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7 Questions with P Kalyana Chakravarthy

Name: P Kalyana Chakravarthy

Current title: Vice President - Technology Strategy

Current organization: Standard Chartered Bank

An enterprising leader with abilities in leading multi-skilled motivated teams to achieve organizational goals / objectives by the use of the industry best practices. High analytical skills with systematic approach towards the task, can analyst company operations and take corrective decisions to accomplish the desired results. A thorough professional with a proactive attitude and capable of generating new solutions and ideas for clients.

7 Questions with P Kalyana Chakravarthy

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

Collaboration between different groups to achieve a common goal through efficiency.

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

I have come where I'm through hard work and working through every phase of technology. I started as a Customer Service Executive, Call Center, Support Executive, Team Lead, Manager, Sr. Manager, AVP, VP. You can see how I have touched base on every level of the corporate culture in various organizations I have worked for. I can confidently tell you that the next level will be a C level which will give me a platform to put all this experience into the role and become successful.

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

My day starts at around 6am on weekdays and 7am on Weekends. I finish my morning chores including an hour's walk by 8am and be ready @ work or @Home to login to my laptop by 9am. If need be I rearrange my schedule to accommodate some early morning meetings. End my day with some quality time with my kids and family.

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

Flexibility and being able to adapt to any situation, team, role you are put into. I believe in being an efficient leader and with the changing times it's going to be extremely important to connect with people at all levels across all teams in the company you work for.

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 believe my leadership style is from my practical experience for the past 21 years of my career. I have learnt from other leaders, from their positives as well as their areas of improvement. I do take some inspiration from example quotes in some leadership books on servant leader style.

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

According to my experience I truly believe in Transparency, Collaboration, Communication, Agility because true leadership can be identified and built upon only when you spend quality time to build the next generation of leaders.

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

Every little helps :- I have been a People leader for the past 14 years and I have always used simple ways to reach out to maximum people.
"Candy Man" :- I have started bringing candies to work every Friday for the past 6 years and it has helped me gain more face time with people across teams. Please started calling me by the name Candy Man, but in return I had achieved what no other leader on the same floor could achieve reaching out to every employee of the organization on the floor I'm working on and slowly people from other floors started coming and introducing themselves to me and picking up candies from my desk. Even though it was the most simple thing It helped become a Trusted, Approachable, and Anytime Leader.