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7 Questions with Rishi Kumar
Name: Rishi Kumar
Current title: Associate Vice President
Current organisation: Pactera EDGE
Man Of Excellence 2021, India Achievers award winner from the Indian Achievers Forum for outstanding professional achievements and contribution to nation-building, Rishi Kumar excels as a seasoned executive working as Associate Vice President with a multinational technology service company named Pactera EDGE. He is an executive advisor, transformation strategist, and global speaker with 16+ years of industry experience focusing on business, digital, and enterprise-wide agile transformation—Rishi mentors and coaches leaders in large organizations and startups alike.
Rishi has been in executive & senior leadership positions with companies like Pactera EDGE, CGI Inc., Cognizant Technology Solutions, Virtusa Corporation, Tata Consultancy Services, Computer Science Corporation, Sopra Steria.
With his thought leadership and commitment to customer-centricity, he has helped multiple Fortune 100 companies in their Digital Transformation journey, helping them to digitally reinvent themselves, enhance enterprise agility, business insight, increase revenue, and build operational excellence.
Being an expert in Retail & Healthcare, He has worked with clients like Walmart Inc, Sears Holding, TJX Companies, Cigna Inc, CVS Health, Boots the Chemist, Florida Power & Light, Royal Bank of Scotland, Michelin, Mapfre Insurance, American Family Insurance, to name a few
Rishi also advocates building a culture of learning, sharing, and innovation. He is an exceptionally involved people person, an inclusive leader, and a life-long learner. H
Rishi has been passionate about contributing to society since his early days, earning him many awards, accolades, and appreciation. He was actively contributing and helping people across the country, especially in COVID time. He also practices spiritual practices and experiences with Vaastu Science, Vedic Science, and Numerology.
Connect with Rishi on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/contactrishi/
Visit website: https://rishhikumar.com/
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
While mentoring and leading large transformations, the most challenging issue is cultural fitment and alignment with new ways of working. It impacts overall agility, productivity, predictability, and innovation opportunities for the organization. The ability to quickly respond to change and solve business problems is critical these days.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
Currently working as AVP for Pactera EDGE. I always believed in learning and sharing. Being a lifelong learner and creating my own opportunities in my career helped me to reach where I am and the versatile 360-degree experience I gained over the period of time. Taking growth roles from Business Analyst to Project Manager to SDM to Portfolio Manager to Enterprise Agile Coach to Practice Leader to Transformation Partner to Global Client Partner. I truly believe that knowledge and experience always stay with you for your whole life.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I use agile principles to prioritize my work every day and use kanban boards to manage my work in the right order. Normally I spend 9 - 10 hours per day on office-related work. Then I spent some time on self-learning that could be related to any topic of my choice.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Give importance to people. You need to be a goal-oriented person. If you promote a culture of collaboration, learning and sharing and give credit to the right person who finished the job, it can do wonders on the cultural side. Everything comes along with it.
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 should not take one name as there are many books that made a huge impact on me. For me, Spirituality also aligns with leadership and enables it. I can recommend "Drive" by Daniel H. Pink and Good to Great by Jim Collins.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
Servant leadership is a key leadership style in current scenarios. Hire culturally fit people in the right roles where they would like and can deliver their best. Mentor existing leaders to drive and perform more effectively. Overall whole leadership should be aligned and focused on a single mission.
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 most critical part of your job as a leader is to mentor and enable your teams across. Luckily I got many opportunities to grow people while working with many organizations and global clients. "True leaders don't create followers they create more leaders." Also when you give support to the community and people that shows your true nature. Just keep going!