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7 Questions with Mohit Gupta

Name: Mohit Gupta

Current title: Co Founder and CMO

Current organisation: The Knotty tales, The Stitchme, Embark Hospitality

My expertise is spanning (e.g.) building brands, advising many companies and organisations (B2C and B2B) on Marketing, Market-, Brand- and Go-to-Market strategies, leading the consumer-business strategy. I am advising organizations and companies on strategic development projects to enable businesses to become PURPOSE-driven business, covering Vision and Mission, Brand Identity and Positioning, Go-to-Market strategies and moreover how to become a customer-centric organization in order to transform existing businesses against the current challenge of digital transformation.

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

The most challenging part is to get employees engaged and aligned to its purpose and to make them understand what’s different about what their company does

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

I always wanted to work for something which left a positive impact in the world.

In all our companies we focus on solving people's problems before considering profits which gives me satisfaction on a personal & professional level.

That drive to do common good led the path to leadership position.

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

All the days are themed.

Sunday is for family.
Monday is for strategy and (op - comm) - operations meetings.
Tuesday & Wednesday for Technology, Marketing, Product, Innovations.
Thursday is for Alliances and Business Partnerships, New Business Ideas
Friday is for Company & Culture
Saturday is a Day off

Daily routine -
Waking at 5am -
Meditating - 30 minutes,Reading - 1 hour,Emails - 30 minutes,Workout - 45 minutes,Breakfast - 45 minutes
Office first half - 9am - 2pm
Break - 2pm - 3pm
Office Second Half - 3pm - 6pm.
Networking events/outdoor sports - 7pm - 8pm
Dinner - 8pm - 9pm
Reading - 9pm - 9.30 pm
9.30 pm - Go to sleep
7-8hours sleep.

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

The leadership lesson which I have learned recently is being empathetic towards all stake holders - ability to listen and understand which gives a brand understanding.

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?

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

1. Train your perceptions - “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength.”
2.View Obstacles as Opportunities - “Just as nature takes every obstacle, every impediment, and works around it—turns it to its purposes, incorporates it into itself—so, too, a rational being can turn each setback into raw material and use it to achieve its goal.”
3.Love Your Fate - Amor Fati - “To love only what happens, what was destined. No greater harmony.”

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

When I think about leadership, I think about four core competencies. While leadership competencies will vary depending on the organization, these are generic building blocks leaders should be working with.

1. Leaders are self-aware.
2. Leaders show a true appreciation for others.
3. Leaders inspire followership.
4. Leaders are highly competent.

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

1. The number one factor for success: Enthusiasm.
As a leader of the organisation you have to show great energy , build & manage great teams and culture.

2. The other critical meaningful story which comes to my mind is connect all employees to a mission -
The undercurrent of every story you tell as a manager has to be your company’s purpose. “People’s intrinsic motivation comes from feeling that they're doing something important. Their work moves people. It powers a vital part of the company.

3. Being vulnerable is one of the most powerful things you can do as a leader because it shows you’re genuine.