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7 Questions on Leadership with Ganesan Thambipillay

Updated: Sep 8, 2023


Name: Ganesan Thambipillay


Title: Program Lead - Digital Transformation


Organisation: POS Malaysia Berhad


Experienced IT professional with 26+ years in the industry, specializing in business transformation and project management. I have successfully led diverse projects in telecommunications, aviation supply chain/logistics, and financial services. Skilled in relationship building, organizational design, and technology delivery. Founder of a consulting company providing project management Training and Consulting services. I hold a degree in computer science and certifications in PMP® and Scrum Master Certified ™. Active volunteer and mentor. Enjoy travel, tennis, music, and cars.



Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!


I hope Ganesan's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Cheers,

Jonno White



1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?


People Management


2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?


Managing Projects as an Analyst (Business and Tech). As the assigned Projects became bigger in Scope and Cost, promoted to PM, PD, and PgMgr. Followed by stints in COO, and CTO roles.


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


1) Follow-up TODO list from the day before.

2) Update / Close Open items as best effort during the day.

3) Update the TODO list for the next day.


4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?


Never Assume that the working teams understand the leadership role/description. Especially in the Contract / Gig environment.


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?


Stephen Covey's 7 Habits - 3-person Teaching



6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?


Listen!


7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?


Previous / X Team members reaching out for advice/coaching in their current environments.

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