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7 Questions with Sherin Joseph
Name: Sherin Joseph
Current title: Group Finance Manager
Current organisation: Al Sihamiya Holding Group
As a Group Finance Manager, controlling 9 companies which have exposures in retail, manufacturing, real estate investment, hospitality etc. Prior to joining ASHG, worked with banks, insurance companies, NBFCs, & trading Companies. Academic wise - currently aspiring for CMA, completed Executive Program in Business Management from IIM Calcutta, MBA from Anna University Chennai and Commerce graduate from MG University Kerala India.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
Prioritizing the things which need to be involved and not to be involved in an ethical manner which will pay attention in an organized way of the organization for another 10 years down the line, in precise long-term visionary ways to keep the evolution by forecasting, analyzing and proactive to the global and regional business conditions.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I started my career as a customer sales representative and moved to the different ladder and different entities in different roles and responsibilities. It all depends on how you oversee the responsibility in a different attitude. From sales to banker to finance the journey was tough but surpassed with the owning attitude of responsibilities, team and overall the company as a whole.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Earlier is the best, so start the day early with a fresh mind for completing the tasks on time and it will help to analyse the things in detail for making the timely decisions. Evening spends time with family especially with my wife and kids, the best stress relieving time and rejuvenating for the next day.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Listen and observe people around you, link problems with newborn approach and resolve, update with the trends and information for smoothening the work life linked to technology.
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?
The Bible, it gives me all the strength. The Gospels will rejuvenate. The caring, the love, the compassion, the leadership, courage, etc. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
Be accurate, timely decisions, brave moves with proper research and see the things in the owner’s perspective.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
My Father and Mother they teach me to form ‘myself’ as “we”, my wife for the honesty and sincerity, my kids for the kids approach, career my first boss (Thomas Cheriyil), who teach me to have the positive approach to the situations, my second boss ( Kalyan Kumar Krishnan) who lead by example, then the most impressive boss (Mr Abdulrahman Totonji) with his great visionary and sharpness in seeing things in a large perspective and my ex - boss (Ms Joy Alvarez) for the passion and maturity which required in work.