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7 Questions with Parveen Sharma
Name: Parveen Sharma
Current title: CEO
Current organisation: The BIM Engineers (www.thebimengineers.com)
Parveen Sharma is a BIM, Digital Twin & Virtual Construction Technologies Specialist with 20+ years’ experience of implementing BIM on 600+ complex projects.
Parveen is CEO of ‘The BIM Engineers’ which has offices in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, UAE, UK, Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, South America and USA. ‘The BIM Engineers’ have done projects in 70+ countries across the globe.
Parveen’s contribution to the construction industry has been recognized by various international organizations, Parveen has written various Books, Research Papers, Articles and has spoken at various international events across the globe. He is an active member of national and international BIM forums and a regular speaker at Conferences and Seminars.
His project portfolio includes Heathrow Airport, Burj Khalifa, Kingdom Tower, Hong Kong Airport, Delhi Airport, Navi Mumbai Airport, Bangalore Airport, Chennai Airport, Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, NCRTC Delhi Meerut High-Speed Rail, Delhi Metro, Mumbai Metro, Singapore MRT, Malaysia KVMRT Metro, Hong Kong High-Speed Rail, Eurostar Rotterdam Netherlands, Nuclear Power Plant in Europe, National Children Hospital in Dublin, Ireland Police Head Office, Data Centers in the UK and various other high rise buildings, hospitals, hotels, laboratories, and other prestigious projects across the globe.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
Managing the clients/projects in 65+ countries makes you a global citizen. One has to be up and running 24 x 7. From Australia to Asia, Europe to Africa and America, you are practically working all the time. It takes a lot of efforts to be available to all the clients at various time zones.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
Technology has been my passion since my college days. When I noticed that the Design and Construction industry is lagging behind in technology adoption, I decided to work towards changing the way things were working there.
It led me to this position where 'The BIM Engineers' is contributing to implement advanced technologies in global projects.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I practically work 24 x 7 (on phone). The day starts with checking the email and project updates from the ANZ and SouthEast Asia region and then moves towards India, Middle East, and then European projects, and the day ends by reaching out to colleagues and clients in the USA and South America.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
T.E.A.M = Together Everyone Achieves More.
teamwork always wins. we have to make a team of clients and our staff together and act with utmost transparency. With this, the clients will feel connected and will accept your flaws and strengths with open arms.
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 got my hands on the book 'What it Takes' by Stephen A. Schwarzman. I noticed that 'The Harder the Problem, the More Limited the Competition' and motivated us to keep investing in advanced technologies and stay ahead of the competition.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
I always believe in 'Ask for Help if You Need it'.
It motivates the Senior team members to come forward and take responsibility. Then you have a team with leaders and not followers.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
We were running small operations of around 75 staff when in October 2018, the occupancy was around 95%, and then We were approached by a European client to provide 70 staff members (with one week mobilization time).
Our HR and Technical team came into action, did 250+ interviews in 3 days, and hired 70 staff members within a week. It was a huge challenge but we came out as a winner.