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7 Questions with Chinya Nagesh

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7 Questions with Chinya Nagesh

Name: Chinya Nagesh

Current title: Group Vice president - Global Project Delivery

Current organisation: ABB Limited

Dynamic, high-energy, international project specialist with over three decades of international experience spanning across Asia, Europe, Middle East, South America and North America. Outstanding ability to understand both business and project requirements ranging from initial business strategy planning to superfast-track international projects (Infrastructure) across global geography, markets and management. Possesses PGDBM (MBA) from XLRI coupled with BE in Electrical and Electronics; track record overseeing activities relating to design, engineering, planning, scheduling, and project-construction management. Significant experience in managing multiple international projects with a budget ranging from $1M (USD) to $1B (USD). Hands-on experience in leading, mentoring and motivating 51 nationals, eliciting superior performances and maximising ROIs while meeting top- and bottom-line objectives. Commercial and technical perceptive, an inspirational leader utilising collaborative approaches to create robust strategies, thus translating vision into achievement through strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Exhibits passion for work well done, together with the quality and ability to build productive partnerships utilising excellent communication skills.

7 Questions with Chinya Nagesh


1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?

The greatest challenge of a leadership is shouldering the responsibility it confers. Part of that responsibility is the responsibility to deal with those aspects of yourself that can keep you from being an effective leader. That's not easy, but the rewards are great.

2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?

Reciprocation of respect. Delivery Performance, unquestionable integrity and Team Player. I am a firm believer of greater tomorrow as well as growing with Built to Measure concepts.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

Meticulous plan both personal and professional activities - Work Balance strategy which includes my personal time for routine. Most of the time make it a point to complete & contribute for conclusion of the task. Absolutely no deferment of task .

4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

One must change one's tactics every five years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.

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?

One small idea can ignite a revolution just as a single matchstick can start a fire. One such idea—putting employees first and customers .

6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?

The true Grit of a leadership is not how they perform during good times, but how they roll up their sleeves and produce when times get difficult. Great leaders with positive attitudes lead by example and rally their team no matter the circumstances. It is this inherent positivity that helps to react to situations with a calm, collected manner and focus on solutions rather than on problems.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?

Leader who don't listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have NOTHING to say

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