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7 Questions with Mahesh Mirchandani

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7 Questions with Mahesh Mirchandani

Name: Mahesh Mirchandani

Current title: CIO

Current organisation: Confidential

15+ years of executive management experience with large local and multinational enterprises.

Led automation using technology and business process management / optimization, resulting in business velocity and efficiency.

7 Questions with Mahesh Mirchandani


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

The sale of new ideas and perception management.

Execution is almost always easier!

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

Started by freelancing out of college. One of my clients was happy with the product and service. He offered to fund my startup. From there, I graduated to a management role in a large enterprise, and eventually, a CIO role was within reach.

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

Depending on the priorities of the day - business and personal. I find time for family, yoga and some meditation.

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

What you achieve is sometimes second to what your stakeholders perceive as your accomplishments (or failure).

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?

Inner Engineering by Sadhguru

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

Look for potential and nurture young leaders. Build your brand (personal and business) so as to attract good talent.

Say what you do and do what you say.

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

The boss is always right.

Although this may sound cliche, there is depth behind the sentence. It’s important to align yourself with your leader / manager and support him/her.

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