakers & IWFM
My name is Ashok Shah and I am a Founder & CEO for MyTourMakers & IWFM. I am an entrepreneur, coder and programmer, taking both startups to its heights. I graduated from the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree in Software Development. I'm 24 years old living in Delhi, India..
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
The most challenging I found being passionate and dedicated in this quickly changing era. As a young leader it puts me in a situation to learn the concept of business and customer relationship enthusiastically. Lots of hurdles are around which may make you think to give up, but the consistency in what you are doing keeps the things growing.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
Since childhood a very common thinking has been around doing something big, new and unique. After completion of graduation I worked with a big company which helped me to grow professionally. However the buzz of doing something exciting has been chasing me badly. Hence planned to found MyTourMakers which is a well organised company at Noida. Recently IWFM, I founded with few intellectual minds.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Really, it's interesting. I start the day at 4AM daily, since then the regular Yoga Exercises and light Gym, newspaper, breakfast etc. comes around. All pre-set meetings are clicked and reminded. The whole day goes while facing the exciting challenges. By 8 or 9 PM dinner then book reading and bed by around 11 AM.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
To have grace and be humble towards your employees, because they are the gem of your vision. The more you think for them, they take your business like their goals.
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?
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's biography written by his nephew really played a great role in developing the leadership quality. The way he lived his life is an example for lacs of proud lives. The most important part of that book was the journey of cracking the Civil Servant Examination. The way he took the good challenge from his father and left for London to pursue the whole course, even after having a few months before examination he could crack it and become one of very few Indian to achieve that. Even while serving under Britishians, he could identify the needs of him in the freedom fight and left the position in 1 year to lead the Swaraj Hind founded by him.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
Learning from every mistake, failures and moving ahead with hope not to repeat again.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
During the start of my role, struggling for things such as funds, teams etc. was crucial and the whole procedure to overcome those all are the mix-up of all such stories which keeps your motivation high. Can't tell any specific story but the combined journey is itself a story and learning.