7 Questions with Rajeev Kheror
Name: Rajeev Kheror
Current title: C.E.O.
Current organisation: Zen Motion Pictures LLC
Rajeev Kheror is a media business mentor with expertise in digital, broadcasting and film industries. He was the enterprise custodian to 1.3 + billion consumers and led the P & L of the global business by steering subsidiaries, independent companies and M & A across U.S.A, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
Building the right value proposition of the products and services of the enterprise.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
Having created very successful networks in International markets that were difficult to penetrate, I was chosen by the board of directors to lead the entire international business. My vision for the corporation was critical for all stakeholders to believe in our actions and the impact we will have on society.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Morning starts early with prayers and Yoga. Quiet time with tea and reading before getting my daughter to school. Calls and meetings take the majority of the time before lunch. Afternoon to evening is divided in correspondence, writing, critical thinking & planning. Evening I go swimming for an hour and alternate to going to a park with my wife & daughter. Put my daughter to sleep after dinner, post which I spend 2 to 3 hours with my wife watching our chosen entertainment. Some international calls happen during late night after which I go to sleep.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Team members who are slow to change bring down the team performance.
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?
True North by Bill George. The book teaches us to be the most authentic person we can be. Once we are at total harmony inside us, we can propagate the right culture and attitude to everybody we connect with. Authenticity is critical for leadership. Having been taught in person by Bill George was also inspiring as all the lessons he taught keep appearing regularly in work and life.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
One has to build leaders who will build more leaders. No work responsibility lasts forever. One must build a culture of harnessing talent and recognize traits that are inspirational in fellow members. Build a process of trust within the organization that brings forth the willingness to welcome new challenges. Fellow members outperform themselves when their self goals are truly aligned with the organizational goals, for this I ensure that each team member's responsibilities match with their talent.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
I had a very demanding board member who would prefer multiple variations in business forecast scenarios for each business vertical. This was very consuming personally & professionally and I thought this was overdoing the business practice. I could not understand why I was being tasked with this. With a lot of heartache, blood, sweat & tears I did this for 3 years. Later I realized my range of business thinking had grown so exponentially that I was without fear, no matter what the business challenge. I am grateful to him for trusting me with all the extra analysis. There is no wasted moment in business leadership, everything will make sense and will make you.